Mariners are advised that bridge demolition work continues on the old Gilmerton (US13/460) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA. To facilitate the demolition work, mariners are advised that until December 31, 2013 PCL construction will be placing an environmental containment cell around the old bascule pier and its fenders on the east side only. The channel ward side of the containment cell will be rigidly connected to the existing fender system with 8” x 8” timber fenders attached, effectively reducing the channel horizontal clearance from 125 ft to 124 ft. During installation and removal there will be a 60 ft wide barge in the channel, which can be moved, with a 1 hour advanced notice. PCL can be reached via VHF channel 13 and 16 or via the Gilmerton bridge tender on VHF channel 13. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area.
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VA: Chesapeake, Southern Branch Elizabeth River, AIWW mile 5.8, Gilmerton Bridge
August 5, 2013
Great Bridge Lock, Intracoastal mile 11.3, normal operations resume
November 23, 2013
From: “Scussel, Joel F NAO” <Joel.F.Scussel@usace.army.mil>
Date: 11/23/2013 12:32 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Great Bridge Lock On Normal Schedule (UNCLASSIFIED)
The damaged chamber valve to the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia has been isolated. Lockings have returned to the normal opening schedule 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The width of the lock has been temporary reduced from 72 feet to 70 feet due to the installation of a coffer dam on the north east lock wall. Vessels shall proceed at a low speed and provide a wide berth at the coffer dam. The coffer dam is marked on the lock wall with an angle iron structure and yellow paint.
Great Bridge locks open on demand, but work in conjunction with the Great Bridge Bridge openings. Vessel operators may contact the Great Bridge Lock at 757-547-3311 if additional locking information is required. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13.
Army Corps of Engineers
VA: Great Bridge, intracoastal mile 12.0 bridge closure
November 19, 2013
The following is from the CG 5th District NTM 47/13.
To accommodate the annual Christmas Parade event, mariners are advised that the S168 Bridge, at AICW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake (Great Bridge) VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2013. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date and times are rescheduled to Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(g). In the closed position to vessels, this lift-type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 8.5 feet, above mean high water. Chart: 12253.
Delaware Bay, Cape May, aids to navigation change
February 5, 2013
On or about 05 March, 2013, the sound signal (Horn) on Cape May Canal West Entrance North Jetty Light 11 (LLNR 1675), will be converted to
a Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). Once converted, the sound signal (Horn) may be activated by the mariner by following the
steps listed below. Following activation, the MRASS will provide a Sound Signal for approximately 30 minutes and then automatically secure.
"To activate the Sound Signal during periods of reduced visibility mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times
when within a range of 1nm of the light. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the signal as advertised in the Light List.”
In your comments, please address the impact these proposed changes may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the
means by which you are using to navigate this waterway and any electric sensors used while transiting the area. Send comments to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Chris O’NealOr email to: Christopher.email@example.com
Charts : 12323, 13003, 12300, 12324, 13006.
VA: Deltaville, Broad Creek Channel Update
July 17, 2013
The Broad Creek Channel has recently been sounded and marked. The east side of the channel has several green floats now indicating the edge of the channel. The channel is 8ft deep for a width of 70-75 ft. from a line approximately 25ft off the reds extending east to about 10 off a line between the two greens (in other words right up to the east side of the channel). On the red side, the depth tapers upward slowly to about 5-6ft beside the reds. On the green side the channel comes up more abruptly to 3 - 5 ft MLW. Local knowledge suggests that you pass close to G”1” whether you are entering or leaving Broad Creek because there is no corresponding red marker at the entrance. The channel is holding very well since the dredging two years ago. Even with the unusually low tides that accompany northwest winds, there is a minimum of 6 1/2 ft in the channel.The reported wreck has been located outside of the marked channel and is indicated with a yellow crab pot float.