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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 14, 2014

By Tom Neale - Published February 14, 2014 - Viewed 1551 times

Attention Snowbirds

Great Bridge Lock Closure:
       The Great Bridge Lock (36.723681°-76.247636°) on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal will temporarily close to vessel traffic from noon Feb. 19 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 to replace the set of lock gates. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1, part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will also close to through vessel traffic while contractors change the lock gates. Funding to replace the set of old Great Bridge lock gates was submitted two years ago and approved in the Corps' fiscal year 2014 budget. Norfolk District maintains the Great Bridge Lock, which was constructed in 1932. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is a major inland protected route for commercial traffic, especially barges supplying fuel to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va. Vessels transiting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure may use the Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2. The controlling depth of  the canal is six feet. The Dismal Swamp Canal locking hours are: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., seven days a week. Vessel operators may call 757-201-7642 for information on the Dismal Swamp Canal's latest project conditions or the Albemarle  and Chesapeake Canal closure. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13. (USACE, Norfolk District)*

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

Lockwoods Folly Crossing Dredging:
       The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations at the Lockwoods Folly Crossing (33.920577°-78.237017°) on the AIWW from 11 February until 23 March, 2015. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)l

General Announcements

Petition Seeks Certain Exclusions from Right Whale Speed Restrictions:
       The U.S. Dept of Commerce announces receipt by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of a petition for rulemaking to exclude federally maintained dredged entrance channels and pilot boarding areas (and the immediately adjacent waters) for ports from New York to Jacksonville from vessel speed restrictions to reduce fatal vessel collisions with North Atlantic right whales. NMFS is also requesting comments on the petition and will consider all comments when determining whether to proceed with the suggested rulemaking. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is March 3, 2014. The full notice is available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-30/pdf/2014-01734.pdf. (First District LNM Week 05/2014)

US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports
       Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE, in our opinion, does a really good job 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 let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. So, before you get too excited about the shallow depths reported by some fellow cruisers, check out the latest surveys at the following:
Norfolk, VA District:
www.nao.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/AIWW.aspx
Wilmington, NC District:
www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx
Charleston, SC District:
www.sac.usace.army.mil/missions/navigation/hydrographicmaps
Savannah, GA District:
www.sas.usace.army.mil/Portals/61/docs/OPS/ChannelConditionSurveys/OtherProjectSurveys/Aiww-2013-07.pdf
Jacksonville, FL District:
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

Snowbirds: South Carolina Shoaling Reminder:
       The following three areas of AICW shoaling are included in the latest USCG 7th District LNM Week 06/2014. 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 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 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 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)

Dredging in Kings Bay, GA/FL:
       Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will be conducting dredging operations February 15 through March 30, 2014 in Kings Bay Entrance Channel. The project consist of excavating material from the entrance channel and disposing at both Fernandina Ocean Disposal site and pumping material ashore to north Fernandina Beach. Dredges Terrapin Island and Liberty Island along with Survey Vessel East River will be on scene monitoring Marine VHF Channels 13 & 16. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Material will be excavated from Kings Bay Entrance Channel at STA 170+00 to 200+00 and STA 242+00 to 325+00. Material removed from STA 170+00 to 200+00, between St Marys Entrance LB 16 (LLNR 6600) and LB 14 (LLNR 6590) will be placed at North Beach Disposal Area, through floating hoses, and submerged pipeline. Material removed from STA 242+00 to 325+00, between St Marys Entrance LB 8 (LLNR 6560) and LB 12 (LLNR 6580) will be transported and bottom dumped at the Fernandina Ocean Disposal Area. Project POC: Bryan Dast, Project Manager 630-699- 9995. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
The following aids have been repositioned to facilitate dredging:
St Marys Entrance LB 10 (6570) relocated to 30-42-44.448N/081-21-33.552W
St Marys Entrance LB 11 (6575) relocated to 30-42-37.947N/081-21-33.278W
St Marys Entrance LB 12 (6580) relocated to 30-42-42.923N/081-22-23.203W
St Marys Entrance LB 13 (6585) relocated to 30-42-35.969N/081-22-23.155W (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)

Launch Hazard, Delta IV:
Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
From 2834N 8034W
TO 2833N 8008W
TO 2825N 8008W
TO 2824N 8009W
TO 2830N 8034W To Beginning
From 2830N 8005W
TO 2828N 7954W
TO 2821N 7954W
TO 2823N 8006W To Beginning
From 1735N 5540W
TO 1628N 5346W
TO 1617N 5345W
TO 1727N 5540W To Beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day:
Primary aunch day: 21/ 0140Z Thru 21/ 0244Z Feb 14. T-0 is 0140Z.
Backup launch day: 22/ 0136Z Thru 22/ 0239Z Feb 14. T-0 is 0136Z. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Sebastian Inlet (NOT on the AICW) Dredging:
       Orion Marine Construction will commence hydraulic dredge operations in Sebastian Inlet (27.853976°-80.454920°), Sebastian, Florida. Operations will occur in the vicinity of Private Aids - Sebastian Inlet Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 9730) and buoy 3A (LLNR 9740.1) on or around February 25, 2014 completion date is (TBD). The Dredge JERI-B will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channel 78 days of Operation (7-days per week/24-hours per day). Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operations will be utilized. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further information contact Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498 or Mr. Prasong (904) 451-3216. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Sailfish Point Marina Dredging:
       Ferreira Construction will be conducting dredge operations 1.25 to 2miles NW of the mouth of St Lucie Inlet in the channel to Sailfish Point Marina (27.182169°-80.167616°). Operations will occur (7 days per week) from sunrise to sunset February 12 until approximately March 28, 2014. Submerged and floating pipeline will be used during the dredge operation and will be properly lit. The dredge MIMI and ABS Dredge 2014 will hail channel 16. Further information contact the Project Manager, Cebrone Atkins at (772) 286-5123. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

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)

Offshore Lake Worth/Jupiter Dredging for Beaches:
       Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will begin dredging operations on or about February 17 for the Jupiter/Carlin Segment Beach Renourishment. Dredging Operations will be conducted in the offshore borrow area which is located approximately 7.9 miles south-southwest of the Jupiter/Carlin area in the vicinity of the Lake Worth Inlet  (26-46-21.497N, 080-02-30.958W). The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge ATCHAFALAYA will be working northeast of the inlet and transit north towards Jupiter to a marked pump out location, south of the Jupiter Inlet jetties and approximately 2,000 linear feet from the shore, for beach placement. A floating pipeline along with a submerged pipeline will be placed to the shoreline. The pipeline will be marked with lighted buoys, for local traffic. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel "Sea Breeze" and various other vessels. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 13, and use 76 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about March 18, 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further more information contact Aaron Barton at (617) 645-3697. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Bakers Haulover AICW Dredging:
       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 (25-54-11.963N, 080-07-47.682W) 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 05/2014)

Miami Boat Show Bridge Schedule:
       The East Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.790980° -80.152275°) across Miami Beach Channel, Miami, Florida will be on a twice an hour schedule from February 10 through February 18, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This bridge will open on demand except that from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top and bottom of every hour, to balance the needs of vehicle traffic and vessel movement to facilitate the Miami Boat Show.
       The West Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.789555°, -80.181524°) across Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida will be on a twice an hour schedule from February 10 through February 18, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This bridge will open on demand except that from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top and bottom of every hour, to balance the needs of vehicle traffic and vessel movement to facilitate the Miami Boat Show. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
       Due to the high volume of vehicle and vessel traffic movement during the Miami Boat Show the 63rd Street Bridge (25°50'31.92"N, 80° 7'21.65"W) across Indian Creek, Miami, Florida will be opening on the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily February 10 through February 18 and from February 21 through February 23, 2012. Local Law Enforcement will be stationed on the bridge to control both vehicle and vessel traffic during these openings. At all other times, the bridge will open on-demand. (7th District LNM Week 1/2014)

Miami Entrance Channel Dredging Update (02-10-2014):
       Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will continue dredge operations along Bar Cut Channel and Outer Bar Cut Channel utilizing a variety of dredges, tugs, and barges. Operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, weather permitting. Buoys may be temporarily relocated. While dredging in the channel the dredge will have restricted maneuverability. Throughout the daily dredging cycle, barges will be transiting to and from the permitted disposal site, located approximately 3NM southeast of the Outer Bar Cut Channel, and some barges will transit to the Julie Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Site just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The dredge will be continuously monitoring, and can be hailed on VHF channel 13 and 16 for passing arrangements. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. Points of contact for the project are the Project Manager, Mr. Chris Pomfret (239) 250-0974 and the Site Operations Manager, Mr. Kevin Zimmerman (561) 704-4845.
The following aids have been repositioned to facilitate Dredge Operations.
Miami Main Ch LB 7 (LLNR 10500) relocated to 25-45-18.486N/080-06-52.817W
Miami Main Ch LB 9 (LLNR 10520) relocated to 25-45-26.327N/080-07-11.983W
Miami Main Ch LB 11 (LLNR 10530) relocated to 25-45-34.248N/080-07-31.548W
Miami Main Ch LB 12 (LLNR 10535) relocated to 25-45-39.944N/080-07-28.807W
Miami Main Ch LB 14 (LLNR 10545) temporarily disestablished
Miami Main Ch LB 16 (LLNR 10555) relocated to 25-45-59.491N/080-08-18.481W
Miami Main Ch LB 18 (LLNR 10575) relocated to 25-46-05.065N/080-08-30.347W
For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Temporary Aids for Dredging in Miami Waters:
       In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550) to TRLB, Fl G 2.5s
Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655) to TRLB, FL G 6s
Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665) to TRLB, Fl G 6s
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) to TRLB 9A, Fl G 2.5s
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) to TRLB 9E, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685) to TRLB, Fl Q G
For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Construction Update (02-04-2014):
       Great Lakes Dredge and Dock has constructed the Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Construction project site located in Miami-Dade, Florida, just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The project consists of dredging material from the main entrance channel, loading scows, and transporting the material to the project site where Great Lakes Dredge and Dock will fill a portion of the old dredge hole for the planting of seagrass. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock has placed pilings and a turbidity curtain around the mitigation area and have lit the piles. Mariners are advised to remain clear of the project site and transit the area with caution. Communications: Marine VHF Channels 13, 16. For further information, contact the Operations Manager, Mr. Kevin Zimmerman at (561) 704-4845. The pilings are 5-8 foot above the surface. See enclosure section for schematics.
The coordinates of the construction area are as follows:
NW Corner 25-48-55.573N - 080-09-41.892W
SW Corner 25-48.45.767N - 080-09-41.961W
SE Corner 25-48-45.615N - 080-09-15.669W
NE Corner 25-48-55.420N - 080-09-15.596W (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 195 (LLNR 45285) is destroyed. The aid is leaning, missing daymarks and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB "WR195" in position 27-24-08.241N/080-17-39.404W with Fl Q G characteristics is 7 yards channelward of the remains. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)
       Snake Creek LT 12 (LLNR 12265) is destroyed. The TRLB WR12 in postion 24-58-11.766N, 080-35-45.192W with Q FL R characterisitics marking the wreckage was reported extinguished. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 06/2014:
        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.
       Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening. During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet.
        Coronado Beach Bridge: /George C Musson/North Causeway Bridge (29.023152°-80.918101°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 845.0, New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014 to 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 due to bridge repairs.
       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°).
       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.
       Las Olas Bridge Update, Schedule Change:  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.
       Starting February 5, 2014, Kiewit Infrastructure South Company, the East Las Olas Bridge, mile 1064 at Fort Lauderdale shall open a single-leaf on the quarter-hour only 24 hours a day, unless a four hour notice is provided to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. You may contact the bridge tender be calling 954-463-0842. The East Las Olas Bridge provides a vertical clearance of 24 ft in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 40 feet with one-leaf in the down position. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company has advised that they will have a barge under the down span during these repairs. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 45 feet with one leaf open, a horizontal clearance of 60 feet with both leaves open and the barge in the channel and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet with all floating equipment removed from the waterway. Please advise the bridge tender if you need to have all floating equipment removed from the waterway when requesting a double-leaf opening.
       South Fork, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: I-95 Bridge: Seminole Equipment is working on the I-95 Bridge< em>(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.
       Gasparilla Island Swingbridge: GLF USA Corporation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be starting construction of the new Gasparilla Island Swingbridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Gasparilla, Florida on February 5, 2014. This work will restrict one of the two channels available to the mariner. The contractor will be placing a sign on the bridge to that mariners will be aware of which channel will be available and which channel will have the barge blocking the other. Mariners requesting an opening should be advised by the bridge tender on which side is available to safely pass through this area. This work is anticipated to take several years to complete. Future updates will be published in the Local Notice to Mariners.

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

Bridge Repair Extension for Bad Weather:
       Mariners are advised that due to inclement weather conditions, repairs of the superstructure and piles are extended at the JFK Memorial Bridge (39.315156°-74.528436°), at mile 1.1, over Risley Channel in Borough of Longport, NJ through July 1, 2014. Safety netting and snooper cranes reduce the available vertical clearance to approximately 20 feet, above MHW. In addition, barges restrict and reduce the available horizontal clearance to approximately 50 feet. However, the navigable channel shall remain open with these restrictions. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Night Closures for Ocean Drive Bridge, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
       Mariners are advised the Ocean Drive Lift Bridge, at mile 0.3, across Townsend Inlet (39.112676° -74.695194°), at Avalon, NJ will be closed to navigation to rehabilitate the bascule and tollhouse spans each night, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 a.m., beginning February 10, 2014 through April 30, 2014; except, vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is provided to Cape May County at (609) 368-4591. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.757. In addition, a temporary shielding platform will be positioned under the draw span reducing the available vertical clearance from 23 feet to approximately 20 feet above MHW Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open in an emergency. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

NJ Beach Replenishment/Dredging Equipment Hazard:
       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)

Dredging off Ocean City, MD:
       The Hopper Dredges B. E. LINDHOLM and R.N. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of Ocean City, MD between 38-20-00.54N, 075-04-54.31W and 38-27-14.22N, 075-02-56.58W from 07 February until 21 April, 2014. Dredged material will be transported to to beach via a combination of floating and submerged pipeline extending 2,800 feet from the shoreline. The dredges will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)

Data Buoys in Indian River Inlet and South Bethany Beach:
       The following temporary data buoys have been established until 31 March, 2014:
A. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy A (no LLNR) at 38-36-57.12N, 075-03-44.79W.
B. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38-36-51.42N, 075-03-43.68W.
C. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy C (no LLNR) at 38-36-45.00N, 075-03-42.48W.
D. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy D (no LLNR) at 38-36-38.64N, 075-03-41.28W.
       The following temporary data buoys have been established until 31 March, 2014:
A. South Bethany Beach Data Buoy A (no LLNR) at 38-30-34.26N, 075-02-59.00W
B. South Bethany Beach Data Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38-30-37.80N, 075-02-59.04W
C. South Bethany Beach Data Buoy C (no LLNR) at 38-30-41.26N, 075-02-59.05W
D. South Bethany Beach Data Buoy D (no LLNR) at 38-30-45.17N, 075-02-59.22W
(5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Baltimore Harbor Diving Ops:
       Commercial diving operations are scheduled to occur at various locations along the Terminal Bulkhead at the Locust Point Facility (39.260810° -76.599742°) from 17 January until 14 June, 2014. Dive support vessels will be on site and may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels when diving operations are in progress. Chart: 12278. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
       Commercial diving operations are scheduled to occur at various locations along the Terminal Bulkhead at the Dundalk Facility (39.241593° -76.538289°) from 17 January until 30 June, 2014. A moored crane barge will be on site. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels when diving operations are in progress. The assisting tug may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Chart: 12278. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Underwater Inspections:
       Mariners are advised that engineering firms, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Administration (MDTA), will perform underwater inspections at the William P. Lane Jr. (38.975975° -76.375666°), Memorial (East Suspension) across Chesapeake Bay, at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. Beginning February 17, 2014 through June 1, 2014, the inspections will be performed at the Eastbound Bay Bridge piers, take place from a 26-foot or 41-foot work vessel that will be tied-off to the bridge piers, be in the channel from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and have a 3-6 person dive crew. The inspection team boat will work with vessel traffic so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Repairs at Naval Academy Waterfront:
       Waterfront repairs and commercial diving operations are scheduled on the U.S. Naval Academy waterfront (38.978613° 38.978613°) through 30 April, 2014. Barges will be moored on site 24/7 and will be lighted IAW USCG regulations. Mariners are requested to remain clear of the construction site and provide a NO WAKE transit. The tug SPIRIT may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 15. Chart: 12278. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)

VIP Nav Aid Changes, Fewer to be Discontinued:
       The Coast Guard periodically evaluates the system of aids to navigation to determine whether the conditions under which the aids to navigation were established have changed. The dynamic shoaling in the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) limits the Coast Guard's servicing vessels safe access to the aids to navigation in many parts of the waterway. Current and trending U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budgetary policies indicate that the probability of obtaining a sustainable and reliable funding source for maintenance dredging of the VIP, also referred to as the Waterway on the Coast of Virginia (WCV) by the Corps of Engineers, as low. As a result, the Coast Guard is concerned that many of the aids to navigation may be misleading to the mariner, and could therefore be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation on the waterway. Based on this information and comments received/reviewed from the original published proposal (D5 LNM 22/13), the Coast Guard has reevaluated the aids to navigation that it was proposing to discontinue, and will attempt to continue marking Bradford Bay Access, Great Machipongo Channel and Wachapreague Channel.
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 Daybeacon 139 (LLNR 6060) (37-34-03.953N, 075-40-06.366W) 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); and
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; the extent that you transverse the area seasonally, by day and by night; and the type of navigation devices with the vessel is equipped while transiting the VIP. Send comments NO LATER THAN 17 MARCH, 2014, to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
439 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004
Attn: Albert Grimes or Email: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil
Charts Affected: 12210, 12221 and 12224. (5th District LNM Week 04/2014)

Norfolk and Southern #5 RR Bridge Closures (NOT on the AICW):
       Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Lift Bridge (36.839407°-76.274878°), at mile 1.1, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, near Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA will now be closed to vessels requiring an opening on the following revised dates and times to facilitate structural repairs:
24 Feb: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1600
25 Feb: 0700 to 1900
26 Feb: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1600
27 Feb: 0700 to 1900
03 Mar: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1600
04 Mar: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1630
05 Mar: 0700 to 1900
06 Mar: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1600
10 Mar: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1600
11 Mar: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1600
12 Mar: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1600
02 Apr: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1630
03 Apr: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1630 (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Hatteras Inlet Shoaling:
       Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported between Hatteras Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 28645) and Hatteras Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 28650) (35.195692°-75.764787°). (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Beaufort Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge C. R. McCASKILL will be conducting dredging operations in Beaufort Inlet (34.722170°-76.669451°) from 14 February until 14 April, 2014. Dredge material will be transported to the beach at Atlantic Beach through a combination of submerged and floating pipeline. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Cape Fear River Bridges Repairs and Inspection:
       Mariners are advised that concrete repairs are underway at the Thomas Rhodes Bridge on US 421/NC 321 across Cape Fear River, at mile 30.0, between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, NC through November 22, 2014. This work utilizes a hydra platform and swing scaffold system on the roadway which can be moved clear when near the channel. In addition, cleaning and painting operations are in progress through August 29, 2014 in the navigation channels at Spans 11, 12, and 13 using a containment platform that reduces the available vertical clearance to approximately 52 feet, above MHW. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 11537. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)
       Mariners are advised that the Cape Fear Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge (34.227053° -77.952125°), at mile 26.8, across Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC will be maintained in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening each day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning March 17, 2014 until March 28, 2014, to facilitate biannual inspections; however, vessel openings will be provided if at least a two-hour advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. The drawbridge will be able to open in the event of an emergency. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.822. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart: 11537. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

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 06/2014, except as noted; 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. Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing Shoaling, New USACE Survey (See Dredging Alert above): 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 www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx (5th District LNM Week 53/2013)
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)
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.

Shallotte Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge E. W. ELLEFSEN will be conducting dredging operations and beach nourishment at Shallotte Inlet from 14 February until 31 March, 2014. Dredged material will be transported to the beach via a submerged pipeline. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

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)

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

First District Aids to Navigation Changes:
       The two most recent First District USCG Local Notices to Mariners (LNM 05 and 06/2014) contain  lengthy new lists of changes to Aids To Navigation in the First District. It is too long to include here. The types of changes involve removal of sound signals such as bells and gongs, changes in nominal range as a result of the change to LED lighting and the change in fog signals of some major aids to MRASS (Marine Radio Activated Sound Signals). Check out the latest at: www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm01052014.pdf
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm01062014.pdf

Mattituck Inlet Dredging:
       Dredging will be done in Mattituck Inlet Channel (41.013555° -72.558377°) from January 19 - March 30, 2014. The whole channel will be dug from inside out going towards the Long Island sound. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. on scene will be the dredge FINN & 2 work boats, that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 65. (First District LNM Week 02/2014)

New Haven Dredging:
       Dredging is being done in the Federal Navigation Channel, 41° 17' 50.59" (N), 072° 54' 22.56" (W) to 41° 13' 18.72" (N), 072° 54' 33.40" (W), until approximately February 20, 2014. The dredging activity will begin approximately 400 feet south of the Forbes Avenue Bridge (upstream limit of dredging) and progress southward to approximately green buoy "FL G Bell 1" (downstream limit of dredging). The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene are the dredges FJ BELESIMO, WOOD 1 & MICHIGAN, barges EDDIE CARROLL, MIGHTY QUINN, JOE VERROCHI, MERC SHEVLIN & WITTE 4001 & 4002, tugs C. ANGELO, , BRIDGEPORT, PAUL ANDREW & RUBY M, launch C GIRLS & survey vessel SURVEY 2 that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16.. Working channels are 71, 73 & 74. NSTAR Emergency Cable Repair See enclosure (First District LNM Week 05/2014)

Shinnecock Inlet Dredging:
       Dredging is being done east of Shinnecock Inlet (40.840737° -72.476676°) until approximately March 31, 2014. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge ILLINOIS & tugs R. L. ENTERKIN & LAYLA RENEE that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 5 & 13. (First District LNM Week 05/2014)

Jones Inlet Dredging:
       Dredging is being done in Jones Inlet until February 28, 2014, between Jones Inlet Buoy 17 (LLNR 30980) (40-36-06.697N, 073-34-10.127W) and Jones Inlet Lighted Buoy 1. (First District LNM Week 03/2014)

 


 

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