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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale July 23, 2009 - Part 1

By Tom Neale - Published July 23, 2009 - Viewed 922 times

Cancelled:  ICW Closure at New Oak Island Bridge, NC, Mile 316.6:

(From the USCG 5th District Bridge Branch)*

Due to construction problems, the girder erection has been delayed and this temporary safety zone has been cancelled:

NORTH CAROLINA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – OAK ISLAND, SAFETY ZONE/WATERWAY CLOSURE

The Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at mile 316.6 (33?-55.63’N, 078?-9.37’W) Oak Island, Brunswick County, North Carolina  (CHART 11534).  The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the installation of bridge girders at the new high-level fixed highway bridge at the second crossing to Oak Island, connecting SR-1104 with NC-211. The bridge girder installation will be between 7:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. each day from July 22, 2009 through July 29, 2009.  The NCDOT contractor will be utilizing a deck barge with a 55’ beam, a 450 ton ringer crane on a stationary barge with an 85’ beam, and tugs/pushers. 

To provide for the safety of the public, the Coast Guard will temporarily restrict access to this section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during girder installation. This zone includes the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extending 250 yards in either direction from the main construction site.

Be advised that this waterway closure will affect vessels attempting to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center (252) 247-4570 for further information.

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

Revised Channel Closure Schedule: Bridge of Lions Summer 2009

Start Date

End Date

Closure Times

Comment

Scheduled Openings

July 20, 2009

July 23, 2009

8:00am July 20, 2009 until 8:00am July 23, 2009

Total of 72 hours.

Channel closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies.

None

July 23, 2009

July 27, 2009

*Channel partially open 8:00am to 9:00pm each day July 23-27, 2009

*A weather delay affecting the previous activity may delay this partial opening until 8:00am July 24, 2009

*Regular opening schedule

August 3, 2009

August 6, 2009

8:00am August 3, 2009 until 8:00am August 6, 2009

Total of 72 hours

Channel closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies

None

August 6, 2009

August 10, 2009

*Channel partially open 8:00am to 9:00pm each day August 6-10, 2009

*A weather delay affecting the previous activity may delay this partial opening until 8:00am August 7, 2009

*Regular opening schedule

*During partial channel openings, vessels can expect a horizontal clearance of 30 feet.

Night Time Closures (some overlap with closures listed above):

Start Date

End Date

Closure Times

Comment

Scheduled Openings

July 6, 2009

August 24, 2009

Channel closed each night, 9:00pm until 8:00am

Channel closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies

None

These closures have been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

(REVISED 7-17-2009)

Call (904) 825-3647 or (904) 669-1165 with questions. (From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project)

Further Revisal to This Schedule:

Click here to read Part 2

 

            The channel beneath the Bridge of Lions will remain closed tomorrow, (today) Thursday, July 23, 2009, in a change to the schedule distributed last Friday which called for a partial channel opening tomorrow dependent upon weather. During recent construction activities in the channel, divers discovered considerable decades-old debris not related to the current rehabilitation project in the channel. Please call (904) 825-3647 or (904) 669-1165 with any questions. (From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project)

Special Notices

Coast Guard Warns Boaters to Use Caution around Large Commercial Vessels:

Penobscot Bay, ME:     
    
      Boaters are reminded of the dangers of close quarter situations with large commercial vessels. There have been a number of near misses between these deep draft vessels and small boats in the area. Deep draft vessels cannot change course easily in this challenging navigational area due to the sheer size of the vessel, draft, and maneuvering characteristics. Boaters are reminded to exercise caution when large commercial vessels are transiting the Penobscot Bay area and be cognizant of navigation rules. (First USCG District LNM 28)

OPERATION CLEAR CHANNEL IN THE PORT OF NY/NJ (REVISED):    
        The "Operation Clear Channel" program is designed to educate boaters about the hazards of navigating small vessels and personal water craft in the confines of the narrow navigational channels used by larger commercial ships that enter and depart the various ports in New York Harbor. The federal navigation rules, also known as "Rules of the Road", address this safety concern by giving commercial vessels priority, or right-of-way, over smaller vessels when navigating in narrow channels. 33 U.S. Code 2072 provides for $5,000 penalties for each violation for which penalty the vessel may be seized.
            Every day an average of 1,400 commercial vessels navigate the waters of the Port of NY/NJ. The masters of these vessels, while always on the lookout, cannot always see smaller vessels when they cross the channels. For safety reasons, recreational boating activities should always be conducted at a safe distance away from navigation channels. Boaters should keep a sharp lookout for other vessels and always be prepared to give way to ships constrained in their ability to maneuver when transiting within close proximity to a channel.
            Coast Guard units in New York and New Jersey actively promote boater awareness through vessel enforcement patrols and visits to local marinas. The Coast Guard targets high-traffic regions, such as the Ambrose Channel, Sandy Hook Channel and Raritan Bay, but also includes all of New York Harbor.
            Mariners interested in increasing their knowledge of boating safety, including the Rules of the Road, should consider a Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course. Course information is available online at http://www.cgaux.org in the “Take a Boating Course” section, or by calling 1- 800-336-BOAT. Further information regarding Operation Clear Channel can be found at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management > 10. Recreational Boating Information and Internet Links. (First USCG District LNM 28)

LORAN-C OPERATIONS, LORAN DATA CHANNEL (LDC) RESEARCH

            Single rated Loran Stations Jupiter, FL (7980-Y), Las Cruces, NM (9610-X), and Middletown, CA, (9940-X) will be on air testing the Loran Data Channel uninterrupted until further notice.
            Dual rated Loran Stations Dana, IN (9960-Z), George (9940-W), Seneca, NY (8970-X), Gillette, WY (8290-X), and Grangeville, LA (7980-Y) will be on air testing LDC between 0800 and 1500 local time Monday through Friday.
The test broadcast will use pulse position modulation of a ninth pulse added one thousand microseconds after the standard pulse group. 
           Throughout the test period the signal will meet all service performance parameters published in the 1994 specification of the Loran-C signal. Users should not experience any tracking errors or service interference from this test broadcast. Users will be notified of any changes to the test schedule and when the testing is complete.
            Loran users are encouraged to report any Loran service degradation or outages they experience via the following methods:
a. Navcen Information Service (east) at (703) 313-5900
b. Navcen Detachment (western operations) at (707) 765-7598
c. Navcen web site's report a Loran problem worksheet at www.navcen.uscg.gov . Additional information on the Loran Data Channel and the 1994 Loran-C signal specification may also be found at this web site. (First USCG District LNM 28)

Loran Unusable Times:
            Unusable time is approved for Loran-C Station Seneca.
Primary: 1200Z – 2000Z 27 July 2009
Alternate: 1200Z – 2000Z 28 July 2009
Please address all inquiries to the southeast U.S. Loran-C Chain Operations Control Officer at (703) 313-5873/5900. Current Loran-C Status is available 24 hours per day through internet address: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov (USCG 7th District LNM 29)

Proposed Off Air for DGPS Kensington, SC

            Propose off-air time is being requested for the following times.
Primary: 1300Z – 1500Z 14 August 2009 (0900 – 1100)
Alternate: 1300Z – 1500Z 15 August 2009 (0900 – 1100)
Please address all objections or inquiries to the USCG Navigation Center, DGPS Operations LPO, Petty Officer First Class (ET1) Jamie B. Henleyat (703) 313-5902. (USCG 7th District LNM 29)

GPS Testing:

            The Joint Staff has proposed GPS Testing in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This proposed testing will affect the L1-1575.42 MHz frequency. Proposed testing times are from 1200Z to 0200Z on 3 August 2009 to 6 August 2009. Center point of proposed impact area is 28 deg 28.14N 080 deg 34.48W. Impact radius is 3 miles of center point. For mariners with SIPRNET access, all test proposal materials are posted on the Joint Staff (JS) portal. All concerns and/or if this will drastically affect GPS users or the maritime community in this area should be address to USCG Navigation Center at (703) 313-5900 or www.navcen.uscg.gov. (USCG 7th District LNM 28)

USCG First District

Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Waterway Analysis, MA:

NAHANT BAY (NAHANT BAY APPROACH, NAHANT HARBOR):
            The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis Review of Nahant Bay (including Nahant Bay Approach, Nahant Harbor). Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in this waterway should be received no later than 09 September 2009 to be considered.

PLYMOUTH BAY (KINGSTON, DUXBURY AND PLYMOUTH HARBORS):
 
           The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis Review of Plymouth Bay (including Kingston, Duxbury and Plymouth Harbors). Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in this waterway should be received no later than 09 September 2009 to be considered.
            Send comments to: BOSN2 Tate McDaniel, US Coast Guard Sector Boston, 427 Commercial St., Boston MA 02109-1027 ATTN: BOSN2 Tate McDaniel (617) 557-9083, E-MAIL: Tate.M.McDaniel.@USCG.MIL (USCG First District LNM 28)

Sunken Boat, New York Approaches:
            THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A RPT OF A 30 FOOT P/C WHICH SANK IN POSITION 40-10.845N 073-08.604W IN APPROXIMATELY 72 FEET OF WATER. (USCG First District LNM 28)

USCG Fifth District

Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina

Manasquan River Bridge now “Fixed”:
             Effective July 15, 2009, mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is removing the existing drawbridge operation regulations for the Route 70 Bridge, mile 3.4, across Manasquan River at Riviera Beach, NJ. The existing bridge has been modified by permit from a movable bridge to a fixed bridge. Since the bridge is no longer a movable bridge, the regulation controlling the opening and closing of the bridge is no longer necessary. A copy of Public Notice 5-1153, which describes the changes in detail, can be obtained by writing to the address above or by calling (757) 398-6222. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Dredging: Wilmington, DE:
            The Dredge PULLEN will commence dredging operations at the Port of Wilmington Delaware on the Christina River on or about 15 July, 2009. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Wilmington Harbor Disposal Area. The project is expected to continue until approximately 25 August, 2009. The Dredge operator may be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.(USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Delaware River Testing:
            The M/V LITTLE C will be conducting test borings in various locations in the Delaware River in the vicinity of the Marcus Hook, Chester and Eddystone Ranges from 23 July until 07 August, 2009. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels transit at a NO WAKE when passing the boring site. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Survey off Assateague Island:
            The survey vessel M/v ATLANTIC SURVEYOR (call sign WTR5417) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the waters off of Assateague Island, bounded by the positions 38-05.0N, and 37-58.9N and then seaward to a distance of approximately 25 nautical miles. Operations, which involve towing a side scan sonar, will be conducted 24 hours a day from 14 July until 30 November, 2009. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM 10, 13 and 16. Applicable dayshapes and lights for a vessel “ restricted in its ability to maneuver” will be displayed. It is requested that all vessels give the M/V ATLANTIC SURVEYOR a wide berth to avoid fouling the towed equipment or interfering with surveying operations. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Baltimore Harbor—Constellation Turn-Around:
            Mariners are advised that the annual turn-around of the historic sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation is scheduled to occur in Baltimore Harbor, at Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, September 11, 2009, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event consists of towing the historic sloop-of-war from its Inner Harbor berth at Pier 1 to the Fort McHenry Angle, then turning the vessel around, and towing it back to its Inner Harbor berth. As described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 165.512, a temporary moving safety zone is established during the towing operation. The moving safety zone includes all waters within 200 yards ahead of or 100 yards outboard or aft of the historic sloop of war U.S.S. Constellation while operating in the Patapsco River, Northwest Harbor and Inner Harbor. The zone will be enforced from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m. on September 11, 2009. Except for USS Constellation Turn-around Participants, no person or vessel may enter into or remain within this area. Persons or vessels requiring entry, must first request permission by the Captain of the Port Baltimore, at (410) 576-2693, or Coast Guard patrol vessels enforcing the zone on marine band radio channel 16 VHF-FM. If authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander to enter or pass through the zone, persons or vessels must proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. The Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State and local agencies. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Ron Houck, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

No Daytime Openings at Woodrow Wilson Bridge:
      
       Effective July 30, 2009, mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is changing the drawbridge operation regulations of the new Woodrow Wilson Memorial (I-95) Bridge, at mile 103.5, across Potomac River, between Alexandria, VA, and Oxon Hill, MD. Currently, Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.255(a) (2) (i) states (paraphrasing) that the drawbridge need not open for the passage of a commercial vessel, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and this final rule connects the two time periods by extending the operating regulation to cover the entire period from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. This rule is being made in an effort to minimize the potential for major regional vehicular traffic impacts and consequences during bridge openings of the draw span while still providing for the reasonable needs of marine traffic. A copy of Public Notice 5-1152, which describes the changes in detail, can be obtained by writing to the address above or by calling (757) 398-6222. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Dredging in Hampton Roads:
            The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Piers 2-14 Naval Base Norfolk from 23 June until 23 September, 2009. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.
            The Dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations in the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Concrete Precast System from 20 July until 27 July, 2009. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16.
             The dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations along the West yard bulkhead out to the channel at Colonna’s Shipyard, along the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River. Dredging operations will be conducted from 23 July to 23 September, 2009. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to review the dredging and mariner construction cautions notice at the beginning of this section. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE - NORTH CHANNEL - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE:

            On or about August 6, 2009 the Coast Guard will discontinue North Channel Entrance Buoy 2 (LLNR 21365) and relocate Middle Ground South End Lighted Bell Buoy 4A (LLNR 380) to 37 00 42.084N 75 55 29.928W. Chart 12221

Send comments to: Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA. 23704

Attn.: Albert Grimes Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Gilmerton Bridge, Mile 5.8, Construction Delay:
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MISENER MARINE CONSTRUCTION INC WILL BE CONDUCTING BRIDGE FENDER REPAIR ON THE GILMERTON BRIDGE FROM 7 P.M. FRIDAY JULY 24 UNTIL 6 A.M. MONDAY JULY 27, 2009. ONE BARGE WILL BE ONSCENE TENDED BY THE TUG BAYOU BEAST. REPRESENTATIVES FROM MISENER MARINE CONSTRUCTION INC WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. WHILE THE ENTIRE CHANNEL WILL NOT BE BLOCKED BY THIS OPERATION, IT IS
REQUESTED THAT MARINERS TRANSITING THIS PORTION OF THE ELIZABETH RIVER CONTACT MISENER MARINE CONSTRUCTION INC VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 13,THIRTY MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE GILMERTON BRIDGE TO ENSURE A DELAY FREE PASSAGE. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT JOHN C. ESKINS AT 813-233-6338 OR HAROLD FOSKEY AT 813-363-0187. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA. (USCG Fifth District Bridge Branch)

Navy Small Arms Exercise, James River, VA:
           The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone is in support of the U.S. Navy small arms gunnery exercises and explosive training events on the M/V DELMONTE. The safety zone will restrict vessel traffic on the James River within 1500 foot radius of position 37-06-11N, 076-38-40W and will be in effect between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. from 30 July until 08 August, 2009. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Alligator River, NC, Shoaling Reported:
            There has been a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Alligator River Light 8 mile 82 of the AICW. The shoaling extends into the channel approximately 40 feet and has a reported depth of 4 feet. (USCG Fifth District LNM 29)

Dredging in NC:
           The WEEKS DREDGE 551 will be conducting dredging operations at various locations along berths 2 through 9 in the Morehead City Inner Harbor, Bogue Sound and Newport River from 02 June until 31 August, 2009. The tugs ELIZABETH and ROBERT will transport dredge material in scows to the offshore site at approximate position 34-36-17N, 076-44-22W. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

USCG Seventh District

Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida

Ben Sawyer Bridge Update:
            Due to construction work on the Ben Sawyer Bridge, the bridge will be closed and restricted from 7 am to 5 pm on Monday through Friday, and 7 to noon on Saturdays from 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 up to a 55 foot clearance during the aforementioned date and times; please provide an advance notice for those requiring a greater clearance.  To make notifications, please contact the Bridge Tender at (843) 883-3581. For questions regarding Coast Guard matters please contact CWO3 Hunter Crider at (843) 724-7647 or LT Julie Miller at (843) 720-3273. MSIB (23-09), Charleston Coast Guard

Dredging in Charleston Harbor:
 
           Atlantic Dredging, LLC, has advised that staging and preparation for dredging activities will commence on or about 22 July 2009 in the vicinity of Charleston Naval Base Container Terminal on the Cooper River, Charleston, South Carolina. Dredging will be performed on the west side of Daniel Island Reach approximately 1000 feet off the shoreline. Pipelines will run submerged from the project site approximately 32 deg 50.267N 079 deg 55.920W across the Cooper River to the Daniel Island Containment Facility to Daniels Island at approximate position 32 deg 49.541N 079 deg 55.500W. The dredge TRENTON with M/V POOLES ISLAND and booster barge PB-1 will be on-scene and monitor VFH Channel 13. In mid August the dredge TANGIER SOUND with larger pipelines will be on-scene to commence dredging on or about 1 September 2009. The project will continue on twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week basis until completion on or about 31 March, 2010. For further information/updates please contact Mr. James Matters at (410) 320-7534. (Seventh District LNM 29)

Stono River (ICW) Range Change Proposal:
            The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Stono River.
            Change STONO RIVER RANGE C FRONT LIGHT to Light 28 displaying Quick Flash Red and TRs on a pile.
            Permanently discontinue STONO RIVER RANGE C REAR LIGHT.
            Renumber STONO RIVER DAYBEACON 28 to Daybeacon 28A.
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 01 September 2009. (Seventh District LNM 29)

No Radar During Shuttle Landing:
 
           The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) has requested that all mariners unless authorized by NASA please refrain from RADAR tracking of the STS-127 launch and landing. STS-127 is scheduled for a nominal eleven (11) day mission to the International Space Station. The possible launch opportunity is 11 July 2009 (actual launch was July 15, so probable landing will be July 26). The possible landing period depending on the actual launch date is 21 July 2009. For further information please contact Ms. Cathy Sham at (218) 483-0124. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

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