East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

July Fourth Sewage Discharge Potential in NDZs Where Only Holding Tanks Are Allowed to be Used:
          NEW YORK - LONG ISLAND - TEMPORARY SHELLFISHING BAN IN THREE AREAS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate a section of West Harbor (within Oyster Bay Harbor); all of the Sand Hole within Caumsett State Park, on Lloyd Neck; and a section of Port Jefferson Harbor including the area known as the Narrows, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish from sunrise on Saturday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 7, 2010, both dates inclusive. The harvest of shellfish is prohibited during the period these areas are designated as uncertified. This designation is necessary to protect public health and is required due to the potential for sewage discharges from marine sanitation devices on the large number of transient vessels which will anchor and remain overnight in these areas over the holiday period. A recorded message describing any temporary shellfish closures that may be in effect in New York is accessible 24 hours a day by calling (631) 444-0480. (First District LNM 25)*

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

LOST: Unmanned Navy Underwater Vehicles
          The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads advises all mariners that three unmanned underwater vehicles belonging to the U.S. Navy have been lost in the vicinity of the Thimble Shoal Channel between the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The vehicles are black , non-explosive torpedo shaped objects, sixty inches long and are designed to float on the surface. All mariners are requested to report any sightings of these vehicles to the U.S. Coast Guard at 757-638-6635 or VHF-FM channel 16. (5th District LNM 25)

Fourth of July Celebrations:
          It’s the season. For the safety of boaters and spectators ashore, many opening bridges are being closed down during fireworks displays, and for a period of time before and after. Safety zones and restricted areas are being established on the waterways. There are too many of these closures and restrictions along the East Coast to list here. If you are planning to be near any fireworks display on the Fourth, check for local regulations, and BE SAFE.


DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE: Marking of Oil Containment Booms
          The ongoing efforts in the Gulf of Mexico to mitigate the spread of oil has resulted in the deployment of significant amounts of containment boom. Consideration should be given to the impacts to navigational safety and if appropriate, the containment boom should be marked in a manner consistent with Navigation Rules. (7th District LNM 22)

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

Brightman Street Bridge--Extension of Temporary 60-Ft. Vertical Clearance:
          Since April 15, 2010, the vertical clearance (air draft) of the Taunton River navigation channel at the new Brightman Street Bridge has been limited to 60 feet (see MSIB 02-10 of April 13, 2010). This has been necessary to accommodate erection of bascule leafs and installation of concrete bridge decking.           This temporary vertical clearance limitation was due to expire on June 15, 2010. However, due to construction delays the 60-foot temporary vertical clearance limitation is extended until at least June 30, 2010. Future updates to the status of the new Brightman Street Bridge will be provided as new information is provided to us. Recreational vessels needing to transit through the Taunton River Channel in the vicinity of the new Brightman Street Bridge, for which 60 feet of air draft is sufficient, should provide as much notice as possible by contacting the on-scene bridge contractor. To avoid delays, commercial vessels needing to transit through the Taunton River Channel in the vicinity of the new Brightman Street Bridge, for which 60 feet of air draft is sufficient, must provide at least 12 hours advance notice by contacting the on-scene bridge contractor. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of construction activity at the new Brightman Street Bridge, and to monitor VHF channel 22 for the latest safety related navigation information.
          Cianbro Corporation is the bridge contractor for the Massachusetts Highway Department. The Cianbro project manager for the new Brightman Street Bridge project is Mr. Kaven Philbrook, who can be reached on-site via VHF channels 13 or 16. Mobile phone for Mr. Philbrook is 860-250-7902. An alternate Cianbro Corp point of contact is Mr. Bill Lovely, reachable at mobile phone 860-250-8017. (First District LNM 24)

Offshore Hazardous Waste Containers on the Loose:
          The Coast Guard has received a report of hazardous waste containers located in Hudson Canyon, approximately 40 NM south of Gunner’s Pt, Long Island. Mariners are requested to proceed with extreme caution while dredging or fishing in the area. (First District LNM 24)

Coast Guard Analyses of Two Long Island Harbors:
          The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Hempstead Harbor with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein.
          The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Mamaroneck Harbor 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 October 2010, Contact BM1 Mike Lehansky at 1-718-354-4354, fax 718-345-4190, or michael.r.lehansky@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 24)

Research Operations in West Point Area:
          On June 28, 2010 Indian Point Energy Center will be conducting thermal research operations in the Hudson River in the vicinity of West Point, NY 41-23-10N / 074-57-08W south to Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 40-59-14N / 073-53-40W. There will be approximately 70 white plastic buoys marking submerged research sensors. These one foot tall sensors will be on the river bottom and will be marked by white plastic buoys. The buoys will be out of the navigational channel on both sides of the river marking the positions of the research sensors. These sensors will be in place until September 15, 2010. (First District LNM 24)

Lake Champlain Bridge Update:
          The United States Coast Guard has established a regulated navigation area around the construction zone of the Lake Champlain Bridge between Crown Point, NY and Chimney Point, VT. This regulated area is bound by four, white and orange-striped NO WAKE buoys in positions: 44-02-00.672 N, 073-25-35.705 W and 44-02-11.396 N, 073-25.27.127 W to the north, and 44-01-56.575 N, 073-25.05.522 W and 44-01-49.909 N, 073-25-09.110 W to the south.
          All vessels must transit through this area at a speed under 5 knots and in a manner so as to produce no wake. The new bridge construction involves large machinery and operations which, by their nature, are hazardous and pose risks to vessel traffic and construction crews. The no wake zone is intended to minimize the risks a vessel wake could pose to both construction workers and boat operators in the area.
          In addition to the regulated navigation area, the New York State Department of Transportation has marked the main channel for safe passage through the construction zone with lighted red and green buoys. Concrete piers remaining from the old Lake Champlain Bridge have been marked with warning marks (white dayboards with orange-diamond and warning) and fixed, amber lights. All vessels are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. This regulated navigation area is in effect until December 31, 2011. In addition, this rule provides for the temporary suspension of all vessel traffic within the regulated navigation area during certain periods of construction. Notification of such closure will be made on VHF Channel 16. (First District LNM 24)

Shore Side Demolition at Center Point Terminal:
          Demolition of shore side structures & bulkheads will be done at Center Point Terminal until 8 August 2010. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM. On scene is the crane barge NEWARK BAY, hydraulic barge JP, deck barge WITTE 1401, heavy lift barge FERRELL and multiple tugs which are monitoring VHF-FM channel 78. Divers are also on scene. (First District LNM 24)

Harlem River Construction:
          Kiewit Constructors will have floating work stages in the Manhattan Channel of the Harlem River at the Willis Avenue Bridge from 6 am to 10 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 15 to July 1, 2010. The Horizontal Clearance will be reduced to 60 feet during these times. Additionally, Kiewit will have a picket boat and/or barge, north or south of the bridge, to provide on scene notification of the work vessel locations and can move WITH 5 MINUTES NOTICE by contacting the Tug F. Dawson on CH 65, 13, or 908.400.6550. Each recreational and commercial vessel transiting the area should transit at NO WAKE or reduced speed to maintain maneuverability while minimizing the effects of wake and surge. (First District LNM 24)

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

NJ Bridge Painting:
          Bridge painting of the Route 37 Bridges between Toms River and Seaside Heights, NJ will be conducted from 23 June until 30 November, 2010. Barges will be staged at the base of the bridge pier and relocated as work progresses. Bridge clearance will be reduced by approximately 3.0 feet the entire length of the bridge to allow for temporary containment/metal work on the decking. The barges will be moored with cables extending out from the barges. An assisting vessel will be standing by on VHF-FM channels 3, 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 25)

NJICW Shoaling:
          Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 feet MHW has been reported in the vicinity of NJICW Daybeacon 156 to NJICW Daybeacon 162. Mariners are advised to transit this area with extreme caution. (5th District LNM 25)

Hydrographic Survey off Assateague Island:
          The M/V ATLANTIC (call sign VTR5417) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations off of Assateague Island, MD from 21 June until 30 November, 2010. The area of survey is bounded by 38 -05.0N, to 37-44.8N, approximately 25 NMs offshore. M/V ATLANTIC is 110’ steel black hull with white superstructure. Operations include towing side scan sonar which will restrict M/V ATLANTIC’s ability to maneuver and she will display the appropriate day shapes and lights to warn of her status. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels give a wide berth to prevent fouling the towed gear or interfering with the surveying operation. (5th District LNM 25)

Alligator River Bridge Restrictions Update:
          The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Alligator River directly under the US Highway 64 Swing Bridge. The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during maintenance of the US Highway 64 Swing Bridge. 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 Swing Bridge crossing the Alligator River at mile 84.2 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, in Columbia, NC. The contract provides for cleaning, painting, and steel repair. The contractor will require the swing bridge to remain in the closed position during painting, daily from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., beginning on July 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010. An evening opening will be provided at 1 a.m., if at least two hours advanced notice is provided to the contractor by contacting the bridge at telephone number (252) 796-7261 or VHF Marine Band Radio channel 13. At all other times, the swing bridge will be required to open for the passage of vessels when a request or signal is given. The Coast Guard will temporarily restrict the access to this section of the Alligator River during the painting of the swing when maintenance equipment will be obstructing the waterway. (5th District LNM 25)

Figure Eight Swing Bridge (AICW Mile 278.1) Schedule Not Changing:
          The following is quoted from the USCG 5th District LNM (Week 25):
AIWW – Figure Eight Swing Bridge – Withdrawal of NPRM sent to Federal Register.

New Oak Island Bridge Delays for Girder Installation:
          The bridge girder installation is scheduled to take place through 31 JUL 10. To provide for the safety of the public, the CG will temporarily restrict access to this section of the AIWW during center girder installation causing delays for four hours from 0730 until 1130. (5th District LNM 22)
          Mariners are advised to TAKE CAUTION and PROCEED SLOWLY when approaching the construction site of a new highway bridge to Oak Island (Middleton Avenue) over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 316.6, in Brunswick County, NC. Construction shall continue through December 31, 2010 with occasional barges and snooper cranes along the channel. We advise mariners to check for future notices on this project. (5th District LNM 25)

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

Another New Bridge Proposed for Socastee:
Special Bridge Notice.
          The Coast Guard has issued a public notice regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to construct a new high level fixed bridge (Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge, SC 31 Extension)across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 372.3, near the Town of Socastee (between Surfside and Myrtle Beaches), Horry County, South Carolina. This public notice 3-10 which solicits comments through July 8, 2010, is attached to this Local Notice to Mariners. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and may be contacted at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.dhs.gov.
Chart: 11534 CG Bridge File: 265 (7th District LNM 23)
          Ed. Note: The ancient relic Socastee Swing Bridge is at Mile 371. The recently built Socastee High Level Bridge is at Mile 371.3. The location of this proposed bridge is a mile farther at Mile 372.3. When the older high level bridge opened, we all hoped that the swing bridge would be closed as it is so old that there are no parts available when it breaks (which is often), they have to be manufactured. I know that our comments are not going to prevent this bridge from being built, but a good question for the Coast Guard project manager would be “Why do we still need the swing bridge when there will be two other bridges within 1.3 miles?”

Dredging in Kings Bay:
          The Dredge CHEROKEE is scheduled to conduct dredging operations in Kings Bay from US Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Drum Point Island. Dredging is scheduled from June 21 - Nov 1, 2010. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. For additional information, see enclosure and contact Southern Dredging at 843-830-1015. (7th District LNM 25)

Waterway Analysis--Kings Bay and Amelia River:
          The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of St. Mary’s, Kings Bay, and Amelia River Main Ship Channel commencing 01 June 2010 thru 31 August 2010. The study focuses on the area’s aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, communication capabilities and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide comments or participate in a user survey should contact: Commander, Sector Jacksonville, (7th District LNM 25)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
          On June 22, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.21 feet.

Navy Buoys off Port Everglades:
          The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will deploy a 2 foot diameter mooring buoy with a 1.5 foot mast in approximately 38' water located 2.5 NM south-southeast of Port Everglades Inlet. The mooring buoy will be tethered to two railroad wheels on the seafloor. On or about 09 July 2010 SFOMF will deploy a 38' long spar buoy that will be tethered to the mooring buoy with 75' of submerged line. Both buoys will be lighted with amber lights that flash twice every 2 seconds. The coordinates of the mooring site are 26-3.483N, 080-5.749W. The Buoys will be deployed for 3 months. When deployed, these buoys will be hazards to navigation. All vessels are asked to steer clear of this hazard. (7th District LNM 25)

Shoaling in AICW at Bakers Haulover AGAIN:
          The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in Biscayne Bay along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway west of Bakers Haulover Inlet. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Coast Guard Sector Miami reports the shoaling to be in the vicinity of Buoy “6B,” where the channel is now only 40 feet wide. In the channel centerline, MLW depth is reported at 3.9 feet, MHW depth is reported to be 6.2 feet. (7th District LNM 25)

Navy Buoys off Key West:
          The Coast Guard has received a report of two US Navy Wave Data Gathering Buoys deployed uncharted in the following positions: 24-43N 081-52W, approx 10NM N-NW of Key West and 24-30N 081-56W, approx 7NM SW of Key West. All mariners are advised to stay clear of the buoys. For further information, contact NAVAIR at 305-293-4343. (7th District LNM 25)

More Buoys:
          The Coast Guard received a report of 12-32 inch yellow buoys with reflective tape in the following positions: 24-36.931N 082-51.643W, 24-36.681N 082-52.174W, 24-36.764N 082-52.702W, 24-37.143N 082-53.130W, 24-37.432N 082-53.362W, 24-37.800N 082-53.452W, 24-38.238N 082-53.247W, 24-38.582N 082-52.834W, 24-38.685N 082-52.272W, 24-38.460N 082-51.640W, 24-37.981N 082-51.279W, 24-37.408N 082-51.295W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 25)

Hazards to Navigation (7th District LNM 25):
          Florida West Coast:
          The Coast Guard received a report of a 38 ft wood boat disabled, unmanned, and anchored in the vicinity of POINT PINELLAS CHANNEL LIGHT 4 (LLNR 24715) in approximate position 27-41.78N 082-37.93W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
          The Bayou Grande Channel DBN 21 (LLNR 25105) has been reported destroyed with the piling exposed below the waterline. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
          The Coast Guard has received a report of a partially submerged 20 FT vessel in the vicinity of Emerson PT and the Manatee River in approx position 27-32.16N 082-38.89W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.

Radar Testing, Florida West Coast:
          The Coast Guard will be conducting shipboard radar testing from Jun 21-25, 2010 between the hours of 9:00am - 12:00am. Anchored life rafts and small craft will be present in a 7 x 12 NM area centered at 28-03.9N 082-59.8W approx 10 NM W of St Joseph Sound. Nighttime testing will occur at 28-01.7N 082-58.4W approx 8 NM W of Dunedin Pass. All mariners are requested to not disturb and stay clear of anchored life rafts and test vessels. (7th District LNM 25)

Shoaling in Wiggins Pass:
          The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in and around Wiggins Pass. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 25)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 25
          NOTE: : In the past we have kept specific bridge information in this Florida Bridge Update list as long as it’s current, but since some projects go on for months or years, we have decided to remove items which have appeared for several alerts, or which are nearing their expiration date. Information new with this alert is in bold.

          Bridge of Lions (AICW Mile 777.9): The “Rehabilitated” Bridge of Lions apparently does not have the same MHW vertical clearance as the old bridge (25 feet). Vertical clearance is reported to now be around 22 feet at MHW in center. If your boat needs around this much clearance, pay close attention to the tideboards and request an opening if there is any question. We have received reports that the north side tideboard shows 22 feet in center at, MHW, and that the south side shows 23.5 feet, MHW.
          Max Brewer Bridge (AICW Mile 878.9):
The A. Max Brewer Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 878.9, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This work will continue through April 2011.
          Channel Restrictions/Bridge Regulations:
1. From June 29 through July 1, 2010 – 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, the contractor has been authorized to close the waterway due to the placement of the center channel beams across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In the case of weather delays, the contractor may need to continue this operation on July 6 and 7, 2010. Once the beams are in place the minimum vertical clearance will be 65 feet at Mean High Water. The clearance gauges for the new high-level fixed bridge will not be placed on the new bridge until the old swing bridge is removed.
2. In order to expedite bridge construction and not unduly restrict navigation; the Coast Guard Bridge Branch will be authoring a temporary change to the scheduled operation of the A. Max Brewer Bridge. Starting on July 6, 2010, the A Max Brewer Bridge will be allowed to open on hour and half-hour from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. Mariners that wish to comment on this temporary change may email Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil. Once the new bridge beams are placed on the center span the contractor will be placing navigation lights on the bridge to mark on side of the channel through the swing bridge. Mariners are advised to remain vigilant when passing through this area as there are various barges and floating equipment near the navigable channel.
          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.
          Parker Bridge (AICW Mile 1013.7): Due to bridge repairs, the Parker (US 1) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1013.7, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida is on scheduled half-hour single-leaf operations. A double-leaf opening is available with a four-hour notice to the bridge tender. This work is expected to be completed by October 31, 2010. The vertical clearance on the down span has been reduced by 2 feet due to scaffolding for the painting operations.
          CL has advised the Coast Guard that the Parker Bridge will be closed to navigation on July 8 and on July 29, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mariners that do not require an opening may pass through the bridge at any time. During bridge machinery replacement the navigable channel may restricted by 1/2 for up to six hours at a time. This work is expected to be start in early July. The exact dates and times will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners. Mariners should be aware that one of the four leafs may be in the open position. A request to open the other down leaf is still required.
          US 19 Bridge, Anclote River, GIWW:
Custom Built Marine Construction will be repairing the US 19 Bridge Fender System, across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Anclote River, Anclote, Florida. This work is expected to start on August 3, 2010 and will be completed by September 8, 2010.

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.