East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Navy Testing off Port Everglades:
The U.S. Navy is conducting surface and partially submerged vehicle operations in three areas located S-SE of Port Everglades, FL from 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2010. All mariners are advised to stand clear of these areas when U.S. Navy Vessels are operating. Check the attachment to 7th District LNM 34 for exact coordinates: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict®ion=7*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
All mariners are advised to confirm proper channel frequency selection for vessels equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS). Any vessel equipped with an AIS transponder should be verified that the transponder is operating on the correct frequencies. The standard default AIS frequency is 161.975 MHZ (AIS1 or channel 87B). The alternate AIS frequency is 162.025 MHZ (AIS2 or channel 88B). These frequencies can be verified through consulting the manufacturer's operation/owner’s manual for your specific AIS system. (From District 1, 5 and 7 LNMs 34. See below, from 5th District LNM 35)
MID-ATLANTIC TO NORTHEAST - JAMES RIVER, YORK RIVER, UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY, DELAWARE BAY, NEW JERSEY SHORE, AND NEW YORK HARBOR AND APPROACHES:
IMPROPERLY OPERATING AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS (AIS)
Between July 27, 2010 and August 19, 2010, while conducting development testing of its Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), the Coast Guard inadvertently tele-commanded most AIS users transiting the Eastern United States between lower Connecticut and North Carolina to switch to AIS frequencies other than the AIS default frequencies (161.975 MHz - Channel 87B - 2087 and 162.025 MHz - Channel 88B - 2088). As a result, affected users within uniquely defined channel management regions (as shown in this picture) will neither see nor be seen by vessels operating on the default AIS channels when within these regions. Similarly, vessels operating on default frequencies will not see or be seen by those vessels that were inadvertently switched to other frequencies.
To avoid this, the following settings, if found in your AIS Channel Management/Regional Frequency pane, should be overridden (as denoted below) prior to navigating therein; if you do not find these settings/regions in this pane you are not affected and need do nothing.
Setting / Region X (MD, DE, PA, NJ, NY Area)
NE Corner: 41º 07.60 N, 073º 49.10’ W (41.1266667 -73.8183333)
SW Corner: 38º 21.90’ N, 078º 10.40 W (38.3650000 -78.1733333)
Channel 1/ A / AIS1: 1022 / Ch.22B [should be change to 2087 / 87B]
Channel 2 / B / AIS2: 2022 / Ch.22 [should be change to 2088 / 88B]
Setting / Region Y (VA Area)
NE Corner: 37º 42.00' N, 76º 43.80' W (37.7000000 -76.7300000)
SW Corner: 36º 32.00' N, 79º 8.00' W (36.5333333 -79.1333333)
Channel 1 / A / AIS1: 1027 / Ch.27B [should be change to 2087 / 87B]
Channel 2 / B / AIS2: 2006 / Ch.6 [should be change to 2088 / 88B]
Further information is provided in the following Marine Safety Alert http://navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/AIS/Safety_Alert_0710.pdf
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Camden, ME Shoaling:
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling near Barred Islands, west of North Haven @ 44-14.127N 068-48.385W. The charted depth is listed @ 13 ft and the shoaling depth @ 2.5 ft. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (First District LNM 34)
RNA in NH for Boom Deployment:
The Coast Guard is temporarily establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) in navigable waters near Great Bay, New Hampshire. This temporary regulation is in effect while the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) conducts boom deployments to test the effectiveness of oil spill response strategies, and is necessary to ensure the safety of exercise participants and the maritime public from hazards associated with the boom deployment exercise. While the RNA is in effect, all vessels must transit at bare steerageway and comply with directions from the Captain of the Port.
DATES: This rule is effective from August 16, 2010 through October 31, 2010. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before September 15, 2010. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG–2010–0666 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. (First District LNM 34)
Newburyport, MA Dredging:
Dredging is being done in the entrance channel, between 42-48-43.58N 070-47-29.47W & 42-49-17.20N 070-48-47.11W, from 1 September - 30 October 2010. Submerged pipeline will be placed on the seabed along the channel to Salisbury and Plum Island. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 34)
Jamaica Bay, NY Oyster Reefs:
On August 23, 2010, Biohabitats Inc. will be deploying 12 oyster reef balls in the vicinity of Gerritsen Beach in position 40-35-23N, 073-54-43W. The oyster reef balls will be underwater on the ocean bed and outside of the navigable channel. The balls will be made of concrete and are 1.5 feet x 1 foot. Biohabitats Inc. will also be deploying an oyster reef bed in the vicinity of Conchs Hole point in position 40-36-09N, 073-47-23W. The oyster reef bed will be out of the navigable channel and is 10 feet x 15 feet. The oyster reef bed will be visible above the water line by 2 feet. The reefs will not be marked with buoys. These reefs will be in place until April 2012 POC for this project is Mr. Terry Doss at 973-748-9800. (First District LNM 34)
Diving Ops in New York Bay:
Caldwell Marine and Mark Duffy Commercial Diving Inc. will carry out diving operations in order to investigate and film identified debris along the three submarine cable routes for the Bayonne Energy Center power cable project. These operations will be conducted in Upper New York Bay, between Constable Hook, Anchorage Channel, and Gowanus Bay, from August 20 to on, or about, October 31, 2010. Work hours are Monday-Saturday, 0700-1530. The 45’ DOLPHIN III, or the 59’ SAMANTHA MILLER, will be on scene. They will notify VTSNY on VHF CH 14 fifteen minutes prior to each dive, and upon completion of operations each day. The vessel position will be reported via VHF Channel 14 referencing known geographical boundaries (i.e. 100 yards south of Port Jersey Channel Buoy 1). The vessel can move within 15 minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via VHF CH 13. No operations will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. The on scene point of contact for the DOLPHIN III is Mr. David Mednick at (215) 668-0946, or the Samantha Miller on CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the vessels’ location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 14, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil. Additional diving operations and debris retrieval may be required later along the cable route. Separate Coast Guard Advisory Notices will be issued when the project specifics are available. A chart of the cable route is available at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management > 01. Advisory Notices. (First District LNM 34)
Dredging will be done in a portion of the entrance channel of the Shrewsbury River Federal navigation as well as a portion of the Navesink River northeast of the Oceanic Bridge in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The work will be done from 28 August - 6 October, 2010. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge CURRITUCK which will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16.
The dredge D-30 will be conducting dredging operations in the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Route 52 Bridge from 15 September until 30 November, 2010. A floating and submerged pipeline will run from the dredge site through the Rainbow Islands to the Malibu Beach area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 7, 13 and 16. All transiting vessels are asked to proceed at a NO WAKE speed when passing the dredge. (First District LNM 34)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Offshore NY/NJ Diving Ops:
The vessel M/V N-38 will be conducting diving operations from 15 September until 15 October, 2010 in an offshore area within the coordinates of 40 14N, 070-56W; 40-17N, 070-48W; 40-02N, 070-47W; 40-04.5N, 070-40W. Diving operations will be conducted 7 days a week from 0600 until 1900 local time. All transiting vessels are requested to give the dive vessel a minimum of 2NMs. The support vessel may be reached on VHF-FM channels 16 and 72. (5th District LNM 34)
Delaware River Diving Ops:
Tacony Palmyra Bridge and the Burlington Bristol Bridge over the Delaware River: A dive vessel will be temporarily moored to the bridge piers and dolphins. Dive operations will commence during daylight hours and divers will work with vessel traffic and bridge operators so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 35)
Wicomico River Dredging:
The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Wicomico River from Wicomico River Channel Light 10 to Wicomico River Channel Light 38 from 30 August until 10 November, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 35)
Pocomoke River Bridge to Close for a Month:
Mariners are advised that cleaning and painting operations will be performed at the S12 (lift) Bridge over Pocomoke River in Snow Hill MD. To facilitate operations, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 7 a.m. on September 8, 2010 until and including 7 p.m. on October 8, 2010. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM 33)
Curtis Creek Bridge Reduced Horizontal Clearance:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs continue at the Pennington Avenue Bridge, at mile 0.9, across Curtis (Creek) Bay in Baltimore, MD. To facilitate repairs to the north bascule span, a barge is required to be located within the 200-foot wide navigation channel until December 1, 2010. In addition, a second barge will be located within the channel on the opposite side of the bridge span. A channel restriction caused by a barge on both the east and west sides of the channel will result in an available width of approximately 70 feet in the center of the channel, from Mondays to Saturdays, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. At all other times, a single barge will be present and the additional barge will be removed. The bridge contractor will remove the additional barge with 90 minutes advance notice (when half the navigation channel is available and both barges during full bridge openings). For advance notice requests, mariners should contact the bridge tender control tower by calling (410) 396-1154, or alternate contacts by calling (410) 916-2833 or (410) 916-/0935. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 35)
Baltimore Approaches Dredging:
The dredges ATLANTIC and VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations in the approaches to Baltimore in the Brewerton Channel/Tolchester Range to Courthouse Point from 03 September until 31 December, 2010. The dredges will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all traffic call 30 minutes prior to passing the dredges. Tugs and scows will transport dredged material to the Pooles Island Disposal area. All transiting vessels are asked to proceed at a NO WAKE speed when passing the dredge. (5th District LNM 35)
Noise Generating Tests in Chesapeake Bay:
Mariners are advised that U. S. Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland will conduct noise generating test events on the middle Chesapeake Bay during the month of September 2010. Operations include a large, single naval helicopter conducting flights to assess the capability of a helicopter-mounted sound system during day and night environmental conditions. Although only one flight per day is anticipated, both day and night flights are required. Vessel operators might notice increased noise levels during these flights. The planned helicopter test flights will be conducted over the Chesapeake Bay, four nautical miles offshore of NAS Patuxent River. Voice announcements and sounds will be broadcast during the test flights. The sound system is designed to address an urgent operational need in support of the Global War on Terrorism and provide a low-cost solution that will allow naval units to communicate with vessels not equipped with a radio and with vessels, whose operators might not understand English. NAS Patuxent River takes all precautions to lessen the impact on the community of these testing activities. For more information, call telephone number 1-866-819-9028. (5th District LNM 35)
Rudee Inlet Shoaling, Again:
Shoaling has been reported on both the inbound and outbound edges of the Rudee Inlet channel. The shoaling begins inside the east tip of the south jetty and extends westward to the turn basin. Mariners are advised to remain in the center of the channel. (5th District LNM 35)
Newport News Grumman Shipyard Dredging:
The dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations in the James River at the Newport News Grumman Shipyard Pier IX from 01 September completion. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. All transiting vessels are asked to proceed at a NO WAKE speed when passing the dredge. (5th District LNM 35)
Berkley Bridge Opening Change:
Effective September 4, 2010, mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is temporarily changing the drawbridge operation regulations of the Berkley (I-264) Bridge, at mile 0.4, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA. This change will allow the drawbridge to operate with four opening periods between the rush hours until October 5, 2012. The draw of the bridge shall open on signal to vessels between the hours at 9-9:30 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-2:50 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The change will result in more efficient use of the bridge during the day, relieving increased traffic congestion while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation. Copies of Public Notice 5-1194 which describe the temporary changes in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address or by calling (757) 398-6587. (5th District LNM 32)
Dredging in Southern Branch, Elizabeth River, Portsmouth:
The dredge F. J. BELESIMO will be conducting dredging operations in the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River at the Southgate Annex of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard from 13 September, 2010 until completion. The tug CINDY J will transport spoil material to the Craney Island Disposal Facility via the scows EDDIE CARROLL and SEI 2000. The dredge and tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 67. All transiting vessels are asked to proceed at a NO WAKE speed when passing the dredge. (5th District LNM 35)
New Gilmerton Bridge Construction Begins:
McLean Contracting will be constructing new cofferdams, pile driving and excavating in the construction of the new Gilmerton Bridge (Rt. 13 Bridge) from September until July 2012. Tug boats and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13. Mariners are requested to transit with caution, a NO WAKE speed and contact the assisting tug if necessary. (5th District LNM 35)
Barge to Obstruct Part of Channel through Gilmerton Bridge:
Mariners are advised that a 35 foot construction deck barge will be moored to the west side fendering system of the Gilmerton Bridge from 17 August until 30 December, 2010. The barge will obstruct part of the navigable channel under the bridge but will not interfere with the bridge operation. The tug BESTY will be tending the barge and will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 and will be available to move the barge if necessary for transiting traffic. The bridge tender may be contacted on channel 13 or at (757) 545-1512. (5th District LNM 34)
Onslow Beach Swing Bridge to Close for One Week:
Mariners are advised that urgent mechanical repairs will be performed at the Onslow Beach Swing Bridge across the North Carolina Cut, at AICW mile 240.7, at Camp Lejeune, NC. To facilitate repairs, the swing span will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 through 11:59 on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. The available vertical clearance in the closed position is approximately 12 feet, above mean high water. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so, should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Dock Construction, Savannah River:
The City of Savannah will be conducting dock construction activities along the right descending bank of the Savannah River west of Liberty Terminals. Dock construction will be performed between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Mon thru Fri and is expected to be completed on or about December 21, 2010. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 34)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 1, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.05 feet.
Spar Buoys off Port Everglades:
The Coast Guard has received a report of two SPAR Buoys deployed in the vicinity of the Jim Atria shipwreck approximately 1.5 NM N of the Port Everglades Anchorage in the following locations:
Unit 1: 26-09.87N 080-04.16W
Unit 2: 26-09.87N 080-03.62W
The SPAR Buoys are reportedly 20 FT long, 8 inch diameter, extend 8 FT above the surface of the water, strobe lighted with radar reflector. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 35)
Hazards to Navigation:
AICW, Mosquito Lagoon: The Coast Guard has received a report of a double pile manatee sign broken at the waterline in approximate position 29-05-32.15N 080-56- 47.55W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 35)
Florida Keys: The Coast Guard has received a report of a 324 FT drydock that is submerged with 6 FT showing above the waterline in position 28-58.77N 083-12.593W approximately 15 NM SW of Cedar Key. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 34)
Florida West Coast: The Coast Guard has received a report of a 130 FT barge aground in position 26-45.346N 082-16.015W approximately 240 YD W of Gasparilla Island. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 34)
The Coast Guard has received a report a 17 FT blue BAJA boat sunk at the mouth of Stump Pass in approximate position 26-53.79N 082-20.54W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 35)
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 12-25 FT pontoon submerged and anchored in approximate position 26-27.004N 082-00.896W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 35)
Anclote River Entrance DBN 2 (LLNR 26140) has been reported destroyed with 2-3 FT of the piling exposed above the waterline. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 35)
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 25FT vessel sunk in the vicinity of Sister Keys in approximate position 27-26.3N 082-40.9W with 15 FT of the mast exposed above the waterline at high tide. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 35)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 35
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.
Grand Ave Bridge, Ortega River: Superior Construction is repairing the Grand Ave (SR 211), across Ortega River mile 0.3, Duval County, Florida. This work is expected to be completed by October 2011. Barges are present near the bridge but should not be obstructing the channel. A single-leaf opening schedule is expected in October and November 2010. Opening restrictions will be published in future local notices to mariners.
Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): …work is expected to completed by April 2011. Nighttime closures of the bascule span are expected for 1-2 weeks in October 2010.
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.
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.
New River Canal: Dragados USA Incorporated is currently working on the new off ramps from I-595 to the Florida Turnpike across the New River Canal, Plantation, Broward County, Florida. This work is expected to be completed in November 2011.
Marathon, US 1 Bridge: Misener Marine Construction is currently working on the US 1 Bridge over Tom’s Harbor Channel at Marathon, Monroe County, Florida. A utility boat may be present. The repair work is expected to continue until approximately January 2011.
Key West, A1A Bridge: Misener Marine Construction is currently working on the SR A1A Bridge across Riviera Canal, Key West, Monroe County, Florida. The contractor will be performing some demolition work and some concrete debris may fall from above. A 12’x40’ barge will be present in the channel from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. The repair work is expected to continue until approximately February 21, 2011.
Pinellas Bayway, SR 682, Structure “A”: M&J Construction is conducting scour repairs to the SR 682 Pinellas Bayway Structure “A” Bridge over Boca Ciega Bay, Pinellas County, Florida. Maintenance crews will be onscene 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. local, Monday through Friday. The channel under the SR 682 Bridge will be occasionally blocked by a barge conducting construction operations on the bridge. Vessels requiring passage should contact M&J Construction on VHF channel 16. The barge requires a 20 minute notification to move. Repairs are expected to be completed by September 27, 2010. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area.
Pinellas Bayway, SR 682, Structure “E”: M&J Construction is conducting scour repairs to the SR 682 Pinellas Bayway Structure “E” Bridge over Boca Ciega Bay, Pinellas County, Florida. The channel under the SR 697 Bridge may be occasionally partially blocked by a barge. Vessels requiring passage should contact M&J Construction on VHF channel 16. The barge requires a 20 minute notification to move. Repairs are expected to be completed by September 27, 2010. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area.
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