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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale March 28, 2013

By Tom Neale - Published March 28, 2013 - Viewed 430 times

Attention Snowbirds

Wrightsville Beach Bridge (AICW mile 283.1) Continued Nighttime Closure, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at AIWW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC will be closed to navigation each night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., on April 16, 2013 through March 1, 2014; 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 13 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). In addition, a containment system is positioned under the draw span until July 27, 2013 reducing the available vertical clearance to approximately 18 feet above MHW.  Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open in an emergency. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)*

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

Centerville Turnpike Bridge (AICW Mile 15.2) Restricted Opening Schedule:
            Mariners are advised that structural repairs are scheduled at the Centerville Turnpike (SR170) Bridge (36.723169°-76.186677°), at AICW mile 15.2, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, in Chesapeake, VA beginning at 9 a.m., on Saturday, April 27, 2013 and ending at 6 p.m., on Sunday, April 28, 2013. To facilitate repairs, the drawbridge will open on signal every three hours on the following schedule: on Saturday, April 27th at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. (noon), 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28th at 12 a.m. (midnight), 3 a.m., 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m. (noon), 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; will open on signal for hazardous material vessels with a one-hour advance notice by calling (757-547-3632); and will open for an emergency as soon as safely possible. In case of inclement weather, the alternate dates will be rescheduled to weekend of May 4 and May 5, 2013.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(i).  In the closed position to vessels, this swing-type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of approximately four feet, above mean high water.  Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

General Announcements

Sandy Debris Reminder:
            Mariners and all waterway users are reminded that Hurricane SANDY resulted in massive amounts of both floatable debris and submerged hazards to navigations in the offshore and inland waterways of New York and New Jersey. Much of this debris will remain in offshore areas as it gradually moves shoreward. Mariners are urged to navigate with caution in these waterways and report any hazard to navigation or debris fields to the Coast Guard. (5th District LNM Week 13/2013)

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 Update:
            On March 18, 2013, Marinex Construction Inc will begin dredging operations with the dredge BRUNSWICK in the vicinity of Columbus Street Terminal and Union Pier adjacent to Town Creek Channel Buoy 2 (LLNR 2715) (32-47-43.408N079-55-27.071W). Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately April 9, 2013. For on-scene communications, contact the Dredge BRUNSWICK on VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. For more details, please contact Thomas G. Payne at (843) 722-9083. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 12/2013)
            Marinex Construction, Inc will complete dredging operations in the vicinity of the Columbus Street Terminal and Union Pier, Town Creek Reach and Custom House Reach. The dredge "BRUNSWICK" will relocate and resume operations in the vicinity of the Cooper River, North Charleston, SC. The work area will include Upper Filbin Creek Reach, Terminal Reach and Ordnance Reach extending from Cooper River Buoy 56B (LLNR 2910) to Cooper River LB 62 (LLNR 2930). Operations will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately May 5, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Hazardous Ops, SE Coast:
           The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 25-31 March, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 25-31 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
30-37.3N3 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

Survey Ops off Jacksonville:
            The Research Vessel STRAIT HUNTER will be conducting Survey Operations from the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville Beach, Florida into the southern approach of the St. Johns River Entrance (30.392638° -81.361987°) on Monday, March 18, 2013 to Thursday, April 18, 2013. There will be submerged and floating cable lines associated with survey operation. The vessel will have limited maneuverability while towing survey equipment up to 1600 yards astern. All vessels within a two mile radius of the Research Vessel should contact the R/V STRAIT HUNTER on VHF-FM channel 16. Operations will be conducted (24) hours a day, (7) days a week. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution while in the vicinity of the R/V. (7th District LNM Week 12/2013)

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)

Port Canaveral Hazard:
           East Basin LT 7 (LLNR 9685) (28-25-12.397N, 080-35-49.017W) is knocked down. The remains of the steel pile are broken at the waterline. A TRLB "WR7" with Fl Q G characteristics is marking the wreckage. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Dredging/ Beach Restoration South Hutchinson Island:
            Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company has commenced mobilization for the South County Beach Restoration Project in South Hutchinson Island (27.239565° -80.184021°), St Lucie County, Florida and Martin County Shore Protection Project, South Hutchinson Island, Martin County, Florida. Dredging operations began March 1, 2013 until approximately April 30, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 12/2013)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
            March 27, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.87 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.81 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.01 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

Delray Beach Dredging/ Beach Renourishment:
            Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company has commenced dredge operations in Delray Beach (26.450179° -80.055428°), Florida on or about March 6, 2013. Work consists of dredging approximately 1.2 million cubic yards of material from a borrow area located approximately 2, 550-ft offshore of Delray Beach. The material will be pumped to the beach via 2,000-ft of floating dredge pipe as well as submerged dredge pipe installed on the ocean bottom. Installation of submerged pipeline will commence approximately February 21, 2013. Staging of equipment and pipeline for the Delray Ops will be outside of the Lake Worth Inlet Channel. Floating dredge pipeline will connect from the stern of the dredge to the submerged dredge pipeline. There will be numerous anchor buoys around the dredge and pipelines. The pipelines and buoys will be lit per USCG regulations. Also on site will be (3) assist tugs Miss Niz, Mary Virginia and Hardhead, derrick barge, anchor barge, crew boat and a survey vessel. The dredge TEXAS will operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Operations will be completed on or about April 15, 2013. The POC for the operations is Mr. Matt Jack, Project Manager (630) 209-9862. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting both inlets. (7th District LNM Week 12/2013)

Navy Testing off Ft. Lauderdale:
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will deploy several samples coated various methods for test purposes offshore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 65 feet of water. The samples will be tethered to anchors on the bottom in the sand. Regulatory buoys will be installed defining the 4 corners of the sample site. These buoys will read "Restricted Area NO Anchorage" The buoys will be white with reflectors and a white light flashing 30 times a minute. The sample area location corners are as follows:
NE:  26 02.649 N, 080 05.402 W
NW:  26 02.649 N, 080 5.456 W
SE:  26 02.583 N, 080 05.402 W
SW:  26 02.583 N, 080 05.546 W
            The vessel US NAVY Whaler will be deploying the samples March 25 - 02 April 2013. Please stay well clear of the NAVY Whaler during deployment. The regulatory buoys and site will remain in the water for 1 year, with inspection/documentation monthly. Vessels are asked to stay well clear of the NAVY Whaler and /or Dive barge during deployment/inspection. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of the buoy's function. (7th District LNM Week 12/2013)

US Navy Ops, Offshore Port Everglades:
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting Range Operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26.085396°-80.097828°). The M/V Richard L. Becker operated by Tow Boat US will be deploying and recovering subsurface buoys in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0700hrs 26 March to 1800hrs on 5 April 2013.
           The M/V Richard L. Becker will be deploying a submerged buoys approximately 200' from surface. The buoys will be moored in 450 feet of water approximately 2.1 NM off shore, and 1 NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet. They will be left in the water overnight. They will be recovered NLT April 6th 2013. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the M/V Becker during deployment and recovery operations. (7th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
            The Coast Guard received a report of a 195ft barge in the vicinity of Hillsborough Cut C Channel approximately 100ft east of the channel in approximate position 27-53-39.900N 082-26-14.610W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 13/2013)
            The Coast Guard received a report of Anclote Anchorage South Entrance DBN (LLNR 26085) (28-09-08.631N, 082-50-21.621W) is destroyed with the remains of the pile broken off. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 12/2013)
            Caloosahatchee River DBN 19 (LLNR 52210) (26-41-39.554N, 081-49-00.528W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are broken at the waterline. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 13/2013:
            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.
            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.
            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.
            Jupiter CR 707 Bridge: Due to repairs the Jupiter Lighthouse/CR 707/S Beach Road Bridge (26.952203°-80.078845°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Jupiter, Florida will be allowed to open a single-leaf on demand. A double-leaf is available on demand if requested. To assist the contractor it is recommended that vessels requiring a double-leaf opening contact the bridge tender via VHF-FM channel 9 or call 561-746-4261, two hours prior to passing through this location. This work is ongoing and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2013.
            Jupiter Indiantown Road Bridge (AICW mile 1006.2): The Coast Guard has authorized the Indiantown Road Bridge (26.933648° -80.084072°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1006.2, Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida to remain closed to navigation from 8:00 p.m. on April 9 through 5:00 a.m. on April 10, 2013 for emergency maintenance. The vertical clearance of the Indiantown Road Bridge is 35 feet in the closed position. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time
            Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes. The Florida Department of Transportation will be engaged with the emergency repairs of the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1021.8, Palm Beach, Florida, starting in April 2013. In order to complete these repairs, waterway restrictions caused by construction equipment at the bridge may limit horizontal navigational clearance to 35 feet at night and 70 feet during the day. Night time restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 35 feet between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily for up to three months. A 70 foot horizontal clearance will be made available with a three hour notice to the ON-SCENE TUG. Daytime restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 70 feet between the hours of 6:01 a.m. and 8:59 p.m. daily for up to three months. A temporary waterway restriction limiting horizontal clearance to 70 feet will remain in effect at the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge until the replacement bridge is complete. Mariners are advised that changes to navigational clearance may be necessary as repair conditions develop.
            The temporary regulations for the Flagler Memorial and Royal Park Bridges will remain as follows: Flagler Memorial Bridge schedule will remain on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m., The Royal Park Bridge will remain on the hour and hour-hour schedule except that from 8:01 a.m. to 8:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:29 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation, Monday through Friday until the repairs are completed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge.
            Due to the unusual circumstances associated with the bridge structure, the bridge owner has requested an emergency back-up plan in case the repairs are unable to be accomplished as anticipated. If the Flagler Memorial Bridge malfunctions and is left in the open to navigation position, the Royal Park and Southern Boulevard Bridges will be placed on restricted schedules to accommodate increased vehicular traffic. If an emergency occurs, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter after the hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. Additional waterway restrictions will be promulgated once the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction commences.
            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.
            SW 4th/7 Avenue/Marshall Bridge Ft. Lauderdale New River: The SW 4th/7 Avenue/Marshall Bridge (26.117101°-80.148856°) across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be placed in the open to navigation position from 10:00 p.m. on March 28 through Midnight on March 30, 2013. From 9:30 p.m. on March 31 through 2:00 p.m. on April 1, 2013, the SW 4th/7th Avenue/Marshall Bridge will be closed to navigation.
             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.
            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.

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 to take caution when approaching the construction site for the repairs of the superstructure and piles on the Route 9, Garden State Parkway bridge over Great Egg Harbor and Drag Channel, Mile 3.5, (39.294539° -74.621566°) Somers Point, Atlantic County, NJ. The bridges continue to be under repair using occasional barges and snooper cranes through December 31, 2013. The navigable channel shall remain open to vessels until further notice. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)
            Mariners are advised that work continues at the Route 88 Bridge (40.083099° -74.066911°) in the Point Pleasant Canal in Point Pleasant, NJ. A barge will be on site with winch cables attached to the pilings on the west side of the canal. Work will continue for approximately 5 weeks. During this time the barge and winch cables will be obstructing part of the channel. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area and pay special attention to the cables associated with the construction activities. (5th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Marina Dredging, Ocean City, MD:
            Dredging operations are underway at Homers Hideaway Marina (38.333106° -75.101087°) inside Ocean City Inlet until further notice. A pipeline, running along the western side of the waterway, will carry dredged material to a site north of the Ocean Gate Bridge.
            In association with dredging at the Ocean City Fishing Center (Homer's Hideaway Marina) the following temporary warning lights have been established until 15 April, 2013. The piles are to help stabilize the dredge pipeline running from the marina entrance dredgesite, northward under the route 50 bridge, to the disposal site at Skimmer Island.
A. Isle Of Wight Bay Warning Light SG A (no LLNR) at 38 19 55.38N, 075 05 43.14W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
B. Isle Of Wight Bay Warning Light SG B (no LLNR) at 38 19 56.64N, 075 05 42.78W, Fl W 4s , NW on pile.
C. Isle Of Wight Bay Warning Light SG C (no LLNR) at 38 19 58.14N, 075 05 42.36W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
D. Isle Of Wight Bay Warning Light NG A (no LLNR) at 38 20 02.82N, 075 05 40.38W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
E. Isle Of Wight Bay Warning Light NG B (no LLNR) at 38 20 04.56N, 075 05 39.78W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
F. Isle Of Wight Bay Warning Light NG C (no LLNR) at 38 20 06.72N, 075 05 39.48W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
(5th District LNM Week 13/2013)

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)

Bear Creek Bridge, Baltimore, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that bridge painting will be performed from April 18, 2013 through October 1, 2013 at the I-695 Bridge (39.236591° -76.498052°), at mile 1.3, across Bear Creek, between Broening Highway and Peninsula Expressway, MD. To facilitate the painting on the bridge a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately to 52 feet, above MHW. A 200-foot spud barge will be used in navigable water; however, no work will interfere with navigation of the waterway. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)

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:
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)

Newport News Dredging:
            The Clamshell Dredge ATLANTIC will be conducting dredging operations at the Newport News Dominion Terminals (36.965813° -76.423348°) from 20 March until 08 April, 2013. Tugs and scows will transport dredge material to the Craney Island Disposal Basin. The dredge and assisting tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels contact the dredge at least one (1) hour prior to expected time of passage. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)

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)

Wallops Island Bridge, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that bridge repairs will be performed from June 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013 at the Wallops Island Bridge (37.850101° -75.490226°) across Cats Creek, at mile 1.0, Accomack County, VA. To facilitate the work on the bridge a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately to 33 feet, above MHW. We are also advising mariners to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)

Rudee Inlet Shoaling Again:
            The City of Virginia Beach Survey of Rudee Inlet (36.829481° -75.967382°), dated March 22, 2013 indicates shoaling to a least depth of 7.7 feet, MLLW, across the channel from the approximate East ends of the jetties extending out eastward approximately 2500 feet. (5th District LNM Week 13/2013)

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)

New Pea Island Bridge Proposed:
            An application has been received by the Commander, Fifth District Coast Guard District from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), for the proposed replacement of the temporary NC-12 Bridge over the New Inlet or Pea Island Breach (35.675800° -75.483016°) between Oregon Inlet and Rodanth, Dare County, NC. The new bridge would have a vertical clearance of 24.3 feet, above mean high water; along with a horizontal clearance of 87 feet between bents, according to information on submitted plan sheets. The proposed project would consist of the complete demolition and replacement the existing temporary fixed highway two-lane bridge, with two new two-lane fixed highway bridge on the same alignment. NCDOT is also requesting a waiver of a Coast Guard bridge permit under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 115.70; Advance approval for bridges. Advance approval waterways are those that are navigable in law, but not actually navigated by other than small boats. The Commandant of the Coast Guard has given advance approval to the construction or repair of bridges across such waterways. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address no later than April 14, 2013. A copy of Public Notice 5-1292, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6557 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)

Dredging in Outer Banks:
            The Dredge CHESAPEAKE will be conducting operations in and around approaches to Old House (35.773711°-75.580354°), Manteo and Wanchese Channels from 20 March until 15 April. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)

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:
Alligator River Bridge (NEW):
       Mariners are advised that the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be perform inspection and testing of the drawbridge’s lock and the repaired pinion mechanism on the US 64 Swing Bridge (35.896119°-76.010145°), at AIWW mile 84.2, across Alligator River in Columbia NC. The drawbridge will close at night from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., on Thursday, April 11, 2013, with rain dates on April 12 and April 13, 2013. When the drawbridge is closed, vessels that are capable may pass beneath the bridge’s 14-foot vertical clearance, above mean high water.  Mariners should exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District Bridge Branch)
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)

Dredging Equipment in AICW for Kure Beach Dredging:
           Starting 26 March, 2013 and continuing until 20 May, 2013, WEEKS MARINE will have tugs, barges and floating pipeline along the east side of the AICW channel between New River-Cape Fear River Daybeacon 159 (LLNR 39750) (34-03-50.348N, 077-53-16.522W) and New River-Cape Fear River Buoy 155A (LLNR 39735). Equipment is in conjunction with the Carolina Beach/Kure Beach dredging/beach nourishment project. The tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM Week 13/2013)

Snows Cut Dredging:
            The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at Snows Cut (34.056703°-77.894970°) 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

More UUV Activity, RI:
            Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations are being conducted from April 2-5, 2013. The work will be conducted in the following locations:
1. East Passage of Narragansett Bay, between Brenton Point Lighted Whistle Red #2 and Prudence Island (41.455049° -71.376197°)
2. RI Sound, Northeast of Block Island, between inbound and outbound channels (41.240116° -71.527309°)
The hours of operation will be 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. on scene will be a research vessel, RHIB boat & UUV that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 13/2013)

Race Point Light Reduced Nominal Range, LED Change:
            The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
CHANGE the following aids nominal range to 14NM
Race Point Light (LLNR 485) (42-03-44.400N, 070-14-34.900W)
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 12 April 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-017. 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 13/2013)

Coast Guard Marking System Changes:
NOTE: We usually don't include the following amount of detail published in Local Notices to Mariners. Usually we mention a general trend (MRASS, LED conversions, removing sound signals from markers), with a few notable examples and URLs for details. The following is part of a trend previously noted. We presume that the Coast Guard will save money and we think it is important for you to know how it will affect your boating.
            The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to these waterways OOA 25 Mar 13:
CHANGE the seasonal status from "Replaced by (nun or can) from Nov. 1 to Apr. 15" to "Maintained from Apr 15 to Nov 1."
28910 Flanders Bay Lighted Buoy 4      28925 Flanders Bay Lighted Buoy 8
28930 Flanders Bay Lighted Buoy 9
CHANGE the seasonal status from Permanent to "Maintained from Apr 15 to Nov 1."
28915 Flanders Bay Buoy 5     28920 Flanders Bay Buoy 7
            The Coast Guard will  be making the following changes to these waterways OOA 25 Mar 13:
CHANGE the seasonal status from Permanent to "Removed when endangered by ice."
MORICHES INLET
29106 Moriches Inlet West Cut Buoy 4W      29106.1 Moriches Inlet West Cut Buoy 6W
29106.2 Moriches Inlet West Cut Buoy 7W    29107 Moriches Inlet East Cut Buoy 3E
29107.1 Moriches Inlet East Cut Buoy 5E      29107.2 Moriches Inlet East Cut Buoy 7E
29107.3 Moriches Inlet East Cut Buoy 9E      29108 Moriches Inlet East Cut Buoy 11E
MORICHES BAY
30300 Moriches Bay Buoy 17      30320 Moriches Bay Buoy 20
30315 Moriches Bay Buoy 21      30335 Moriches Bay Buoy 26
30340 Moriches Bay Buoy 27
STATE BOAT CHANNEL
31455 State Boat Channel Buoy 80     31462 State Boat Channel Buoy 82
31465 State Boat Channel Buoy 84     31470 State Boat Channel Buoy 86
CHANGE the seasonal status from "Replaced by (can or nun) from Nov. 1 to Apr. 15" to "Removed when endangered by ice."
MORICHES BAY
30305 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 18      30325 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 23
30330 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 24      30370 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 30
30485 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 34      30415 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 37
STATE BOAT CHANNEL
31310 State Boat Channel Lighted Buoy 57      31315 State Boat Channel Lighted Buoy 58
            The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to these waterways OOA 25 Mar 13:
CHANGE the seasonal status from Permanent to "Maintained from Apr 15 to Nov 1."
MORICHES BAY
30341 Moriches Bay Buoy 28      30380 Moriches Bay Buoy 33 30405
Moriches Bay Buoy 35
30410 Moriches Bay Buoy 36
OAK ISLAND CHANNEL
31385 Oak Island Channel Buoy 2      31390 Oak Island Channel Buoy 3
31395 Oak Island Channel Buoy 4      31400 Oak Island Channel Buoy 5
31405 Oak Island Channel Buoy 6      31410 Oak Island Channel Buoy 7
31415 Oak Island Channel Buoy 8
SHINNECOCK BAY
30580 Shinnecock Bay Buoy 1      30583 Shinnecock Bay Buoy 3
30600 Shinnecock Bay Buoy 4      30670 Shinnecock Bay Buoy 8
30680 Shinnecock Bay Buoy 10    30695 Shinnecock Bay Buoy 16
30760 Shinnecock Bay Buoy 15
STATE BOAT CHANNEL
31125 State Boat Channel Buoy 5      31180 State Boat Channel Buoy 16
31295 State Boat Channel Buoy 54    31300 State Boat Channel Buoy 55
31305 State Boat Channel Buoy 56    31320 State Boat Channel Buoy 59
31325 State Boat Channel Buoy 61    31340 State Boat Channel Buoy 64
31436 State Boat Channel Buoy 76    31437 State Boat Channel Buoy 76A
TUTHILL COVE
30515 Tuthill Cove Buoy 2      30520 Tuthill Cove Buoy 4
CHANGE the seasonal status from "Replaced by (can or nun) from Nov. 1 to Apr. 15" to "Maintained from Apr 15 to Nov 1."
MORICHES BAY
30293 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 12      30295 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 15
30365 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 29      30375 Moriches Bay Lighted Buoy 31
OAK ISLAND CHANNEL
31420 Oak Island Channel Lighted Buoy 9
SHINNECOCK BAY
30660 Shinnecock Bay Lighted Buoy 6      30675 Shinnecock Bay Lighted Buoy 9
30685 Shinnecock Bay Lighted Buoy 13    30690 Shinnecock Bay Lighted Buoy 12
            The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to these waterways OOA 25 Mar 13:
CHANGE the seasonal status from Permanent to "Removed when endangered by ice."
NARROWS BAY
30205 Narrows Bay Buoy 2
CHANGE the seasonal status from "Replaced by can or nun from Nov. 1 to Apr. 15" to "Removed when endangered by ice."
NARROWS BAY
30215 Narrows Bay Lighted Buoy 5      30220 Narrows Bay Lighted Buoy 6
30135 Narrows Bay Lighted Buoy 9
The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to these waterways OOA 25 Mar 13:
CHANGE the seasonal status from Permanent to "Maintained from Apr 15 to Nov 1."
BELLPORT BAY
30145 Bellport Bay Buoy 9
DICKERSON CHANNEL
29420 Dickerson Channel Buoy 2      29425 Dickerson Channel Buoy 3
29430 Dickerson Channel Buoy 4      29435 Dickerson Channel Buoy 5
29440 Dickerson Channel Buoy 6
BELLPORT BAY
30130 Bellport Bay Lighted Buoy 1     30145 Bellport Bay Lighted Buoy 6
30165 Bellport Bay Lighted Buoy 11 (First District LNM Week 13/2013)

Moriches Bay/Inlet Shoaling:
            Shoaling has been reported in Moriches Bay along the Long Island Intercoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Moriches Bay (44-09-57.372N, 068-36-27.807W) Buoy 17,18, 21, 26, 27, 28 and 29 extending the entire width of the channel and at any tide level. The shoaling has resulted in reported depths less than one foot at high tide. Shoaling is also reported in Moriches Inlet in the vicinity of Moriches Inlet East Cut Buoys 3E and 5E. Mariners should be aware that the Aids to Navigation in these areas have been deemed unreliable due to shoaling and mariners are advised to seek alternate routes. If transiting these areas, do so only at high tide and proceed slowly and with extreme caution. (First District LNM Week 12/2013)

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)

NY Harbor Dredging:
            Dredging is being done at the Passenger Ship Terminal (40.765453°-74.000041°) from March 26 - May 6, 2013. The hours of operation are 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge DELAWARE BAY, tug ATLANTIC SALVOR & MEAGAN ANN, launch BERGEN POINT and WITTE 4001 & WITTE 4002. (First District LNM Week 12/2013)

 


 

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