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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 8, 2012

By Tom Neale - Published November 08, 2012 - Viewed 430 times

Hurricane Sandy Update:
Mariners are advised that the aids to navigation in all Fifth District waters and coastal areas should be considered unreliable due to Hurricane Sandy and the associated rainfall, wind driven storm surge and extreme high tides. Aids to navigation may be missing, damaged, off station or displaying improper characteristics. In addition, mariners may encounter shoaling, obstructed waterways, floating and submerged debris and abnormal currents. Report any navigation outages or hazards to navigation to the nearest Coast Guard unit or to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center website at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov. Changes to aids to navigation for Seasonal Change of Signals, as found in the Light List Remarks Colum (8), may be instituted earlier then the stated dates due to operational restrictions on servicing units imposed by Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. (5th District LNM 45)
Check http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm05452012.pdf , Section II- Discrepancies: "…changes in the status of an aid to navigation…" Check out the discrepancies that are new with this LNM (in bold, and dated 45-12). Also notice the Discrepancies (Federal Aids) Corrected as of this LNM 45-12. The Coast Guard has been busy, but there is obviously a lot more work to do.*

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

Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating all inlets on the South Coast of Long Island. Severe winds, tides, flooding and currents from Hurricane Sandy may have caused floating aids to navigation to become extinguished, off-station or missing. The Inlets may also have new shoal areas that are not marked by aids to navigation. Mariners are urged to report any discrepancies or areas of shoaling to the U. S. Coast Guard. (First District LNM 44)

Attention Snowbirds:

Floating Swing-Span Bridge to Replace Estherville-Minum Ferry, AICW Mile 411.4:
Comments Requested: The Coast Guard has issued public notice 10-12 advertising receipt of a bridge permit application from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the approval of location and plans to construct a floating swing-span bridge on SSR 18 to the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center at Cat Island and South Island across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 411.4, near Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina (33 19’48.04”N and 79 ll’44.19”W). The public notice 10-12 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be viewed at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The project manager is Mr. Brodie Rich at (305) 415-6736 or by e-mail at Brodie.E.Rich@uscg.mil. (7th District LNM 45)

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)

General Announcements

Its Right Whale Restriction Season Again:
Check http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/ for information about speed restrictions and limits on how close you can/cannot get to these magnificent creatures and what to do if you see one.

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 are 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

Savannah River Rock Revetment Project:
The U.S. Department of Interior and Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District will be conducting a rock revetment project on the Cockspur Island Lighthouse (LLNR 4661) (32-01-21.660N, 080-52-48.000W) located on the south channel of the Savannah River, near Lazaretto Creek and Ft. Pulaski. Rocks are going to be placed around the Cockspur Island Lighthouse which will prevent further erosion, and will only be covered by 1 to 2 inches of water at high tide. All waterborne commercial and recreational traffic is advised that the 300 foot area around the lighthouse will no longer be passable during any tide. Operations will be conducted during daylight hours beginning on November 1, 2012 until January 31, 2013. For further information contact the ACOE at 912-652-6086. (7th District LNM 44)

ENDANGERED NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES:
From November to April the coastal waters between Altamaha Sound, GA, and Sebastian Inlet, FL, are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Critically endangered right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 m) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. east coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See enclosed compliance guide for the right whale ship strike reduction rule for specific times, areas, and exceptions to this law. Intentionally approaching within 500 yards of right whales is prohibited and is a violation of U.S. law. A minimum distance of 500 yards must be maintained from a sighted right whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that operators assume that any whale sighting is a right whale unless confirmed otherwise. NOAA also recommends speeds of 10 knots or less in areas used by right whales and outside of seasonally managed areas when consistent with safety of navigation. NOAA also recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. Please report all right whale sightings and collisions to877-WHALE-HELP, or to the Coast Guard via channel 16. WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area is active from November 15 to April 16. For more information, consult the U.S. Coast Pilot. MSR arrival reports can be sent via TELEX number 48156090 or email to rightwhale.msr@noaa.gov. NOAA recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. (7th District LNM 44)

Skidaway Narrows Bridge Construction Update:
Diamond Causeway Bridge Clearances, Skidaway Narrows, Savannah:
United Contractors, LLC will be removing the existing Diamond Causeway drawbridge in Skidaway Narrows (mile marker 592.8) (31.947052° -81.066073°) until April 2013. The existing drawbridge will still be operational up until its complete removal. The clearances for this bridge will remain the same with a 22 feet vertical clearance and a horizontal clearance of 100 feet while the bridge is down. The new fixed Diamond Causeway Bridge will have a vertical clearance of 65 feet and a horizontal clearance of 180 feet. Mariners are urged to exercise caution and transit at their slowest safe speed. Please contact the drawbridge using proper signaling for communication and passing arrangements. For further information on bridge clearances please contact the Construction Manager at (803) 600-8906 or (912) 544-2920. (MSSB 16-12 USCG Homeport Savannah, dated Oct. 25, 2012)

Navy Testing off Jax:
The United States Navy will be conducting aerial delivery testing on November 15, 2012 from 1200-1500 in the area listed below.
N3033 W8058
N3036 W8005
N3015 W8010
N3017 W8100
For more information contact LT Paul Huttenmaier, SC, USN at 305-293-5437. (7th District LNM 45)

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.

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On November 7, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.65 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.59 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.79 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)

Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project:
Industrial Divers Corporation (IDC) will begin coral relocation at South Point Park, Miami, Florida (25.765763° -80.133360°) for the Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project. IDC's dive barge will be onsite Monday through Friday from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm November 5, 2012 through January 2013. The dive barge will operate outside of the channel and can be contacted on marine channel 16. Demolition/construction of the pier will begin in January 2013. (7th District LNM 44)

Aids to Navigation Update:
Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665) (25-45-53.783N, 080-09-39.165W) is destroyed. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
Key Largo Daybeacon 29 (LLNR 11495) (25-14-17.477N 080-17-00.777W) is destroyed with 3ft of the steel pile remaining above the waterline. A temporary lighted buoy "WR29" with Fl Q G, 5M characteristics is marking the remains. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
Triumph Reef Light 2TR (LLNR 930) (25-28-45.788N, 080-06-54.714W) is destroyed. The Temporary Lighted Buoy that was marking the destroyed aid is missing. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
Garrison Bight Channel Turning Basin Daybeacon 29 (LLNR 15085) (24-33-42.436N, 081-47-11.661W) is destroyed and the remains of the steel pile protrude approximately 1ft above the waterline. A temporary lighted buoy with Fl Q G, 4M is marking the remains. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
St Martins Outer Shoal Light 10 (LLNR 1565) (28-25-50.191N, 082-55-04.851W) is reported destroyed with remains 6ft above the waterline. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 44)

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 Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 45/2012:
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): 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 (29.862672° -81.309784°)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

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)

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)

VIP Shoaling:
Shoaling has been reported as follows:
A. To a depth of 2.0 feet MLW between Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 5547) (37-53-21.804N, 075-27-19.302W) and Virginia Inside Passage Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 5610).
B. To a depth of 2.0 feet MLW between Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 21 (LLNR 5655) (37-50-31.638N, 075-29-49.290W) and Virginia Inside Passage Buoy 59 (LLNR 5777).
C. To a depth of less than 1.0 feet MLW between Virginia Inside Passage Light 115 (LLNR 5970) (37-37-57.462N, 075-39-32.916W) and Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 116 ( LLNR 5975).
D. To a depth of 1.0 feet MLW between Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 119 (LLNR 5985) (37-36-58.626N, 075-39-50.664W) and Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 121 (LLNR 5990). (5th District LNM 45)

Salt Ponds (Hampton, VA) Shoaling:
Shoaling to depth of less than MLW depicted on charts has been reported in all sections of the Salt Ponds channel (37.062819° -76.281492°). (5th District LNM 45)

Diving Ops in Norfolk Harbor:
Diving operations will be conducted on the Waterside seawall from the Sheraton Hotel to the USS WISCONSIN (36.848278° -76.296042°) from 05 November until 14 December, 2012. Mariners are requested to navigate with caution , avoid transiting close to the seawall and transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 45)

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)

New River Inlet (Ocean Inlet, Not on the AICW) Dredging:
The Dredge SAVANNAH will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of New River Inlet (34.528430° -77.336398°) from 16 November, 2012 until 15 February, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 45)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
Emerald Isle – NC 58 (fixed) Bridge (34.672481° -77.066775°)–Temporary safety zone is established to restrict vessel movement for fender system repairs effective from 12 DEC 12 through 14 FEB 13. (5th District LNM 44)
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. (5th District Bridge Branch) Temporary safety zone is established to restrict vessel movement for fender system repairs effective from 20 DEC 12 through 14 FEB 13. (5th District LNM 44)
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 (5th District Bridge Branch.) 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)
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. (5th District Bridge Branch)

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

Salem Sound, MA, New Nav Aids:
Construction of new aids to navigation in the vicinity of Salem Sound (42.534989° -70.825417°) will be done from October 26, 2012 for approximately 6 weeks. A barge will be utilized at the following locations through the construction phase. Whaleback Rock, Brimbles Rock, Hardy Rock, Roaring Bull, Satan Rock and Sauli Rock. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution while operating in and around these areas. (First District LNM 44)

Newburyport, MA, Jetty Repairs:
Repairs to the South Jetty in Newburyport (42.815968° -70.807863°) are being done until March 2013. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. On scene is an excavator, loader & dump trucks. (First District LNM 44)

Housatonic River Dredging:
Dredging is being done in the Housatonic River (41.175132°-73.120253°) until approximately November 27, 2012. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is dredge CURRITUCK. (First District LNM 44)

Eel Pond Inlet Bridge Repairs:
Work is underway at the Water Street Bridge (41.524246 -70.670334) across the Eel Pond Inlet to repair storm damage from Hurricane Sandy and will continue through 15 December 2012. The bridge operating machinery was submerged under water during the recent hurricane and must be totally replaced. As a result, the bridge can only be operated manually. The owner of the bridge, the Town of Falmouth plans to provide bridge opening at scheduled times upon request. Requests for bridge openings may be made by calling Mr. Peter McConarty, Town of Falmouth Department of Public Works, at 508-457-2543 x3101 or 774-353-6947. Questions regarding this bridge and any other waterway issues may be directed to Mr. Edward G. LeBlanc at US Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 401-435-2351, cell 401- 580 8747 Fax 401-435-2399. Mariners are also advised to monitor Marine Safety Information Broadcasts for the latest safety related information. (First District LNM 45)

New York Bridges Out of Service:
Due to recent weather activity the following bridges throughout Sector New York are out of service.
Gowanus Canal -
Ninth Street Bridge, mile 1.5
Third Street Bridge, mile 1.8
Union Street Bridge, mile 2.1
Carroll Street Bridge, mile 2.0
Hackensack River -
Hack-Freight Bridge, mile 3.1
Penn Main Portal RR Bridge, mile 5.0
Erie Swing Bridge, mile 5.4
Passaic River -
Market Street Bridge, mile 14.7
Raritan River -
Raritan River Draw Bridge, mile 0.5
Harlem River -
Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, mile 7.9
Jamaica Bay -
Beach Channel RR Bridge, mile 6.7
Newtown Creek -
Greenpoint Bridge, mile 1.3
The bridges are expected to be out of service until further notice. (First District LNM 45)

 


 

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