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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 12, 2012

By Tom Neale - Published April 12, 2012 - Viewed 616 times

Attention Snowbirds:

Norfolk AICW RR Bridge Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge, at AIWW mile 5.8, (36.774769° -76.294990°) across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position on the following dates and times to facilitate mechanical repairs:

  • From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  • From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, and
  • From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012

At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d).  Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District Bridge Branch) NOTE: This bridge (which is adjacent to the Gilmerton Bridge) closure  will effectively close the AICW during daylight hours for three straight days during Snowbird transient season in May. Plan ahead.  Consider voicing your comment.*

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

Okeechobee Waterway Drought Restrictions:
On April 11, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 11.93 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 5.87 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 4.07 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N). The USACE Jacksonville issued a Notice to Navigation Interests on March 27, 2012 stating that drought restrictions (lake level below 12.5 feet) are in effect for lockage at the St. Lucie and W. P. Franklin Locks, which will now open every two hours at 0700, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700 and 1900 hours. When the lake level drops to between 11.5 and 10.5 feet, there will be only three lockages per day at 0700, 1300, and 1900 hours. Notices to Navigation Interests are available at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/NavNotices.htm
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

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.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx° for locations new with this alert. 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. . We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.

General Announcements

DGPS Unusable Time (PA):
Unusable time is approved for the Hawks Run (40.923070°-78.205680°) DGPS transmission site for maintenance as follows:
A. PRIMARY: 20 APR 2012 1300Z – 1500Z (0900-100 ETD).
B. ALTERNATE: 21 APR 2012 1300Z – 1500Z (0900-100 ETD). (5th District LNM 15)

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

Charleston Dredging:
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB 16-12)- Maintenance Dredging - Joint Base Charleston Channel, TC Dock and  Pier X-Ray South; Cooper River, Charleston, SC

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Cottrell Contracting Corporation will commence dredging operations on the Cooper River between Lighted Buoy "R60" (LLNR 2925) (32-54-12.382N, 079-57-16.235W) and Lighted Buoy "R80" (LLNR 3080). Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, seven days per week basis until approximately September 15, 2012.

For on-scene communications, contact the Dredge RICHMOND on VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. For more details, please contact Mr. Frank Hall at (757) 547-9611.

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.

Savannah River Dredging:
Marinex Construction, Inc has commenced dredging operations on or about April 2 in the vicinity of Savannah River. The work will extend from Marsh Island Turning Basin Light 8 (LLNR 5040) (32-06-59.603N, 081-07-37.882W) in the vicinity of Marsh Island towards the Talmadge Bridge. The Dredge “HAMPTON ROADS” will operate 24/7 until approximately April 30, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM 14/2012)

Kings Bay Dredging Update:
Cottrell Contracting Corp has commenced dredging operations at Kings Bay Submarine Base, from Cumberland Sound Lighted Buoy 37 (LLNR 6915/37765) (30-45-35.826N, 081-29-08.023W) to Kings Bay Light 62 (LLNR 7040)… The dredge “LEXINGTON” will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Dredge operations will be conducted (24) hours a day, (7) days a week with an approximate completion date of June 1, 2012. Fishnets, crab pots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work; a slow “NO WAKE” speed is advised of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Further information contact Mr. Benjamin Cottrell (757) 547-9611. (7th District LNM 15/2012)

Ft. Pierce City Marina Storm Protection Construction:
Lucas Marine Acquisition Company, LLC will commence marine construction on or about April 9, 2012. The project consists of constructing approximately 13 islands made up of armor stone. The islands will be built to an elevation approximately 4’ above MHW. The islands will serve as storm protection for new docks that will be built in a later phase. The project is located adjacent to the Fort Pierce Marina (27.450350° -80.322327°) in Fort Pierce Florida, centered at Latitude 27.45 and Longitude 80.322, just south of the A1A South Bridge and on the west side of the ICWW. Staging will begin near the Marina the first week in April. This initial staging/work area is approximately 2000’ west of the ICWW. The major on site equipment will consist of approximately 4 flat deck barges, in the size range of 40’ x 130, a large crane, and a pushboat. This project will not impact the Intracoastal Waterway to navigation at any time. The approximate completion date is September 2013. The project contact is Mr. Mike Sullivan (617) 306-8191. (7th District LNM 14/2012) Check newspaper article at http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/mar/19/mattresses-create-buffer-for-fort-pierce-city/

Port Everglades Dredging:
Lucas Marine Acquisition Company, LLC will be conducting dredging operations at Port Everglades (26.093200°-80.109032°) at Berths 31 & 32 commencing early April through approximately May 15, 2012. Operations will be Monday through Saturday daylight hours only. Work will start at the north end of Berth 31 and continue south approximately 2000 linear feet to the end of Berth 32. The project will involve the dredge “JAY CASHMAN” and several hoppers scows. The dredges will be supported by the tug "Iron Nail" and the scows will be towed to the upland off loading site approximate 6000 linear feet east of the NW 5th Ave Bridge. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 13, and 67. Project point of contact is Bruce Wood 781-630-0611. (7th District LNM 14/2012)

Dania Cut-Off Canal Dredging:
Lucas Marine Acquisition Company, LLC will be conducting dredging operations in Dania Cut-Off Canal (26.063941°-80.116356°) in Broward County, starting east of the NW 5th Ave Bridge and continuing east approximately 5000 feet. The project will begin in mid-April and will continue until approximately January 2013. The project will involve the dredge “JAY CASHMAN” and several hoppers scows. The dredges will be supported by the tug Iron Nail and the scows will be towed to the upland off loading site approximate 6000 linear feet east of the NW 5th Ave Bridge. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16,13, and 67. Operations will be Monday through Saturday daylight hours only. Project point of contact is Bruce Wood 781-630-0611. (7th District LNM 14/2012)

Hillsborough Bay Dredging:
Orion Marine Construction Inc will commence dredging operations in the Hillsborough Bay and the Alafia River on or about April 9 until approximately July 1, 2012.
Between Hillsborough Bay Lighted Buoys 10 to 31
Longitude: (Start) 27 48 13.7314 N, Latitude -82 27 52.5882 W
Longitude: (Middle) 27 48 42.4213 N, Latitude -82 26 53.5882 W
Longitude: (Stop) 27 53 53.0000 N, Latitude -82 26 21.3353 W
Alafia River
Longitude: (Start) 27 50 42.4068 N, Latitude -82 26 41.2325 W
Longitude: (End) 27 51 20.1865 N, Latitude -82 23 23.215 W
The project will involve the Hydraulic Cutter Suction Dredge “JERI-B”, Tenders: Gator and Jay-Jay. A mechanical clamshell Dredge “DRAVO”, Tenders: Miss Shirley and Erin P. The Dredge “JERI-B” will operate 24/7, cell phone 904-412-8496. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operations will be utilized. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Floating and submerged pipeline will be utilized from the dredge to the authorized dredged material discharge area. The pipeline path will be outside of and perpendicular to the navigation channel. Buoys with “Danger Submerged Pipeline” will mark the submerged line as required by Coast Guard regulations. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. VHF – FM Channels Monitored: channels 12, 13, 16 and working channel 1. Project POC Mr. Jared Rackley, Project Manager cell (904) 868-9498. (7th District LNM 14/2012)

Alafia River Dredging:
Goodloe Marine, Inc. will commence dredging operations on or about April 15, 2012 on the Alafia River. Operations will begin at N 27 50 49.9/ W 82 26 26.3 and progress to the east to the turning basin at Mosaic docks N 27 51 25/ W82 23 22.8 between Alafia River Buoy 2 (LLNR 23250) and Alafia River Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 23320). There will be numerous buoys, anchors, pipelines, barges and other equipment located within the channel and outside the channel limits. All equipment will be lighted and the hydraulic Dredge “TENACIOUS” can monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 13. Operations will continue until approximately August 1, 2012. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and pass the dredge and equipment at a slow speed and proceed with caution throughout the channel. Project point of contact is Mr. Ben Goodloe at 813-355-7494. (7th District LNM 15/2012)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 15/2012:
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.
Amelia River SR A1A Bridge (AICW Mile 721) Update: The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one half of the navigable channel at the SR A1A Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.0 (30.626304°-81.484527°), Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, from April 9, 2012 through March 15, 2013.
From June 4 through July 15, 2012, the painting containment system will be allowed to be placed across the SR A1A Bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance to 61 feet across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. Gemstone, LLC will ensure that the proper lighting is displayed at the lowered portions of the scaffolding and will be changing the clearance gauges to reflect the vertical clearance reduction. (7th District LNM 13/2012)
Kingsley Creek Railroad Bridge (AICW Mile 720.7, 5 ft Vertical Clearance) Update: Due to fender repairs the waterway at the Amelia River Railroad Bridge (30.628864° -81.484351°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fernandina Beach, Florida will be reduced to 79 feet of horizontal clearance from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, April 16 through April 21, 2012. Vessels requiring a greater clearance than 79 feet should contact the barge operator on VHF-FM Channel 13 for passing instructions. Mariners are requested to pass through this area with minimum or no wake.
The owner of the Amelia River Railroad Bridge 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 5:30 p.m. daily, from May 14 through May 18, 2012. The Coast Guard is considering approving this proposed schedule based on comments already received. 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.
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, Lake City (29.862672° -81.309784°), Lake City (this bridge is 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.
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.
Update: Due to the placement of the tug and barge equipment which will be working on the damaged fender system, there will be channel restrictions during the barge movements. Mariners are requested to contact the tug on VHF-FM channel 13 for passing information. Mariners should maintain minimum speed/no wake through this area.
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.
MacArthur Causeway Bridge (25.787229° -80.181197°): Ongoing Tunnel Project.Due to the Port of Miami Tunnel Project the contractor has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working outside the main navigation channel. Mariners are requested to remain clear of the floating equipment stationed on the north side of the channel.
Port of Miami Railroad Bridge: Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor, PCL Constructors Inc are beginning repair operations on the Port of Miami's FEC railroad bridge  (25.778902° -80.182536°). The bridge is allowed to be in the down position when the Security Zone is not enforced and the Miami Main Channel is open for normal traffic. On days when the bridge is in the down position there will be 15 minute openings at 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45pm… Clearance gauges are also under repair and do not currently read properly. PCL will be monitoring Marine Channel 9. PCL POC - Adlai Jourdin (561) 253-6995.
Additional closure dates in April are:
- April 17th
- April 19th
- April 24th-26th
If for any reason the Miami Main Channel Security Zone is in force during these dates, the bridge will not be allowed to remain closed.
Siesta Key Bridge: Coastal Mariner construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will start working on the Siesta Key Bridge (27.302571°-82.545354°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Siesta Key, Florida, on June 5, 2012. The Siesta Key Bridge will open a single-leaf on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(c). A double-leaf will be available on this same schedule with a three hour advance notice to the bridge tender. This schedule will be affective 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week from June 5, 2012 through October 3, 2012.
Gasparilla Sound Bridge: Orion Marine Group has advised the Coast Guard that they plan on constructing a temporary bridge next to the Gasparilla Island (26.815747° -82.274078°) 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

NJICW Bridge Update:
ICW – Beach Thorofare, Rainbow Channel and Ship Channel – Route 52 Causeway Bridges  (39.300850°-74.593415°)– Work is in progress to replace the existing drawbridges with high-level fixed bridges. For the new bridge over Beach Thorofare, the new channel is open; contractor continuing to set beam at the Ocean City tie-in spans, (south end) and continuing to demolish piers leading up to the bascule span, bascule span has been demolished. For the new fixed bridge over Ship Channel, the vertical clearance is now at 55 feet above MHW because the old drawbridge has been removed from the waterway. The new bridge over Rainbow Channel is 100% complete and has been since 2009. (5th District LNM 14/2012)

Pier Collapse in Philly:
A pier collapse at the SUNOCO Philadelphia Refinery on the Schuylkill River has caused submerged debris on the east side of the river from 39-55.06N, 075-12-.06W to 39-55.08N, 075-12.05W extending into the channel approximately 27 feet. Water depth in the vicinity of the debris has been reduced to 26 feet MLW. (5th District LNM 14/2012)

Magothy River Dive:
Mariners are advised that diving operations are scheduled to occur in the Magothy River (39.066943°-76.459903°) on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Up to 50 SCUBA divers will participate in an annual Earth Day underwater shellfish monitoring program, which will take place outside the navigation channel south of Chest Neck Point and south of Dobbin Hill. The divers will be supported by sponsor-provided watercraft, which will work on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 69. On scene patrol personnel can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at telephone (410) 576-2674 or e-mail at Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 14/2012)

Patuxent River Bridge Painting:
Mariners are advised that painting operation is in progress at the Thomas Johnson (Route 4) (38.324392° -76.472878°) Bridge across Patuxent River, mile 4.0, at Town Point, MD until July 30, 2012. To facilitate the work, three approach spans on either side of the bridge, outside of the navigational channel, are impacted and a snooper truck at various locations on the roadway reduces the available vertical clearance by approximately 4 feet. The navigational channel will not be impacted during the operation. Mariners able to pass under the navigational channel may continue to do so at any time and should proceed with caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 14/2012)

Yorktown Oil Terminal Work:
Crofton Construction Co. will be conducting work on the Yorktown Oil Terminal pipeline which runs from the Plains Marketing L.P. Vessel Loading Pier (37.230413° -76.451861°) to the Dominion Yorktown Power Station. Main channel navigation will not be affected. Work will continue until 24 May, 2012. (5th District LNM 15/2012)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Maintenance:
Mariners are advised that the bridge maintenance work (cleaning, painting and steel repairs) will be conducted at the US 13/North Channel Bridges (37.076364° -76.014265°) over Chesapeake Bay of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel, between Cape Charles and Virginia Beach, VA. To facilitate the maintenance work, the available vertical clearances for the underside of the entire North Channel Bridges will be temporarily reduced by three feet (with the main channel spans reduced from 75 feet to 72 feet above mean high water) on the following dates and times:
1. At Spans 1-8 and Spans 10-17 (south/north approaches) beginning at 7 a.m., from 16 APR 2012 through 7 p.m., on 15 OCT 2012; and
2. At Span 9 (the main channel spans) beginning at 7 a.m., from 4 MAY 2012 through 7 p.m., on 15 OCT 2012. (5th District LNM 15/2012)

Craney Island Construction:
McLean Contracting Co. will be conducting demolition of existing piers, riprap slope and the reconstruction of Fuel Pier D at the U.s. Navy Fuel Depot (36.886475° -76.339020°) at Craney Island from 01 April through June 2014. Construction will include pile driving, concrete construction and shoreline protection. On site tugs will monitor VHF-FM channel 13. Mariners are requested to use extreme caution when transiting the work site and a NO WAKE transit. (5th District LNM 14/2012)

Beaufort Bridge Comment Period Reopened:
The Coast Guard is reopening the period for public comment concerning the proposed plans by the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the proposed replacement of the US 70/Graydon Paul Bridge (34.720476° -76.670717°), at mile 0.1, over Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, in Beaufort, between Radio Island and Michael J Field, Carteret County, NC. The purpose of this public notice will provide an opportunity to make additional comments due to problems associated with the distribution of Public Notice (PN) 5-1256 dated March 5, 2012. All previous comments submitted to PN 5-1256 and received by April 5, 2012 will be incorporated into the case file. Respondents are requested not to duplicate their remarks. 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 May 9, 2012. A copy of Public Notice 5-1256 (a), 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 15/2012).

Atlantic Beach Bridge Reduced Horizontal Clearance:
1. FENDER REPAIRS ARE IN PROGRESS THROUGH JULY 11, 2012 AT THE SR 58 BRIDGE, ACROSS AIWW MILE 206.7 (34.717264° -76.735178°), IN ATLANTIC BEACH NC.
2. TO FACILITATE REPAIRS, A CRANE BARGE REDUCES THE AVAILABLE HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE IN THE NAVIGABLE CHANNEL FROM 90 FEET TO 60 FEET. FOR VESSELS REQUIRING THE FULL CLEARANCE, A 30-MINUTE ADVANCE NOTICE IS REQUESTED TO REMOVE THE  BARGE FROM THE CHANNEL TO SAFELY NAVIGATE THROUGH THE BRIDGE.  THE CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 13 OR 16.
3. MARINERS ARE URGED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION AT SLOW NO WAKE SPEEDS. (5th District Bridge Branch)

Browns Inlet Area (AICW Mile 238.5) Shoaling Again:
Shoaling to a depth of 4.5 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 60 (LLNR 39217) (34-35-54.684N, 077-14-28.289W) and Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 61A (LLNR 39223). (5th District LNM 13/2012)
This is the same place (AICW Mile 238.5 approximately) just north of the Onslow Beach Bridge in Camp Lejeune, NC, that often shoals (and gets dredged) and has floating markers that are frequently moved and sometimes unreliable because of the changing shoaling bottom.

Oregon Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 4.6 ft MLW has been reported 100 feet east of the center of the navigable channel at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°). The ACOE survey may be viewed at http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/manteo-oregon/oregon_inlet_east /oregon_inlet_east.pdf. (5th District LNM 15/2012)

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

Cobscook Bay, Maine Underwater Platform:
An underwater turbine platform has been established in position 44-54-36n 67-02-45w. On scene is the Capt E. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area. (1st District LNM 15/2012)

NH RNA Closed to Vessel Traffic for a Day:
The United States Coast Guard has established a regulated navigation area around the construction zone of the Little Bay Bridge between Newington and Dover NH from March 9, 2012 until July 31, 2013. The navigation area covers a 300 yard radius around position 43°07‟05”N, 070°49‟33”W. The purpose of this temporary interim rule is to restrict the speed of vessels transiting in the area while the bridge undergoes construction. These speed restrictions will be enforced to reduce the wake of vessels which may endanger the lives of the construction workers and nearby mariners. All vessels transiting through this area shall proceed with caution, operating at no more than 5 knots so as to produce no wake when the navigation area is being enforced. Notice of the speed restrictions will be broadcast on VHF-CH 16 every four hours until July 31, 2013. Documents relating to this Temporary Final Rule will also be available in the Federal Register by going to http://www.regulations.go v, inserting USCG-2012-0084 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 Ensign Elizabeth Morris, Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, telephone 207-741-5440, e-mail Elizabeth.V.Morris@uscg.mil . If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.
NOTE: The Coast Guard will close the waterway to all vessel traffic within the Regulated Navigation Area beginning at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 17, 2012. In event that construction plans change, the backup closure date is April 18, 2012. (1st District LNM 15/2012)

Boston Plans War of 1812 Bicentennial:
The Coast Guard proposes to adopt a temporary special local regulation and temporary security zones, during, and after the War of 1812  Bicentennial Commemoration events in the Port of Boston, (42.337447°-70.968032°) Massachusetts, to be held between June 28, 2012 and July 6, 2012. Comments on  the proposal should be submitted by May 18, 2012. 77 Fed. Reg. 19963 - http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-03/html/2012-7917.htm  (April 3, 2012).  (First District LNM 14/2012)

East River 90th Street Construction Work:
An underwater turbine platform has been established in position 44-54-36n 67-02-45w. On scene is the Capt E. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area Simpson & Brown is removing four dolphins, ferry barge with spuds, and aluminum gangway in the East River at East 90th Street, until Apr 6, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 0700-1530. The S&B 20 crane barge (185‟ x 45‟) and S&B 3 material barge (90‟ x 30‟) are on scene.
Simpson and Brown's point of contact is Mr. Chris Simpson at (732.742.1616) or Mr. Mike Quadagno at (908.202.7185). (First District LNM 14/2012)

Manhattan Bridge Diving:
Diving operations are being conducted on Pier 42, north of the Manhattan Bridge (40.707111° -73.990680°)through April 10, 2012. The MV BARBARA WHITE (32.5‟ x 8.6‟) and a smaller aluminum skiff will be on scene. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0700-1500. (First District LNM 14/2012)

Demolished Bridge Pier, Flushing Creek:
A partially demolished bridge pier has been reported outside the channel on the red side of the channel at the Whitestone Expressway (40.765311° -73.839557°). The pier is only visible at low water. (First District LNM 14/2012)

LaGuardia Area Borings:
The Tug LINDA G and a 40'x80' work barge will be taking soil borings near LaGuardia Airport and World's Fair Marina (40.761998° -73.853597°) between Apr 9-20, 2012. Work hours are Mon-Fri from 0600-1900. (1st District LNM 15/2012)

Newtown Creek Fish and Sediment Collection:
Anchor QEA and Millers Launch will be collecting fish in Newtown Creek (40.737278°-73.961156°) and tributaries from Apr 9-13, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 0800- 1800. Each fish collection will be taken from the DONNA M (26' x 8.4'). Each collection 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 DONNA 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 collecting will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Anchor QEA's point of contact is Mr. Charlie Szablewski at (518.796.5106) or the DONNA M on VHF CH 13. (First District LNM 14/2012)
Anchor QEA and Millers Launch will be taking sediment and water samples in Newtown Creek (40.737278°-73.961156°) and tributaries from Apr 16 to May 11, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Saturday, 0800-1700. Each sample'will be taken from the ANTHONY MILLER (32' x 11') or the JOHN M (26' x 8.4‟). Each sample is expected to take one to two hours to complete. The vessels can move within 15 minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The ANTHONY MILLER and 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 within the Federal Channel. No sampling will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Anchor QEA's points of contact are: Delaney Peterson at 206.919.2845 or the ANTHONY MILLER on CH 13. Chris Osuch at 951.287.9613 or Scarlett Graham at 724.880.2314 or the JOHN M on 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 15/2012)

Ambrose Channel Test Dig:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD) will be conducting a test dig in Ambrose Channel, approximately 1,500 to 2,500 feet SE of Ambrose Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 34798) (40-29-04.009N, 073-54-45.783W). Work hours are 24/7 during a two-day window between April 17-24, 2012. Operations are contingent upon calm weather. During these hours the Dredge No. 55 (165' x 50'), Spud Barge Apache (210' x 60'), one dump scow, two tugs, and the Survey Vessel Wolf River will be on sce e. This is not a move on demand project. Vessels are requested to maintain a minimum distance of 500 feet from the Green channel edge. Dredge & support equipment are required to report their movements and positions to VTSNY on Channel 14 every two hours or anytime their position changes. Each vessel transiting in the vicinity of the work area is required to do so at reduced speed to maintain maneuverability while minimizing the effects of wake. No operations will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. GLDD's point of contact is Bryan Dast at 630.699.9995, Ashley Brown at 708.941.9441, or the Dredge 55 on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the boring/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 15/2012)

 


 

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