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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale September 11, 2014
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Posted: September 11, 2014
General Announcements
New Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook Available Online:
The U.S. Coast Guard August 2014 Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook has replaced the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Instruction Navigation Rules, International-Inland (COMDTINST M16672.2D). Besides containing updated material to the previous Instruction, it has additional pertinent navigation regulations, such as Vessel Traffic Management rules. The handbook is freely available at the U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Center at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=navRuleChanges, and will be available on the...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 28, 2014
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Posted: August 28, 2014
Attention! All Boaters with Present or Future Interest in Florida Anchoring:
NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatUS Press Room at www.BoatUS.com/pressroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2014
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
MEDIA ALERT:
Boaters Urged to Attend Anchoring Meetings Sept. 3 and 4 Regarding the Future of Anchoring in Florida
WHAT: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting two public workshops on possible changes to Florida's anchoring l...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 13, 2014
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Posted: August 13, 2014
General Announcements
Wind Turbines Proposed off Virginia Coast:
Dominion Virginia Power has submitted a permit application for the construction and operation of Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP). The project includes two 6-MW turbines on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), about 24 nautical miles east of Virginia Beach. The Research Activities Plan (RAP) and appendix data will be on the web site, and is available at the following web site: www.boem.gov/Research-Activities-Plan/ (5th District LNM 31/2014), ED. Note: The "Plan" on this website cont...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 1, 2014
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Posted: August 01, 2014
General Announcements
HURRICANE INFORMATION (Update 7th District LNM 22):
The hurricane season extends from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
(a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
(b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
(c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
(d) Review of storm cent...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 17, 2014
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Posted: July 17, 2014
Special Announcements
Bridge Work, AICW Morehead City, Horizontal Clearance Restricted:
Mariners are advised that maintenance and repairs will be in progress at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC from July 19, 2014 through April 25, 2015. To facilitate maintenance and repairs, the contractor will utilize a 40-foot X 60-foot barge as a work platform for equipment staging that will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel. A two-hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 3, 2014
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Posted: July 03, 2014
Special Announcements
East Coast: Hurricane Arthur Warning July 3 and 4, 2014:
Outer Banks of NC residents and tourists: Pay close attention to the warnings and evacuation orders. East Coast Boaters, please stay in port. After Arthur passes, pay attention to the USCG Broadcast Notices to Mariners regarding damage to Aids to Navigation and new shoaling notices and watch for debris in all waters. Swimmers and Surfers, please pay attention to the warnings and stay out of the water until the waves have calmed down.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Pl...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 19, 2014
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Posted: June 19, 2014
Special Announcements:
New Surf City Bridge Proposed, (AICW Mile 260.7) 65ft Clearance:
The purpose of this notice is to notify mariners, adjacent property owners, and government agencies that the North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to replace the NC 50/210 (Topsail Island) Bridge at AICW mile 260.7 (34.430409°-77.549765°), at Surf City, Pender County, NC. Presently, in the closed position to vessels, the charted vertical clearance of the existing drawbridge is 13 feet above mean high water (MHW) and unlimited vertical clearance in the full open position, with ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 5, 2014
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Posted: June 05, 2014
Special Announcements:
Little River Swingbridge Fender Repair:
Mariners are advised that R. L. Morrison and Sons, Inc will be working on the Little River Swingbridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (33.851550°-78.656357°), fender system starting May 27, 2014. R. L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. will have a work barge in the waterway between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With the barge in the waterway, a 30 ft wide channel will be available at all times. Vessels requiring more than 30 ft of hori...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 22, 2014
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Posted: May 22, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Little River Swing Bridge Fender Damage:
Mariners are advised to watch for timbers partially attached/partially sticking out into the channel due to fender damage on the Little River Swingbridge (33.8515507°-78.656357°), Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme Caution. (7th District LNM Week 19/2014)* The Bridge was closed to vehicular traffic on May 20, 2014 for repairs, but was expected to reopen same day. www.wjbf.com/story/25568911/little-river-swing-bridge-repairs-to-close-road-...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 8, 2014
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Posted: May 08, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Flagler Memorial Bridge in Open to Navigation Position for Six Months:
The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period...from May 12, 2014 through October 31, 2014. (7th District LNM Week 17/2014) Details in Florida Bridge Section below.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Nixon Crossroads Bridge, N. Myrtle Beach, Fe...... Read More

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