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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 2, 2014

By Tom Neale - Published January 02, 2014 - Viewed 1591 times

Attention Snowbirds

Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing Shoaling, New USACE Survey:
       An ACOE survey conducted 20 December, 2013 indicates shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW between Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 46A (LLNR 40223) ((33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) and Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 48A (LLNR 40240). Water depth to 4.0 feet MLW exists on the west side of the channel. Check http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx (5th District LNM Week 53/2013)*

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

Gilmerton Bridge Updates:
       Mariners are advised that telephone numbers have changed at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°), at AICW mile 5.8, and the Centerville Turnpike/SR170 (swing) Bridge (36.723169°-76.186677°), at AICW mile 15.2, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, both in Chesapeake VA, respectively. The new telephone numbers are as follows: for the Gilmerton Bridge - (757) 485-5488; and for the Centerville Bridge - (757) 547-3631.  Technical amendments will be submitted for revision to Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.997(c) and (i), respectively.
       Mariners are advised that the operating regulations set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(c) have been reinstated at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA.  Since 2010, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate construction of the new vertical-lift span. New signs summarizing the requirements have been posted both upstream and downstream of the drawbridge.  A copy of Public Notice 5-1323, which describes the operating regulations in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address, by calling (757) 398-6222 or by viewing the web link http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pagename=pnBridges at Public Notices for Bridges.
NEW GILMERTON/US 13/460 (VERTICAL-LIFT) BRIDGE ACROSS THE ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTH BRANCH) AT CHESAPEAKE VA REINSTATED OPERATING REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE 21 DECEMBER 2013:
       RUSH HOUR RESTRICTIONS MON TO FRI, EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS:
From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Need not open. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance notice for an on-demand opening.*

MON TO FRI, EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS:
From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Opens on demand for all vessels.
SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS

Opens on demand for all vessels.
*BRIDGE WILL OPEN ON DEMAND ANYTIME FOR VESSELS CARRYING HAZARDOUS LIQUEFIED FLAMMABLE GAS OR OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; AND OPEN ON DEMAND AT ALL OTHER TIMES.
       1.  IF ANY VESSEL IS APPROACHING THE BRIDGE AND CANNOT REACH THE DRAW EXACTLY ON THE HALF HOUR, THE DRAW TENDER MAY DELAY THE OPENING UP TO 10 MINUTES PAST THE HALF HOUR FOR PASSAGE OF THE APPROACHING VESSEL AND ANY OTHER VESSELS THAT ARE WAITING TO PASS
       2.  IF THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7, AT MILE 5.8 IS NOT OPENED DURING A PARTICULAR SCHEDULED OPENING FOR THE GILMERTON BRIDGE AND VESSELS WERE DELAYED, THE DRAW TENDER AT THE GILMERTON BRIDGE MAY PROVIDE A SINGLE OPENING FOR WAITING VESSELS, ONCE THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7 REOPENS FOR VESSELS. (5th District Bridge Branch)
       Mariners are advised that the demolition/reconstruction of the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) fender system will be ongoing from 6:00 p.m. until 5: a.m. daily until 03 August, 2014. Barges with cranes will be in the navigational channel. Vessels transiting the waterway and requiring the barges to move for safe transit must provide a two hour advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757)- 485-5488 on via VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

General Announcements

Falcon 9 Launch Hazard:
       Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2846N 8037W
TO 2848N 8025W
TO 2822N 7700W
TO 2813N 7700W
TO 2804N 7703W
TO 2828N 8041W To Beginning
B: From 2807N 7400W
TO 2813N 7236W
TO 2740N 7001W
TO 2728N 6929W
TO 2712N 6929W
TO 2708N 7001W
TO 2723N 7257W
TO 2743N 7400W To Beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 03/ 2250Z Thru 04 / 0045Z Jan 14. T-0 IS 2250Z.
Backup launch day: 04/ 2251Z Thru 05 / 0045Z Jan 14. T-0 IS 2251Z. (7th District LNM Week 52/2013)

Hillsboro Inlet and Bridge Closure Plans:
FLORIDA – EAST COAST – HILLSBORO INLET: Bridge Closure/Waterway Restrictions/Closures Meeting.
CITY OF POMPANO BEACH
PLANNING MEETING: CLOSURE OF HILLSBORO INLET BRIDGE, CLOSURE OF HILLSBORO INLET, AND DAILY HOURS OF
CONSTRUCTION


       YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED of a public meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 10:30 A.M., to be held at the Emma Lou Olson Center (Formerly Pompano Beach Civic Center), 1801 NE 6th St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060, which includes representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the US Coast Guard to hear public opinion on the closure of the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261229° -80.083250°), the closure of the Hillsboro Inlet, and the daily hours of construction associated with FDOT's SR A-1-A Bridge No 860011 Repair/Rehabilitation work, scheduled for April through June, 2015, over the Hillsboro Inlet in Broward County, Florida. (7th District LNM Week 52/2013)

US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports
       Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE does a really good job, in our opinion, at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). They may not be able to dredge every little shoal, but at least they try to let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. Check out the latest surveys at the following and other surveys relevant to your area of travel:
Norfolk, VA District:
http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/AIWW.aspx
Wilmington, NC District:
http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx
Charleston, SC District:
http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/missions/navigation/hydrographicmaps
Savannah, GA District:
http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/Portals/61/docs/OPS/ChannelConditionSurveys/OtherProjectSurveys/Aiww-2013-07.pdf
Jacksonville, FL District:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/HydroSurveys.aspx

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 Area Dredging:
       Cottrell contracting Corp will commence dredge operations approximately January 1, 2014 in the Lower Charleston Harbor in Shem Creek (32.788597°-79.886721°) beginning 1300 feet south of Mount Pleasant Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 3510) and DBN 2 (LLNR 3515) and progressing northward to the Coleman Boulevard Bridge. Associated dredge pipeline operations will be present west of Charleston Harbor Channel LB 23 (LLNR 2465) and LB 24 (LLNR 2470) on the Mount Pleasant Range, Rebellion reach and South Channel of the Lower Charleston Harbor. The Dredge RICHMOND will be on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 & 16. Submerged and floating pipeline will be used during the dredge operations....Dredge Operations will be conducted 24/7 until approximately April 1, 2014. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed a slow NO WAKE speed is requested, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge. Project POC: Shannon Wolf (757) 547-9611. (7th District LNM Week 52/2013)

Snowbirds: South Carolina Shoaling Reminder:
       The following three areas of AICW shoaling are included in the latest USCG 7th District LNM Week 51/2013. Check the websites given above as well as local sources for updated information.
       The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW South of McClellanville, South Carolina. This area of severe shoaling is most significant between and near Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 35A (LLNR 34237) (33-04-35.030N, 079-27-43.780W) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 37 (LLNR 34240). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
       The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW between Charleston Harbor and Winyah Bay near Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island in South Carolina. An area of severe shoaling exists between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 117A (LLNR 34510.5) (32-47-11.483N, 079-48-33.268W) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 119 (LLNR 34520). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
       The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina had just finished an official survey of the AICW from Charleston, SC to Beaufort. Two patches of severe shoaling exist; the first appearing at the northeastern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff near Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O LT 177 (LLNR 35195) (32-31-27.381N, 080-28-56.149W). The other area is at the southwestern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O between Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 180 (LLNR 35195.3) and Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 185 (LLNR 35205.2). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 46/2013)

St. Simons Sound Entrance Aids Changed for Dredging:
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 3 (LLNR 6045) 31-04-39.078N/081-17-44.703W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 4 (LLNR 6050) 31-04-44.616N/081-17-40.089W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 5 (LLNR 6055) 31-05-06.289N/081-18-32.022W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 6 (LLNR 6060) 31-05-10.615N/081-18-26.466W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 7 (LLNR 6065) 31-05-32.107N/081-19-17.640W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 8 (LLNR 6070) 31-05-37.746N/081-19-13.669W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 9 (LLNR 6075) 31-05-59.294N/081-20-05.596W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 10 (LLNR 6080) 31-06-03.370N/081-19-59.985W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 11 (LLNR 6085) 31-06-25.238N/081-20-51.948W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 12 (LLNR 6090) 31-06-30.329N/081-20-47.718W (7th District LNM Week 51/2013)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On January 1, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.16 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.10 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.30 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N) You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

Jupiter Inlet/Sound (AICW) Dredging:
       Southwind Construction Corp. will be conducting a 10 & 11-Foot maintenance dredge project in the vicinity of Jupiter Inlet (26.944197° -80.072873°) and Jupiter Sound. Starting around January 17, 2014 with completion anticipated for the end of February 2014. The Dredge JENNIE LEA II and two work boats will be on scene all monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Submerged and floating pipeline will be used during the dredge operation and will lay south along the Intracoastal Waterway and cross the Inlet to the south side of the beach. Further information contact the Project Manager, Devon Carlock at (812) 867-7220. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 51/2013)

Bakers Haulover Inlet AICW, Shoaling and Dredging 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 December 10th, 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. Southwind Construction Corp anticipates starting dredge operations on the AICW near Baker's Haulover at the end of February 2014.  (7th District LNM Week 53/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 53/2013:
       NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can "Search" a bridge name for previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current. Bridges that have vertical height reduced (or other severe restriction) will remain on this list until the restriction is removed.
       SR 312 Bridge, AICW Mile 780: Orion Marine Group has advised this office that they will be working on the substructure of the SR 312 Bridge (29.864091°-81.308017°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (This bridge is really in St. Augustine, the first bridge south of the Bridge of Lions), St John's County, Florida. This work is not expected to interfere with navigation and is anticipated to be completed by April 2014. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
       US 192 Bridge: M&J Construction Company will be repairing and painting the SR 500 (US 192) Bridge (28.082960° -80.591610°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida (this bridge is actually the Melbourne Causeway Bridge between Melbourne and Indiatlantic). The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by five feet slightly more than one-half the channel from September 3, 2013 through September 1, 2014. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Currently the contractor is working on the west side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Update: Additional work is being performed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°). All work will be conducted from behind the fender system. There will be floating equipment in the vicinity of the bridge; but will not be in the navigable channel. This portion of the work is expected to be completed by January 14, 2014.
       The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.
       Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
       The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed starting November 25, 2013, to once an hour on the 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 bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies.
       While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies: If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge (26.705949°-80.045181°) will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-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.
       Palmetto Park Bridge (AICW Mile 1047): Due to repairs the Palmetto Park Bridge (26.350519° -80.075614°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach County, Florida will be on single-leaf operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week from December 12, 2013 through February 12, 2014. A double-leaf opening will be available with a one hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 561-392-5903 or via VHF-FM channel 9.
       Las Olas Bridge (AICW Mile 1064.0): The East Las Olas Bridge (26.119285° -80.109001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida is being repaired. The bridge is on the same operating schedule; but there may be short delays when equipment and personnel need to removed from the bridge for an opening. This work is expected to continue until March 1, 2014. The Coast Guard has approved Kiewit Infrastructure South Company request to place the East Las Olas Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Ft Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida on single-leaf openings on the quarter-hour with a four hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening to the bridge tender. The East Las Olas Bridge provides a vertical clearance of 24 in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 40 feet with one-leaf in the down position. This temporary restriction is anticipated to remain in effect until March 1, 2014.
       South Fork, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: I-95 Bridge: Seminole Equipment is working on the I-95 Bridge (26.096434° -80.169002°) across the South Fork of the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Due to painting operations the vertical clearance will be reduced by 5 feet from January 7, 2014 through April 2014. The containment system can be retracted by two feet if 24 hours notice is provided to the contractor.
       CSX Railroad Bridge: The contractor working on the CSX Railroad Bridge (26.096456° -80.169348°) replacement across the South Fork of the New River mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has requested to temporarily change the regulation governing the existing CSX Railroad Bridge. This temporary regulation change has been approved and has placed this bridge to an on demand schedule whereas the bridge will be placed in the closed to navigation position during certain portions of the construction operations with an open on demand schedule.
       Mariners are requested to contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM channel 9 for opening and passing information.
       The pile driving operation is scheduled to begin on February 14, 2014 on the north side of the channel with completion scheduled for June 3, 2014. The pile driving operation on the south side is scheduled to begin in August 2014.
       The horizontal clearance of the CSX Railroad Bascule Bridge across the New River (South Fork) mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has been temporarily reduced to 56 feet.
       Treasure Island Bridge (GIWW Mile 119.0): Regulations Change Proposed: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been published in the Federal Register soliciting comments on the proposed changes.
       Summary: The Coast Guard proposes to change the operating schedule that governs the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge (27.769018° -82.754298°), mile 119.0, Treasure Island, Florida. The Treasure Island Bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge that provides a vertical clearance of 21 feet in the closed position. The Treasure Island Bridge crosses the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at mile 119.0, Treasure Island, Pinellas County, Florida. Changing the schedule from on signal to three times an hour during the week and twice an hour on the weekends and Federal holidays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. will reduce vehicle traffic issues caused by the bridge openings. Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. the bridge will continue to open only on signal.
       Dates: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before February 11, 2014.
        Addresses: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2013-0319 using any one of the following methods:
(1) Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
(2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
(3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12- 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
       See the "Public Participation and Request for Comments" portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these three methods. For Further Information Contact: If you have questions on this proposed rule, call or email, Mr. Michael Lieberum, Chief Operations Section, Seventh Coast Guard District Bridge Branch at 305-415-6744, email michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.
       List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117
Bridges.
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows:
Part 117 Drawbridge Operation Regulations
1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:
Authority 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.
2. In § 117.287, revise paragraph (g) to read as follows:
§ 117.287
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
* * * * *
(g) The draw of the Treasure Island Causeway bridge, mile 119.0 shall open on signal except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the draw need open on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour and 40 minutes after the ho
Ref: Docket Number USCG-2013-0319 Chart: 11411 (26.096456° -80.169348°)

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

Barnegat Bay Future Bridge Closures for Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the drawbridge operating schedule that governs the S37 Bridge, at NJICW mile 14.1, over Barnegat Bay (39-47-37.964N, 074-08-20.079W), at Seaside Heights, NJ. Over the span of two and half years, the drawbridge will be closed to navigation for three four-month closure periods, from December 1, 2015 through March 31, 2018. Extensive replacement of parts and repairs to the bridge necessitate these closures. Interested parties are requested to express their views, in writing, on the proposed temporary changes to the operating regulations. Comments will be received for the record identified by the docket number using any one of the methods listed therein. Written comments on this proposal must be submitted NO LATER THAN February 18, 2014. A copy of Public Notice 5-1322, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6557 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)

Shark River Bridge Closure to Vessels:
       Mariners are advised that mechanical repairs are scheduled at the S71 Bridge (40.183689° -74.026685°), at mile 0.8, over Shark River (South Channel) at Belmar, NJ. To facilitate repairs, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from beginning at 7 p.m., on January 6, 2014 through 5 a.m., on January 10, 2014 and again from 7 p.m., on January 13, 2014 through 5 a.m., on January 17, 2014. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.751. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 13 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. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

NJ Beach Replenishment/Dredging Equipment Hazard:
       Mariners are advised that beach replenishment and dredging operations are taking place between Manasquan Inlet (40.101934°-74.034788°) and Shark River Inlet through February 2014. The Dredge STUYVESANT will be operating in the vicinity of Sea Girt Beach in approximate position 40-07.6'N and 74-01.3'W and will be utilizing a combination of floating and submerged pipeline. Submerged pipeline extends approximately 2,000 feet from a point on Sea Girt Beach and is marked at the offshore end with two unlit orange Norwegian buoys. This will be followed by 400 feet of floating pipeline that leads to the dredge offloading mooring system which is marked with three mooring buoys, each displaying a fixed white light. In addition, 500 feet of submerged pipeline will be removed from a section extending from Manasquan Beach with the offshore end being marked with a steel anchor ball displaying a steady white light. The tug SEA COAST will be on scene assisting and can be contacted at 443-309-9031 or the dredge can be contacted on VHF channels 16 and 67. Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week until completion. Mariners are advised to avoid the area between the two inlets and remain at least 1 NM offshore to avoid pipeline and associated equipment. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)
       The Section Dredges PADRE ISLAND and DODGE ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations 3nms seaward of Sea Bright, NJ a with placement of dredged material on the beach from Asbury Park to Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ from 01 December, 2013 until 30 May, 2014. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)

C&D Canal Bridges Construction Extended:
       Mariners are advised that construction has been extended through June 30, 2014 at the Reedy Point (39.556528°-75.583250°) and Summit Bridges over the C&D Canal, at miles 1.0 and 9.7, in Reedy Point and connecting the cities of Newark and Dover, in New Castle County DE, respectively. To facilitate construction at the Reedy Point Bridge, equipment has been installed on the south side channel reducing the available vertical clearance by approximately four feet to 131 feet, above MHW; and the horizontal clearance is reduced to 225 feet. The north side of the channel will remain open for vessel passage at normal operation elevation of 135 feet above MHW. Construction at the Summit Bridge has an air-draft restriction over the entire channel of 133 feet above MHW and the vessel master shall confirm their air draft requirements with the Army Corps dispatcher. We advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)

Helo Ops Over Baltimore Inner Harbor:
       Mariners are advised that helicopter heavy lift operations are scheduled to occur over Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Sunday, January 12, 2014, between 7 a.m. and 12 Noon. The flight path is over navigable waters, between the parking lot at 1300 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD (Harbor Point area) and the roof of the 100 Harborview Condominiums along Key Highway, Baltimore, MD, in approximate position 39°16'37"N, 076°36'10"W. Interested mariners may contact the Baltimore City Police Department Marine Unit vessels on scene via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16, if necessary. For any comments or questions, contact Mr. Chris Kaufman, Noyes Air Conditioning, Inc., at 301-670-6300 or ckaufman@nacgroup.com. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

Craney Island Dredging:
       The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Craney Island Rehandling Basin (36.919320° -76.370177°) and Anchorage F from 01 January until 15 May, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)

I-64 Bridge Modification Comment Period Extended:
       The Coast Guard is extending the period for public comment concerning the proposed plans by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for modification to a bridge constructed across navigable waters of the United States.    Several port partners have expressed interest on making comments and are in the process of collecting information to support their positions.  The purpose of extending this preliminary public notice will provide an opportunity for adjacent property owners, area residents and businesses to make additional comments.  FHWA and VDOT are developing alternative solutions to improve transportation conditions along Interstate 64 (I-64) between the Interstate 464 interchange and the Interstate 264/664 interchange at Bowers Hill. This corridor includes the I-64 (High Rise) Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, in Chesapeake, VA.  The alternative analysis would include fixed bridge options proposing a vertical clearance of at least 95 feet above mean high water, while maintaining the existing 125-foot horizontal clearance.  These plans will not affect the safe, efficient movement of recreational or commercial navigation nor will it create an obstruction to the free navigation of the navigable waters.  It is requested that the Coast Guard be provided with navigational information such as the sizes and types of vessels presently owned and operated on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River along the AICW as they relate to the proposed vertical and horizontal clearances.  A survey is available at the link below.  Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address no later than January 17, 2014.  A copy of Preliminary Public Notice 5-1319 (a) which describes the proposal in detail can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6227 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)

Masonboro Inlet Dredging, Equipment in Banks Channel:
       The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Masonboro Inlet (34.183051° -77.810454°) from 09 January until 23 January, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse westerly across Banks Channel and along the north shoreline of Masonboro Inlet to the disposal site. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)

North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
       The following are a few of the continuing areas of shoaling in NC AICW waters. The first three are included in the most recent USCG 5th District LNM Week 51/2013; the fourth is an area reported by cruisers. Check the USACE surveys at the sites given above and local sources for updated information.
1. To 2.7' IVO Cape Fear River/Little River Buoy 81 781-12 (Shallotte Inlet Crossing) (33.907229°-78.383899°)
2. To 3' Lockwoods Inlet Crossing (33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) IVO CFR/LR by 47A & 48 321-13 (See above, first item in the Alerts)
3. To 3.4' IVO New River/Cape Fear River Buoy 121 685-13 (Mason Inlet, between the Figure Eight Island Bridge and the Wrightsville Beach Bridge) (34-14-59.481N, 077-46-56.297W) (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)
4. Browns Inlet Crossing, North of the Onslow Beach Bridge, (34.598523°-77.241191°) Mile 238. Shoaling, shifting channel and often different markers than charted. This is a good example of many problem areas where an inlet, creek or river flows into or across the AICW causing frequent shoaling and changes.

Wrightsville Beach Bridge, UPDATE:
       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 25/2013)
       To facilitate continued repairs, mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC, will only open on the hour between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., for all vessels beginning on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 until Sunday, March 1, 2014. Also, each night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 256-4519 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (6). Because of a containment system positioned under the draw span until March 1, 2014 the available vertical clearance is reduced to approximately 18 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open for emergencies. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
       Mariners are advised, to facilitate mechanical repairs, the S.R. 74 Bridge across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach NC will allow one span of the double-leaf bascule drawbridge to remain in the closed to navigation position at a time beginning at 7 a.m., on January 8, 2014 until and including 11 p.m., on January 29, 2014. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (4). Currently in the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is reduced to approximately 18 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

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

Sandy Hook Channel Dredging Project Update:
       Hydrophones will be placed outside the Sandy Hook Channel marked by white spar type marker buoys with a red band and strobe light, on 23 NOV 2013 between 0800-1700. Position of buoys are as follows; 40-28-43.830N 073-59-28.500W and 40-28-52.580N 074-00-11.390W. USCG Auxiliary Vessel Lady B will be on-scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. (First District LNM Week 47/2013)
       Weeks Marine is conducting maintenance dredging operations in Sandy Hook Channel between Sandy Hook Channel LGB 11 (LLNR 35155) and Sandy Hook Channel LGB 13 (LLNR 35165) (40-28-51.986N, 074-00-39.701W) on a 24-hour/7 days per week basis through 31JAN2014. The Dredge Weeks 551, Barges 256 and 258, and other vessels will be on scene. Sandy Hook Channel will not be closed to navigation. The dredge WILL NOT MOVE ON DEMAND as this would expose vessel traffic to the shoal located within the Federal Channel. The dredge will be equipped with AIS and programmed to display the correct dredge and scow size and location to AIS receivers. Dredge positions will be reported via VHF marine band radio referencing known geographical boundaries (e.g.. 100 yards west of aton/point/etc). The dredge & support equipment are required to report their movements and positions to Vessel Traffic Service NY (VTSNY) on Channel 14 every two hours or anytime their position changes. VTSNY will provide these updates to the maritime community with their Traffic Reports. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 & 14. Mariners are requested to contact the dredge on Channel 13 to make any necessary passing arrangements. VTSNY has established a No Meeting / No Overtaking zone between the LGB 11 and LGB 13 buoys. Each vessel transiting in the vicinity of the work area where the dredge is located is required to do so at reduced speed to maintain maneuverability while minimizing the effects of wake and surge. VTSNY will continually assess conditions in the dredging zone and surrounding areas and may make further changes to navigation restrictions as necessary. Such changes will be disseminated by VTSNY, safety broadcasts, or publication online at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork>WaterwaysManagement. (First District LNM Week 47/2013)

 


 

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