East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Ben Sawyer Repair Work:
PCL Civil Constructions, Inc. will begin repair work on the Ben Sawyer Bridge on August 12, 2010. The bridge will closed for vessel traffic from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Please contact Mr. Bennett at (843) 540-1138 for more information. For questions regarding Coast Guard matters please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 68-19, USCG Charleston)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
More Northern Indian River ICW Restrictions:
NASA (JAYJAY) RAILROAD BRIDGE (AICW Mile 876.6): Work is scheduled to be done on the NASA Railroad Bridge, Intracoastal Waterway mile 876.6, Brevard County, FL. The bridge span will (be closed from) 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. from August 10-12 and August 17-19 and August 24-26.There will be a one hour opening from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day during the closures. The bridge will remain open all other times.
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 August 17 through August 19, 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. (7th District LNM 31)
SPECIAL NOTICE (LNMs for All Districts)
SUBJ: CORRECTIONS TO 2010 LIGHT LIST BOOKS.
1. DUE TO THE TERMINATION OF UNITED STATES LORAN-C, INFORMATION PERTAINING TO LORAN-C HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE ELECTRONIC VERSIONS OF THE 2010 LIGHT LIST BOOKS. THE UPDATED VERSION IS LOCATED ON USCG NAVIGATION CENTER WEBSITE AT:
PUERTO RICO-ISABELA: DGPS Downtime
UNUSABLE TIME IS APPROVED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 11 AUG 2010 1100Z - 2030Z (0700 - 1630Z ADT)
SECONDARY: 12 AUG 2010 1100Z - 2030Z (0700 - 1630Z ADT)(7th District LNM 31)
SOUTH CAROLINA-KENSINGTON: DGPS Downtime.
UNUSABLE TIME IS APPROVED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 13 AUG 2010 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT)
ALTERNATE: 14 AUG 2010 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT) (7th District LNM 31)
FLORIDA-CAPE CANAVERAL: EASTERN RANGE, OP A8800
THE EASTERN RANGE WILL BE CONDUCTING OPERATIONS HAZARDOUS TO SHIPPING, OP A8800. THE HAZARD WILL BE CONTAINED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: FROM 28-30N 080-39W TO 28-33N 079-51W TO 28-38N 079-51W TO 28-40N 080-39W TO BEGINNING. FROM 28-20N 079-15W TO 28-20N 077-02W TO 28-49N 077-02W TO 28-49N 079-15W TO BEGINNING. FROM 26-52N 070-08W TO 26-06N 066-36W TO 26-58N 066-24W TO 27-43N 069-58W TO BEGINNING. FROM 22-38N 055-00W TO 20-25N 049-25W TO 21-25N 049-00W TO 23-42N 054-36W TO BEGINNING. HAZARD TIMES ARE 121114Z THRU 121401Z AUG 2010. IF OPERATION IS DELAYED NEXT POSSIBLE TIMES WILL BE 131109Z THRU 131357Z AUG 2010. (7th District LNM 31)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
No Wake Zone in NH:
The United States Coast Guard has established a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) on the Oyster River in Newington, New Hampshire on August 25 and 26 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day in order to test the effectiveness of boom deployment strategies at preventing the spread of pollution in the event of a spill in the area.
All vessels transiting through this regulated area must do so at no wake speed and adhere to all directions given to them by the Captain of the Port Sector Northern New England or his designated representative.
Between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. all vessels desiring to enter the RNA must request permission to do so by the Coast Guard On-Scene Commander. Mariners can request permission to transit by hailing the Coast Guard On-Scene Commander on VHF radio channel 16 or by calling (603) 436-4415.
This rule creates a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) for all navigable waters within the following coordinates: To the east, a line drawn between the easternmost end of the Scammel Bridge (Route 4) in position 430741.5N, 0705042.2W southwest to the prominent point of land on Fox Point east of Hen Island in position 430711.5N, 0705102.6W; to the west, a line that crosses the mouth of the Oyster River between the charted pipeline area in position 430728.2N, 0705209.1W south to Durham Point in position 430720.2N, 0705219.5W; to the south, a line crossing Little Bay from where Edgerly Garrison Road meets the water in position 430642.4N, 0705203.7W to the east in position 430639.2N, 0705116.5W.
Since the boom strategy testing is located in an area subject to heavy currents, shoaling, and moderate vessel traffic, this regulation is needed to protect spectators, participants, and other waterway users from the extra hazards introduced by the boom deployment. The exercise will occur in three phases on each day during the following times:
Deployment: 6:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Maximum tidal current: 9:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Recovery: 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
During the maximum tidal current phase, vessels must request permission to transit through the RNA from the Coast Guard On-Scene Commander.
Any updates to this regulated area will be made by Safety Marine Information Broadcast on VHF channel 16 and 22 as well as in the Local Notice to Mariners, available at: www.navcen.uscg.gov. For more information about this regulated navigation area, contact Sector Northern New England via VHF channel 16 or by telephone at 207-767-0303. (First District LNM 31)
Changes Proposed in Boston Approach Channel:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following change(s) to this waterway:
DISESTABLISH Boston Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy BA (LLNR 565)
DISESTABLISH Boston Approach Lighted Buoy BC (LLNR 515)
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through your organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested by 29 October 2010. To facilitate the process, refer to Project No. 01-10-134. The Coast Guard is considering making the following change(s) to this waterway;
DISESTABLISH Boston Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy BD (LLNR 495)
DISESTABLISH Boston Approach Lighted Buoy BE (LLNR 470)
DISESTABLISH Boston Approach Lighted Buoy BG (LLNR 385)
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through your organization.
All comments will be carefully considered and are requested by 29 October 2010. To facilitate the process, refer to Project No. 01-10-135. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mails can be sent to email@example.com and faxes to 617-223-8291. (First District LNM 31)
Construction in NY Harbor:
Building construction will be done on Pier 15 from 13 August - 24 September 2010. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the Hughes Marine Barge #137 & crane. (First District LNM 31)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Shoaling has been reported in the following sections of the NJICW:
A. Shoaling to a depth of less than 3.0 feet MLW in the vicinity of NJICW Daybeacon 156 to NJICW Daybeacon 162.
B. Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 feet to 4.0 feet MLW between NJICW Buoy 421 and NJICW Buoy 423.
Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 12316. (5th District LNM 31)
NJ Bridges--Testing and Construction:
Mariners are advised that construction work is scheduled to begin on or about August 16, 2010 through May 4, 2011 at the Route 71 Bridge over Shark River in Belmar NJ. To facilitate operations, the spans 1, 2, 5 and 6 will be closed to accommodate temporary work platforms. Access to the navigable channel will not be impeded. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 31)
Mariners are advised that submarine cable testing will be performed at the Route 71 Bridge, at mile 0.8, across the Shark River, in Belmar, NJ on August 16 and 17, 2010. The drawbridge will provide vessel openings with at least a one hour advance notice each day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For the advance opening requests, mariners should contact the bridge operator at (732) 681-0637 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.751. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Mariners are advised that submarine cable testing will be performed at the Route 88/Veterans Memorial Bridge, at NJICW mile 3.0, across Point Pleasant Canal, in Point Pleasant NJ on August 18 and 19, 2010. The drawbridge will provide vessel openings with at least a one hour advance notice each day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For the advance opening requests, mariners should contact the bridge operator at (732) 899-9341 or via marine radio at channel 13 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Delaware River Range Change:
A. On or about 15 August 2010, Kinkora Lower Range Front Light (LLNR 4110) will be relocated to 40-07-09.375N, 074-47-05.224W and will show a Q W characteristic , 24 hours/day. The range rear light will be relocated to 40-07-06.527N, 074-47-09.668W and will show a Occ W 4s characertistic, 24 hours/day.
B. On or about 15 August 2010, Kinkora Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 4145) will be relocated to 40-08-06.613N, 074-45-35.859W. The range lights will be changed to day/night lights showing a FL G 2.5(1)s characteristic, 24 hours/day on the RF Light and an Iso G 6s characteristic, 24 hours/day from the RR LT. (5th District LNM 31)
Parish Creek Shoreline Construction:
Mariners are advised that Central Marine Construction, Inc. is scheduled to construct segmented stone sills as part of a living shoreline improvement project within Parish Creek, in Anne Arundel County, MD, from July 27, 2010 through October 31, 2010. The expected work will be conducted Monday through Friday, daylight hours only. The project includes placing stone material along the shoreline at Shady Cove Peninsula in Shadyside, MD, in approximate position latitude: 38 50' 54" N, 076 30' 08" W, from an anchored barge in the West River at the mouth of Parish Creek. The material will be delivered to the site by barge. Two smaller barges will also be on site. Interested mariners may contact the Central Marine 25-foot tender PUSHERMAN on marine band radio channel 16 or 13 VHF/FM. (5th District LNM 31)
Cambridge Creek Bridge in Open Position:
Mariners are advised that cleaning and painting operations are scheduled to begin on or about August 1, 2010 through October 31, 2010 at the MD 795 (lift) Bridge over Cambridge Creek at Cambridge MD. To facilitate operations, the drawbridge will be maintained in the open position to vessels for the duration and the available horizontal clearance will be reduced for a net to approximately 40 feet for the passage of vessels. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.(5th District LNM 31)
Coleman Bridge to Close for a Day:
Mariners are advised that the Coleman Memorial Bridge, at mile 7.0, at Yorktown VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2010, to perform mechanical repairs. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1025. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM 31)
Cape Fear Memorial Bridge PaintingOperations 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
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 (7th District LNM 28)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On August 3, 2010 the lake level was reported at 13.74 feet.
ICW Dredging West Palm Beach:
Vance Construction Company will be conducting maintenance dredging at Mile Marker 1021 in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway located east of Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach. The drdeging will be conducted during weekdays only throughout the month of August. The tug MARK will be monitoring VHF CH 16. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 31)
Diving Ops in Miami Harbor Entrance Channel:
DIAL CORDY and Associates will be conducting dive surveys commencing on or about July 21 through September 30, 2010 from the jetties exiting Miami Harbor outbound to the Miami Sea Buoy. The dive surveys will be conducted 7 days/week during daylight hours only. No dive surveys will be conducted inside the main channel. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 30) .
Platform Construction Biscayne Bay:
Florida Power and Light (FPL) will commence construction from Aug 2- 23, 2010 of three permitted ground water monitoring well platforms in Biscayne Bay near FPL's Turkey PT Plant. During the construction, FPL will display temporary yellow flashing lights on each platform.
The coordinates for the well locations are as follows:
TPGW-10: 25-026.458N 080-19.482W
TPGW-11: 25-023.823N 080-18.247W
TPGW-14: 25-021.258N 080-19.575W
All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 31)
Shoaling and Dredging in Johns Pass:
Extreme shoaling has been reported on the green side of Johns Pass Channel extending well past the middle of the channel. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 31)
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 31)
(Hazards to Navigation 7th District LNM 31):
Florida Keys: The Coast Guard has received a report of a 35 FT red sailing vessel FUKUMAL aground in the vicinity of Maryland Shoal in approx position 24-33.02N 081-35.183W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
Florida West Coast: The Coast Guard has received a report that Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass DBN 14 (LLNR 17195) has been destroyed and the piling is exposed approximately 6 inches above the waterline. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
The Coast Guard has received a report of the Gulf Marine Repair Corporation floating drydock ARD-16 sinking at 28-58.77N 083-12.693W approximately 4 NM SW of Seahorse Reef. Approximately 15-20 FT of each wing wall remains visible above the waterline. Salonen Marine will be conducting salvage operations including commercial diving and will be monitoring VHF CH 16. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 20 FT by 15 FT military training platform located at 27-48.750N 083-50.130W approximately 55 NM W of Johns Pass. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 31
NOTE: In the past we have kept specific bridge information in this Florida Bridge Update list as long as its 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.
Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): Due to bridge repairs, the Heckscher Drive/SR 105 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Sisters Creek) mile 739.2, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida will be on scheduled half-hour single-leaf operations on August 10, August 12, and August 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The vertical clearance on the down span will be reduced by 13 feet during the single-leaf operating period.
Keiwit Construction is performing repairs on the Heckscher Drive/SR 105 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Sisters Creek). This work is expected to completed by April 2011. Nighttime closures of the bascule span are expected for 1-2 weeks in October 2010.
NASA (JayJay) RR Bridge: (AICW Mile 876.6): See beginning of this Alert.
Max Brewer Bridge (AICW Mile 878.9): See Beginning of this Alert.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 scaffolding for the painting operations.
The Coast Guard has approved the closure of the Parker Boulevard Bridge on August 12, 2010 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight to change out electrical components. Vessels that do not require an opening may pass at any time.
Boot Key Bridge: Another change in the demolition schedule: The Boot Key Bridge, Marathon, Florida is tentatively scheduled for demolition in fall 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.
Johns Pass Bridge: Update. Flatiron Construction will conduct operations on the Johns Pass Bridge from 01-31 Aug 2010. The main channel width will be restricted to 50 FT under the bridge due to a construction barge moored in the channel. The barge requires at least 2 hour notification to move. Vessels requiring more than 5O FT of width may contact Flatiron Construction on VHF CH 16. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
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.
Park Boulevard Bridge (GIWW Mile 126): Bayshore Construction will be repairing the fender system of the Park Boulevard Bridge, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 126.0, Pinellas County, Florida. The U.S. Coast Guard has approved the single-leaf operation of this bridge. This will allow the bridge to open a singleleaf on the hour and half-hour from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A double-leaf opening will be available with a hour advance notice to the bridge tender. This will allow the time needed to remove the barge that will be stationed under the bridge. This work is expected to continue until September 1, 2010.
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.
BIG JOHN MONAHAN/SR 710 BRIDGE: Reduced Clearance. The Florida Department of Transportation will be installing fixtures on the Big John Monahan/SR 710 (Beeline Highway) Bridge over the St. Lucie Canal from August 2-6, 2010 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Vertical clearance may be reduced at times. Mariners are advised to exercise caution and may contact the work crews on VHF channel 09.
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.