East Coast Alerts, July 18, 2013
By Tom Neale - Published July 18, 2013 - Viewed 812 times
Port Everglades Landmark GONE:
The four red and white candy striped stacks at the FPL plant in Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale (26.093200°-80.109032°), are now history. Visible for many miles offshore, for years they were a prominent and somewhat sentimental landmark for mariners entering and leaving port. Check http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/fpl-port-everglades-plant-demolition-live-streaming-video-fpl-to-tear-down-plant-on-tuesday *
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Update on Last Summer's Wreck Offshore Nassau Sound:
The Coast Guard reported this wreck in July, 2012 as having a 1.5 mile long debris field, and "only the mast and one side of the bow remaining:" The Coast Guard received a report of the remains of a partially submerged F/V AMAZING GRACE with approximately 10 feet of a red structure in position 30-30-27.840N 081-23-54.060W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (Ref: LNM 31-49/2012). (7th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Bakers Haulover Inlet AICW Shoaling Update:
Severe shoaling continues to encroach the Intracoastal Waterway near Bakers Haulover Inlet. The shoaling has been reported most severe in the vicinity of Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) (25-54-11.963N, 080-07-47.682W) and extends west beyond the approximate center of the channel. As of July 15th 2013, the available channel depth at high tide was recorded to be 3.5 to 4 feet between Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B and the west side of the channel. This area is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to the shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution, seek local knowledge when transiting the area, and use an alternate route when necessary. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Shellfish Ban Due to Potential for Sewage Discharge in No Discharge Zone Again this Summer:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate all of Three Mile Harbor (41.018030° -72.187491°), including the inlet and tributaries, in Town of East Hampton, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish, before, during and after the scheduled fireworks event to be held on Saturday, July 20. The closure will begin at sunrise on Saturday, July 20 and continue through Wednesday, July 24, 2013, both dates inclusive. The harvest of shellfish from UNCERTIFIED water is prohibited. This designation is necessary to protect public health and is required due to the potential for sewage discharges from marine sanitation devices aboard the large number of transient vessels that will anchor and remain overnight in Three Mile Harbor. Boaters should be aware that all the waters in the Peconic-Gardiners Bay estuary, including Three Mile Harbor, are designated as "No Discharge Zones." Boaters in these areas are required to use pump out facilities when they empty their holding tanks. The East Hampton Town Trustees operate a pump out boat and the Town Harbormaster's office at Gann Road has a self-serve facility, both at no fee for the boater. The town's pump out boat can be contacted using marine radio VHF channel 73. The Three Mile Harbor fireworks display is scheduled for the evening of July 20. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 21. Further information is available during normal working hours by calling the NYSDEC Shellfisheries Section at (631) 444-0475. After hours, a recorded message describing any temporary shellfishing closures that may be in effect in New York is accessible 24 hours a day by calling (631) 444-0480. This information is also available from the Town of East Hampton at (631) 324-6393. Following is a description of the area that is affected by this temporary closure: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Three Mile Harbor, including tributaries, located south of a line extending due east from the western jetty at the inlet of Three Mile Harbor, to the eastern jetty, on the eastern side of said inlet. This also includes the entrance channel of said harbor. (First District LNM Week 28/2013)
Update: Comments Requested on Nighttime Closure of Flagler Memorial Bridge:
Archer Western Construction has requested that the Coast Guard review their proposal to close the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Flagler Memorial Bridge, 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 email@example.com and copy firstname.lastname@example.org (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
ATLANTIC OCEAN-FLORIDA: EASTERN RANGE OP #A5499 ATLAS-V MUOS-2
EASTERN RANGE WILL BE CONDUCTING HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS SURFACE TO UNLIMITED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS.
A: FROM 2837N 8036W
TO 2838N 8035W
TO 2838N 8034W
TO 2835N 8012W
TO 2830N 7937W
TO 2827N 7937W
TO 2829N 8022W
TO 2833N 8035W TO BEGINNING
B: FROM 2818N 7755W
TO 2814N 7721W
TO 2810N 7722W
TO 2811N 7740W
TO 2815N 7756W TO BEGINNING
C: FROM 2714N 7056W
TO 2653N 6903W
TO 2645N 6904W
TO 2706N 7057W TO BEGINNING
D: FROM 2125N 4906W
TO 2048N 4721W
TO 2044N 4722W
TO 2120N 4907W TO BEGINNING
2. HAZARD PERIODS FOR PRIMARY LAUNCH DAY AND BACKUP LAUNCH DAY:
PRIMARY LAUNCH DAY: 19 / 1248Z THRU 19 / 1418Z JUL 13. T-0 IS 1248Z.
BACKUP LAUNCH DAY: 20 / 1244Z THRU 20 / 1414Z JUL 13. T-0 IS 1244Z. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
No More Coast Guard on SSB 2182 kHz:
Effective August 1, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard will terminate its radio guard of the international voice distress, safety, and calling frequency 2182 kHz and the international digital selective calling (DSC) distress and safety frequency 2187.5 kHz. Additionally, marine information and weather broadcasts transmitted on 2670 kHz will terminate concurrently. The Coast Guard continues to maintain a continuous watch on VHF FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz) and on existing voice and DSC frequencies in the
4/6/8/12 MHz bands as described in the Coast Guard Navigation Center website http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=cgcommsCall. (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
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 First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Survey off NH and MA Coast:
The research vessel "Sea Lion V" will be towing an array of sensors conducting a geophysical survey from Seabrook NH around Cape Ann (42.648118°-70.569717°) to Nahant and Revere MA .The work will be done from July 15, 2013 until approximately August 27, 2013. The "Sea Lion V" will mark the corridor it is surveying with high flyers. At times the "Sea Lion V" may be restricted in its maneuverability. Concerned traffic shall hail the "Sea Lion V" on VHF-fm channel 13/16 or at 727-214-2383. All mariners are urged to avoid the corridors the "Sea Lion V" is surveying. (First District LNM Week 28/2013)
Bridge Construction in MA Updates:
Quincy: Bridge construction at the new Route 3A highway bridge (42.243636° -70.967618°), mile 0.0, across the Weymouth Fore River between Quincy and Weymouth, Massachusetts is ongoing and will continue through March 2016. A 30' x 90' barge will be located on the Quincy downstream side of the main channel and a 34' x 110' barge will be located on the Weymouth side of the main channel to protect the construction area. The work barges will be located outside the Federal channel. Work barges may be placed within the Federal channel occasionally to allow a safe working radius for the crane. The barges will be moved immediately for all commercial deep draft and barge transits. The contractor will be monitoring anticipated marine traffic and will fully remove all barges from the channel as needed. Working hours will be 7 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The barges can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13 or by calling the contractor Mr. Jim Jones at 617-719-7174. Mariners should exercise caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 28/2013)
Alford Street, Mystic River: Bridge construction is ongoing at the Alford Street Route 99 Bridge (42.389361° -71.071335°) mile 1.4, across the Mystic River between Charlestown and Somerville, Massachusetts. Phase 4 of the bridge rehabilitation will commence on July 15, 2013. This phase requires placement of a crane barge in the main channel to facilitate removal of the two bascule spans on the east side. The main navigation channel will be closed to all vessel traffic daily between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from July 15, 2013 through July 18, 2013. The channel will be open for the passage of vessel traffic during nonworking hours 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. Mariners may contact the contractor SPS New England for further information by calling 978-265-7263 or by calling the bridge via marine radio on VHF FM channel 13/16. (First District LNM Week 28/2013)
Boston Light to Become MRASS:
Another in the long list of Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) for fog:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway: CHANGE Boston Light (LLNR 425) (42-19-40.855N, 070-53-24.266W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 81A/157.075Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 81A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes. Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 30 August 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-090. 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 29/2013)
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: email@example.com. (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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (First District LNM Week 20/2013)
Navy Research and Testing in Atlantic, South of Martha's Vineyard:
The US Navy will be conducting research and testing operations in an area of which the center is located approximately 69 nm due South of Martha's Vineyard. The operations will take place from 6 July 2013 thru 29 July 2013 within a box defined by the following corner points:
NW corner: 40 deg 25 min N, 71 deg 25 min W,
NE corner: 40 deg 25 min N, 70 deg 25 min W
SE corner: 40 deg 00 min N, 70 deg 25 min W
SW corner: 40 deg 00 min N, 71 deg 25 min W
The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. In this area and during this time frame there will be numerous test equipment/surface obstructions posing a hazard to navigation to transiting surface craft. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution and give a wide berth. The Navy can be contacted on channel 16. (First District LNM Week 28/2013)
Point Judith Harbor of Refuge Light to be Disestablished:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
DISESTABLISH: Point Judith Harbor of Refuge Main Breakwater Center Light (LLNR 19495) (41-21-15.300N, 071-30-26.300W). 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 16 August 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-088. 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 28/2013)
Ambrose Deepwater Port License Application: (REVISED 29/13)
The Maritime Administration (MarAd), in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) as part of the environmental review of the Port Ambrose Deepwater Port License Application. The application describes an offshore natural gas deepwater port facility that would be located approximately 17 nautical miles southeast of Jones Beach, New York, 24 nautical miles east of Long Branch, New Jersey, and about 27 nautical miles from the entrance to New York Harbor in a water depth of approximately 103 feet. Publication of this notice begins a 30 day scoping process that will help identify and determine the scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS. This notice requests public participation in the scoping process, provides information on how to participate, and announces informational open houses and public meetings in New York and New Jersey. Pursuant to the criteria provided in the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, as amended, 33 U.S.C. 1501 et seq. (the Act), both New Jersey and New York are the Adjacent Coastal States for this application....The license application, comments and associated documentation, and Draft and Final EISs (when published) are available for viewing at the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site: http://www.regulations.gov under docket number USCG-2013-0363. Docket submissions for USCG-2013-0363 should be addressed to: Department of Transportation, Docket Management Facility, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. The Federal Docket Management Facility accepts hand-delivered submissions, and makes docket contents available for public inspection and copying at the above address between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Facility telephone number is 202-366-9329, the fax number is 202-493-2251, and the Web site for electronic submissions or for electronic access to docket contents is http://www.regulations.gov (First District LNM Week 29/2013)
NJ Offshore Dredging for Beach Nourishment:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Trailing Hopper Suction Dredges LIBERTY ISLAND, PADRE ISLAND, and DODGE ISLAND are dredging material approximately 5nm offshore of Sea Bright, NJ and performing beach nourishment in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, NJ within the following approximate area: 40-23-31.0"N, 073-58-31.4"W; 40-23-27.6"N, 073-52-0.5"W; 40-18-57.5"N, 073-51-59.8"W; 40-19-01.6"N, 073-58-32.5"W. Mobilization operations will be conducted along the beaches and within Sandy Hook Bay within the following approximate area: 40-26-42.5"N, 073-59-51.1"W; 40-26-43.8"N, 074-00-11.4"W; 40-25-44.0"N, 074-00-22.6"W; 40-25-44.2"N, 074-00-02.4"W. Additional equipment includes, but is not limited to anchored barges, dredge tenders and floating pipeline, tug boats, and crew/survey vessels. All manned vessels will monitor VHF Channels 1, 13, and 16. Operations will be performed 24 / 7 through Nov 1, 2013. (First District LNM Week 26/2013)
Temporary Bridge Replacement at Tappan Zee Underway:
Work to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388° -73.895171°) across the Hudson River at mile 27.7 is in progress. On or about 6 May 2013 work to construct the temporary trestle and cofferdam will commence. Temporary trestle is approx.1,040 ft west from the Westchester shoreline of the Hudson River and north of the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Numerous floating work equipments will be operating in and out of waterway north of the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the main channel, reduce wake and exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12343 LNM 23/13 (First District LNM Week 23/2013)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
New Bridge Construction at Rt. 72 Bridge (NJICW Mile 37.4):
Mariners are advised that construction work by Schiavone Construction Company will commence from July 1, 2013 through November 2015 at the south side of the existing Route 72 Bridge (39.664211°-74.210296°) over Manahawkin Bay, at NJICW mile 37.4, in Ship Bottom, Ocean County, NJ. The work will be along the southern side and within 100 feet of the existing bridge. The existing navigation channel will remain clear. The new bridge will have a 55 feet vertical clearance above mean high water (MHW) over the navigational channel and a 100 feet Horizontal clearance between fender systems when complete. The construction operation will include in-water work involving steel bulkhead sheeting, installation of work trestles, and steel sheeting cofferdam installation. Tugboats and barges 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 23/2013)
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge to be Closed to Navigation and Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that deck replacement work will be performed at the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge (40.011560° -75.043101°), at mile 107.2, across the Delaware River between Tacony PA, and Palmyra NJ. To facilitate the work, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closed position to vessels from 9 p.m., on Friday, August 16, 2013 until and including 9 p.m., on Friday, August 30, 2013. In addition, the available vertical clearance will be reduced during the resurfacing by approximately three feet to 50 feet, above mean high water. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime; mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 12314 (5th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Indian River Inlet Updates:
Due to the sufficient water depths in Indian River Inlet (38.607946°-75.063576°) and the multiple aids to navigation in the area, the Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the following aids to navigation:
A. Indian River Inlet Buoy 5 (LLNR 4385)
B. Indian River Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 4390)
C. Indian River Inlet Buoy 9 (LLNR 4395)
Indian River Inlet Buoy 11 (LLNR 4400) and Indian River Inlet Buoy 12 (4405) will be relocated to less than one mile west of the Indian RiverBridge in order to provide safe passage into Indian River Bay. Send comments no later than 9 August 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 29/2013)
Mariners are advised that demolition of the old fixed bridge across Indian River Inlet (38.607946°-75.063576°), at mile 0.2, on US 1 near Bethany Beach in Sussex County, DE will continue Monday to Friday through August 1, 2013. An anchored work barge and standby tug are located between the bridge piers and stone jetty on the south side of waterway. Vessel owners may contact the contractor by calling (720) 218-9118 or VHF-FM CH 65 for further information. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Dredge BECHTOTL will be conducting dredging operations in Indian River Inlet commencing 18 July until 01 October, 2013. A submerged dredge pipe will traverse the inlet. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 67. (5th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Fenwick Island Dredging, Beach Replenishment:
Mariners are advised that dredging and beach replenishment operations will be conducted along Fenwick Island Beach and in the Atlantic Ocean beginning July 8, 2013 until February 20, 2014. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, submerged pipelines, and barge. Submerged pipeline will be located in two areas off Fenwick Island Beach, from the shoreline to latitude 38-27.77N, longitude 075-02.52W and from the shoreline to latitude 38-27.36N, longitude 075-02.53W. Mariners are to contact the Dredge Terrapin Island on VHF channels 13 or 16 or by calling 630-248-4854, for passing instructions. 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 27/2013)
Survey Work off Virginia:
The M/V ATLANTIC SURVEYOR (call sign WTR5417) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations from Sand Shoal Inlet to Great Machipongo Inlet (37.359112° -75.718188°) out 25 NMs from 08 July until 31 October, 2013. Operations will include side scan sonar towed 100 meters astern which will restrict the vessels ability to maneuver. Lights and dayshapes appropriate to the vessels status will be displayed during the 24/7 operations. VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 10 will be monitored. It is requested that all vessels maintain a wide berth to avoid interfering with or damaging the towed gear. (5th District LNM Week 29/2013)
AMTRAK Susquehanna River Bridge In-Water Inspection:
Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of AMTRAK, will be performing in-water inspection work at the AMTRAK Swing Bridge (39.554132° -76.086338°) at mile 1.0, across the Susquehanna River between Perryville and Havre de Grace, MD beginning weekdays, from July 29, 2013 through August 30, 2013, during daylight hours. This time period encompasses all of the 17 approach spans to the bridge. The swing span inspection is estimated to take several days. The inspection equipment, using a bucket boat, will occupy only one of the navigation channels at a time. The bucket boat will not be left in the channel when not being used but will be moored at a nearby marina. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 27/2013)
Underwater Inspections at Busy MD Bridges:
Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of Maryland State Highway, will be performing underwater inspections from July 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the following bridge structures:
MD 173 Bridge (39.162681° -76.525088°), at mile 0.9, across Stony Creek, in Riviera Beach;
1) MD-181 Bridge (38.972566° -76.485514°), at mile 0.4 across Spa Creek in Annapolis;
2) MD-450 Bridge (38.992021° -76.487539°), at mile 3.0, across Severn River in Annapolis; and
3) MD-231 Bridge (38.510610° -76.670114°), at mile 24.4, across Patuxent River in Benedict;
The actual onsite days will be dependent on the weather, channel conditions and the availability of the dive crew. A 25-foot boat with outboard motor will be used during the inspections. Inspection personnel and equipment will be in proximity to the navigable channels, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and will relocate upon request for passage from any waterborne vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)
Electrical Wire Installation Over Hunting Creek:
Mariners are advised that a Southern Maryland Electric Company aerial transmission wire installation operations are scheduled to occur across Hunting Creek from 8 a.m. on July 17, 2013 through 4:30 p.m. on 19 July, 2013. The work is located at Huntingtown Wharf in Calvert County, MD, in approximate position 38° 34' 17.3" N, 076° 37' 49.1" W. The work involves the initial rigging to install eight overhead wires across Hunting Creek between electric utility transmission towers located on shore. A helicopter will be used at the site. While the rigged lines will be performed under reduced tension, allowances will be made to maintain a 65-foot vertical clearance over the creek during the work. Contractor-provided watercraft will be on scene to alert mariners approaching the work in progress; the passage of waterway traffic may be temporarily restricted. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the C.W. Wright Construction
Company project manager at telephone number (919) 218-2240. (5th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Choptank River Bridge Inspection:
Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of Maryland State Highway, will be conducting biennial inspection of the US 50 Bridge (38.579171° -76.056419°), at mile 15.6, across Choptank River near Cambridge, MD. The inspection of the bridge superstructure and upper portions of the concrete support piers from the roadway using an under-bridge snooper truck will be performed, Monday through Friday, from July 26, 2013 through September 30, 2013 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition, above inspection of the channel, fenders, dolphins and the lower portions of the concrete support piers from the water using a boat will be performed each day from July 29, 2013 through August 9, 2013 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Inspection personnel and equipment will be in proximity to the navigable channels, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and will relocate upon request for passage from any waterborne vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 26/2013)
Reef Planting in St. George Creek off Potomac:
On or about July 15, 2013 Shore Thing Seafood will utilize a 10' diameter fiberglass enclosure; until September 15, 2013, in a reef planting operation in St George Creek. The enclosure will be marked with three warning buoys. Center position of the enclosure is located at 38 07 49.37N—76 29 34.60W POC is Kevin Boyle: 240-338-3841. (5th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Thimble Shoals Channel Dredging:
The Hopper Dredges R.N. WEEKS and B. E. LINDHOLM will be conducting dredging operations in the Thimble Shoal Channel between Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 9210) (36-57-09.332N, 076-01-21.202W) and Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 9230). Dredge material will be transported to the Virginia Beach oceanfront by a submerged pipeline running along the shore line from 36-50-36.76N, 075-58-17.58W to 36-53-46.21N, 075-59-10.89W. The submerged pipeline will be present from the water's edge extending 4,200 feet seaward. Operations will continue until 15 August, 2013. (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
VIP Shoaling, Comments Requested on Aids to be Discontinued:
Due to the dynamic shoaling conditions in the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP),referred to by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Waterway on the Coast of Virginia (WCV), the Coast Guard can no longer access the VIP with its aids to navigation servicing vessels. Coupled with the lack of sufficient U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging maintenance funds the Coast Guard is evaluating the aids to Navigation system to determine whether the conditions for which this system was established has changed. Due to these dynamics shoaling conditions the Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the following VIP aids to navigation :
A. VIP Warning Daybeacon AA (LLNR 5520) (37-53-56.053N, 075-25-05.767W) to VIP Daybeacon 121 (LLNR 5990).
B. VIP Light 128 (LLNR 6020 ) (37-35-47.985N, 075-41-12.385W) to VIP Daybeacon 184 (LLNR 6220).
C. Great Machipongo Inlet Junction Light NC (LLNR 6875) (37-27-18.912N, 075-46-32.850W) .
D. VIP Daybeacon 189 (LLNR 6237) (37-30-26.286N, 075-42-02.532W) to VIP Light 230 (LLNR 6390).
E. Virginia Inside Passage Junction Light GV (LLNR 6835) (37-22-04.614N, 075-45-19.422W).
F. Quinby Inlet Entrance Warning Daybeacon A (LLNR 6730) (37-27-49.734N, 075-40-11.604W) to Quinby Inlet Channel Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 6743).
G. Sand Shoal Channel Light 1 (LLNR 6990) (37-17-52.962N, 075-48-02.694W) to Sand Shoal Light 10 (LLNR 6996).
In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also include in your correspondence the means by which you are navigating this waterway and any electronic sensors used while transiting the VIP. Send comments NO LATER THAN 05 AUGUST, 2013 to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
439 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004
Attn: Albert Grimes Or Email: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
Diving Ops in AICW off Portsmouth Waterfront:
Crofton Diving Corporation will be conducting inspection operations of the existing seawall located adjacent to the Portsmouth Ferry from Tidewater Yacht and Marina to Ocean Marina Yacht Center. Beginning July 15, 2013 and continuing for approximately 6 weeks, or until complete the above listed channel will not be closed to boat traffic, but the company requests that the dive crew be contacted on Channels VHF-FM 13 & 16 if vessels transiting the waterway are within 500 feet of the diving operation. Diving operations are planned 5 days a week from 0700 to 1700. Vessels are requested to proceed though this area with caution and no wake, especially commercial vessels. Dive Locations are 36-50-25.76N, 076-17-45.29W and 36-49-57.53N, 076-17-44.95W. (5th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Harkers Island East Channel Markers to be Discontinued: Comments Requested:
Due to shoaling and the lack of dredging in Harkers Island East Channel (34.697012° -76.535102°), the Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the following aids to navigation:
A. Harkers Island East Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 29275)
B. Harkers Island East Channel Light 2 (LLNR 29280)
C. Harkers Island East Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 29285)
D. Harkers Island East Channel Light 6 (LLNR 29290)
E. Harkers Island East Channel Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 29295)
F. Harkers Island East Channel Light 10 (LLNR 29300)
G. Harkers Island East Channel Light 12 (LLNR 29305)
H. Harkers Island East Channel Light 14 (LLNR 29310)
Send comments no later than 23 August 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 29/2013) br /> Harkers Island Bridge to Remain Closed for a Day for Repairs:
Mariners are advised that the Route 70/Harkers Island Swing Bridge (34.717482° -76.576952°), at mile 0.6, across the Straits, in Harkers Island NC, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 12 p.m. (noon) to 11:59 p.m., on Monday, August 5, 2013 to repair a bridge coupling. The available vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position is approximately 14 feet, above MHW. At all other times, the swing-type drawbridge will operate in accordance with the drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so and should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 29/2013)
NC AICW Bridge Work:
NOTE: While most of this is old news, we keep it active because it will affect Snowbirds and local boaters in these very busy waterways.
Wrightsville Beach Bridge, UPDATE:
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 March 1, 2014.
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 email@example.com (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (5th District LNM Week 49/2012)
New Bridges Proposed for Wilmington, NC, Area:
An application has been received by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the proposed construction of the new Wilmington (34.223874° -77.945180°) Bypass/US-17 Bridge over the Cape Fear River, mile 35.5, and over Toomers Creek, mile 1.4, in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, NC. The Cape Fear River Bridge will have a vertical clearance of 64 feet at mean high water (MHW) and a horizontal clearance of 160 feet. Further north on US-17, the Toomers Creek Bridge will have a vertical clearance of 26 feet at MHW and a horizontal clearance of 48 feet, according to information on the submitted plans. There are no existing bridges along this proposed route. The project would consist of construction of new fixed concrete twin bridges with two lanes each (east and west bound). Each bridge will be 44'3" wide separated by 31'9". Each of the bridge piers will contain a single column supported by a pile foundation. The supporting piles will be 36-inch voided square pre-stressed concrete piles. There will be no fender system on the Cape Fear River but the one pier located in the water has been designed for the force of a tug and barge impact. The bridge over Toomers Creek will span the entire waterway and will have no fender system. NCDOT identified a wetland fill area on the west bank of the Cape Fear River adjacent to the proposed bridge location. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address no later than July 26, 2013. A copy of Public Notice 5-1305, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6587 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName+pnBridges (5th District LNM Week 26/2013)
Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing Shoaling Again:
Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 feet MLW has been reported between Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 47A (LLNR 40230) (33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) and Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 48 (LLNR 40235). Shoaling extends across the navigable channel. (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Navy Live Fire Exercises off Stono Inlet:
The U.S. Navy will be conducting a live fire exercise on July 20, 2013, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The exercise will be conducted approximately 12 miles offshore from Stono Inlet, and will involve live fire of small weapons from Naval Patrol Boats. The coordinates of the firing range are:
NW Corner 32 Deg. 30.00' N: 079 Deg. 47.85' W
NE Corner 32 Deg. 30.00' N: 079 Deg. 41.75' W
SW Corner 32 Deg. 25.00' N: 079 Deg. 47.85' W
SE Corner 32 Deg. 25.00' N: 079 Deg. 41.75' W
All vessels and low flying aircraft transiting near this area are requested to stay clear of the firing range, maintain a safe distance at all times, and keep a sharp lookout. US Navy Patrol Boats will be monitoring VHF Channel 16 for any concerned traffic. For questions regarding this exercise contact BM1 Franklin Meade (704) 315-1225. (7th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Waterway Closure for Air Show, Beaufort, SC:
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB 30-13), Beaufort Water Festival Air Show, Beaufort, SC
The Coast Guard is establishing special local regulation for the Beaufort Water Festival Air Show in Beaufort, SC on July 27, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The special local regulation will encompass a portion of the waterway that is 700 ft wide by 2600 ft in length, whose approximate corner coordinates are as follows:
32° 25' 47" N / 080° 40' 44" W 32° 25' 41" N / 080° 40' 14" W
32° 25' 40" N / 080° 40' 46" W 32° 25' 35" N / 080° 40' 16" W
No one shall enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. All persons requesting to transit through the regulated areas must contact the Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16 or by telephone at: (843) 740-7050. For any concerns, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Office at: (843) 740-3188 or the 24 Hour Command Center Line at: (843) 740-7050
Lady's Island Bridge Two Hour Notice for Openings, Night Closure:
The Lady's Island (Woods Memorial) Bridge (32.427443° -80.669185°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 536.0, Beaufort, South Carolina has been placed on a two hour advance notification for openings, due to repairs. These restrictions will be in place until August 30, 2013.
As the contractor has found additional problem with the bridge machinery they have requested the parts that are anticipated to arrive by July 28th, 2013. For this reason the Lady's Island Bridge will be allowed to remain closed from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. seven-days a week from July 29 through August 21, 2013. The two hour advance notice for an opening remains in effect during all other times. (7th District LNM Week 27/2013)
Aid to Navigation Change Proposed--Little Mud River:
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Little Mud River.
Change Little Mud River Range Front Light B (LLNR 36880) (31-19-55.098N, 081-19-36.132W) to Light 196 displaying Flashing 2.5s Red and TRs on a pile.
Permanently discontinue Little Mud River Range Rear Light B (LLNR 36885).
Establish Altamaha Sound Daybeacon 197 (LLNR 36887) in approximate position 31-19-33.850N/081-18-53.130W displaying SGs on a pile.
As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area. Please address all comments to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, Fl 33131 to be received by 15 August 2013. (7th District LNM Week 27/2013)
Kings Bay, GA Dredging:
Southern Dredging Co will commence dredge operations on or about July 15, 2013. The Dredge "CHEROKEE" will be working in the Kings Bay Inner Channel in Cumberland Sound between Range D, Cumberland Sound LB 40 (LLNR 6925/37755) near Drum Point Island to Range G (the security fence at Crab Island). The Dredge will operate on a 24 hours per day, 7 day per week basis until approximately November 15th, 2013. Dredged material will be transported by pipeline to the Crab Island disposal site on the West side of the river. To ensure safe passage in the vicinity of the operation, boaters should establish contact with the dredge on VHF marine channels 13 and 16. The points of contact for this project are Neil Rodgers at 843-729-1269 or Michael Kitchell at 843-830-1015. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Maintenance Dredging Sawpit Creek, Nassau Sound Areas:
Cottrell Contracting Corp will begin dredge operations July 12, 2013 through September 15, 2013 in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek and Nassau Sound (30.522331° -81.456127°) between South Amelia River Lt 44 (LLNR 38135) to Sawpit Creek LT 50 (LLNR 38195). The Dredge RICHMOND will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. The project will be conducted twenty-four (24) hours per day seven (7) days per week. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
For additional information regarding this issue and others may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx
US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Ms. Shelley Trulock, Senior Project Manager at 904-232-3292. (Excerpt from a June 27 Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville)
Batteries Stolen from Nav Aids on St Johns River:
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - The Coast Guard is seeking information from the public about the theft of four batteries since the end of April from federally owned navigational aids in the St. Johns River from Sanford, Fla., to DeBary (28.863917° -81.364157°), Fla. Non-functioning navigational aids, or aids that are functioning improperly, can endanger mariners who rely on them for safe navigation and may cause accidents. Each battery weighs approximately 40 pounds and costs $106.86. Navigational aids are essential in assisting mariners transiting waterways throughout the country. Federal law prohibits vandalism of aids to navigation. Depending on the nature of the violation, persons could face maximum penalties upon conviction of up to 10 years imprisonment and as much as a $250,000 fine.
Mariners who observe vandalism to navigational aids, have more information about the stolen batteries, or who want to report nonfunctioning aids, may contact Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Holt, the officer in charge of Aids to Navigation Team Ponce De Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., at 386-427-3227. (7th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On July 17, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.15 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.09 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.29 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 from 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 22 July to 1800 hrs on 28 July 2013. The small craft will be deploying, towing and retrieving several sensors directly south and east of the PEV South Jetty. At times, several support vessels 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 asked to stay well clear of the Navy small craft during operations. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
The US NAVY will be testing a 40' experimental small craft in the water 2 NM South of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°) and .75 NM from the beach in approximately 30-40 feet of water. The vessel will be conducting maneuvers over the deployed sensor field. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0700 hrs 01 Aug to 1800 hrs on 02 Aug 2013. The vessel will be restricted in ability to maneuver. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the small craft during operations. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
South Amelia River DBN 36 (LLNR 38105) (30-34-10.559N, 081-28-29.206W) is destroyed. A TRLB "WR36" with Fl Q R, 4M characteristics is set 5-10 yards channelward of the destroyed daybeacon 36 in position 30-34-10.115N 081-28-28-629W. The remaining daybeacon poses a hazard to navigation during high tide. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Biscayne Bay DBN 36 (LLNR 48345) (25-49-06.920N, 080-10-30.249W) is destroyed. A TRLB "WR36" with Fl Q R, characteristics is attached to the remains. The remaining daybeacon poses a hazard to navigation and is sticking up out of the water 2ft at low tide. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Bahia Honda Key Light 49A (LLNR 13875) (24-37-29.946N, 081-14-08.442W) is destroyed with 2-3ft of steel piles remaining above the waterline. A TRLB "WR49A" is marking the remains with Fl Q G characteristics, 4M. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
The Coast Guard received a report of a partially submerged 34ft S/V in the vicinity of New Pass Channel in approximate position 27°20.466N 082°34-090W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 28/2013)
The Coast Guard received a report of Private Aid North Estero Bay DBN 14 (LLNR 18550) (26-27-00.406N, 081-55-50.364W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are below the waterline with the dayboard attached. The aid is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Cape Haze Shoal LT 6 (LLNR 19995) (26-45-35.910N, 082-06-38.127W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are 2 feet below the waterline. A TRLB "WR 6" with Fl Q R characteristics is established. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
South Gandy Channel DBN 4 (LLNR 23975) (27-52-24.640N, 082-35-56.951W) is destroyed. A TRUB has been established on channelside of pile to mark the channel for both the inbound and outbound vessels. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 29/2013:
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.
Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): Superior Construction Company is repairing the Hecksher Drive/Sister's Creek Bridge (30.393797° -81.460001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 739.2, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. This bridge will be placed on a single-leaf operating schedule from July 22 through August 19, 2013 The contractor has advised that they will be able to perform double-leaf openings with a crane between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily with a four-hour notice to the bridge tender.
Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6) Update: Quinn Construction will be working on the Crescent Beach Bridge (29.768299°-81.258256°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida from January 7 through August 31, 2013. The Crescent Beach Bridge will be on single-leaf operations from January 7 through August 31, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender. ... Please contact Quinn Construction 941-722-7722 for additional information.
Lantana Bridge (AICW Mile 1031) Update: 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 mile 1031, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until November 15, 2013.
From June 17, 2013 through August 18, 2013, the east bascule leaf will be erected which will allow 60 feet of horizontal clearance on the west side of the AICW. If your vessel needs more than 60 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, under the structural steel leaf between these dates, for safety reasons, maintaining the horizontal clearance of 60 feet anytime a bascule leaf is in the down position.
Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Update: Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8) Night Time Restriction Change and Current Regulations:
From an email from the USCG 7th District Bridge Branch, 06/06/2013:
FLORIDA - ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.
The Florida Department of Transportation contractor Archer Western has been authorized to limit the horizontal navigational clearance to 25 feet at night and 70 feet during the day, for 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 June 2013. Night time restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 25 feet between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily for up to three month. The Flagler Memorial Bridge will be left in the open to navigation position between these hours.
The full 70 feet of horizontal clearance will be made available with a four hour notice to the on-scene tug.
The 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 ((26.705949°-80.045181°) 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.
Archer Western Inc has advised the bridge owner that they will have divers around the structure in and around the navigable channel Mariners are reminded to avoid diving flags at all times and if the waterway is too restrictive due to this operation to come to all stop until the divers have moved outside the navigable channel. The Coast Guard is working with the bridge owner to address additional safety concerns created by this diving operation.
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.
Bahia Honda Bridge: CMA Corporation has advised the Coast Guard that they are repairing the Bahia Honda Bridge (24.657403° -81.288790°), Monroe County, Florida. This work is not expected to impact navigation. There will be a 20 foot barge in the vicinity of the bridge during daylight hours until December 2014. Mariners are requested to maintain minimum wake throughout this area.
This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to this use.
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