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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 1, 2014

By Tom Neale - Published August 01, 2014 - Viewed 322 times

General Announcements

HURRICANE INFORMATION (Update 7th District LNM 22):
       The hurricane season extends from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
(a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
(b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
(c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
(d) Review of storm center evasion procedures;
(e) Knowledge of nearest hurricane shelter or port; and
(f) Constant radio watches on channel 16 VHF-FM and frequent monitoring of weather broadcasts.
       The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory (TCP) is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life.
Four alerts are issued:
(a) TROPICAL STORM WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(b) TROPICAL STORM WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(c) HURRICANE WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
(d) HURRICANE WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force. (Ed: Our Bold, New as of Superstorm Sandy)*
       Additional information of interest to mariners is included in the Tropical Cyclone Forecast/Advisory (TCM) and the Tropical Cyclone Surface Wind Speed Probabilities (PWS) products. The TCM provides current and forecast storm positions, intensities, and wind fields out to 120 hours. The PWS provides probabilities of sustained wind speeds equal to or exceeding 34-, 50-, and 64-kt wind speed thresholds for select coastal and offshore locations.
       Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished, or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricanes and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set up by the COTP and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as a storm approaches a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP-specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under the Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
Condition 4 – Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June–30 November; port status: open.
Condition Whiskey – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
Condition X-Ray – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
Condition Yankee – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
Condition Zulu – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
       Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds. (7th District LNM 22/2014)

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

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. Some areas in North Carolina are currently being dredged or are scheduled to be dredged soon. 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 First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Sunken Fishing Boat, Maine:
       The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken 38 ft fishing vessel between Green Island Ledge Buoy 2 (LLNR 3840) (44-04-21.027N, 068-55-06.655W) and Green Island Lighted Bell Buoy 3 (LLNR 3835) in the vicinity of Lawrys Narrows. All mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 29/2014)

Dredging, Wells Harbor, ME:
       Dredging is being done in Wells Harbor (43.321324° -70.559048°) from approximately August 6 - 13, 2014. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge CURRITUCK. (First District LNM Week 30/2014)

Woods Hole Testing "Drifters":
       Data Collection Drifters Deployed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will be conducting an oceanographic experiment south of Martha's Vineyard from August 4th to August 10th, 2014. Approximately 80 data collection buoys (drifters), many with green strobe lights attached that flash once per second, will be deployed in the area 12 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard. It is anticipated the drifters will drift west from there, into Rhode Island Sound. Should mariners spot one or more of these data collection drifters, it is requested that the drifters be left in the water. All drifters will be tracked and retrieved by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute by August 10th. The point of contact at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is Ms. Cara Manning at 508-289-4919. All mariners should use extra caution when operating in the vicinity south of Martha's Vineyard and Rhode Island Sound during the deployment period for these data collection drifters. (First District LNM Week 30/2014)

New Haven and Bridgeport Breakwater Improvements:
       Breakwater improvements will be done from August 1 - December 30, 2014. The work in New Haven will be done in (PA) 41 13'40.19"N 072 55'47.77W and Bridgeport in (PA) 41 09'26.61"N 073 10'31.34" W. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be the tugs LESLIE ANN & SWIFT and two spud barges, that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 29/2014)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations, Ship Thomas Jefferson:
       1. NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area of Fisher Island Sound and Block Island Sound from 28 April 2014 through 15 August 2014.
       2. NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound from 1 April 2014 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. ... Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations, Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler:
       1. NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting intermittent hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to Portsmouth, NH from approximately 14 April 2014 through 30 September 2014. (First District LNM Week 19/2014)
       2. NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the area of Rhode Island Sound from approximately 4 June 2014 through 15 August 2014. (First District LNM 23/2014)
       Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has 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. 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. 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: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: ops.ferdinand.hassler@noaa.gov.

Tappan Zee Bridge Work Update:
       Starting 01 August 2014 and continuing until 01 November 2014, Bucket Dredge "Weeks 506, Weeks 549 and attendant plant will be excavating a floatation channel in the Hudson River downstream and parallel of the Tappan Zee Bridge Eastside, at Tarrytown, NY. All excavation will be done in shallow water to the east side of the Federal Navigation Channel. Various barges will be anchored outside of the Federal Navigation Channel downstream of the bridge within the following coordinates:
41-04'08.7755"N 073-53'00.5857"W
41-03'26.2353"N 073-53'01.6574"W
41-03'26.8951"N 073-53'29.7552"W
41-04'06.8864"N 073-53'29.3866"W
       Operations will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Vessels on scene will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 30/2014)
       Submarine Cable Crossing Inspection Marine Technologies, Inc. will be performing commercial diving operations commencing on or about August. 4, 2014 thru August 29, 2014 to locate existing submarine cables North of the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River, New York. Operations will be performed from the 32' dive vessel Miranda. Hours of operations will be 0600 to 1730 hrs, Monday thru Friday. Vessel Miranda will monitor channel 16 & 13 and can be reach by calling Capt Bruce Keller at 410-258-7932. (First District LNM Week 30/2014)

Hudson River, Federal Lock Approach Construction:
       Placement of a temporary stone stability berm will be completed in position 42-45'10"N 073-41'07"W. Work will be conducted from July 1, 2014 through August 8, 2014. The temporary berm will remain in place marked by marker buoys through April 1, 2015. Work will be conducted Monday – Friday from 5AM – 9PM. Passing arrangements can be made on VHF-FM 13 to any of the vessels on scene. (First District LNM Week 29/2014)

Dredging, South Amboy, NJ:
       Dredging is being done in Great Beds Reach until approximately September 25, 2014. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. A lighted anchor buoy is placed inside Anchorage 47 at Lat 40 29.617N Long 74 07.475W approximately 2300 feet outside of the channel to moor barges. On scene is the dredge VIRGINIAN, tugs MISS CATE & ELIZABETH ANN, crew boat SEA SUB II and 2 scows that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (First District LNM Week 30/2014)

Sandy Hook Channel, Bayside, Shoaling:
       Shoaling has been reported extending approximately 20 feet into the Federal Channel between Sandy Hook Channel LGB 11 (LLNR 35155) (40-28-57.400N, 074-00-02.232W) and Sandy Hook Channel LGB 13 (LLNR 35165). (First District LNM Week 30/2014)

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

Atlantic City Bridges to Close for Event:
       Mariners are advised that, to accommodate pedestrians and vehicles for the Two Beach Country Concerts, the Route 30 (Absecon Boulevard) Bridge (39.375885° -74.452215°), at ICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare and the US40-322 (Albany Avenue) Bridge (39.353463° -74.456732°), at ICW mile 70.0, across Inside Thorofare both in Atlantic City, NJ will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Thursday, July 31, 2014 and again from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Sunday, August 3, 2014. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.733 (e) and (f). The available vertical clearances in the closed position are approximately 20 feet and 10 feet above mean high water, respectively. Mariners able to pass under the closed spans may do so and use caution when transiting the areas. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

Chincoteague Drawbridge Temporary Change:
       Mariners are advised that a temporary deviation has been approved by the Coast Guard to test an alternate drawbridge operation regulation at the SR 175 Bridge over Lewis Channel Creek and Black Narrows (37.938158° -75.372575°), at mile 3.5, in Chincoteague, VA. Under this temporary 90-day deviation, effective from 6 a.m., on August 4, 2014 through midnight, on November 3, 2014 the draw will be required to open on demand at all times. This deviation will test a change in the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a schedule change is needed and to solicit comments from the public. Comments will be received for the record identified by the docket number using any one of the methods published in the Federal Register under Docket USCG-2014-0483; and must be submitted on or before October 2, 2014. A copy of Public Notice 5-1340, which describes the temporary deviation in detail, can be obtained by writing to the address above or by calling (757) 398-6227 or by viewing at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 29/2014)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Painting Update:
       Alpha/ Liberty has relocated its paint barge and four (4) Lighted Crown Buoys (anchor buoys) in association with their Chesapeake Bay Bridge Painting Project. The four 60" yellow buoys will each have a flashing four second yellow light (Fl Y 4s) and will be located approximately 800 ft (directional) from the lighted paint barge; ( NW, NE, SE and SW). The Paint Barge location is 38 59 30.84N 76 22 19.74W.
Blastec Enterprise has relocated their paint barge and four (4) Lighted Crown Buoys (anchor buoys) in association with their Chesapeake Bay Bridge Painting Project. The four 58" yellow buoys will each have a flashing four second yellow light (Fl Y 4s) and will be located approximately 500 ft (directional) from the lighted paint barge; ( NW, NE, SE and SW). The Paint Barge location is 38 59 25.30N 76 21 51.30W; which is east of Tower-Pier 40. (5th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Solomons Harbor Bulkhead Construction:
       Mariners are advised that a bulkhead replacement project is scheduled to occur in Solomons Harbor from July 7, 2014 through October 31, 2014, Monday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The project is located along the University of Maryland Biological Laboratory Research Fleet Operations bulkhead at Solomons Island, MD. Two work barges will be placed abreast along the northeast side of the bulkhead, in approximate position latitude 38°19'12.84" N, longitude 076°27'05.70" W. The barges will remain in position at all times and will be lighted at night. The waterway is expected to be restricted approximately 100 feet. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 26/2014)

Potomac River Security Zone in DC:
       Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard has established a temporary security zone encompassing certain waters of the Potomac River during August 4-5, 2014. The security zone includes all navigable waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, within an area bounded by the following coordinates: on the south by a line drawn from position latitude 38°52'49'N, longitude 077°01'51"W, thence northeasterly to position latitude 38°52'53'N, longitude 077°01'42"W, located in the Washington Channel at the I-395 (Southwest Freeway) fixed bridges, and on the north by a line drawn from position latitude 38°52'48'N, longitude 077°02'30"W, thence southeasterly to position latitude 38°52'45'N, longitude 077°02'24"W, located in the Potomac River at the entrance to the Tidal Basin, located at Washington, DC. The zone will be enforced from 11:59 p.m. on August 4, 2014 through 11 p.m. on August 5, 2014. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the security zone is implemented do not have to depart the security zone. All vessels underway within this security zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this zone can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (5th District  LNM Week 30/2014) This is during the time period of the US-African Leaders Summit in DC.

Onancock Creek Dredging:
       U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge MURDEN will be conducting dredging operations in various parts of the Onancock Creek (37.725078° -75.814971°) until 06 August, 2014. Dredging operations will take place 7 days a week 24 hours a day and mariners should use caution when transiting the area, and maintain bare steerage way when passing the dredge and equipment. The dredge will monitor Channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Chart 12228. (5th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Three VA Lights to be Discontinued Due to Structural Failure:
       Due to structural failure of Great Wicomico Light (LL 7475) (37-48-12.469N, 076-15-58.796W) the Coast Guard can no longer safely access it for maintenance and is soliciting comments on discontinuing it.
       Due to structural failure of Tue Marshes Warning Daybeacon (LL 13505) (37-14-06.511N, 076-23-10.804W) the Coast Guard can no longer safely access it for maintenance and is soliciting comments on discontinuing it.
       Due to structural failure of Pages Rock Warning Daybeacon A (LL 13875) (37-18-39.247N, 076-35-12.138W) the Coast Guard can no longer safely access it for maintenance and is soliciting comments on discontinuing it.
       In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the means you are using to navigate this waterway any electric sensors used while transiting this area. Send comments to: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA. 23704,
Attn.: Albert Grimes Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil  (5th District LNM Week 30/2014)

James River Dredging:
       Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia advises that the Dredge ROCKBRIDGE will be conducting dredging operations in the James River between James River Channel Lighted Buoy 57 (LLNR 12200) (37-12-58.167N, 076-52-18.545W) and James River Channel Lighed Buoy 66 (LLNR 12250) from 22 July, 2014 to 18 September, 2014. The Dredge will monitor VHF Channels 13/16. Dredging operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All fishnets, crabpots, and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of any work. (5th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Mooring Buoys for Craney Island Shoreline Protection Project:
       Coastal Design and Construction will establish two (2) mooring buoys, until August 10, 2014 in association with their shoreline protection project at Craney Island Fuel Pier. The buoys are 0.27Nm ESE of Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 19 (LL 9605) and 0.28Nm. WNW of Lafayette River Channel Light 2 (LL 10660).
CDC Elizabeth River:
Mooring Buoy A 36 53 42.720N—76 19 52.000W White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy B 36 53 44.520N—76 19 45.600W White with blue band.
POC- Jim Gunn 804-693-4158 (5th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Lamberts Point Pier Repairs, Diving Ops:
       Mariners are advised that Crofton Diving Corporation will be conducting pier repairs to the existing Norfolk and Southern Coal Piers located at Lamberts Point (36.879621° -76.329812°) on the Elizabeth River until or about 7 January, 2015. Diving operations will occur during the existing operations and crews on scene will monitor Channels 13/16 VHF-FM. (5th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Southern Branch, Elizabeth River Construction:
       Luck Stone Corporation will begin construction a concrete open pile dock adjacent to their facility located at 4608 Bainbridge Boulevard situated along the Elizabeth River – Southern Branch (36.767179°-76.297155°) beginning 14 July, 2014. The project involves replacing the existing dock, a floating barge (285 feet by 45 feet) with a concrete open pile dock (60 feet by 40 feet), supported by 18 concrete piles. W. F. Magann Corporation will stage all marine equipment and vessels outside the federal channel limits. It is planned that during the construction one crane barge (140x70), one material barge (180 x 40) and a tug boat. All vessels will monitor VHF Channels 13/16. Work hours will be from sunrise to sunset Monday through Saturday. The project is expected to be completed by 17 May, 2017. (5th District LNM Week 27/2014)

New Hatteras Ferry Alternate Route Channel Markers:
       On or about 15 August, 2014 the Coast Guard intends to permanently establish the Barney Slough Channel Buoys as an alternate route for Hatteras Ferries. The following aids to navigation will become permanent:
Barney Slough Channel LB 1B Fl G 2.5s (LLNR 28721) at approximate position 35°11-39.830N, 075°46-54.910W
Barney Slough Channel Buoy 2 (LLNR 28721.3) at approximate position 35°12-12.830N, 075°47-03.370W
Barney Slough Channel LB 3 Fl G 2.5s (LLNR 28721.5) at approximate position 35°13-01.840N, 075°47-08.190W
Barney Slough Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 28721.7) at approximate position 35°13-25.770N, 075°47-12.100W
Barney Slough Channel LB 5 Q G (LLNR 28722) at approximate position 35°13-45.700N, 075°47-20.100W
Barney Slough Channel LB 6 Q R (LLNR 28722.3) at approximate position 35°13-45.860N, 075°47-15.730W
Barney Slough Channel LB WR8 Q R (LLNR 28722.5) at approximate position 35°14-01.977N, 075°45-58.169W
Barney Slough Channel LB 10 Q R (LLNR 28722.7) at approximate position 35°14-04.182N, 075°45-32.673W
Barney Slough Channel Buoy 12 (LLNR 28723) at approximate position 35°13-39.250N, 075°45-07.010W
Barney Slough Channel Buoy 13 (LLNR 28723.3) at approximate position 35°13-25.120N, 075°44-35.720W
Barney Slough Channel Buoy 14 (LLNR 28723.5) at approximate position 35°13-03.810N, 075°44-19.250W
Barney Slough Channel Buoy 15 (LLNR 28723.7) at approximate position 35°12-56.520N, 075°44-03.290W
Barney Slough Channel LB 16 (LLNR 28723.9) at approximate position 35°12-41.440N, 075°44-05.840W
       The Coast Guard will also permanently discontinue the following aid to navigation:
I.W.P. Pier Light 35°14-01.977N, 075°45-58.169W (5th District LNM Week 29/2014)

Bridge Work, AICW Morehead City, Horizontal Clearance Restricted:
       Mariners are advised that maintenance and repairs will be in progress at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8 (34.720105°-76.693624°), across Newport River in Morehead City, NC from July 19, 2014 through April 25, 2015. To facilitate maintenance and repairs, the contractor will utilize a 40-foot X 60-foot barge as a work platform for equipment staging that will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel. A two-hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 40 feet of 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, (910) 772-2212, or at ncmarineevents@uscg.mil. (5th District Bridge Branch)*

Bridge Construction, Beaufort NC:
       Mariners are advised that work is in progress through May 31, 2015 for the replacement of the US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge (34.722364° -76.669315° ) across Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, relocated between Radio Island and Michael J Field, in Carteret County, NC. When completed, the new high-level fixed bridge will have a vertical clearance of 65 feet, above mean high water, along with a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between pile bents. The construction operation will include in-water work involving pile driving, concrete placement, girder setting, and concrete deck installation with post tensioning. Tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor channel 13 VHF, in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Waterway closures are being planned. We advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Masonboro Inlet Jetty Construction:
       Mariners are advised that Precon Marine Inc. will be completing south jetty rock repairs at Masonboro Inlet (34.179519° -77.806746°). The project will begin 7/15/2014 and run until 8/30/2014. Mariners should use extreme caution and maintain no wake while transiting the work area. Precon will have the tugs BETTY JO, DOTTI J, and SAVANNAH working in the area with crane barge KS 1355 and material barge JMC-120. All Tugs can be reached on VHF 13, 16 and 06. Work is planned for day light hours only. Temporary mooring buoys will be placed in Banks Channel and will have a single white light. Moorings will be removed upon project completion. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

New Cape Fear Warning Light:
       On or about 03 August, 2014 Cape Fear River Warning Light (LLNR 30477/40017) will be established in approximate position 33-55-16.690N 077-59-46.330W, displaying a Fl W 4s characteristic. The aid marks an unlit structure just outside the Cape Fear River Channel. (5th District LNM Week 30/2014)

North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
       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.
       Shoaling to 2.6 feet is reported in the vicinity of green can 99A at Black Mud Creek (34.354514°-77.681862°), New Topsail Inlet area, approximately AICW Mile 270.5.

USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida

Little River Swingbridge Fender Repair Update:
       Mariners are advised that R. L. Morrison and Sons, Inc is working on the fender system for the Little River Swingbridge (33.851550°-78.656357°), Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The contractor will have a work barge in the waterway that will restrict the horizontal clearance to 30 feet. Starting June 23, the Little River Swingbridge will operate on the following schedule: from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, this bridge will only open to vessel traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. From 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., the bridge will open on demand. Vessels that are constrained in their ability to navigate are directed to call 843-200-3970 to provide two hours advance notice to the contractor to have the channel cleared prior to their arrival. Vessels requiring more than 30 ft of horizontal clearance should contact the on-scene tug and make arrangements for passage. All other requests for openings should be directed to the bridge tender via VHF-FM radio. This work will be completed by September 23, 2014. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Savannah River Aid Destroyed:
       City Front Channel Light 62 (LLNR 5025) (32-04-48.841N, 081-04-29.645W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is a hazard to navigation. All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

St. Johns Sea Buoy Change:
       ST JOHNS LIGHTED BUOY STJ (570/7110) (30-23-35.368N, 081-19-08.398W)permanently discontinue the RACON. This aid has been recommended to have an AIS Synthetic ATON mark broadcasted at the buoys assigned position. All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with St Johns Lighted Buoy STJ Proposed Changes as the subject line and be received by 19 August 2014. Comments may also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg, Miami, FL 33131. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

Jacksonville, St. Johns River Geotechnical Drilling:
1. Mariners navigating Jacksonville Harbor / St. Johns River from the Mayport Entrance Channel (30-23-51.106N, 081-23-34.703W) to the Broward PT Turn are advised that the R/V Polly will be conducting Geotechnical Drilling Investigations  and Surveys commencing on or about 5 August 2014 with a projected completion date of mid-January 2015. Work is expected to proceed from the entrance channel and proceed upriver to the vicinity of the Broward PT Turn.
2. The vessel operator will monitor channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the R/V Polly while they are conducting operations. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with "Rules of the Road" when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from the vessel.
3. POC for the vessel R/V Polly will be John Markov (912-661-4650) or Graham Johnston (912-547-9523).
4. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Stephen R. Myers at Stephen.R.Myers@usace.army.mil or at 904-232-3914. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Two Launches, Hazard Areas:
       FALCON-9: Eastern R ange will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2849N 8022W
TO 2846N 8019W
TO 2832N 8034W
TO 2836N 8037W
TO 2837N 8036W To Beginning
B: From 4244N 6009W
TO 4452N 5531W
TO 4400N 5452W
TO 4154N 5925W To Beginning
Hazard periods for Primary and Backup Launch Day
Primary: 02/ 0323Z Thru 02 / 0418Z Aug 14. T-0 IS 0323Z.
Backup: NONE SCHEDULED.
       ASIASAT-8: Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2836N 8036W
TO 2838N 8035W
TO 2839N 8034W
TO 2836N 8033W
TO 2830N 7914W
TO 2825N 7823W
TO 2822N 7800W
TO 2821N 7800W
TO 2830N 8017W
TO 2831N 8029W
TO 2829N 8031W
TO 2833N 8037W To Beginning
B: TO 2759N 7330W
TO 2800N 7254W
TO 2741N 7022W
TO 2729N 6941W
TO 2715N 6935W
TO 2710N 6953W
TO 2710N 7010W
TO 2714N 7041W
TO 2733N 7250W
TO 2742N 7323W
TO 2750N 7334W
TO 2754N 7334W T0 Beginning
Hazard periods for Primary and Backup Launch Day
Primary: 05/ 0525Z Thru 05 / 0751Z AUG 14. T-0 IS 0525Z.
Backup: 06/ 0525Z Thru 06 / 0751Z AUG 14. T-0 IS 0525Z. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On July 30, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.91 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.85 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.05 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

Loxahatchee River Dredging Ops:
       Cavache, Inc. will commence dredging operations with the Dredge "LIL MONICA" on or about July 25th in Sims Creek Channel Extension and a portion of the South Channel Extension of the Loxahatchee River (26-56-57.675N, 080-05-53.662W), south and southwest of the Loxahatchee River Aquatic Preserve in Palm Beach County, Florida. The dredge will be disposing of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines the disposal area is the (DMMA) located landward south of the Sims Creek Channel Extension. The portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The pipeline will be sunk along the channel. A booster pump will be anchored and marked near the mouth of the southwest fork and Sims Creek Channel. The dredge will monitor VHF radio channels 7A, 13 & 16. Operations will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately September 30, 2014. For more information contact Cavache (954) 568-0007 Mariners are urged to maintain safe distance from the dredge and booster to avoid potential interference with the pipeline and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Miami Main Channel Dredging Update, July 24, 2014:
       The following aids have been temporarily repositioned to facilitate dredge operations:
Miami Main Ch LB 1 (LLNR 10470) temporarily relocated to 25-45-48.107N/080-05-19.908W
Miami Main Ch LB 5 (LLNR 10490) temporarily relocated to 25-45-25.141N/080-06-24.071W
Miami Main Ch LB 10 (LLNR 10525) temporarily relocated to 25-45-36.101N/080-07-16.130W
Miami Main Ch LB 11 (LLNR 10530) temporarily relocated to 25-45-34.248N080-07-31.548W
Miami Main Ch LB 12 (LLNR 10535) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.058N/080-07-29.068W
       The following aids have been placed back on assigned position:
Miami Main Ch LB 4 (LLNR 10485) relocated to 25-45-33.944N/080-06-23.240W
Miami Main Ch LB 7 (LLNR 10500) relocated to 25-45-18.790N/080-06-53.005W
Miami Main Ch LB 9 (LLNR 10520) relocated to 25-45-26.795N/080-07-12.017W
       The following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with a TRLB:
Miami Main Ch LB 14 (LLNR 10545) to TRLB, Fl R 2.5s
Miami Main Ch LB 16 (LLNR 10555) to TRLB, Fl R 4s temporarily relocated to 25-45-59.616N 080-08-19.245W
Miami Main Ch LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

New Ranges for Miami Main Channel Entrance:
       Shoreline Foundation, Inc. will begin construction of new range structures for the Miami Main Channel Entrance Ranges and Government Cut Ranges, followed by the removal of the existing ranges and temporary range structures on or about July 02, 2014. Construction operations will be conducted approximately 3 to 6 NM's off the coast of Key Biscayne, FL, on the perimeter of the Miami Main Channel and Government Cut. Operations will normally take place Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm, but may periodically change due to weather conditions. The project will involve commercial divers, the Tug "MARK" and a 160 foot crane barge that will be supported by a 31 foot crew boat. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. The project is scheduled to be completed on or about November 14, 2014. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake to ensure the safety of the workers. Contact the Project Superintendent, Sal Daher for further information 305-345-3278.
       Removal of existing Ranges, TRLT's and Rebuilds:
-Miami Main Ch Ent RFL (LLNR 10460) (25-45-06.159N, 080-07-38.683W)  and TRLT Miami Main Ch Ent RFL
-Miami Main Ch Ent RRL (LLNR 10465) (25-44-59.259N, 080-07-59.244W) and TRLT Miami Main Ch Ent RRL
-Government Cut RFL (LLNR 10505) (25-45-11.048N, 080-06-28.821W)
-Government Cut RRL (LLNR 10510) (25-45-01.289N, 080-06-05.360W) (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Fowey Rocks Light Change Proposed:
       FOWEY ROCKS LIGHT (LLNR 920) (25-35-26.249N, 080-05-48.242W) optic will be upgraded to a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern. The sector light will be changed to an all around white light with the same flash characteristics and the nominal range reduced to 7NM. The RACON will be permanently discontinued.
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Fowey Rocks Light Proposed Changes as the subject line and be received by 01 September 2014. Comments can also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg Miami FL 33131. (7th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Dry Tortugas Light to be Discontinued:
       The following change has been approved to the aids to navigation system in Sand Key:
Dry Tortugas Light (LLNR 1095) (24-38-00.021N, 082-55-13.958W) will be permanently discontinued. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

USCG Plans to Transfer Ownership of Aids in Everglades National Park:
       The USCG is considering a proposal to transfer ownership of a number of Aids to Navigation located within Everglades National Park  National Park Service. In addition, the USCG is considering the removal of all Aids to Navigation from Coot Bay (25.189675° -80.913930°) to near the mouth of Little Shark River, also within Everglades National Park.
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Everglades National Park as the subject line and be received by 01 October 2014. Comments can also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg, Miami, FL 33131. Direct POC: Andrew Haley, USCG District 7 Waterway Management, Phone: (305) 415-6750. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Big Carlos Pass Dredging:
       Orion Marine Construction Inc. will be performing hydraulic dredging operations in Big Carlos Pass until approximately October 15, 2014. All Barges/Dredges/Tugs/Crew Boats will operate and monitor on working Channel 78 and VHF Channel 16. Hydraulic operations areas and explanations are listed below:
       The Dredge JERI-B will dredge in Big Carlos Pass Beach (26.403138°-81.882866°), Bonita Beach and Lovers Key State Park (26.389904° -81.879446°). Orion Marine Group personnel will be performing crew transfers at Weeks Fish Camp and Lovers Key State Park boat ramp in Estero Bay. While dredging the vessels will be displaying lights and dayboards and may temporally impede the flow of traffic through the channel. The Dredge JERI-B will work on Channel 78 and monitor VHF Channel 16. The JERI-B will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A submerged pipeline will be utilized from the dredge to the overboard dredge material discharge area. The path of the pipeline will be properly marked IAW USCG 33 CFR 88.15. Buoys with "Caution Submerged Pipeline" will mark the submerged line. For further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498, Mr. Richard Goodman Safety Officer (904) 502-3716 and/or the Superintendent Mr. Jared Rackley (813) 367-6598. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Jetty Construction, Dunedin, FL:
       Florida Dredge & Dock, LLC will commence jetty construction on or about August 15, 2014. Operations will include constructing 3 T-groins on the gulf side of Honeymoon Island (28.069000° -82.830722°) centered approximately 1 mile north of Hurricane Pass. The jetties will extend 250 feet west from high water. Hours of ops will be daylight hours only, (6 days a week) Monday through Saturday. The project will run until approximately July, 2015. Further information contact Don Fletcher, Project Superintendent (727) 942-7888. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 87 (LLNR 43815) (27-45-26.753N, 080-24-13.418W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)
       Clewiston Channel (Route 1B) DBN 9 (LLNR 51295) (26-46-49.802N, 080-53-33.747W) and DBN 9A (LLNR 51305) are destroyed and pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 29/2014)
       Clewiston Channel (Rt 1B) Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 51285) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are a hazard to navigation. A TRLB "WR7" with Fl Q G, 4M intensity is set in position 26-47-01.509N/080-53-06.669W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)
       The Coast Guard received a report of a 50ft Mast protruding out of the water in the vcinity of Boca Grande Channel in approximate position 24-32- 24N/082-01.070W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 29/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 30/2014:
       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.
       Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from the Florida Department of Transportation, District Two for the approval of location and plans for the construction of a new bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 739.2, also known as Sister's Creek (30.393797° -81.460001°) approximately 0.3 miles north of the confluence with the St. Johns River, at Jacksonville, FL. Public Notice 08-14 provides details of the proposed new bridge and solicits comments concerning the project. The public notice is available at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7.
       Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Genesis CEI Services, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that due to painting operations on the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) (30.323251°-81.438770°)Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (San Pablo Creek) mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida. The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by four feet slightly more than one-half the channel from April 10, 2014 through April 10, 2015. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
       Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River:The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge (30.322626° -81.658613°)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. Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.
       Update: During the concrete pour operation the Main Street Bridge will need to close for 72 hours on two separate occasions. The date for the first 72 hour closure has been set for September 5, 2014.
       The 2 hour notice for an opening will be in effect for next week, 07/28/14 –08/01/14, between the hours of 9am and 4pm due to repairs being made on the lift span. The advanced notice for an opening will also be in effect beginning at 9pm Friday night, 08/01/14 and ending at 6am Sunday morning, 08/03/14 due to repairs being made under a full bridge traffic detour. Between the hours of 6am and 7pm, a 2 hour notice is required, between the hours of 7pm to 6am a 4 hour notice is required. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding in this matter.
       Please note these dates may change or be added due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
       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.
       Indiantown Road/SR 706 Bridge (AICW Mile 1006.2): The Indiantown Road/SR 706 Bridge (26.933648° -80.084072°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1006.2, Palm Beach County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 8:00 p.m. on August 12 to 6:00 a.m. on August 13, 2014 to replace the hydrolytic fluid. This bridge provides a vertical clearance of 35 feet in the closed position. Vessels not requiring an opening may pass at any time.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
       Due to a concrete pumping operation over the Flagler Memorial Bridge, the vertical clearance over the waterway will be limited to 64 ft during the operation. Vessels requiring more than 64 ft of vertical clearance should contact the bridge tender at least four hours in advance to schedule the removal of the pipe over the waterway. This operation will be conducted at least 2 or 3 times a week from Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. starting May 27, 2014 and ending on October 31, 2014. Mariners are requested to contact Primary - 813 235 3056 (Ricardo Baraybar) Secondary - 561 253 6995 (PCL Office) to make arrangements to have the vertical clearance restriction removed.
       With the Flagler Memorial Bridge left in the open to navigation position from May 12, 2014 until October 31, 2014, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges south of this structure. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour (open once an hour on the quarter past the hour) from 6:16 a.m. until 8:14 p.m. Monday through Friday, except that from 7:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. At all other time including Federal Holidays this bridge will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 7:31 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and from 4:01 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. (Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays), this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
       PCL Construction will be working on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge and will have floating equipment in the vicinity of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Any and all channel restrictions/closures in support of this new structure will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This bridge construction is anticipated to be completed by September 1, 2016.
       South Fork, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: I-95 Bridge Update: V&M Erectors is working on the I-95 Bridge 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 August 31, 2014. The containment system can be retracted by two feet if 24 hours notice is provided to the contractor.
       V&M Erectors will be working on another section of the I-95 Bridge  (26.096434° -80.169002°) across the New River. This work will close the navigation channel at night from 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily, April 6 through September 1, 2014. Mariners requesting passage at night should call 954-290-1877 and provide a two hour advance notice. V&M Erectors may be working on the bridge during daylight hours; but the floating equipment will be placed outside the channel limits. Mariners are request to use caution when transiting through this area as there are currently three projects on going in this congested area.
       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 on the south side is scheduled to begin in August 2014. The Coast Guard has approved a temporary schedule change for the CSX Railroad Bridge across the South Fork of the New River. ... The pile driving operation on the south side is scheduled to begin in September 2014. The estimated completion date for this project is June, 2016.
       Sunshine Skyway Bridge: The Coast Guard has been advised that ICA plans to begin water work involved with the inspection of the trestle spans at each end of the Skyway Bridge (27.629114° -82.661937°) on August 4, 2014. Equipment involved in the inspection that will be in the area of the bridge will include a 140' barge loaded with two 86' lifts and served by a 47' barge and a 21' crew boat. It is anticipated that the inspection will continue through most of the month of August and that the barge will be spudded down and the lighted equipment will overnight near the bridge.


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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