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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale April 26, 2012

By Tom Neale - Published April 26, 2012 - Viewed 778 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:

  1. From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  2. From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, and
  3. 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 and LNM 16/2012) 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. Comments on this matter can be addressed to Mr. Waverly Gregory, Branch Chief, 5th District Bridge Branch. 757 398 6222, wgregory@LANTD5.uscg.mil*

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

April, 2012, USACE Savannah Surveys of Lower SC and Georgia AICW:
There are no surprises here, for those of us who have been travelling these waters over the years. Surveys were completed between March 21 and April 5, 2012. The complete results are available at http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/op/Aiww-APR-2012.pdf
Surveyed depths are given in feet at MLW for the "west outside," "west inside," "east inside" and "east outside" of the channels. The places with shallowest surveyed depths are: Fields Cut (6.0, 7.5, 9.5, 11)( 32.077122°-80.942671°), Elba Cut (6.0, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0)( 32.072990°-80.954539°), Hell Gate (5.5, 6.0, 4.0, 2.5)( 31.862975°-81.082650°), Little Mud River (4.0, 4.0, 5.0, 2.0)(31.356396°-81.335777°), Buttermilk Sound--DM 216A to BN 223--( 6.0, 4.0, 7.0, 6.0)( 31.295142°-81.400914°) and Jekyll Creek (0.5, 3.0, 5.0, 3.0) (31.071959°-81.429992°). The Alternate Route around St. Andrew Sound at Umbrella Cut (31.026690°-81.478709°) has only one depth given for each section: Jekyll Sound: 5.0, Umbrella Cut: 0.5, Umbrella Creek: 2.0, Dover Creek: 5.5, Satilla River: 10.0, and Floyd Creek: 3.0.

Lake Avenue Bridge, AICW Mile 1028.8 New Restriction:
District Seven Bridge Branch office has been contacted by a Florida State Representative and the City of West Palm Beach with regard to vehicle traffic congestion concerns created by the removal of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge. Vehicle traffic has been detoured to the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 (26.613475° -80.044348°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Florida; for this reason they have requested that this bridge be placed on a twice an hour schedule. This office has evaluated the situation and determined that starting on May 1, 2012 the draw of the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris (SR 802) will open on the quarter-hour and three quarter-hour, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at anytime. This temporary schedule is expected to continue until April, 2013. (7th District LNM 16/2012)

OpSail 2012 Schedule:
Many East Coast boaters love the action and crowds at events such as these. Others who want to get away from it all and find peace and quiet may seek to avoid them. Whichever your preference here's the schedule:
New Orleans: April 21-24
NYC: May 23-30
Norfolk: June 7-12
Baltimore: June 13-19
Boston: June 30-July5
New London: July 6-8

Check: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OpSail-2012/157332174300221

Savannah Tall Ships Challenge, 2012:
Some of the same Tall Ships will be in Savannah May 3-7 during the time when many Snowbirds may be passing through the area. Check http://www.savannahtallshipschallenge.com/ and https://homeport.uscg.mil/savannah Click on MSSB 06-12 for information related to visiting Savannah by boat.

General Announcements

Lat/Long Positions in Alerts
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.

NOAA/Scripps Institution of Oceanography Wave Buoys Website: Block Island Buoy:
NOTE: The buoys on this site are mainly in California but there are enough scattered in locations along the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico to give a general idea of the wave conditions for a large area, such as the Block Island Buoy for much of New England.
Block Island, RI Buoy, NOAA #44097, CDIP# 154, Deployed: 10/21/2009, Location: Lat 40° 58.150N' Long 071° 07.543', Depth: Fathoms 26, Buoy measures wave height, wave direction, wave period and sea surface temperature.
The data are broadcast on the NWS Marine Weather Channel. Data are also UPDATED EVERY 30 MINUTES on the web at http://cdip.ucsd.edu (click on RECENT).
The wave height reported is the “significant” wave height (Hs) which represents the average of the 1/3 highest waves. Approximately double the Hs to obtain the maximum wave height. At night time, the buoy will emit a yellow color Coast Guard compliant flashing light.
For questions concerning the data, contact SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 858-534-3032 Email: www@cdip.ucsd.edu (Enclosure at end of First District LNM 16/2012)

NOAA Bathymetric Information Now Available for Viewing:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that it is making sea floor maps and other bathymetric information on the world's coasts, continental shelves, and deep oceans available for viewing on its Bathymetry website http://maps.ngdc.noaa.gov/viewers/bathymetry/ (4/16/12). (7th District LNM 16/2012)

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

Charleston Dredging Update:
Maintenance Dredging – Lower Charleston Harbor and Wando River: On or about Thursday, May 10, 2012, Weeks Marine will begin dredging operations at various locations in the Lower Charleston Harbor (32.765496° -79.890647°) and Wando River. Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately September 30, 2012. Mariners should use caution while transiting in the vicinity of the dredging operations. For on-scene communications, contact the dredge WEEKS 506 or tug CATHERINE on VHF-FM channel 16. For more details, please contact Mr. Charles Balentine at (985) 875-2525. MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN UPDATE #1 - (MSIB 19-12), USCG Sector Charleston, http://homeport.uscg.mil/charleston.
Dredge material will be dumped at the Charleston Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site bounded by:
Lat 32°38’59.55”N Long 79°45’05.28”W
Lat 32°37’54.71”N Long 79°45’47.96”W
Lat 32°37’47.49”N Long 79°45’32.63”W
Lat 32°38’52.33”W Long 79°44’49.95”W (7th District LNM 17/2012)

Okeechobee Waterway Drought Restrictions:
On April 25, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 11.79 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 5.67 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 3.87 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

Naval Warship Ops off Port Everglades:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting operations with a US Naval Warship off the coast of Fort Lauderdale in close proximity to the shore. Tests will be conducted in 67ft of water and 550ft of water .75- 3NM east of Port Everglades Inlet (26.093200°-80.109032°), and 2NM south of port Everglades Inlet. Operations are scheduled to occur May 4, 2012. During operations, the US Naval Warship will be restricted on ability to maneuver. The US Navy will use Broward Sherriff’s Office vessel and Tow Boat US RHIBS to provide escort services. All traffic is to stay well clear of these vessels. Concerned traffic should contact these vessels on VHF channel 16. Operations will run from sunrise to sunset. (7th District LNM 2012)

Fishing Pier Demolition off Sunny Isles:
Shoreline Foundation Inc., will commence demolition and construction of the Newport Fishing Pier (25.929877°-80.119623°) on or about April 23, 2012 at Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The hours of operation will be 7days a week, 24 hours per day. Night time navigational lights will be provided on the barge and other equipment in the ocean. In addition, appropriate lighting will also be provided on Pile Bents. The work is scheduled to be completed December 31, 2012. For further information contact the Project POC Mr. Jawaid Karamat at 954-985-0460. Mariners are advised to avoid close proximity to this demolition and construction area. (7th District LNM 2012)

Government Cut Tunnel Work Continues:
Nicholson will continue with drilling and grouting operations in Government Cut on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1700 through Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 0200. Drilling and grouting operations in the Government Cut (25.781731°-80.178646°)will resume at 1600 on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 through Friday, April 20, 2012 at 0200. The operational set-up has changed and will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 537ft. into the channel. The open channel width will now be approximately 400ft. Operations will consist of three drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. Operations will resume again Monday, April 23, 2012 at 1700 through Friday, April 27, 2012 at 0200. The operational set-up has changed and will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 734 ft. into the channel. The open channel width will now be only 250ft. Operations will consist of three drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. Mariners are advised to use caution and transit at a slow, safe speed when passing the construction site. (7th District LNM 16/2012)

Clearwater, Sand Key Dredging:
Norfolk Dredging Company will commence dredge mobilization operations including dredge pipe installation at Sand Key, Florida (27.958760°-82.827908°) on or about April 28, 2012 with the dredge "CHARLESTON". Shortly thereafter, the dredge will commence dredging operations 12 miles offshore Sand key at the offshore borrow area. The "CHARLESTON" will load hopper barges called scows which will be transported by tug to the Hydraulic Unloader "Vicksburg" stationed approximately one mile offshore Sand Key at various locations during the project. The scows will be pumped out by the "Vicksburg" and the sand will be carried to the beach through an underwater pipeline. The "CHARLESTON" will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Vessel traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. The project will continue until approximately October 31, 2012. For further information contact Norfolk Dredging Company at 757-547-9391. (7th District LNM 16/2012)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 17/2012:
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: (30.628864° -81.484351°) 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.
Boynton Inlet Bridge (Not on the AICW): Worth Contracting, Inc. had advised the Coast Guard that they will be reducing the vertical clearance on the Boynton Inlet Bridge (26.545097° -80.043546°), Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida by eight feet starting on April 30, 2012. One half of the navigable channel will be available at all times. The contractor will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13/16 for passing information. The contractor will be working on the bridge from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, April 30 through May 3, 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.
Flagler Street Bridge, Miami River: Updated April 2, 2012. M&J Construction has advised this office that they will be working on the Flagler Street Bridge (25°46'27.34"N, 80°12'3.54"W) across the Miami River mile 1.0, Miami-Dade County, Florida from January 28 through August 2012. This work consists of painting and fender system replacement. The painting containment system has reduced the vertical clearance of the bridge by three feet. The Flagler Street Bridge is on single-leaf operations with a four-hour notice for a double-leaf opening, tugs and tugs with tows are exempt from this schedule and may pass at any time. Contact The Flagler Street Bridge, bridge tender via VHF-FM channel 9 or 305-737-9210 for single-leaf and double-leaf opening through August 2012.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: M & J Constructions will be placing the Flagler Street Bridge across the Miami River on a specific single-leaf schedule from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting on April 16, 2012,, openings will be at 7:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. The four-hour notice for a double-leaf opening still applies except that the double-leaf openings would be during one of these segments during the day. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the bridge would remain on single-leaf operations with a four-hour notice for a double-leaf opening and tugs and
tugs with tows would remain exempt from these regulations. Contact The Flagler Street Bridge, bridge tender via VHF-FM channel 9 or 305-737-9210 for single-leaf and double-leaf opening through August 2012.
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. From July 11 through September 20, 2012, the vertical clearance of one span of this bridge will be reduced by three feet for painting operations.

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

NJICW Bridge Update:
NJ- SHIP CHANNEL - RT 52 BRIDGE (39.300850°-74.593415°)
1. CONSTRUCTION ON THE RT 52 BRIDGE OVER THE ICW AT MILE 80.4 IS
BEING EXTENDED THROUGH THE END OF 2012. THE ICW REMAINS OPEN TO VESSEL TRAFFIC BUT DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BRIDGE CONTINUES. BARGES AND WORK BOATS ARE OPERATING IN THE AREA. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
2. CANCEL TIME AT //311600ZDEC12// (5th District Bridge Branch)

Baltimore Inner Harbor Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the City of Baltimore, will conduct underwater inspections of the Inner Harbor Promenade (39.284354° -76.610432°) Structures from the Rusty Scupper restaurant to the Pier Six Pavilion across a tidal portion of the Patapsco River at Baltimore MD. The underwater inspections will be performed, each day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 9 to June 30, 2012. To facilitate the inspections, diving operations will be conducted from a 25-foot or 41-foot work vessel that will tied–off to the piers and bulkheads on the promenade. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 16/2012)

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)

Moored Targets off Virginia Capes:
1. The U.S. Navy has deployed inert moored targets (27) in the VACAPES Area, 77 nms east of Virginia Beach, VA. The targets are tentatively scheduled for recovery August 31, 2012. Coordinates for the area are:
A. Deep Field Area: 4500 yd x 5600 yd, 77 nms at east from Virginia Beach, VA., water depth approximately 300-650 ft.
36 47.42 N 074 39.47 W
36 47.42 N 074 42.26 W
36 44.55 N 074 42.26 W
36 44.55 N 074 39.47 W
2. This area contains submerged objects of various types that are a hazard to trawler nets and towed gear. All are moored at a depth of 90 feetor more below the water surface.
3. The primary NSWC PCD point of contact for this project is Jonathan Shiver (cell 850-628-1903), the secondary point of contact is Rick Hayward (cell 850-628-4309.)  (5th District LNM 17/2012)

Atlantic Beach Bridge Reduced Horizontal Clearance:
Fender repairs are in progress until 11 July, 2012 on the NC SR 58 Bridge (34.717152°-76.735237°) at mile 206.7 on the AIWW. A crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance of the navigable channel from 90 feet to 60 feet. For vessels requiring the full clearance, a 30 minute advance notice is requested to move the barge. Construction supervisor may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 16/2012)

Emerald Isle Bridge Fender Work:
Mariners are advised that Marine Contracting Corporation will be replacing the fender system at the Emerald Isle Bridge (34.672741° -77.065794°) on SR 58 Bridge over the AIWW mile 226.0 between NC 24 and Emerald Isle, NC beginning the week of 14 MAY 2012 through 31 OCT 2012.  There will be a tug, a crane barge, and a deck barge moored in the area, will periodically cross the channel, and will obstruct a portion of the channel while operating below the bridge.  During periods of severe weather and/or sea conditions the floating equipment will be relocated elsewhere out of the waterway and display all required navigational lights.  The crane barge and tug will monitor VHF channels 16 and 13. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the equipment, exercise extreme caution, and produce no wake when approaching, passing, and leaving the area. (Fifth 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.

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

Boston Inner Harbor NOAA Hydrographic Survey:
NOAA Vessel 3002 will be conducting hydrographic survey with towed instrumentation in Boston Inner Harbor (42.367841°-71.047876°) in the vicinity of Charlestown Navy Yard, USCG Base Boston, South Jetty, and South Boston Piers 5 and 6, from May 7-11, 2012. Operations will be conducted between Monday and Friday from 0730 to 1600. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, 3002 will be limited in her ability to maneuver. NOAA Vessel 3002 is a 30 foot white hulled survey craft and can be identified on AIS. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area and to contact NOAA Vessel 3002 on VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16. For additional information, contact LTJG Matthew Nardi, at (206) 619-2849 or matthew.nardi@noaa.gov. (First District LNM 17/2012)

New Bedford Hurricane Barrier Work Update:
Contractors for the New England District-Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting maintenance on the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier (41.623313°-70.906478°) through July 2012. The work includes the replacement of wheels on the sector gates, steel repair, fender replacement and miscellaneous painting. The hours of operation will be approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (and occasional Saturdays). The Army Corp has advised that the hurricane barrier will be out of service and not functional to control tide levels and storm surge in New Bedford / Fairhaven Harbors until completion of the project. The navigation channel will remain open during construction. A work barge and support equipment may be positioned north of the barrier, adjacent to the sector gates. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting in the vicinity of the hurricane barrier. Small vessels will be able to navigate through the channel with the barge staying in place. To accommodate larger vessels that require the full width of channel, the barge will be moved clear of the channel. 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 16/2012)

No Discharge Zone Proposed for Mount Hope Bay:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it received a petition stating that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for waters of Mount Hope Bay (41.677969° -71.217445°) and seeking designation of those waters as a “no discharge” zone. Comments on the petition should be submitted by May 21. 77 Fed. Reg. 23480 (April 19, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-19/pdf/2012-9448.pdf . (First District LNM 17/2012)

Long Island/Block Island Sounds NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area from Branford, CT to Greenport, NY from approximately 1 June 2012 through 1 November 2012. (41.165934°-72.433843°)
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area from Gardiners Bay to Block Island from approximately 1 May 2012 through 1 November 2012. (41.142761° -72.003980°)
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area from Norwalk, CT to Herod Point from approximately 1 May 2012 through 1 November 2012. (41.012386° -73.301246°)
Thomas Jefferson is a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels can be identified on AIS and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24 hrs a day from the ship and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver....Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship’s Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov. (First District LNM 17/2012)

Brooklyn Construction:
A 120" x 60" jack up barge, 140" x 90" crane barge, and dock builder skiff will be working within the Pierhead line at Greenpoint Ave Brooklyn (40.729180°-73.961936°), north of Bushwick Inlet through Oct 25, 2012. Work hours are Mon-Fri from 0700-1700. (First District LNM 16/2012)

Ambrose Channel Test Dig Update:
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 24-30, 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 scene. 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-VTSWatchOfficer@uscg.mil . (First District LNM 17/2012)

Newark Bay Disposal Facility Ops:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD) will be conducting capping operations in the Newark Bay Confined Disposal Facility. The hopper dredge TERRAPIN Island will lay along a fixed mooring barge adjacent to Port Newark Channel in positions 40° 40' 41.296"N, 074° 08' 02.464"W / 40° 40' 38.569"N, 074° 08' 03.619"W. The TERRAPIN ISLAND will be conducting pump out operations from April 17, 2012 – June 1, 2012. Pump out operations will occur 3 times a day, 7 days a week for approximately 90 minutes for each visit. The TERRAPIN ISLAND will NOT be able to move on demand and will remain outside of Port Newark Channel. The spill barge anchors and line may have a minimum encroachment into the channel. 2 tugs and the survey vessel BAYOU BEOUF will be on scene. GLDD‟s point of contact is Bryan Dast at 630.699.9995, Ashley Brown at 708.941.9441, or the Dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND on VHF CH 13. (First District LNM 17/2012)

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.

 


 

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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