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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 14, 2013

By Tom Neale - Published March 14, 2013 - Viewed 449 times

Attention Snowbirds

GPS Chesapeake Bay Testing, May be Unreliable:
1. The GPS navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DCS, may be affected at an approximate testing center point of 38-15.684N, 076-28.202W (vicinity of Patuxent Naval Air Station), with a possible impact radius of 14.35 NM from center point.
2. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted as follows:
A. 21 - 22 March 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.
B. 25 - 29 March 2013 from1300Z - 2000Z.
C. 01 - 05 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.
D. 08 - 12 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.
E. 15 - 19 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.
3. More information is available at the Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) web site WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. During this period GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience to the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN web site to submit a GPS report. (Fifth District LNM Week 11/2013)*

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

General Announcements

2182 kHz and DSC frequency 2187.5 kHz Signal Degraded:
             Mariners are advised that calls to the U.S. Coast Guard on the international radiotelephone distress frequency 2182 kHz or the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) frequency 2187.5 kHz may not be heard or may be severely degraded. Instead of using 2182 kHz for distress calls, mariners should use high frequency (HF) radiotelephone or DSC in the 4, 6, 8, and 12 MHz distress or calling bands. Additional information concerning U.S. Coast Guard HF watchkeeping is posted on the U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Center website (http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=cgcommsCall). (First District LNM Week 11/2013)

Hazardous Ops, SE Coast:
            The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 11-17 March, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 11-17 MARCH, TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
30-45N2 80-54W7 GUNEX AREA
30-45N2 80-11W0 AA/BB/CC
30-36N2 80-11W0
30-33N9 80-55W8
30-45N2 80-11W0
30-45N2 79-40W0
30-37.3N6 79-40W0
30-36N2 80-11W0
30-20N5 79-50W1 31J
29-20N3 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-50W1
30-00N3 81-00W9 27C
30-00N3 80-50W3
29-50N6 80-50W3
29-50N6 81-00W9 (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Sandy Damage/Cleanup/Rebuilding Updates:
Below are a few links to sites with information about cleanup and rebuilding following Sandy:

http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2013/02/12/usa-dredging-plan-for-new-jersey-intracoastal-waterways-introduced/

http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/tabid/3948/Year/2012/Month/10/Default.aspx

http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/ (News releases, news stories)

http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/

http://www.nad.usace.army.mil/

http://www.nj.gov/recovery/infrastructure/acoe.html

ATON Changes, MRASS Announcement:
             Coast Guard is in the process of replacing traditional fog detector signal equipment with Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) systems. The LNM will advertise in the ADVANCE NOTICE SECTION when a particular fog signal equipped aid will be converted. The Light List, Vol. II, page xiii (Other Short Range Aids to Navigation) gives a description of fog signal equipment and MRASS activation procedures. Once converted, the sound signal will be activated by the mariner by keying their VHF-FM radio 5 times on VHF-FM Channel 83 (157.175MHz). When keyed, the sound signal will be activated for 30 minutes and then turn off automatically. The Light List, Remarks Section (8) will indicate if the aid is MRASS and the activation process. No chart symbol is presently available to identify a MRASS. (5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

For Details check:
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

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

Skidaway Narrows Bridge Update:
            The Skidaway Narrows (Diamond Causeway/SR 204) (31.947052° -81.066073°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 592.8, Chatham County, Georgia is being replaced. United Contractor, LLC has advised the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Savannah that they will be working on the removal of the existing Diamond Causeway Drawbridge in Skidaway Narrows (mile marker 592.8) until the end of 2013. The existing drawbridge will still be operational until its complete removal. The clearances for this bridge will remain the same while the bridge is down (22 feet vertical clearance and a horizontal clearance of 100 feet). 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.
            Additional information is available at https://homeport.uscg.mil/savannah reference MSSB 15-13. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Georgia AICW Hazard:
            Skidaway Island Light 25 (LLNR 5710) (31-59-12.737N, 081-00-16.651W) is destroyed with the remains of the pile sticking up out of the water at low tide. A TRLB "WR25" with Fl Q G characterisitics is marking the area. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting thr area. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Construction, Barge Activity, Jacksonville AICW Area:
            Harry Pepper & Associates, a division of EMCOR will be transporting sandy material on or about April 1, 2013 in the Jacksonville, Florida Intracoastal Waterway area from approximately Kingsley Creek Cut DBN 18 (LLNR 30835) (30-36-34.560N, 081-28-47.880W) to approximately Sawpit Creek LT 48 (LLNR 38185) (30-30-31.920N, 081-28-14.520W). This is a construction Project on Crane Island. Operations will be daylight hours only 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The Tug “WICHITA” will service the three barges in rotation. One spud barge will be stationary at Crane Island with a conveyor and an excavator. The 3 transport barges will be in rotation (loading/hauling/unloading). The barges will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. For further questions contact the HPA loading & unloading Site Supt Stump Lightsey (850) 288-9076 or Mobro Marine barge company contact Neal Corrado (904) 284-9670. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

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)

Florida Offshore Launch Hazard:
            The Cobra Judy Eastern Range Launch OP #A8787 ATLAS-V SIBRS GEO-2 support ship will be performing sensitive electronic and radar tracking of the Eastern Range OP A8787 ATLAS-V LAUNCH.
Location for the ship:
3046N 7918W
3046N 7906W
3033N 7906W
3034N 7918W
Primary time 2030-2230Z 19 MAR 2013, backup date of 20 MAR 2013 same times. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Fort Pierce Inlet Emergency Dredging Update:
            Lucas Marine will be conducting emergency maintenance dredge operations in the Fort Pierce Inlet Entrance Channel (27.468620° -80.299096°). Operations will begin on or about March 12, 2013 with an approximate completion completion time of 3-4 weeks. Dredge operations will be conducted during daylight hours seven days a week. At times the dredge equipment (two flat deck barges, one crane, and one survey boat) may take up half of the navigable channel. Lucas Marine will be monitoring marine channels 14 and 16. Point of contact for Lucas Marine is Mr. Frank Subjinski (904) 222-1147. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
            March 13, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.04 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.98 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.18 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

Jupiter Inlet Dredging:
            Southwind Construction Corp will commence dredging operations on or about March 4, 2013. Operations will occur in Jupiter, Florida in the Jupiter Inlet (dredging the sand trap just inside the inlet) (26.944197° -80.072873°). There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with the dredging operation. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast guard regulations. Pipeline will be positioned along the south shoreline to the mouth of the inlet, and then traversing along the beach to the beach re-nourishment area. The dredge “JENNIE LEA II, and workboats Ann Key and Little Debbie will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 & 16 working channel 79. Operations will be Monday through Sunday (7 days per week) until on or about March 31, 2013. Further information contact the Foreman; Mr. Mike Will (812) 483-1528 or Mr. Jim Barton, CQC Manager (812) 455-7196. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Dredging in Boynton Inlet Area:
            Center Marine Contracting will commence maintenance dredging operations on or about March 1, 2013 in the Lake Worth Lagoon near the South Lake Worth Inlet (a/k/a/ Boynton Inlet) (26.546104° -80.048917°) in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Dredge “ELLICOTT 1170" along with workboat 3 workboats: Fatboy and Skiffs 1 & 2 will monitor VHF channel 16. There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with the dredging operations. The pipeline will be positioned along the channel edge....Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Operations are expected to be completed by May 1, 2013. Center Marine Contracting POC is Mr. Bob Dove, Project Manager (407) 474-1274 or Mr. Javier Quevedo, (561) 383-1756. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

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)

Dania Cut-off Canal Dredging Update:
            March 4, 2013 dredging operations will commence with a smaller dredge and material barge (26.063941°-80.116356°). The barge will be tied up at the offloading location at night. The barge will be appropriately lighted at night. The approximate completion date of dredging operations is March 25, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project Update:
            Industrial Divers Corporation (IDC) have begun the coral relocation at South Point Park, Miami, Florida for the Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project (25.765763° -80.133360°).
Deployment of modifed modules: 2/25 - 2/27 and (2) days 2/28 - 3/1
Coral relocations: 3/2 - 3/17
Pier demolitions: March 18, 2013
Project completions: 3/18/14 or earlier
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 March 2013. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
            Indian River South Section DBN 169 (LLNR 44825) (27-33-02.828N, 080-20-45.432W) is destroyed. A TRLB "WR169" displaying Fl Q G characteristics is 5.51 yards channelward of the remains of the old structure. The remains of the old structure is 4Ft below the waterline. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)
            Singer Island Channel DBN 7 (LLNR 10212.5) (26-46-55.013N, 080-02-31.749W) is destroyed with wreckage remaining 1ft above the water. The pile is broken with the upper 10ft of it pointed towards the south just under the water. A TRLB "WR7" with Fl Q G characteristics marking the wreckage. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 11/2013)
            Permanently discontinue Turtle Harbor Lighted Whistle Buoy 4 (LLNR 940) (25-17-28.420N, 080-09-53.172W). The buoy is missing at this time. This change will become permanent on April 30, 2013 if no comments are received. (7th District LNM Week 10/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 11/2013:
            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.
            Addison Point Bridge (AICW Mile  885):
Royal Bridge Incorporated has advised the Coast Guard that they will be painting the NASA Parkway/Addison Point/SR 405 Bridge (28.527151° -80.765469°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 885, Canaveral, Florida from March 4 to May 4, 2013. The bascule portion of the span will be placed in the open to navigation position during this project and will not affect navigation. NASA, the bridge owner, has advised that they will be scheduling work on this bridge that may require single-leaf operations from Monday 13 May through Tuesday 2 July 2013. The details for double-leaf openings will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
            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 March 15 through April 30, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 72 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 the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16. 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. The contractor has proposed the following during the construction of the west leaf.
            This schedule will be repeated during the construction of the second leaf. Mariners can provide comment to this proposal by sending them to michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil.
            From April 1 through April 30, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 62 feet of horizontal clearance. If your vessel needs more than 62 feet of horizontal clearance for safe passage, please provide GLF a twenty four hour notice by contacting the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16 or by calling (954) 829-2781. 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.
             Broad Causeway Bridge Repair (Update): Seacoast Incorporated working for the Town of Bay Harbor will be rehabilitating the Broad Causeway (125th Street) Bridge (25.887207° -80.142448°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1081.4, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Coast Guard has approved single-leaf operations with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening at this location. The new start date is April 1, 2013 with a completion date of October 2013. The majority of the work will be performed at night between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.; however some daytime work will be scheduled. The contractor has indicated that they may be working a few weekends.     
            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 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
March 19, 20, 21
March 26, 27
            Indian Street Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway: The contractor constructing the Indian Street Bridge (27.158172° -80.251887°) has completed placing the new beams across the south fork of the St. Lucie Canal.
            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.
            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.
            I-275 Bridges: L & S Concrete Restoration will be working on the structural supports of the Bunces Pass I-275 portion of the bridge. This work will start on April 1, 2013 and is not expected to impact navigation. This work will be completed in October 2013. DICK MISENER BRIDGE: L & S Concrete Restoration will be working on the rip-rap of the Dick Misener I-275 portion of the bridge. This work will start on April 1, 2013 and is not expected to impact navigation. This work will be completed in October 2013.

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

Sound Signals to be Removed, Comments Requested:
The Coast Guard is proposing to remove the sound signal (bell) from Bulkhead Bar Range Lighted Bell Buoy (LLNR 2875) (39-36-51.155N, 075-34-33.230W) .
The Coast Guard is proposing to remove the sound signal (bell) from Cherry Island Range Junction Lighted Bell Buoy CR (LLNR 3020) (39-43-08.609N, 075-30-16.511W).
The Coast Guard is proposing to remove the sound signal (gong) from Chester Range Lighted Gong Buoy 1C (LLNR 3215) (39-49-27.105N, 075-22-51.490W) .
The Coast Guard is proposing to remove the sound signal (bell) from Marcus Hook Range Lighted Bell Buoy 2M (LLNR 3130) (39-46-54.708N, 075-27-27.000W).
            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 no later than 12 April, 2013 to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Chris O’Neal or email to: Christopher.a.oneal@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

NJ Bridge Construction/Repairs:
            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)

Delaware Bay Harbor of Refuge Sound Signal to be Removed:
            The Coast Guard is proposing the discontinuance of the sound signal (fog signal) located at Harbor of Refuge Light (LLNR 1530) (38-48-52.223N, 075-05-32.621W). In your comments, please address the impact this proposed change may impose on your operation. Send comments no later than 28 March, 2013 to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Chris O’Neal Or email to: Christopher.a.oneal@uscg.mil
(5th District LNM Week 08/2013)

Delaware River Bridge Closure for Repairs:
            Mariners are advised that additional deck replacement will be performed at the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge (40.010755° -75.043176°), at mile 107.2, across the Delaware River between Tacony , PA, and Palmyra , NJ. To facilitate the replacement, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels, every day, beginning 9 p.m., on Friday, April 26, 2013 until 9 a.m., on Saturday, May 11, 2013. However, vessel openings will be provided with at least 12 hours advance notice given to the bridge operator at (856) 829-3002 or via marine radio on Channel 13. 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 117.716. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 53 feet, above mean high water. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime; mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area.
            Due to adverse weather conditions, mariners are advised that urgent fender system repairs continue through March 15, 2013 at the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, at mile 107.2, across the Delaware River between Tacony PA, and Palmyra NJ. To facilitate repairs, a crane barge is positioned on the bascule span pier side of the fender nosing throughout the repair period. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Underwater Inspection I-95 Bridge, Susquehanna River, Extended:
             Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Authority, will be extending underwater inspection of 10 piers at the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge on I-95 (39.580412° -76.105861°), at mile 3.2, over Susquehanna River in Havre De Grace, MD, from April 8 – May 3, 2013, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The inspections will take place from a 26-foot aluminum work skiff vessel and will either anchor adjacent to the piers or will be temporarily moored to the piers. A four-man dive team will be used consisting of a dive supervisor, diver, stand-by diver, and tender. The dive team will work with vessel traffic to not impede the waterway. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Underwater Inspections Baltimore Key Bridge--New Dates:
            Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland State Highway Administration, will be altering the dates to perform inspections at the I-695/Francis Scott Key Bridge (38.902235°-77.069853°), at mile 6.0, across the South Branch of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, MD. All inspections will now be performed each day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning March 25, 2013 through April 26, 2013. To facilitate inspections, a small boat or raft will be utilized to reach the lower portions of the bridge and for safety when working over the over waterway. Inspection personnel and equipment will be working at the bridge during this period and will be in proximity to the navigable channel, do not anticipate any disruption to navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigation channel upon request for vessel passage. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Nice Bridge Rehabilitation:
            Mariners are advised that work will be on-going through April 31, 2015, for painting and steel work rehabilitation at the Harry Nice Bridge (38.357817° -76.998105°) across the Potomac River, mile 50.0, in Dahlgren, VA. The barge will not block the navigational channel and the bridge will remain open to marine traffic. (5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Fishermans Island Bridges Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that bridge maintenance work (cleaning, painting and steel repairs) continues at the US 13 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. To facilitate the work extension, the available vertical clearances for the underside of the Fishermans Island Inlet Bridges (37.110312° -75.970480°) are reduced by three feet (40 feet to 37 feet above mean high water) through May 31, 2013. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. 5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Sandbridge/Southern Approaches Dredging:
            The Hopper Dredge B. E. LINDHOLM will be conducting dredging operations in the Southern Approaches to the Chesapeake Bay (36-52-21.616N, 075-52-05.636W) and Sandbridge area from 11 March until 15 May, 2013. Dredged material will be transferred from off-shore sites to a transfer station between 36-45-39N, 075-56-56W and A36-41-53N, 075-55-28W via a submerged pipeline extending approximately 3, 000 feet offshore. 5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

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)

Dredging in Hatteras Inlet Channel and South Ferry Channel:
            The Dredge RICHMOND continues dredging operations in the Hatteras Inlet Channel (35.195692°-75.764787°) and South Ferry Channel through 25 March, 2013. 5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

Kure Beach Renourishment Dredging:
             Hopper Dredge R. N. WEEKS will be conducting dredging and beach re-nourishment operations from 04 March until 15 April, 2013. Dredge material will be taken from offshore area of Kure Beach for transfer to a submerged pipeline between 33-58-22N, 077-54-52W and 34-01-13N, 077-53-47W at Kure Beach. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. 5th District LNM Week 11/2013)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
            NOTE: While most of this is old news, we keep it active because it will affect Snowbirds on the trip north:

Wrightsville Beach Bridge:
            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 should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 42)

Snows Cut:
            Bridge fender repairs will be in progress from December 20, 2012 until October 31, 2013 on the US 421 Fixed Bridge (Snows Cut) (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)
        Mariners are advised that structural repairs will continue at the Snows Cut Bridge on US 421 at AIWW mile 295.7 (34.055532° -77.899558°) at Carolina Beach, NC through 5 p.m., on April 30, 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)

Oak Island Bridge:
1. 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 June 15, 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 09/2013)

Snows Cut Dredging:
            The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at Snows Cut from 19 February until 30 April, 2013. A floating and submerged pipeline will run along the AICW channel to the Carolina Beach Disposal Area. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY 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 08/2013). NOTE: This is an extremely narrow cut with very strong current.

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

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
            NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area south of Long Beach and Hempstead Bay from approximately 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013, from Gardiners Bay to Block Island from approximately 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013, from Branford, CT to Greenport, NY from 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013 and throughout Penobscot Bay, ME from 1 May 2013 through 31 July 2013.
            Thomas Jefferson is a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels carry NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship’s Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)

Shoaling at Hyannis Harbor Entrance:
            Severe shoaling has been detected within the entrance channel to Hyannis Harbor, Massachusetts (41.625865° -70.275077°), particularly in that portion of the channel bounded by gated buoys 5 and 6 to the south, northward to gated buoys 11 and 12 just off Dunbar Point. The charted channel depth of 11 feet may be reduced to as low as 8’ 5” at Mean Low Water (MLW). Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when navigating within this channel. Additionally, mariners piloting vessels with a draft exceeding 8’ should avoid the Hyannis Harbor entrance channel at low tide, and attempt to navigate the channel only within three hours before or after high tide. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)

UUV Operations in RI:
            Unmanned Underwater Vehicle operations will be done from March 12 - 15, 2013. Work will be conducted in the following three locations
1. Area South of Prudence Island, North and East of Fiske Rock, West of Dyer Island (41.577548° -71.310779°)
2. Entrance to Narragansett Bay East passage North of Brenton Point Lighted Whistle Red #2 and South of Red Nun #4 Marking Edge of Brenton Reef (41.455049° -71.376197°)
3. Area Northeast of Block Island in RI Sound (41.240116° -71.527309°)
            The hours operation will be 6:00 am - 5:30 pm. On scene will be a Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, research boat & RHIB boat that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)

NY Safety Zone for Escape Artist:
            The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone in the Captain of the Port New York Zone in connection with an escape artist performance. The zone is located on the East River (40.703701° -73.995453°) (as described in 33 CFR 165.160) and will be enforced March 24, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This notice of enforcement is published at 78 Fed. Reg. 13811 (March 1, 2013). http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-01/pdf/2013-04731.pdf  (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)

NJ Marine Terminals Dredging:
            Dredging will be done at the New Jersey Marine Terminals, berths 53, 55, 56, 57, 60, 62, 78, 80, 86, 88, 90, 94 & 96 (40.850692° -73.952792°), from March 18, - September 29, 2013. The hours operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge DELAWARE BAY, tug PAUL ANDREW, launch MATTHEW SCOTT & scows that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 14, 16 & 78. (First District LNM Week 11/2013)

East River Diving Ops:
            Diving and inspection operations between the East 34th Street Heliport (40.742247°-73.971642°) and East 30th Street will be taking place between Mar 18-Apr 30, 2013. Work hours are Mon-Fri from 0700-1700. The dive team will notify VTSNY fifteen minutes before starting and upon completion of each diving operation. Dives will be conducted from shore or a 21’ dive boat. (First District LNM Week 11/2013)

 


 

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