East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Construction to Block AICW--Northern Indian River:
Misener Marine Construction, Inc. will begin work early this month to install scour protection at the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) spans and approach spans of the Jay Jay Rail Road Bridge over the Indian River, NASA Parkway Bridge over the Indian River and the Courtenay Parkway Bridge over the Haulover Canal. The scope of the work will require intermittent blockage of the ICW. Activities like placing stone, riprap, and marine mattresses will require two (2) barges positioned side by side at locations that will block vessel traffic through the ICW. Material barges, spud barges, push boats, and small vessels will be kept near each bridge and travel the ICW between bridges. Misener Marine plans to move barges and vessels out of the ICW channel during non-work days and non-work hours. Lighting will be maintained on all barges and vessels. The project schedule is July 01, 2010 through Aug 31, 2011. Information regarding exact dates and times of channel closures will be published once they become available. All mariners should transit the area with caution. For additional information, please contact Misener Marine Construction, Inc at (321) 783-9442. (7th District LNM 28)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Loran-C East Coast Transmission (Canadian Chain) to Finally End:
In accordance with the 2010 DHS Appropriations Act, the U.S. Coast Guard will terminate transmission of the LORAN-C signals from Nantucket, Massachusetts and Caribou, Maine effective 1900 ZULU on August 3, 2010. At that time, LORAN-C signal transmissions from stations 5930-XRAY and 5930-MASTER will be terminated and will cease operating within the Canadian East Coast LORAN-C Chain (5930). Address inquiries to the Navigation Center Information Service at (703) 313-5900 or www.navcen.uscg.gov. (First District LNM 29)
NRC Webpage for Gulf Oil Spill:
The NRC (National Response Center) has posted information regarding the DEEPWATER HORIZON Oil Spill on the NRC webpage: http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/ (7th District LNM 21)
Also check http://www.geoplatform.gov/gulfresponse/
Gulf Oil Spill Website from BoatUS:
Check www.BoatUS.com/oilspill for updates.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Hazard to Navigation: Sunken Fishing Boats (Maine):
A 36 foot fishing vessel has been reported sunk between Mahar Point and Raft Cove in approximate position: 44-52.81N, 067-08.19W.
A 38 foot fishing vessel has been reported sunk between Mahar Point and Falls Island, Maine in approximate position: 44-53.14N, 067-07.52W.
All mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area as underwater obstructions may be present. (First District LNM 29)
Four instrument buoys will be deployed during the week of July 19-23 and recover the week of Aug. 30 – Sept 3, 2010. Each mooring will consist of a yellow Surmark buoy approximately 3ft high, lighted with the sequence 1s on – 3s off. The moorings will be in the following locations:
1. 41 10.3288 N 73 10.9199 W
2. 41 9.8892 N 73 10.7070 W
3. 41 9.8730 N 73 10.3296 W
4. 41 8.1233 N 73 10.9614 W
(First District LNM 29)
La Guardia Airport Survey Inspection:
On July 26, 2010 until September 3, 2010, Boswell Engineering will be conducting a survey inspection of the Lighting and Landing System on the piers within the LaGuardia Airport Security Zone. Two 25’ survey vessels will be on scene Monday through Friday from 6:30 am until 3:00 pm. The survey vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. On scene points of contact are Mr. Ljupcho Naumchevski at 201.803.7371, Mr. Jeremy Po at 201.232.3938, or Mr. Dennis Cassidy at 201.390.5598. Boswell Engineering point of contact is Mr. Michael Ganas at 201.641.0770. (First District LNM 28)
Fire Island Inlet Shoaling Update:
Extreme shoaling has been reported in Fire Island Inlet. Shoaling is reported to extending the entire width of the inlet. (First District LNM 28)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Upper Chesapeake Artificial Reefs:
Little Choptank River: On or about 16 July, 2010, artificial reef construction operations will begin at the Dominion-Gooses Fish Haven located between the Little Choptank River and Parkers Creek. The coordinates for the enclosed area are:
NW CORNER 38-34-12.5 N, 076-24-52.4 W.
NE CORNER 38-34-12.6 N, 076-24-46.8 W.
SE CORNER 38-34-02.8 N, 076-24-46.6W.
SW CORNER 38-34-02.7 N, 076-24-52.2 W. (5th District LNM 28)
Choptank River: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will plant approximately eighty three (83), two foot reef balls in the Cook Point Sanctuary at the entrance to the Choptank River.
A- 38 39 17.709N—76 16 58.222W
B- 38 39 17.742N—76 16 54.495W
C- 38 39 14.828N—76 16 54.452W
D- 38 39 14.796N—76 16 58.167W
Vessel: PATRICIA CAMPBELL will be monitoring channel 16, POC: Captain Karl Willey-410-353-0564 (5th District LNM 28)
Reminder: Restricted Area in Hampton Roads:
Mariners are reminded that the area in the vicinity of the U.S. Naval Station Norfolk, from the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 5 (LLNR 9470) to the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 9525) and along the south side of Willoughby Bay, is a RESTRICTED AREA.
This OFF LIMITS AREA is depicted in the color magenta on the below listed charts. Unauthorized vessels entering this RESTRICTED AREA may encounter USE OF FORCE procedures by patrolling security vessels. Boaters are requested to remain in the marked channel clear of shipping while transiting the Norfolk Harbor Reach. Naval Station Norfolk Security can be contacted via VHF-FM channel 14. Charts: 12245, 12253, 12256 & 12206. (5th District LNM 29)
New Jordan Bridge Construction Begins:
McLean Contracting Company, on or about August 1, 2010, will begin driving test piles in conjunction with the construction of the new Jordan Bridge in the Southern Branch-Elizabeth River.
A. Test Pile 20-(Light E) at 38 48 29.2101N, 076 17 26.6104W , Fl Y 4s.
B. Test Pile 21-(Light F) at 38 48 30.0438N, 076 17 22.2435W, Fl Y 4s. (5th District LNM 28)
Virginia Beach Oceanfront Outfall Construction:
McLean Contracting Company in association with the Virginia Beach 61st Street Ocean Outfall Project has established two (2); slow flashing amber (yellow) lights; on the North and South sides of the temporary crane trestle used for the cofferdam pipeline construction. Aids are approximately 100 feet from shore. This is the first of seven (7) pairs of lights that will be established to mark the approximately 1600 foot temporary crane trestle, until January 1, 2012.
McLean’s 61st Street Trestle Outfall Construction Light:
North Trestle Light A 36 53 14.060N, 075 59 02.051W, Fl Y 4s.
South Trestle light A 36 53 13.668N, 075 59 02.033W, Fl Y 4s. (5th District LNM 28)
Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Painting—Operations and Clearance Change:
Mariners are advised that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation at the US17/Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge, at mile 26.0, in Wilmington, NC. Under this temporary deviation, the drawbridge will operate as follows: (1) Through 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2010 vessel openings will be provided if at least three hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF; the vertical clearance of the bridge will not be changed in this period; (2) From 12 a.m. (midnight) on August 16, 2010 until and including 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2010, vessel openings will be provided if at least three hours advance notice is given to the bridge operator at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF; in this period, the available vertical clearances of portions of the drawbridge (up to half of the drawbridge at one time) will be reduced by approximately four feet to 131 feet and 61 feet above mean high water, respectively, to accommodate scaffolding.
At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.5 and 117.823. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
More AICW Ranges to be Discontinued:
NOTE: These are in a particularly difficult and shallow area of the AICW, just south of its intersection with Minum Creek, and north of the North Edisto River. They surely have helped us to stay in the channel here during our many years of cruising the East Coast.
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the ICW.
Permanently discontinue WINYAH BAY - CHARLESTON HARBOR RANGE FRONT DAYBEACON A (LLNR 34140).
Permanently discontinue WINYAH BAY - CHARLESTON HARBOR RANGE REAR DAYBEACON A (LLNR 34145).
Permanently discontinue WINYAH BAY - CHARLESTON HARBOR RANGE FRONT DAYBEACON B (LLNR 34155).
Permanently discontinue WINYAH BAY - CHARLESTON HARBOR RANGE REAR DAYBEACON B (LLNR 34160).
All comments should be addressed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg. Miami, Fl 33131, to be received by 01 August 2010. (7th District LNM 26)
Wappoo Creek Bridge Fender Replacement Restrictions:
We have received two separate notices about this project. The first below is from the Charleston Coast Guard MSIB 56-10. The last paragraph below was from the 7th District Coast Guard Bridge Information in the Local Notices to Mariners, Week 27.
R.L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. will begin replacing the fender system on the Wappoo Creek Bridge on or about Monday, July 12, 2010. Operations with the crane barge’s “CAPT HORRY and CAPT HARRINGTON” will take place in the Intracoastal Waterway at position 32? 45’ 59.48” N/ 79? 58’ 26.67”W. Barge and Tugs will be in the channel near the draw and will restrict the waterway Monday – Friday, 9:00 p.m. thru 5:00 a.m. until approximately Friday, August 27, 2010. A two (2) hour notice is required for traffic requiring the full width of the channel during the aforementioned date and times. To make two hour notifications, please contact the Tug Eliza Lucas via VHF 16. Work will continue on the fender system outside of the restricted waterway until Saturday, October 30, 2010.
Mariners should maintain safe speeds, remain cognizant of these operations while in the area and cautious while transiting through.
For on-scene communications Tug Eliza Lucas will be monitoring VHF 16. For more information please contact R.L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. at (843) 296-3654. For Coast Guard related issues please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 720-3274 or Sector Charleston Command Center Line at (843) 720-7050.
From 7th District LNM 27:
Special regulations for the bascule bridge over Wappoo Creek on ICW approach to Charleston, SC. Commencing approximately July 12, 2010, crane barges “Captain Harrington” and “Captain Horry” will begin replacement of the fender system the Wappoo Cut Bridge. Operations in the draw which may restrict passage of some vessels will take place nightly from 2100 to 0600 hrs. Tugs with tows or large commercial traffic which require more than 50 ft of horizontal clearance through the draw should contact Contractor (R. L. Morrison & Sons, Inc.) at least 1 hour prior to the eta at Wappoo Creek so that equipment can be moved clear. VHF channel 13 and 16 will be monitored continuously when replacement activities are underway. Contractor can be reached on sight at 843-296-3654 or through the office at 843-887-3261.
New High Level Bridge to Replace Skidaway Narrows Bridge:
The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the approval of location and plans for the replacement of a bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 592.8, (Skidaway Narrows) on the roadway SR 204 Spur (Diamond Causeway), Chatham County, GA. Public Notice 05-10 which solicits comments for a thirty day period is attached to this Local Notice to Mariners. The project manager is Mr. Randall Overton at (305) 415-6749. Chart: 11507 CG File: 1201 (5th District LNM 28)
Canaveral Lock Closure Postponed:
Canaveral Lock closure for dewatering to install a new Manatee Protection System has been postponed. The dates originally were scheduled for August 3-September 11, 2010 and September 22-October 29, 2010. The new dates are expected to be in January-March, 2011. Canaveral Lock will NOT be closed during hurricane season. (7th District LNM 27)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On July 21, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.10 feet.
Okeechobee Waterway Restricted near Moore Haven Lock:
The US Army Corps Of Engineers has advised that navigation in an area approximately 3.5 M past the Moore Haven Lock and directly across from Structure C-5A in Moore Haven FL is restricted until September 1, 2010 due to the presence of a cable. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. For additional information, see enclosure. The enclosure states that the cable has been installed to prevent aquatic vegetation from getting into the Okeechobee Waterway (Route 1) and the lock area, and that the Rim Route (Route 2) is not passable in this area. (7th District LNM 29)
Bakers Haulover AICW to be Dredged:
Quoted below is our report in East Coast Alerts on June 24, 2010 regarding shoaling that has been reported in the Bakers Haulover Inlet area of the AICW:
“ 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)”
The US Army Corps of Engineers now advises that the AICW at Bakers Haulover Inlet will be dredged in September/October, 2010 (7th District LNM 28)
Hazards to Navigation (7th District LNM 29):
Florida Keys: The Coast Guard has received a report of a wooden platform with an attached pipe 6-9 FT long and exposed above the waterline 4-6 FT located in position 24-25.8N 082-25.3W approximately 6.5 NM S of Half Moon Shoal. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
The Coast Guard has received a report of an unmanned 30 FT white sailing vessel aground in vicinity of Summerland Key in approx position 24-39.55N 081-26.16W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
Florida West Coast:The Coast Guard received a report of a partially submerged 17 FT motor vessel in approx position 27-32.146N 082-41.882W in the vicinity of the mouth of the Manatee River. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 24 FT pontoon boat sunk 15 NM SW of Crystal River in approx position 28-49.2N 082-56.6W. The vessel is reportedly marked with a white buoy. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 27 FT Century with a white hull, black stripe and black bimini top, unmanned and anchored 40 NM W of Sanibel Island in approx position 26-11.39N 082-47.84W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
Dredging in Johns Pass and Blind Pass:
Dredging operations will be taking place in Johns Pass and vicinity and Blind Pass and vicinity between July 19 - December 16, 2010. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. For additional information, refer to http://www.saj.usace.army.mil (7th District LNM 27)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 29
NOTE: : In the past we have kept specific bridge information in this Florida Bridge Update list as long as it’s current. Some projects go on for months or years, so 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.
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:
2. …from July 27 through July 29, 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 an additional day. 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.
3. 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….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 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.
East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1062.60): Due to bridge painting, the East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1062.6, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be on single-leaf operations on the hour and half-hour from 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, Monday through Friday starting June 1, 2010. A double-leaf opening will be available with a three hour notice to the bridge tender or by calling Mr. Randy Chambers (305) 797-0904 or Mr. John Woodberry (305) 747-0301. The horizontal clearance will be reduced to 45 feet due to the scaffolding. This bridge will be on single-leaf operations only from 12 midnight through 6:00 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. In addition to the restrictions approved above, this office is considering allowing this bridge to remain on single-leaf operations every Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until this project is completed. This restriction will be in affect starting on July 15, 2010. At all other times, this bridge will open both leaves on the hour and half-hour. This work is expected to continue through August 30, 2010.
George Bush Bridge (AICW Mile 1038.7): Palm Beach County, the bridge owner, had advised this office that they are currently working on the George Bush Boulevard (NE 8th Street) Bridge, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1038.7, Palm Beach County, Florida. This work is not expected to impede navigation.
Boot Key Bridge, Marathon: The Boot Key Bridge, Marathon, Florida is tentatively scheduled for demolition in July 2010. The work will require two months to complete. It is anticipated that daytime drawbridge closures may occur in the near future, prior to the removal of the span. Exact dates/times will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
Indian Key Bridge: Coastal Marine Construction is currently working on the Indian Key Bridge across Indian Key Channel, Islamorada, Monroe County, Florida. The contractor has advised the Coast Guard that they would be in the vicinity of the main channel; but are not expecting to be restricting the waterway. The repair work is expected to continue until approximately April 2011.
Goodland Bridge (CR 92): M&J Construction will be repairing the pilings of the Goodland (CR 92) Bridge across the Big Marco River in Marco Island, Florida from July 26, 2010 through November 10, 2010. The majority of the work will be conducted outside the navigable channel.
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.
Fort Denaud Bridge, Mile 108.2 OWW: Due to vehicle traffic congestion caused by bridge repairs to the Labelle Bridge (Caloosahatchee River Bridge/SR 29), Okeechobee Waterway, Caloosahatchee River mile 103.0, Labelle, Hendry County, Florida, the Fort Denaud Bridge, Caloosahatchee River mile 108.2, Hendry County, Florida regulationshave been temporarily changed:
1. The bridge will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
2. From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the draws shall open if at least three hours notice is given.
3. At all other times this bridge will open on signal. This bridge regulation is expected to continue through December 30, 2010.
Labelle Bridge, (Mile 103.0 OWW): We have previously published the below information, but with the new restrictions at the Fort Denaud Bridge above, we are including the Labelle Bridge restrictions as a reminder for those of you who may be crossing the Florida Peninsula this season:
Due to bridge repairs the Labelle Bridge (Caloosahatchee River Bridge/SR 29), Okeechobee Waterway, Caloosahatchee River mile 103.0, Labelle, Hendry County, Florida, the bridge regulations have been temporarily changed:
4. The bridge shall open a single-leaf on signal from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. A double-leaf will be available with a three-hour notice to the bridge tender.
5. The vertical clearance of the down span will be reduced by five feet.
6. The bridge will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
7. From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the draws shall open if at least three hours notice is given.
8. At all other times this bridge will open on signal.
9. At times there may be a work barge under the down span.
This work is expected to start on June 1 and will continue through December 30, 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.