NAVIGATION POLICY NOTICE
HUNTINGTON DISTRICT DATE: 01/10/2018 NOTICE NUMBER: 8341
ATTN: CELRH-DE
502 8TH STREET
HUNTINGTON WV 25701-2070
HTTP://WWW.LRH.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
POC:


Kent Browning
Chief, Waterways
(304)399-5239
LOCAL NUMBER: 18-04
WATERWAY: KANAWHA RIVER
OHIO RIVER
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NOTIFICATION OF SINKING OR SUNKEN VESSELS,

VESSEL GROUNDINGS, AND BARGE BREAKAWAYS

 

Timely notification of sinking or sunken vessels, groundings, and barges breakaway is a matter of great concern to the United States Army Corps of Engineers because of the potential danger that could result from unreported cases.

 

Pursuant to Section 7 of the River and Harbor Act of August 8, 1917, regulations have been prescribed to govern the use, administration, and navigation of the Ohio River, the Mississippi River above Cairo, Illinois, and their tributaries.  Excerpts from these regulations (33 CFR 207.300) are as follows:

 

            “Any accident resulting in uncontrolled barges shall immediately be reported

            to the nearest lock.  The report shall include information as to the number

            of loose barges, their cargo, and the time and location where they broke loose.

            The lockmaster or locks shall be kept informed of the progress being made in

            bringing the barges under control so that they can initiate whatever actions may

            be warranted.”

                                                                                                                       

            “Sunken or sinking barges shall be reported to the nearest lock both downstream

            and upstream of the location in order that other traffic passing those points may

            be advised of the hazards.”

 

            “Any other activity on the waterways that could conceivably endanger

            navigation or a navigation structure shall be reported to the nearest lock.”

 

The following is a listing of pertinent information for all Huntington District Lock and Dam Projects.

         

                        Location                    River               River Mile      Telephone Number

                        Willow Island            Ohio                161.7 R          740-374-8710

                        Belleville                   Ohio                203.9 R          740-378-6110

                        Racine                       Ohio                237.5 L           740-247-3130

                        Robert C. Byrd          Ohio                279.2 L           304-576-2272

                        Greenup                     Ohio               341.0 L            606-473-7441

                        Meldahal                    Ohio               436.2 R           513-876-2921

                        Winfield                     Kanawha         31.1 R            304-586-2501

                        Marmet                       Kanawha         67.7 R            304-949-1175

                        London                       Kanawha         82.8 R            304-442-8422

 

Reporting incidents such as these to other Federal Agencies other than the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers does not fulfill your reporting obligation.

 

If you have any questions, please contact this office at (304) 399-5239.

//signed//


Dale Smith
Acting Chief Technical Support Branch