East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale July 21, 2011
By Tom Neale - Published July 21, 2011 - Viewed 3075 times
Another Coast Guard Warning and Marker Change for St. Augustine Inlet:
The entrance channel is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to dangerous and shifting shoals. Buoys marking the channel are not charted due to frequent changes in position. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering the channel. (7th District LNM 28)*
St Augustine Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 9495) has been removed.
St Augustine Temporary Lighted Buoy 5A has been renumbered to Temporary Lighted Buoy 5. St Augustine Temporary Lighted Buoy 5B has been renumbered to Temporary Lighted Buoy 5A. The entrance channel is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to dangerous and shifting shoals. Buoys are not charted due to frequent changes in position. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering the channel. (7th District LNM 29)
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
MA-CHELSEA STREET BRIDGE -REGULATED NAVIGATION AREA:
SUMMARY: The United States Coast Guard is establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Chelsea River under and surrounding the Chelsea Street Bridge (CSB) that crosses the Chelsea River between East Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts. This temporary interim rule allows the Coast Guard to suspend all vessel traffic within the RNA for construction operations, both planned and unforeseen, that could pose an imminent hazard to vessels operating in the area. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during the construction of the Chelsea Street Bridge.
DATES: This rule is effective in the CFR on July 19, 2011 through May 31, 2012. This rule is effective with actual notice for purposes of enforcement on July 8, 2011.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG–2011–0536 using any one of the following methods:
(1) Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
(2) Fax: 202–493–2251.
(3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room 12– 40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001.
(4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329.
....Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2011–0536 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov , inserting USCG–2011–0536 in the 'Keyword' box, and then clicking 'Search.' They are also available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail MST1 David Labadie of the Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston; telephone 617–223–3010, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. (First District LNM 29)
Sunken Fishing Vessel, Massachusetts:
The 58-foot wooden hull derelict fishing vessel ANCORA PRAIA sank approximately two miles off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. The wreck lies approximately five nautical miles northwest of the entrance to Wellfleet Harbor, in approximate position 41 deg 56.25 N, 070 deg 07.23 W. Water depth over the wreck at this position is reportedly reduced to approximately 25 feet. (First District LNM 28)
Massachusetts Restricted Area on Saturday Nights:
Location. All waters of the Atlantic Ocean near Salisbury Beach, MA from surface to bottom, within a 350-yard radius of the fireworks barge located at position 42°50.6’N, 070°48.4’W (NAD 83).
Enforcement Period. This rule is effective from 9:30 p.m. on June 25, 2011 to 10:30 p.m. on September 9, 2011. This rule will be enforced every Saturday evening from 9:30 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. during the effective period. (First District LNM 26)
Buttermilk Channel Dredging Update:
Donjon Marine Co. Inc. is conducting maintenance dredging operations in Buttermilk Channel between Bay Ridge Anchorage Ground and Governors Island on a 24-hour / 7 days per week basis. Dredging is due to begin on, or about, July 14, 2011. The Dredges MICHIGAN and DELAWARE BAY Tugs Paul Andrew, Mary Alice, and Brian Nicholas, Launch Boat Matthew Scott, and three scows will be on scene. Additional vessels may be used as necessary. Buttermilk Channel will not be closed to navigation and dredges will MOVE ON DEMAND or when directed to move by Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY). While Donjon Marine will move on demand when requested to promote safe navigation in the area, mariners are reminded that excessive movement requests that do not increase safe navigation may result in the dredge operation taking longer than expected to finish. Donjon Marine will not work on both sides of the channel as defined by the Buttermilk Channel Range during this project. Dredge positions will be reported via VHF marine band radio referencing known geographical boundaries (i.e. 100 yards west of aton/point/etc). Dredges & support equipment are required to report their movements and positions to VTSNY on Channel 14 every two hours or anytime their position changes. VTSNY will provide these updates to the maritime community with their Traffic Reports. The dredges will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 & 14. Mariners are requested to contact the dredges on Channel 13 to make any necessary passing or moving arrangements. Donjon Marine will coordinate their dredging with VTSNY and the terminal operators to minimize the impact on the adjacent berths. There are no restrictions on the size of vessel which may request the dredge to move. Each vessel transiting in the vicinity of a work area where the dredges are located is required to do so at reduced speed to maintain maneuverability while minimizing the effects of wake and surge. VTSNY will continually assess conditions in the dredging zone and surrounding areas and may make further changes to navigation restrictions as necessary. Such changes will be disseminated by VTSNY, safety broadcasts, or publication online at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management. (First District LNM 28)
Jamaica Bay Construction:
The main channel at the Belt Parkway Bridge in Fresh Creek will be closed from 10 a.m. on Jul 8 to 11:59 p.m. on July 30, 2011 due to bridge construction operations. Tully Construction POC: Mr. Paul Marcello, 917.559.2869. (First District LNM 28)
Passaic River, NJ, Construction Update:
Construction of a steel enclosure and removal of sediment will be done in the lower Passaic River from August 2011 to November 2012. Hours of operation are Mon-Sat from 0700-1700. Equipment will be in position 24/7. One Crane Barge, One Tug Boat and scow barges will be on scene. From on, or about, August 1-9 a layer of grit will be installed along the seawall and outside of the Federal Channel. A sheet pile enclosure will then be constructed along the seawall, and outside of the Federal Channel, at the Diamond Alkili Superfund site, approximately 1,100 yards west of the NJ Turnpike bridge at mile 2.7. This work will last from approximately Aug 13, 2011 to Jan 31, 2012. One dredge barge will remain within the enclosure to remove sediment. Concrete mattresses will be installed around the enclosure for scour protection prior to Dec 1, 2011. A 12 inch diameter pipeline, approximately 1,300 feet long, will be installed parallel to the shoreline and outside of the channel, for pumping sediment. It will be mounted on 16 inch diameter piles every 250 feet. It will be about 135 feet from shore and lighted. Sediment removal and backfilling is due to run from March to Aug, 2012. The steel enclosure will be removed between Sep-Nov 2012. During this project work vessels and lighted anchor buoys will extend into the Federal Channel reducing the channel width to between 143 feet to 278 feet. The vessels and buoys may be moved with 72 hours notice by contacting the Weeks Marine tug on VHF CH 65 or Mr. Claude Dion at 908.230.5279. (First District LNM 28)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Susquehanna River Bridge Repairs:
Mariners are advised that foundation and substructure repairs will be conducted at the Millard E. Tydings Memorial (fixed) Bridge, at mile 3.2, across the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace, MD, beginning August 1, 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2013. The work consists of installing cofferdams around all ten piers that are in the river. Any scaffolding and work platforms will be contained inside the cofferdams. Crane barges and support barges will be placed around the cofferdams. The work schedule will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except when a concrete seal pour is being made. That work will be performed on Fridays at 6 a.m. and will run continuously until completed, up to 36 hours. The date of these pours has not yet been determined. The waterway equipment will remain on sight each night and will be marked in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations 118.95. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 26)
New Warning Daybeacons Baltimore Area:
On or about July 18, 2011 Baltimore County will establish six (6) Warning Daybeacons to mark newly established breakwaters along the shoreline at Essex SkyPark on the Back River.
Back River-Essex SkyPark
Warning Daybeacon A 39 16 08.501N—76 26 13.511W NW on pile.
Warning Daybeacon B 39 16 00.916N—76 26 15.882W NW on pile.
Warning Daybeacon C 39 15 48.517N—76 26 19.069W NW on pile.
Warning Daybeacon D 39 15 44.279N—76 26 22.874W NW on pile.
Warning Daybeacon E 39 15 33.496N—76 26 13.622W NW on pile.
Warning Daybeacon F 39 15 29.459N—76 26 13.060W NW on pile. (5th District LNM 28)
Choptank River Bridge Partial Closure:
Choptank River – MD 331 (swing) Bridge – Closed to vessels MON-FRI thru 29 JUL 11, due to mechanical difficulties. On weekends on 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 JUL 11, the drawbridge will only open for vessel traffic at 0900 and 1700. At all other times, closed to vessels. (5th District LNM 29)
Aquaculture Site St. Jerome Creek, MD:
On or about July 27, 2011, 2011, Chesapeake Fresh Oyster Company will established the below buoys to mark the corners of a aquaculture site :
A. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon A (no LLNR) at 38 07 08.4N, 076 20 45.1W, NW on pile worded DANGER OYSTER REEF.
B. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon B (no LLNR) at 38 07 08.5N, 076 30 45.4W, NW on pile worded DANGER OYSTER REEF.
C. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon C (no LLNR) at 38 07 08.6N, 076 20 45.9W , NW on pile worded DANGER OYSTER REEF.
D. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Buoy D (no LLNR) at 38 07 14.2N, 076 20 49.2W, White can with orange diamond.
E. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Buoy E (no LLNR) at 38 07 16.3N, 076 20 48.0W, White can with orange diamond.
F. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Buoy F (no LLNR) at 38 07 18.7N, 076 20 50.8W, White can with orange diamond.
G. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Buoy G (no LLNR) at 38 07 15.4N, 076 20 52.9W, White can with orange diamond.
H. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon H (no LLNR) at 38 07 15.0N, 076 20 57.5W, NW on pile worded DANGER REEF.
I. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon I (no LLNR) at 38 07 15.1N, 076 20 49.2W, NW on pile worded DANGER REEF.
J. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon J (no LLNR) at 38 07 12.6N, 076 20 57.1W, NW on pile worded DANGER REEF.
K. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon K (no LLNR) at 38 07 11.3N, 076 20 59.1W, NW on pile worded DANGER REEF.
L. St. Jerome Creek Reef Marker Daybeacon L (no LLNR) at 38 07 11.2N, 076 21 00.0W, NW on pile worded DANGER REEF. (5th District LNM 29)
Potomac River Bridge Work:
Mariners are advised that work is in progress from July 25, 2011 through October 25, 2011, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. for lighting rehabilitation at the Harry Nice Bridge across the Potomac River, mile 50.0, in Dahlgreen, VA. The barge or safety boat may periodically be in the navigational channel. For the most up-to-date information concerning the barge and safety boat locations please contact MIDASCO at 410-579-6723 or 443-506-9754 or the Coast Guard Bridge Office at 757-398-6629. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 28)
Greenvale Creek Shoaling Again:
This creek on the north shore of the Rappahannock River has the only public launching ramp in Lancaster County, Virginia.
Shoaling has been reported extending approx 10 yards into the channel from the northwest bank opposite Greenvale Creek Light 6 (LLNR 15315) with an observed depth of 1FT a MLLW. Shoaling has also been reported on the southeast side of the channel extending 7 yards into the channel between Light 6 and Greenvale Creek Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 15320) Observed depth of water was approximately 3.6FT at MLLW. (5th District LNM 28)
Dredging Norfolk Naval Station:
The dredge RICHMOND will be conducting dredging operations at the Norfolk Naval Station Piers 1 through 8 from 19 July to 15 November, 2011. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM 29)
Wilkerson Bridge (AICW Mile 125.9) Painting to Reduce Vertical Clearance:
Gulf Coast Contracting will construct an encapsulation system underneath the Wilkerson Creek Bridge on SR 264, across the AIWW, at mile 125.9 at Belhaven, NC, beginning at 7 a.m. on July 7, 2011 through 6 a.m. on September 19, 2011. To facilitate sandblasting and painting of the structure, the available vertical clearance will be reduced from 65 feet to 60 feet, above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Hatteras Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling has been observed in Hatteras Inlet across the bar and in the channel between Hatteras Inlet Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 28645) AND Hatteras Inlet Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 28645) and Hatteras Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 28647). Depths have been observed at 6FT mean low water at low tide. (5th District LNM 28)
Morehead City Dredging:
The dredge VIRGINIAN will commence dredging operations at the North Carolina State Port Docks in Morehead City, NC on or about 10 July, 2011. The project will include dredging at the State Port Docks and in the vicinity of the Radio Island Barge Docks and Aviation Fuel Dock. Tugs will tow scows from the dredging area to the offshore disposal area in the Atlantic Ocean. The project is expected to continue until 31 October, 2011. (5th District LNM 29)
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Special Anchorage Area 2, Ashley River, Charleston, SC Disestablished:
This bulletin serves as a reminder that the Coast Guard has disestablished the special anchorage area located on the Ashley River between James Island (SC-30) Connecter Bridge and the US-17 Ashley River Bridge. Special Anchorage 2 is located on the southern side of the Ashley River.
The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Monday April 18, 2011. The full document can be viewed at the following website: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-9255.pdf
After July 18, 2011 a special anchorage area no longer exists. Any vessel that remains anchored in that area must follow the appropriate navigation rules for anchoring (33 United States Code 2001-2073). The following requirements area also listed under Rule 30 of the Inland Navigation Rules:
(a) A vessel at anchor shall exhibit where it can best be seen:
(i) in the fore part, an all-round white light or one ball; and
(ii) at or near the stern and at a lower level than the light prescribed in subparagraph (i), an all-round white light.
(b) A vessel of less than 50 meters in length may exhibit an all-round white light where it can best be seen instead of the lights prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule.
(c) A Vessel at anchor may also use the available working or equivalent lights to illuminate her decks.
For further information, contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: SECTORCHASN-WWM@USCG.MIL or our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. MSIB (24-11) Sector Charleston
Wando River (AICW) Ranges to be Discontinued:
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Wando River:
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER RANGE “B” FRONT DAYBEACON (LLNR 3395).
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER RANGE “B” REAR DAYBEACON (LLNR 3400).
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER RANGE “C” FRONT DAYBEACON 26 (LLNR 3415).
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER RANGE “C” REAR DAYBEACON (LLNR 3420).
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER UPPER RANGE “D” FRONT DAYBEACON (LLNR 3435).
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER UPPER RANGE “D” REAR DAYBEACON (LLNR 3440).
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER LOWER RANGE “D” FRONT DAYBEACON (LLNR 3445).
Permanently discontinue WANDO RIVER LOWER RANGE “D” REAR DAYBEACON (LLNR 3450).
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 no later than September 02, 2011. (7th District LNM 28)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On July 20, 2011 the lake level was reported at 10.20 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 4.14 feet for Route 1 and 2.34 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route). You can check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html.
According to a Notice to Navigation Interests dated June 14, 2011, when the lake level is between 10.5 and 9.0 feet there will be only two lockages, at 0900 and 1600. The current level falls within this range.
Navy Ops off Port Everglades:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Operations are scheduled from July 19th thru July 23rd, 2011. The TBUS 96’ vessel Richard L Becker, and one TBUS 26’ RHIB will conduct the operations in the waters 1.5-3 NM East of Port Everglades Inlet, and 1 to 3 NM South of Port Everglades Inlet. During operations, these vessels will be restricted in ability to maneuver. US Navy will use the Richard L Becker to deploy objects on the bottom. Once the objects are deployed, the US Navy will deploy an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) that will operate in the waters described above. The TBUS RHIB will loiter near the UUV position and assist in the recovery of the UUV. Concerned traffic should contact these vessels on VHF channel 16. Operations will run from 30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Operations are scheduled from July 25th thru July 28th, 2011. The 176’ NASA vessel M/V Freedom Star, and the Industrial Dive Corporation (IDC) 32’ Dive Barge will be conducting operations for the US NAVY in the waters .75- 3 NM East of Port Everglades Inlet, and 2 NM South of Port Everglades Inlet. During operations, these vessels will be restricted in ability to maneuver. US Navy will use the M/V Freedom Star to deploy sensors in 40 feet of water and 500 feet of water. The IDC divers working from the dive barge will then connect all of the sensors on the bottom in the shallow area. A tethered ROV will deploy the sensors in 500 feet of water. Vessels should exercise caution when transiting near these vessels. Concerned traffic should contact these vessels on VHF channel 16. Operations will run from sunrise to sunset.
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Operations are scheduled from July 25th thru July 29th, 2011. The TBUS 96’ vessel Richard L Becker, and the US Navy 25’ Boston Whaler will be conducting operations for the US NAVY in the waters approximately 2 NM East of Port Everglades Inlet, and 2 NM South of Port Everglades Inlet. During operations, these vessels will be restricted in ability to maneuver. US Navy will use the Richard L Becker to deploy sensors in 450 feet of water. The Richard L Becker will then deploy and recover the UUV several times throughout the day. The US Navy Whaler will loiter near the UUV position and assist in the recovery of the UUV. Concerned traffic should contact these vessels on VHF channel 16. Operations will run from sunrise to sunset.
Please contact Mr. Anthony Bush Range Operations for further information office (954) 926-4032 or cell (954) 290-9300. (7th District LNM 29)
Tampa Bay Hazard:
The Coast Guard received a report of a partially submerged 18FT white and blue Sea Ray with a 90 horsepower engine in approximate position 27-37.3N 082-45.58W. All mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 29)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 29/2011:
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.
Old Roosevelt Bridge (Dixie Highway): The bridge owner had notified the Coast Guard that they are planning on painting the Old Roosevelt (Dixie Highway) bridge across the (South Fork) St. Luce Canal mile 7.5, Stuart, Florida. This office will be working with the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation, their consultant and their contractor to determine if a change to the current bridge schedule will be necessary to complete this work. Due to scaffolding the vertical clearance of this bridge will be reduced up to three feet. This work is expected to start on July 5, 2011 and continue through December 2011.
Indiantown Road Bridge (AICW Mile 1006.2) Update: Bridge work will start on the Indiantown Road (SR 706) Bridge on June 13, 2011; but is not expected to impact the operation of the bridge until June 20, 2011.Due to painting operations, the SR 706 (Indiantown Road) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1006.2, Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida operating schedule will be changed starting June 20, 2011, as follows:
The Indiantown Road Bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from:
7:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. daily, seven days a week through August 30, 2011.
9:05 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. nightly for a period of 30 days.
The start date for this portion of the operation is July 5, 2011 and will continue until for 30 days. This may be extended due to weather. Updates will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners. At all other times the bridge will open on the hour at the top of the hour.
Due to scaffolding, the vertical clearance will be reduced by three feet from July 20, 2011 through August 30, 2011.
Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge: Bridge work will start on the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge on July 5, 2011. Due to painting operations, the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida the operating schedule will be changed starting July 5, 2011, as follows:
The Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from:
7:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. daily, seven days a week through December, 2011.
9:05 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. nightly for a period of 30 days. The start date for this portion of the operation has not been scheduled; but will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
At all other times the bridge will open on the hour at the top of the hour.
Due to scaffolding, the vertical clearance will be reduced by three feet from July 5, 2011 through December, 2011.
Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1050.0, Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start during July 2011; but the exact dates have not been provided at the time.
Commercial Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Commercial Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1059.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a two hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start during July 2011; but the exact dates have not been provided at the time.
New River Canal: Dragadoes-USA will be closing the New River Canal, Plantation, Florida for two hours at a time, Monday through Friday. At the end of the two hour closure the contractor will be opening the waterway for a 10 to 15 minute time frame to allow accumulated vessels to pass. To ensure the safety of all concerned the contractor will have a vessel in the area and will be advising the mariners via VFH-FM radio and loud hailer that the waterway is closed due to safety concerns during the erection of portions of the bridge structure over the waterway. The contractor will provide a detailed schedule in the near future for this operation. The waterway will remain open on the weekends to accommodate the heavier vessel traffic during these times. Mariners are cautioned to remain vigilant through this area.
Niles Channel Fishing Pier: The old Niles Channel Bridge (Fishing Pier) is deteriorating and parts have fallen into the water in approximate position 24-39-36.0N 081-26-06.0W. Mariners are advised to remain clear of this structure and to use the main navigational channel when transiting this area.
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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