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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale May 14, 2009

By Tom Neale - Published May 14, 2009 - Viewed 897 times

Dredging NOW at Georgia’s Hell Gate:
            Cottrell Contracting Corporation has commenced dredging operations between Raccoon Key Lighted Buoy 87 and Hells Gate Light 92, in the Georgia Intracoastal Waterway. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. All operators should be aware that the dredge and pontoon lines are held in place by cables, which are attached to anchors some distance from the dredge  and pontoons. Buoys area attached to the anchors so that they may be moved as the dredge moves. Submerged lines should be avoided. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredging plant. The dredge RICHMOND will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16 for passing information. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area. This project will continue until completion on or about July 2, 2009. For further information please contact Mr. Frank Hall at (757) 547-9611. (7th District LNM 18).
            Buoys green can “89” and red nun “90” have been discontinued for dredging according to the 7th District LNM 19.
            The most recent survey by the USACE Savannah was completed in December, 2008. The findings for Hell Gate follow: West Quarter (red side): 3.5 feet; Centerline: 1.5 feet; East Quarter (green side): 1.0 feet. We passed in mid April, 2009 at one hour after high tide, and this seemed to be an accurate representation of the depth. During dredging, be extremely careful in passing the equipment, as this is a narrow stretch of the ICW with swift side-sweeping currents.*

*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase.  Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.

North Carolina Lighthouses to be Unlit:
            The National Park Service will undertake the restoration and conservation of the below lighthouses during the dates noted. During these periods the light characteristic will be temporarily discontinued and noted in the Local Notice to Mariners TEMPORARY DISCONTINUED section.
A. Bodie Island Light (LLNR 590) from 11 July, 2009 to 11 July, 2011.
B. Ocracoke Light (LLNR 660) from 01 July, 2009 to 01 September, 2009. (5th District LNM 19)

Hudson River Waterway Analysis:
            The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of the Hudson River from buoy C1 Morris Canal lower Hudson River to Troy lock, with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Branch, will be accepting comments until 15 Jun 2009, Contact BMC Tom Casey 1-718-354-4354, fax 718-345-4190, or thomas.r.casey@uscg.mil . (1st District LNM 18).

New York Harbor Testing:
            Coring, grab sampling, water sampling and current meter placement in support of pipeline investigations will be done north of Ambrose Channel, directly south of Jacob Riis Park near Rockaway Point. The work will be done from 11 May - 5 August 2009. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be the R/V RARITAN (NJ2492GM), R/V HAYES (645462) and the R/V SEA HAWK. Twenty four hour point of contact is Collin Clement @ 914-224-6884. (1st District LNM 18).

Stony Brook Channel, Long Island, Severe Shoaling:
            The following aids will not be seasonally established due to severe shoaling at the mouth of the channel: Stony Brook Harbor Channel Buoy 1 and Stony Brook Harbor Channel Buoy 2. (1st District LNM 18).

Fire Island Inlet Info:
            Dredging is being done from Fire Island Inlet to Davis Park until 25 May 2009. The hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On scene are the dredges R. N. WEEKS and B. E. LINDHOLM that are monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed. (USCG First District LNM 18).

New Position for Sunken Vessel:
            The position of the sunk F/V LADY MARY, initially reported in LNM 13/09, has been updated by a NOAA survey to 38-35- 2.8N, 073-41-27.8W, with a least depth of 47meters/154ft over the wreck. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Baltimore Harbor Bridge Repairs:
            Mariners are advised that the mechanical repairs to the south span of the Pennington Ave. Bridge, across Curtis Creek (Mile 0.9) will be conducted form 09 May thru 30 June, 2009, Monday thru Friday, from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. A crane barge will occupy the navigational channel to facilitate repairs. Mariners requiring the clearance of the barge should contact the bridge control tower on VHF-FM Channel 13 or at (410) 396-1154. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Repairs:
            Construction/repair/inspection on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (bridge approaches) will commence on 05 May, 2009 and be completed on or about 15 October, 2009. The Tug CLAIRE JANE will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16 and 78. On site equipment will consist of one 30 foot deck barge and two 55 foot deck barges. The tug and barges will periodically block spans of the bridge. Mariners may contact (443) 871-5026 if further information is required. Mariners should also use extreme caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

More Dredging at Rudee, Virginia Beach:
            The Dredge RUDEE II will commence dredging operations on the Lake Wesley Entrance Channel beginning 04 May, 2009. Dredging operations will take place from 7 A.M. until 10 P.M. daily. Floating and submerged dredge pipelines will be located east of the Rudee Bridge on Lake Wesley and run to the spoil area near the Owl Creek boat ramp. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Additional information may be obtained by calling (757) 615-5819/5835. Mariners should also use extreme caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

VIP Obstruction:
            There has been a report of an uncharted submerged obstruction approximately 20-25 feet channelward from the Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 240. Mariners should also use extreme caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Mile-long Pipeline Tow in Hampton Roads, Virginia:
            Weeks Marine will be towing and installing a submerged 5,100 foot pipeline in the vicinity of Newport News Channel Lighted Buoy 9 and Newport News Channel Lighted Buoy 10. The pipeline will be 50 feet below the water and the installation site will have moored Weeks deck barges. Operations will take place beginning at 7:00 a.m. on 26 May, 2009 and is scheduled to be completed within 12 hours. Mariners planning to transit the Newport News Channel during this period should contact Weeks Marine on VHF-FM Channel 6 or 13 prior to reaching the construction site to avoid delays. Any questions concerning this operation may be obtained by contacting Weeks Marine at (757)-289-2177 or 757) 999-3157. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Jordan Bridge Demolition Update:
            The fendering system of the Jordan Bridge on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River (Norfolk, VA area) has been temporarily marked with four Flashing Yellow 6 Second (Fl Y 6s) lights during the demolition operations. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Oregon Inlet, NC, Bridge Repair:
            The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary REGULATED NAVIGATION AREA on the waters of Oregon Inlet for repair work to the existing fender system of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. The REGULATED NAVIGATION AREA encompasses the area of the main navigational channel fendered span of the bridge. All vessels of 100 gross tons and greater are not permitted to transit the waterway unless the vessel obtains permission from Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District or his representative. Permission for transit may be obtained by contacting Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at (252)- 247-2570 or via VHF-FM Channel 16. Vessels of less than 100 gross tons will be permitted to transit the fendered span of the navigational channel at all times. Mariners are reminded that the fendered span of the bridge is the only recommended route for transiting under the bridge. Passing through any unfendered span presents a hazard to the vessel and the bridge. Alternate routes for any vessel into Pamlico Sound are Hatteras Inlet, Beaufort Inlet, or through the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). This REGULATED NAVIGATION AREA will be enforced from 08:00 A.M. 16 April, 2009, through 05:00 P.M. 05 June, 2009. (USCG 5th District LNM 17)

More North Carolina Shoaling (NOT on the ICW):
            Hatteras Inlet Channel: There has been a report of shoaling to a depth of 3.5ft MLW in the vicinity of Hatteras Inlet Channel Light 19 and shoaling to a depth of 2.0ft MLW in the vicinity of Hatteras Inlet Buoy 10C. Mariners should also use extreme caution when transiting the area.
            Teaches Hole: There has been a report of shoaling to a depth of 4.0ft MLW in the vicinity of Teaches Hole Buoy 20A (LLNR 28955.1). Mariners should also use extreme caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Fender Repairs, Wrightsville Beach Bridge:
            Mariners are advised that fender repairs will be conducted from June 1 until June 5, 2009, at the S.R. 74 Bridge, at AIWW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC. To facilitate repairs, a motorized platform, measuring 24 feet X 80 feet, will occupy the channel reducing the available horizontal clearance each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mariners requiring the full width of the channel are requested to provide at least a half-hour advance notice by calling either (910) 523-0833 or the bridge tender at (910) 256-2886. Mariners should also use extreme caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Dredging Equipment Demobilized in Cape Fear River, NC:
Great Lakes Dredging and Drydock has commenced four to six week de-mobilizing of dredge equipment from the Wilmington Inner Harbor and Smith Island to Bald Head Reach dredging project. Several rafts of dredge pipe will be anchored east of Southport Channel near the area south of Battery Island and will remain there until 30 June, 2009. A submerged pipeline will be discontinued and recovered south of Cape Fear River Channel Lighted Buoy 16. A NO WAKE zone is requested from 01 May until 30 May, 2009. Mariners may encounter the tugs LONE STAR and PELICAN STATE towing barges, pipelines and pipeline rafts. All assisting vessels will continue to monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (USCG 5th District LNM 19).

Ben Sawyer Bridge Update:
            Due to construction work on the Ben Sawyer Bridge (Mile 462.2, Charleston, SC), the bridge will be closed and restricted from 7 am to 8 pm on June 1 through October 19, 2009. This is due to the installation of the new, and removal of the old, fender installation. A two (2) hour notice is required for only boat traffic requiring the full width of the channel during the aforementioned date and times. To make two hour notification, please contact PCL Civil Constructors at (843) 972-0152 or Andy Bennett at (843) 540-1138. For questions regarding Coast Guard matters please contact CWO3 Hunter Crider at (843) 724-7647 or LT Julie Miller at (843) 720-3273. (7th District LNM 19; Clarification: I spoke with Lt. Julie Miller who confirmed that this closure and restriction applies only to vessels that will require the full width of the channel, and that the two hour notification will allow time necessary to remove construction equipment from the channel. Otherwise, the bridge will maintain its normal operating schedule, including the two hour rush hour closures on weekdays, and the hourly openings on weekends.)

Changes Proposed at Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, ICW Mile 515.5:
            The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the ICW at Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff.
            Permanently discontinue ASHEPOO – COOSAW CUTOFF RANGE REAR DAYBEACON.
            Permanently discontinue ASHEPOO – COOSAW CUTOFF RANGE FRONT DAYBEACON.
            Establish ASHEPOO – COOSAW CUTOFF DAYBEACON 175 in position 32-31-04.433N/080-28-19.711W displaying 3SGs on a pile. Daybeacon 175 is being established on Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff Range Front existing structure. All comments should be addressed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, Fl 33131 to be received by 05 June 2009. (USCG 7th District LNM 19).

St. Lucie Jetty Rehabilitation:
            J.E. McAmis, Inc., has advised that the St Lucie Inlet North Jetty Rehabilitation project has commenced in the St Lucie Inlet, Martin County, Florida, north of the Federal Channel on the north side. The tugboat REGINA T, ramp barge: MOBRO (126x45x7) and crew boat with floating dock will be on scene. VHF Channels 13 and 16 will be monitored during this operation which will be ongoing twenty-four (24) per day, seven (7) days per week, with completion date on or about August 31, 2009. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangement have been made.Circumstances that warrant specific maritime precautions shall be handled on a case by case basis in coordination with the local U.S. Coast Guard representatives. For further information please contact Ms. Patty Gillett at (561) 723-0588. (USCG 7th District LNM 17)

Two Waterway Analyses, South Florida:
            The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of the Miami Harbor /Main Ship Channel/Fisherman’s Channel. The study focuses on the area’s aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, communication capabilities and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide comments or participate in a user survey should contact the Coast Guard by 03 June 2009.Contact information: Commander, Sector Miami, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, FL, 33139, Attn: CWO2 Martin Bridges at (305) 535-4311. E-mail to Martin.A.Bridges@uscg.mil.
            The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of the Lake Worth Inlet Main Channel and Turning Basin. The study focuses on the area’s aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, communication capabilities and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide comments or participate in a user survey should contact the Coast Guard by June 3, 2009. Contact information: Commander, Sector Miami 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, FL, 33139, Attn: BM1 K.C. Thomas at (305) 535-4317. Email to Kenneth.C.Thomas@uscg.mil. (USCG 7th District LNM 19)

Summer Lock Closures for Maintenance in Okeechobee Waterway:
            Recent Notices to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville District (Dates are tentative):

  1. The W.P. Franklin Lock will be closed for installation of a Manatee Protection System starting on July 6 and reopening on August 26, 2009.
    • The Moore Haven Lock will be closed for major maintenance from June 8 to September 3, 2009.

Okeechobee Waterway Lockage Restrictions Reminder:
            The USACE Jacksonville has issued a Notice to Navigation Interests regarding the lock opening schedule for the St. Lucie and W.P. Franklin Locks in the Okeechobee Waterway, effective April 20, 2009. This schedule essentially provides for current and future restrictions, based on the Lake Level (in feet). As the lake level changes, so may the lock schedule, without notice, so don’t be surprised if the schedule changes suddenly. See the table in the April 30, 2009 East Coast Alerts or check for details at  http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/DOCS/NavBulletins/2009/ntn20090413.pdf

On May 13, 2009 the Lake Level was 10.63 feet.  This puts the schedule in the “3 Lockages per day” category for now at St. Lucie and W.P. Franklin Locks, but nearing the “2 Lockages per day” level.

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 19:           
             Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9: Construction continues.
            New Smyrna North Bridge (AKA George Musson Memorial Bridge), Mile 845: Closed for repairs on June 30, 2009 at 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. on July 3, 2009. Vessels not requiring an opening may pass at any time.        
            NASA Railroad Bridge, Mile 876.6: Due to repairs, this bridge is scheduled to be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, March 16-June 30, 2009. However, cruisers report that this bridge is only closing sporadically, and usually not for the entire scheduled period.    
Max Brewer Bridge, Mile 878.9: AKA Titusville Bridge will be replaced with a high level bridge. Construction will begin May 11, 2009 and continue through April, 2011. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville will broadcast Notices to Mariners regarding restrictions as needed.
            Bakers Haulover Bridge, North Miami Beach (Not on the ICW): The fender system on this bridge will be replaced between April 12 and December 7, 2009.A barge and floating equipment will be in the vicinity and at times will be restricting the navigable channel.
            East Venetian Causeway (Not on the ICW): (across the Miami Beach Channel) This bridge will be under repairs beginning May 1, 2009 and ending June 20, 2009. The channel will be closed and no vessels except emergency vessels may pass during the repair period.  
            Blackburn Point Swingbridge, GIWW Mile 63.1, Sarasota: This bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from May 18-June 18, 2009, but will be open for marine traffic. In the event of a hurricane it will close as quickly as possible and remain closed for up to two days after the storm.

Dredging in Matanzas Pass, Fort Myers Beach:
            Southwind Construction Corp., will commence hydraulic dredging in cuts 1 and 2A near Matanzas Pass and Fort Myers Beach Harbor, Fort Myers, Florida, with Nearshore Disposal Site at Fort Myers Beach on or about May 20, 2009. The hours of operation will be twenty-four hours (24) per day, seven days (7) per week until completion on or about July 31, 2009. The dredge WILKO with work boats AMITY and BOA will monitor VFH Channels 13 and 16 with working channel 79. Submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation will be present, all mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area and use their slowest safe speed to minimize wake. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned 300 feet offshore and parallel to the existing coastline within the Gulf of Mexico traversing southerly to the designated Nearshore Disposal Site at Fort Myers Beach, Florida. For further information please contact Mr. Darrell Stewart (Operations Director) at (812) 867-7220. (USCG 7th District LNM 19).

This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change.  Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to this use.

 





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