East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

New Format for USCG Local Notices to Mariners, July 20, 2005:
The Coast Guard has announced that it will discontinue the monthly editions of its published Local Notices to Mariners (LNM) on or about July 20, 2005. Instead, all information that is currently listed only in the monthly LNM will be included in each weekly LNM. There will be changes in format, but the information contained will be the same. Comments can be addressed to LTJG Dave Bauer at DBauer@comdt.uscg.mil.

Maine to New Jersey—Red Tide Warning:
The USCG 1st District has announced a Red Tide advisory for shellfish harvesters (I’d say that’s for shellfish eaters too!). The most recent LNM (01/25) advises that an extensive toxic red tide bloom has been detected in the coastal waters of New Hampshire and Massachusetts extending into adjacent federal waters. The National Marine Fisheries Service has closed federal waters to the harvest of bivalve shellfish including surf clams, ocean quahogs, mussels, and scallops, with the exception of scallop adductor muscles, or scallop "meats" harvested and shucked at sea. The closure area is in federal waters bound by the following coordinates in the order stated: 43-00N, 071-00W, 43-00N, 069-00W, 40-00N, 069-00W, 40-00N, 071-00W; and then ending at the first position. Federal waters begin 3 miles beyond the shoreline.

Offshore Wind Energy Generating Facility Proposed for NY–Great South Bay—Narraskatuck River:
A proposal has been received by the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers from the Long Island Power Authority and Long Island Offshore Wind Park to install an Offshore Wind Energy Generating Facility and Submarine Electric Cables.
All comments on this proposal must be received by 22 July 2005.

Oregon Inlet, NC, Shoaling:
USCG 5th District Local Notice 05/25 dated June 21, 2005 announces that severe shoaling exists at the bar of the Oregon Inlet Channel and the center span of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. Surveys show the minimum depth at the bar has been reduced to approximately 8 feet MLW. Shoaling east of the center span of the bridge continues to move south. A construction barge and crane are working on the bridge supports to the north of the navigational opening. A temporary alternate channel has been established over the bar in the following positions:
(1). Oregon Inlet Alternate Channel Junction Buoy East (no LLNR) in position 35-45-53N, 075-34-25W in 17 feet MLW.
(2). Oregon Inlet Alternate Channel Junction Buoy 1 (no LLNR) in position 35-45-48N, 075-34-37W in 14 feet MLW.
(3). Oregon Inlet Alternate Channel Junction Buoy 2 (no LLNR) in position 35-45-47N, 075-34-48W in 12 feet MLW.
(4). Oregon Inlet Alternate Channel Junction Buoy 3 (no LLNR) in position 35-45-41N, 075-35-08W in 13 feet MLW.
(5). Oregon Inlet Alternate Channel Junction Buoy 4 (no LLNR) in position 35-45-41N, 075-35-17W in 10 feet MLW.
(6). Oregon Inlet Alternate Channel Junction Buoy West (no LLNR) in position 35-45-39N, 075-35-26W in 10feet MLW.
All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.

Lockwoods Folly Inlet, NC--Markers Relocated:
This is NOT the ICW. Lockwoods Folly Inlet is one of the small ocean inlets used by local pleasure vessels and commercial fishermen that has been closed due to lack of funding for USACE dredging. The markers recently removed have now been relocated. See USCG 5th District LNM 05/26 for their exact locations.

Finally--Dredging at the C&D Canal Anchoring Basin--Again:

Propeller wash from the large ships passing combined with strong current flow between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays cause persistent shoaling in the basin containing this popular anchorage, restaurant/marina and public dock. The entrance depth was recently reported at 3.5 ft. It needs periodic dredging to keep it open.
The USCG 5th District LNM 05/25 reports that the Dredge JENNI LEA II will be conducting dredging operations in the Maryland Anchorage Basin of the C & D Canal from 27 June through 07 August, 2005. A floating and partially submerged pipeline associated with the project will be in place along the north shoreline. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating and submerged pipeline, buoys and wires and to exercise extreme caution and no wake when approaching, passing and leaving the dredge location.

They’re FINALLY Dredging the ICW Again: Georgetown to Sullivan’s Island, SC:
It’s about time! The channel for miles south of McClellenville, Mile 430, is only 6 ft deep in many places, has been for years.

The USCG 7th District LNM 07/25 announced that General Engineering & Environmental, LLC, has commenced dredging operations in the Intracoastal Waterway between Georgetown and Sullivan Island, SC. All vessels transiting this area are advised to proceed with caution and reduce speed. The dredge ENTERPRISE will be on scene and monitoring VFH Channel 16 and 66A. For any additional information, contact Mr. Jack Walker at (843) 697-2209.

Coast Guard 7th District Announces SECTORS:
Coast Guard GROUPS are out (in some cases). SECTORS are in. There is some consolidation, but much remains the same. In the 7th District, here are the most recent Sectors announced:

On June 15, 2005, Coast Guard Sector Charleston was established. Please use the following information to contact personnel at Sector Charleston:
Maritime emergencies contact the Sector Command Center: (843) 724-7616.
Vessel Inspections: (843) 720-3274
Marine Casualty and Pollution Investigations: (843) 720-7751
Regional Examination Center: (843) 720-3250
Port security and Planning (843) 747-1561
Waterways Management (843) 724-7647
For all others please contact: (843) 724-76500

On August 12, 2005, Group Mayport will combine with Marine Safety Office Jacksonville to establish Sector Jacksonville.

United States Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg will be established on July 11, 2005. Broadcasts previously issued by MSO/COTP Tampa and
Group St Petersburg will originate from Sector St Petersburg. After July 11, 2005, mariners requesting information or marine assistance shall call
out to Sector St Petersburg, Florida. Coast Guard Stations may be contacted as in the past.

Kissimmee River, FL Closed Due to Heavy Rains:
High water levels and strong currents caused by this year’s unusually heavy rains can be very dangerous to boaters. Florida Boaters on the Kissimmee River in Florida should check the USCG 7th District LNM 07/26, page 18 for a News Release from the South Florida Water Management District for information on the closure of three locks at the southern tip of Lake Kissimmee. Public launching ramps are closed at the locks, and private ones are encouraged to close also. The southern-most lock is 40 miles from Lake Kissimmee, so this is a long stretch of river that is basically closed to boaters until further notice. Call the SFWMD at 407 858 6100 (Bill Graf) or 863 462 5260 (Missie Barletto) for further information. The Okeechobee Waterway is not affected by this closure.

This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive any and all claims which may arise from that use.

Copyright 2004-2005 Tom Neale