Notice to Navigators: Ohio River Basin

NOTICE TO MARINERS
OHIO RIVER

LNM 08-22

  

SECTION VII – GENERAL

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

 

ALLEGHENY RIVER

 

MILE 46.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION/COTP ADVISORY

The COTP Pittsburg has issued a Safety Advisory due to faster than normal current and ice flows in the vicinity of Mile 46.0, Kittanning, PA. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize vessel wake and proceed with caution.

 

MILE 7.7 - AID TO NAVIGATION/SAFETY ADVISORY

A nun buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel in the vicinity of Mile 7.7, Roberto Clemente Bridge. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution and at their slowest safe speed.

 

GREEN RIVER

 

MILE 9.1 - CHANNEL CONDITION/L/D CLOSURE

High water conditions reportedly exist at L/D 1, in the vicinity of Mile 9.1. L/D 1 has ceased locking operations due to high water with an upper gauge reading above 25.9 feet. Mariners should contact the lock operator to determine if it is safe to navigate over the weir.

 

MONONGAHELA RIVER

 

MILE 41.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

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

 

OHIO RIVER

 

MILE 16.0 - MILE 24.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize vessel wake and proceed with caution.

 

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 65 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 and the P.L. & E. Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 25.8, due to strong set and water currents in these areas. Tow vessels are recommended to have a helper boat, when transiting through the Montgomery L/D, if they are pushing 2 barge lengths or greater. Up-bound 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. Down-bound 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 82.0 - SUNK BARGE

A loaded coal barge has been reported sunk at the Tunnel Ridge Fleeting Area in the vicinity of Mile 82.0. Salvage operations pend. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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 161.7 - MILE 185.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY

High water conditions reportedly exist at Willow Island L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 161.7 with the gate opening exceeding 100 feet. High water also exists at the Parkersburg Bridges between approximate Miles 183.0 and 185.0. Tows of 800 feet or greater are recommended to transit between approximate Miles 183.0 and 185.0, during daylight hours only. 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. 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.

 

MILE 237.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION/L/D RESTRICTION

Strong current, increased drift and severe outdraft conditions exist in the vicinity of Racine L/D in the vicinity of Mile 237.5. 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. Fleet operators should regularly check their fleets and immediately report barge breakaways to the U.S. Coast Guard. Mariners may contact the Racine L/D, at (304) 882-2118, for additional information.

 

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 593.0 - MILE 606.8 - VTS ACTIVATION

The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Louisville, Kentucky has been activated. This system extends from Mile 593.0 to Mile 606.8, and will remain in effect while the McAlpine L/D, Upper Gauge reads 13.0 feet and above. Operating procedures and instructions to mariners are described in Title 33 C.F.R. Part 161. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the 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 939.9 - CHANNEL CONDITION – UPDATE

Due to the rising river elevations, the navigation lane in the vicinity of Mile 939.9, the navigation lane over the bear traps and fixed weir, on the LDB, will open to navigation traffic and will remain open until the Paducah Gauge is at or below 30.0 feet. The navigation lane will be marked with electronic buoys (AIS aids to navigation). Mariners are urged to review all applicable USACE Navigation Notices and charts, prior to transiting, and exercise caution in the area.