East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Dismal Swamp Canal Reduced Lock Schedule:
A local Norfolk area TV station has reported that the Dismal Swamp Canal Lock/Bridges are on a reduced schedule due to the drought which has decreased the amount of water available in Lake Drummond for lock operations. Currently, the locks will be open twice a day at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. rather than four times daily. This schedule will be in effect until further notice.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Hazardous Ops off Florida:
OPERATIONS HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM 0000-2359 LOCAL DAILY 13-19 SEP 10 IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
FROM 29-20N 079-50W TO 29-20N 079-40W TO 29-10N 079-40W TO 29-10N 079-50W
FROM 30-45N 080-54W TO 30-45N 080-11W TO 30-36N 080-11W TO 30-33N 080-55W
FROM 30-00N 081-00W TO 30-00N 080-50W TO 29-50N 080-50W TO 29-50N 081-00W.
OPERATIONS HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM 0000-2359 LOCAL DAILY 15-28 SEP 10 IN THE FOLLOWING AREA:
FROM 30-10N081-00W TO 30-10N 079-40W TO 30-00N 081-00W TO 30-00N 79-40W.
All mariners are advised to stay clear. (7th District LNM 37)
Onslow Beach Bridge Open and Faster:
According to Matthew Humphrey, PE Director, Facilities Support Contracts, Camp Lejeune, NC, the Onslow Beach Bridge at Camp Lejeune, is now open and fully functional following successful repair. And the really good news is that “… the repairs have enabled the bridge to operate much smoother, and knocked off 4 minutes from the previous cycle time.”
USCG SPECIAL NOTICE 004-10 03SEP10:
GPS SYSTEM SOFTWARE INTEGRATION ASESSMENT: Mariners are advised that over the course of the next several weeks, the Air Force will conduct an integration assessment of the current GPS Software Baseline. There are no planned GPS Satellite outages for this activity, and the broadcast navigation signal will remain IS-GPS-200 compliant. Mariners who experience GPS anomalies should contact the Coast Guard Navigation Center as soon as possible.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Bass Harbor: Safety Zone for Explosives during Ledge Removal:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to remove 1,800 cubic yards of a ledge in the navigable waterway in and around Bass Harbor, Maine both to increase mooring capacity for fishing trawlers and recreational vessels and to provide a channel connecting the inner and outer harbor anchorages. This project will last approximately 30 days beginning October 1, 2010 and will involve using explosive charges to remove a section of ledge.
The Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone from October 1 through November 15, 2010 to restrict vessel movement through the area while explosive charges are in use. The safety zone is located 500 feet east of the Tremont Town Pier. The safety zone covers an area approximately 900 feet by 600 feet including all navigable waters from surface to bottom extending 300 feet around the following coordinates: 44014'27.9"N, 068021'01.8"W to the northwest; 44°14'28.5"N, 068°20'59.9''W to the northeast; 44°14'25.6"N, 068°20'59''W to the southeast; and 44°14'25.3"N, 068°21'00.1''W to the southwest. The zone will be marked with four, red, inflatable markers indicating the edges of the zone. During the enforcement period of the safety zone, persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting, anchoring or mooring within the zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) or his designated representative. (1st District LNM 36)
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)
Temporary Buoys off New Jersey:
Ocean Power Technologies has established four temporary lighted data buoys in approximate position 39-28-48.00N, 074-12-48.00W. The buoys are yellow with black lettering (A, B, C, D) and have a quick flashing yellow (Q Y) characteristic. An additional lighted data buoy with a FL Y 4s characteristic has been established in approximate position 39-06-00.00N 073-19-00.00W, with an auxiliary float attached to it. The buoys will remain on scene until 30 March, 2011. Mariners may contact Ocean Technologies at (609) 730-0400 for further information. (5th District LNM 37)
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)
Pennington Ave. Bridge, Curtis Creek, MD, No Remote Control:
Curtis Creek – Pennington Avenue (lift) Bridge – Withdrawal of NPRM has been published in the Federal Register (9/3/10). City of Baltimore proposes to eliminate the need for a bridge tender by allowing the bridge to be operated from a remote location. NPRM published in the Federal Register. Public Notice 5-1182 issued; comment period ended on 2 AUG 10. (5th District LNM 37)
Dredging in Wicomico River:
The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Wicomico River from Wicomico River Channel Light 10 (LLNR 23750) to Wicomico River Channel Light 38 (LLNR 23900) from 31 September until 15 November, 2010. 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 37)
S 12 Bridge, Pocomoke River, MD Closure Postponed:
Pocomoke River – S12 (lift) Bridge – Closed to vessels from 0700 on 8 SEP 10 until 1900 on 8 OCT 10, for cleaning and painting operations. The scheduled closing has been postponed from September 8, 2010 due to multiple problems with water level height concerns. (5th District LNM 37)
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)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Charleston Harbor Aid Change:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Charleston Harbor: Rebellion Reach Range Front Light (LLNR 2485) will be change to a Flashing Green 2.5s characteristic the height will be reduce to 16 feet. Rebellion Reach Range Rear Light (LLNR 2490) will be relocated to position 32-47-01.993N/079-54-25.295W displaying a ISO Green 6s characteristic at a height of 46 feet. The work is schedule for the week of 25 September 2010. (7th District LNM 36)
Boom Deployment Exercise in Charleston Area:
MSIB (82-10), Charleston CG: On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, Coast Guard Sector Charleston along with HEPACO, Coast Guard Station Charleston, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting a pollution response equipment exercise in the vicinity of the Limehouse Bridge boat landing on the Stono River. The exercise will take place from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Exercise operations will consist of 400-500 feet of harbor boom being deployed by 3-5 vessels all approximately 25 feet in length. Mariners should remain cognizant of these operations while in the area and cautious while transiting through.
For any questions or concerns, mariners should contact LTJG Matthew Kahley at (843) 296-5516 or Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s 24 Command Center on VHF-channel 16 or via phone (843) 740-7050.
Port Royal Sound/Beaufort River Nav Aids Change Proposed:
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Beaufort River and ICW:
Permanently discontinue BEAUFORT RIVER RANGE A FRONT LT
Permanently discontinue BEAUFORT RIVER RANGE A REAR LT
Permanently discontinue BEAUFORT RIVER RANGE B FRONT LT
Permanently discontinue BEAUFORT RIVER RANGE B REAR LT
Permanently discontinue BEAUFORT RIVER RANGE C FRONT LT
Permanently discontinue BEAUFORT RIVER RANGE C REAR LT
Permanently discontinue BATTERY CREEK RANGE FRONT LT
Permanently discontinue BATTERY CREEK RANGE REAR LT
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 24 November 2010. (7th District LNM 37)
Dredge Operations in Kings Island Turning Basin, Savannah, GA:
Marinex Construction, Inc. will continue dredging operations with the dredge "HAMPTON ROADS" on or about October 6, 2010. Dredging operations will take place in the Kings Island Turning Basin, Savannah River, Savannah, GA between Channel Marker R24, Whitehall Channel and Channel Marker R24, New Range Channel. Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately December 1, 2010. For on-scene communications, contact the Dredge "HAMPTON ROADS" on VHF radio channels 13 & 16. For further information contact Thomas G. Payne at (843) 722-9083. (7th District LNM 37)
Dredge Operations on the East River, Brunswick Harbor, GA:
Marinex Construction, Inc. will commence dredging operations with the dredge "BRUNSWICK" on or about September 8, 2010. Dredging operations will take place on the East River, Brunswick Harbor, Brunswick, GA from Red/Green Marker "A", East River Entrance to Brunswick Harbor Front Range. Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7days per week basis until approximately October 6, 2010. For on-scene communications, contact the Dredge "BRUNSWICK" on VHF radio channels 13 & 16. For further information contact Thomas G. Payne at (843) 722-9083. (7th District LNM 37)
Possible Delays for Northern Indian River Florida Bridge Construction:
This is a repeat for the beginning of Snowbird Season: 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 37)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 15, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.19 feet.
Miami Harbor Construction:
Ebsary Foundation Co. Inc. will commence construction project using two crane barges in the F.E.C. Railroad Co. Turning Basin at the western end of Government Cut at the slip /basin area located between American Airlines Arena and Bicentennial Park. The project is scheduled to commence on or about September 10, 2010 and estimate completion on or about February 1, 2011. The construction barges are scheduled to work Mon thru Fri from 0700 until 1700. For additional information, please contact Ebseray Foundation Co. Inc. at (305) 325-0530. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 36)
Biscayne Bay Platforms:
Florida Power and Light (FPL) has completed installation of three permitted ground water monitoring well platforms in Biscayne Bay near FPL's Turkey PT Plant. The three platforms are marked with a flashing white light in the following locations:
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 36) .
Hazards to Navigation:
Ft. Pierce Area: The Coast Guard received a report of a partially submerged sailboat with approximately 15 FT of the mast exposed located in position 27-27.2893N 080-18.5904W approximately 10 YD outside of Faber Cove. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 37)
Florida Keys: The Coast Guard received a report that KEMP CHANNEL DBN 19 (LLNR 14073) has been destroyed and the piling is exposed approximately one FT above the waterline. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 36)
Florida West Coast: The Coast Guard has received a report of the F/V LILLY ANNE abandoned, aground, and unlit in approximate position 27-46.17N 082-46.9W 3.75NM SW of Johns Pass in 2 FT of water. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 36)
The Coast Guard received a report of an anchored and partially sunken 30-40 FT white cabin cruiser located in approximate position 28-00.13N 082-47.98W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 36)
CATS POINT CHANNEL LT 6 (LLNR 60605) has been reported destroyed with the piling exposed above the waterline. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 36)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 37
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.
Ft. Pierce North Causeway Bridge: Transfield Services will be repairing the fender system at the North Causeway Bridge (Banty Saunders) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Ft. Pierce, Florida. This work will require a barge in the vicinity of the relief bridges and will not affect the navigable channel.
This work is expected to be completed by October 2010.
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.
SR 45/US 41 Bridge (GIWW): C.E.M. Enterprises, Inc will be conducting repairs on the underside of the SR 45/US 41 Bridge over Roberts Bay, Nokomis, Florida from September 20, 2010 to October 10, 2010 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. A work barge will be moored at the edges of the channel during daylight hours. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and may contact the work crews on VHF channel 16 for more details.
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.