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MD: Annapolis Harbor, preparations for fall boat shows

Date Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Mariners are advised that Annapolis Boat Shows, Inc. will conduct in-water operations in support of the annual United States Sailboat and United States Powerboat Shows in Annapolis Harbor at Annapolis, MD during September 27-October 19, 2017. Temporary pilings, floating docks and submerged electrical cables will be placed in Annapolis Harbor. To support the in-water operations in Annapolis Harbor, long tows will occur across
the Severn River, between Spa Creek and Carr Creek, from September 5-11, September 30-October 3, October 16-18 and October 23-28, 2017.
During these periods, mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting the area, and to operate at reduced speed to minimize wake near the towing operations. Information regarding special anchoring restrictions in Annapolis Harbor in the event of severe weather during this period should be directed to the Annapolis City Harbormaster’s Office on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 71 or telephone (410) 263-7973.

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05332017

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VA: Chincoteague, VA 175 Bridge, closure for maintenance

Date Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Mariners are advised the SR 175 Bridge, over Lewis Creek Channel, mile 0.0, in Chincoteague, VA will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate bridge maintenance work. The bridge will remain in the closed position from Noon on September 20, 2017, through 6 p.m. on September 21, 2017. The bridge will not be able to open for an emergency and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position while maintenance is being performed. Mariners able to pass under the closed span at (15 feet above Mean High Water) may do so, and all others should adjust their transits accordingly. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area.

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05332017

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MD: Smith Point, CAUTION, possible shoaling

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2017

Caution. Area of possible shoaling, shifting sandy bottom. Last dredged in March 2014.

Source: WG Staff

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VA: James River, Jamestown Island, proposal to discontinue nav aids

Date Posted: Aug 08, 2017

Due to the continuing severe shoaling in the Jamestown Island waterway the majority of the aids to navigation are not marking best water. This shoaling has also limited the servicing vessels the Coast Guard can use to take corrective action. The Coast Guard is proposing converting the lateral aids to navigation to non-lateral (Danger Shoal) aids to navigation; until the structures can be removed.
Convert Jamestown Island:
Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 12000) to Warning Daybeacon A.
Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 12005) to Warning Daybeacon B.
Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 12010) to Warning Daybeacon C.wposey
Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 12015) to Warning Daybeacon D.
Daybeacon 9 (LLNR 12020) to Warning Daybeacon E.
Daybeacon 13 (LLNR 12035) to Warning Daybeacon F.
Discontinue Jamestown Island:
Buoy 12 (LLNR 12025).
Buoy 11 (LLNR 12030).
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:
https://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 19, 2017 to be considered in the analysis. Please reference
project 05-17-104(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: Albert Grimes

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05322017

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VA: York River, West Branch Channel (Wormley Creek) proposed aids to navigation change

Date Posted: Aug 08, 2017

In association with the realignment and dredging project of the West Branch Channel; locally know as Wormley Creek, the Coast Guard is proposing making the following changes to the aids to navigation marking West Branch Channel.
West Branch Channel:
Discontinue Light 1WB (LLNR 13595)
Establish Light 2WB (LLNR 1359*) at 37 13 14.925N—76 27 57.667W, flashing 2.5 second red light
Discontinue Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 13600)
Establish Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 1360*) at 37 13 09.922N—76 28 00.584W
Relocate Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 13605) to 37 13 05.647N—76 28 04.508W
Establish Buoy 10 (LLNR 1365*) at 37 12 52.080N—76 28 18.350W
Discontinue Buoy 11 (LLNR 13655)
Relocate Daybeacon 26 (LLNR 13700) to 37 12 51.923N—76 28 33.986W
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:
https://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 19, 2017 to be considered in the analysis. Please reference
project 05-17-067(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: Albert Grimes

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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C & D Canal, Chesapeake City docks, shoaling

Date Posted: Aug 04, 2017

Shoaling to a depth of 2.5 feet MLW reported at south end of dock. North end occupied by tour boat..

Source: Cruiser

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DE: Wilmington, Christiana River, dredging

Date Posted: Aug 01, 2017

The Dredge CHARLESTON along with support equipment, tender boats, Pusher 11, Duke and Captain Ed will commence dredging operations in Wilmington Harbor, Christiana River, DE or about August 1, 2017. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Wilmington Harbor North Disposal area, just north of the port. The project is expected to continue until approximately September 5, 2017. The Dredge
operator will standby on channels13 and 16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For any emergencies the dredge operator can be reached at 757-373-5253.

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05312017

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VA: Southern Branch Elizabeth River, work on I64 bridge

Date Posted: Aug 01, 2017

AIWW Mile: 7.1

An engineering firm, on behalf of Virginia Department of Transportation, will be performing maintenance at I-64 High Rise Bridge over Elizabeth River, mile 7.1, in Chesapeake, VA. The maintenance will be conducted from July 31, 2017 to January 12, 2018; 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A barge and work boats will be in and around the vicinity of the bridge. The work barge will reduce the horizontal navigational clearance to
70 feet for the duration of the project. Maintenance personnel, equipment and vessels will relocate from the navigable channel with 24 hour advanced notice for mariners that require additional clearance to navigate safely through the bridge. Work vessels may be reached on VHF-FMchannel 13. The project foreman can be reached at (954) 214-9789. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area.

Source: CG 5th District LNM 05312017

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VA: James River, hazard to navigation

Date Posted: Jul 29, 2017

What appears to be a broken piling or tree trunk is partially submerged 60' channel ward of James River R#140. The top of the obstruction may be at or just below the surface at high tide. Favor the green side of the channel. There is plenty of room to swing wide and avoid it, except in the case of on-coming traffic.

Source: User

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