East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
7/9/2009


ICW Closure at New Oak Island Bridge, NC, Mile 316.6:
            I spoke with the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina on July 8 at the number given below and was informed that they had just that hour received information that the ICW closure described below would extend until August 12, 2009. They said that details are not yet available, like whether any vessels would be allowed to pass through the reported 10.5 hour daily daytime closure period for three weeks, but we will keep you posted.*
            MSIB 04-09, USCG Sector North Carolina:
The Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at mile 316.6 (33°-55.63’N, 078°-9.37’W) Oak Island, Brunswick County, North Carolina. The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the installation of bridge girders at the new high-level fixed highway bridge at the second crossing to Oak Island, connecting SR-1104 with NC-211.The State of North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Lee Construction Company of the Carolinas, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina, to perform bridge girder installation at the new high-level fixed highway bridge. The contract provides for the installation of 8 bridge girders. The bridge girder installation will be between 7:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. each day from July 22, 2009 through 29 July 29, 2009. The contractor will be utilizing a deck barge with a 55’ beam, a 450 ton ringer crane on a stationary barge with an 85’ beam, and tugs/pushers to conduct the bridge girder installation. To provide for the safety of the public, the Coast Guard will temporarily restrict access to this section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during girder installation. This zone includes the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway extending 250 yards in either direction from the main construction site.

Be advised that this waterway closure will affect vessels attempting to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
  
Contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center (252) 247-4570 for further information. 
           
Ed. Comment: Normally during girder placement there are periods when vessels can pass. The person with whom I spoke yesterday checked with her supervisor as well as the Oak Island Coast Guard Station, but was unable to get any more definitive information than what was given above. They would not email to me the most recent update referring to the August 12 extension and referred me to the Sector NC Homeport web page https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=2&cotpId=53 , but it gave only the above MSIB as of early July 9, 2009.

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

Delays at New Oak Island Bridge, ICW Mile 316.6:
            Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the construction site of a new highway bridge (Middleton Avenue) to Oak Island, over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 316.6, in Brunswick County, NC. Barges and a crane will be off to the side of the waterway from June 22 to July 21, 2009 causing mariners possible delays. This possible delay will be during daylight hours, two hours before and after high tide. There should be no delay at other times. (USCG 5th District LNM 25)

Special Notices

Loran Unusable Times:
            This is a proposal to authorize Lorsta Seneca (rate 9960-m/8970-x) unusable time from 1200z to 2000z 27 Jul 2009. The alternate time will be from 1200z to 2000z on 28 Jul 2009. Objections will be considered until 2000z 17 Jul 2009. Users shall address inquiries to the Northeast U. S. Loran-C Chain Operations Control Officer at (703)313-5880/5900. (USCG 1sth District LNM 26)
            LORSTA NANTUCKET, MA (rate 9960-x/5930-x) will be unusable from:
PRIMARY: 09 JUL 2009 from 1400z to 2000z and 10 JUL 2009 from 1400z to 2000z.
SECONDARY: 13 JUL from 1400z to 2000z and 1400z to 2000z on 14 JUL 2009.
Inquiries can be made to the Northeast U.S. LORAN-C chain operations control officer, ph# (703)313-5887/5900. Current loran-c status is available 24 hrs/day through internet address: HTTP://WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

DGPS Unusable Times:
            Unusable time is approved for DGPS Site Savannah, Georgia for annual preventive maintenance.
Primary: 1300Z – 1500Z 14 July 2009 (0900 -1100 EDT)
Alternate: 1300Z – 1500Z 15 July 2009 (0900 -1100 EDT)
Please address all inquiries to the USCG NAVCEN East Operations Watch Officer at (703) 313-5902. (USCG 7th District LNM 27)
            Unusable time is approved for DGPS Site Macon, Georgia to perform schedule preventive maintenance.
Primary: 1300Z – 1500Z 17 July 2009 (0900 -1100 EDT)
Alternate: 1300Z – 1500Z 18 July 2009 (0900 -1100 EDT)
Please address all inquiries to the USCG NAVCEN East Operations Watch Officer at (703) 313-5902. (USCG 7th District LNM 27)

GPS Testing:
            The Joint Staff has proposed GPS Testing in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This proposed testing will affect the L1-1575.42 MHz frequency. Proposed testing times are from 1200Z to 0200Z on 3 August 2009 to 6 August 2009. Center point of proposed impact area is 28 deg 28.14N 080 deg 34.48W. Impact radius is 3 miles of center point. For mariners with SIPRNET access, all test proposal materials are posted on the Joint Staff (JS) portal. All concerns and/or if this will drastically affect GPS users or the maritime community in this area should be address to USCG Navigation Center at (703) 313-5900 or www.navcen.uscg.gov. (USCG 7th District LNM 27)

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

Nominal Range Changes:
            This is one of 17 announcements of proposed changes (decreases) in Nominal Range for Aids to Navigation in the 1st District LNM 26, quoted as an example:
CHANGE Buzzards Bay LB 7 (LLNR 16045) nominal range from 4nm to 3nm. Project Number 01-09-089.
CHANGE Buzzards Bay LB 8 (LLNR 16050) nominal range from 4nm to 3nm. Project Number 01-09-090
Due to updated manufacturers’ technical specifications the advertised intensity has been reduced.
Note: There has been no change in the power output of the light and there is no visual change for the mariner.
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 13 July 2009. To facilitate the process, refer to the Project Number for easier identification. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mails can be sent to mark.e.ferreira@uscg.mil and faxes to 617-223-8073.
 
Waterway Analysis, MA:
NAHANT BAY (NAHANT BAY APPROACH, NAHANT HARBOR):
            The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis Review of Nahant Bay (including Nahant Bay Approach, Nahant Harbor). Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in this waterway should be received no later than 09 September 2009 to be considered.
PLYMOUTH BAY (KINGSTON, DUXBURY AND PLYMOUTH HARBORS):
            The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis Review of Plymouth Bay (including Kingston, Duxbury and Plymouth Harbors). Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in this waterway should be received no later than 09 September 2009 to be considered.
            Send comments to: BOSN2 Tate McDaniel, US Coast Guard Sector Boston, 427 Commercial St., Boston MA 02109-1027 ATTN: BOSN2 Tate McDaniel (617) 557-9083, E-MAIL: Tate.M.McDaniel.@USCG.MIL (USCG First District LNM 26)

Moriches Bay, NY Shallow Water Warning:
            Mariners transiting Moriches Bay warning, both Moriches Bay and the marked channel have severe shoaling with controlling depths of less than 2ft in some areas. All mariners should use extreme caution when transiting Moriches Bay and it is recommended that transits be made at high tide. (USCG First District LNM 26)

Kill Van Kull Channel Dredging:
            Soil testing is being on 2 July, followed up by dredging from 10 July - 22 August 2009. The hours of operation are 6:00 am - 6:000 pm. On scene are the dredges DELAWARE BAY & MICHIGAN, Tug PAUL ANDREW, Launch MATTHEW SCOTT, Hopper Scows WITTE 1801, 1802 & 1803 and Dump Scows WITTE 4001, 4002 & 4003. 24 hour on scene point of contact is Brian P. Henry @ (908) 413-3003. (USCG First District LNM 26)

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

NJ Bridge Schedule Change:
            Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard proposes to change the regulations that govern the operation of the US Route 9/Beesleys Point Bridge, at mile 3.5, across Great Egg Harbor Bay, between Somers Point and Beesleys Point, in NJ. This proposal would allow the drawbridge to operate on an advance notice basis during specific dates and times of the year. The proposed change would result in more efficient use of the bridge during dates and times of infrequent transit. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than August 10, 2009. A copy of Public Notice 5- 1149, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by writing to the address above (Commander, Fifth District Coast Guard, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704) or by calling (757) 398-6557. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

NJICW Bridge Reduced Clearance:
            Mariners are advised that fender system and overhead steel span repairs have been extended through August 2009 at the Sea Isle Blvd Bridge, at ICW mile 93.4 over Ludlam Thorofare at Sea Isle City, NJ. To facilitate the steel span operation, scaffolding will be used reducing the available vertical clearance by approximately three feet to approximately 32 feet, above mean high water. For fender system repairs, all work will be done from a 20-foot wide barge moored to the fender itself. The channel will not be blocked. Working hours will be daylight hours and the barge will not be moved at night. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District LNM 25)

Cape May Dredging:
            The Dredge FULLERTON will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of the western end of the Cape May Canal and Cape May Harbor from 05 June until 14 August, 2009. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. (Fifth District LNM 23)

Chesapeake Bay (VA) Survey:  
            From 17 June until 30 October, 2009 the vessels R/V CHINOOK (28 foot aluminum catamaran) and R/V THEORY (33 foot aluminum catamaran) will be conducting a hydrographic survey of the Chesapeake Bay during daylight hours from Fleets Bay Neck and Hacks Neck north to Smith Point and Shanks Island.
            The survey area is bounded by the approximate positions:
SW 37-40-34N, 076-17-39W and SE 37-39-42N, 075-54-05W
NW 37-53-48N, 076-14-00W and NE 37-53-58N, 076-02-52W
            Operations will involve towing sensitive instrumentation that will restrict the vessels ability to maneuver. Dayshapes for a vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver will be displayed. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Dredging: Newport News Shipbuilding, VA:
            The dredge (MOBRO 112) will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Pier 3 at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock located in the James River, dredging operations will be conducted from 6 July to 27 July, 2009. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 & 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredges, dump scows and attendant plant. Exercise extreme caution and no wake when approaching, passing and leaving the dredge area. Mariners are reminded to strictly comply with the inland Rules of the Road. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Dredging in Hampton Roads:
            The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Piers 2-14 Naval Base Norfolk from 23 June until 23 September, 2009. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.
(USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Gilmerton RR Bridge, ICW Mile 5.8, to Close:
          Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge, at AIWW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 6 a.m. until and including 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2009 to facilitate machinery repairs.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(e).  Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (USCG 5th District Bridge Branch)

Shoaling, NC:
            Shoaling to a depth of 3.0ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Whittaker Creek Daybeacon 1 to Whittaker Creek Light 5. The shoal extends approximately 20 feet into the channel. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting this waterway. (USCG 5th District LNM 25)
            Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported between the north fender system of the Bonner Bridge and Oregon Inlet Buoy 14 and extending approximately 75 feet into the channel. Mariners should avoid transiting this area during periods of low water and exercise caution during other tidal periods. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Washington, NC Bridge Construction Continues:
            Mariners are advised that in-water work activity continues through November 2009 for the construction of the new US 17/Washington Bypass Bridge, at mile 37.95, over Tar River between the cities of Chocowinity and Washington, in Beaufort County, NC. Span portions of the bridge (Bents #93 and #92) are scheduled to be constructed from June 29 through July 25, 2009. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Dredging in NC:
            The WEEKS DREDGE 551 will be conducting dredging operations at various locations along berths 2 through 9 in the Morehead City Inner Harbor, Bogue Sound and Newport River from 02 June until 31 August, 2009. The tugs ELIZABETH and ROBERT will transport dredge material in scows to the offshore site at approximate position 34-36-17N, 076-44-22W. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Cape Fear River Light to Change:
            On or about 31 August 2009 Cape Fear River Lighted Buoy 30 light characteristics will be changed from Q R to Fl R 4s. This change should eliminate confusing this aid with a nearby range light which also has a Q R characteristic. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

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

Ben Sawyer Bridge Update:
            Due to construction work on the Ben Sawyer Bridge, the bridge will be closed and restricted from 7 am to 5 pm on Monday through Friday, and 7 to noon on Saturdays from June 1 through October 19, 2009.  This is due to the installation of the new, and removal of the old, fender installation. A two (2) hour notice is required for only boat traffic requiring up to a 55 foot clearance during the aforementioned date and times; please provide an advance notice for those requiring a greater clearance.  To make notifications, please contact the Bridge Tender at (843) 883-3581. For questions regarding Coast Guard matters please contact CWO3 Hunter Crider at (843) 724-7647 or LT Julie Miller at (843) 720-3273. MSIB (23-09), Charleston Coast Guard
            Ed. Comment: We found the wording of this MSIB rather confusing. I spoke with CWO3 Hunter Crider who explained that all boats which need an opening of the swing span of the bridge should give two hours notice to the bridge tender. Vessels which need more than 55 feet of horizontal clearance should give more advanced notice as there are barges and equipment which will need to be moved.  

Pier Construction, Savannah River:
            The Coast Guard has been advised that T.I.C. Construction Company has begun conducting repairs to the floating pier in the vicinity of the Savannah River Landings on the Savannah River, Savannah Georgia. This project will be completed on or about July 31, 2009. For further information please contact LTJG Lucas Elder (USCG Marine Safety Unit Savannah) at (912) 652-4353. All mariners are requesting to transit this area at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

No Radar During Launch:
            The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) has requested that all mariners unless authorized by NASA please refrain from RADAR tracking of the STS-127 launch and landing. STS-127 is scheduled for a nominal eleven (11) day mission to the International Space Station. The possible launch opportunity is 11 July 2009. The possible landing period depending on the actual launch date is 21 July 2009. For further information please contact Ms. Cathy Sham at (218) 483-0124. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

St. Lucie Inlet Jetty Construction:
            JE McAmis Construction has commenced work on the jetties at the entrance to St Lucie, FL Inlet. As part of this work multiple piles will be established along the channel's edge and may not be marked or lighted during certain periods of construction. Mariners are requested to pass this location with caution and at slow speed. For passing information contact the tug REGINA on channel 16. For other information contact the contractor at 561-723-0588. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Summer Lock Closures for Maintenance in Okeechobee Waterway:
           It is not now possible to use the Okeechobee Waterway to cross from one side of Florida to the other, as the Moore Haven Lock closed for major maintenance on June 8 and will not open again till September 3, 2009. The W.P. Franklin Lock is now also closed as of July 6, for installation of a Manatee Protection System and will reopen on August 26, 2009. (USACE Jacksonville)
            And now the lake is finally up to an adequate depth for most boats that would like to cross. On July 8, 2009 the Lake Level was 12.99 feet. This puts the lock schedule back in the “Unrestricted” lockage category for now at St. Lucie and W.P. Franklin Locks (which is now closed). Check for lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html.

ICW Aids Change, Jupiter Inlet:
            The following changes have been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the ICW at Jupiter Inlet.
Permanently discontinue JUPITER INLET LIGHTED BUOY 1
Permanently discontinue JUPITER INLET BUOY 3
Establish JUPITER INLET LIGHT 1 in position 25-56-45.540N/080-04-47.700W displaying Flashing Green 4s and SG-SY on a pile.
            All comments should be addressed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406), Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg, Miami, Fl 33131, to be received by 01 August 2009. (USCG 5th District LNM 27)

Construction Begins on New Mooring Field, Dinner Key: 
            American Underwater Construction Company under contract for the City of Miami has commenced construction of the Dinner Key Mooring Field. The areas under construction are: south of the line from Dinner Key Channel Daybeacon 14 to Dinner Key Channel Daybeacon 5, and north of the line from Dinner Key Marina South Channel Daybeacon 12 to Dinner Key Marina South Channel Daybeacon 4. This project will be conducted during daylight hours only (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), five (5) days per week until completion on or about October 30, 2009. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area. For further information please contact Mr. Stephen Bogner, Marina Manager at (305) 579-6950) (USCG 7th District LNM 27)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 27:           
            Trout River Railroad Bridge (off the St. Johns River): Closed due to bridge failure until the end of July. There is also a proposal to place this bridge on an automated system, without a bridge tender. Comments are requested before August 3, 2009 to Coast Guard 7th District.
            BB McCormick Bridge, Mile 747.5: There will be work on the fender system of the new bridge until October, 2009. The channel may be restricted by a barge which can be moved to accommodate larger vessels.         
            Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9: Summer 2009, Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine, FL, Channel Closures:

Start Date

End Date

Closure Times

Comment

Scheduled Openings

July 13, 2009

July 15, 2009

8:00 am July 13, 2009 until 8:00 a.m. July 15, 2009

Channel closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies.

None

July 20, 2009

July 27, 2009

8:00 am July 20, 2009 until 8:00 a.m. July 27, 2009

*Partial channel opening from 8:00 a.m. July 23, 2009 until 8:00 a.m. July 27, 2009. Channel otherwise closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies.

None

August 17, 2009

August 24, 2009

8:00 am August 17, 2009 until 8:00 a.m. August 24, 2009

*Partial channel opening from 8:00 a.m. August 20, 2009 until 8:00 a.m. August 24, 2009. Channel otherwise closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies.

None

*During partial channel openings, vessels can expect a horizontal clearance of 35 feet.

Night Time Closures (some overlap with closures listed above):


Start Date

End Date

Closure Times

Comment

Scheduled Openings

July 6, 2009

July 19, 2009

9:00pm until 7:00am each night.

Channel open Sunday nights. Channel closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies.

None

July 27, 2009

August 16, 2009

9:00pm until 7:00am each night.

Channel open Sunday nights. Channel closed to all marine traffic, opening only for declared emergencies.

None

 (From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project Information Office)
            Max Brewer Bridge, Mile 878.9: AKA Titusville Bridge will be replaced with a high level bridge. Construction will begin May 11, 2009 and continue through April, 2011. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville will broadcast Notices to Mariners regarding restrictions as needed.
            Bakers Haulover Bridge, North Miami Beach (Not on the ICW): The fender system on this bridge will be replaced between April 12 and December 7, 2009.A barge and floating equipment will be in the vicinity and at times will be restricting the navigable channel.
            Cortez Bridge, Mile 84.6 GIWW: Emergency repairs will require this bridge to be on single leaf operation for one week at the end of July or the beginning of August the other leaf will be unable to open during a five day period, and the contractor will need a week more than that to be on single leaf operation, but both leafs will be able to open with a four hour notice.
            Big Marco Pass Bridge, Marco Island: Painting until September 30, 2009 will reduce vertical clearance by three feet.
            US 41 Bridge, Ft. Myers: Painting until September 30, 2009 will reduce vertical clearance by three feet.

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.