East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Significant Long Island Sound Aids Changes Proposed:
We have kept you apprised of the Coast Guard changes in Aids to Navigation in the First District regarding LED conversions and radio activated fog signals. While most of the LED changes resulted in a minimal reduction in the nominal range from four to three miles, here is a much more significant reduction on an important navigational light (Race Rock Light). This change would also incorporate a radio activated fog signal.
You as boaters are being given the opportunity to voice your opinion on this proposed change. Don’t let this opportunity slip away. Your voice does make a difference. The final date for comment is June 1, 2010.*
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to facilitate navigation in this waterway:
CHANGE: Race Rock Light (LLNR 19815) Nominal range from 16 nautical miles to 12 nautical miles.
This change will incorporate new light emitting diode (LED) technology.
CHANGE: Race Rock Light (LLNR 19815) fog signal to a VHF-FM radio activated signal. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 79. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 79, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes.
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 1 June 2010 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-10-065. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM 14)
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
MA-BOSTON HARBOR-REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS, SAFETY ZONES, SECURITY ZONES; DEEPWATER PORTS PROPOSAL
LONG ISLAND SOUND-EASTERN PART
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
33 CFR Parts 150 and 165
[Docket No. USCG-2009-0589]
RIN 1625-AA00, RIN 1625-AA11
REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS, SAFETY ZONES, SECURITY ZONES;
DEEPWATER PORTS in Boston Captain of the Port Zone, MA
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to establish new regulated navigation areas (RNAs) and safety and security zones for deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) ports in the Boston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone, off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The proposed RNAs and safety and security zones are in waters around the Neptune Deepwater Port Facility (Neptune). They would protect vessels and mariners from the potential safety hazards associated with deepwater port operations, and protect liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs) and deepwater port infrastructure from security threats or other subversive acts, by prohibiting certain operations and imposing conditions on others.
DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 1, 2010.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2009-0589 using any one of the following methods:
(1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
(2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
(3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
(4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods.
See the "Public Participation and Request for Comments" portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this proposed rule, call or e-mail LCDR Pamela Garcia, Coast Guard; telephone 617-223-3028; e-mail Pamela.P.Garcia@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826. (First District LNM 14)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Narragansett Bay RNA Changes:
The US Coast Guard is modifying provisions contained in the existing regulated navigation area (RNA) that were implemented to address severe shoaling in the Providence River. This rule includes additional navigation safety measures for vessels transiting Narragansett Bay, namely a requirement to make periodic Safety Signal (SECURITE) calls at certain points along the transit and a requirement to maintain a minimum underkeel clearance to prevent groundings. Some measures previously proposed for the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay in the vicinity of the two Brightman Street bridges have not been adopted. The modifications come into effect on April 28. (First District LNM 14)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Cape May Harbor Light to be Moved:
On or about 30 August, 2010, Cape May Harbor Range Rear Light (LLNR 460) will be relocated to position 38-57-25.458N, 074-52-49.767W. Passing Lights showing a Fl W 4s will be added to the corners. (Fifth District LNM 15)
Beware Heavy Scallop Boat Traffic:
Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting scallop access areas currently open along the areas off of the mid-Atlantic coast known as the Delmarva Access Area and the Elephant Trunk Access Area. A high concentration of commercial fishing industry vessels will be transiting to and from, and operating in these areas from now through July 30, 2010. Concentrated fishing operations will generally be conducted in the vicinity between the twenty (20) fathom curve and the fifty (50) fathom curve between 37º 15’ N to 38º 50’ N.
The Elephant Trunk Sea Scallop Access Area (ETAA) is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:
Point Latitude Longitude
ETAA 1 38º 50’ N 74º 20’ W
ETAA 2 38º 10’ N 74º 20’ W
ETAA 3 38º 10’ N 73º 30’ W
ETAA 4 38º 50’ N 73º 30’ W
ETAA 1 38º 50’ N 74º 20’ W
The Delmarva Sea Scallop Access Area (DMV) is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:
Point Latitude Longitude
DMV 1 38º 10’ N 74º 50’ W
DMV 2 38º 10’ N 74º 00’ W
DMV 3 37º 15’ N 74º 00’ W
DMV 4 37º 15’ N 74º 50’ W
(5th District LNM 13)
Offshore Diving and Testing:
Lockheed Martin and Towboat US will conduct offshore testing and dive operations in a 10NM radius around position 38-00-00N, 074-00-00W from 15 April until 20 May, 2010. The R/V RICHARD BECKER will be anchored in that position and serve as the diving platform. Mariners are advised to use caution and a NO WAKE when transiting within 2NMs of that position. (Fifth District LNM 15)
Chincoteague Bridges Update:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard has approved the request from the Virginia Department of Transportation for a one-year extension until April 6, 2011, for completing the construction of a new bridge across Black Narrows and Lewis Creek Channel at Chincoteague VA. (Fifth District LNM 15)
Susquehanna River Light to be Discontinued:
On or about 05 June, 2010, Fishing Battery Light (LLNR 24630) will be discontinued. (Fifth District LNM 15)
Potomac River Diving Ops:
Mariners are advised that the Institute of Maritime History plans to conduct underwater archaeological surveys on the Potomac River in the vicinity of Mount Vernon, VA, from April 24, 2010 through May 2, 2010. The surveys will include remote sensing using sonar and magnetometers and site assessments with scuba divers from a 36-foot trawler operating in the Potomac River between Whitestone Point, VA and Sheridan Point, VA, a skiff operating in Dogue Creek, and a skiff operating near Mt. Vernon between Dogue Creek and Little Hunting Creek. Interested mariners may contact the trawler ROPER via marine band radio channel 16 VHF-FM, if necessary. (5th District LNM 11)
Berkley Bridge Repairs:
Mc Lean Contracting will be conducting repairs to the Berkley Bridge, mile 0.4, steel grating on the Eastern Branch each weekend commencing Friday from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. to the following Monday morning on the following dates: 23-26 April, 30 April to 03 May, 14-17 May, 4-7 June, 2010. A crane barge may be present in the navigable channel. The tug CENTENNIAL will be on scene and monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. Vessel traffic may transit the channel, however, it is requested that vessels contact the tug at least 2 hours in advance of time of passage under the bridge. If necessary, contact Mr. Rob Rodgers at 757-337-2423 for further information. (5th District LNM 15)
Centerville Turnpike Bridge Repair--Temporary Schedule Change (AICW Mile 15.2):
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard has approved a temporary deviation to restrict the operation of the Centerville Turnpike (SR170) Bridge, at AIWW mile 15.2, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake, VA. To facilitate structural repairs to the movable span, the drawbridge will be allowed to open every two hours for vessels requiring an opening on the following schedule:
A. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2010, until and including 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2010.
B. Saturday openings at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m.
C. Sunday openings at midnight, 2 a.m., 4 a.m., 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
D. 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(i). Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 15)
Alligator River Bridge 12-hour Night Closures for Two Months:
The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Alligator River directly under the US Highway 64 Drawbridge. The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during maintenance of the US Highway 64 Drawbridge. The State of North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a contract to Coastal Gunite Construction Company of Cambridge, MD to perform bridge maintenance on the US Highway 64 Drawbridge crossing the Alligator River at East Lake, North Carolina. The contract provides for cleaning, painting, and steel repair. The contractor will require the drawbridge to remain in the closed position during painting from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily from June 1, 2010 through July 31, 2010. The Coast Guard will temporarily restrict access to this section of the Alligator River during the painting of the draw when maintenance equipment will be obstructing the waterway. To comment on the proposal write to the below address.
USCG Sector North Carolina
2301 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512-5633
Attn: CWO4 Stephen Lyons or email (Fifth District LNM 15)
Mobjack Bay, VA Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of less than 3.0 feet MLW has been reported between Davis Creek Channel Light 2 and Davis Creek Channel Daybeacon 4. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this waterway. (Fifth District LNM 15)
More Oregon Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of less than 4.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Oregon Inlet Channel Buoy 40 and Oregon Inlet Channel Buoy 42. Mariners are requested to transit this area with caution. (Fifth District LNM 15)
Beaufort Inlet Shoaling:
While this amount of shoaling is not significant for ordinary boaters, it is a reminder of the power of Mother Nature to change the bottom even in very deep channels.
An ACOE survey conducted 22 February, 2010, indicates shoaling to a depth of 20 feet MLW in the vicinity of Beaufort Inlet Channel Lighted Buoy 11 and 23 feet MLW in the vicinity of Beaufort Inlet Channel Lighted Buoy 16. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting this channel. Mariners can view ACOE surveys at http://www.saw.army.mil/nav/MHCBFT/RangeA/mhca1.pdf . (Fifth District LNM 15)
Gallants Channel Restricted at Beaufort Bridge, NC:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of Gallants Channel at Beaufort, North Carolina. The State of North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a contract to Hames Contracting Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia, to perform bridge maintenance on the Grayden Paul Draw Bridge at the Gallants Channel crossing to Beaufort, North Carolina. The contract provides for cleaning, painting, steel repair, and grid floor replacement to begin on March 1, 2010 and will be complete by April 30, 2010. The contractor will be utilizing a 110’ deck barge with a 30’ beam as a work platform and equipment staging. This operation presents a potential hazard to mariners from falling debris and the use of heavy equipment and machinery. To provide for the safety of the public, the Coast Guard will temporarily restrict access to this section of Gallants Channel during the maintenance period when the deck barge is obstructing the waterway. (5th District LNM 15)
Dredging Nearing Completion in AICW North Carolina Inlet Crossings:
We have read reports that markers in some of these dredged areas have not been replaced. This is common, as the areas are usually surveyed by the USACE to determine where the channel markers should be replaced after dredging. When the dredges are still in place, they can be contacted on the VHF channels given below to find out where to pass through the area being dredged.
The dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW channel adjacent to Shallotte Inlet from 02 April until 30 April, 2010. The tenders PROUD MARY and ANN KAY will assist. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southwesterly along the southernmost shoreline of the AIWW from Shallotte Inlet to the spoil fill at Ocean Isle Beach. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.
The dredge JENNI LEA will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW channel adjacent to Lockwoods Folly Inlet from 02 April until 30 April, 2010. The tenders SWITCHER II and MISS LEANNE will assist. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southwesterly along the south shoreline of the AIWW to the spoil fill Holden Beach. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 13)