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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 23, 2013

By Tom Neale - Published May 23, 2013 - Viewed 534 times

Northwest Channel Light, Great Bahama Banks, Destroyed:
       Northwest Channel Light in approximate position N25 28.2 W078 09.7, in the vicinity of Chub Cay, Bahamas has been reported destroyed. All that is left is a pole that is barely visible and may be underwater at high tide. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 20/2013), NOTE: This is confirmed by Explorer Chartbook website, which also reports that Russell Beacon, another significant marker on the route across the Great Bahama Banks between Gun Cay and the Berry Islands/Nassau, is also missing.*

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

Flagler Memorial Bridge, AICW Mile 1021.8, Proposed Long Nighttime Closure:
       Archer Western Construction has requested that the Coast Guard review their proposal to close the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°), West Palm Beach, Florida nightly for up to eight months. This closure would allow Archer Western to aggressively repair the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge in the shortest amount of time so that PCL continue building the new Flagler Memorial Bridge. The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the boating public as we consider this request. Please send all comments to jennifer.s.saviano@uscg.mil and copy michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Shoaling in AICW Bakers Haulover, Mile 1080, Again:
       The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet. The shoal is encroaching the channel from the east in between Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824) and Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) (25-54-11.963N, 080-07-47.682W). Depths of less than 4ft have been reported during low tide near the center of the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 20/2013)

General Announcements

Replacement EPIRB Battery Caution:
       Cospas-Sarsat type approval is conducted with manufacturer installed battery packs in 406 MHz distress beacons. Therefore, the U.S. SARSAT program recommends that 406 MHz distress beacon owners always use manufacturer approved battery packs which have been tested as a part of the original Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz distress beacon approval and known to meet operational requirements. 406 MHz distress beacon owners should consult their beacon manufacturer or one of their approved service centers to obtain proper battery replacements. Certain aftermarket replacement battery packs that are not approved by the beacon manufacturer have been shown to be of inferior quality and may pose a safety risk and/or failure of the beacon to function properly in a distress situation. (First District LNM Week 21/2013)

Hurricane Season Information:
       The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Advisory message is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life. Two levels of warnings are employed:
(a) HURRICANE WATCH - a preliminary alert that a hurricane MAY threaten a specified portion of the coast. It is issued 36 hours before landfall may occur; and
(b) HURRICANE WARNING - which indicate that hurricane conditions are EXPECTED along a specified portion of the coast. It is issued 24 hours before landfall. To provide additional information for maritime interests, a Marine Advisory is also issued which provides storm position forecasts for up to 72 hours in advance of a storm, and probabilities of hurricane strikes for coastal locations and offshore coordinates. Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricane and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set by the COTP (USCG Captain of the Port) and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as storm(s) approach a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
CONDITION 4 - Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June-30 November; port status: open.
CONDITION WHISKEY - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
CONDITION X-RAY - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
CONDITION YANKEE - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
CONDITION ZULU - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Changes in Aids to Navigation:
       Nearly every Local Notice to Mariners contains numerous changes (proposed or already approved) in the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation. These range from conversion to LED technology which effectively reduces nominal range (how far away a light is visible) but increases reliability and longevity, to replacing range markers with lateral markers, to removing sound signals, to replacing sound signals with MRASS (Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal), to replacing floating aids with smaller aids, to removing aids temporarily during ice season, to discontinuing the marking system entirely in some cases, to moving markers to reflect changes in the water depth from shoaling or dredging. There are too many to mention each in East Coast Alerts, however we do mention some that are of major importance due to their location or that represent a new trend. The entire text of the weekly Local Notices to Mariners can be found at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain. Please refer to these if you need to know of all the changes in aids in your boating region. If a change is proposed that you have concerns about please send your comments to the appropriate address. The Coast Guard does consider your comments in making final decisions on changes.

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 Harbor Dredging:
       Great Lakes Dredge & Dock LLC will commence maintenance dredging ops on or about 01 June 2013. Work consists of dredging approximately 1,100,000 cubic yards of material from the following reaches in Charleston Harbor (32.765496° -79.890647°): Hog Island Reach, Lower Wando River Reach, Upper Wando River Reach, Wando River Turning Basin, Drum Island Reach, Myers Bend, Lower Town Creek Reach, and Town Creek Reach. Work is scheduled to follow the above sequence. The clamshell Dredge "54" is scheduled to complete work approximately August 31, 2013. Material will be loaded into two material transport barges, Scow 65 and Scow 66. The Tug Sarah Dann will tow the barges to the Charleston Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site for material placement. The Tug Shannon Dann will assist and tend to the dredge. Also on site will be the Survey Vessel Calcasieu River. Dredge operations will be (24) hours per day, (7) days per week. The dredge will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. For additional information contact Mr. Matt Jack, Project Manager (630) 209-9862. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Navy Training off Charleston:
       The United States Navy will be conducting maritime training involving high speed small craft May 12-26, 2013. The training will take place primarily in Charleston Harbor (32-40-46.776N, 079-43-00.456W) and approaches out to 25 nautical miles. Navy craft participating in the training may be hailed via VHF Channel 16. Mariners are requested to use extreme caution if they should encounter a vessel engaged in training. For Coast Guard related issues contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at: (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 16-13, USCG Charleston)

More AICW Ranges to be Discontinued:
       The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at North River.
North River Range Front Light A (LLNR 36800) (31-24-31.929N, 081-19-09.991W) will be changed to Light 178A displaying Flashing Red 4s and TR-TY on a pile.
North River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 36805) will be permanently discontinued.
This action is schedule for the week of May 27, 2013.
       The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at Frederica River.
Frederica River Cut Range Front Light A (LLNR 37045) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Light 223 (LLNR 37057) will be established in position 31-17-05.580N/081-23-05.700W displaying Flashing Green 2.5s and SG on a pile. This position is the same a Frederica River Cut Front Light A (LLNR 37045).
Frederica River Light 223 (LLNR 37060) will be renumbered to Light 223A.
Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 37050) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Cut Range Front Light C (LLNR 37065) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Light 227A (LLNR 37078) will be established in position 31-15-52.740N/081-23-27.540 W displaying Flashing Green 2.5s and SG on a pile. This position is the same as Frederica River Cut Front Light C (LLNR 37065).
Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon C (LLNR 36070) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Cut Range Front Daybeacon D (LLNR 37080) will be changed to Daybeacon 228 displaying TR-TY on a pile.
Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon D (LLNR 37085) will be permanently discontinued.
This action is schedule for the week of May 27, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 18/2013)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       May 22, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.39 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.33 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.53 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

Navy Testing off Port Everglades:
       The US NAVY will be testing several Navy small craft (vessels) in the water 2 NM South of Port Everglades inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°) and .75 NM form the beach, in approximately 30-40 feet of water. These ops will be conducted with an operational team of NAVY Divers. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0700 hrs 03 June to 1800 hrs on 07 June 2013. The small craft will be deploying, towing and retrieving several sensors directly south and east of the PEV South Jetty. At times the vessel will moor at or near the site. There will be several range buoys deployed around the range in a 200 yard circle for navigation aids. The vessel will be restricted in ability to maneuver when the sensors are deployed or the divers are working with the support craft. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the Navy small craft during operations. (7th District LNM Week 20/2013)

Hawk Channel Aid to be Discontinued:
       Permanently discontinue Biscayne Channel Light (LLNR 10805) (25-38-20.373N, 080-07-52.645W). The aid is also known locally as Bug Light. The aid is discrepant. Coast Guard conducted a review and visual inspection of the aid. It was determined that the aid has reached the end of its service life and is no longer needed for safe navigation. (7th District LNM Week 20/2013)

Key West/Sand Key Aids to Nav Proposed to be Discontinued:
       The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system at Sand Key Channel.
Permanently discontinue Sand Key Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 15090) (24-27-40.165N, 081-52-47.674W). Change Middle Ground Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 15095) to a Shoal Daybeacon displaying NWs worded "Danger Shoal". Permanently discontinue Sand Key Preferred Channel Buoy (LLNR 15100).
       The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system at Sand Key and Southwest Channel.
Permanently discontinue Key West South West Channel Buoy D (LLNR 15140) (24-30-25.537N, 081-52-22.835W).
Permanently discontinue Key West South West Channel Buoy E (LLNR 15145).
Permanently discontinue Key West South West Channel Buoy F (LLNR 15450).
       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 June 20, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Wiggins Pass Dredging:
       Orion Marine Construction Inc. will commence hydraulic dredging operations on or about May 24 2013. Operations will occur in Wiggins Pass (26.289128°-81.829163°), Naples. Orion Marine Construction will be performing preliminary construction in Wiggins Pass using a barge for equipment and other vessels. All Barges/Dredges/Tugs/Crew Boats will operate and monitor on working Channel 78 and VHF Channel 16. Hydraulic operations areas and explanations are listed below;
       Dredge JERI--B will be dredging in New Pass, Beach operations on Big Hickory Island and Orion Marine Group personnel will be performing crew transfers at Weeks fish Camping in Estero Bay. 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 "JERI-B" will work on Channel 78 and monitor VHF Channel 16. The "JERI-B" will operate 24 hours a 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 properly marked IAW USCG 33 CFR 88.15. Buoys with "Caution Submerged Pipeline" will mark the submerged line.
       For further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Jared Rackley 904-868-9498, Mr. David Folsom Safety Officer (904) 210-2175 and/or the Project Engineer Mr. Patrick Link 813-508-1631. 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 21/2013)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Indian River (North Section) DBN 86 (LLNR 42230) (28-17-27.126N, 080-41-28.758W)  is reported broken in half; the wood piling is broken above the waterline. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)
       Indian River (South Section) DBN 132 (LLNR 44150) (27-40-19.255N, 080-22-57.617W) is reported leaning so that only the top portion odf the dayboard is visible. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)
       Fort Pierce Inlet Inner Harbor Light 16 (LLNR 9970) is destroyed. A TRLB "WR16" displaying Q R characteristics has been set in position 27-27-42.235N 080-19-06.285W channel ward of the destroyed structure. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 20/2013)
       The Coast Guard will be repositioning buoys in St Lucie Inlet (27.166368° -80.159150°) to best mark the channel. Mariners are requested to transit the area with extreme caution and are reminded that passage through the inlet is not recommended without local knowledge of all hazardous conditions affecting this area. (7th District LNM Week 20/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 21/2013:
       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.
       Haulover Bridge (AICW Mile 869.2): Royal Bridge Incorporated is currently working on the Allenhurst (Haulover Canal) SR 3Bridge (28.736198°-80.754710°)across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile, 869.2, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Starting May 7, 2013, The Allenhurst (Haulover Canal) Bridge will be on single-leaf operations until July 1, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a three hour notice to the bridge tender or call Emmanuel Chrysakis 727-934-6042 or 727- 278-4891. When the contractor is not working on the bridge leaves they will be left in the open to navigation position.
       Addison Point Bridge (AICW Mile  885), Update: 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 April 1 to May 29, 2013. This office has been advised that only one of the four spans is open; therefore, the mariner will need to request a normal bridge opening at this location.
       Starting May 9, 2013, the curfew period for the John F. Kennedy Space Center bridge, mile 885 at Addison Point will be extended to read:.
       The draw shall open on signal; except that, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open. This portion of the work will be completed on June 21, 2013. 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.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): See Above. 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.
       Pinellas Bayway Structure C Bridge: The Pinellas Bayway "Structure C" Bridge across Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This project is anticipated to start on December 15, 2011 and is expected to be completed by July 15, 2014. This work will require some waterway restrictions and closures. Vessels passing through this area are requested to contact the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channels 13/16 for passing information. The main beam has been set across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the vertical clearance at this location is 65 ft at Mean High Water. Orion Marine Group is anticipating removing the old bascule leafs/structure starting the week of May 28, 2013 through June 5, 2013.. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to navigation during certain periods. Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg will be issuing a Broadcast Notice to Mariners to advise vessel traffic of these closure periods; however, due to environmental concerns the waterway closure periods could be extensive. However, if conditions allow this operations could be completed quickly. The Coast Guard will issue a BNM stating all clear if this operation ends early.. Law enforcement craft will be in the area to ensure vessels remain safety outside the demolition zone.
       Welch Causeway and Park Boulevard Bridges: The Tom Stuart (Welch Causeway) Bridge (27.806088° -82.795261°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, Madera Beach, Pinellas County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 5:00 a.m. to 12 noon on June 1st and 2nd, 2013 to facilitate the Annual Madera Beach Triathlon Event. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. The Park Boulevard Bridge (27.843629° -82.838240°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, Madera Beach, Pinellas County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 5:00 a.m. to 12 noon on June 1st and 2nd, 2013 to facilitate the Annual Madera Beach Triathlon Event. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. NOTE: This type of bridge closure for an event happens frequently throughout the East Coast. Usually the duration is a few hours, and there are so many that we do not report them individually. However, in this case there will be two nearby bridges closed for 7 hours on two consecutive weekend days; we consider this to be newsworthy as it could cause significant delays for boaters.

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

More NJ Offshore Dredging for Beach Replenishment:
       Mariners are advised that dredging operations will be conducted off the coast of Long Beach Island, NJ from May 25, 2013 until October 31, 2013. Dredging vessels will operate approximately 3 miles offshore with northern limit at 39º41.143’N, 074º04.405’W, and southern limit at 39º39.641’N, 074º06.131’W. Submerged pipeline for beach replenishment will be placed at Harvey Cedar, Surf City, and Brant Beach, NJ, from the beach to approximately 0.5 miles offshore at the following coordinates:
Harvey Cedar:
Seaward Limit: Lat. 39º41.664’N, Long. 074º07.382’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º41.943’N, Long. 074º08.179’W
Surf City:
Seaward Limit: Lat. 39º39.436’N, Long. 074º09.143’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º39.658’N, Long. 074º09.831’W
Brant Beach at E. 45th St:
Seaward Limit: Lat. 39º37.652’N, Long. 074º11.018’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º37.715’N, Long. 074º11.327’W
Brant Beach at E. 45th St.:
Seaware Limit: Lat. 39º37.514’N, Long. 074º10.989’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º37.711’N, Long. 074º11.330’W
       All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, derrick barges, and dredge tenders. Submerged pipeline will be marked with danger buoys. All manned vessels will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. The Dredge Liberty Island can be contacted at 630-258-5306. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area and maintain minimum speed to reduce wake. ANY QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE COAST GUARD COMMAND CENTER AT (215) 271-4807 OR CHANNEL 16 VHF. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

NJ Inlet and Beach Renourishment Dredging:
       The Dredge ILLINOIS will be conducting dredging operations and beach nourishment in Absecon Inlet with beachfill to Brigantine Island and in Great Egg Harbor Inlet with beachfill to Ocean City Beach. Operations will continue until 01 August, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 1, 13 and 16. Submerged pipelines will be deployed in the following areas:
A. Absecon Inlet to Brigantine Island at 39-26.991N, 074-19.364W; 39-25.849N, 074-19.175W; 39-24.861N, 074-20.250W. Approximate 15,000 ft of submerged pipeline.
B. Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Ocean City Beach at 39-17.632N, 074-31.643W; 39-17.260W, 074-31.271W; 39-16.908N, 074-33.286W  Approximate 7,500 ft of submerged pipeline. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)

NJICW Shoaling:
       Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported between NJICW Daybeacon 207 (LLNR 35830) (39-21-34.960N, 074-26-59.038W) and NJICW Buoy 221 (LLNR 35867) (39-20-40.666N, 074-30-17.604W). (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Atlantic City Bridges to Close for Air Show and Concert:
       Mariners are advised that, to accommodate the Atlantic City Air Show, the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge (39.375885° -74.452215°), at ICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare and the US40-322 (Albany Avenue) Bridge (39.353463° -74.456732°), at ICW mile 70.0, across Inside Thorofare both in Atlantic City, NJ will be closed to vessels requiring an opening on Wednesday June 26, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon, and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.733 (e) and (f).  The available vertical clearances in the closed position are approximately 20 feet and 10 feet above mean high water, respectively.  Mariners able to pass under the closed spans may do so and use caution when transiting the areas. (5th District Bridge Branch)
       Mariners are advised that the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge (39.375885° -74.452215°), at ICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare and the US40-322 (Albany Avenue) (39.353463° -74.456732°) Bridge, at ICW mile 70.0, across Inside Thorofare both in Atlantic City, NJ will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 1, 2013, and from 10 p.m., on Saturday, June 1, 2013 until 1 a.m., on Sunday, June 2, 201 3 to accommodate the VET Rock Concert. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.733 (e) and(f). The available vertical clearances in the closed position are approximately 20 feet and 10 feet, above mean high water, respectively. Mariners able to pass under the closed spans may do so and use caution when transiting the areas. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)

Susquehanna River Channel Markers Change:
       On or about 30 June, 2013, the following aids to navigation relocates/establishments will be made as a result of post dredging channel changes:
A. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 5 (LLNR 27605) to approximate position 39-28-49.466N, 076-04-48.297W.
B. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 6 (LLNR 27610) to approximate position 39-28-50.718N, 076-04-44.084W.
C. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 27615) to approximate position 39-29-12.007N, 076-05-06.958W.
D. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 8 (LLNR 27620) to approximate position 39-29-13.673N, 076-05-03.786W.
E. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 9 (LLNR 27625) to approximate position 39-29-29.408N, 076-05-15.382W.
F. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 10 (LLNR 27630) will be established in approximate position 39-29-29.925N, 076-05-11.867W.
G. Susquehanna River Channel Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 27645) to approximate position 39-30-56.708N, 076-05-11.804W.
H. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 12 (LLNR 27650) will be established in approximate position 39-29-57.571N, 076-05-14.648W. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Painting:
       Mariners are advised that sandblasting and painting operations are scheduled to commence on or about May 29, 2013 until February 2015 at the William P. Lane, Jr. Memorial/Chesapeake Bay Bridge (38.975975° -76.375666°) (West Suspension), at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. To facilitate operations, containment platforms will be placed under the westbound deck truss sections of the bridge reducing the available vertical clearance by approximately six feet outside of the navigable channel. In addition, barges will be used in the waterway for rigging and dismantling of the platforms. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)

Aquaculture Lease Area in Choptank River:
       The following warning buoys have been established to mark an authorized aquaculture shellfish lease area southwest of Blackwalnut Cove Channel. All buoys are white with a red diamond.
A. Choptank River-Blackwalnut Cove Warning Buoy A (no LLNR) at 38 40 25.0N, 076 20 10.7W.
B. Choptank River-Blackwalnut Cove Warning Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38 40 25.2N, 076 20 16.2W.
C. Choptank River-Blackwalnut Cove Warning Buoy C (no LLNR) at 38 40 30.6N, 076 20 16.0W.
D. Choptank River-Blackwalnut Cove Warning Buoy D (no LLNR) at 38 40 30.5N, 076 20 10.6W. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Mooring Buoy off Quantico:
       On or about May 28, 2013 Corman Marine will establish a mooring buoy; until July 1, 2013, in association with their authorized Shoreline Project. The buoy is white with a blue band and will have a slow flashing white light when no barge/vessel is moored. Potomac River Mooring Buoy MC 38 30 53.0N 77 17 20.0W White with blue band. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

No Openings at Coleman Bridge for a Day:
       Mariners are advised that the George P. Coleman Memorial Swing Bridge (37.240041° -76.507435°), at mile 7.0, at Yorktown, VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening on Sunday, June 9, 2013, beginning at 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., to perform maintenance work with an alternate rain date June 16, 2013 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance of the drawbridge is approximately 60 feet, above MHW. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1025. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)

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)

Dominion Resources Testing for Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP):
       Dominion Resources, Inc. will be conducting marine geophysical, shallow geotechnical, marine archeological, and benthic sampling operations from approximately 20 May through 30 June, 2013. These surveys will be conducted in the following areas:
A. Nine (9) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) aliquots located approximately 23.5nms east of Virginia Beach, VA.
B. Within an approximately 23.9nm marine transmission line corridor (approximately 300 meters wide) extending from offshore lease area at 36-53-19.29N, 075-29-53.82W to Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, VA at 36-48-55.34N, 075-58-03.48W .
       Survey operations will be conducted from the R/V SEA LION operating 24/7 and monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. Survey equipment will be towed subsurface at a distance of up to 500 feet behind the survey vessel. It is requested that all vessels remain clear to prevent damage to the towed equipment. (5th District LNM Week 18/2013)

New Ramp Construction, Whitehouse Cove:
       Crofton Diving Corp. will be installing a new boat ramp and pier in Whitehouse Cove (37-08-31.50N, 076-32-00.7W) until 28 July, 2013. Pile driving, cofferdam installation and diving operations will be conducted. Several deck and equipment barges will be moored on site. Construction supervisors may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Rudee Inlet Shoaling Again:
       Shoaling to a depth of 6.0 feet MLW ((36.829481° -75.967382°) has been reported across the channel from the east end of the jetty out to approximately 250 feet. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Elizabeth River Railroad Bridge (NOT on the AICW) July Closures:
       Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Bridge (36.839407°-76.274878°), at mile 1.1, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, near Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate rail welding work. The following closure period has been authorized: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on July 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16, 2013. 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 should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

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:
1. Bridge rehabilitation on the US 74/76 Bascule Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at mile 283.1 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has been extended until July 27, 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 US 74/76 bascule bridge tender 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 18/2013)
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)
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)

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

Surveys in Maine Waters, Update:
       Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey Inc will be conducting geophysical survey and benthic sampling operations from approximately April 20th through July 10th 2013. These surveys will be conducted in three main areas:
1. One survey will be conducted along two predefined routes extending from the inner Boothbay harbor area out to three blocks approximately 22km offshore Maine.
2. A second survey area is situated between Isleboro and North Haven Islands (off the coast of Camden, Maine).
3. The third survey area is located between Vinalhaven and Matinicus islands.
       Operations will be conducted from the RV Shearwater – a 110ft blue and white trimaran, which will be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The vessels captain will monitor Channel 16. Also on scene, until approximately 26 May 2013, is the MV WILLIAM M that will be working in the shallow areas in Boothbay Harbor. Geophysical survey equipment will be towed behind the vessel and maneuverability of the vessel will be restricted. Please note that some of the equipment will be towed subsurface at a distance of up to 1300ft behind the vessel, Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting near the survey vessel. (First District LNM Week 20, 2013)

NH Bridge Construction Channel Closure:
       The Piscataqua River, in the vicinity of the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, N.H., will be closed to all marine traffic for a 5-day period beginning 9:00 am on June 10, 2013 to approximately 9:00 am on June 15, 2013. The river closure is necessary to provide for the safety of all waterway users and construction workers during bridge construction operations. The Coast Guard will enforce a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) that encompasses all navigable waters on the Piscataqua River, surface to bottom, in the vicinity of the Memorial Bridge construction zone. The RNA is effective within a 300 yard radius of position 43° 04' 46" N, 70° 45' 10" W, in between Portsmouth, NH and Badgers Island in Kittery, ME. All persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering the regulated navigation area unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. During the closure, persons may hail the Coast Guard on channel 16 VHF-FM or by calling 207-767-0302. (First District LNM Week 20, 2013)

RNA at Waldo Hancock Bridge, NH:
       The Coast Guard is enforcing a regulated navigation area that encompasses a 300 yard radius of position 44-33.5N 068-48.1W, located at the center of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge demolition project area. All mariners are required to transit this area at no wake speed, not to exceed 5 knots. In addition to the regulated navigation area, all persons and vessels are prohibited from approaching construction barges and equipment within 75 yards unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. The purpose of this restriction is to prohibit entry into the area where hot work and heavy-lift operations will be conducted. This regulated navigation area is in effect until April 30, 2014. (First District LNM Week 20, 2013)

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Tests Continue in RI:
        Unmanned underwater vehicle (uuv) operation will be done from 13 - 31 May 2013 in the following locations:
LOCATION WHERE WORK WILL BE DONE: Primary area of operations will be 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 four points:
NW Point: 41d 16.900' N 71d 24.700' W
NE Point: 41d 16.900' N 71d 22.000' W
SW Point: 41d 14.200' N 71d 24.700' W
SE Point: 41d 14.220' N 71d 22.000' W
       Alternate site will be north of the Jamestown Bridge centered over Halfway Ledge. Within the area contained by the following four points:
NW Point: 41d 33.546' N 71d 24.595' W
NE Point: 41d 33.530' N 71d 24.149' W
SW Point: 41d 33.063' N 71d 24.599' W
SE Point: 41d 33.098' N 71d 24.148' W
       The hours of operation will be daily from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. On scene will be a 65ft Research Vessel (R/V Discovery), ~12ft RHIB Boat, UUV that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 20, 2013)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
       NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout Penobscot Bay, ME from 1 May 2013 through 31 July 2013, and
Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound from 1 August 2013 through 30 September 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)

Hydrographic Surveys in NH:
       NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to Portsmouth, NH from approximately 1 August 2013 through 30 September 2013. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel and deploys a 25-foot survey launch; survey vessels have 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 during daylight hours with the survey launch. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver....Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship’s Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: ops.ferdinand.hassler@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 20/2013)

Plymouth Light Temporary Change for Maintenance:
       The Coast Guard will be temporarily disestablishing the following aid for approximately two (2) weeks on or about 7 June 2013 while maintenance is conducted.
PLYMOUTH LIGHT (LLNR 12545) (42-00-13.394N, 070-36-02.167W)
The Sound Signal and the Red sector from 323° to 352°, covers Mary Ann Rocks will also be temporarily disestablished.
       A temporary light of lesser intensity with a flash characteristic of Fl (3) W 30s will be established on the light. (First District LNM Week 21/2013)

Fish Weirs in Nantucket Sound:
       Three fish weir sets are currently deployed in Nantucket Sound in the vicinity of following areas: Weir #289 in Harwich, Weir #132 in Dennis, and Weir #176 in Chatham. All three weir sets have radar reflectors, one on each end and one in the middle of the set, as well as a flashing yellow light (6 seconds). These fish weirs are expected to remain in their locations from March to September of 2013. For further information regarding the three nets please contact Ernie Eldridge of Monomoy Trap Company at (508) 958-0180. (First District LNM Week 21/2013)

New Bedford Upper Harbor Dredging:
       Dredging will be done in New Bedford Upper Harbor from June 1 - December 30, 2013. The work will be done 7 days a week, from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. Two dredge control systems consisting of steel piles and multiple wire rope cables are being deployed and will be maintained in the upper harbor of New Bedford Harbor. Two floating dredges will be operating within the perimeter of the pilings. The northern-most system is across the entire width of the Acushnet River at approximately (lat,long) -70.919, 41.667 to -70.916,41664). The southern-most system is across the entire width of the Acushnet River at approximately (lat,long) -70.918, 41.662 to -70.915, 41.662. north of the Route 195 and Coggeshall Street Bridges. At high tide, the traverse cable system will be nominally 1ft above the water’s surface. A floating white oil boom is attached to piling as well as blinking lights located at the top of several pilings. The dredges are connected to a booster pump station on the west side of the Acushnet
River via floating 10 and 12 inch pipelines. The dredge line continues south and crosses Pierce Mill Cove (Coffin Cove) blocking access to the cove. The dredge lines are nominally submerged at the water surface and marked approximately every 500ft with buoys. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in this area and if transit is desired, hail on VHF Channel 77 or contact the dredges on VHF Channel 13/16 to coordinate the passage and proceed with caution after passage arrangements have been made with the dredges. (First District LNM Week 21/2013)

Comments Requested RE Discontinuing Shinnecock Inlet Buoys:
       The Coast Guard is considering making the following change to this waterway;
A. DISCONTINUE Shinnecock Inlet Entrance Buoy 1 (LLNR 29038): This aid is currently located in position 40-49-53.378N and 072-28-37.837W.
B. DISCONTINUE Shinnecock Inlet Entrance Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 29039): This aid is currently located in position 40-49-53.771N and 072-28-27.446W.
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 18 June 13. To facilitate the process, refer to Project No. 01-13-069. 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 19/2013)

 



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