East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
10/1/2009


Moore Haven Lock Open:
            A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville dated September 24, 2009 reports that the Moore Haven Lock opened on September 23, 2009. It is now finally possible to cross the State of Florida using the Okeechobee Waterway. *

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

Alligator River Bridge, Mile 84.2, to Close for Repairs:
            Mariners are advised that due to mechanical repairs the US 64 Swing Bridge at AIWW mile 84.2 across the Alligator River will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m. October 6, 2009 to 7 p.m. October 7, 2009. During maintenance activities the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be utilizing a jack-up barge to perform repair work which will be positioned within the fendering system. The barge will be removed from within the fendering system when no work is being performed. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 14 feet above mean high water. Mariners able to pass under the closed span should use extreme caution when transiting the area. To avoid delays mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM 39)

Special Notices

Loran Station Carolina Beach Unusable Time:
THIS IS A PROPOSAL TO AUTHORIZE LORSTA CAROLINA BEACH (RATE 7980-Z/9960-Y) UNUSABLE TIME FROM 1500Z TO 1730Z ON 20 OCT 2009. THE ALTERNATE TIME WILL BE FROM 1500Z TO 1730Z ON 21 OCT 2009. OBJECTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED UNTIL 1200Z 16 OCT 2009. USERS SHALL ADDRESS INQUIRIES TO THE NORTHEAST U. S. LORAN-C CHAIN OPERATIONS CONTROL OFFICER (703)313-5880/5900. CURRENT LORAN-C STATUS IS AVAILABLE  24 HRS/DAY THROUGH INTERNET ADDRESS: HTTP://WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. (5th District LNM 39)

More Sound Signals to be Discontinued:
            The trend continues to discontinue sound signals on buoys and lights along the northern, and now middle, US East Coast. Why? We don’t know. Perhaps nobody listens to them. There is still plenty of fog and bad visibility, but with GPS, perhaps they assume that boaters know where they are. Perhaps it’s the economy. For whatever the reason: The Coast Guard proposes to make the following changes to the sound signals as indicated below:
            A. DELAWARE RIVER(Delaware and New Jersey) - SMYRNA RIVER TO WILMINGTON - DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL: The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue the bell signal on Cherry Island Range Junction Lighted Bell Buoy (LLNR 3020), (Chart: 12311).
            B. DELAWARE RIVER (Delaware and New Jersey) - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA- DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL: The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue the gong signal on Chester Range Lighted Gong Buoy (LLNR 3215), (Chart: 12312).
            C. DELAWARE RIVER (Delaware and New Jersey) - SMYRNA RIVER TO WILMINGTON - DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL: The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue the gong signal on New Castle Range Lighted Gong Buoy (LLNR 2835), (Chart: 12311).
            D. SEACOAST (NEW JERSEY) - SEA GIRT TO LITTLE EGG INLET: The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue the gong signal on Barnegat Offshore Lighted Gong Buoy (LLNR 15), (Chart: 12326).
            E. INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (NEW JERSEY) - SANDY HOOK TO LITTLE EGG HARBOR: The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue the bell signal on Manasquan Inlet Lighted Bell Buoy 2M (LLNR 34931), (Chart: 12324).
            F. SEACOAST (NEW JERSEY) - CAPE MAY TO FENWICK ISLAND - DISCONTINUE SOUND SIGNAL The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue the gong signal on McCrie Shoal Lighted Gong Buoy 2MS(LLNR 160), (Chart: 12214).  
            G. SEACOAST (NORTH CAROLINA) - CAPE HATTERAS TO LITTLE RIVER INLET: The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue the bell signal on Cape Lookout Lighted Bell Buoy (LLNR 685), (Chart: 11520).

Comments on these proposals should be forwarded to COMMANDER, FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT (dpw), 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704, or Mr. Tom Flynn at (757) 398-6229, e-mail Thomas.W.Flynn@uscg.mil no later than January 01, 2010. (5th District LNM 39)

USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
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Seal Island, Maine, Explosives Danger Zone:
            Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while operating in and around Seal Island. Seal Island, located to the east of Matinicus Island off of the coast of Maine, was used as an aerial bombing and target range by the United States Government. Recent exploration of the island and the surrounding waters led to the discovery of various munitions and explosives of concern (MECs) that present safety hazards to those who may come in contact with them. Some of these MECs are located on Seal Island as well as in the waters immediately surrounding it. A danger zone currently exists around the island; however, it was only enforced during times of active aerial bombing exercises which no longer occur. The regulation for the danger zone can be found in 33 CFR 334.10. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while operating in and around Seal Island. (1st District LNM 38)

Inert Torpedo Exercises Off Boston:
            The U.S. Navy will conduct surface and subsurface exercises including launching and recovery of inert exercise torpedoes from 29 September 2009 to 2 October in an area bounded by 41-55N / 069-30W; 41-55N / 069-10W; 41-40N / 069-10W; and 41-40N / 069-30W. Mariners transiting this area are advised to proceed with caution and are requested to cooperate with the supporting commercial ship and supporting commercial/military aircraft. MEGAN T. MILLER will be stationed in the area while operations are in progress and will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (1st District LNM 38)

Safety Zones for Neptune Deep Water Port, Offshore Boston:
            The Coast Guard is establishing two temporary safety zones extending 500 meters in all directions from each of the two submerged turret-loading buoys and accompanying systems that are part of GDF Suez Energy's Neptune Deepwater Port located in the Atlantic Ocean off of Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of these temporary safety zones is to protect vessels and mariners from the potential safety hazards associated with construction of the deepwater port facilities and the large sub-surface turret buoys, and to protect the deepwater port infrastructure. All vessels, with the exception of deepwater port support vessels, are prohibited from entering into, remaining or moving within either of the safety zones. DATES: This rule is effective from July 31, 2009 through February 16, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail Ensign Marie Haywood, United States Coast Guard, Sector Boston, Waterways Management; telephone 617-223-5160, e-mail Michele.M.Haywood@uscg.mil . If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826. (1st District LNM 38)

Comments Requested on Amendment to Hudson River Anchorage:   
             The Coast Guard proposes to amend Anchorage Ground No. 19 located east of the Weehawken-Edgewater Federal Channel on the Hudson River. This action is necessary to facilitate safe navigation and provide safe and secure anchorages for vessels operating in the area. This proposal is intended to increase the safety of life and property of both the anchored vessels and those operating in the area as well as to provide for the overall safe and efficient flow of commerce. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before November 17, 2009. A copy of the entire proposed rule, along with a chartlet of the proposed revised Anchorage Ground is available at
http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management > 01. Advisory Notices. (1st District LNM 38)

NY Testing for Alternative Natural Gas Pipeline Corridors:
The R/V SEIS SURVEYOR (WBB8821) (150’ x 38’ x 12.5’, 199 GT) will be conducting geophysical and geological surveys in federal and New York state waters to investigate the environmental and engineering feasibility of alternative natural gas pipeline corridors. The vessel will be operating 7 days per week during daylight hours between September 21 and December 31, 2009. The survey area is bound by the following points: 40º 30.917’N, 73º 57.440’W; thence to 40º 35.500’N, 73º 38.194’W; thence to 40º 06.844’N, 73º 37.825’W; thence to 40º 29.717’N, 73º 54.086’W; thence to the point of origin. The types of activities to be conducted are magnetic field measurements, acoustic seafloor and sub-bottom profiling (no explosives), sediment sampling of a limited nature, and small diameter core sampling. During geophysical operations instruments will be towed a maximum of 150m behind the vessel. Vessel speed during operations will be ~4 kts. Vessel will be in motion virtually the entire survey day. During seabed sampling operations, instruments will be deployed from the stationary vessel maintaining position by Starfix DGPS Satellite Navigation System and Linkquest USBL Positioning System for approximately 1-2 hours at a time. Communications: Vessel is fitted with VHF radios capable of monitoring channel 13, 16. Vessel is fitted with AIS. Bridge Phone: V-SAT 1: 337-210-9527; V-SAT 2: 985-772-8525; IRIDIUM: 504-355-0751. Email: seis@fugro.com. (1st District LNM 38)

Ambrose Channel Dredging:
            Dredging will be done in Ambrose Channel from 24 August until approximately 31 May 2010. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week (approximately) during day light hours. On scene will the dredge SANDY HOOK and tug SAND MASTER. The dredge will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 14. (1st District LNM 38)

Jamaica Bay, NY, Analysis:
            The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Jamaica Bay including Rockaway Inlet with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 Dec 2009, Contact BM1 Mike Lehansky at 1-718-354-4354, fax 718-345-4190, or michael.r.lehansky@uscg.mil . (1st District LNM 38)

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

Dredging: NJ Coast:        
            The Dredge ILLINOIS will be conducting dredging operations in the approaches to Hereford Inlet until 30 October, 2009. A combination of floating and submerged pipelines will carry the dredged material to the beach area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16.
            Dredging operations will be conducted in the Shark River Inlet Channel from 28 September until 13 October, 2009. A combination of floating and submerged pipelines will carry the dredged material to the beach area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 39)

Surveying: NJ Coast:
            R/V SURVEYOR, operated by Blue Ocean Energy, will be conducting surveying operation in the vicinity of 40-06.84N, 073-37.82W, approximately 20NMs east of Manasquan, NJ from 01 October, 2009 until completed. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Operations will be conducted during daylight hours only and will involve towing survey gear approximately 250 meters behind the vessel. It is requested that all vessels remain clear of the operation to prevent damage to the towed equipment.
            R/V RMS CITATION, operated by Bluewater Wind, will be conducting survey operations in the vicinity of 39-10-55N, 074, 09-44W, approximately 15NMs east of Atlantic City, NJ from 05 October, 2009 until completed. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels remain clear of the operation to prevent damage to the towed equipment. (5th District LNM 39)

Dredging: Philadelphia:
            The Dredge PULLEN will be conducting dredging operations in the Delaware River in the vicinity of the Philadelphia Naval Business Center Pier 4 East from 26 September until 31 October, 2009. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and it is requested that all vessel contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to the expected time of passage. (5th District LNM 39)

Nav Aid Change in Delaware Bay:
            The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to maintain Deadman Shoal Lighted Buoy 1DS from May 1 to November 1. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to COMMANDER, FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT (dpw), 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704, or Mr. Tom Flynn at (757) 398-6229, e-mail Thomas.W.Flynn@uscg.mil no later than December 01, 2009. (5th District LNM 39)

Curtis Creek, Baltimore, Bridge now Partially Opening:
            Curtis Creek – I-695 (lift) Bridge – Single-leaf operation until 2000 FRI 16 OCT 09; the opposite connecting spans on the north side while not under repair will continue to open for vessels. (5th District LNM 39)

Baltimore Harbor Area Dredging:
            McLean Contracting will be conducting mechanical dredging operations in Bear Creek and the tributaries of Lynch Cove, Chink Creek, Tabasco Cove and School House Cove from 03 September until 01 November, 2009. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (USCG 5th District LNM 35)
            The Weeks Dredge WEEKS 506 and WEEKS 550 will be conducting dredging operations in Baltimore Harbor and Channels (Curtis Bay Channel, Ferry Bar Channel, Northwest Branch East Channel, Ft. McHenry Channel, Tolchester Channel, Brewerton Channel Eastern Extension) until 31 December, 2009. Dredged material will be transported to the Hart-Miller Disposal Area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16.
            The Dredge DIGGER 1 will be conducting dredging operations in Shallow Creek, near Ft. Howard, Baltimore Harbor from 01October until 30 January, 2010. Dredged material will be transported by barge to the Hart-Miller Disposal Area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 39)

Chesapeake Lighthouse Sound Signal Temporarily Discontinued:
            The sound signal on Hooper Island Light (LLNR 7590) will be temporarily discontinued during the period of 03-04 October, 2009, for preservation work on the structure. (5th District LNM 39)

Noise Generating Tests in Mid-Bay:
            Mariners are advised that U. S. Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland will conduct noise generating test events on the middle Chesapeake Bay from September 28, 2009 through November 30, 2009. Operations include a large, single naval helicopter conducting a total of 10 three-hour flights to assess the capability of a helicopter-mounted sound system during day and night environmental conditions. Although only one flight per day is anticipated, both day and night flights are required. Vessel operators might notice increased noise levels during these flights. The planned helicopter test flights will be conducted over the Chesapeake Bay, four nautical miles offshore of NAS Patuxent River. Voice announcements and sounds will be broadcast during the test flights. The sound system is designed to address an urgent operational need in support of the Global War on Terrorism and provide a low-cost solution that will allow Naval units to communicate with vessels not equipped with a radio and with vessels whose operators might not understand English. NAS Patuxent River takes all precautions to lessen the impact on the community of these testing activities. For more information, call telephone number 1-866-819-9028. (5th District LNM 39)

Greenvale Creek Remarked Following Dredging:
            Greenvale Creek Channel has been dredged and on or about 30 October, 2009 the following aids to navigation will be changed:
a. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon B will be changed to Daybeacon 4.
b. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon C will be changed to Daybeacon 6.
c. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon D will be changed to Daybeacon 8.
d.Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon E  will be changed to Daybeacon 10.
e. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon F will be changed to Daybeacon 12.
f. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon G will be changed to Daybeacon 14.
(5th District LNM 39)

Norfolk Harbor Dredging:
            The Dredge CHARLESTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Norfolk Harbor Channel from 01 September until 10 November, 2009. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Craney Island Disposal Area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 39)

Norfolk USACE Repair:
            The Hammer, Corp. will be conducting seawall repair at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility at Port Norfolk, northwest of Pinner Point, until further notice. All Mariners are requested to transit at NO WAKE. (5th District LNM 39)

Gilmerton Bridge, Mile 5.8, New Restrictions during Repairs:
            Mariners are advised that the fender system repairs on the Gilmerton Lift Bridge (US 13/460) across the Elizabeth River (Southern Branch), at AIWW mile 5.8, in Chesapeake, VA will restrict the normal operation of the drawbridge. Restricted operations are scheduled to occur on October 2, 2009 at 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on October 5, 2009. Additionally, the drawbridge operations will be restricted each night beginning October 5 through October 8, 2009 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. Finally, drawbridge operations will be restricted on October 9, 2009 from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on October 12, 2009. Drawbridge openings are scheduled every two hours on the hour. All piloted vessel will be permitted to transit upon request to the bridge tender with a two hour notice. The bridge tender may be contacted at (757) 545-1512 or via marine radio on Channel 13. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 39)

NC Lights to be Temporarily Discontinued:
            The following lights will be temporarily discontinued for the periods stated for lighthouse renovation:
A. Ocracoke Light extinguished from 28 September to 30 December, 2009.
B. Bodie Island Light extinguished from 28 September, 2009 to 28 March, 2011. (5th District LNM 39)

Wrightsville Beach Bridge Repair to Continue (Not on the ICW):
            Mariners are advised that superstructure and substructure repairs have been extended through December 31, 2009, at the Br-21 and Br-24 Bridges over Banks Channel at Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County NC. To access some areas of the bridges, barges and scaffolding will continue to partially restrict the main channel spans. At the end of each work day, all barges and scaffolding will be removed, to a safe location, away from the main channel spans. Mariners should exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.
(5th District LNM 39)

Cape Fear River Entrance Dredging:
            The Dredge CHARLESTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Atlantic Ocean near Baldhead Island from 15 October, 2009, until 31 March, 2010. Dredging will be performed on the southern end of Jay Bird Shoal west of the Baldhead Shoal Channel in the vicinity of the Cape Fear River Entrance. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area across the Baldhead Shoal Channel at Cape Fear River Entrance Channel Lighted Buoy 11 and Cape Fear River Entrance Channel Lighted Buoy 12. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all traffic call 30 minutes prior to the expected time of passage. (5th District LNM 39)

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


MSIB (23-09) – Update to Ben Sawyer Bridge Closure and Restriction

Issued: September 30, 2009

Expires: October 19, 2009

            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.
            Also, in addition to the aforementioned day hours, the Ben Sawyer Bridge will be closed and restricted from 10 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2009 to 6 am on Monday, October 5, 2009 for pile driving operations taking place at night.
            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. (USCG Homeport Charleston)

More Dredging in Charleston Harbor:
            From MSIB (60-09), Charleston Homeport:
On or about Thursday, September 24, 2009, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC will be performing maintenance dredging/excavation in: the Charleston Harbor, Lower Reaches, and Wando River in Charleston County, SC. The work will be performed with a clamshell barge ( Dredge 54), 2 material transport barges (GL-64 & GL-66), 1 towing tug (Nellin Lemmerhirt), & 1 tending vessel tug (Gulf Dawn). Operations will consist of the transportation of approximately 1,695,000 cubic yards (CY) of dredged material from the Charleston Harbor to the offshore disposal site, center located at LATITUDE: 32°38’6.1827 N/ LONGITUDE: 079°44’36.2830 W. The work is anticipated to last approximately 90 days (to be complete by Friday, December 25, 2009).
            All vessels transiting this area must operate their vessels at a safe speed and maintain a lookout for barges, tugs, and work boats.  All vessels must monitor VHF Channel 5, 13 or 16 while approaching and passing the dredging activity.  Thank you for your cooperation.
            If there are any questions or if additional information is needed, please call Christopher Pomfret at 630-730-7690 or Kevin Holt at 630-750-1304.

St. Simons Lighthouse Temporary Change Date Announced:
            St Simons Lighthouse will be temporarily disestablished due to rehabilitation of the Lighthouse and Optic. A temporary directional light will be mounted on the Lighthouse to act as a Range Front Light during construction. The light will display Flashing White 2.5 characteristics and only be visible one half degree each side of the range line.
            The work will be completed the week of 01 March 2010. (7th District LNM 39)

NOAA Survey Off-shore South Georgia and North Florida:
            The M/V Atlantic Surveyor under contract for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Coast Survey will commence hydrographic surveying operations in an area encompassing the approaches to St Andrews Inlet in Georgia and the Approaches to Fernandina Beach, Florida. The surveys will commence at the sea buoy at each location and will extend seaward to the extent of the federally designated approach channel fairways. The M/V Atlantic Surveyor is equipped with a keel mounted sonar transducer and will be towing a side scan sonar instrument 5 meters off of the seafloor. The vessel will be conducting twenty-four (24) hour operations and will be displaying restricted maneuvering day shapes and/or light signal as appropriate. Marine Radio VHF Channels 10, 13, and 16 will be monitored at all times. This operation will be completed on or about December 31, 2009. All mariners are advised to give the M/V Atlantic Surveyor a wide berth in order to avoid becoming fouled in the towing equipment or otherwise interfering with surveying operations. For further information please contact Mr. Gary Paquette at (401) 847-4210. (7th District LNM 39)

St. Johns River Entrance Survey:
            The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) BOLD will be conducting Sidescan Sonar, Hydrographic Surveys, and Diving Operations within ten (10) miles of the St Johns River Entrance Channel.
            THE SURVEY AREA BOUNDARY COORIDINATES:
Area 1: NW: 30 deg 31.012N 081 deg 20.744W
SW: 30 deg 26.235N 081 deg 20.744W
SE: 30 deg 26.235N 081 deg 14.792W
NE: 30 deg 31.012N 081 deg 20.792W
Area 2: NW: 30 deg 21.510N 081 deg 19.623W
SW: 30 deg 17.340N 081 deg 19.623W
SE: 30 deg 17.340N 081 deg 18.339W
NE: 30 deg 21.510N 081 deg 18.339W
            This operation will commence on or about October 6, 2009 until completion on or about October 10, 2009. The OSV BOLD will monitor VHF-FM Marine Radio Channel 16. For further information please contact Mr. Chris McArthur at (404) 562-9391, Mr. Ken Potts at (202) 566-11267 or (202) 302-3529 (Cellular), and twenty-four (24) hour phone number (850) 625-4719. (7th District LNM 39)

 Okeechobee Waterway Update:
            On September 30, 2009 the lake level was 14.52 feet. You can check the daily lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html.
            Navigation interests are advised that Port Mayaca Lock guide walls are undergoing repair, during weekday operations Monday through Friday during the hours 0700-1700 from 10 august 2009 through 19 February 2010. Delays are not expected. The work is being performed due to the severe deterioration of the lock guide walls. The guide walls in their current state are a potential hazard to navigation. The work is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (7th District LNM 39)

Unmanned Remotely Piloted Semi-Submersible Being Tested:
            These tests occur frequently off the South Florida Coast. We’ve seen one of these vessels in action, and it’s pretty weird--Lockheed Martin – Riviera Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy has begun conducting offshore testing of an unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicle one (1) to five (5) miles offshore from Lake Worth Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet. This operation will end on or about December 31, 2010. The Lockheed Martin and Sea Tow RHIB vessels will support the semi-submersible and will be in constant radio contact with the operations crew and equipped with a remote kill switch. They will also be monitoring channel 16. For further information please Mr. Donny Jones at (561) 214-2245 (Comm) or (561) 214-3632 (Cellular). (7th District LNM 39)

ICW at Bakers Haulover Shoaling Again:
            Severe shoaling has been reported in Bakers Haulover, Intracoastal Waterway, Biscayne Bay, Miami Florida in the vicinity of Biscayne Bay Buoy 6B, Biscayne Bay Buoy 7, Biscayne Bay Temporary Buoy 7A, and Biscayne Bay Temporary Buoy 7B, with reported water depths of five (5) feet at high tide. All mariners transiting the area are urged to use their slowest safe speed, extreme caution and general knowledge. (7th District LNM 39)

Good News for Dry Tortugas-Bound Cruisers:        
            The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system at Fort Jefferson East Channel.
            Fort Jefferson East Channel shoaling has receded. FORT JEFFERSON EAST CHANNEL DANGER DAYBEACON (2) - (9) (LLNR 15465 - 15495) will be changed to lateral aids and the channel will be reopened. The work will be completed the week of 19 October 2009. (7th District LNM 39)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 39
            BB McCormick Bridge, Mile 747: October 1 and 2, 2009: 1:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-10:00: p.m.: Channel closed to all marine traffic with opening for declared emergencies only.     
            Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9:  Channel restrictions began September 14, 2009. Channel will be restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. This will continue through October 30, 2009.
            Channel will be closed to all marine traffic each night with opening for declared emergencies only beginning October 1, 2009 and continuing through October 30, 2009, 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
            Max Brewer Bridge, Mile 878.9: AKA Titusville Bridge, is being replaced with a high level bridge. Construction began May 11, 2009 and will continue through April, 2011.
            8:00 a.m. November 1-- 5:00 p.m. November 30, 2009: The west channel of the swing bridge will be closed. The east channel is open with no restrictions.
            8:00 a.m. December 1—5:00 p.m. December 31, 2009: The east channel of the swing bridge will be closed. The west channel is open with no restrictions.   Marine interests should contact Lane Construction at 321 607 5700 for additional information on construction schedules.
            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.
            5th Street Bridge, Miami River, Mile 1.5 (Not on the ICW): Work continues.
            Cortez Bridge: Worth Contracting has advised this office that the Cortez Bridge, mile 84.6, Cortez, Florida will be on single-leaf operations from September 14 through December 31, 2009. A double-leaf opening is available with a two hour notice to the bridge tender.
            Dunedin Causeway Bridge: Single-leaf operation from Sept.8, 2009 through Feb. 28, 2010. A double-leaf opening will be available with a 3-hour notice to the bridge tender. Scaffolding will reduce the vertical clearance of the down span by five feet.

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