East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale


News Release
Date: January 07, 2010
Contact: Fifth District Public Affairs
(757) 398-6272

Coast Guard to terminate Loran-C signal
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard Long Range Aids to Navigation-C signal station in Carolina Beach, N.C., is scheduled to stop transmitting after Feb. 8.
As a result of technological advancements during the last 20 years and the emergence of the U.S. Global Positioning System, Loran-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation's security interests, and is used by only a small segment of the population. President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2010 budget supported the termination of outdated systems and specifically cited the terrestrial-based North American Loran-C system as such an example. The president did not seek funding for the Loran-C system in fiscal year 2010. Termination was also supported through the enactment of the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The decision to terminate transmission of the Loran-C signal reflects the president's pledge to eliminate unnecessary federal programs. The notice may be viewed online at www.regulations.gov, docket number: USCG-2009-0299. For more information on terminations, reductions and savings contained in the fiscal year 2010 budget, including Loran-C.

Attention Snowbirds

Change in Lady’s Island Bridge New Opening Schedule
          Due to ongoing construction of the new McTeer Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 539.0, Port Royal, South Carolina; Beaufort County has requested that the federal regulation on the Woods Memorial (Lady’s Island) bridge be changed to:
          Lady’s Island Bridge, across the Beaufort River, Mile 536.0 at Beaufort. The draw shall operate as follows:
(1) From 7:15 a.m. to 8:59, 11:15 a.m. to 12:59 p.m. and 4:14 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. the draw need not open; and
(2) Between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the draw need open only on the hour.
(3) At all other times the draw shall open on signal.
          The regulation will be in affect 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will remain in affect up to one year or until construction of the McTeer Bridge is completed, whichever comes first. (7th District LNM 03)*

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

Bridge of Lions:
          January 25, 2010--January 30, 2010: Closed all week. Channel fully closed from 7:30 a.m. 1/25/2010 to 7:30 a.m. 1/30/2010. Openings: NONE.
(Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project)

New Dates for ICW Closure at Ben Sawyer Bridge:
          Due to a scheduled replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge’s swing span, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) will be closed to marine traffic from Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 7 A.M. through Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11:59 P.M. The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone around the Ben Sawyer Bridge. The safety zone will encompass the AICW from 180 yards northwest of the bridge, and 220 yards southwest of the bridge. No one may enter the safety zone without prior authorization from the Captain of the Port Charleston or his designated representative.
          Mariners are encouraged to monitor the Broadcast Notice to Mariners on VHF Channel 16. Coast Guard Sector Charleston will broadcast the closure of the AICW and the rescission of the corresponding safety zone as appropriate. The bridge construction schedule is somewhat dependent on weather, and any changes to the schedule will be made to this MSIB. For questions regarding the bridge construction, please contact Mr. Kim Partenheimer of PB Americas at (843) 972-1775. Coast Guard Sector Charleston may be contacted via our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (USCG Charleston MSIB (63-09), Update #6)

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

Sunken Fishing Vessel—Eastport Maine:
          A 38' fishing vessel has been reported sunk between Mahar Point and Falls Island, in approx position 44-53.143N 067-07.527W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (First District LNM 02)

Dredging—Cape Cod Canal:
          Dredging is being done in the Cape Cod Canal and East Mooring Basin until approximately 31 January 2010. The hours of operation are 7 days a weeks, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge DODGE ISLAND and a tug which is monitoring VHF marine channels 13 & 16. Mariners are requested to proceed at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Mariners are cautioned to stay 200' away from the dredge and tug and to never pass between the two during dredging or capping operations. (First District LNM 02)

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

Baltimore Harbor Construction:
          Marine construction operations will be conducted at the Seagirt Marine Terminal berth 4 from 12 January, 2010 until February 2012. Work will include bottom boring, mechanical dredging, demolition and pile driving. Crane and deck barges will be moored in the construction site and will be lighted according with the Rules of the Road. Mariners are requested to transit the site with caution and if necessary contact the assisting vessels SWEET PEA, WB 29 or JOSEPHINE on VHF-FM 13. (5th District LNM 03)

Broad Creek (Deltaville, VA) Dredging:
          The dredge JENNI LEA will be conducting dredging operations in Broad Creek from 11 January until 15 February, 2010. The dredge will be assisted by the vessels MISS LEANNE and DANNY JOE. A submerged and lighted floating pipeline will carry the dredge material to the beach area. The dredge and tugs 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. (5th District LNM 03)

Dam Neck (Virginia Beach) Firing Range Update:
          All vessel operators are reminded to review Navigation Regulations as described in paragraph 334.380 of Chapter 2, of U.S. Coast Pilot 4, Atlantic Coast: Cape Henry to Key West (37TH) Edition when operating south of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, off the Dam Neck Naval Firing Range. When firing is in progress during daylight hours, red flags will be displayed at conspicuous locations on the beach at the facility. Vessels shall proceed through the area with caution and shall remain in the area no longer than necessary for transit. The U.S. Naval Base Dam Neck Live Fire Range will be active during periods advertised by Broadcast Notice to Mariners. (5th District LNM 03)

Dredging in Sunset Creek, Hampton, VA:
          The dredge CHESAPEAKE will be conducting dredging operations in the Hampton River and Sunset Creek from 11 January until 31 March, 2010. Dredge material will be transported to the Craney Island Disposal Site via barge with the tugs YORKTOWN, MARAUDER and FORT MACON. The dredge and tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. (5th District LNM 03)

New Bridge at New Bern (NC) Obstruction, Near Completion:
            Construction on the Alfred A. Cunningham/U.S. Route 70 Drawbridge at Newbern, NC is nearing completion. The main channel is partially obstructed with a cap pile. Vessel traffic will have approximately 40 feet of available horizontal clearance on both sides of the pile obstruction. The cap pile will be lighted in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. Mariners are advised that vessel traffic may be delayed while construction equipment remove the pile. Mariners are urged to use caution and NO WAKE when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 03)

Dredging Onslow Beach Area AICW:
          The dredge WILCO will be conducting dredging operations in AIWW between Bear and Brown Inlets from 22 January until 19 February, 2010. A lighted floating and submerged pipeline will traverse the south shoreline between the inlets to the Onslow Beach Disposal Area. The dredge and assisting vessels PROUD MARY and ANN KAY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 79….All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. (5th District LNM 03)

Southport (NC) Basin Dredging:
          The dredge KRISTI JOE will be conducting dredging operations in Southport Boat Basin adjacent to the AIWW from 20 January until 20 February, 2010. A lighted floating and submerged pipeline will traverse south/southeasterly from the boat basin to the USACE Upland Disposal Site. The dredge and assisting vessel BETTY LOU will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 79….All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. (5th District LNM 03)

New Oak Island (AICW Mile 316.6) Bridge Delays Continue:
           Mariners are advised to take caution 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. The bridge will be under construction through March 30, 2011. Barges and cranes will be adjacent to the waterway. The waterway shall remain open to navigation until further notice. (5th District LNM 02)

New Sunset Beach Bridge Construction Delays:
          Mariners are advised to TAKE CAUTION and PROCEED SLOWLY when approaching the construction site of a new highway bridge to Sunset Beach (SR-1172), over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 337.9, in Brunswick County, NC. The bridge girder installation is schedule to take place between 6:00 a.m. December 1, 2009 through 6:00 P.M. January 31, 2010. The contractor will be utilizing a deck barge with a 50’ beam, a 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 center girder installation, scheduled daily from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. We advise mariners to check the schedule to avoid waterway delays by calling the bridge site (910-579-3538) a day or two prior to your arrival. (5th District LNM 03)

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

Dredging--AICW South of Charleston:
          Southern Dredging Co. Inc., will commence dredging operations with the Dredge "CHEROKEE" in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, south of Charleston from Edisto to below Bennets Point on or about February 1, 2010.
          The dredge operation will continue on a twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week basis until approximately March 10, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area. For further information please contact Mr. Neil Rodgers at (843) 729-1269 or Mr. Michael Kitchell at (843) 830-1015. (7th District LNM 03)
          SC-AIWW-Char to S Santee River Maintenance Dredging APR10 BRUNSWICK 02/10 (7th District LNM 03)

St. Marys River and St. Simon Sound Entrance Channel Markers Relocated:
          Markers are relocated for dredging: St. Simon Sound: Markers 3-12 and St. Marys River: Markers 8-19. (7th District LNM 03)

Shuttle Launch Schedule:
          Preparation for STS-130 continues to progress nominally towards the schedule launch from the Kennedy Space Center on February 7, 2010. For further information please contact Ms. Cathy Sham (218) 483-0124
Launch Target: 4:39am (EST) February 7, 2010
Launch Window: 10 minutes
Launch Pad: 39A Mission Duration: 13 days
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles. (7th District LNM 03)

Beach Renourishment Dredging--Cape Canaveral:
          Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC will commence dredging of Cape Canaveral Sand by Pass in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Commence Mobilization begins January 19, 2010 Complete Demobilization: April 31, 2010. This project consists of dredging approximately 700,000 cubic yards of sand from a borrow area just North of the Port of Canaveral Ship Channel and pumping the material through floating and submerged pipelines to the beach just south of the channel. The Hydraulic Dredge TEXAS and Survey Vessel: East River, Tugs: R L. Enterkin, Franklin, Jerome and Hard Head, Derricks: Derrick 62 (communications Marine VHF Channels 13, 16 and 05). Dredging transit and disposal operations will take place twenty-four (24) hours a day and seven (7) days per week. To complete this dredging operation the channel will be closed on January 26th for eight (8) hours starting at 8:00am to install 800ft of pipeline across the channel.
          Locations: Project Area: Cape Canaveral Florida
Point A 28 25 42 N 080 35 34 W
Point B 28 25 43 N 080 33 43 W
Point C 28 22 04 N 080 33 45 W
Point D 28 22 12 N 080 36 34 W
          For further information please contact the Contract Manager, Mr. Rick Elizondo at 630-235-7639. (7th District LNM 03)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
          On January 19, 2010 the lake level was reported at 13.45 feet. You can check the daily lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html. The level has been steadily dropping during the “dry” season.

Venice Inlet to be Dredged:
          Inner Space Services, Inc. will commence dredging operations in Venice Inlet Sarasota County, Venice, Florida on or about January 1, 2010. This project will encompass Cuts 2-20, S-19, and Cut 4, all of which are around and in between Snake Island and Bird Island in the GICW just inside Venice Inlet. The dredge "Miss Thalia" will be on-scene monitoring Marine Channel 16 VHF. Submerged and floating pipelines will be positioned between the dredge and the shoreline, and come ashore near South Jetty (Humphries) Park on the South side of Venice Inlet. Dredging operations will be continuous twenty-four (24) hours per day and seven (7) days per week until completion on or about March 1, 2010. For further information please contact Laurie Lee Mason at 207-233-9268 or Robert Mason (on dredge) at 207-232-5485. (7th District LNM 51)

Anclote Anchorage Nav Aids Change:
          The following changes will be made to the below aids in the vicinity of Anclote Anchorage.
Anclote Anchorage South Entrance Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 26105) will be discontinued.
Anclote Anchorage South Entrance Light 1 (LLNR 1535) will be changed to Flashing Green 2.5s.
Anclote Anchorage South Entrance Light 7 (LLNR 26100) will be changed to Flashing Green 6s.
St Joseph Sound Light 44 (LLNR 62300) will be established in approximate position 28-09-39.7N 082-49-58.8W displaying Flashing Red 2.5s.
          The work is scheduled to begin the week of January 18, 2010. (7th District LNM 03)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 03
            J. Turner Butler Bridge (AICW Mile 749.5): Fender system is being replaced between January 18, 2010 and June 30, 2010.
            Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6): Coastal Marine Construction, Incorporated is scheduled to repair and paint the Crescent Beach Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida. From February 10 through December 30, 2010, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, this bridge will open a single-leaf on signal and will provide a double-leaf opening with a three hour notice to the bridge tender. During the painting operations, the vertical clearance of the down leaf will be reduced by five feet.
           Max Brewer Bridge (AICW 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.
         Marine interests should contact Lane Construction at 321 607 5700 for additional information on construction schedules.

            SR 528 Bridge (AICW Mile 894): Astron General Contracting is painting the SR 528 (Bennett Causeway) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 894.0, Canaveral, Florida. They are currently working outside the channel limits; but are expected to reduce the vertical clearance on the center span by five feet from January 14 through February 12, 2010.
            SR 401 Bridge—Canaveral Barge Canal: Coastal Marine Construction, Incorporated is scheduled to repair and paint the SR 401 Bridge across the Canaveral Barge Canal mile 5.5, Cape Canaveral, Florida. The work will start on March 5 and continue through September 30, 2010 and will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week.
          The temporary schedule will be changed to:
The drawspan of the SR401 Drawbridge, mile 5.5 at Port Canaveral must open on signal; except that from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the drawspan need not be opened for the passage of vessels. From 8:01 a.m. to 3:29 p.m. and 5:16 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. this bridge will open a single-leaf unless a four hour notice is provided to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., the drawspan must open on signal, if at least three hours notice is given. The drawspan must open as soon as possible for the passage of public vessels of the Unites States and tugs with tows.

           Boynton Inlet Bridge (Not on the ICW): Worth Contracting, Incorporated is schedule to start painting the Boynton Inlet Bridge, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida on February 15, 2010 and will continue until August 15, 2010. This work will require a horizontal clearance reduction to 57 feet during this time frame.
           Parker Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1013): Starting mid-November will be on single leaf operations. Double leaf operations will be available with a two hour notice. Work is expected to be complete by March 30, 2010.
           Lantana Bridge (AICW Mile 1031): Special Bridge Notice. The Coast Guard has issued a public notice about the receipt of the bridge permit application for approval of location and plans to replace an existing bascule bridge across Lake Worth Lagoon, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1031.0 on Ocean Avenue, County Road 812, downtown City of Lantana to adjacent barrier island communities including Manalapan, South Palm and Hypoluxo, Palm Beach County, Florida. This Public Notice 01-10 which solicits comments through February 22, 2010, is attached to this Local Notice to Mariners. The project manager is Mr. Brodie Rich at (305) 415-6736 or by e-mail at: Brodie.e.rich@uscg.mil. Chart: 11472 CG File: 3880
           Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1056): Starting mid-November will be on single leaf operations. Double leaf operations will be available with a two hour notice.   Work is expected to be complete by March 30, 2010.
           SW 11th Avenue Bridge, North Fork, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: Under repair until January 2010, but will be operational, except for two 24-hour closure periods.
           Miami River--95 Bridges (Not on the ICW): Slagter Construction has begun painting the I-95 Bridges, across the Miami River, Miami, Florida. The portion that affects the navigation channel across the Miami River will begin on February 12, 2010. This project will reduce the vertical clearance of the I-95 Bridges by three feet. The project is expected to be completed by April 16, 2010.
            Miami River—5th Street Bridge (Not on the ICW): Kiewit Construction has advised the Coast Guard that they are planning on installing the second leaf on the 5th Street Bridge across Miami River, Miami, Florida. This work will require both leaves to be closed for up to 6 hours and one leaf to remain closed for a total of 36 hours. This work is anticipated to start during the first or second week of January 2010.
          Big John Monahan Bridge, St. Lucie Canal: Bridge Repairs. A maintenance crew will be working on the Big John Monahan Bridge (SR 710 – Beeline Hwy) across the St. Lucie Canal mile 17.1, Martin County, Florida from January 25 through January 29, 2010, between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Mariners are requested to be observant when passing under this bridge, as the snooper truck may be in the vicinity of the navigation channel. The maintenance crew will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 9.
           Johns Pass Bridge: Due to the construction of the new Johns Pass Bridge, the Pass will be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Friday until further notice. In addition to the scheduled closures the channel width is restricted to 50 feet 24-hours a day due to a construction barge. The barge requires at least a 2-hour notification to move. The contractor has requested waterway closures up to 24 hours in the near future. The Coast Guard will approve these closures on a case by case basis. Closures will be disseminated by Broadcast Notice to Mariners.
           Dunedin Causeway Bridge: Single-leaf operation until 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.

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.