East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Ben Sawyer AICW Closure Now One Day Later:
This announces the publication of UPDATE to MSIB (63-09) -AICW 10-Day Closure February 4-14, 2010; Ben Sawyer Bridge, SC on Homeport at homeport.uscg.mil/charleston
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 4, 2010 at 7 A.M. through Sunday, February 14, 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.
C. K. MARCY
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
Chief, Prevention Department
Coast Guard Sector Charleston
(Via email from US Coast Guard Sector Charleston)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Cargo Containers Adrift off East Coast:
The Coast Guard received a report January 26, 2010 that 30 cargo containers fell overboard in position 24-06-8N 081-39.8W. One container has been reported adrift in position 28-55.144N 079-48.188W approximately 45 nautical miles northeast of Cape Canaveral and drifting north with the Gulf Stream. All mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution. (5th and 7th District LNMs 05)
Bridge of Lions Channel Restrictions & Closures: February 2010:
February 2, 2010--February 5, 2010: Restricted each day 7:30 am until 8:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, except for scheduled full openings. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered - channel restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance. Temporary bridge opens, but channel is restricted. Full channel width provided during these openings: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4:30pm, 6pm and 8pm
February 15, 2010--February 19, 2010: Closed all week (starting Monday evening). Channel fully closed from 8:00 pm 2/15/2010 until 8:00 pm 2/19/2010: Openings: NONE.
February 22, 2010--February 26, 2010: Closed all week (starting Monday evening). Channel fully closed from 8:00 pm 2/22/2010 until 8:00 pm 2/26/2010: Openings: NONE.
These restrictions/closures have been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Please call (904) 825-3647 or (904) 669-1165 with questions. From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project.
In accordance with the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, the U.S. Coast Guard will terminate the transmission of all U.S. LORAN-C signals effective 2000Z 08 February 2010. At that time, the U.S LORAN-C signal will be unusable and permanently discontinued. This termination does not affect the U.S. participation in the Russian-American or Canadian LORAN-C chains. U.S. participation in these chains will continue temporarily in accordance with international agreements. (All USCG LNMs)
More Right Whale DMAs:
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service announces that voluntary vessel speed restriction zones (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) have been established in the vicinity of Ponce De Leon Inlet, south of the Southeast Seasonal Management Area, and offshore of the Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Area near Savannah, Georgia. To protect aggregations of the North Atlantic Right Whales mariners are requested to route around these areas or transit through at 10 knots or less.
The DMAs are described as follows:
Ponce de Leon Inlet DMA - (modified February 1, 2010)- Active through February 14, 2010 Northern boundary: 29° 45’N
Southern boundary: 28° 59’N
Eastern boundary: line drawn from northern boundary at 080° 51.6’W and the southern boundary at 080° 38’W
Western boundary: Shoreline
Offshore Savannah DMA - Active through February 11, 2010
Northern boundary: 32° 18’N
Southern boundary: 31° 40’N
Eastern boundary: line drawn from northern boundary at 079° 36’W and the southern boundary at 080° 06’W
Western boundary: line drawn from northern boundary at 079° 51.6’W and the southern boundary at 080° 41.2’W or the Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Area.
For more information about the DMA program and other regulations to reduce ship strikes of right whales, please visit: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike (7th District LNM 05)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Ice on the Hudson:
Ice has developed on the Hudson River in the vicinity of Haverstraw Bay north to Albany. Ice has also developed in the rivers and creeks throughout the New York and New Jersey area. Due to the current ice conditions aids to navigation may be unreliable in areas impacted by ice. Mariners are urged to use caution and not rely solely on any single aid to navigate. (First District LNM 04)
Long Island Inlets Shoaling:
Extreme shoaling has been reported in Fire Island Inlet. Shoaling has reported to extend the entire width of the inlet in the vicinity of buoys 4, 5, and 6 with water depths of less than 4 feet at high tide and less than 2 feet at mean low water. Mariners are advised to proceed with extreme caution when transiting the Inlet. (First District LNM 04)
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in Jones Beach Inlet in the vicinity of Jones Inlet Buoy 1, Jones Inlet Buoy 2, Jones Inlet Buoy 3, and Jones Inlet Buoy 4. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution as unexpected shoaling may be present. (First District LNM 04)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
New Bridge Regs—Beesleys Point Bridge:
Effective February 24, 2010, the Coast Guard is changing the regulations that govern the operation of the US Route 9/Beesleys Point Bridge over Great Egg Harbor Bay, at mile 3.5, between Beesleys Point and Somers Point, NJ. This final rule will allow the drawbridge to operate on an advance notice basis during specific dates and times of the year. The final rule change will result in more efficient use of the bridge during dates and times of infrequent transit. A copy of Public Notice 5-1167, which describes the changes in detail, can be obtained by writing to the address above (Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA.23704) or by calling (757) 398-6557. (5th District LNM 05)
Delaware River (Maine Channel) Dredging:
The dredge PULLEN will be conducting dredging operations in the Delaware River on the New Castle Range from 30 January until 25 March, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A submerged pipeline will run from the dredge site to the Kilcohook Disposal Area. A slow NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge for passing arrangements 30 minutes prior to passing. (5th District LNM 05)
Susquehanna River, Nav Aid Discontinued:
The Coast Guard has completed its consultation of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and will discontinue Fishing Battery Light on or about February 18, 2010.
Send comments to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Attn.: Albert Grimes or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM 05)
Smith Island Dredging:
The dredge RICHMOND will be conducting dredging operations on Smith Island in the West Entrance Channel between the jetties and continuing to Levering Creek, Rhodes Point to Tylerton, Tyler Ditch, Big Thorofare and Twitch East Entrance Channel from 23 January until 25 April, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 05)
James River Dredging:
The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the James River between James River Channel Lighted Buoy 27 and James River Channel Lighted Buoy 32 from 29 January until 15 March, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 05)
Great Bridge Lock and AICW to Close for a Day:
The lock at Great Bridge, Chesapeake, Va. will close to navigation Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will close to vessel traffic during the Great Bridge lock closure Feb. 9. The Great Bridge lock closure is required to facilitate the changing of lock gates at the Great Bridge facility. Boaters desiring to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure may use the Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2. The Dismal Swamp Canal and the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal form alternative routes along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle Sound. The Dismal Swamp Canal, maintained to a depth of 6 feet, has a normal operating schedule for openings at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This schedule is subject to change during adverse weather conditions. Bridge and lock operators monitor marine radio channel 13. For current status on the depths, etc. of the Dismal Swamp Route please contact the Corps. of Engineers at 757-201-7500. (5th District LNM 05)
Jetty Construction Oriental NC:
Paul Howard Construction will be conducting stone jetty rebuild/replacement at the entrance to Smiths Creek, Oriental, NC from 01 February until 15 March, 2010. A barge with excavator, a rock storage barge and assisting tug and tender boat will be onscene. The tug will monitor VHF-FM 16. The barges may extend into the channel during daylight work hours but will be positioned behind the jetty at night or when not in service. (5th District LNM 05)
Bogue Inlet Shoaling (NOT on the AICW):
Shoaling to a depth of 1.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 8 and Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 10. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM 05)
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 05)
Dredging in Lower Cape Fear River:
The hopper dredge DODGE ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations in the Lower Cape Fear River from Horseshoe Shoals to the Baldhead Shoals Reach from 04 February until 05 April, 2010. The survey vessel EAST RIVER will be assisting. The dredge material will be deposited in the ocean Dredge material Disposal site. The dredge and assisting vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, and 16. A slow NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. (5th District LNM 05)
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)
New Lady’s Island Bridge Corrected Schedule:
MSIB 02-10 UPDATE 1 Bridge Construction Lady's Island Bridge Temporary Rules Change, Beaufort, SC-22JAN10. This announces an update to MSIB (02-10) - Lady's Island Bridge Construction Operations; Beaufort, SC on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/charleston.
This MSIB announces a Temporary Regulation Change of the 33 CFR 117.911- South Carolina Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway/Lady's Island Bridge, across the Beaufort River, Mile 536.0 at Beaufort.
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 and half-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.
Ref: LNM 50 through 52-09 and 01-10 Chart: 11518
This MSIB announces a Temporary Regulation Change to the hours of the Lady's Island Bridge and does not affect other aspects of the regulations - to include tugs with tows. Therefore, in accordance with 33CFR 117.911(a) public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows, upon proper signal, will be passed through the draw span of each draw bridge listed in this section at anytime; to include The Lady's Island Bridge across Beaufort River.
The parts of the MSIB above in bold font are different from the schedule published in the January 21, 2010 East Coast Alerts which was copied from the 7th District LNM 03. The above MSIB should be considered to be the correct schedule.
Nav Aid Change Port Royal Sound:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system at Port Royal.
PORT ROYAL SOUND CHANNEL RANGE FRONT LIGHT (LLNR 4080) will be permanently discontinued.
PORT ROYAL SOUND CHANNEL RANGE REAR LIGHT (LLNR 4085) will be permanently discontinued.
Port Royal Sound Channel Obstruction Light South (LLNR 4080) will be established in position 32-11-53.548N/080-35-46.641W displaying Flashing White 2.5s characteristic with a nominal range of 5 mile. The light is located on the range front structure.
Port Royal Sound Channel Obstruction Lights North (LLNR 4085) will be established in position 32-13-43.784N/080-35-59.062W displaying Flashing White 4s characteristic with a nominal range of 5 mile. The lights are located on the NW and SE corner of the platform of the range rear structure.
This work is schedule to be completed the week of March 1, 2010. (7th District LNM 05)
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)
The Eastern Range will be conducting Hazardous Operations surface to unlimited within the following areas:
From 28-28N 080-33W
To 28-58N 080-00W
To 29-06N 080-08W
To 28-37N 080-43W
From 30-02N 079-50W
To 30-54N 079-01W
To 30-11N 078-08W
To 29-26N 079-06W
Hazard periods for primary launch date and backup launch date;
Primary launch date: 07 / 0924Z Through 07 / 1055Z Feb 2010. T-0 IS 0924Z.
Backup launch date: 08 / 0859Z Through 08 / 1033Z Feb 2010. T-0 IS 0859Z (7th District LNM 05)
Launch of A8450, ATLAS-V SDO:
The Eastern Range will be conducting Hazardous Operations Shipping within the following areas:
From 28-33N 080-37W
To 28-33N 080-13W
To 28-24N 078-32W
To 28-25N 078-32W
To 28-35N 080-12W
To 28-38N 080-37W
From 24-58N 060-52W
To 23-12N 054-57W
To 24-23N 054-31W
To 26-02N 60-31W
Hazard times for primary launch date and backup launch date;
Primary launch date: 09 / 1530Z Through 09 / 1717Z Feb 2010. T-0 IS 1530Z.
Backup launch date: 10 / 1526Z Through 10 / 1713Z Feb 2010. T-0 IS 1526Z (7th District LNM 05)
New Bridge Proposed for St. Lucie Canal:
The Coast Guard is seeking comments on a proposed new bridge across the St. Lucie Canal at Mile 11.2 and the St. Lucie Lagoon. The new bridge would be fixed with a horizontal clearance of 200 feet and a vertical clearance of 55.7 feet MHW across the St. Lucie Canal. The horizontal clearance across the St. Lucie Lagoon would be 129 feet and the vertical clearance 25 feet MHW. Comments are requested to be sent to Commander, 7th Coast Guard District, 909 SE 1st Avenue, Ste 432, Miami, FL 33131-3028. The project manager is Randall Overton, 305 415 6749, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On February 2, 2010 the lake level was reported at 13.51 feet.
Lost Anchor Offshore Ft. Lauderdale:
The Coast Guard received a report that a motor vessel NEW WAVE lost anchor in Port Everglades Anchorage in position 26-07.842N 080- 04.443W. All mariners are requested to use caution when anchoring in the vicinity of the Port Everglades Anchorage. (7th District LNM 05)
Bakers Haulover AICW—New Nav Aid Marks Shoaling:
The Coast Guard has temporarily set a 6th class buoy -Biscayne Bay Buoy 7C in position 25-54.065N 080-07-530W to mark shoal edge at Baker's Haulover. The buoy marks best water at low tide. (7th District LNM 05)
Sunken Barge—Cape Coral:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken barge in the vicinity of Cape Coral in approximate position 26-33.60N 081-59.53W. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 05)
Gunnery Exercises--Florida West Coast:
The U.S. Coast Guard will be performing a gunnery exercise 15NM west of Lido Key, off the west coast of Florida in approximate position 27-18.1N 082-52.2W.
On the following dates 2010:
Wednesday-February 3, Thursday-February 4, Friday-February 5, and Monday-February 8, Tuesday-February 9, Wednesday-February 10.
The exercises will be conducted between 10:00am to 4:00pm local time.
All mariners are required to keep an 8NM distance from this position and to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Mariners may contact Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg or the command vessel on VHF-FM CH16 with concerns. (7th District LNM 04)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 05
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.
Feb. 1-28, 2010: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily: West Channel of swing bridge closed, East Channel open with no restrictions.
March 1-31, 2010: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily: East Channel of swing bridge closed, West Channel open with no restrictions.
Marine interests should contact Lane Construction at 321 607 5700 for additional information on construction schedules. USCG Jacksonville Waterways Management Division contact is BM1 Peter Nelson, 904 564 7666.
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.email@example.com. 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.
Miami River--I-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.
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.