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Picture of the Day thanks to Colin Sweeney - Looking upstream from the Port of Dubuque



Local Notice to Mariners (9-23-20)


UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER


 MILE 799.6 - MILE 799.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 799.6 and 799.5, 50 feet off the nun buoy line.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 789.9 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 789.9, RDB.  The navigation channel width is decreased to approximately 315 feet.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 786.5 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A can buoy has been reported submerged in the vicinity of Mile 786.5.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 785.4 - MILE 784.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 785.0 and 784.0, Lake Pepin head to Wacouta Beach.  Buoys in the area have been set for a channel width of 180 feet.  One-way commercial barge traffic is recommended through this area.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 730.6 - MILE 730.5 - AIDS TO NAVIGATION/CHANNEL CONDITION
Two nun buoys have been reported at Mile 730.6 and Mile 730.5.  Shoaling is reportedly encroaching the nun buoy line in the area, from the LDB.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 730.5 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until further notice, the M/V BRAND MARIE is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 730.5.  Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., 7-days a week.  The M/V BRAND MARIE will monitor VHF-FM Channel 12, 13 or 16, for passing arrangements and requests  30-minutes advance notice of passage.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.


MILE 635.4 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A can buoy has been reported partially submerged with a log entangled, in the vicinity of Mile 635.4, RDB, Praire Du Chien East Channel.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 619.5 - MILE 618.5 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until approximately October 1, 2020, the M/V MICHAEL G., and the Dredge ENDURE are conducting dredging operations between  
approximate Miles 619.5 and 618.5.  Work will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The M/V MICHAEL G., and the Dredge ENDURE will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 88.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution.


MILE 503.8 - MILE 503.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until further notice, the M/V DAVENPORT will be conducting dredging operations between approximate Miles 503.8 and 503.4.  Work will be conducted from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., 7-days a week.  Dredge spoils will be placed in the vicinity of Mile 503.0, RDB.  The M/V DAVENPORT will  monitor VHF-FM Channel 13, 14 or 82 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest MILE 503.8 - MILE 503.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.


MILE 503.6 - MILE 503.3 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 503.6 and 503.3, along both sides of the navigation channel.  Channel width is  
approximately 200 feet.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 486.0 - MILE 484.0 - MARINE EVENT
Continuing until further notice, the Lake Davenport Sailing Club Saturday sailing regatta will be held each Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., between approximate Miles 486.0 and 484.0.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area during the event periods.


MILE 486.0 - MILE 483.0 - MARINE EVENT
Continuing until further notice, the Lake Davenport Sailing Club Series, a sailboat race, will be held each Sunday, from noon until 5:00 p.m. and each Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area during the event periods.

 
MILE 485.81 - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
I-74 Replacement Bridge;  Superstructure work is ongoing in the main channel.  At times horizontal clearance may be reduced to 350 feet.  A helper  boat is available by contacting M/V KAREN RENEE’ HAMM via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, or by telephone, from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., at (309) 361-1047 and from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., at (309) 299-4213.


MILE 456.7 - MILE 456.2 - DREDGE OEPRATION
Continuing until further notice, the M/V WELLS is conducting dredging/strike removal operations between approximate Miles 456.7 and 456.5, pool 7, L/D 16.  Work will be conducted from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., each day.  Dredge spoils will be placed between approximate Miles 456.6 and 456.2, LDB.  The M/V WELLS will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 82, and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

MILE 437.7 - BRIDGE REPAIR
Continuing until approximately October 1, 2020, electrical and structural repairs are being conducted on the I-20 Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 437.7.  Work will be conducted daily, during daylight hours.  Air draft of the navigation span will be reduced by approximately 2 feet, due to the presence of scaffolding, for the duration of the project.  At times the air draft maybe further reduced by as much as 7 feet, during specific working hours.  U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River will notify concerned vessel traffic via Broadcast Notice to Mariners to warn of specific times of reduced air draft.  Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution and contact the standby vessel at lease 30-minutes prior to arrival in the area or approximately 1 mile away from the operation, whichever is greater, to make transit arrangements.  The work crew foreman may be contacted at (704) 288-6455 or (573) 544-1193.  The standby vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.  U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River can be contacted at (866) 777-2784 or via VHF-FM Channel 16, for additional information.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 427.2 - MILE 426.9 - DREDGE OPERATION - UPDATE
The M/V WELLS or the M/V LYON have completed dredging operations/strike removal between approximate Miles 427.2 and 426.9.
 
MILE 427.1 - MILE 426.9 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 427.1 and 426.9, LDB.  Mariners are recommended to favor the RDB, of the sail line.  The navigation channel width is approximately 180 feet.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.



MILE 424.6 - MILE 424.4 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 424.6 and 424.4, LDB.  Mariners are urged to favor the RDB, of the sail line and transit the area with caution.


MILE 421.8 - MILE 421.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 421.8 and 421.5, RDB.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 
 MILE 390.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 390.0, along the can buoy line.  The navigation channel width is restricted to approximately 250 feet in the area.  Mariners are recommended to favor the nun buoy line while transiting the area.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.



MILE 389.8 - MILE 389.3 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 389.8 and 389.3.  The navigation channel width is approximately 255 feet.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 336.4 - MILE 336.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION/AIDS TO NAVIGATION
The navigation channel width has been reduced to approximately 180 feet, favoring the LDB, of the sail line, between approximate Miles 336.4 and 336.0.  Buoys have been set according to the USACE AIS markers.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 309.9 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Hannibal Railroad Drawbridge;  Due to replacement of rail ties on the drawbridge, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closed to navigation position beginning from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., daily from September 21-25, 2020.  A drawbridge opening is scheduled to occur around 3:00 p.m., daily, or there about, to clear navigation.


MILE 200.5 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until November 9, 2020, the Mel Price L/D 26 (auxiliary chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.5, is closed to navigation for repair. The main chamber is available to pass traffic, during this closure.  Mariners should be alert for and abide by any special instructions from the lockmaster.


MILE 200.5 - L/D RESTRICTION
The bullnose protection armor, for the lower long wall of the Mel Price L/D (main chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.5, is experiencing deterioration.  Continuing until further notice, all tows transiting the main lock are requested to stay off the lower long wall bullnose.  Mariners should be alert for and abide by any special instructions from the lockmaster.


MILE 194.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until further notice, the USACE contract vessel M/V GRAND TOWER is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 194.0, Upper Chain of Rocks Canal Entrance.  Work will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., each day.  The M/V GRAND TOWER will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage.  No channel closures are expected with this operation.  Mariners are requested to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.


MILE 183.2 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Merchants Railroad Bridge;  Work barges continue excavating around both left and right descending navigation piers and the right descending pier of the center span.  Work barges should not encroach more than 50 feet into the navigation channel, at any time.  For work barge locations, mariners are encouraged to contact the onsite work boat M/V KATHERINE OHARA via VHF-FM Channel 6 or 16 or by phone at (217) 248-9077.

 
MILE 179.2 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Douglas MacArthur Bridge;  Two suspended platforms are located in the center navigation span.  Each platform measures 9 feet wide and hang 5 feet below low steel.  One platform is located 60 feet channelward of the right descending pier and the other platform is located 120 feet channelward of the left descending pier.  There are also 3 platforms located at various locations in the Illinois span.  Mariners are urged to transit the bridge with caution.


MILE 173.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until approximately September 24, 2020, the Dredge POTTER will conduct dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 173.0.  Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  A pontoon dredge pipeline may be utilized and crossing the navigation channel.  The Dredge POTTER will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.  Mariners are requested to contact the dredge prior to transiting the area.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

 

MILE 168.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
Commencing approximately October 2, 2020 and continuing until approximately October 12, 2020, the Dredge POTTER will conduct dredging  
operations between approximate Miles 170.0 and 169.0.  Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  A pontoon dredge pipeline may be utilized and crossing the navigation channel.  The Dredge POTTER will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.  Mariners are requested to contact the dredge prior to transiting the area.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

 
MILE 168.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
Commencing approximately September 25, 2020 and continuing until approximately October 1, 2020, the Dredge POTTER will conduct dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 168.0.  Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  A pontoon dredge pipeline may be utilized and crossing the navigation channel.  The Dredge POTTER will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.  Mariners are requested to contact the dredge prior to transiting the area.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.


MILE 52.0 - MILE 50.0 - SUNK BARGE/SALVAGE OPERATION/SAFETY ZONE
A sunken barge has been reported between approximate Miles 52.0 and 50.0.  The COTP Ohio Valley has established a Safety Zone limiting transit of the area to, one-way traffic, slowest safe speed and avoid meeting/over-taking, to facilitate salvage operations.  Mariners may contact U.S. Coast Guard MSU Paducah at (270) 442-1621, for additional information.

Full report  here







Recent Depth Survey UMRM 595.2 - 594.7


Certificate of Documentation good for 5 years, starting 2017

From WaterWayGuide.com

See page 14, Sec 311here.

Lock and Dam 10 Guttenberg, Ia

Looking across towards the Iowa side near UMRM 562 (Bellevue Beach)






This is a link to site that has factory service manuals that come in pretty handy at times.
Service Manuals for Outboards, Inboards, and Sterndrives