Notice to Navigators: Ohio River Basin

NOTICE TO MARINERS
OHIO RIVER BASIN

LNM 01-22

 

SECTION I - SPECIAL NOTICES

This section contains information of special concern to the Mariner.

 

BIG SANDY RIVER

MILE 5.4 - NAVIGATION OBSTRUCTION

Two 5-inch steel pipelines have been reported just below the waters surface in the vicinity of Mile 5.4, extending from the RDB, into the navigation channel approximately 100 feet. The pipelines are marked with a green lighted buoy displaying a Fl G 4s, light at night. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed and proceed with caution in the area.

 

GREEN RIVER

MILE 63.1 - CHANNEL CONDITION/L/D CLOSURE

L/D 2 in the vicinity of Mile 63.1, has ceased locking operations, due to high water with an Upper Gauge reading above 22.5 feet. Mariners should contact the lock operator to determine if it is safe to navigate over the weir. Mariners are advised to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 9.1 - CHANNEL CONDITION/L/D CLOSURE

The COTP Ohio valley has issued a Safety Advisory due to high water in the vicinity of Mile 9.1, L/D 1. L/D 1 has ceased locking with an upper gauge above 25.9 feet. Mariners should contact the lock operator to determine if it is safe to navigate over the weir.

 

SECTION VII – GENERAL

This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.

 

KANAWHA RIVER

 

MILE 36.5 - STREAM BANK PROTECTION

Continuing until approximately January 14, 2022, Amherst Madison is conducting stream bank protection operations in the vicinity of Mile 36.5, LDB. The contractors floating plant will consist of the M/V BUS BROWN, a barge mounted crane and a material barge. The M/V BUS BROWN will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16. Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. During non-working hours, the contractors floating plant will be moored at the worksite and lighted accordingly. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution.

 

MILE 655.0 - MILE 636.0 - REVETMENT OPERATION/ROLLING CHANNEL CLOSURES

Continuing until approximately March 15, 2022, the USACE Contract Vessel, M/V KACIE LUHR and associated barges are conducting revetment operations between approximate Miles 655.0 and 636.0, RDB, Old Town Revetment. Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., each day. Equipment for this revetment operation, may intermittently block the navigation channel. Rolling channel closures are necessary to facilitate this operation. Vessel traffic will be passed at the discretion of the on-scene contract pilot, onboard the M/V KACIE LUHR. The following restrictions are in place during this operation: From 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., the channel is closed to southbound vessels. Northbound vessels may be passed at the discretion of the on-scene contract pilot. From 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m., the channel is open to pass traffic. Mariners transiting the area are requested to contact the M/V KACIE LUHR to make passing arrangements at the following locations: Northbound - Burke Point, in the vicinity of Mile 636.0 and Southbound – Friars Point, in the vicinity of Mile 655.0. When the channel is open, mariners are requested to not meet, pass or overtake and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake, with a wide berth as is safe and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For queue management, the M/V KACIE LUHR may be contacted via VHF-FM Channel 13, 16 or 72 or at (573) 803-7931.

 

MONONGAHELA RIVER

 

MILE 95.0 - MILE 90.8 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The COTP Pittsburgh has issued the following Safety Advisory due to high water/flow conditions at Point Marion L/D in the vicinity of Mile 90.8. The gate opening is greater than 20 feet. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting between approximate Miles 95.0 and 93.0, Coburn Bend.

 

MILE 41.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The COTP Pittsburgh has issued the following Safety Advisory due to high water/flow conditions at L/D 4 in the vicinity of Mile 41.5. The gate opening is greater than 8 feet. Mariners are urged to exercise double locking through L/D 4.

 

MILE 14.2 - MILE 11.3 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The gate opening at Braddock L/D, vicinity of Mile 11.3, is greater than 15.0 feet. The COTP Pittsburgh has issued the following Safety Advisory; Exercise caution when transiting under the McKeesport - Duquesne Highway Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 14.0 and the Union Railroad Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 14.2, due to the narrow channel and the short distance between these two bridges.

 

OHIO RIVER

 

MILE 31.7 - MILE 44.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The gate opening at Montgomery L/D, vicinity of Mile 31.7, is greater than 40 feet. The COTP Pittsburgh has issued a Safety Advisory. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting under the Newell Highway Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 44.5, due to strong set and water currents in the area. Upbound towing vessels are advised that when performing a set over or knock out through the Montgomery L/D, to secure the head of their tows to the lock wall using the closest pin possible, before the set over or knockout is initiated and ensure that tows are fully secured prior to leaving the vicinity of the locks. Downbound towing vessels performing a double lockage, are strongly advised to have a helper boat assist the tows in keeping alongside the guidewall while entering the locks.

 

MILE 84.2 – MILE 94.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The COTP Pittsburgh has issued the following Safety Advisory due to high water/high flow conditions at Pike Island L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 84.2. The gate opening at Pike Island L/D is greater than 50 feet. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting under the I-470 Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 91.8, due to the strong set towards the LDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution while transiting under the CSX Railroad Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 94.5, due to its limited horizontal clearance of 320 feet. If pushing ahead, towing vessels are recommended to have a helper boat when transiting under the CSX Railroad Bridge, to ensure they maintain proper course and speed. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting the area.

 

MILE 203.9 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The COTP Pittsburgh has issued the following Safety Advisory due to high water/high flow conditions at Belleville L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 203.9. Mariners are urged to exercise caution due to hazardous conditions associated with strong currents, increased drift and severe outdrafts when navigating lock chambers. Mariners are advised to consider horsepower capability and tow size. Fleet operators should regularly check their fleets and immediately report barge breakaways to the U.S. Coast Guard. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 237.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION/L/D RESTRICTION

High water and extreme outdraft conditions exist in the vicinity of Racine L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 237.5. The L/D is open to northbound traffic 24- hours a day. Mariners are advised to enter the lock chambers at their slowest safe speed and prepare for potential outdrafts. Mariners are reminded to ensure the towboat has adequate horsepower for the tow size and current river conditions. If not preparing or completing locking, mariners are requested to leave the mooring cells immediately upriver of the locking chamber on the LDB, open, for the next vessel in the lock queue, to allow a better approach to the lock. Mariners may contact the Racine L/D at (304) 882-2118, for additional information.

 

MILE 279.2 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The COTP Pittsburgh has issued the following Safety Advisory due to high water/high flow conditions at R.C. Byrd L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 279.2. Mariners are urged to exercise caution due to hazardous conditions associated with strong currents, increased drift and severe outdrafts. Mariners are advised to consider horsepower capability and tow size. Fleet operators should regularly check their fleets and immediately report barge breakaways to the U.S. Coast Guard. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 341.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

High water conditions reported exist in the vicinity of Greenup L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 341.0. Mariners are advised to exercise caution due to the hazardous conditions associated with strong currents, increased drift, increased drafting toward bridge piers and severe outdrafts when navigating lock chambers. Mariners are advised to consider horsepower capability and tow size for safe navigation. Fleet operators should regularly check their fleets and immediately report barge breakaways to the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

MILE 436.2 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The COTP Pittsburgh has issued the following Safety Advisory due to high water/high flow conditions at Meldahl L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 436.2. Mariners are urged to exercise caution due to hazardous conditions associated with strong currents, increased drift and severe outdrafts. Mariners are advised to consider horsepower capability and tow size. Fleet operators should regularly check their fleets and immediately report barge breakaways to the U.S. Coast Guard. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 466.0 - MILE 473.0 - HIGH WATER/REGULATED NAVIGATION AREA

The Cincinnati Gauge is at 45 feet or greater, a Regulated Navigation Area is in effect in the Cincinnati Harbor, between Miles 466.0 and 473.0. Entry into this zone by down-bound vessels, towing cargoes regulated by title 46 C.F.R. Subchapter D and O, with a tow length exceeding 600 feet, excluding towboat, is prohibited from ½ hour before sunset to ½ hour after sunrise. In accordance with the provisions outlined in title 33 C.F.R. 165.821, this Regulated Navigation Area will remain in effect until the Cincinnati Gauge drops below 45 feet. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting this area.

 

MILE 602.0 - MILE 604.4 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

The COTP Ohio Valley, in coordination with the USACE and industry, has issued a Safety Advisory due to high water/flow conditions. Southbound traffic in the Louisville Vessel Traffic Service area, is restricted to daylight hours only, until the McAlpine Upper Gauge drops below 18 feet, between Towhead Island, Mile 602.0 and the Louisville and Indiana Railroad Drawbridge, Mile 604.4. Mariners are encouraged to utilize assist boats, at their discretion and arrange for an assist boat to be ready and on station before their transit through the lock or the Louisville Bridges. Light boats are exempt from these restrictions. Southbound queues will be cleared starting at first light, daily. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. For more information, contact U. S. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley at 502-779-5422.

 

MILE 603.4 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A nun buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, partially inside the navigation channel, in the vicinity of Mile 603.4, Portland Canal Entrance Channel. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.