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East Coast Alerts By Mel Neale September 17, 2009

By Tom Neale - Published September 17, 2009 - Viewed 1013 times

New 802 Bridge Construction Operations: Beaufort, SC:
           Due to the construction of the new 802 Bridge over the Beaufort River in Beaufort, SC, Misener Marine Construction (MMCI) will begin installing a temporary work trestle on the East side (Beaufort side) of the channel and extending into the waterway on or about Tuesday, September 8th through Wednesday, September 23, 2009.
            On or about Saturday, Saturday 26th through Monday, September 28, 2009, MMCI will be mobilizing their floating equipment, which consists of two barges and a tug boat, to the new 802 Bridge Construction site in the waters of the Beaufort River; Beaufort, SC.
            Also, on or about Monday, September 28, 2009 through the month of October, MMCI will begin installing a temporary work trestle on the West side (Lady Island side) of the channel and extending into the waterway.
            Unless otherwise noted, MMCI Operations will continue 10 hours a day, five days a week, for approximately 16 months.
            For on-scene communications, contact tug and/or barges via VHF Radio channels 13 and/or 16. For further information contact MMCI Project Engineer Jonathan Schmaltz at (813) 323-2309 or Project Superintendent Tommy Warten at (813) 376-3668. From MSIB (55-09) – Homeport Charleston*

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

Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine, Florida:
            Channel restrictions begin this coming Monday, September 14, 2009. Construction crews reserve the right to restrict the channel to 35 feet horizontal clearance between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. This will continue through October 30, 2009.
            Construction crews also reserve the right to close the channel at night beginning October 1, 2009 and continuing each night 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. through October 30, 2009.
            These restrictions have been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. The restrictions are necessary for testing machinery and aligning the center span sections of the rehabilitated Bridge of Lions, which is anticipated to open near the end of 2009. From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project, (904) 825-3647, (904) 669-1165

Gilmerton Bridge, Mile 5.8, Night Closures for Repairs:
            Mariners are advised that the fender system repairs on the Gilmerton Lift Bridge (US 13/460) across the Elizabeth River (Southern Branch), at AIWW mile 5.8, in Chesapeake, VA will restrict the normal operation of the drawbridge. Restricted operations are scheduled to occur on October 2, 2009 at 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on October 5, 2009.  Additionally, the drawbridge operations will be restricted each night beginning October 5 through October 8, 2009 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. Finally, drawbridge operations will be restricted on October 9, 2009 from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on October 12, 2009. Drawbridge opening requests must be given to the bridge operator at least two hours in advance during the dates and times specified above.  The bridge operator may be contacted at (757) 545-1512 or via marine radio on Channel 13.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d).  Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area.
(From the USCG 5th District Bridge Branch)

East River Closures to be Announced:
            The United Nations General Assembly 64th Session will be held from September 15 – 30, 2009. Mariners can expect varying degrees of closure on the East River during this general timeframe. Specific information detailing the areas of the East River closed to vessel traffic, including the dates and times, will be provided at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management Division > 01. Advisory Notices when it is available. As of September 16, after the beginning of the described event, no information was available. (1st District LNM 36)

Moore Haven Lock Closure Continues:
            1. Update to Moore Haven Lock Re-Opening Date - It has become necessary to extend the Moore Haven Lock closure for an additional 2 week period of time, to at least 28 September, 2009. This unfortunate extension is required in order to complete additional mechanical repairs to the lock gates that were not previously known. Moore Haven Lock is over 70 yrs old, and because of this age, while in a dewatered condition, necessary repairs have been identified that if not made, could lead to failure of the gates and extended closures in the near future. The repair crews are and will be working extended hours to complete these repairs and have the lock back in operation as soon as possible. Please call the South Florida Operations Office at 863 983 8101 or the number above for the latest information regarding the lock status. Information will also be updated on the link provided as soon as known.

  1. (Moore Haven Lock): Moore Haven Lock will remain closed until September 28, 2009. Date is tentative.
  2. During the scheduled maintenance event above, crossing the state via the OWW will not be possible until the work is completed.

            2. Additional information concerning Lake Okeechobee and the adjoining waterway may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District web site at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil and choosing the OPERATIONS DIVISION tab and selecting the NOTICE TO NAVIGATION from the pull down menu. From A Notice to Navigation Interests.

Special Notices

GPS Testing in Florida Vicinity:
            The Joint Staff has proposed GPS Testing in the vicinity of Florida. This proposed testing will effect (L1-1575.42MHz, L2-1227.6MHz) frequency. The dates and times for the CSFLANT 09-06 test are:
17 SEP 09 1700Z-2000Z and 2300Z-0100Z
18 SEP 09 1700Z-2000Z and 2300Z-0100Z
19 SEP 09 1700Z-2000Z and 2300Z-0100Z
20 SEP 09 1700Z-2000Z and 2300Z-0100Z
21 SEP 09 1700Z-2000Z and 2300Z-0100Z
The center point of proposed impact area for L1 frequency (30 30.11N, 81 23.24W) L2 frequency (31 11.98N, 81 11.72W). Impact radius is 245 miles of both center points. (7th District LNM 37)

USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Sunken Vessel, Maine:
            Hazard to navigation - The Coast Guard has received a report that the vessel Kelly Rose sank in approximate position 42-22.76N 070-22.82W. All vessels transiting or operating with equipment in the water are advised to do so with caution. (1st District LNM 36)

Torpedo (Inert) Exercises Offshore Boston:
            The U.S. Navy will conduct surface and subsurface exercises including launching and recovery of inert exercise torpedoes from 19 to 22 September 2009 in an area bounded by 41-55N / 069-30W; 41-55N / 069-10W; 41-40N / 069-10W; and 41-40N / 069-30W. Mariners transiting this area are advised to proceed with caution and are requested to cooperate with the supporting commercial ship and supporting commercial/military aircraft. MEGAN T. MILLER will be stationed in the area while operations are in progress and will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (1st District LNM 36)

Safety Zones for Neptune Deep Water Port, Offshore Boston:
            The Coast Guard is establishing two temporary safety zones extending 500 meters in all directions from each of the two submerged turret-loading buoys and accompanying systems that are part of GDF Suez Energy's Neptune Deepwater Port located in the Atlantic Ocean off of Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of these temporary safety zones is to protect vessels and mariners from the potential safety hazards associated with construction of the deepwater port facilities and the large sub-surface turret buoys, and to protect the deepwater port infrastructure. All vessels, with the exception of deepwater port support vessels, are prohibited from entering into, remaining or moving within either of the safety zones. DATES: This rule is effective from July 31, 2009 through February 16, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail Ensign Marie Haywood, United States Coast Guard, Sector Boston, Waterways Management; telephone 617-223-5160, e-mail Michele.M.Haywood@uscg.mil . If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826. (1st District LNM 36)

Hudson River Research:
            Until approximately 1 November 2009, Indian Point Power Plant will be conducting research operations in the Hudson River in the vicinity of Indian Point Power Plant from the Bear Mountain Bridge 41-19-12.000N/073-59-00.000W south to Bowline Point 41-12-40.000N/073-57-00.000W. There will be approximately 50 floating fenders marking submerged research sensors. These sensors will be on the river bottom approximately 1 foot tall and the will be marked by orange ball fenders. The ball fenders will be out of the navigation channel on either side of the river marking the positions of the research sensors. (1st District LNM 36)

Ambrose Channel Dredging:
            Dredging will be done in Ambrose Channel from 24 August until approximately 31 May 2010. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week (approximately) during day light hours. On scene will the dredge SANDY HOOK and tug SAND MASTER. The dredge will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 14. (1st District LNM 36)

Lower Manhattan Construction:
            Reconstruction and extension of Esplanade A, Maritime platform from Battery Maritime Building to Old slip, is being done until 31 January 2010. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 3:00 pm. On scene are a barge and cranes. (1st District LNM 36)

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

Delaware River, Aids to Navigation Changes:
The following Delaware River ranges will be rebuilt/relocated/changed on the dates as indicated:
            A. MUD ISLAND UPPER RANGE FRONT AND REAR RANGE LIGHTS
On or about 26 October 2009, Mud Island Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 3795) will be relocated to 40 03 42N, 074 57 07W and Mud Island Upper Range Rear Light will be relocated to 40 03 52.472N, 074 56 49.605W. The characteristic of the Range Front Light will remain Oc W 4s, visible 1.5 degrees either side of range line and the tower height will increase to 25 feet. The Range Rear Light's characteristic will be changed to Iso W 6s and the tower height will increase to 52 feet.
            B. TORRESDAL LOWER RANGE FRONT AND REAR LIGHTS
On or about 26 October 2009, Torresdale Lower Range Front Light (LLNR 3740) will be converted to day/night optics showing 1.5 degrees either side of the range line day and night. Torresdale Lower Range Rear Light (LLNR 3745) will be converted to day/night optics showing 4 degrees either side of the range line by day and 10 degrees either side of the range line by night.
            C. TACONY RANGE FRONT AND REAR LIGHTS
On or about 26 October 2009, Tacony Range Front Light (LLNR 3720) will be relocated to 40 01 27N, 075 00 13W and be converted to day/night optics. The Range Front Light will be visible 5.5 degrees either side of the range line by day and all around by night with stronger intensity 5.5 degrees either side of the range line. Tacony Range Rear Light (LLNR 3725) will be relocated to 40 01 28N, 075 00 08W. The Range Rear Light will be visible 10 degrees either side of range line by day and night.
            D. ENTERPRISE LOWER RANGE FRONT AND REAR LIGHTS
On or about 26 October 2009, Enterprise Lower Range Front Light (LLNR 3820) be converted to day/night optics, will be visible all around with higher intensity .5 degrees either side of the range line. Enterprise Lower Range Rear Light (LLNR 3825) will be converted to day/night optics; will be visible .5 degrees either side of the range line by day and 4 degrees either side of the range line by night.
            E. KINKORA LOWER RANGE REAR LIGHT
On or about 26 October 2009, Kinkora Lower Range Rear Light (LLNR 4115) will be relocated to 40 07 06N, 074 47 10W. (5th District LNM 37)

Boring in DC Waters:
            Mariners are advised that the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA) has scheduled the drilling of geotechnical borings in the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers from mid-September 2009 through December 2009. River borings will take place at various locations along the proposed Blue Plains Tunnel. The work will be conducted from two spud barges (up to 120 feet in length) working simultaneously, one being operated by the Pristine Marine LLC towing vessel "WB50" or "Animal”, and the other by the Langenfelder Marine Inc. towing vessel “Barren Island.” All vessels will be lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the towing vessels via marine band radio channel 16 VHF-FM, or the DC WASA Project Consultants at telephone (703) 740-7088 or (202) 652-6207. (5th District LNM 37)

Baltimore Harbor Area Dredging:
            McLean Contracting will be conducting mechanical dredging operations in Bear Creek and the tributaries of Lynch Cove, Chink Creek, Tabasco Cove and School House Cove from 03 September until 01 November, 2009. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (USCG 5th District LNM 35)
            The Weeks Dredge WEEKS 506 and WEEKS 550 will be conducting dredging operations in Baltimore Harbor and Channels (Curtis Bay Channel, Ferry Bar Channel, Northwest Branch East Channel, Ft. McHenry Channel, Tolchester Channel, Brewerton Channel Eastern Extension) until 31 December, 2009. Dredged material will be transported to the Hart-Miller Disposal Area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 37)

Noise Generating Tests in Mid-Bay:
            Mariners are advised that U. S. Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland will conduct noise generating test events on the middle Chesapeake Bay from September 28, 2009 through November 30, 2009. Operations include a large, single naval helicopter conducting a total of 10 three-hour flights to assess the capability of a helicopter-mounted sound system during day and night environmental conditions. Although only one flight per day is anticipated, both day and night flights are required. Vessel operators might notice increased noise levels during these flights. The planned helicopter test flights will be conducted over the Chesapeake Bay, four nautical miles offshore of NAS Patuxent River. Voice announcements and sounds will be broadcast during the test flights. The sound system is designed to address an urgent operational need in support of the Global War on Terrorism and provide a low-cost solution that will allow Naval units to communicate with vessels not equipped with a radio and with vessels whose operators might not understand English. NAS Patuxent River takes all precautions to lessen the impact on the community of these testing activities. For more information, call telephone number 1-866-819-9028. (5th District LNM 37)

Kent Narrows Shoaling:
            The Coast Guard has received a report of the following areas of shoaling in the Kent Island Narrows North Approach:
a. At approximate position 38-58-17.8N, 076-14-49.0W (extending into the channel from the east) at a depth of less than 4.7 feet MLW.
b. At approximate position 38-58-17.8N, 076-14-47.9W (extending into the channel from the west) at a depth of less than 5.0 feet MLW. (5th District LNM 37)

Chincoteague Bridge Construction Restrictions:
            Mariners are advised that work continues at the new Route 175 Bridge Replacement Project over Black Narrows, Chincoteague and Lewis Channels, at Chincoteague Island, VA. American Bridge Company is performing work on the new movable bridge portion. Vessel movement has been shifted to the designated navigation channel passing under and through the new bascule bridge span. To facilitate the construction of the fender system, the navigation channel will be temporarily blocked by a 50-ft X 100-ft flexi float barge. The start date for this work is October 5, 2009, with a tentative completion date of October 30, 2009. To allow the crane time to move to an appropriate angle to clear the draw span for vessel passage, American Bridge requests at least a 30-minute advance notice by calling (757)-613-5747, to clear the channel, leaving a minimum horizontal clearance of approximately 30 feet. The crane and barge will be removed from the channel at the end of every work day (approximately 3:30 p.m.) and on weekends. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 37)

Norfolk Harbor Construction:
            W.F. Magan Corp. will be conducting dredging, stone placement, diving operations, pile driving and cable laying at the U.S. Navy Deperming Facility on the Elizabeth River at the Lamberts Point Bend from 14 September, 2009 until 30 April, 2110. On site equipment will include spud barges with cranes, bucket dredge and various scows. The tugs VIRGINIA, MARY HOPE II and CAPT. WOODY will be on scene. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Operations will be conducted Monday – Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. A small portion of the construction will be within the channel and it is requested that all vessels transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 37)

Norfolk Harbor Dredging:
            The Dredge CHARLESTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Norfolk Harbor Channel from 01 September until 10 November, 2009. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Craney Island Disposal Area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 37)

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

More Dredging in Charleston Harbor:
            Marinex Construction, Inc. will commence dredging operations with the Dredge "Hampton Roads" on or about Saturday, September 19, 2009. Dredging Operations will take place in the Cooper River in the vicinity of Red Channel Marker 56 (Fiblin Creek Reach) to Red Channel Marker 60 (Port Terminal Reach).  Operations will continue 24 hours a day seven days a week until completion on approximately Wednesday, September 23, 2009. For on-scene communications, contact dredges via VHF Radio channels 13 &16. For further information contact Thomas G. Payne at (843) 722-9083. From MSIB, Charleston Homeport

Folly River SC Shoaling, Not in the ICW:
Folly River Federal Project Channel (FRFPC) has extensive shoaling and there are no current plans for dredging. The Coast Guard will mark best water and that may necessitate frequent ATON movement. Mariners should use this channel with local knowledge only. For further information please contact Officer-In-Charge, Chief Boatswain Mate Anthony (Tony) Certa, Aid to Navigation Team Charleston SC, at (843) 720-7732. (7th District LNM 37)
 
Hilton Head Bridge Fender System Destroyed:
            The fender system of the US 278 Bridge (the only bridge between the mainland and Hilton Head Island) has been destroyed. The SCDOT is working on a repair contract. (7th District LNM 37)

St. Simons Lighthouse, GA, Temporary Light:
            The following temporary changes will be made to the aids to navigation system at St Simons.
            St Simons Lighthouse (LLNR 520): will be temporary disestablish due to rehabilitation of the Lighthouse and Optic. A temporary directional light will be mounted on the Lighthouse to act as a Range Front Light during construction. The light will display Flashing White 2.5 characteristics and only be visible one half degree each side of the range line. Start time and duration of this project will be published at a later date. (7th District LNM 37)

Data Buoys to be Installed 300 Miles off Jacksonville:
            The University of Miami will be installing a pair of Ocean Data Acquisition Systems Buoys on a single mooring in waters approximately 3500 meters (1913 fathoms, 11,483 ft) deep in approximate position 30 deg 55-00W 076-05-00W, 300 NM offshore of Jacksonville, Florida, on or about September 30, 2009, for the collection of oceanographic and meteorological data. One yellow (Y) NOMAD 20ft (6 meters) aluminum boat hull marked as UM601 and with University of Miami contact phone number, attached to a 60 meter (197 ft) floating wire rope tether to a 13 meter high (6 meters above waterline) yellow (Y) aluminum ASIS Spar buoy. There are two amber ODAS lights amidships on the NOMAD and one single amber ODAS light mounted on the ASIS Spar buoy (group flashing 4 every 20 seconds). All mariners are urged to steer clear of this position by 5NM or more. This Ocean Data Acquisition System will remain on station until recovery during the week of December 7, 2009. For further information please contact Dr. Neil Williams at (305) 421-4656 or nwilliams@rsmas.miami.edu. (7th District LNM 37)

St. Johns River Entrance Survey:
            The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) BOLD will be conducting Sidescan Sonar, Hydrographic Surveys, and Diving Operations within ten (10) miles of the St Johns River Entrance Channel.
            THE SURVEY AREA BOUNDARY COORIDINATES:
Area 1: NW: 30 deg 31.012N 081 deg 20.744W
SW: 30 deg 26.235N 081 deg 20.744W
SE: 30 deg 26.235N 081 deg 14.792W
NE: 30 deg 31.012N 081 deg 20.792W
Area 2: NW: 30 deg 21.510N 081 deg 19.623W
SW: 30 deg 17.340N 081 deg 19.623W
SE: 30 deg 17.340N 081 deg 18.339W
NE: 30 deg 21.510N 081 deg 18.339W
            This operation will commence on or about October 6, 2009 until completion on or about October 10, 2009. The OSV BOLD will monitor VHF-FM Marine Radio Channel 16. For further information please contact Mr. Chris McArthur at (404) 562-9391, Mr. Ken Potts at (202) 566-11267 or (202) 302-3529 (Cellular), and twenty-four (24) hour phone number (850) 625-4719. (7th District LNM 37)

Dredging: St. Johns River, FL:
            Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC, has commenced hydraulic dredging of Cut 50 through Lower Terminal Channel, St John River, Duval County, Florida. This project consists of dredging approximately 1,600,000 cubic yards of rock from the shipping channel and pumping dredge spoils through floating and submerged pipelines to Bartram Island. Auxiliary equipment and pipeline will be staged in the St Johns River near Bartram Island and in the North Cut Channel on the west side of Blount Island Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will be on scene. Dredge TEXAS, Booster TEXAS JR, Jack up Booster REGGIE, Survey Vessels PEARL RIVER and  CALCASIEU RIVER, Tugs RL ENTERKIN, CAPTAIN HARDHEAD and POPS with Derricks DERRICK 65 and DERRICK 68 will be on scene. Vessels and pipeline will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Dredge TEXAS will monitor VFH Channels 13 and 16. This project will be in operation twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week until completion on or about March 31, 2010. Mariners are urged to use their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For further information please contact Mr. Clay Holley at (630) 842-6089. (7th District LNM 37)

Good News: Dredging in Ponce de Leon Inlet:
            Southwind Construction Corp will commence dredging operations on or around September 1, 2009 for the U.S.A.C.E. Jacksonville District in removal of shoaled sediments at Ponce de Leon Inlet . Three (3) Temporary AIds to Navigation within the defined dredging limits will be either removed or relocated. The aids are Can Buoy 5A, Nun Buoy 8B, in Cut 1S and Nun Buoy 8A in Cut 1S widener. The project will be on a continuous basis twenty-four (24) hours per day seven (7) days per week until on or about October 31, 2009. The hydraulic dredge “WILKO” (Cell 812-480-6761) and workboats Amity and Proud Mary will be onscene and will monitor VHF Channel 13 and 16 (working channel 79) for passing information. Land Contact: Mr. David Lynn, Foreman cell (812) 455-1770 or Mr. Devon Carlock, CQC Manager cell: (812) 455-9296. There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; pumping from the Federal Channel at Ponce de Leon Inlet to a Beach Disposal Area located immediately north of the Inlet the HDPE pipeline will be weighted and submerged for the entire length with lighted buoys. Submerged pipeline will traverse across existing Ponce de Leon Inlet south to north thence across the North Rock Jetty to the immediately adjacent North Beach Designated Fill. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For further information please contact Mr. Darrell Stewart Operations Director of Southwind Construction Corporation at (812) 867-7220. (7th District LNM 37)

St. Lucie River Oyster Reef Restoration:
            On behalf of the Martin County Coastal Engineering, CSA International will be restoring multiple Oyster Reef Habitats located along the shoreline of the St Lucie River and the North Folk of the St Lucie River. This work will be ongoing until further notice. For further information please contact Mr. Lynwood Powell at (772) 219-3040. (7th District LNM 37)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
            On September 15, 2009 the lake level was 14.51 feet. You can check the daily lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html.
            Navigation interests are advised that Port Mayaca Lock guide walls are undergoing repair, during weekday operations Monday through Friday during the hours 0700-1700 from 10 august 2009 through 19 February 2010. Delays are not expected. The work is being performed due to the severe deterioration of the lock guide walls. The guide walls in their current state are a potential hazard to navigation. The work is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (7th District LNM 37)
            See Notice at beginning of Alerts for info on Moore Haven Lock.

Cable Repairs off Vero Beach:
            Global Marine Systems Ltd., will commence cable repairs on the Bahamas II submarine telecommunications cable in approximate position 27deg 31.61’N 080deg 07.44’W, offshore of Vero Beach, Florida, on or about September 20, 2009. The cable repair vessel CS PACIFIC GUARDIAN will be restricted in its maneuverability and all vessels are urged to steer clear for safety while transiting the area. This project depending on weather conditions in the area will be completed on or about September 25, 2009. For additional information please contact Mr. John Wrottesley at  john.wrottesley@globalmarinesystems.com  . (7th District LNM 37)

Dredging: Palm Beach Harbor:
            Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC, has commenced maintenance dredging of approximately 150,000 cubic yards in the Entrance Channel to Palm Beach Harbor, Cut-1, Cut-2, the South Turning Basin, and the North Turning Basin. This project will be conducted at three (3) different time intervals through summer 2010. The Hopper Dredge PADRE ISLAND and survey/crew boat EAST RIVER will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16 for contact by concerned traffic. For further information please contact Mr. Dave Allen. (7th District LNM 37)

Good News for Dry Tortugas-Bound Cruisers:        
            The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system at Fort Jefferson East Channel.
            Fort Jefferson East Channel shoaling has receded. FORT JEFFERSON EAST CHANNEL DANGER DAYBEACON (2) - (9) (LLNR 15465 - 15495) will be changed to lateral aids and the channel will be reopened. The work will be completed the week of 19 October 2009. (7th District LNM 37)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 37.
            Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9: See above schedule.
            Max Brewer Bridge, Mile 878.9: AKA Titusville Bridge, will be replaced with a high level bridge. Construction began May 11, 2009 and will continue through April, 2011. The west channel of the opening span will be closed to vessel traffic from August 19 through September 23, 2009. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville will broadcast Notices to Mariners regarding restrictions as needed.
            Lake Avenue Bridge, Mile 1028.8: Closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2009 for an event.
            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.
            5th Street Bridge, Miami River, Mile 1.5 (Not on the ICW): Work continues.
            Johns Pass Bridge: Special Bridge Notice. The Coast Guard has received an application from the Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven requesting an extension of time to complete the construction of the SR 699 Dual Bridges across Johns Pass mile 0.1 at Treasure Island, Pinellas County, Florida. The USCG bridge permit 5-04-7 issued on October 6, 2004 is due to expire on October 6, 2009. Southwest Florida Water Management District recently approved a time extension for their Environmental Resource Permit certifying water quality and coastal zone management consistency. The Coast Guard is authorizing an extension of time setting the completion date at June 29, 2014. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and can be reached at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil if you have any questions.
            Cortez Bridge: Worth Contracting has advised this office that the Cortez Bridge, mile 84.6, Cortez, Florida will be on single-leaf operations from September 14 through December 31, 2009. A double-leaf opening is available with a two hour notice to the bridge tender.
            Big Marco Pass Bridge, Marco Island: Painting until September 30, 2009 will reduce vertical clearance by three feet.
            US 41 Bridge, Ft. Myers: Painting until September 30, 2009 will reduce vertical clearance by three feet.
Dunedin Causeway Bridge: Single-leaf operation from Sept.8, 2009 through Feb. 28, 2010. A double-leaf opening will be available with a 3-hour notice to the bridge tender. Scaffolding will reduce the vertical clearance of the down span by five feet.

LNG Pipeline Filling in Tampa Bay:
            Misener Marine has commenced pipeline filling operations of the recently installed Gulfstream LNG Pipeline in Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay, Florida. Pipeline filling operations are being conducted east of Weedom Island until completion on or about October 31, 2009. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting this area and proceed at their slowest safe speed. For further information please contact the Misener Marine Vessel on scene via VHF Channel 12, 13 or 16. (7th District LNM 37)

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





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