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SC: Tom Point Creek, shoaling

Date Posted: Aug 20, 2017

Uncharted shoal on outside bend; less than 3 feet MLLW. Stay in center of channel.

Source: Cruiser report

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SC: Calabash Creek, shoaling at entrance

Date Posted: Aug 18, 2017

AIWW Mile: 341.7

Shoaling reported on both sides of channel at entrance. Stay off R "2" approximately 20 feet.

Source: On scene report

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NC: Alligator River, Alligator River ATON - R24 missing

Date Posted: Aug 11, 2017

AIWW Mile: 93.0

Red 24 is missing in NC's Alligator River.

Source: User

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SC: Murrells Inlet, aids to navigation changes

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2017

The following changes have been approved to the Aids to Navigation System in Murrells Inlet:
Change Murrells Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 1795) to Murrells Inlet Lighted Buoy 7, displaying Fl G 2.5s characteristics
Murrells Inlet Buoy 10A (LLNR 1803) will be permanently discontinued based on its location outside of the navigable channel and sufficient aids in the proximity
Murrells Inlet Daybeacon 19 (1830) will be converted to Murrells Inlet Buoy 19
Murrells Inlet Daybeacon 23 (LLNR 1840) will be converted to Murrells Inlet Buoy 23

Source: CG 7th District LNM 07322017

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SC: Skull Creek, aid to navigation destroyed

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2017

AIWW Mile: 556.0

Skull creek Light 15 (LLNR 35680) is destroyed. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.

Source: CG 7th District LNM 07322017

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NC: Back Sound, Barden Inlet, nav aids discontinued due to shoaling

Date Posted: Aug 08, 2017

The Coast Guard has temporarily discontinued 8 lateral aids to navigation in Barden Inlet, listed below due to extensive shoaling that is causing navigational safety issues. Heavy shoaling from Barden Inlet Light 26 to Barden Inlet Light 35 has progressed over the past few months making the waterway inaccessible. Under current conditions, the aids to navigation system can no longer be configured to safely mark a passable
channel. Mariners are advised to check current US Army Corps survey at http://sawnav.
usace.army.mil/FERRY_SIDE_SMALL_HARBORS/BACK_SOUND/Back_Sound_N.pdfbefore attempting their transit. Chart 11545
Temporarily Discontinue
Barden Inlet Buoy 27 (LLNR 29247)
Barden Inlet Buoy 28 (LLNR 29250)
Barden Inlet Buoy 30 (LLNR 29253)
Barden Inlet Buoy 31 (LLNR 29257)
Barden Inlet Buoy 33 (LLNR 29263)
Change Lateral Fixed Lights to Danger Daybeacons
Barden Inlet Light 26 (LLNR 29245)
Barden Inlet Light 32 (LLNR 29260)
Barden Inlet Light 35 (LLNR 29270)

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05322017

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NC: Beaufort, Town Creek, aids to navigation change

Date Posted: Aug 08, 2017

During the first two weeks of August, the Coast Guard will make the following changes to the aids to navigation marking Town Creek Channel, due to shifting shoals from activity around the new bridge construction. These changes will allow mariner to better identify their location while navigating in this waterway thus providing a safer transit.
Convert: Russell Slough Channel Buoy 15 (34875) to Town Creek Junction Buoy TC and relocate to approximate position 34-43-30.725N, 076-40-07.125W.
Relocate: Town Creek Channel Buoy 2 (34885) to approximate position 34-43-30.740N, 076-40-04.000W.
Establish: Town Creek Channel Buoy 4 (34890) in approximate position 34-43-29.035N, 076-39-53.850W.

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05322017

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NC: Holden Beach Bridge, repairs to fender system

Date Posted: Aug 08, 2017

AIWW Mile: 323.6

Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the construction site taking place under the Holden Beach Bridge crossing the AICWW in Holden Beach, NC. The repairs are to the fender system and anticipated to take place between August 21, 2017 and September 4, 2017. During this time mariners are urged to transit the area with additional caution as floating equipment may be present and portions of the fender system may be removed. For any comments or questions, contact Waterways Management at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221.

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05322017

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Dismal Swamp Canal Closed - UPDATE

Date Posted: Aug 07, 2017

 8/7/17:

By Kerry Solan
Norfolk District Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. - The Dismal Swamp Canal is scheduled to reopen to vessel traffic by the end of September, with the Lake Drummond Reservation and Feeder Ditch opening to canoes and kayaks on August 18, officials said.

Crews continue to dredge the canal, which officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October.  
 

"In the history of the canal, we've never had this issue, and we're using every available resource to make the canal safe again for vessels," said Joel Scussel, Norfolk District Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway project manager.

 Engineers completed a survey of the Dismal Swamp Canal in March after crews had finished clearing more than 350 trees from the canal. 

 That survey, along with another survey in July, revealed controlling depths less than the normal 6 feet: engineers plotted the Deep Creek Channel at 4.8 feet, Tuners Cut was less than 2.5 feet and the Feeder Ditch was shoaled in at a depth of approximately 1 foot.  

 The crew of Wilmington District's Dredge Murden completed dredging in the Deep Creek Channel on June 21.  After-dredge surveys showed a controlling depth of 6 feet, which allowed officials to reopen the channel to navigation.  The Dredge Murden will return at the end of August to complete clean-up adjacent to the Deep Creek Lock. 

 Feeder Ditch dredging resumes today.  The crane crew will dredge 1,500 cubic yards of material to reopen the Feeder Ditch to a depth of 6 feet, 25 feet wide by then end of August. 

 When crews complete work at the Feeder Ditch, they will return to Turners Cut to complete work that was suspended after the quality of dredged material at Turners Cut did not meet the standards for beneficial reuse. Officials coordinated with the state of North Carolina while a new dredging method was arranged that met state water quality standards. 

 Engineers are also working on a design for emergency generators for the Deep Creek and South Mills Locks, which were inoperable after the hurricane.  

 Deep Creek Lock Gate rehabilitation work, which was scheduled before Hurricane Matthew struck, is complete: the gates were reinstalled on July 19 and operating the next day. 

 When the post-hurricane dredging operations began in the canal, officials aimed to reopen the waterway before October, when perennial "snowbirds" use the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to travel south, bound for the Bahamas and Florida ports of call. 

 "Since the hurricane, our goal has been to reopen the canal to navigation as soon as possible," Scussel said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/14/17: The Deep Creek Dredging has been completed and surveyed with the assistance of the Wilmington District. The Deep Creek Lock gates are scheduled to be reinstalled on Wed., July 19th. Dredging at the Feeder Ditch and Turner’s Cut will continue until work is completed.



6/2/17: Mariners are advised that the U.S. Army Corps of Dregde MURDEN will be conducting dredging operations in the Dismal Swamp Canal (Route 2) of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 10 to 10.6. Dredging operations are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday June 16, 2017 through Thursday June 22, 2017.   

 

 5/8/17: NORFOLK, Va. -- Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced a goal of opening the Dismal Swamp Canal to its full 6-foot depth this summer before the winter snow birds head south.  

 The canal, which was closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October, has ongoing debris and tree removal, and investigations of shoaling at many locations in the canal. Shoaling in the canal has reduced the depth to as little 1 foot in areas.

Norfolk District engineers are using recent surveys of the canal to plot the 22 miles of the canal and the 3 miles of the feeder ditch. The data will be used to check for additional shoals and other obstructions.   Crews are currently dredging the canal at the Feeder Ditch using information from the canal survey.  They will then perform additional dredging at Turners Cut, south of the South Mills Lock, this summer.  The Norfolk District is also working with the Willington District to remove a small shoal in the Deep Creek Channel.

 District engineers project the canal work at the Feeder Ditch work to take the longest; work there will be complete by late-June.

 After canal repairs are completed, district engineers will evaluate whether to open the canal at a restricted depth until the 6-foot depth is achieved. 

 At Lake Drummond and the Feeder Ditch, crews have repaired damaged buildings.  Additional work at Lake Drummond included repairs on the floating docks, roadway washout and the boat tram.  Damaged screens on picnic porches will be repaired in the winter.

 Work on the Deep Creek Locks gates, which was scheduled before the storm, is progressing. Work on replacing the water control valves and deteriorated steel is ongoing and will be completed next week.  Final work and painting will then be done and the gates will be placed back into the lock in June. 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers

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NC: Pamlico Sound, Hog Shoal, proposed aids to navigation change

Date Posted: Jul 28, 2017

The Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue Hog Island Shoal Light (LLNR 32180) and change Hog Island Daybeacon 2A (LLNR 32185) to Hog Island Warning Daybeacon A (LLNR 32185). Currently these lateral aids do not align with any channel and could be misleading to mariners.
Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D05%20LNM%202015%20Special%20Notice_Waterway_Proposal%20Feedback%20Form.pdf .
All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to September 25, 2017 to be considered in the analysis. Please reference
project 05-17-101(D).
Send comments to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or mailed to:
U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District
Waterways Management (dpw)
431 Crawford Street, Room 100
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Attn: Ethan Coble

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05302017

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