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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 17, 2011

By Tom Neale - Published February 17, 2011 - Viewed 763 times

Attention Snowbirds

Canaveral Lock Closure Update:
A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE in Jacksonville dated February 2, 2011 states that the Canaveral Lock will continue to be closed for dewatering and the installation of a new Manatee Protection System until completion on April 8, 2011. On April 9, 2011 the lock will reopen for all vessels. There will be no three week period of opening of the lock as previously stated.
Check www.saj.usace.army.mil, choose OPERATIONS DIVISION tab and select the NOTICE TO NAVIGATION from the pull down menu, or call USACE: 904 232 2103 (Aaron Kelly).*

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

More Hazardous Navy Exercises off Northeast Florida:
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL CONTAIN EXERCISES HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS FROM 0000-2359 DAILY BETWEEN 14-20 FEB 11 IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
GUNEX AREA BOUNDED BY
“BB/CC” 30-45N 080-32W
30-45N 079-40W
30-37.5N 079-40W
30-34N 080-33W
“31J” 29-20N 079-50W
29-20N 079-40W
29-10N 079-40W
29-10N 079-50W
“27C” 30-00N 081-00W
30-00N 080-50W
29-50N 080-50W
29-50N 081-00W (7th District LNM 07)

Special Notices

New Light List Available:
The 2011 Light List is available for viewing and download via the Navigation Center's website at the following link: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists.

DGPS Downtime:
South Carolina (Kensington)
UNUSABLE TIME AUTHORIZED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 18 FEB 2011 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST)
ALTERNATE: 19 FEB 2011 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST)
Georgia-Macon
UNUSABLE TIME IS AUTHORIZED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 02MAR2011 1400Z-1600Z (0900-1100 EST)
ALTERNATE: 03MAR2011 1400Z-1600Z (0900-1100 EST) (7th District LNM 07)
Key West
UNUSABLE TIME IS AUTHORIZED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 23FEB2011 1400Z-24FEB2011 0200Z (0900-2100 EST)
ALTERNATE: 24FEB2011 1400Z-25FEB2011 0200Z (0900-2100 EST) (7th District LNM 06)

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

Kings Bay/Fernandina Harbour Area Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, LLC will commence dredging in the vicinity of Kings Bay, GA and Fernandina Harbour, FL on or about February 13, 2011. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 05)

Hazardous Ops off Cape Canaveral (for Shuttle Launch):
1. THE EASTERN RGE (Range) WILL BE CONDUCTING OPERATIONS HAZARDOUS TO SHIPPING. THE HAZARD WILL BE CONTAINED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
A: FROM 28-37N 080-43W TO 29-10N 080-05W TO 29-01N 079-56W TO 28-27N 080-34W TO BEGINNING.
B: FROM 30-02N 079-51W TO 30-53N 079-01W TO 30-10N 078-11W TO 29-26N 079-08W TO BEGINNING.
2. PRIMARY HAZARD TIMES ARE 242135Z THRU 242306Z FEB 11.
SECONDARY HAZARD TIMES ARE 252109Z THRU 252243Z FEB 11 OR 262047Z THRU 262218Z FEB 11 OR 272021Z THRU 272155Z FEB 11. (7th District LNM 07)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On February 16, 2011 the lake level was reported at 12.34 feet. You can check the daily lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html. A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville District dated December 13, 2010, states that when the lake level drops to between 12.5 and 11.5 feet, the WP Franklin and the St. Lucie Locks go on a restricted schedule of lockage, every two hours: 0700, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700 and 1900. The current lake level falls within this range.

Dredging at Lake Worth Inlet:
Manson Construction Co. has commenced dredging of Lake Worth Entrance Channel and Turning Basin. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 05)

Beach Renourishment Ocean Dredging Deerfield Beach Area:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC will commence mobilization on or about February 16, 2011 for dredging operations along the coast of Deerfield Beach, FL. (7th District LNM 07)

Current Profiler Mooring Buoy off Port Everglades:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) has deployed a bottom mounted Accoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mooring buoy offshore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 860 feet of water. The ADCP mooring buoy is anchored in approximate position:
26 deg 01.94 minutes N
079 deg 59.61 minutes W

The ADCP is tethered to the anchor 60 feet off of the ocean floor with 3/8 inch chain. Expect removal on or about April 30, 2011. All vessels towing or operating in the area should use caution to avoid possible snag hazard with the mooring. (7th District LNM 07)

Buttonwood Canal Closed for Bridge Repair:
Kiewit Infrastructure South, Co. will be performing repair work to the Buttonwood Canal Bridge (25- 08 .956N 080- 55 .324W) in the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park during the period from January 31, 2011 to February 25, 2011. Between those dates, the Buttonwood Canal, which flows below the bridge and connects Flamingo with Coot and Whitewater Bays, will be closed to boat traffic from 10pm – 4am on Mondays through Thursdays, except for Monday, February 21st (President’s Day). Mariners will be unable to access the Flamingo Marina via the Buttonwood Canal during these times. For more information contact Mike Savage, 305-242-7776. (7th District LNM 04)

Hazards to Navigation:
Florida Keys: The Coast Guard has received a report of a 25-28 ft wooden hull vessel marked USCG in white paint aground in the vicinity of Dove Key in position 025-02N 080-28W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 06)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 07/2011:
NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can “Search” a bridge name for previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current.
East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge: The East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will open on the top of the hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 8 through March 11, 2011, due to a bridge inspection. In addition, the vertical clearance may be reduced up to five feet while the snooper bucket is in place.
Johns Pass Bridge Update: The Johns Pass Channel Bridge construction has neared completion. In November, the contractor has requested a week of nighttime bridge closures to replace equipment. The waterway will remain open to vessel traffic. The exact date/time will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners. During the first or second week of March, 2011, there will be some waterway closures scheduled during the day to allow for cable replacement at this location.
Blackburn Point Bridge (GIWW Mile 63.1): Due to mechanical repairs, the Blackburn Point Bridge, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 63.1, Sarasota, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on February 22, 2011 and will be on hourly opening from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
I-275 Bridge, Hillsborough River: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from the Florida Department of Transportation District 7, for the approval of location and plans to modify the existing fixed highway (interstate 275) bridge across the Hillsborough River, mile 7.7, at Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. The public notice 02-11 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be view at http://www.uscg.mil/d7/d7dpb/links.asp or http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1& amp;region=7 . The project manager is Mr. Randall Overton at (305) 415-6749.
BECKETT BRIDGE, Anclote River, Tarpon Springs: Quinn Construction working on behalf of Pinellas County will be repairing the Beckett Bridge across the Anclote River, Tarpon Springs, Florida. This work is expected to start on March 1, 2011 and is expected to be completed by November 30, 2011. This work is not expected to interrupt the operation of the movable span bridge.

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

NJ Bridges Schedule Deviations:
The Cape May County Bridge Commission owns and operates the County Route 619,Townsend Inlet Drawbridge, mile 0.3, in Avalon, NJ. and plans a temporary deviation from the regulations governing it’s operation. They will deviate from that portion of the regulation 33 CFR 117.757 by temporarily requiring that the bridge need not be opened between 5 a.m. on March 1, 2011 and 5 p.m. on April 30, 2011. Mariners will be able to take a detour through Corsons Inlet eight miles to the north or Hereford Inlet eight miles to the south. Mariners that can may pass beneath the closed span with its 23 feet of vertical clearance. (5th District LNM 07)
The Cape May County Bridge Commission owns and operates the County Route 619, Grassy Sound Channel Drawbridge, mile 1.0, in North Wildwood, NJ. and plans a temporary deviation from the regulations governing it’s operation. They will deviate from that portion of the regulation 33 CFR 117.721 by temporarily requiring that the bridge need not be opened between 5 a.m. on March 1, 2011 and 5 p.m. on April 30, 2011. Mariners will be able to take a detour through the nearby Great Channel Drawbridge. Mariners that can, may pass beneath the closed span with its 15 feet of vertical clearance. (5th District LNM 07)
Mariners are advised that cleaning and painting operations will be performed at the Dorset Avenue Bridge, at ICW mile 71.2, across Inside Thorofare in Ventnor City, New Jersey. Beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, until and including 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011, the cleaning and painting require immobilizing half of the draw span to single-leaf operation so passage through the bridge will be limited to a 25-foot width for the duration of the project. The opposite connecting span while not under repair will continue to open for vessels with a work boat occupying the channel under the bridge. The work boat can be moved immediately if an opening is required. Furthermore, mariners requiring the full opening of the lift spans will be directed to use the Atlantic Ocean as the alternate route and are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (From the 5th District Bridge Branch)

Delaware River Dredging Ops:
The spud barge DEVON will be moored in the Delaware River near Biles Island at approximate position 40 10 32N, 074 44 45W for 6 months beginning 09 February, 2011. The barge is 200 feet outside of the channel and 50 feet from the shoreline. The barge is being used in conjunction with the re-handling of dredge material. (5th District LNM 07)
The dredge PULLEN will be conducting maintenance dredging operations in the Delaware River at the Conoco Phillips Refinery Docks in the area of the Marcus Hook Range from 10 February until 15 March, 2011. A pipeline will carry the dredge spoil from the Marcus Hook Anchorage to the Pedricktown Disposal Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 07)

Work Platforms in York River:
Dominion Power will be establishing two work platforms in the York River until January 2013 in association with the Hayes-Yorktown 230 kV Line Project. Each platform will be approximately 60’x200’and will be lighted.
North Platform –Center 37 14 30.19N, 076 27 03.15W, Fl Y 2.5s
South Platform-Center 37 13 25.52N, 076 27 47.05W, Fl Y 2.5s
(5th District LNM 05)

Hazardous Ops off VA Capes:
The U.S. Navy will be conducting surface and submerged hazardous operations in a 10nm radius around position 36-12N, 074- 48W from 0700Z 07 February until 0000Z 18 February, 2011. Request mariners avoid this area and use caution while transiting on the surrounding waters. (5th District LNM 06)

Dredging Chesapeake Bay Entrance:
The hopper dredge R.N. WEEKS will be conducting maintenance dredging operations in the Chesapeake Channel at Cape Henry from 10 February until 31 August, 2011. Dredge material will be transported to the Dam Neck Disposal Site. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 06)

Rudee Inlet Bridge Repair:
The fender system of the Rudee Inlet Bridge will be under repair from 10 February until 31 March, 2011. A construction barge will block the channel preventing vessels from passing. All vessel operators will need to contact the construction foreman on VHF-FM 16 for a request for passage in advance of a transit through the bridge. (5th District LNM 06)

Jordan Bridge Removal:
Removal activity continues at the site of the former Carl B. Jordan Bridge and fender system, at AIWW mile 2.8, along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, in Chesapeake, VA. To facilitate removal, the horizontal clearance has been Elizabeth River Southern Branch Lighted Buoy 2A (LLNR 9957/36807) and Elizabeth River Southern Branch Lighted Buoy 3A (LLNR 9963/36813) has increased to approximately 210 feet for the Federal Navigation Project area at the former bridge location. Mariners should use exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 07)

Gilmerton Bridge Construction Update:
McLean Contracting Company is continuing with the driving of the remaining test piles in conjunction with the construction of the new Jordan Bridge in the Southern Branch-Elizabeth River. In addition to Test Pile 20-(Light E): 36 48 29.2101N, 076 17 26.6104W and Test Pile 21-(Light F): 36 48 30.0438N, 076 17 22.2435W, the following test piles will be established:
A. Test Pile 16 (Light A) at 38 48 27.725N, 076 17 34.387W.
B. Test Pile 17 (Light B) at 38 48 28.068N, 076 17 32.592W.
C. Test Pile 18 (Light C) at 38 48 28.411N, 076 17 30.798W.
D. Test Pile 19 (Light D) at 38 48 28.753N, 076 17 29.003W.
E. Test Pile 22 (Light G) at 38 48 30.501N, 076 17 19.851W.
F. Test Pile 23 (Light H) at 38 48 30.871N, 076 17 18.065W.
G. Test Pile 24 (Light I) at 38 48 32.183N, 076 17 14.772W.
H. Test Pile 25 (Light J) at 38 48 32.183N, 076 17 14.772W
All lights marking the test piles will be flashing four (4s) second, amber (yellow) lights (Fl Y 4s). (5th District LNM 03)

Delays at Great Bridge Lock for Debris Removal:
On 16 February 2011 between 0700 a.m. and 0300 p.m., the Corps of Engineers Vessel ELIZABETH will be performing diving operations and debris removal from the east side debris pit of the Great Bridge Lock. The lock and vessel ELIZABETH will be monitoring channel 13, vessels should give as much advance notice as possible if transiting the lock during this time. Delays to navigation should be expected. Boaters can call the Great Bridge Lock at 757-547-3311 to check the current status of the operation. In the event of adverse weather, this operation will take place on 23 February 2011. (5th District LNM 06)

Replacement Bridge Planned in Elizabeth City:
All interested parties are notified that an application from the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been received by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District for approval of a replacement bridge over the Pasquotank River, mile 50.7 at Elizabeth City, NC. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address (COMMANDER, FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT (dpw), 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704.) Telephone (Day): (757) 398-6486/6552 attention (dpb) no later than 15 February, 2011. A copy of Public Notice 5-1181(a), which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6629 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM 06)

Core Creek Dredging:
The Dredge Marion will be conducting dredging operations at Core Creek from 11 February until 22 February, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHFFM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 07)

Dredging in AICW at Figure Eight Island, NC:
The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW at Figure Eight Island from 08 February until 10 March, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 06)

Dredging in Cape Fear River:
The Great Lakes Dredge and Drydock Co. Clamshell Dredges 53 and 54 will be conducting dredging operations at the Sunny Point Terminal Entrance Channel, Basin 1 and Basin 2 from 18 February until 30 May, 2011. Dredge spoil material will be transported to the Ocean dredge material disposal site by tugs and scows. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 07)
The Great Lakes Dredge and Drydock Co. Clamshell Dredges 53 and 54 will be conducting dredging operations at the Upper Brunswick, Lower Brunswick and Upper Big Island Reaches from 18 February until 30 April, 2011. Dredge spoil material will be transported to the Ocean Dredge Material Disposal Site by tugs and scows. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 07)

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

Ice Breaking in Kennebec River:
The Coast Guard plans to conduct ice breaking operations in the Kennebec River from Bath to Gardiner during the week of March 7, 2011 and/or during the week of March 14, 2011. Persons with ice fishing shacks should remove them from the river before ice breaking operations begin, and proceed with caution in areas where Coast Guard ice breaking operations are taking place. (First District LNM 07)

Shoaling in Pamet Harbor, Mass:
Severe shoaling has been detected at the entrance to Pamet Harbor, Truro, MA, including shoaling within the entrance channel. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the entrance to Pamet Harbor. Additionally, mariners should avoid this area at low tide, and attempt to navigate the Pamet Harbor entrance channel only within three hours before or after high tide. (First District LNM 06)

Waterway Analysis for Block Island Sound:
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis study of Block Island Sound with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Comments or suggested changes should be received no later than 14 April 2011 in order to be considered. Send written comments or suggested changes for Aids to Navigation for the area southwest of a line drawn from Watch Hill Point to Southwest Point LWB “4”, to CWO James Green at USCG Sector Long Island Sound, 120 Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512. Comments can also be faxed to (203) 468-4423 or email comments to James.T.Green@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 07)
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis study of Block Island Sound with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Comments or suggested changes should be received no later than 14 April 2011 in order to be considered. Send written comments or suggested changes for Aids to Navigation for the area northeast of a line drawn from Watch Hill Point to Southwest Point LWB “4”, to LT Amber Ward at USCG Sector South East New England, 20 Risho Ave., Providence, RI 02914. Comments can also be faxed to (401) 435-2399 or email comments to Amber.S.Ward@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 07)

Fire Island Inlet Shoaling:
Extreme shoaling has been reported to extend the entire width of the Inlet and in the vicinity of buoys 4 and 5 with water depths as low as 4 feet at high tide and less than 2 feet at mean water low. Mariners are urged to proceed with extreme caution when transiting the inlet. (First District LNM 06)

Severe Shoaling in Montauk Inlet Update:
Severe shoaling has been identified along the east side of the channel in Montauk Inlet. Two temporary buoys have been positioned within the inlet to mark the existing 12 foot curve caused by the shoaling. Deep draft mariners are urged to use extreme caution while navigating the area and vessels of shallower draft should be vigilant and exercise their rules of the road responsibilities regarding the limited navigational ability of larger vessels which can only navigate safely within the very narrow channel near the shoaling. (First District LNM 06)

Hackensack River Rt. 7 Bridge Channel Obstructions:
The Route 7 Bridge across the Hackensack River is being replaced. TENTATIVE channel obstruction and closure dates are:
Apr 27, 2011 - channel obstructed
May 11-24, 2011 - channel obstructed
Aug 3-23, 2011 - FULL CHANNEL CLOSURE
Oct 19, 2011 - Feb 06, 2012 - Channel Obstructed
Dec 6, 2011 - Apr 9, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Feb 7-14, 2012 - FULL CHANNEL CLOSURE
Feb 15-28, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Mar 7-13, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Apr 10-17, 2012 - FULL CHANNEL CLOSURE
Apr 18 - May 1, 2012 - Channel obstructed
May 9-15, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Please email jeff.m.yunker@uscg.mil prior to March 14, 2011 any questions or comments you have. Please include: horizontal clearance required for transits and how much advance notice you require to be able to adjust your schedules. Questions/comments may also be faxed to 718-354-4190. (First District LNM 07)

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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