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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 14, 2013

By Tom Neale - Published February 14, 2013 - Viewed 942 times

Attention Snowbirds

Waterway Closure: New Dates: Indian Street Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway:
1. Mariners are hereby notified to use caution and plan their transit of this area accordingly.
2. The closure is related to new bridge construction.
3. The project is located at Lat 27-09-32.11 North and Long 80-15-06.5 West.
4. There will be a daily waterway closure from 1000 - 1600 local time starting 18 February 2013 through 8 March 2013. The waterway will be closed in both directions during these hours. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013) Updated February 8, 2013. See details below in Florida Bridge Section.*

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

Lake Worth Inlet to Close to Navigation:
Lake Worth Inlet will be closed to navigation on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm for a 30” pipe install across the channel near Palm Beach Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 10225) (26-45-48.700N, 080-02-33.084W). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013)

Gilmerton Bridge Night Closure:
Mariners are advised that installation work continues at the new Gilmerton (US13/460) Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°), at AIWW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA.  To facilitate the work, the draw span will be closed to vessels requiring an opening each night, from 8 pm to 5 am, beginning on Sunday, February 17, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013.  Only emergency openings will be provided with a 3-hour advance notice by contacting the bridge tender at 757-485-5488.  The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 35 feet above mean high water.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with 33 CFR 117.997(j).  Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should use extreme caution when transiting the area.  Mariners requiring a bridge opening should adjust their transits accordingly. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)

NC AICW Dredging, Shinn Creek Crossing, Masonboro Inlet:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at the Shinn Creek Crossing (34.191326° -77.826886°) near Masonboro Inlet, until 18 February, 2013. A floating and submerged pipeline will run along the AICW channel to the Upland Disposal Area 251. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 07/2013)

General Announcements

ATON Changes:
            There have been numerous changes to the USCG Aids to Navigation over the past few years, especially in the First District. These changes cut costs and reduce unnecessary characteristics of the aids. We can only assume that the increasingly common use of VHF and GPS is also considered. We have mentioned specific ones that involve major aids, for example: "CHANGE Castle Hill Light (LLNR 17795) (41-27-43.800N, 071-21-46.500W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner...." in the January 4, 2013 Alerts. This is one of many fog signals in the First District and a few in the 5th District that have been changed to become radio activated recently.
            Another type of change (especially in the First and 5th Districts)  involves "reduced nominal range" having to do with incorporating LED technology which makes lights more cost efficient and reliable, although not as visible. We have mentioned major specific ones and commented on the general trend in the First District, but there have been too many to list individually.
            In the 5th and 7th District, notably in the AICW, but also in some river and inlet channels, there has been a trend to discontinue ranges, usually replacing the range with a single beacon. Other types of changes have involved removal of sound signals (gongs, horns and bells), even in fog prone areas. We can only assume that the fact that most vessels use GPS to locate specific markers is a consideration. In addition, some channels have had floating aids replaced with smaller sized buoys or aids have been removed altogether if the channel is not used or is inaccessible to Coast Guard buoy tenders. A number of lighted aids have been replaced by unlit ones, and beacons replaced with floating aids.
            The most recent type of change (with this Alert) we have noticed is the removal of RACON (Radar Transponder Beacon): "Twenty-Eight Foot Shoal Lighted Whistle Buoy TE (LLNR 21160): Remove RACON". (See alerts following for location of this RACON.)
            Usually there is an announcement in the Local Notice to Mariners of the proposed change with a period of public comment before a permanent change is made. Many of these changes will be unnoticed by the average boater, and the Coast Guard will be saving taxpayer money. There are too many changes to list all in East Coast Alerts. If you have concerns about changes in your cruising area, you can check the annually published Light Lists, as well as Corrections and Weekly Updates to the Light Lists, for specific information, or check the full text of the weekly USCG Local Notices to Mariners which we summarize in the Alerts.
For the East Coast Local Notices to Mariners:
First District: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=1
5th District: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5
7th District: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=7
For Previous Years: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?Do=lnmArchives
For Light Lists: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists
Corrections: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections
Weekly Updates: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates
            NOTE: We have included several typical examples of the above changes in this Alert, most under the First District. The 7th District contains a typical long list of discontinued ranges in the Caloosahatchee River.
            NOTE: Many ATONs in areas hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy have not yet been replaced. The First District Coast Guard has recently changed the remarks on charts to   "Removed When Endangered by Ice" for many aids in channels affected by Sandy. An example of this regarding Great Kills Harbor appears in the First District Section of this Alert. Check locally. There have been too many of these to report individually in the Alerts. We assume and hope that when they are no longer endangered by ice, these ATONs will be replaced and that they will mark the current channels incorporating any shifting due to Sandy and subsequent dredging.

NOAA Electronic Nautical Chart (ENC) Discrepancies:
The following is a list of discrepancies with NOAA ENCs. As the discrepancies are corrected, they will be removed from the list.
1. NOAA ENC 57
Cell US5VA19M
Aid to Navigation (Light List Number) Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 7050)
Position on ENC 36-57-48.911N 075-59-21.477W, Displaying LB 6 on chart.
Issue LNM Announced 06/13
2. NOAA ENC 57
Cell US5MD41M
Aid to Navigation (Light List Number) Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 21 (LLNR 17430)
Position on ENC 36-14.792N, 076-52.848W, Displaying OFF STATION on chart.
Issue LNM Announced 07/13

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

Charleston Dredging:
Marinex Construction Inc will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of Deytens Ship Yard, Piers “C&D”, between Copper River LB 52A (LLNR 2860) (32-51-49.893N, 079-57-30.567W) Navy Yard Reach and LB 54 (LLNR 2870) North Charleston Reach on or about February 7, 2013. The Dredge SAVANNAH will operate on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately November 20, 2013. 2013. The SAVANNAH will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution. Further information contact Marinex Construction (843) 722-9083. (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Obstruction SC Coast:
The Coast Guard has received a report from the US Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District of an unknown obstruction with a reported depth of 4ft in position 32-42-08.584N 079-51-31.627W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 05/2013) This position is offshore in the ocean, between Charleston Harbor Entrance and Folly Beach.

NAIS (Nationwide AIS) Sites Authorized Outages:
FLORIDA-MAYPORT: NAIS STA MAYPORT SITE IS AUTHORIZED THE FOLLOWING OUTAGE:
PRIMARY: 1300Z-1700Z 19 FEB 13
ALTERNATE: 1300Z-1700Z 20 FEB 13
FLORIDA-FLORIDA KEYS-ISLAMORADA: NAIS ISLAMORADA SITE IS AUTHORIZED THE FOLLOWING OUTAGE:
PRIMARY: 1300Z-1700Z 25 FEB 13
ALTERNATE: 1300Z-1700Z 26 FEB 13
FLORIDA-WEST COAST-NAPLES: NAIS NAPLES SITE IS AUTHORIZED THE FOLLOWING OUTAGE:
PRIMARY: 1300Z-1700Z 23 FEB 13
ALTERNATE: 1300Z-1700Z 24 FEB 13
FLORIDA-WEST COAST-PALMETTO: NAIS PALMETTO SITE IS AUTHORIZED THE FOLLOWING OUTAGE:
PRIMARY: 1300Z-1700Z 22 FEB 13
ALTERNATE: 1300Z-1700Z 23 FEB 13
FLORIDA-WEST COAST-CEDAR KEYS: NAIS CEDAR KEYS SITE IS AUTHORIZED THE FOLLOWING OUTAGE:
PRIMARY: 1300Z-1700Z 21 FEB 13
ALTERNATE: 1300Z-1700Z 22 FEB 13
DURING THE OUTAGE AIS TRACKS FROM THIS SITE WILL NOT FEED THE COP, MAGNET OR MISLE GIS AND TRACKS WILL NOT BE STORED. ANY REMAINING DISPLAYED TRACKS FROM THIS SITE SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED USABLE UNTIL THE SITE RETURNS ON-LINE. ADDRESS INQUIRIES TO NAIS OPERATIONS AT 703-313-5928 OR TIS-SG-NAIS@USCG.MIL (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Sisters Creek Bridge Replacement:
The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a bridge permit application from the Florida Department of Transportation, District 2 Office at Lake City for the approval of location and plans to replace the existing two lane bascule highway bridge with a high-level two lane fixed bridge on Heckscher Drive (SR 105) across Sisters Creek (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at mile 739.2) at Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida (30o23’38.34”N and 81o27’35.64”W). The public notice 04-13 which solicits comments for a 30-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 Week 06/2013)

Ponce De Leon Cut (AICW Mile 843) Shoaling:
Shoaling is present in the vicinity of Ponce de Leon Cut DBN 18 (LLNR 40610) (29-03-25.656N, 080-54-53.628W). A 5ft shoal extends approximately 10 yards into the channel at low tide water depth is approximately 5ft. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 05/2013)

Emergency Dredging, Fort Pierce Inlet:
Lucas Marine Acquisition Company, LLC will commence emergency dredging operations on or about February 4, 2013 in Fort Pierce Inlet Entrance Channel, Florida (27.468620° -80.299096°). Dredge operations will be conducted during daylight hours only 7 days a week until approximately mid to late March, 2013. At times the dredge equipment (two flat deck barges, one large crane, and one survey boat) may take up half of the navigable channel. Lucas Marine will be monitoring VHF Marine Channels 14 and 16. Point of contact for Lucas Marine is Mr. Frank Subjinski - (904) 222-1147. (7th District LNM Week 05/2013)

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:
February 13, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.34 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.28 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.48 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

Port Everglades Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge Company will begin dredge operations in Port Everglades (26.093200°-80.109032°); including the Entrance Channel, Intracoastal Waterway, and various dockside locations around the Port. Operations will begin on or around February 20 and will continue until approximately April 8, 2013. The dredge "TEXAS" will operate 24 hours a day/7 days a week. During the duration of the project a loading barge will be positioned just north of the boat ramp and docks at John Lloyd State Park. Dredge equipment may be obstructing the waterways at times but will not take up more than half of the federal channel. Contractors will be monitoring marine channel 14 and 16. POC for the project is Mr. Matt Jack (630) 209-9862. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with extreme caution.  (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Update: Triumph Reef Light and Rebecca Shoal Light:
The following change has been proposed for the aids to navigation system offshore at Triumph Reef. Permanently discontinue Triumph Reef Light 2TR (LLNR 930) (25-28-45.788N, 080-06-54.714W). The aid has been destroyed and is marked with a temporary lighted buoy. The remains of the structure will be removed and the temporary lighted buoy will be removed. This change will become permanent on April 30, 2013 if no comments are received. Please address your comment to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, Fl 33131 to be received no later than April 30, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013)
Rebecca Shoal Light (LLNR 1090) (24-34-44.484N, 082-35-06.776W) is extinguished and the structure is unsafe. Due to mitigating circumstances the aid will not be temporarily relit. The area surrounding the Light is considered a hazard to navigation and is marked with a TRLB with Fl Q W characteristics. Mariners are advised to avoid the area. (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Caloosahatchee River Range Changes:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system:
Caloosahatchee River Range Front Light C (LLNR 52895) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Light 56 (LLNR 52895) will be established in approximate position 26-37-46.214N/081-53-34.122W displaying Quick Red and TR-TY on pile.
Caloosahatchee River Range Rear Light C (LNR 52900) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Range Front Light D (LLNR 53275) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Light 63 (LLNR 53275) will be established in approximate position 26-35-19.034N/081-54-13.701W displaying Quick Green and SG-SY on pile.
Caloosahatchee River Range Rear Light D (LNR 53280) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Range Front Light E/F (LLNR 54055) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Light 79 (LLNR 54087) will be established in approximate position 26-32-00.334N/081-57-04.441W displaying Quick Green and SG-SY on pile.
Caloosahatchee River Range Rear Light E (LLNR 54060) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Daybeacon 78A (LLNR 54080) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Range Rear Light F (LNR 54085) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Range Front Light H 96 (LLNR 54765) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Light 96 (LLNR 54765) will be established in approximate position 26-31-23.608N/082-00-31.396 displaying Quick Red and TRTY on pile.
Caloosahatchee River Range Rear Light H/I (LNR 54775) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Range Front Light I 98 (LLNR 54780) will be permanently discontinued.
Caloosahatchee River Light 98 (LLNR 54780) will be established in approximate position 26-31-08.038N/082-00-49.074W displaying Quick Red and TR-TY on pile.
This action is schedule to be started the week of April 1, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013)

Dredging in Blind Pass:
Florida Dredge & Dock LLC will commence dredging operations on or about February 10, 2013. Hydraulic dredging operations will be performed in Blind Pass, Florida (26.482763° -82.182421°). The dredge “ROCK POINT” and work boats Path Finder and Naple will monitor channels 13, 16 and working channel 71 the Dredge cell (727) 480-5074. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline is associated with the operation. The pipeline will traverse southerly directly from the Wulfert Channel dredging area to designated beach fill location. All dredging operations will be on the east side landward of Blind Pass Bridge. Operations will be from 6:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Sunday (7-days per week) with an approximate completion date of April 15, 2013. For further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Prasong Buranakitipinyo at (727) 942-7888 or cell (904) 451-3216. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 04/2013)

Tampa Dredging:
Orion Marine Construction Inc. will commence mechanical clamshell dredging operations on or about February 4, 2013. Operations will occur in the Port of Tampa, Hillsborough Bay, Cuts C-D Channels between Cut C Channel LB 31 (LLNR 23490) (27-54-14.461N, 082-26-21.895W) and Cut D Channel LB 35 (LLNR 23510). While dredging, the vessels will be displaying lights and dayboards as required, and may temporally impede the flow of traffic through the channel. The dredge “DRAVO” will work on Channel 78 and monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will occur during daylight hours only, 12 hours per day, 7 days a week. A submerged pipeline will be utilized from the dredge to the overboard dredge material discharge area. The path of the pipeline will be outside of and parallel to the channel. Buoys with “Caution Submerged Pipeline” will mark the submerged line. Further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Jared Rackley 904-868-9498 and the On-Site Safety Officer Mr. Dave Folsom 904-210-2175. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Lake Worth Inlet Light 13 (LLNR 10255) (26-45-55.246N, 080-02-47.478W) is destroyed with wreckage remaining 1ft above the water at high tide. The pile is broken and leaning under the water. A TRLB "WR13" with Fl Q G characteristics is marking the remains of the wreckage. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013)
The Coast Guard received a report of a 20ft partially submerged vessel in approximate position 26-39-7N 082-05.4W in the vicinity of Matlacha Pass DBN 72 (LLNR 55200). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013)
The Coast Guard received a report of Homosassa River DBN 75 (LLNR 28680) (28-47-04.037N, 082-38-02.271W) is destroyed with the wreckage extending above the waterline during low tide, and below the waterline at high tide. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)
Homosassa River DBN 76 (LLNR 28695) (28-47-00.077N, 082-37-40.371W) is destroyed with 3ft of the wreckage protruding from the water. A TRLB with Fl Q R characteristics was set channelward of the wreckage. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 07/2013:
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.
            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.
            SR 520 Bridge (AICW Mile 897.4): Orion Marine Construction is working on the SR 520 Bridge (28.354533°-80.717922°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida. This work consists of substructure repairs. This contractor will be working outside the channel limits and is not expected to impact navigation. This work is expected to be completed by June 2015.
            Robert Harris/Lake Avenue Bridge: Bridge Closure. The Coast Guard Bridge Branch and Coast Guard Sector Miami are approving a 48 hour bridge closure of the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Florida to change a malfunctioning shaft. The Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 Bridge will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. on February 19 through 7:00 a.m. on February 21, 2013 or from February 26 to February 28, 2013, depending on when the parts arrive. This bridge has a vertical clearance of 35 feet above mean high water in the closed position with 2 feet additional on the east side. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
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.
            Port of Miami Railroad Bridge: The repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25.778902° -80.182536°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, are nearing completion and testing will be begin in March 2013. There are no anticipated delays associated with the testing. Mariners are reminded that this bridge which has not operational for a number of years is fully functional. Mariners may expect delays once train traffic is restored. You can contact the bridge via Channel 9 or the PCL POC - Wes Banks (813) 520-5223.
Scheduled Span Operation Dates:
February 14
February 19, 20, 21
February 26, 27, 28
            Snake Creek Bridge (24.951366°-80.588015°), Monroe County, Florida: Will only open on the top of the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily on February 23 and 24, 2013 to alleviate traffic congestion for a local event. At all other times the bridge will operate per its normal published schedule.
            Indian Street Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway: Closure of Waterway:
1. Mariners are hereby notified to use caution and plan their transit of this area accordingly.
2. The closure is related to new bridge construction.
3. The project is located at Lat 27-09-32.11 North and Long 80-15-06.5 West.
4. There will be a daily waterway closure from 1000 - 1600 local time starting 18 February 2013 through 8 March 2013. The waterway will be closed in both directions during these hours. Archer Western Contractors has arranged for the Martin County Sheriff's Office to maintain a Safety Zone during closure hours. Mariners should operate vessels with caution in the area due to potential for floating debris, increased traffic due to the operation, and large equipment working in and along the waterway. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. All vessels are to comply with the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 (33 U.S.C. 2001-2038). Contractor POC is: Mr. Joshua McDermott, Project Engineer, Archer Western Contractors, Indian Street Bridge, 3649 S.W. Saint Lucie Shores, Palm City, FL. 34990Office: (772) 678-7000, Fax: (772) 678-7004. For additional information regarding this issue and others may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Carl Williams,  Supervisor Facilities Management at 863-235-1158.
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.
            Circus Bridge (GIWW Mile 54.9): Due to bridge repairs the SR 45/S Venice Dual Airport Bridges/Circus Bridge (27.078592° -82.430417°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 54.9, Venice, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations from 7:00 a.m. on April 8 through 7:00 a.m. on April 12, 2013 and from 7:00 a.m. on April 15 to 7:00 a.m. on April 19, 2013. These temporary restrictions are necessary to change out hydraulic equipment.
Wilson Pigott Bridge: The bridge owner has advised the Coast Guard that they will need to place the Wilson Pigott Bridge (26.716555° -81.761049°) across the Caloosahatchee River mile  126.3, Lee County, Florida on single-leaf operations from February 25 through February 27, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to complete a necessary maintenance operation.
            Matlacha Pass Bridge: Updated. Archer Western Contractors will be closing the new Matlacha Pass Bridge (26.632280° -82.067999°), Matlacha Pass mile 6.0, Lee County, Florida from February 11 through May 11, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily to complete the bridge work. The channel can be open with at least 48 hours notice to the bridge tender. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. Due to the major construction activity at this bridge site mariners are reminded to be extremely careful when transiting through this area.
                         
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina

Radio Activated Sound Signals (for Fog) Proposed:
On or about 05 March, 2013, the sound signal (Horn) on Cape May Canal West Entrance North Jetty Light 11 (LLNR 1675) (38-58-03.684N, 074-57-59.690W), will be converted to a Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). Once converted, the sound signal (Horn) may be activated by the mariner by following the steps listed below. Following activation, the MRASS will provide a Sound Signal for approximately 30 minutes and then automatically secure. “To activate the Sound Signal during periods of reduced visibility mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times when within a range of 1nm of the light. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the signal as advertised in the Light List.”
On or about 05 March, 2013, the sound signal (Horn) at Manasquan Inlet Light 3 (LLNR 34932) (40-06-01.374N, 074-01-54.240W), will be converted to a Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). Once converted, the sound signal (Horn) may be activated by the mariner by following the steps listed below. Following activation the MRASS will provide a Sound Signal for approximately 30 minutes and then automatically secure: “To activate the Sound Signal during periods of reduced visibility mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times when within a range of 1nm of the light. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the signal as advertised in the Light List.”
In your comments, please address the impact these proposed changes may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the means by which you are using to navigate this waterway and any electric sensors used while transiting the area. Send comments to: Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA. 23704, Attn.: Chris O’NealOr email to: Christopher.a.oneal@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 06/2013)

NJ Bridge Construction/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)
Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the construction site for the repairs of the superstructure and piles on the JFK Memorial Bridge (39.315156°-74.528436°) over Risley Channel, at mile 1.1, Borough of Longport, NJ. The bridge will be under repair using occasional barges, snooper cranes and safety netting restricting access and reducing vertical clearance to 20 feet for half of the horizontal clearance of the channel (50 feet) from March 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013. The remaining portion of the navigable channel shall remain open to vessels with a horizontal clearance of 50 and vertical clearance of 25 feet. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)
Mariners are advised that concrete box beam repairs will start to be performed from 19 February 2013 through 31 December, 2013 at the Garden State Parkway North Bound Bridges (39.294539° -74.621566°) across Great Egg Harbor Ship Channel and Drag Channel, at mile 3.5, between Cape May and Atlantic Counties, NJ. To facilitate the work on the bridges outside the navigable channel, the box beam repairs will reduce the available vertical clearance by approximately 3.6 feet, above MHW. Barge platforms will be utilized next to the bridges for the box beam repairs 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 Week 02/2013)

Underwater Inspections Baltimore Key Bridge:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Authority, will conduct underwater inspections (11 piers, 4 dolphins, & 2 fender systems) at the Francis Scott Key Bridge  (39.217889° -76.527470°) across the Patapsco River (South Branch), at mile 6.0, at Baltimore MD. The underwater inspections will be performed, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from February 25, 2013 to March 22, 2013. The inspections will take place from a 26-foot aluminum work skiff, will either anchor adjacent to the piers or will be temporarily moored to the piers. A four-man dive team consisting of a dive supervisor, diver and stand-by diver will work with vessel traffic and bridge operators so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 05/2013)

Baltimore Inner Harbor Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the City of Baltimore, will complete the remaining underwater inspections of the Inner Harbor Promenade Structures (39.284354° -76.610432°) from the Rusty Scupper restaurant to the Pier Six Pavilion across a tidal portion of the Patapsco River at Baltimore MD. This is a continuation of the inspections done in 2012. The underwater inspections will now be performed, each day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., from February 11, 2013 to March 30, 2013. 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 Week 04/2013)

BG&E Revised Cable Crossing Heights:
Baltimore Gas and Electric has revised their cable crossing height at Burley Cove /Altoona Beach (39-09-25N, 076-32-27W) to 47 feet MHW.
Baltimore Gas and Electric has revised their cable crossing height at Otter Creek/Flying Point (39-26-41N, 076-15-40W ) to 49 feet MHW. (5th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Naval Academy Waterfront Construction:
Marine Technologies, LLC will be conducting marine construction and diving operations on the U.S. Naval Academy waterfront (38.978613° 38.978613°) from 04 February until 31 December, 2013. Numerous crane and material barges will be moored in the vicinity. The Tugs JEZEBEL and SPIRIT will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM Week 05/2013)

No Weekend Openings at James River Bridge:
Mariners are advised that the US 17/258 Bridge  (37.002651°-76.468869°) across the James River, at mile 5.0, between Isle of Wight and Newport News, VA will be closed-to-navigation on weekends from 12:01 a.m. on February 16, 2013 to 5 a.m. on February 18, 2013 and from 12:01 a.m. on February 23, 2013 to 5 a.m. on February 25, 2013; with inclement weather dates from 12:01 a.m. on March 2, 2013 to 5 a.m. on March 4, 2013. Only emergency openings will be provided with up to a two-hour delay in opening. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessel is approximately 60 feet, above mean high water. The temporary change to keep the drawbridge in the closed-to-navigation position will facilitate generator replacement. 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 117.5. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and may do so while exercising caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 07/2013)

Steel Bridge Replacement Construction Begins:
Mariners are advised that construction work, by McLean Contracting Company, will commence in February 2013 and will extend through March 2017 for the replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 (Lift) Bridge (36.735991° -76.294895°) across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at AICW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA (commonly known as the Steel Bridge) and its approaches, with a new 95-foot high-level fixed bridge and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. (Latitude 36 44’ 10” N, Longitude 076 17’ 40” W). The operation will consist of construction of a new bridge, removal and replacement of the bridge fender system, demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a second new bridge, along with inwater work involving pile driving, concrete pier construction and girder erection. Tugboats will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for future notices on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 05/2013)

Shoaling at Bonner Bridge:
Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 feet MLW has been reported at the center of the navigational channel at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°). (5th District LNM Week 07/2013)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
Emerald Isle Bridge:
1. Bridge fender repairs on the NC 58 Fixed Bridge at mile 226 (34.672481° -77.066775°) on the AICW in Emerald Isle, North Carolina have been extended until March 14, 2013.
2. 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.
3. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds.
4. 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 Week 06/2013)
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)
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)
            Cape Fear Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge: Mariners are advised that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation to the operating schedule that governs the operation at the Cape Fear Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge (34.227053° -77.952125°), at mile 26.8, across Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC. To facilitate the bi-annual trunnion inspection, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closed position to vessels beginning, each day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on March 11, 2013 until March 14, 2013; however, vessel openings will be provided if at least a two-hour advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF. The drawbridge will be able to open in the event of an emergency. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.5 and 117.823. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 07/2013)

Cape Fear River Dredging:
The Weeks Marine, Inc. cutterhead Dredge R.S. WEEKS will be conducting maintenance dredging operations in the Bald Head and Smith Channels (33.876716° -78.006522°) of the Cape Fear River from 25 January until 15 April, 2013. Dredge material will be transported east to Carolina and Kure Beach through a combination of floating and submerged pipelines. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)

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

Safety Zone, Boston Inner Harbor, Comments:
The Coast Guard is soliciting public comment on the continued applicability of, or the need to amend an existing regulation; 33 CFR 165.120, Safety Zone: Chelsea River, Boston Inner Harbor (42.367841°-71.047876°), Boston, MA. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before May 31, 2013. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking is published in 6782-6783 Federal Register/Vol. 78, No. 21/Thursday January 31, 2013. <http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-31/pdf/2013-02080.pdf> (First District LNM Week 06/2013)

ATON Change:
            The Coast Guard will be making the following change to this waterway; CHANGE: Southwest Approach Lighted Bell Buoy 8 (LLNR 16736) from a nominal range of 4nm to 3nm. (First District LNM Week 06/2013)

Proposed ATON Change:
CHANGE the following aids nominal range to 14NM: Cleveland East Ledge Light (LLNR 16080) (41-37-51.470N, 070-41-39.046W)
This proposal would incorporate the Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.
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 1 March 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-024. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM Week 06/2013)

New Bedford Work:
Massachusetts Clean Energy is doing work in New Bedford (41.623313°-70.906478°) until approximately 15 July 2013. Silt Boom and Fish Weir Netting will be deployed at two areas within New Bedford / Fairhaven Harbor. The first area is located west of Palmers Island and extends north from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Barrier for 1200 feet before turning westerly and extending an additional 600 feet to the southern end of the existing South Terminal bulkhead. In this area, a bubble curtain is installed at the South Terminal bulkhead to allow for the passage of vessels accessing the Gifford Street boat ramp. The second area is north of Popes Island, and is located northeast of the Federal Channel and to the east of the state channel and to the south of Marsh Island. This area is completely enclosed and not accessible to vessels while the equipment is in the water. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is silt curtains, fish weir nets, marker buoys, anchors, moorings, mooring lines, bubble curtain, submerged compressed air hoses, maintenance skiffs, barges, and divers. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 03/2013)

Narragansett Bay UUV:
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations will be done West of Gould Island and East of Jamestown, and will be contained within the  following four points:
NW Point: 41d 32.574'N 71d 21.620'W
NE Point: 41d 32.579'N 71d 20.907'W
SE Point: 41d 31.408'N 71d 20.855'W
SW Point: 41d 31.404'N 71d 21.487'W
Alternate site will be south of the entrance to Narragansett Bay and North of the Separation Zone between the inbound and outbound approaches. Within the area contained by the following three points:
North Point: 41d 26'17.4"N 71d 22'55.1"W
SW Point: 41d 24'43.8"N 71d 23'39.6"W
SE Point: 41d 24'44.5"N 71d 22'30.8"W
The work will be done from 12 - 20 February 2012. The hours of operation will be 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. On scene will be the R/V DISCOVERY, RHIB boat & UUV that will be monitoring VHF channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Proposed ATON Change: Remove RACON, CT East End Long Island Sound:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following change to this waterway;
Twenty-Eight Foot Shoal Lighted Whistle Buoy TE (LLNR 21160) (41-09-15.920N, 072-30-24.539W): Remove RACON.
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through your organization. All  comments will be carefully considered and are requested by 26 Feb 2013. To facilitate the process, refer to the Project Number 01-13-028 for  easier identification. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mails can be sent to mark.e.ferreira@uscg.mil and faxes to 617-223-8291. (First District LNM Week 06/2013)

Stonington Harbor Construction:
Marine construction and repair operations are being done on the east breakwater (41.317165° -71.905197°), outside of Stonington Harbor, until approximately 20 March 2013. The work is being done daily from 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene is a barge, tug, small craft & material barges that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 05/2013)

Port Jefferson Light Beam Width Change:
The Coast Guard will be making the following change to this waterway;
ADJUST Port Jefferson Harbor Directional Light (LLNR 26160) (40-56-47.401N, 073-04-14.893W) from a beam width 1.5° to 1.6°. White will now show from 145.7°T to 147.3°T. (First District LNM Week 06/2013)

Fire Island, Long Island Dredging:
Dredging will be done in Fire Island Inlet (40.628810°-73.324077°) & Long Island from 1 February until approximately 30 April 2013. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the west end of Fire Island and ending on Cedar Beach. On scene will be a dredge, booster, floating pontoon barges & derricks. The dredge operator will be monitoring VNF-FM channels 13 & 16. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to passage. The dredge and floating pipeline are held in place by cables and anchors which are some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors. Mariners are requested to comply with the Rules of the Road and to remain a safe distance away from the equipment. Any fishing equipment in the area should be removed prior to the work begins. (5th District LNM Week 04/2013)

Diving Ops, East River:
The Knight Life (42? x 22?) will be conducting diving operations about 200 yards off Stony Point in the East River (40.748478° -73.966393°). Work hours are Mon-Sat during slack water through May 24, 2013. The vessel will notify VTSNY on VHF CH 12 or at 718.354.4088, fifteen minutes before starting and upon completion of each diving operation. The vessel can move within 5 minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via VHF CH 13. (First District LNM Week 05/2013)

Great Kills Harbor Buoys Removed When Endangered by Ice:
The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to this waterway:
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 2 (LLNR 35462) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 3 (LLNR 35465) (40-31-34.414N, 074-08-13.224W) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 35470) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 5 (LLNR 35475) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 9 (LLNR 35488) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 10 (LLNR 35490) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 11 (LLNR 35495) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 12 (LLNR 35500) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
CHANGE: Great Kills Harbor Channel Buoy 14 (LLNR 35510) Remarks section to read "Removed when endangered by ice."
(First District LNM Week 06/2013)

 



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