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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 4, 2013

By Tom Neale - Published January 04, 2013 - Viewed 1109 times

Attention Snowbirds

Hazard at Lake Sylvia (Ft. Lauderdale) Entrance Channel:
The Coast Guard received a report of a down concrete marker in approximate position 26°06.612N/80°06.625W. The position is south of New River Daybeacon Light 13 (LLNR 47275) going into Lake Sylvia. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 52/2012)*

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

AICW Closure for Gilmerton Bridge Construction Rescheduled:
The Captain of the Port Hampton Roads is establishing a temporary moving safety zone around the Gilmerton Bridge center span barge, restricting vessels operating in the navigable waters on the Elizabeth River from the Campostella Bridge (36.839781°-76.264950°) located in the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River to the Gilmerton Bridge  (36.775082° -76.294999°). The purpose of this rule is to protect mariners and the public transiting the Elizabeth River from hazards associated with the span move, construction and placement. This movement is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on January 7, 2013, weather permitting. Because of the size of the barge and the width of the waterway, vessels will not be able to transit around the barge, necessitating closure of the entire waterway from the Campostella Bridge to the Gilmerton Bridge. Transit is expected to take approximately seven hours. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of PCL Construction and vessels immediately prior to, during, and following the transit of the span. In addition to the moving safety zone, the Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone and extended waterway closure at the Gilmerton Bridge starting at 6 a.m. on January 7, 2013, weather permitting, until January 11, 2013. This safety zone will be established in the interest of public safety during span placement at the Gilmerton Bridge. The inclement weather dates are January 12, 2013 through January 16, 2013. This temporary safety zone will encompass the waters directly under and 200 feet on either side of the Gilmerton Bridge, crossing the Elizabeth River. Except for vessels authorized by the Captain of the Port or his Representative, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the safety zone during the time frame listed. Coast Guard Captain of the Port will give notice of the enforcement of the safety zone by all appropriate means to provide the widest dissemination of notice among the affected segments of the public. This will include publication in the Local Notice to Mariners and Marine Information Broadcasts. Marine information and facsimile broadcasts may also be made for these events, beginning 24 to 48 hours before the event. While this construction was originally scheduled to commence in September, 2012, construction has been delayed due to scheduling concerns and other logistical issues. For these reasons, the effective date in this final rule has been rescheduled to January 7, 2013. (Received from the 5th District Bridge Branch) also check http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/chesapeake/gilmerton-bridge-to-close-for-two-weeks.

NC Dredging:
Dredge CHESAPEAKE will be conducting dredging operations in Masonboro Inlet (34.183051° -77.810454°)/Masonboro Creek from 15 January until 15 March, 2013. A pipeline will run from Mason Creek across Banks Channel and onto Figure Eight Island on the ocean side. The dredge will monitor VHF-fm channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM Week 52/2012)

General Announcements

DC Security Zone For Inauguration:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone encompassing certain waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers during January 29-30, 2013. The security zone includes all waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the Francis Scott Key (U.S. Route 29) Bridge (38.902235°-77.069853°) at mile 113.0, downstream to and bounded on the south between the Virginia shoreline and the District of Columbia shoreline along latitude 38°50'00"N, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; and all waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the 11th Street (I-295) Bridge at mile 2.1, downstream to and bounded on the south by its confluence with the Potomac River. The zone will be enforced from 4 p.m. on January 29, 2013 until 2 a.m. on January 30, 2013. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore, Maryland. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (5th District LNM Week 52/2012)

Right Whale Restriction Season:
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.

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

Work Begins at Canaveral Lock, Restrictions:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has started repair work at the Canaveral Lock (28.408777°-80.637077°) which will impact operations over the next six months.  The repairs are necessary to fix a collapsing guide wall on the south side of the lock. In order to accommodate equipment placed in the lock to facilitate the repairs, the Corps will operate the lock on an adjusted scheduled:
· Weekdays, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Lock open, one lockage in each direction
· Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lock closed for repair work
· Weekdays, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lock open, lockages as needed
· Weekends, 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lock open, lockages as needed
The change in operating hours will be in effect until the repairs are complete, currently estimated to be the summer of 2013. Additionally, vessels that require more than 45 feet of horizontal clearance will need to coordinate passage through the lock at least seven days in advance by contacting the Canaveral Lock at (321) 783-5421…
For more information on navigation notices concerning Canaveral Lock or the Okeechobee Waterway, please visit the following website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx (December 11, 2012 Press Release from the USACE, Jacksonville District)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
January 3, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.97 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.91  feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.11 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N)
You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

Dania Beach Research Buoys:
United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will deploy 4 oceanographic buoys from December 21, 2012 to February 1, 2013.
The buoys will be positioned and lighted as follows:
1 26°04'45"N/080°04'30"W Yellow 48" Buoy with a 88" High Mast, Fl Y 5s
2 26°02'12"N/080°04'29"W 18" Can Buoy, Fl W 2s
3 26°02'26"N/080°04'40"W Tri Hull Buoy, 25" Length, Fl W 2s
4 26°03'04"N/080°04'37"W Orange 36" Dia Sphere, Fl (5) Y 20s  (7th District LNM Week 52/2012)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
The substructure of an old Railroad line next to the existing Seminole Gulf Railroad line across the Caloosahatchee River is deteriorating and parts have been reported floating in the waterway causing a potential hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 01/2013)
Suwannee Sound South Entrance Daybeacon 9 (LLNR 30035) is destroyed. A TRLB, "WR9" with Fl Q G characteristics in position 29-10-50.666N/083-05-42.119W is marking the remains. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 052/2012)
Boca Ciega Bay Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 60560) (27-41-40.416N, 082-39-01.369W) is damaged and leaning with approximately 2ft of the marker showing above the waterline. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 52/2012)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 01/2013:
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.
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.
Trout River Bridge, Jacksonville: Superior Construction Company is repairing the Main Street/US 17 Bridge (30.390223° -81.649290°) across Trout River, Jacksonville, Florida. The contractor   floating equipment in the channel during daytime hours until November 2013.
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.
Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6): Quinn Construction will be working on the Crescent Beach Bridge (29.768299°-81.258256°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida from January 7 through August 31, 2013. The Crescent Beach Bridge will be on single-leaf operations from January 7 through March 31, 2013 and from June 1 through August 31, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender. Due to asbestos abatement, this bridge will be closed to navigation on January 15, 2013 for up to nine hours.
Lantana Bridge: GLF Construction Corporation has advised this office that the demolition and replacement of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge (26.583375°-80.046117°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until April 16, 2013. From January 2 through February 15, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 37 feet of horizontal clearance. If your vessel needs more than 37 feet of horizontal clearance for safe passage, please provide GLF a one hour notice by contacting them on marine channel16. The contractor may have a barge in the waterway from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday between these dates.
SW 11 Ave Bridge, North Fork, New River: The bridge owner, City of Fort Lauderdale, has advised the Coast Guard that they are experiencing mechanical difficulties at the SW 11 Avenue Swingbridge (26.115674° -80.155986°) across the New River (North Fork), Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. For this reason, the Coast Guard is allowing this bridge to only open at 6:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12 noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. daily… Any additional updates will be sent via Broadcast Notice to Mariners if this date changes.
Indian Street Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway: The contractor constructing the Indian Street Bridge (27.158172° -80.251887°) across the south fork of the St. Lucie Canal has advised this office that they will be placing beams onto a barge which will be used for the main portions of the new bridge, during the time that the contractor places the beam onto the barge and the crane places the new beam onto the bridge, the channel will be closed to navigation for safety reasons. The waterway is anticipated to be closed between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily from January 21 through February 3, 2013. This project is expected to be completed by July 2013. Mariners are reminded to remain vigilant when passing thought this area as several pieces of floating equipment will be in the vicinity of the main navigational channel until this project is completed.
Sanford SR 415 Bridge: UIG Construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will be restricting the channel under the SR 415 Bridge (28.802107° -81.210586°) across the St. Johns River, Sanford, Florida during construction of the new bridge. There will be short delays up to 10 minutes of waterway closures when materials are being transferred to and from the barge. The project will start on January 2, 2013. The waterway restriction portion is anticipated to be completed by March 4, 2013. This restriction will reduce the horizontal clearance to 35 feet. In late June, early July, the contractor will be installing the new fender system and installing the main beams. During this portion of the operation there will be waterway restrictions and closures. The dates and times of this portion of the operation will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. Vessels requiring more than 30 ft of horizontal clearance should contact the barge two hours in advance on VHF-FM channel 13 for passing information. Once the southbound portion is completed the contractor will be starting on the northbound bridge with barges in the water from January to July 2014. This project is expected to be completed by December 2014.
Big John Monahan Bridge, SR 710: Work has started on the new Big John Monahan (SR 710) Bridge (27.011411°-80.455312°) across the St. Lucie Canal, Okeechobee Waterway, Florida. Cone & Graham, Inc has advised the Coast Guard that they will start working in the channel on approximately September 10, 2012 and expect to be completed by February 28, 2013. Due to fender construction a barge has been placed in the navigation channel which reduced the horizontal clearance to 45 feet. Vessels requiring additional horizontal clearance should provide four hours advance notification to the onscene tug on VHF-FM channel 13 or 16. This work is expected to continue until Fall 2014. The bridge contractor Cone and Graham, Inc has advised the Coast Guard that they will be placing the main beams across the St. Lucie Canal starting on December 27, 2012. The waterway will be temporary closed while the beams are set in place which is scheduled between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day. The contractor will be working Thursday and Friday for two consecutive weeks. Vessels should contact the on-scene tug for passing information.
New Pass Bridge: S & D Industrial Painting, Inc. will be painting the New Pass Bridge (27.332580° -82.581965°) across New Pass, Sarasota County, Florida starting January 14, 2013. In order to accomplish this work, the contractor will be allowed to place this bridge on single-leaf operations with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening. The project is expected to be completed by April 30, 2013. The times that the contractor will be working will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
Pinellas Bayway "Structure C" Bridge Update: The Pinellas Bayway "Structure C" Bridge across Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This project is anticipated to start on December 15, 2011 and is expected to be completed by July 15, 2014. This work will require some waterway restrictions and closures. Vessels passing through this area are requested to contact the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channels 13/16 for passing information. The main beam has been set across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the vertical clearance at this location is 65 ft at Mean High Water.
UPDATE: The Pinellas Bayway Structure "C" Bascule Bridge will be closed to navigation on Monday January 07, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., during a concrete pumping operation for the new fixed bridge.

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

Shark River RR Bridge Closure for Repairs:
Mariners are advised that New Jersey Transit Rail Operations will be conducting machinery replacement at the Shark River Railroad Bridge (South Channel) (40.184567° -74.025877°), at mile 0.9, between Belmar and Avon NJ, and will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 12:01 a.m., on February 25, 2013 to 12:01 a.m., on March 6, 2013. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 8 feet, above mean high water. 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 117.751. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 52/2012)

Upper Chesapeake Channel Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company clamshell dredges will be working in the Upper Chesapeake Channel between Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 30 (LLNR 8590) (39-15-45.325N, 076-14-06.992W) and Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 38 (LLNR 8640) from 14 December, 2012 until 11 January, 2013. Dredged material will be transported by scow to the Poplar Island Placement Site. The dredges and assisting tugs GULF COAST and SHANNON DANN will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 10. (5th District LNM 51)

Upper Tangier Sound Warning  Buoys:
The following lighted warning buoys have been established to mark the Wave Attenuator System off the eastern shore of Barren Island-Blackwater National Refuge.
A. Chesapeake Bay-Barren Island Lighted Warning Buoy N (no LLNR) at 38 20 25.06N, 076 15 59.18W, Fl W 4s, white with orange diamond.
B. Chesapeake Bay-Barren Island Lighted Warning Buoy M (no LLNR) at 38 20 20.66N, 076 15 56.80W, Fl W 4s, white with orange diamond.
C. Chesapeake Bay-Barren Island Lighted Warning Buoy S (no LLNR) at 38 20 17.14N, 076 15 52.67W, Fl W 4s, white with orange diamond. (5th District LNM Week 52/2012)

James River, Ft. Eustis, Restricted Area:
The following Restricted Area Buoys have been established along the shoreline of Mulberry Island. All buoys are red and white and worded KEEP OUT:
A. James River- Mulberry Island Warning Buoy A (no LLNR) at 37 06 50.400N, 076 36 07.200W.
B. James River- Mulberry Island Warning Buoy B (no LLNR) at 37 06 28.508N, 076 35 45.508W.
C. James River- Mulberry Island Warning Buoy C (no LLNR) at 37 06 08.367N, 076 35 16.158W.
D. James River- Mulberry Island Warning Buoy D (no LLNR) at 37 05 16.800N, 076 34 19.200W.
E. James River- Mulberry Island Warning Buoy E (no LLNR) at 37 04 54.714N, 076 33 30.942W.
(5th District LNM Week 52/2012)

Channel Closure Below James River Bridge Lift:
There will be a complete channel restriction below the James River Bridge Lift Span (37.002651°-76.468869°) on Sunday, 06 January, 2013 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. for maintenance. A similar restriction will be imposed on 27 January, 2013. Concerned traffic may contact support vessels on scene on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16. (5th District LNM Week 01/2013)

Submerged Objects in Chesapeake Bay Approach:
The U.S. Navy has deployed five hydrophones in Danger Area 334.390 (W-50) in the approach to the Chesapeake Bay. The approximate position is a circle whose radius is 1.5 NMs centered on position 36-45.4N, 075-49.35W and moored at a depth of approximately 25 feet below the surface. This area contains submerged objects of various types that are a hazard to fishing nets. The hydrophones are part of an environmental impact survey of marine mammals in the Virginia Beach coastal area. Additional information is available at (757) 425-2671 or (757) 433-1219. (5th District LNM Week 01/2013)

Morehead City Railroad Bridge Night Closures, Reminder:
Coast Guard has temporarily changed the drawbridge operating regulation (33 CFR 117.821) for the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge (34.720105°-76.693624°) across the Newport River at mile 203.8 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Morehead City, NC. The change (Federal Register docket # USCG-2012-0628) allows the bridge to remain in the closed position to vessels at night (from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.) until 1 OCT 2013, except for a midnight opening allowed with eight hours advance notice, by calling (954) 658-4661. The bridge will operate on its normal schedule (usually open) the remainder of the day. The bridge operator may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 52/2012)

Snows Cut Bridge (AICW Mile 295.7) Reduced Vertical and Horizontal Clearance:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs will be performed at the Snows Cut Bridge (34.055532° -77.899558°) on US 421 at AIWW mile 295.7 at Carolina Beach, NC beginning 7 a.m., on December 10, 2012 through 5 p.m., on April 1, 2013.  To facilitate repairs, a work platform will be installed and the available vertical clearance for the underside of the bridge will be temporarily reduced by four feet to 61 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
Bridge fender repairs will be in progress from December 20, 2012 until October 31, 2013 on the US 421 Fixed Bridge (34.055532° -77.899558°) at mile 295.6 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. To facilitate repairs a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 100 feet to 60 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. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at joseph.m.edge@uscg.mil (5th District LNM 49)

New AICW Shoaling Reported:
Topsail Island, Hampstead, NC: Shoaling to depth of less than 4.0 ft MLW has been reported between New River-Cape Fear River 99A (LLNR 39548) (34-21-17.526N, 077-40-52.880W) and New River-Cape Fear River 99B (LLNR 39549). Channel width appears to have been reduced to approximately 35 feet. (5th District LNM 51)
Shallotte Inlet Crossing: Shoaling to a depth of 2.7 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Cape Fear River-Little River Buoy 81 (33-54-24.690N, 078-23-05.511W)  (LLNR 40340). (5th District LNM 51)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
Bridge fender repairs on the NC 58 Fixed Bridge (34.672481° -77.066775°) at mile 226 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Emerald Isle, North Carolina have been extended until February 14, 2013 (5th District LNM 50)
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. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at Joseph.M.Edge@uscg.mil Chart: 11541. (5th District Bridge Branch)
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 on the NC 133 Fixed Bridge (33.920022° -78.073379°) at mile 311.8 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Oak Island, North Carolina have been extended until February 14, 2013. (5th District LNM 50)

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

Radio Activated Fog Signal Proposed for Castle Hill Light:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following change to Aids to Navigation:
CHANGE Castle Hill Light (LLNR 17795) (41-27-43.800N, 071-21-46.500W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 83A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes. Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 11 January 2012 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-12-155. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Edward.G.LeBlanc@uscg.mil and faxes to (401) 435-2399. (First District LNM 50)

Harlem River Construction:
Phoenix Marine will have a crane barge (140' x 50') spud down with a 90' x 30' material scow alongside about 30 feet away from the Manhattan shoreline at 111th Street (40.791255°-73.934646°). Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0600-1800 from Jan 9 to Mar 30, 2013. ( First District LNM Week 01/2013)

Dredging off Sandy Hook:
Dredging is being done in the Borrow Areas A & B about 1.3 NM off the coast of Sandy Hook (40.478301°-74.017025°) until approximately March 15, 2013. The hours of operation is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC's (GLDD) Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge(s) Padre Island and Dodge Island are on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. (First District LNM 47)

 


 

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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