Island Time

SIX YEARS AGO, we were in search of a little adventure aboard our 33-foot catamaran, Chewbacca. The timing seemed right, with our two young daughters ages five and seven, so we turned our backs on the rat race, sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and turned left. For a cruising family, life couldn’t get any Read More

New York, State Canal System Opening

NOTICE TO MARINERS – 2020 CANAL SEASON OPENING SCHEDULE The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that much of the 524-mile Canal system will open for through navigation of the locks by July 4, 2020 as maintenance and construction projects are set to resume on a regional basis under the “NY Forward Reopening” plan. Read More

Louisiana, New Orleans Lock Closure

Mariners are advised that Algiers Lock will be closed to navigation on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, between 7:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m., due to an electrical shutdown at the lock, being performed by a U.S. Government Contractor. The Lockmaster, David A. Smith, can be reached at (504) 402-0021, for up-to-date information. The points of contact Read More

Alabama, Mississippi Lock Closures

BLACK WARRIOR AND TOMBIGBEE WATERWAY, ALABAMA TENNESSEE-TOMBIGBEE WATERWAY, MISSISSIPPI  This bulletin replaces previous bulletins #20-18, #20-49, and #20-50.  Notice is given to mariners that two locks on the Mobile District’s waterways will be shut down for maintenance this summer (FY-20). The shutdown specifics for each location are shown respectively below:  Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway – Jamie Whitten Read More

Florida, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Levels Update

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Data Ending  2400 hours 30 APR 2020     Today’s Lake Okeechobee Stage = 11.44 (Feet-NGVD29) Today’s Route 1 Navigational Depth ≈ 5.38 Feet Today’s Route 2 Navigational Depth ≈ 3.58 Feet Bridge Clearance = 51.91 Feet Feet Report Generated 01MAY2020 @ 09:15** Preliminary Data-Subject to Revision** Due to the changing Read More

Virginia, Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal – Bridge Closures

Mariners are advised of the closure to marine traffic of the North Landing Bridge (6 ft vertical clearance) and Centerville Turnpike Bridge (4 ft vertical clearance) across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal / Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway until further notice. The bridges are unable to operate and open due to high water from the today’s storm. Read More

Florida, Key West, Unexploded Ordinance

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting Unexploded Ordinance operations in the vicinity of Fort Zachary Taylor from April 27 until May 16, 2020 during daylight hours. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting around Fort Zachary Taylor and to keep at least 300 feet from the shoreline during this period. For Read More

Florida, Naval Operations, Riviera beach To West Palm Beach

The US Navy will conduct offshore testing from April 27 – July 31, 2020 with a manned submersible vehicle piloted by two personnel. The submersible will transit on the surface from Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in vicinity of Riviera Beach west of Peanut Island, south on the ICW to the Port of Palm Beach turning basin. Read More

North Carolina, Carolina Beach Inlet Shoaling

Significant shoaling exists in Carolina Beach Inlet to a depth of less than 3 feet at mean low water in various locations throughout the inlet. Multiple aids to navigation may be unreliable and not marking good water. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while navigating this area. Chart 11541 View the area on our Read More

Florida, Jacksonville, St. Johns River Bridge Schedule Changes

Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) is authorized to temporarily deviate from drawbridge operation regulation 33 CFR 117.325(b) that governs the FEC St. Johns River Railroad Bridge across the St. Johns River, mile 24.9, at Jacksonville, Florida. Under this temporary deviation, the FEC St. Johns River RR Bridge is authorized to remain in the closed to Read More