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Ports & Terminals — By on November 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

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  • Worldwide – World Holidays: 11-24 November 2012
  • United States, Chesapeake, Maryland – Upper Chesapeake channel draft restrictions

DATE: November 10, 2012 COUNTRY: Worldwide World Holidays: 11-24 November 2012 

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following: Sun 11 Nov – Poland Independence Day Thu 15 Nov – Republic Day (Brazil) Sun 18 Nov – Oman National Day Thu 22 Nov – Thanksgiving Day (USA) Wed 30 Nov – Yemen Independence Day
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DATE: November 10, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Chesapeake, Maryland Upper Chesapeake channel draft restrictions

As the post-storm survey has indicated increased shoaling east of Poole’s Island, the Coast Guard in consultation with the Association of Maryland Pilots has issued the following Broadcast Notice to Mariners limiting draft to 31′, effective immediately:
QUOTE…. Safety Broadcast Notice to Mariners//A// BAL BNM 377-12 MD-Chesapeake Bay-Sandy Point to Susquehanna River-Upper Chesapeake Channel-Shoaling HAZARD TO NAVIGATION – The Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed a report of shoaling in the Upper Chesapeake Channel, located along the estern side of the channel, from Upper Chesapeake CHAN LB 36 (LLNR 8630) to a location between Upper Chesapeake CHAN LB 38 (LLNR 8640) and Upper Chesapeake CHAN LB 40 (LLNR 8785). Depth of water is 31 ft at MLLW. ….UNQUOTE.
We will keep the community posted on any changes to this current draft restriction in the Upper Chesapeake.
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