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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 26, 2012

By Tom Neale - Published October 26, 2012 - Viewed 574 times

Hurricane Sandy Updates:

Check http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/ for the latest information on Hurricane Sandy. Be Safe.*

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

Attention Snowbirds:

New Lock Schedule, Okeechobee Waterway:
1. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will change the operating hours at locks on the Okeechobee Waterway in accordance with a national strategy to standardize lock operations. The change is scheduled to take effect November 13, and will impact the following locks:
• Moore Haven Lock (26.833683°-81.088144°) on the west side of Lake Okeechobee
• Ortona Lock near LaBelle (26.789265°-81.304948°)
• Port Mayaca Lock (26.984290-80.621067°) on the east side of Lake Okeechobee
• St. Lucie Lock (27.111264°-80.285094°) near Stuart
• W.P. Franklin Lock (26.723504°-81.693068°) near Fort Myers
The new operating hours at each of the five locks will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The changes are part of a Corps plan to provide consistent levels of operating service for all locks across the nation. The operating hours are based on the number of lockages performed at each facility. These changes are part of a civil works transformation process that will allow the Corps to deliver the best possible products and services to the nation. Information will also be updated on the link provided as soon as known.
2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Aaron Kelly at (904) 232-2103 or email aaron.c.kelly@usace.army.mil
3. Additional information navigation bulletins on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District’s website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx (Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville)

Canaveral Lock Restrictions:
Summary of a Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville, August 31, 2012: The Canaveral Lock (28.408777°-80.637077°) is in need of repair, a contract is expected to be awarded soon and construction is expected to begin in October, 2012 and continue for approximately 6 months. Beginning in October, 2012 when construction begins, the Canaveral Lock is scheduled to open for vessel passage only between 6:00 am - 7:00 am, and 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday-Friday. There will be no lock restrictions on weekends. Any vessel that needs greater than 45 feet horizontal clearance will need to be scheduled for passage 7 days in advance with the lockmaster, regardless of the weekday or weekend. The Lock Master may be reached at 321-783-5421.

Wrightsville Beach Bridge Night Closures:
Mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at AIW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC will be closed to navigation from October 22, 2012 through March 15, 2013, each day, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., except vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 256-4519 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a)(4). The bridge in the closed position provides 20 feet of vertical clearance at mean high water. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a drawbridge opening may do so at all times and the bridge will be able to open in an emergency. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 42)

Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Temporary Buoys:
The US Coast Guard will temporarily establish four buoys between October 16-18, 2012, off Bahia-Mar Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The temporary buoys will be in place through November 5, 2012. The temporary buoys are at approximate positions:
8A 26-07-04.5N 080-06-33.7W
8B 26-06-59.1N 080-06-33.1W
8C 26-06-52.9N 080-06-33.2W
12A 26-06-45.2N 080-06-35.7W
The buoys are intended to facilitate safe navigation of vessels within the ICW while temporary floating docks are in place. (7th District LNM 42)

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.

Note: Since most East Coast Snowbirds will soon be in the vicinity of the Seventh Coast Guard District, we will start the Alerts with that Section, followed by the Fifth and then the First. However, the listing of the alerts within each section will remain in a north to south order.

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

Charleston Harbor Sediment Sampling:
On Thursday, October 18, 2012, ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc. will begin sediment sampling throughout the Charleston Harbor (32°45'27.41"N, 79°52'10.77"W) navigation channels. Sampling operations will extend from the Cooper and Wando Rivers, southeast through the Charleston Harbor entrance channel, and will take place daily between sunrise and sunset through Monday, November 12, 2012.
Mariners should use caution while transiting in the vicinity of the sampling operations. For on-scene communications, contact the vessel ARTEMIS on VHF-FM channel 16. For more details, please contact Mr. Jason Seitz at (352) 281-4685 or visit their website at www.anamarinc.com and twitter @ANAMAR_Env. 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. (MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB 48-12) USCG Sector Charleston)

More AICW Ranges to be Discontinued:
1. The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at North River.
Change North River Range Front Light A (LLNR 36800) (31-24-31.929N, 081-19-09.991W) to Light 178A displaying Flashing Red 4s and TR-TY on a pile.
Permanently discontinue North River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 36805).
2. The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Rockdedundy River.
Permanently discontinue Rockdedundy River Range Front Daybeacon A (LLNR 36840) (31-22-33.900N, 081-20-06.060W).
Permanently discontinue Rockdedundy River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 36845).
As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area.
3. The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Little Mud River.
Permanently discontinue Little Mud River Range Front Daybeacon A (LLNR 36855) (31-22-05.100N, 081-19-56.220W).
Permanently discontinue Little Mud River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 36860).
As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area. Please address all comments to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, FL 33131 to be received by November 15, 2012. (7th District LNM 42)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On October 25, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.81 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.75 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.95 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N) (see below).
You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

Okeechobee Waterway Rim Canal Not Passable:
1. Mariners are notified to use caution when navigating in the vicinity of the rim canal closure area at LAT/LONG 26 55 08.82 N / 081 07 9.15 W at Culvert C-5A.
2. A cable crossing the rim canal near Culvert C-5A in Moore Haven, FL will be present until further notice beginning 18 October 2012. The purpose of the cable is to prevent vegetation, including water hyacinth, water lettuce, and tussocks from causing navigation and flood control problems downstream of Moore Haven Lock. The cable will be marked with flashing lights and buoys
3. Mariners should operate vessels with caution in the area due to potential for floating debris, navigational buoys and the cable. Fishing and access to the area is still permitted; however, the rim canal is not passable in the area.
Additional informational navigation bulletins are on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District’s website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Jeremy Preston at (904) 232-2219 or email jeremy.r.preston@usace.army.mil.( 7th District LNM 42)

Okeechobee Waterway Construction Restrictions Update:
Odebrecht Construction, Inc. will be replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Moore Haven (Culverts 1 and 1A) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction consists of the steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self contained work area. The waterway will be restricted and may be intermittently obstructed during the installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing the culverts. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Alvin L Ward park (26.839980°-81.082719°) boat ramps and Uncle Joe's Fish Camp boat ramps. Flagmen will be present as needed to signal vessels to stop or to proceed with caution. The controlling width through Culvert 1A project area is 20ft minimum, limited by a controlling depth of 6ft when the lake is at elevation +11.0ft Mean Sea Level. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. The project is anticipated to be completed in spring of 2015. The Project point of contact is Elizabeth Lamborghini at 305-704-5848. (7th District LNM 41)

Naval Exercises off Florida Coast:
U.S. Navy ships will conduct naval exercises during daylight hours only from October 31 to November 2, 2012 in an area bounded by: 27-45N/080-21W, 27-45N/079-25W, 26-55N/079-25W, 26-55N/080-15W. Mariners transiting this area should proceed with caution and are requested to cooperate with patrolling Navy vessels and aircraft. R/V RANGE ROVER and M/V RICHARD L BECKER will be stationed in the area while operations are in progress and will monitor VHF- FM channels 13 and 16. (7th District LNM 43)

Lake Worth Light Destroyed, Hazard:
Lake Worth Inlet Light 10 (LLNR 10240) (26-46-16.320N, 080-02-37.185W) is destroyed with 3' of the steel piling remaining above the waterline and is marked with a Temporary Lighted Buoy "WR10" with Fl Q R Characteristics. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 42)

Research Buoys in Florida Straits:
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs have approved the install of 7 research buoys stretching roughly from the Florida Keys to Cuba. The research apparatus is anchored by a 2000lb weight and held vertical by a flotation balloon at 130ft below the surface. Activities are in three occasions, one per year. The initial install was June to July, 2012. The moored instruments will be programmed for a full year of measurements. Three research instrumented mooring buoys are listed below.
Mooring Name/Position
(EFL5) 24.033ºN 81.300ºW
(EFL6) 24.217ºN 81.350ºW
(EFL7) 24.400ºN 81.400ºW
Two other entries are expected, one for recovery/redeployment in 2013 and the final recovery in 2014. The Research Vessel B/O Justo Sierra will be conducting marine scientific research studying the measurement of inflows and outflows of the gulf. (7th District LNM 43)

Dredging in Matanzas Pass:
Maintenance dredging (12 ft. Project Depth) is taking place in Mantanzas Pass (26.459365° -81.960887°), Ft. Meyers Beach, for 90 days starting on Oct. 5, 2012. The USACE POC is Jose Bilboa, 904 232 1883. (Summary of Oct. 5 Notice to navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville)

Florida West Coast Aids Destroyed, Hazards:
Cormorant Pass Daybeacon 42 (LLNR 15850) is destroyed with wreckage remaining 12" below the waterline. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. ( 7th District LNM 42)
Chokoloskee Bay Channel Daybeacon 24 (LLNR 16065) is destroyed and the remains of the pile is broken with 3ft remaining above the waterline at high tide. A temporary lighted buoy "WR24" with Fl Q R characteristics is marking the remains. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 42)
The Coast Guard received a report of Private Aid Garden Cove Daybeacon 24 (LLNR 11650) is missing. The piling is reported to be submerged at the waterline. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 43)
The Coast Guard received a report of Private Aid Coffee Pot Bayou Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 25021.4) is destroyed with the remains less than 1ft above the waterline. Mariners are requested to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 43)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 43/2012:
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. Bridges that have vertical height reduced (or other severe restriction) will remain on this list until the restriction is removed. There are numerous closures of bridges for Christmas Parades and for too many races for too many causes to include in the Alerts. These usually last only an hour or two. Please check locally for this type of closure in your cruising area. We will occasionally include extended closures for these events, such as the 12 hour Light Parade closure at the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville below.
Amelia River RR Swing Bridge (AICW Mile 721.1): DB Marine Construction has started repairs to the Amelia River Swingbridge (30.628700° -81.484451°) fender system across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.1, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The contractor will have a small work platform in the waterway which may restrict 20 ft of the channel. Vessels requiring a full channel opening should contact the on-scene tug or VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 one hour in advance to allow time to remove the platform from the channel. Mariners are requested to maintain minimum wake/slow speed through the area for the safety of the workers. This work is anticipated to be completed by November 30, 2012. Additional channel restrictions/closures will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
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.
Dames Point Bridge: The Coast Guard has been advised that a conduit will be installed under the SR 9a/Dames Point Bridge (30.371393° -81.551980°) across Mills Cove, Jacksonville, Florida. This work is anticipated to start on November 1, 2012 and to be completed by February 1, 2013. This work is not expected to impact navigation.
Main Street Bridge: Extended Closure for Christmas Parade: The Main Street (US 1) Bridge (30.322607°-81.658512°) across the St. Johns River mile 24.7, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 2:00 p.m. on November 24 through to 2:00 a.m. on November 25, 2012 to facilitate the Jacksonville Light Parade event.
SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): Update: SR 312 Bridge (29.862672° -81.309784°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (this bridge is in St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida.
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 312 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida, through August, 2013.
L. B. Knox Bridge (AICW Mile 816): Cline Construction has advise the Coast Guard that they anticipate starting work on the fender system replacement of the Highbridge Road (Leonard B. Knox) Bridge (29.407923° -81.101143°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 816, Volusia County, Florida on August 22, 2012. This work will consist of floating equipment in the waterway reducing the horizontal clearance to 46 feet between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and possibly a Saturday. The floating equipment can be moved from the channel with a one hour notice to the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 for vessels requiring more than 46 feet of horizontal clearance. This work is expected to be completed by November 30, 2012.
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. 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. Starting September 23, 2012, - Port Miami FEC Railroad Bridge can remain closed daily from 11:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. from Sunday night through Friday morning until November 30th. The bridge can open given a one hour notice. You can contact the bridge via Channel 9 or the PCL POC - Adlai Jourdin (954) 520-5223.
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. This work is expected to be completed in January 2013. (7th District LNM 40)

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

EPA Underwater Survey:
The EPA will be conducting an underwater biological survey on the Artificial Reef at position 38-30.850N, 074-30.656W marked as OBSTRUCTION FISH HAVEN on chart 12214. All vessels are requested to transit at a slow speed and look out for vessels displaying a DIVER SAFETY flag. (5th District LNM 43)

Toms River Dredging:
The ACOE Dredge SNELL will be conducting dredging operations in Toms River at approximate position 39 - 57 -00N, 074-11-51W from 20 October until 30 November, 2012.(5th District LNM 43)

Barnegat Bay Pipeline Emergency Repair:
Commencing on or about 15 October, 2012 and continuing for approximately eight weeks until 10 December, 2012. Caldwell Marine International, LLC will be performing emergency pipeline repair operations in Barnegat Bay. The repair spread will include a small anchored dive barge and support vessels, and divers may be in the water at any point during operations. The location of the repair activities is centered at position 39 54 25.23’N / 74 06 40.31’W. All vessels are requested to maintain a clearance of at least 0.5NM. Vessels are requested to maintain a no wake transit in the vicinity of the repair operations. The onsite point of contact will be Mr. Adam Brown, who can be contacted at 732-620-4239 or on VHF Channel 16. (5th District LNM 43)

Fiber Optic Cable Laying Ops:
The cable ship CS RESPONDER (Call Sign: V7CY9) will be conducting fiber optic cable replacement in the following locations: General operational area bounded by the following coordinates:
A. 39° 29.68462'N, 074° 12.71950'W to 39° 35.21944'N, 074° 08.36531'W.
B. 39° 23.98877'N, 073° 55.97700'W to 39° 30.53466' N, 073° 49.32925'W.
C. 38° 25.14181'N, 073° 18.68945'W to 38° 38.10358' N, 073° 02.87693'W.
D. 38° 11.15009'N, 073° 02.18444'W to 38°19.45553' N, 072° 56.22852'W.
E. 37° 55.81058'N, 072° 16.75138'W to 38° 01.72784' N, 072° 13.11259'W.
F. 37° 10.40214'N 071° 08.34124'W to 37° 18.91122' N, 071° 02.72355' W
Activity Period: October 10 – December 15, 2012 (24 Hour Operations) (5th District LNM 40)
The C.S. RESPONDER will be replacing a portion of an existing fiber optic telecommunications cable just offshore the Borough of Beach Haven, NJ, at a point beyond NJ State waters. Cable burial equipment will be towed on the seabed behind the vessel at an approximate speed of 1 knot. Following burial, cable shall be surface-laid on seabed at approximate speed of 5 knots as the vessel proceeds generally southeastward to a point just offshore Bermuda. Finally, the vessel shall recover the buried portion of the disused cable in U.S. waters to complete operations. Request all vessels maintain at least a 2nm CPA. Request all vessels keep trawls, dredges and other mobile bottom fishing gear at least 1nm from the vessel in order to avoid possible damage to the cable, the fishing gear and/or vessel. CS RESPONDER will be monitoring VHFFM channel 16. Chart: 12200. (5th District LNM 40)

Marcus Hook Dredging:
The Dredge ESSEX will be conducting dredging operations on the Marcus Hook Range (39.805113°-75.416305°) from 18 October, 2012, until further notice. In addition, the upper portion of Anchorage Number 7 is closed to allow for passage of traffic. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 (cell 757-353-0455) and requests all traffic contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage. Vessels requesting to anchor in the Marcus Hook Anchorage must contact Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at 215-271-4807. (5th District LNM 43)

Naval Academy Parachute Demo:
Mariners are advised that the U. S. Naval Academy is scheduled to conduct a Parachute Team landing demonstration along the Severn River on December 1, 2012, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The drop zone is located on the grounds of the Naval Academy at Hospital Point, downriver from the Naval Academy (SR-450) Bridge. Though not planned, in-water entries may occur. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, and heed the directions of patrolling law enforcement and public safety officials. Absent specific guidance, mariners should remain 100 yards from Hospital Point, located on the Naval Academy in approximate position latitude 38°59’29” N, longitude 076°29’20” W. For any comments or questions contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 43)

Piankatank River Bridge Refurbishment Continues:
Mariners are advised that superstructure refurbishment and substructure operations will continue to be performed through December 31, 2012 at the Route 3/John A. Twigg Bridge (37.507136° -76.421223°) across Piankatank River, at mile 10.4, in Matthews and Middlesex Counties, VA. To facilitate the work on the bridge outside the navigable channel, a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately by approximately 6 feet, above MHW. Scaffolding and a hydra platform will be utilized next to pile bents for concrete repair outside the channel. We are also advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 42)

James River Lift Bridge Restrictions Update:
James River – US Route 17 (vertical-lift) Bridge (37.002651°-76.468869°) - Mariners are advised that the James River Bridge, across James River, at mile 5.0, will be closed to navigation every Friday, at 9 p.m. through 5 a.m., on Monday, from September 14, 2012 through December 10, 2012, vessel openings will be provided with a two-hour advance notice to the bridge tender. The bridge in the closed position provides 60 feet of vertical clearance at mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 38).

Camp Pendleton Live Fire:
The Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation Live Fire Small Arms Range described as all of the waters seaward of the mean high water shore line within a sector between radial lines extending 13,500 yards seaward and bearing 070 degrees true and 150 degrees true, respectively, from a point on shore at 36- 48- 58.3N, 075- 57- 59.0W. All vessel operators are reminded to review Navigation Regulations as described in paragraph 334.380 of Chapter 2, of U.S. Coast Pilot 4, Atlantic Coast: Cape Henry to Key West (37th) Edition when operating south of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Firing will take place only during daylight hours and red flags will be displayed at conspicuous locations on the beach at the facility. Vessels shall proceed through the area with caution and shall remain in the area no longer than necessary for transit.
The Camp Pendleton Live Fire Range will be active during the following periods:
DATE UNIT AMMO HOURS
15-16 Nov. American Security .40/shotgun 0900-1500
17-18 Nov. 48 CSH CO A. M19A2 0800-1530 (5th District LNM 42)

Ocracoke Dredging Update:
The Dredge Richmond will be conducting dredging operations in the Silver Lake Entrance and Big Foot Slough between Big Foot Slough Channel Light 14BF(LLNR 29087) (35-09-30.268N, 076-00-50.843W) and Big Foot Slough Channel Buoy 9AA (LLNR 29057) and the entrance to Silver Lake. Dredging operations have been extended to 13 November, 2012. (5th District LNM 43)

Morehead City Railroad Bridge Temporary Schedule:
Mariners are advised that effective October 17, 2012 through October 1, 2013; the Coast Guard is temporarily changing the operating schedule that governs the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge (34.720191° -76.693656°) across Newport River, at AIWW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC. To facilitate needed repairs, the drawbridge shall operate as follows: (1) During the day, from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the draw shall be maintained in the open position to vessels and would only be closed for the passage of trains and to perform periodic maintenance; and (2) At night, the draw need not open from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., except an opening would be provided at 12 a.m. (midnight) if advance notice is given before 4 p.m. on the afternoon before the requested opening by calling (954) 658-4661 or via marine radio channels 13 or 16 VHF-FM. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
BRIDGE FENDER REPAIRS WILL BE IN PROGRESS FROM SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 UNTIL DECEMBER 12, 2012 ON THE NC 210 FIXED BRIDGE  (34.498307° -77.429678°) AT MILE 253.3 ON THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY IN NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA.
BRIDGE REHABILIATATION WILL BE IN PROGRESS FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 UNTIL MAY 1, 2013 ON THE US 74/76 BASCULE BRIDGE (34.216103° -77.812750°) AT MILE 283.1 ON THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY IN WRIGHTVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA.
BRIDGE FENDER REPAIRS WILL BE IN PROGRESS FROM SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 UNTIL DECEMBER 12, 2012 ON THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY ON THE NC 133 FIXED BRIDGE (33.921750°-78.072500°) AT MILE 311.8 IN OAK ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA AND THE NC 58 FIXED BRIDGE (34.672560° -77.065953°) AT MILE 226 IN EMERALD ISLE, NORTH CAROLINA.
For all of the above:
TO FACILITATE REPAIRS A CRANE BARGE WILL REDUCE THE AVAILABLE HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE IN THE NAVIGABLE CHANNEL FROM 90 FEET TO 50 FEET. A ONE HOUR ADVANCE NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE THE BARGE FROM THE CHANNEL FOR VESSELS REQUIRING GREATER THAN 50 FEET HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE TO SAFELY NAVIGATE THROUGH THE BRIDGE.  THE WORK SUPERVISOR CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 13 OR 16 TO ARRANGE REMOVAL OF THE BARGE FROM THE CHANNEL.
MARINERS ARE URGED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION AT SLOW NO WAKE SPEEDS. (5th District Bridge Branch)

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

Naval Exercises off Chatham, MA, Cape Cod:
From 25-30 October 2012, during daylight hours only, U.S. Navy submarines, surface vessels, and aircraft will be conducting underwater exercises in the North Atlantic Ocean east of Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. These exercises will include the launching of inert exercise torpedoes within the area bounded by:
Primary test site, approximately 25 miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts:
Latitudes 41° 41’N to 41° 51’N
Longitudes 069° 17.0’W to 069° 30.0’W and
Alternate test site, approximately 35 miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts:
Latitudes 41° 43’N to 41° 53’N
Longitudes 069° 10.0’W to 069° 57.0’W
Mariners are requested to remain clear of these areas during Navy exercises and cooperate with patrolling U.S. Navy (and Navy-contracted) vessels and aircraft. A surface command ship will be stationed in the area while operations are in progress and will monitor VHF-FM channel 16. For further information contact Mr. Charles Lury at Naval Undersea Warfare Center, 1-808-684-8653, or Mr. Ryan Dropek at Naval Undersea Warfare Center 401-832-5041, ryan.dropek@navy.mil. (First District LNM 41)

Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket:
Recent soundings by Coast Guard vessels in the vicinity of the southern entrance to Muskeget Channel (41.350120°-70.399468°) show observed water depths that are significantly shallower than charted depths. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will confirm these soundings during its next regularly scheduled survey of Muskeget Channel. Mariners are urged to consider these observed depths and use particular caution when navigating in the vicinity of the southern entrance to Muskeget Channel. (First District LNM 42)

Permanent Security Zone Proposed for UN:
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent security zone on the waters of the East River (40.748478° -73.966393°) and Bronx Kill, in the vicinity of Randalls and Wards Islands, New York; revise the description of the Wall Street Heliport security zone on the East River, New York; and clarify the enforcement times and locations of the security zones that are located near the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, as set forth in 33 CFR 165.164(a)(4) and (a)(5). This action is necessary to protect visiting dignitaries and the Port of New York/New Jersey against terrorism, sabotage or other subversive acts and incidents of a similar nature during the dignitaries' visit to New York City. The zones are intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the East River and Bronx Kill when public officials are scheduled to arrive and depart the area. Persons or vessels would not be allowed to enter these security zones without permission from the Captain of the Port New York (COTP) or the COTP's designated on-scene representative. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before November 13, 2012. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 2, 2012. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management > Advisory Notices (First District LNM 37)

 


 

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