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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 15, 2012

By Tom Neale - Published March 15, 2012 - Viewed 499 times

Attention Snowbirds:

Florida Bridge Updates (7th District LNM 11/2012)*:
SR A1A--Fernandina Beach (AICW mile 721.0):Gemstone Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the SR A1A Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.0 (30°37'33.74"N, 81°29'3.19"W) Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida on March 15, 2012. From June 4 through July 15, 2012, this work will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge by four feet to 61 feet. This work is expected to be completed by March 15, 2013. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
The contractor performing the repairs to this bridge would like permission from the Coast Guard to allow this vertical clearance reduction for up to a year. The Coast Guard is requesting mariners with vessels greater than 61 feet of height to contact Mr. Michael Lieberum at Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil if this vertical clearance reduction would be considered unreasonable. It is requested that all comments address which months would be less restrictive to navigation during this one year period. Comments received will become part of the decision making process.
SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): Astor General Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the East Bound SR 312 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0 (29°51'46.39"N, 81°18'38.67"W), Lake City (this bridge is actually just south of St. Augustine), St Johns County, Florida on March 26, 2012. From June 4 through July 15, 2012, this work will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge by four feet to 61 feet. This work is expected to be completed by July 15, 2012. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
The contractor performing the repairs to this bridge would like permission from the Coast Guard to allow this vertical clearance reduction for up to a year. The Coast Guard is requesting mariners with vessels greater than 61 feet of height to contact Mr. Michael Lieberum at Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil if this vertical clearance reduction would be considered unreasonable. It is requested that all comments address which months would be less restrictive to navigation during this one year period. Comments received will become part of the decision making process.
SR 405/Addison Point Bridge (AICW Mile 885.0): The SR 405/Addison Point Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 885.0 (28°31'37.12"N, 80°45'56.27"W), Addison Point, Cape Canaveral, Florida will have one leaf of the bridge placed in the open to navigation position with the other operating intermittingly during repairs to the machinery from 8:00 a.m. March 21 through 5:00 p.m. March 23, 2012.
East Sunrise Boulevard (AICW Mile 1062.6) and East Las Olas (AICW Mile 1064) Bridges: The East Sunrise Boulevard (26° 8'15.46"N, 80° 6'30.33"W) and East Las Olas Bridges (26° 7'9.26"N, 80° 6'32.68"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1062.6 and 1064.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be allowed to not open to navigation from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2012 to facilitate the vehicle traffic flow at the conclusion of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. Vessels that may pass under the bridges without an opening may do so at any time.

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

NOTE: Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: xx°xx'xx.xx"N or W. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate.

General Announcements

NOAA Weather Forecast Changes Announced:
1. Effective Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 200 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) or 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) of the National Hurricane Center will reconfigure its marine zones for the offshore waters in the Caribbean and SW North Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico. The existing nine (9) zones will be reconfigured into twenty-four (24) zones This greater number of zones will result in a number of improved products and services. For further information see: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notification/scn11-40marine.htm
2. Effective Apr 03, 2012 at 1800 UTC, in order to better meet the time constraints for voice broadcast via the U.S. Coast Guard from the USCG in New Orleans and Chesapeake, VA two new products will be broadcast in lieu of the current Offshore Waters Forecasts for the SW North Atlantic and Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, These products will combine forecasts for the 32 zones in such a way that they will be similar to the Offshore Waters Forecasts before reconfiguration
3. Effective Apr 03, 2012 at 1800 UTC the NAVTEX forecasts will be reconfigured to limit coverage to within 200 nm of the coasts assigned to New Orleans, Miami and San Juan transmitters. Specifically, the forecast area for the New Orleans transmitter will cover the northern Gulf of Mexico from the Suwanee River, FL to the mouth of the Rio Grande, out 200 nm. The Miami NAVTEX forecast area will cover the waters around the peninsula of Florida from Suwanee River on the Gulf Coast, to Flagler Beach on the Atlantic Coast, out 200 nm. The San Juan forecast area will cover the waters within 200 nm of the San Juan transmitter, to include the Mona Passage and part of the Anegada Passage. This reconfiguration will better conform to the range of the transmitters, provide more detailed information along the immediate coast, and better meet broadcast time constraints.
4. Effective Apr 03, 2012 at 1800 UTC the order of charts transmitted via radiofax from New Orleans will be modified to better align workflow with the suite of enhanced text products which are to be implemented at that time. The new broadcast schedule may be found at http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marine.shtml and will be broadcast on-air beginning on or about Mar 28, 2012. (5th and 7th District LNM 09/2012)

Seventh District

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

Winyah Bay Aids to Change:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in Winyah Bay at Rabbit Island Reach.
Rabbit Island Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 2115) will be converted to a 24 hour Light displaying Quick Flash Red visible 1.5 degrees either side of the rangeline. The range boards will be removed.

Rabbit Island Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 2120) will be converted to a 24 hour Light displaying a Flashing ISO 6s Red visible 1.5 degrees either side of the rangeline. The range boards will be removed. This action is scheduled to be completed the week of March 19, 2012. (7th District LNM 10/2012)

Wando River Safety Zones for Vessel Pursuit Training:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Wando River, between Daybeacon #13 (LLNR  3350), at position 32°51'46"N, 79°53'26"W; and Daybeacon #23 (LLNR  3390), at position 32°52'31"N, 79°51'15"W during the Non-Compliant Vessel Pursuit Training Course in Charleston, South Carolina from Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 23rd 2012.  The Safety Zone will be enforced from:

Monday, March 19, 2012 7:00 - 11:30 a.m. 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20, 20127:00 - 11:30 a.m.12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 20127:00 - 11:30 a.m.12:30 - 4:30 p.m.8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 20127:00 - 11:30 a.m.12:30 - 4:30 p.m.8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, March 23, 20127:00 - 11:30 a.m.12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Mariners wishing to transit this area when the Safety Zone is in effect should contact the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Safety Platform, call sign "SAFETY 1", on VHF-FM channels 16 or 22A.  For more details, please contact LCDR Marcus Gherardi, Training Officer, at (843) 746-7955.
For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 07-12, USCG Charleston)

Mayport Dredging Update:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC is preparing to commence the next phase of the construction dredging, 50-Foot project, Bar Cut-3, Entrance Channel & Turning Basin, U.S. Naval Station Mayport, in Duval County, FL.
Project Description:

Dredging of material from Jacksonville Harbor Bar Cut 3, Mayport Entrance Channel, and Turning Basin. Material dredged will be placed within USEPA-managed off-shore disposal sites Jacksonville ODMDS and Fernandina ODMDS. The Jacksonville ODMDS is 5.5NM southeast of the Mayport Turning Basin. It is approx 1NM by 1NM in area. The Fernandina ODMDS is located 8.5NM northeast of the Mayport Turning Basin, 5.5 NM east of Nassau Sound.

Equipment Schedule:
During this phase of work, the clamshell Dredge 53 is scheduled to commence work in the Turning Basin on or about March 9, 2012 and is scheduled to complete work on or about June 19, 2012. Two (2) material transport barges (No’s 401 and 402) will be used and towed to the ODMDS by Tug Sarah Dann. Other equipment on site will include a hydrographic survey vessel Pearl River, dredge tender Tug Miss Gill and turbidity monitoring vessel Neon Moon. Dredge operations will be 24/7. The dredge will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16.
In mid-April, the backhoe-type Dredge NEW YORK is scheduled to commence work in the Bar Cut and is estimated to complete work in July 2012. Two (2) material transport barges (No’s 501 and 502) will be used and towed to the ODMDS by an as yet to be determined towing tug. Other equipment on site will include a dredge-tender tug, hydrographic survey vessel and a turbidity monitoring vessel. Dredge operations will be 24/7.
The dredge will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16. Further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Matt Jack (630) 209-9862.
Dredge Location:
Eastern Limit
Lat: 30-23-40.62 N
Long: 81-20-37.77 W
Western Limit
Lat: 30-23-42.53 N
Long: 81-24-48.13 W
Material Placement Locations:
Fernandina ODMDS
Lat Long
30 33 0.8651 N 081 19 7.3009 W
30 33 0.8714 N 081 16 51.2965 W
30 31 0.8643 N 081 16 51.3056 W
30 31 0.8682 N 081 19 7.3094 W
Jacksonville ODMDS:
Lat Long
30 21 30.8696 N 081 18 33.2918 W
30 21 30.8672 N 081 18 33.2913 W
30 20 30.8719 N 081 17 25.2796 W
30 20 30.8645 N 081 18 33.2857 W
Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. (7th District LNM 10/2012)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:

On March 14, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 12.83 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 6.77 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 4.97 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N). You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at  http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/MultiProject/WaterMgt/DOCS/Reports/r-nav.txt

Lake Worth Inlet Dredging:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will commence dredging operations on or about March 19, 2012, in Lake Worth Inlet, Palm Beach County, FL. Dredging operations will be conducted within the Federal Navigation Channel encompassing the entire channel width from Lake Worth Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 10205.5) (26-46-23.453N, 080-02-10.374W) extending eastward 1000’ past the northern jetty. The project will involve the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge "ATCHAFALAYA” removing shoaled material from the Federal Channel and then transiting around the south jetty to dispose of the material in the near shore disposal area directly south of Lake Worth Inlet’s southern jetty. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel “Cape Elizabeth”. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 14, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about April 18, 2012. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Contact the Project Manager, Mr. Aaron Barton with further information 617-645-3697. (7th District LNM 11/2012)

Government Cut Tunnel Construction Update:
Nicholson will be continuing with drilling and grouting operations in Government Cut (25°46'54.89"N, 80°10'44.77"W) on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 0200. The operations will continue again on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of four drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. The operation will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 684ft into the channel the open channel width will now be only 300ft. Mariners are advised to use caution and minimize wake while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 11/2012)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 11/2012:
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.
Kingsley Creek Railroad Bridge (AICW Mile 720.7, 5 ft Vertical Clearance) Closure Update: The owner of the Amelia River Railroad Bridge (30°37'42.44"N, 81°29'4.07"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fernandina Beach, Florida has requested permission to close this bridge to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, during the first or second week of April 2012. The Coast Guard is considering approving this proposed schedule based on comments already received. Additional Comments should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil or can be faxed to 305-415-6763. The closure request may be changed/adjusted based on these comments. (7th District LNM 09/2012)
Hobe Sound Bridge (AICW Mile 996.0): The Hobe Sound Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 996.0 (27° 3'51.19"N, 80° 7'19.15"W), Jupiter, Martin County, Florida will be on single-leaf operations from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily April 30 through May 3, 2012, and from May 8 through May 10, 2012. A double-leaf will be available with a four hour notification to the bridge tender on VHF-FM Channel 9 or by calling 772-546-5234.
Southern Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1024.7): The NW portion of the fender system of the Southern Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1024.7 (26°40'29.74"N, 80° 2'49.03"W), West Palm Beach, Florida has been destroyed and is marked with floating markers. This portion of the fender will be rebuilt in the near future and may involve restricting the navigation channel for short periods of time. Channel restrictions will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
Lantana (East Ocean Avenue) Bridge (AICW Mile 1031):GLF Construction Corporation has advised this office that the demolition and replacement of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge (26°34'59.65"N, 80° 2'46.58"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until April 16, 2012. The first part of this activity will involve waterway closures during the removal of the existing bridge. Subsequent waterway restrictions are not anticipated until the latter part of this replacement project. Waterway closures/restrictions will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
S. E. 17th Street Causeway Bridge (AICW Mile 1065.9): Coastal Marine Construction, Incorporated will be painting the S.E. 17th Street Causeway (E. Clay Shaw) Bridge (26° 6'1.83"N, 80° 7'7.33"W), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida starting February 15, 2012. This work will require the S.E. 17th Street Causeway Bridge to be placed on single-leaf operations from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A double-leaf opening will be available with a three hour advance notice to the bridge tender. There will be floating equipment under the down span. For vessels requiring more than 50 feet of horizontal clearance, please contact the bridge tender for passing instructions. This work will start on February 15 and continue through August 30, 2012.
Dodge Island Bridge and Port of Miami Railroad Bridge: Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25°46'44.05"N, 80°10'57.52"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor has requested closure periods and restrictive openings. The Coast Guard is proposing to allow both the Port of Miami Railroad and Dodge Island Bridges to be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday for a two week period at the end of February or the first March. After this period, the bridges will be allowed to remain closed during daylight hours with two openings during the day such as at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. At all other times these bridges will be left in the open to navigation position. This work is expected to be completed in October 2012. Comments on this proposal should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil.
NW 12th Avenue Bridge, Miami River: The NW 12th Avenue Bridge, Miami River (25°46'56.32"N, 80°12'53.53"W) mile 2.1, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:46 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 4 through July 3, 2012 during Miami Marlin games (Schedule Below). This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. Federal Register Docket Number USCG-2012-0078 will provide comment instructions once published in the Federal Register. Tugs and tugs with tows, vessels in distress and public vessels of the United States shall be passed at any time. The Miami Marlins Home Baseball Schedule is available on their website.
Stickney Point (GIWW Mile 68.96) and Hatchett Creek Bridges (GIWW Mile 56.9): In the near future both the Stickney Point (27°15'14.25"N, 82°31'54.18"W) and Hatchett Creek Bridges (27° 6'9.27"N, 82°26'39.81"W) Gulf Intracoastal Waterway miles 68.96 and 56.9, Sarasota, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations only for up to 8 days consisting of 4 days of single-leaf operations with a period of normal operation and 4 days of single-leaf operations. These restrictions as necessary during the removal and replacement of the span hydraulic control circuitry. The exact dates will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
Gasparilla Sound Bridge: Orion Marine Group has advised the Coast Guard that they plan on constructing a temporary bridge next to the Gasparilla Island relief structure mile 0.4 starting in March, 2012. This work will have floating equipment in the waterway and will restrict the channel. The channel will be closed for short periods of time when the contractor sets the temporary bridge span across the waterway. Mariners are requested to maintain slow speed/no wake through this construction area. Demolition of the existing bridge will be published in future LNMs. The Orion Marine Group will be constructing a new replacement bridge across Gasparilla Pass mile 1.0, starting in March 2012. There will be floating equipment in and around the channel during this work. . The channel will be closed for short periods of time when the contractor sets the temporary bridge span across the waterway. Mariners are requested to maintain slow speed/no wake through this construction area. Demolition of the existing bridge will be published in future LNMs.

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

Baltimore Inner Harbor Dredging:
Mechanical dredging operations are scheduled to occur in the Baltimore Inner Harbor (39°17'2.97"N, 76°36'37.75"W) from the western limit of the northwest harbor and the west wall on the Inner Harbor from 27 February until 11 June, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 09/2012)

Data Buoys Deployed in Mid-Bay:
On or about March 12, 2012, the University of Maryland-CES will establish the below twelve (12) lighted data buoys until November 1, 2012, in association with a dissolved oxygen circulation study. The buoys will be located in three separate arrays (areas): Northern Array will have two lighted data buoys, North-Northeast of James Island; Middle Array will have seven lighted buoys, Southeast of Flag Harbor; South Array will have three lighted buoys, Southeast of Cove Point. Lighted Buoy M3 will be approximately 70 ft from an anchored lighted tower. The four (4) anchor points will be marked by four yellow anchor buoys approximately 150 feet from the tower.
A. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy N1 (no LLNR) at 38 33 03.6N, 076 28 58 .8W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
B. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy N3 (no LLNR) at 38 33 32.4N, 076 22 26.4W, Fl Y 4s.
C. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy M1 (no LLNR) at 38 27 00.0N, 076 26 24.0W, Fl Y 4s.
D. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy M2 (no LLNR) at 38 27 18.0N, 076 25 40.8W, Fl Y 4s.
E. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy M3 (no LLNR) at 38 27 39.6N, 076 24 43.3W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
F. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy M4 (no LLNR) at 38 28 01.2N, 076 23 49.2W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
G. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy M5 (no LLNR) at 38 28 26.4N, 076 22 48.0W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
H. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy M6 (no LLNR) at 38 28 40.8N, 076 22 01.2W, Fl Y 4s.
I. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy M7 (no LLNR) at 38 28 55.2N, 076 21 21.6W, Fl Y 4s.
J. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy S1 (no LLNR) at 38 22 08.4N, 076 22 01.2W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
K. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy S2 (no LLNR) at 38 22 51.6N, 076 19 15.6W, Fl Y 4s.
L. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy S3 (no LLNR) at 38 23 13.2N, 076 17 56.4W, Fl Y 4s. (5th District LNM 11/2012)

Patuxent River Underwater Survey Work:
Mariners are advised that the U. S. Navy will be conducting an underwater survey in the Patuxent River during April 1-30, 2012. The survey will include surface ships operating along an approximately 7 nautical mile long section of the Patuxent River, in an area between Point Patience (northern end of survey) at approximate position latitude 38°19’41.4” N, 076°29’03.6” W and the vicinity of Cedar Point (southern end of survey) at approximate position latitude 38°17’43.1” N, 076°21’46.0” W. Command and control of survey operations will be conducted using the research vessel DISCOVERY. Mariners are requested to remain 500 yards distance from all vessels involved in the survey operations while they are in progress. The R/V DISCOVERY and its support craft can be contacted on marine band radio VHF channel 16. (5th District LNM 10/2012)

Beaufort Bridge (NC, NOT on the AICW) Replacement Application:
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 proposed replacement of the US 70/Graydon Paul Bridge (34°43'19.93"N, 76°40'9.87"W) at mile 0.1, over Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, in Beaufort, between Radio Island and Michael J Field, Carteret County, NC. The project involves a new high-level fixed bridge on a new alignment and improving US 70 to a multi-lane facility. The proposed vertical clearance will be 65 feet, above mean high water; with a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between pile bents. Comments will be received for the record at the office of Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than April 5, 2012. A copy of Public Notice 5-1256, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 271-1016 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM 10/2012)

New Topsail Inlet Area Dredging:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in New Topsail Inlet (34°20'21.54"N, 77°39'40.35"W) Topsail Creek and Banks Channel from 13 March until 01 May, 2012. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse along the south shoreline of Banks Channel to Topsail Beach Disposal Area. The pipeline will be lighted and marked with buoys. The Dredge and assisting vessels PROUD MARY and MISS LEANNE will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 11/2012)

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, Wilmington NC, Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation at the Cape Fear Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge (Closed vertical clearance is reported to be 65 ft) (34°13'37.47"N, 77°57'7.55"W) at mile 26.8, across Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC. Under this temporary deviation, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 7 a.m. on March 1, 2012 until and including 11 p.m. on May 31, 2012; except that vessel openings will be provided if at least three hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulation set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 09/2012) NOTE: If your vessel's height is close to the reported closed vertical clearance, before proceeding under this bridge check for construction equipment or scaffolding beneath the span which could possibly reduce the vertical clearance.

Bonner Bridge Reduced Vertical Clearance:
The vertical clearance on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35°46'9.84"N, 75°32'12.44"W) will be reduced to 61 feet MHW from 05 March until 15 June, 2012 due to a platform above the navigational span for painting and repairs. (5th District LNM 09/2012)

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

Comments Requested on Nav Aid Changes for Casco Bay, Royal River:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to this waterway:
Channel Buoy 2 (LLNR 7405) Maintained from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1.
Channel Buoy 3 (LLNR 7410) Maintained from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1.
Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 7415) Maintained from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1.
Channel Buoy 4A (LLNR 7420) ESTABLISH in (PA) 43-47-31.3N 070-08-27.1W,  Maintained from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1.
Channel Buoy 5 (LLNR 7420) DISESTABLISH.
Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 7425) RENAME to 5 (LLNR 7425) Maintained from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1.
Channel Buoy 8 (LLNR 7430) DISESTABLISH
Channel Buoy 9 (LLNR 7435) RENAME to 7 (LLNR 7430) Maintained from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1.
Channel Buoy 10 (LLNR 7440) DISESTABLISH
Channel Buoy 11 (LLNR 7442) RELOCATE to (PA) 43-47-39.3N 070-08-49.2W , Maintained from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1.
Channel Buoy 14 (LLNR 7455) RELOCATE to (PA) 43-47-22.9N 070-09-29.8W
Channel Buoy 14A (LLNR 7458) ESTABLISH in (PA) 43-47-23.9N 070-09-40.3W
Channel Buoy 15 (LLNR 7460) RELOCATE to (PA) 43-47-21.6N 070-09-31.7W
Channel Buoy 17 (LLNR 7470) RELOCATE to (PA) 43-47-38.2N 070-10-01.5W
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All  comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 30 March 2012 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-11-117. In  addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM 11/2012)

New Bedford, MA, Hurricane Barrier Work:
Contractors for the Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting maintenance on the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier (41°37'23.39"N, 70°54'21.88"W) through July 2012. The hours of operation will be approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (and occasional Saturdays). A barge and support equipment will be positioned north of the barrier, adjacent to but outside of the main channel. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting in the vicinity of the hurricane barrier. Questions concerning this project may be addressed to Mr. Larry Ahearn of Reagan Construction, who can be reached at 401-640-5429.  (First District LNM 11/2012)

USCG Tactical Demo in NY Harbor:
The Coast Guard will be conducting a tactical demonstration in (PA) 40-36.8N, 074-03.3W, in the southern portion of Anchorage Ground No. 24 (Stapleton) on Mar 22, 2012 from 1000-1300. The Coast Guard is requesting a 250 yard closest point of approach. (First District LNM 11/2012)

Three Research Projects in Newtown Creek, Queens:
1. Sea Engineering will be installing five current meters in Newtown Creek (40°44'12.85"N, 73°57'38.85"W) on Mar 19-20, 2012. Work hours are 0800-1700. The meters will be serviced monthly through the end of June 2012. The current meters will be installed by the vessel JOHN M (26' x 8.4'). Each current meter is 18 inches tall and will sit on the channel bottom. The vessel will be on site for approximately 30 minutes at each location. The JOHN M will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 12 fifteen minutes prior to installing and servicing each current meter. No operations will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Sea Engineering's point of contact is Mr. Frank Spada at 805.637.5514 or the JOHN M on VHF CH 13.Vessels with concerns about the location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil.
2. Anchor QEA and Millers Launch is taking water samples in Newtown Creek and tributaries from Mar 12-17, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Saturday, 0800-1700. Each sample will be taken from the JOHN M (26' x 8.4'). Each sample is expected to take one hour to complete. The vessel can move within 15 minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The JOHN M will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 12 fifteen minutes prior to starting each sample and upon completion of each sample. No sampling will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Anchor QEA's point of contact is Mr. Gabe Bolin at (603.809.6101) or the JOHN M on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the sample location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil.
3. Anchor QEA, Sea Engineering and Millers Launch will be taking sediment samples in Newtown Creek at five locations on Mar 21-22, 2012. Work hours are 0800-1700. Each sample will be taken from the JOHN M (26' x 8.4'). Each sample is expected to take one hour to complete. The vessel can move within 15 minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The JOHN M will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 12 fifteen minutes prior to starting each sample and upon completion of each sample. No sampling will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Sea Engineering's point of contact is Mr. Frank Spada at (805.637.5514) or the JOHN M on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the sample location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS- WatchOfficer@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 11/2012)

Con ED Generating Station Repair, East River, NYC:
Atlantic Subsea will be desilting intake bays and repairing intake structures at the Con Ed 14th Street Generating Station (40°43'36.11"N, 73°58'17.44"W) from March 15 to April 30, 2012. Work hours are 24 hours per day, Monday through Saturday. The spud crane barge Tioga (200' x 38') will be spudded down along the shoreline along with one Hopper barge (195' x 35') and one tank barge (195' x 35'). Each vessel transiting in the vicinity of a work area where barges are located is requested to do so at reduced speed to maintain maneuverability while minimizing the effects of wake and surge. (First District LNM 11/2012)

East River Borings:
Warren George Inc. will be taking test borings in the East River, along the shoreline between East 38th (40°44'43.21"N, 73°58'10.22"W) and 60th Streets, from Mar 19 – Apr 30, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 24 / 7. Each test boring will be taken from the SANDY G, (58' x 18'). The SANDY G will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 12 fifteen minutes prior to starting each boring and upon completion of each boring. No boring will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Warren George's point of contact is Capt Ted O'Hare at (908.601.2209) or the SANDY G on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the boring location should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS- WatchOfficer@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 11/2012)

Steel Pilings off Battery Park City, NYC:
There are two 20" diameter steel pilings located about 30 feet and 60 feet off shore near Pier A at Slip 6 (40°42'43.26"N, 74° 1'4.10"W). They are marked with a white flashing light. (First District LNM 11/2012)

Maintenance Dredging, Manhattan Cruise Terminal:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock will be conducting maintenance dredging at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal (40°46'5.49"N, 73°59'47.18"W) from on, or about, Mar 15-20, 2012. Work hours are 24/7. The Dredge 55, Tugs Gulf Dawn and Chesapeake Coast will be working VHF 05A, 13, and 16. (First District LNM 11/2012)

Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Work:
Trevcon Construction is installing seven steel test piles about 300 feet north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Two test pilings are being installed near (pa) 41-04-16.42N, 073-54-46.82W; 41-04-15.99N, 073-54-19.92W; and 41-04-16.02N, 073-53-29.02W. One test piling near (pa) 41-04-15.50N, 073-52-30.52W. All four positions are surrounded by falsework measuring approximately 23' x 23' and extending above the waterline. Each falsework is marked with one white flashing 4 second light and warning signs. Work hours are Mon-Sat, 0600-1900 between March 9 and July 3, 2012. One 280' x 60' spud crane barge and one 240' x 55' material barge are installing the test piles. A bubbler system will be installed inside of the falsework. A turbidity curtain will be fastened to the outside of the falsework. (First District LNM 11/2012)

Dredging Buoy at Ambrose Channel:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock will be placing a Triaxys Directional Wave Buoy outside of the Ambrose Channel approximately 400' in position: 40- 28'-50"N / 073-54'-24"W The Wave Buoy will be used to support Dredging and Wreck removal in the Ambrose Channel. (First District LNM 10/2012)




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