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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 27, 2015
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Posted: February 27, 2015
Attention Snowbirds:
Barge Sunk in Fort Pierce Inlet, Inlet Closed:
On February 24, 2015, a barge (100 ft by 40 feet) being towed into the Fort Pierce Inlet in Florida sank in the inlet, inside the jetties, and is reported to have broken into two sections. The Coast Guard has closed the inlet to vessel traffic. A three part salvage plan is in place. Salvage will be weather dependent and much of it will have to take place at slack tide. There is no date for reopening the inlet.
Check www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/fort-pierce-inlet-remains-closed-victim-who...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale February 12, 2015
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Posted: February 12, 2015
Attention Snowbirds:
Again--Shoaling Reported in New River Inlet AICW Crossing:
Hazard to navigation - shoaling has been reported to a depth of 3 feet between the Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72A (LLNR 39300) (34.553901°-77.349136°) and Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72B (LLNR 393003) and depth of 4 feet at Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 74 (LLNR 39305) on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Check the Wilmington USACE link at the end of the Alerts for the latest survey (late January, 2015) of the area which confirms this report. (5th...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 29, 2015
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Posted: January 29, 2015
Canaveral Lock Closure:
Schedule for Week of 1/26/2015 to 1/29/2015
Canaveral Locks (28.408777°-80.637077°) will be closed for repairs according to the following schedule:
Monday January 26 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Tuesday January 27 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Wednesday January 28 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Thursday January 29 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Additional information concerning Canaveral Locks and related navigation bulletins may be obtained on Jacksonville District's website at: www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 15, 2015
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Posted: January 15, 2015
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Wappoo Creek Bridge Repairs:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing the SC Route 171 (Wappoo Creek) Bridge (32.766286° -79.974176°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 470.8, Charleston, South Carolina. The contractor Adelphi Inc.DBA G-Force Contracting has requested that the Wappoo Creek Bridge be placed on single-leaf operations starting January 21, 2015, with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening. ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale January 2, 2015
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Posted: January 02, 2015
Attention Snowbirds
Hillsboro Inlet Bridge Repairs and Closure Schedule Announced (NOT on the AICW):
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will start work on the repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261229° -80.083250°) on January 5, 2015. This project is anticipated to be completed by November 14, 2015. There will be various bridge restrictions and closures throughout this project. The contractor will be working closely with the marine interests to ensure impacts to navigation will be at a minimum.
Starting on January 5, 2015, from 7:3...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 18, 2014
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Posted: December 18, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Pungo Ferry Bridge Emergency Repairs:
Mariners are advised that emergency fender repair work has commenced and will continue through January 2015 for the SR 604 Bridge across the North Landing River, at AICW mile 28.4, in Virginia Beach, VA (commonly known as the Pungo Ferry Bridge) ( 36.614141° -76.059110°). The operation will consist of debris removal and repair of the bridge fender system, with in-water work involving pile driving, lighted barges in and near the channel, and divers. Mariners should check for future notices on this emergency repair fender...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 5, 2014
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Posted: December 05, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
New Bern RR Bridge Closure for Repairs:
The operating schedule that governs the Norfolk Southern Railroad Drawbridge across Trent River, mile 0.2, at New Bern, NC (35.099593° -77.041370°) will be temporarily changed to facilitate a repair project. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 8 a.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 until 7 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014. This deviation is necessary to facilitate removal and replacement of the rail lift joints. Mariners are advised to take caution. (5th District LNM Week 47/2014) *
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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 20, 2014
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Posted: November 20, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Fields Cut Shoaling Reminder:
There is shoaling directly in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway in Fields Cut and is blocking 3/4 of the waterway and poses a serious hazard to navigation during low-tide. A depth of 2ft has been reported in approximate position 32-05.185N/080-56.022W. Fields Cut Temp LB 48A has been established in position 32-05-10.319N/080-56-00.740W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is cop...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale November 6, 2014
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Posted: November 06, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Great Bridge Lock to Close for Three Days:
The Great Bridge Lock (36.723681°-76.247636°), located in Chesapeake, Virginia will be closed to navigation between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm for 3 days from 18 – 20 November, 2014. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed to through vessel traffic during the time period. Closure is required to facilitate diving and crane operations to isolate on the lock valve chambers. Vessels desiring to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the cl...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale October 23, 2014
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Posted: October 23, 2014
Attention Snowbirds
Great Bridge "Free Dock", No Dockage:
Flint Construction Company has commenced demolition and reconstruction work at the City of Chesapeake Pier in the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal in the vicinity of the Great Bridge Locks (36.723681°-76.247636°). Work is expected to take place from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Monday through Saturday, with a completion date of 24 November, 2014. The crane barge can be contacted on Channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area and proceed with no wake. (5th District LNM Wee...... Read More

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