East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
11/11/2010


Attention Snowbirds

Live Gunnery Exercises Longboat Pass:
The Coast Guard will be conducting a live fire gunnery exercise 20 NM W of Longboat Pass in position 27-15.5N 082-58.85W from 1630 to 1830 local on 14 November 2010. All mariners are required to keep an 8 NM standoff distance from this position. (7th District LNM 45).

It’s Right Whale Time Again in the Southeast:
From November to April the coastal waters from South Carolina to Central Florida are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 M) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. East Coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See “Compliance Guide for Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule” for specific times, areas, and exceptions to this law. Intentionally approaching within 500 yards of right whales is prohibited and is a violation of U.S. law. A minimum distance of 500 yards must be maintained from a sighted right whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends operators assume that any whale sighting is a right whale. In areas outside of seasonally managed areas that are used by right whales, NOAA also recommends avoiding vessel operations in low visibility and using speeds of 10 knots or less when consistent with safety of navigation. Please report all right whale sightings and collisions to 877-433-8299 or the Coast Guard via channel 16.
The WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting area is active from November 15 to April 16. MSR arrival reports can be sent via TELEX number 48156090 or email to rightwhale.msr@noaa.gov. NOAA recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. For more information, consult the U.S. Coast Pilot. (7th District LNM 44)*

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

Special Notices

Key West DGPS Downtime:
UNUSABLE TIME IS AUTHORIZED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 19NOV10 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST)
ALTERNATE: 20NOV10 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST) (7th District LNM 45)


NOTE: The item below may not be considered a “must read” but we find it interesting to learn how this process is going forward. The diagram of the area for “RIF” includes a small part of the “Traffic Zone” and the “Separation Zone” for large vessel traffic approaching the mouth of the Delaware Bay from the south.

DOI BOEMRE RFI re OCS:
(From 5th District LNM 45)
Billing Code: 4310 MR-W
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)
Docket No. BOEM-2010-0038
Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Maryland – Request for Interest (RFI)
AGENCY:
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Interior
ACTION: RFI in Commercial Wind Energy Leasing Offshore Maryland, and Invitation for Comments from Interested and Affected Parties.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) invites submissions describing interest in obtaining one or more commercial leases for the construction of a wind energy project(s) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Maryland. The BOEMRE will use responses to this RFI to enable BOEMRE to gauge specific interest in commercial development of OCS wind resources in the area described, as required by 43 U.S.C. § 1337(p)(3). Parties wishing to obtain a commercial lease for a wind energy project should submit detailed and specific information as described below in the section entitled, “Required Indication of Interest Information.” Also, with this announcement the BOEMRE invites all interested and affected parties to comment and provide information—including information on environmental issues and concerns—that will be useful in the consideration of the RFI area for commercial wind energy leases.
This RFI is published pursuant to subsection 8(p) of the OCS Lands Act, as amended by section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) (43 U.S.C. § 1337(p)(3)) and the implementing regulations at 30 C.F.R. Part 285. The Western edge of the RFI area is located approximately 10 nautical miles from the Ocean City, Maryland coast and the Eastern edge is approximately 27 nautical miles from the Ocean City, Maryland coast. This area was delineated in consultation with the BOEMRE Maryland Renewable Energy Task Force. A detailed description of the RFI area is found later in this notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aditi Mirani, Renewable Energy Program Specialist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Office of Offshore Alternative Energy Programs, 381 Elden Street, Mail Stop 4090, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817; telephone (703) 787-1752.

Distracted Operations Problematic Aboard Boats Too:
USCG Marine Safety Advisory 01-10:
Throughout the United States, and across all transportation modes, safety initiatives are being established to address issues related to Distracted Operations. The Coast Guard recognizes the importance of this issue, understands the potential consequences caused by increased operational risk in marine operations, and is supportive of the goals and objectives of the U.S. Department of Transportation and other distracted driving safety initiatives.
With respect to vessel operations, the bridge team management approach to safe navigation is an essential element of risk management and safe vessel operations. The team approach to safe navigation requires the clear, frequent and accurate exchange of information between all crewmembers relative to the safe operation of the vessel. In other evolutions, such as discharging cargo, loading fuels, etc., full attention is required by all involved in order to prevent casualties or pollution incidents. Additionally, when mariners are navigating or working alone, the use of cellular or other devices unrelated to the operation at hand could impede the exchange of vital operational information, delay reaction time, or cause attention lapses of those involved which could result in unwanted circumstances having very serious consequences causing injuries and fatalities, material damage, and environmental impact.
NTSB findings in investigations involving other transportation modes have found that the use of cellular telephones and other wireless devices can degrade performance, slow response times, and increase attention -lapses of those in safety-sensitive positions. A recent executive order signed by President Obama prohibits text messaging by federal employees, including contractors, when driving government vehicles or their privately owned vehicles on government business. Most states and the District of Columbia (DOC) have recognized the risk and banned texting while driving. Nine states and the DOC have banned the use of handheld cellular telephones while driving. Lastly, the United States Department of Transportation has established a national initiative focusing on Driving Distracted. (More information is available at http://distraction.gov.)
The potential risk associated with improper use of cellular telephones and other devices in the marine environment while navigating or performing other vessel functions should be apparent to vessel owners and operators.
Consequently, the Coast Guard strongly recommends vessel owners and operators to develop and implement effective operational policies outlining when the use of cellular telephones and other devices is appropriate or prohibited.
This advisory is for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational or material requirement.
Developed by the Headquarters Office of Investigations and Analysis. Questions may be forwarded to HQS-PF-fldr-G-PCA@uscg.mil. Office of Investigations and Analysis: www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/
To subscribe: Kenneth.W.Olsen@uscg.mil

NOTE: Most Snowbirds are in the vicinity of the Seventh District now, and cold weather is curtailing boating activity in the First and Fifth District. Therefore we are changing the order of the Alerts from geographic north to south. Below, the Seventh District section is now first, followed by the Fifth District and then the First District.

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

Georgetown Bridge Work:
R.L. Morrison & Sons will be replacing the fender system of the L. H. Siau (US 17) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Georgetown, South Carolina. The crane barge “Captain Horry” will be on site and working in the channel during daylight hours (Monday through Friday). The Captain Horry can be moved from the waterway if at least one hour of advance notice is provided to the tug “Eliza Lucas” and/or “Amazonas”. This work is expected to be completed by April 15, 2011. (7th District LNM 45)

Charleston Coast Guard Sector MSIBs:
MSIB 100-10

The U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston will be conducting security scenarios and exercises on the Cooper River near the Naval Weapons Station Charleston. Occurring daily from Thursday November 11, 2010 through Sunday November 14, 2010, exercises will take place from approximately 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. The Navy small boats will be monitoring VHF channel 16. All vessels needing to transit this area should remain cognizant of the operations and proceed with caution.
The Coast Guard will not restrict commercial or recreational traffic during the course of these exercises. For Coast Guard related issues please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Office at (843) 740-3188 or the 24 Hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050.
MSIB 101-10
Infrastructure Engineers, Inc will be performing underwater bridge inspections in Charleston, SC from November 15th until November 19th. The on-scene 23’ vessel will display the “Alpha” flag and “diver down” flag indicating when divers are down. All vessels needing to transit under the bridges on the below dates during daylight hours should proceed with caution and ensure they contact the dive vessel prior to transiting through the area to determine the status of the dive operations. Vessel can be reached on VHF as “Infrastructure Engineers” and will be monitoring channels 16 and 9. The points of contacts for these operations are:

Project Manager: Jeff Rowe, P.E. – 843-329-9776; and
Team Leader: Andrew Young, P.E. – 407-492-0625

November 15, 2010 – US 21 over the Whale Branch River

November 16, 2010 – US 21 over the Harbor River

November 17, 2010 – US 21 over the Beaufort River

November 18, 2010 – SC 802 over the Battery Creek

November 18, 2010 – SC 170 over the Chechessee River

For questions regarding Coast Guard matters please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

Lady’s Island Bridge Schedule Change Again:
The following notice corrects (ii) and extends the date for the regulation:
Due to ongoing construction of the new McTeer Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 539.0, Port Royal, South Carolina; Beaufort County has requested that the federal regulation on the Woods Memorial (Lady’s Island) bridge be changed to:
Lady’s Island Bridge, across the Beaufort River, Mile 536.0 at Beaufort. The draw shall operate as follows:
(1) On Monday through Friday, except federal holidays:
(i) From 7:15 a.m. to 8:59, 11:15 a.m. to 12:59 p.m. and 4:14 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. the draw need not open; and
(ii) Between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 pm. to 4 p.m., the draw need open only on the hour.
(2) At all other times the draw shall open on signal.
The regulation was published in the Federal Register on October 4, 2010 and will remain in effect until October 4, 2011 or until construction of the McTeer Bridge is completed, whichever comes first. (7th District LNM 45)

Shoaling in St. Augustine Inlet:
Shoaling has been reported on the south side of St Augustine Inlet between St Augustine Inlet Buoy 3 and St Augustine Inlet Lighted Buoy 7. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 42)

New Schedule for Canaveral Lock Closure:
1. Canaveral lock Closure - Canaveral Lock will be closed for dewatering to install a new Manatee Protection System beginning 27 December 2010. The new system being installed is to replace an existing, unreliable system which is required by state law to be operational during the gate operation process. A previous notice had been issued on 11 June 2010 indicating closure on both the east and west gates would not be accomplished until January 2011. The work is planned to proceed on 27 December 2010, one week earlier than the January 2011 start date previously anticipated. The proposed scheduled dates for reopening the locks to accommodate boat traffic and a NASA launch are outlined below. If any dates are changed after the date of this notice, a new Notice to Navigation will be issued when the new closure dates have been determined. Please call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 904-232-2103 (Aaron Kelly) for the latest information regarding the lock status. Information will also be updated on the link provided as soon as known.

a. (Canaveral Lock): Canaveral Lock will be closed starting on 27 December 2010 through 24 February 2011. The lock will be re-opened for a NASA launch from 25 February 2011 through 14 March 2011. The lock will be closed from 15 March 2011 through 22 April 2011 to complete the Manatee Protections System installation. The lock will be reopened on 23 April 2011.

b. The exact closure dates are tentative and are based on the current NASA launch schedule and USFWS and FWC approvals. Any changes to the dates affecting lock closures will be published immediately on the website when the new dewatering period is selected.

2. Additional information concerning Canaveral Lock or other Navigational interests may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District web site at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil and choosing the OPERATIONS DIVISION tab and selecting the NOTICE TO NAVIGATION from the pull down menu. (From a Notice to Navigation Interests, Jacksonville District US Army Corps of Engineers)*

More Shoaling in St. Lucie Inlet:
ST LUCIE DANGER SHOAL LT has been established due to heavy shoaling on the north side of ST LUCIE INLET. In addition, TEMP Unlighted Buoy 5 has been established in position 27-09-58.583N 080-09-01.671W to mark best water. All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution due to persistent shoaling changes. (7th District LNM 42)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On November 10, 2010 the lake level was reported at 13.33 feet (this has been a slow but steady downward trend over the past few months). You can check the daily lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

FL-SEACOAST: US Navy Exercises.
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL CONTAIN EXERCISES HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS FROM 0000-2359 DAILY BETWEEN 08-14 NOV 10 IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
GUNEX AREA AREA BOUNDED BY
“AA/BB” 30-45N 080-54W
30-45N 080-11W
30-36N 080-11W
30-33N 080-55W
“31J” 29-20N 079-50W
29-20N 079-40W
29-10N 079-40W
29-10N 079-50W
“27C” 30-00N 081-00W
30-00N 080-50W
29-50N 080-50W
29-50N 081-00W
“26C/26D” 30-10N 081-00W
30-10N 079-40W
30-30N 081-00W
30-00N 079-40W
ALL MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO STAY CLEAR OF THE ABOVE AREAS. (7th District LNM 45)

Naval Protection Zone in Port Everglades:
The Coast Guard has established a temporary security zone within the existing Naval Vessel Protection Zone for the USS JASON DUNHAM. The temporary security zone restricts all vessels greater than 70 ft in length from transiting the Intracoastal Waterway at Port Everglades within 500 yds of the USS JASON DUNHAM. This temporary security zone will be enforced from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm on November 13, 2010. This temporary security zone is in addition to the Naval Vessel Protection Zone around the USS JASON DUNHAM. See enclosure for additional information. (7th District LNM 45)

Bakers Haulover Inlet AICW Dredging Project Underway:
Energy Resources Inc. will commence installation of two temporary pilings in pos 25-54-03N 080-07-52W and 25-54-01N 080-07-49W and laying 20" diameter dredge pipeline exposed from the beach on the south side of Bakers Haulover Inlet then adjacent to the south seawall and then submerged in 5-7 ft water across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to a booster pump dredge in the vicinity of the easternmost temporary piling and then exposed in a loop to the westernmost temporary piling. The two pilings and exposed pipeline will be marked with flashing yellow lights. Working Dredges, Barge, and Tender Boat will be monitoring VHF CH 13 and 16. The dredge project is expected to be completed on or about Nov 30, 2010. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 42)

Key West Safety Zone:
The 2010 Key West World Championship Powerboat Race will be held on NOV 10, 12, 14 2010 on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off of Key West Harbor, Key West, FL. A temporary Safety Zone encompassing the course of the race has been established by the Captain of the Port, Sector Key West. The Safety Zone encompasses all waters inside the area bounded by lines connecting the following coordinates:
24-43.3N, 081-06.6W; thence to,
24-43.0N, 081-08.2W; thence to,
24-41.9N, 081-08.1W; thence to,
24-42.0N, 081-07.4W; thence to,
24-42.6N, 081-07.3W; thence to,
24-42.9N, 081-05.7W
Entry into the safety zone by other than event participants is prohibited, unless otherwise authorized by the patrol commander. A succession of not less than 5 short whistle or horn blasts from a patrol vessel will be the signal for any non-event participating vessel to take immediate steps to avoid collision. Also, the display of a red distress flare from a patrol vessel will be a signal for any and all vessels, including event participants inside the regulated area, to stop immediately. This Safety Zone will be effective from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 10, 12, 14, 2010. (7th District LNM 45)

Hazards to Navigation:
North Florida: The Coast Guard has received a report of a 50 ft commercial fishing vessel sunk in position 29-33N 081-09W in vicinity of Flagler Beach. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 45)
Florida Keys: (Hawk Channel) The Coast Guard has received a report of a 58 ft pleasure craft sunk in position 25-32.5N 080-08.6W. This unmarked wreckage is approximately 5 ft below waterline at mean low tide. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 44)
Florida West Coast: The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken 16 ft Hobie Cat with 4 ft of mast exposed above the waterline at high tide in approximate position 28-02.74N 082-47.76W, located approximately 20 ft W of Dunedin Causeway Channel. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 45)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 45:
NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can “Search” a bridge name for older Alerts that may contain information that is still current.
Kingsley Creek Bridges (AICW Mile 720.7): Misener Marine Construction, Inc. has advised this office that they will be repairing the fender system of the SR A1A (SR 200) Bridges across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 720.7, Nassau County, Florida. This work is expect to start on November 29, 2010 and will be completed by October 25, 2011. The contractor will have equipment in the channel periodically during these repairs. Contact the onscene tug for passing information.
SR 520 Bridge (AICW Mile 897.9): Misener marine Construction Inc. will be repairing the King Street Bridges (Hubert Humphrey Bridge) SR 520 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 897.9, Brevard County, Florida starting on November 1, 2010. There may be barge equipment in the vicinity of the bridge. This work is expected to be completed by October 31, 2011.
Malacha Pass Bridge: Archer Western Contractors are replacing the Matlacha Pass Bridge, Matlacha Pass mile 6.0, Lee County, Florida. The contractor is utilizing the existing regulations as found in 33 CFR 117.303 to complete this work. There are two crane barges and several material barges in the immediate vicinity of the bridge.

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

New Jersey Bridge Info:
NJICW Mile 14.1:

Mariners are advised that sandblasting and painting operations are scheduled from 15 November 15 to 15 December, 2010 at the Route 37/Tunney (fixed) Bridge, at ICW mile 14.1, across Barnegat Bay in Seaside Heights, NJ. To facilitate the operation, scaffolding will be used reducing the available vertical clearance by three feet to approximately 57 feet, above mean high water. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 45)

 

Point Pleasant Canal:
Mariners are advised that electrical and mechanical rehabilitation will be performed at the Route 88/Veterans Memorial Bridge, at NJICW mile 3.0, across Point Pleasant Canal, in Point Pleasant NJ. To facilitate the rehabilitation work, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 7 a.m. on December 15, 2010 until and including 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2011. In the event of an emergency, vessel openings will be provided if at least four hours advance notice is given to the contractor at (609) 352-0482. 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 LNM 42)

Atlantic City Expressway, NJICW Mile 69.0:
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
NJICW - ATLANTIC CITY TO CAPE MAY
1. THE VERTICAL CLEARANCE OF THE ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESSWAY FIXED BRIDGE, CROSSING BEACH THOROFARE AT ICW MILE 69.0, WILL BE REDUCED BY 2 FEET TO 33 FEET FROM NOVEMBER 8, 2010 TO DECEMBER 25, 2010 FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS. ADDITIONALLY A WORK BARGE WILL BE OPERATING WITHIN THE AREA DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS, REDUCING THE NAVIGABLE WIDTH OF THE CHANNEL BY 10 FEET TO 70 FEET. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION. (5th District Bridge Branch)

NJICW Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 2.5 ft MLW has been reported between NJICW Buoy 417 (LLNR 36517) and NJICW Buoy 425 (LLNR 36540). Mariners are urged to plan their trips accordingly and to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 45)

Baltimore Dredging:
The dredge TANGIER SOUND will be conducting maintenance dredging at the Locust Point Channels from 01 November , 2010 until 15 January, 2011. The dredge and assisting vessel M/V POOLES ISLAND will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 08. (5th District LNM 45)

More Shoaling in the VIP:
Shoaling to a depth of 0.0 feet MLW has been reported between Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 207 (LLNR 6325) and Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 209 (LLNR 6335). Shoaling extends from the center of the channel to the west side of the channel. (5th District LNM 45)

New Lights off Virginia Beach:
McLean Contracting has established the following temporary lights to mark the trestle extending out from the shoreline associated with the outfall pipe construction:
A. North side light at 36-53.2N, 075-58.9W, Fl Y 4s.
B. South side light at 36-53.0N, 075-58.9W, Fl Y 4s. (5th District LNM 45)

Divers to Inspect Hampton/Norfolk Area Bridges:
The Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Hampton River Bridge spans and support pilings will be inspected by divers from 03 November until 17 November, 2010. Divers will be working from a 45 foot utility boat and will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 45)

Dredging at Newport News Terminal:
DREDGE 428 will be conducting dredging operations in the James River at the Newport News Marine Terminal from 11 November until 15 December, 2010. Tugs and scows will transport dredged material to the Craney Island Disposal Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 and request that all traffic contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. (5th District LNM 45)

Dredging at Newport News Grumman Shipyard:
The dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations in the lower James River at Pier IX of the Newport News Grumman Shipyard until completed. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 45)

Dredging at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Portsmouth):
The dredge BELESIMO will be conducting dredging operations at the southern end of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard until completed. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 and 67. (5th District LNM 45)

Great Bridge Bridge to Close for Parade:
NOTE: We usually do not include short closures for events, however this is a very important bridge for ICW travelers, and there’s very little space to stop and wait when this bridge closes.
Mariners are advised that the S168 Lift Bridge (Great Bridge Bridge), at AIWW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, at Chesapeake VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, 04 December, 2010, to accommodate the Christmas Parade event. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date and times are rescheduled to Sunday, 05 December, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(g). To avoid delays, mariners are advised to plan their trips accordingly. (5th District LNM 45)

Dismal Swamp Canal Dredging:
The dredge ELICOTT 370 will be conducting dredging operations in the Dismal Swamp Canal at the intersection of the Feeder Ditch from 11 October until 26 November, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 41)

NC AICW Dredging:
Cottrell Contracting Corp. will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of New River to Cape Fear River Light 122 (LLNR 39600), Figure 8 Island, Mason Creek, Banks Channel and Nixon Channel of the AIWW from 15 November, 2010 until 30 March, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHFFM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 45)
The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in Goose Creek in the vicinity of Goose Creek Light 19 (LLNR 38210) and Goose Creek Buoy 25 (LLNR 38235) from 08 November until 09 December, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 45)

Bogue Sound Safety Zone for Ordnance Recovery:
Ordnance recovery and removal operations are being conducted at Wood Island in Bogue Sound at approx position 34-41.0N, 076-57.0W from 27 October, 2010 until 01 January, 2011. A safety patrol will enforce a safety zone extending out from the Wood Island shoreline during the daylight removal and detonation operations. (5th District LNM 45)

Neuse River RR Bridge Two-day Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Neuse River Railroad Bridge, at mile 34.2 in New Bern NC, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 16 November , 2010 and ending at 8 a.m. on Thursday, 18 November, 2010, to facilitate mechanical repairs. In the closed position to vessels, there is zero vertical clearance above MHW. Mariners are urged to plan their trips accordingly. (5th District LNM 45)

Beaufort Inlet/Morehead City Channel Dredging:
The dredge SAVANNA will be conducting dredging operations in the Beaufort Inlet Channel and the Morehead City Channel from 16 November until 30 April, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 . All traffic is requested to contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to passing and transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 45)

Lockwoods Folly Inlet (NOT on the AICW) Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 3.3 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Loockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 31205) and Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 30125). Mariners are urged to plan their transits through this channel accordingly. (5th District LNM 45)

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

Light List Change:
The First Coast Guard District will be removing most Class III Private Aids to Navigation entries from the Light List, Volume One. Aids removed will consist of No Wake and Speed buoys that are not charted. (First District LNM 45)

Chatham Bar (Mass.) Shift:
Mariners are advised that the Chatham Bar may have shifted, and are urged to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (First District LNM 45)

Ambrose Channel Dredging:
The Great Lakes Hopper Dredge “Padre Island” will be dredging material from Ambrose Federal Navigation Channel and will transit to Orchard Beach in the Bronx by way of the East River and adjoining waterways. The dredged material will be pumped to Orchard Beach by pipeline which will extend approximately 3500’ perpendicular from the shoreline to an offshore floating pump-out hose.
Ambrose Channel Dredging Limits:
Latitude (N) Longitude (W)
Point 1 40° 30’ 02” 073° 56’ 29”
Point 2 40° 29’ 53” 073° 56’ 59”
Point 3 40° 28’ 56” 073° 53’ 30”
Point 4 40° 28’ 38” 073° 53’ 41”
The work will be done from 29 October 2010 - 01 February 201. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. On scene will be the hopper dredge PADRE ISLAND and survey vessel COOPER RIVER that will be monitoring marine VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM 43)

Newark Bay Dredging:
Dredging will be in the vicinity of Newark Bay/Arthur Kill from 15 November 2010 - 29 Sept 2013. The hours operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge’s DELAWARE BAY, J. P. BOISSEAU, CAPTAIN A. J. FOURNIER & WOOD I; tug boat's THOMAS D. WITTE & PAUL ANDREW; launch MATTHEW SCOTT and scow’s 1880, 2,00, 3,000 & 4,000. The dredges, tugs & launch will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 14, 16 & 78. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 44)

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.