East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

NEW: Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9: New Closure Period:
           From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project: April 6 – May 2, 2009
Channel Closures
Notice To Mariners:
The channel will be completely closed except for scheduled openings for each day at the Bridge of Lions temporary bridge in St. Augustine according to the following schedule:




Monday, April 6 –
Friday, April 10

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
and 1:30 p.m.

Monday, April 20 – Saturday, April 25

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Monday, April 27 – Saturday, May 2

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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

Unexploded Ordnance at Boca Grande Key:
            The U.S. Coast Guard has been notified that there is unexploded ordnance approximately one-half mile north of Boca Grande Key within a 200 yard radius of an exposed wreck located at position 24-32.615N 081-59.946W. All mariners are advised not to anchor in this area and to transit the area with caution. For further information please contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West Operation Center at (305) 292-8808 (7th District LNM 13).*

Jordan Bridge Lift Span to Close for Removal:
Comment NOW--Figure Eight Island Bridge Opening Schedule Change:
From the 5th District Bridge Branch:
FEB 24 2009
The Coast Guard proposes to change the drawbridge operation regulations of the Figure Eight Swing Bridge, at AIWW mile 278.1 at Scotts Hill, NC. This proposal would allow for the drawbridge to open on signal every hour on the half hour for the passage of pleasure vessels. At all times, the draw will continue to open on signal for commercial vessels. The proposed change would result in more efficient use of the bridge.

Interested parties are requested to express their views, in writing, on the proposed changes to the operating regulations. Comments will be received for the record at the office of the Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth2, Virginia 23704-5004. Written comments on this proposal must be submitted on or before April 6. 2009.

           Editorial Comment: Of course this is more efficient use of bridge because it cuts the openings in half. And residents of Figure Eight Island will be delighted in that they will have fewer waiting periods at the bridge. But for boaters it will just increase the headaches of getting through the ICW stretch between Camp Lejeune and Wrightsville Beach, NC, a distance of about 50 miles where there are no anchorages and few marina slips.
           First there is the bombing range at Camp Lejeune which gets closed down occasionally, then the Onslow Beach Bridge (slow opening on the hour and half hour), then the Surf City Bridge, opening on the hour, then the Figure Eight Island Bridge now opening on the hour and half hour, then the Wrightsville Beach Bridge opening on the hour.
           So what’s the big deal about this bridge? Here it is: The distance between the Wrightsville Beach Bridge (opens once an hour on the hour) and the Figure Eight Island Bridge is five statute miles. The channel is very narrow with few markers, strong reversing and side currents, and a very busy boat ramp just north of the Wrightsville Beach Bridge. Slower boats (sailboats and some trawlers, which are usually less maneuverable than faster smaller boats and are slowed further by adverse currents) usually cannot make the five mile distance between these bridges in 30 minutes, and would be forced to wait for nearly an hour at one bridge or another. Waiting (while moving, as boats must do when waiting, or anchoring to wait) and congestion will cause possible accidents at the bridges, especially in the vicinity of the boat ramp at Wrightsville Beach. Figure Eight is an aging bridge and often needs repairs. Why not repair it right or replace it? I guess it’s easier and cheaper to just punish boaters and cause unnecessary safety issues at another bridge.
           No one will know about these issues unless we boaters make comments during this public comment period. It doesn’t help to make noise afterwards.

 General Announcements from Recent LNMs:
NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) intends to eliminate LORAN-C lattices from future editions of NOS Paper Nautical Charts and Raster Navigational Charts starting in 2009. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) requests that all comments about this change be sent via OCS’ inquiry page <http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/idrs/inquiry.aspx> before April 24, 2009. Any other questions may be directed to the inquiry page or by calling NOAA’s navigation inquiry hotline: 1-888-990-NOAA (6622).For further information or inquiries please contact Mr. Richard Sillcox (Chief, Update Service, Marine Chart Division) at (301) 713-1973 ext 105.

Comments Requested on Gloucester, MA Inner Harbor Aids Change:
            The Coast Guard is considering making the following change(s) to this waterway;
DISESTABLISH Channel Buoy 13 (LLNR 9915)
ESTABLISH Approach Channel LB 12 (LLNR 9912) FL R 2.5s in approximate position 42 36 18.060N and 070 39 30.600W
ESTABLISH Channel LB 14 (LLNR 9917) FL R 4s in approximate position 42 36 28.668N and 070 39 31.848W
CHANGE Black Rock DBN 12 (LLNR 9905) from a red lateral daybeacon to a white non-lateral warning daybeacon marked “DANGER” “ROCKS”.
CHANGE Tenpound Island Ledge BY 6 (LLNR 9880) to Tenpound Island Ledge LB 6 (LLNR 9880) FL R 4s in approximate position 42 35 45.934Nand 070 40 19.749W
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through your organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested by 07 April 2009. To facilitate the process, refer to Project No. 01-09-014. E-mails can be sent to mark.e.ferreira@uscg.mil and faxes to 617-223-8073 (USCG 1st District LNM 12).

Boston Approach Traffic Separation Scheme Aids to Change:
            Also from the 1st District LNM 12: In conjunction with the proposed revision to the Boston Approach Traffic Separation schedule to be completed in June 2009, the following aids will be relocated shoreward:
Boston Approach LB BA (LLNR 565) to (PA) 40-48.953N 069-00.635W
Boston Approach LB BB (NOAA 44018) (LLNR 560) to (PA) 41-15.320N 069-18.313W
Boston Approach LB BC (LLNR 515) to (PA) 41-41.404N 069-35.963W
Boston Approach LB BD (LLNR 495) to (PA) 42-18.280N 070-01.140W

Boston TSS Charts to be Revised:      
            On June 1, 2009 the Boston Traffic Separation Scheme will be revised per the International Maritime Organization. NOAA is preparing four nautical chart new editions showing the changes. The charts are National Ocean Service (NOS) Charts 13006, 13009, 13200, and 13203. These paper charts showing the entire change will be available for sale by June 1st when the routing measure takes effect. Print-on-Demand (POD) NOS charts of these four new editions will be available from OceanGrafix (www.OceanGrafix.com http://www.OceanGrafix.com>) starting in May. NOS Raster Navigational Charts http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov / will also show the changes starting in May. The NOS charts not showing the full scheme will be revised with "Chart corrections" published in the LNM (District 1, LNM 12).

Test Borings in NJ:
            The 1st District LNM 12 reports that Earthworks LLC will be conducting 8 test borings south of South Elizabeth Channel, 12 test borings in Newark Bay South Reach, 17 test borings in the Arthur Kill in the Elizabethport and North of Shooters Island Reaches, and 1 test boring west of the Port Jersey Channel turning basin between March 16 and April 30, 2009. Each boring will be conducted from a Millers Launch self-spudding barge tended by the Tug Shawn Miller. Each test boring will be worked between Monday and Friday, from 0630-1700. Each test boring is expected to take 3-4 hours to complete. When the position of the spud barge impedes safe navigation, the spud barge will be required to clear the channel WITHIN 30 MINUTES NOTICE when requested via CH 13. The Shawn Miller will notify VTS NY on VHF CH 14 fifteen minutes prior to arriving on scene at each test boring. No test borings will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Miller’s Launch point of contact is Sven Van Batavia at 917.217.8743. Earthworks point of contact is Bruce Ward at 203.788.8103. Vessels with concerns about the test boring location within the channel should immediately notify VTS New York via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or e-mail: D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil

Sunken Fishing Vessel, off Atlantic City, NJ:
            The F/V LADY MARY has sunk in approximate position 38-33.6N, 073-40.9W, 140 feet of water, approximately 65NMs southeast of Atlantic City, NJ. (USCG 5th District LNM 13).

Delaware Bay Data Buoys:
            The University of Delaware has established the following temporary lighted data buoys until on or about 10 May, 2009:
1. Univ. of Delaware Lighted Data Buoy A (no LLNR) at approximate position 38-51-40N, 074-57-50W, Fl Y 6S, yellow sphere.
2. Univ. of Delaware Lighted Data Buoy B (no LLNR) at approximate position 38-50-24N, 074-55-34W, Fl Y 6S, yellow sphere.
3. Univ. of Delaware Lighted Data Buoy C (no LLNR) at approximate position 38-49-36N, 075-31-08W, Fl Y 6S, yellow sphere.
4. Univ. of Delaware Lighted Data Buoy D (no LLNR) at approximate position 38-44-36N, 075-01-057W, Fl Y 6S, yellow sphere.
(5th District LNM 13)

Amphibious EFV Testing in Upper Chesapeake:
            The 5th District LNM 13 advises mariners that the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) will conduct operational testing of their armored, amphibious Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), scheduled to begin on March 23, 2009. Each EFV test consists of several hours of low speed transition speed runs on-water operation, during the period of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, through Mid April 2009. The operation area includes: entering the water at Days Point in the Gunpowder River, proceeding out to the mouth of the Gunpowder River and then back north into the River to the vicinity of Oliver Point. The vehicle will be performing low speed maneuvers east of Oliver Point inside the APG reservation boundaries. The EFV will exit the water on the north side of Maxwell Point. The EFV will be accompanied by safety patrols and maintenance support boats to provide escort and towing service, if necessary. Testing activity would be curtailed and the area cleared to accommodate any shipping traffic. Interested mariners may contact the on-site test personnel at 410-320-8683, or the ATC's B Tower Operator at (410) 278-2250/3971 or on marine band radio Channel 68 VHF (call sign "800"), or the DNR boat on marine band radio Channel 68 VHF.

Sunken Sailboat, Chesapeake Bay:
            The 5th District LNM 13 report that the Coast Guard has received a report of a submerged 52 foot, 2 mast sailing vessel in approximate position 38-12N, 076-19W (South of Patuxent River). Portions may be visible. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.

Lower Chesapeake Dredging:
            The dredge PADRE ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations in the Thimble Shoal North Auxiliary Channel east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from 07 March through 15 April, 2009. Pump out operations will occur at the East Ocean View Beach via a floating rubber hose running outside of the channel and lit with quick flashing yellow lights. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 (5th District LNM 13).

Thimble Shoals Light Change:
            The 5th District LNM 13 is still asking for comments on this change: On or about April 21, 2009 the Coast Guard will reduce the nominal range from 20NM to 18NM and discontinue the sound signal on Thimble Shoal Light. These changes will substantial reduce the electrical load required for this aid to navigation and not adversely affect navigation safety. Send comments on 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

Rudee Inlet, Again:
            The City of Virginia Beach survey of Rudee Inlet, dated 20 March 2009 indicates shoaling; least depth from 9.7 feet MLLW to 5.2 feet MLLW, across the channel, starting approximately 350 feet west of the North Jetty end to approximately 250 feet east of the North Jetty end with an area of extreme shoaling to a depth of 5.2 feet MLLW across the inbound side of the channel. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 13)

            The Dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the Virginia Inside Passage between Virginia Inside Passage Light 248 and Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 263 from 08 March through 15 April, 2009. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 (5th District LNM 11).

ICW High-Rise Opening Bridge to Close:
            To perform mechanical repairs, mariners are advised that the I-64/High-Rise Bridge (AIWW Mile 7.1) across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 07:00 AM on Monday 06 April, 2009 until 05:00 PM on 10 April, 2009. The available vertical clearance in the closed position is approximately 65 feet MHW. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so with extreme caution. (From 5th District LNM 13).

Ben Sawyer Bridge, Mile 462.2 Repairs:
            This bridge was severely damaged 20 years ago during Hurricane Hugo, and the swing span should have been replaced then. The USCG 7th District LNM 07 announces that the swing span of the Ben Sawyer Bridge will be replaced between March and November, 2009 and there may be slight delays in opening. These delays will be announced in MSIBs from Coast Guard Charleston.

EPA Surveys, Savannah Area:
            From the 7th District LNM 12: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct Sidescan Sonar and Hydrographic Surveys at the Savannah Ocean Dredge Material Disposal Site (SODMDS), 3.7NM from shore and 0.25NM south of the Savannah Navigational Channel. The survey area boundary coordinates are: 31 deg 55.793N 080 deg 55.895W, 31 deg 55.793N 080 deg 44.225W, 31 deg 58.005N 080 deg 44.895W, 31 deg 58.005N 080 deg 44.225W. This project will commence on or about April 13, 2009 with completion date on or about April 17, 2009. The EPA Ocean Survey Vessel OSV BOLD will be onscene and monitoring VFH Channel 16. For further information please contact Mr. Chris McArthur at (404) 562-9391.

Dredging for Beaches, Ft. Pierce:
            The 7th District LNM 12 advises that there will be more dredging for beaches this season: Weeks Marine, Inc, will commence dredging operations and beach re-nourishment in the Fort Pierce Inlet Inner Harbor on or about April 15, 2009 with completion date on or about May 1, 2009. The dredge R.N. WEEKS will be on-scene and monitoring VHF Channels 13 and 16. The complete text with chartlett and drawing of areas are listed as enclosure number 12 of this Local Notice to Mariners. For further information please contact Mr. Ely Mahan at (985) 232-1277.

All Current Meter Platforms Removed Except One:
            From the 7th District LNM 13: The U.S. Coast Guard has received notification that The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has recovered all Current Meter Platforms in Miami Harbor, Port Everglades Inlet, and Fort Pierce Inlet (See LNM 44/08 through LNM 11/09), with exception of one (1) at Fort Pierce Inlet (FPI0901) in approximate position 27 deg 28.269N 080 deg 17.546W in 12.3 meters (40.3 feet) of water and located in the middle of the main shipping channel at the entrance to Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida. CO-OPS has advised that the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler has been removed from the platform, the platform is partially buried and will remain in place until further notice. For further information please contact Ms. Karen Earwaker at (301) 713-2890 ext 115.

New Private Aids, St. Lucie:
            The U.S. Coast Guard has received notification that eleven (11) Class II Private Aids to Navigational buoys have been established in the St Lucie Inlet Preserve Park. These buoys marked A (27 deg 09.88N 080 deg 08.75W) through K (27 deg 06.20N 080 deg 06.47W) will be charted (11472) and entered in Light List Volume III – Atlantic and Gulf Coast. Mariners are requested to view future editions of the Local Notice to Mariners for exact Latitudes and Longitudes for their Chart Correction and Light List updates. Any further information please contact Mr. Jeff Beal at (772) 467-3080. (7th District LNM 13)

Dredging for Beaches--Jupiter Inlet (Not on ICW):
            Southwind Construction Corporation has advised that hydraulic dredging in the sand trap inside of Jupiter Inlet (see enclosure number 13), and a beach re-nourishment project along the beach in Jupiter Inlet, Jupiter, Florida, is schedule to commence on or about April 13, 2009 with completion date on or about April 26, 2009. The dredge WILKO with workboats (2): AMITY and MISS LEANNE will be on-scene. All Southwind vessels will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16 with working Channel 79 at all times during this operation. Submerged and floating pipelines associated with dredging operation will be on-scene, all mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Pipeline will be positioned along south shoreline to the mouth of the Inlet, and then traversing along the beach to the beach re-nourishment area. For further information please contact Mr. Darrell Stewart (Operations Director) at (812) 867-7220. (7th District LNM 13)

Artificial Reef Maintenance, Hillsboro Inlet:
            Shoreline Foundation, Inc., will be begin a maintenance project on an Artificial Reef just south of the entrance to the Hillsboro Inlet. This project will commence on or about April 1, 2009 with completion on or about May 1, 2009.
The tugboat PEGGY ANN with a barge of approximate size 150ft X 50ft will be on scene and monitoring VFH Channel 16. The barge and tug will be staged inside the mouth of the jetty during non-working hours. For further information please contact Mr. Mathew Sturm at (954) 985-0460. (From the 7th District LNM 12)

Port Everglades Warning:
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting surface and submerged maneuvers in the water immediately South East of Port Everglades Inlet (PEV), Fort Lauderdale, Florida.. These operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0000 hrs 03 April 2009 to 2400 hrs on 06 April 2009. The vessel will be working between 60 feet of water and 600 feet of water approximately ¾ NM to 3 NM off-shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 2.5 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The Naval Vessel will have restricted maneuverability. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the Naval Vessel. Ships entering PEV are requested to enter from the North East thereby avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations all vessel traffic transiting the area is requested to stay 5 NM east of PEV. For further information please contact Mr. Anthony Bush at (954) 926-4032. (7th District LNM 12)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 13:           
            Hart Bridge, St. Johns River: The vertical clearance of the Hart Bridge will be reduced by 5 feet due to painting, March 2, 2009 through November, 2010. There will be a safety boat in the vicinity during the painting.
            Sisters Creek Bridge, Mile 739.2: This bridge will be under repair until April 10, 2009. Between January 12 and April 10, 2009, one half of the channel will be blocked by a barge working on fender replacement on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
           Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9: From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project: The Bridge of Lions will be closed April 20-April 25 and April 27-May 2, 2009 (Mon-Sat), from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with no scheduled openings of the bridge. The channel will be closed to all marine traffic, with openings for declared emergencies only.
            NASA Railroad Bridge (Mile 876.6): Due to repairs, this bridge will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, March 16-June 30, 2009.         
14th Street Causeway Bridge (Mile 1055.0): This bridge in Pompano Beach will be on single leaf operation from 10:00 p.m. April 20 till 10:00 p.m. on April 21, 2009. Between 12:01 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on April 21 there will be intermittent channel closures for the safety of vessel traffic.
East Venetian Causeway (Not on the ICW): (across the Miami Beach Channel) This bridge will be under repairs for around 45 days, possibly starting as early as May 1, 2009 (dates to be announced). The channel will be closed and no vessels may pass during the repair period.
GIWW: Pinellas Bayway (Mile 114) and Corey Causeway (Mile 117.7): There will be a test of a deviation to the schedule of these two bridges from 7:00 a.m. March 2 through 7:00 p.m. May 8, 2009 to test a twice an hour opening schedule.

Change in Aids to Navigation, Anclote River:
            The following chances will be made in the Anclote River.
ANCLOTE RIVER CUT C RANGE FRONT LIGHT (LLNR 26215) will be permanently discontinued.
ANCLOTE RIVER LIGHT 22 (LLNR 26243) will be established in position 28-10-05.010N/082-47-05.955W displaying Flashing Red 4s characteristics and TR’s on dolphin. Light 22 is being established on Cut C Range Front Light existing structure. Nominal Range is 3 miles.
ANCLOTE RIVER CUT C RANGE REAR LIGHT (LLNR 26220) will be permanently discontinued.
This work will be completed the week of 20 April 2009 (7th District LNM 13).

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 that use.