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Notice to Mariners - Select Events from 2021
« on: May 30, 2021, 02:58:28 pm »
Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal St. Johnsville/Little Falls

May 30, 2021

Mariners are advised of silt deposits in the navigation pool from Erie Canal Lock E-16 in St. Johnsville to Lock E-17 in Little Falls in the vicinity of Guard Gate 3 in Indian Castle, due heavy stream flows. Vessels with draft more than 6 feet should not transit this level.

Updates will follow.

Charts covering the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786e29.png

https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786e28.png

Features along the eastern portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=erieeastern


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NOTICE TO MARINERS

Oswego Canal Minetto and Oswego

May 30, 2021

Mariners are advised that Oswego Canal Locks O-5 in Minetto and Lock O-8 in Oswego are closed for maintenance issues until further notice. We anticipate that these locks will reopen shortly.

Updates will follow.

Charts covering the affected area can be found at

https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786o1r.png

https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786o1l.png


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Notice to Mariners

Oswego Canal Minetto and Oswego

May 31, 2021

Mariners are advised that Oswego Canal Lock O-8 in Oswego that was announced as closed in a previous Notice to Mariners has reopened to navigation. Lock O-5 in Minetto temporarily remains closed until further notice.

A chart covering the affected area can be found at

https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786o1r.png

http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786o1l.png

Features along the Oswego Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=oswego

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Notice to Mariners

Oswego Canal Minetto

May 31, 2021

Mariners are advised that Oswego Canal Lock O-5 in Minetto that was announced as closed in a previous Notice to Mariners will reopen to navigation tomorrow, June 1, 2021, at 7:00 am.

A chart covering the affected area can be found at

https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786o1r.png

http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786o1l.png


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Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal Herkimer

June 9, 2021

Mariners are advised that a channel encroachment exists due to dredging operations just to the west of the Mohawk Street Bridge (E-36) over the Erie Canal in Herkimer.               

When transiting this area boaters should use the north side of the navigation channel. Use caution and proceed at a "No Wake" speed of not more than 5 mph and be aware of submerged cables in the work area.

Please contact the dredge operator on Marine Channel 13 before proceeding through the area.

Dredging operations are conducted every Tuesday to Friday, from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm and anticipated to be completed by the end of this June 2021.

A chart covering the affected area can be found at https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786e26.png 

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Notice to Mariners

Oswego Canal - Phoenix

June 11, 2021

Mariners are advised that Oswego Canal Lock O-1 in Phoenix, that was announced with a width reduction in a previous Notice to Mariners, has been repaired and is locking vessels at the normal width.

A chart covering the affected area can be found at https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786o6.png

Features along the eastern portion of the Oswego Canal are listed by mileage at https://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=oswego

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Erie Canal Albion

June 15, 2021

Mariners are advised that Lift Bridge E-200 (Main St.) in Albion over the Erie Canal is temporarily inoperable, due to a mechanical issue, in the down position and therefore impassible for vessels. Repair crews are on site.

Updates will follow.

NYSCC Cruising Guide Page E-10 covering the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/nyscce10.jpg

Features along the western portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=eriewestern

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Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal Albion

June 15, 2021

Mariners are advised that Lift Bridge E-200 (Main St.) in Albion over the Erie Canal that was announced as inoperable in a previous Notice to Mariners has been repaired and is back in service.

A chart covering the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/nyscce10.jpg

Features along the western portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=eriewestern

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Notice to Mariners

  Erie Canal - Perinton

  June 17, 2021

Mariners are advised of a fallen tree approximately 200 yards west of the Lyndon Road Bridge (E-124)  over the Erie Canal in Perinton, that is partially obstructing the south side of the navigation channel and marked with buoys. When transiting this area boaters should use the north side of the navigation channel. Crews have been notified.

Boaters should use caution when transiting this area.

A map showing the affected area can be found at

https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/nyscce19.jpg


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I heard from a group on Facebook that there are no "tree problems", or issues with trees along the canal in Perinton or Fairport. They have stated this is all "fear mongering" on the part of the NY Canal System ownership.

ALL TREES are good according, to this group, even those obstructing canal travel I guess, maybe it should stay in place so turtles can sun themselves on it?

Would be nice to get a picture of this "phantom obstruction" in the Canalway channel, that has resulted in yet another NYSCC Alert Notification.

All these Canal Alerts are proving time after time, that the NYS Canal System is slowly falling apart, and becoming more of a danger to public safety as it reaches its 200th birthday.

Over two DOZEN alerts so far in June.

https://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/tas/notices/




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Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal Newark/Palmyra

June 23, 2021

Mariners are advised that the Erie Canal from Lock E-28B in Newark and Lock E-29 in Palmyra that was announced as closed in a previous Notice to Mariners due to a downed powerline in the Canal, has reopened to navigation.

Adjustments to the height of the overhead powerline by the utility continue to be made during the day today and will have no effect on navigation.

Charts showing the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/nyscce22.jpg

http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charownedts/nyscce20.jpg                                                                           

Features along the western portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=eriewestern


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Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal Fairport

July 3, 2021

Mariners are advised that Main Street Lift Bridge (E-128) over the Erie Canal in the village of Fairport, is inoperable, in the down position. The New York State Department of Transportation has been notified.

Updates will follow.

A chart showing the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/nyscce18.jpg

Features along the western portion of the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/navinfo/navinfo.aspx?waterway=eriewestern


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Seems like the dilemma in Fairport was short lived... but must have been quite an embarrassment for the NYS Canal Corporation, who just a few hours before this happened was in Fairport celebrating the "reopening" of the Lift Bridge.



But if you look at the June Notice to Mariners issued by the Canal Corporation you could see it was only a matter of time before "bridges" became the issue of the Month. It started moving from Lock-related issues to Bridges & Channel Obstructions.




And now with July starting, the issues with Lift Bridges is becoming the biggest issues to using the NYS Canal System. Most folks should realize that the Lift Bridges are NOT owned bt the NYS Canal Corporation, those are all maintained by the NYS Dept. of Transportation.



I guess with an "aging infrastructure" issue in this country, it's only "logical" that the Nation's First Superhighway, the Erie Canal, would be suffering the most.

After all, it's probably the only highway in America that uses so many different structures to operate it; a man-made waterway, natural rivers, earthen embankments, concrete dams, reservoirs of Adirondack water, locks, bike/service trails, lift bridges...the list goes on.

And any part of it is ready to fail after 100-200 years of operation, including having trees fall into it, lock doors failing to operate, and yes, even Lift Bridges that seem to be having issues these days.

If you are keeping score... the NYS Canal Corporation boasts having 16 Lift Bridges in their Canal System. The math says that SO FAR IN 2021, about 25% of these old bridges have failed in some way. And we are just starting to use them again since the Canal has been re-watered for the Navigation Season.
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