East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Attention Snowbirds

Reminder: Canaveral Lock to Close Dec. 27, 2010:
From a Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville District: *
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.
The exact closure dates are tentative and are based on the current NASA launch schedule and the 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.
Check www.saj.usace.army.mil, choose OPERATIONS DIVISION tab and select the NOTICE TO NAVIGATION from the pull down menu, or call USACE: 904 232 2103 (Aaron Kelly).

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

Much Needed Dredging at New River Inlet Crossing, AICW:
The dredge LEXINGTON will be dredging in the vicinity of the New River Inlet Crossing from 10 December until 30 December, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. All transiting vessels are requested to contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to passing. (5th District LNM 50)

Special Notices

December 15, 2010 Alert 09-10
Washington, DC
Recent Coast Guard inspections of Type I Personal Flotation Devices, (PFDs) in both adult and child size, identified a potential hazard that could prevent proper donning in the event of an emergency. The chest strap was threaded through the fixed “D” ring that the strap is intended to clip to when worn.
It was discovered that several PFDs were assembled this way at the factory and if not corrected could create a hazardous condition during an emergency when they are donned.
Instead of the strap falling away, allowing the wearer to wrap it around him or her, the clip end of the strap could snag in the “D” ring preventing the wearer from getting it around their body.

Manufacturer, Models and Lot Numbers known to be affected:
Kent Adult Model 8830 (USCG Approval Number 160.055/184/0) in Lot 53W manufactured in October 2006
Kent Child Model 8820 (USCG Approval Number 160.055/150/0) in Lot 012T manufactured in March 2008

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that vessel owners/operators using the PFDs listed above check each lifejacket for proper routing of the strap. Completely unwrap the primary strap to ensure it is free and capable of being adjusted for any wearer. The strap of the lifejacket must not be threaded through the fixed “D” ring. If routing is satisfactory, the strap may be wrapped around the life jacket and clipped to the fixed “D” ring for storage. If the strap is incorrectly threaded through the fixed “D” ring, the snap hook assembly should be carefully removed from the strap, the strap pulled out of the fixed “D” ring, and the snap hook assembly re-attached.
Vessel owners/operators are also encouraged as part of general preventative maintenance to verify that all their PFDs are in fully serviceable condition with an inspection of the straps, components, fabric and flotation material. Any significant deterioration in condition or poorly functioning hardware indicates a replacement is necessary. Please contact the manufacturer representative at the address below if additional information is needed.
Kent Sporting Goods Co.
433 Park Avenue S.
New London, OH 44851
Mr. Wayne Walters
Phone: (706) 769-1682)
E-mail: WWalters@kentwatersports.com
Developed by the United States Coast Guard Headquarters Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division with assistance from the Office of Investigations and Analysis. Questions may be addressed to Mr. Martin L. Jackson: Martin.L.Jackson@uscg.mil or 202.372.1391.(First District LNM 51)

Comments Requested on Traffic Separation Schemes Interim Rule:
The US Coast Guard promulgated an interim rule codifying various existing traffic separation schemes (TSSs) along the Atlantic coast. The TSSs were established some years back and have been incorporated into the IMO Ships Routing publication. The affected TSSs are: In the Approaches to Portland Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island and Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts; Chesapeake Bay, Virginia; and Cape Fear River, North Carolina. The interim rule comes into effect on January 12, 2011. Comments on this interim rule should be submitted by December 28, 2010. 75 Fed. Reg. 77529 (December 13, 2010). (First District LNM 50)

USCG Magazine Features Recreational Boating Safety:
The Fall 2010 issue of the USCG’s Proceedings Magazine is available at https://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/. It is dedicated to Recreational Boating Safety. It includes sections covering the USCG’s RBS Program, State Involvement, RBS Partners, Manufacturing Standards, USCG Auxiliary, Small Vessel Security, and Lessons Learned from Casualty Investigations. (First District LNM 51)

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

Skidaway Narrows Bridge Work (Additional Span), AICW Mile 592.9:
The Skidaway Narrows (Diamond Causeway/SR 204) Bridge is being repaired. The contractor has advised the Coast Guard that they will not be any interruptions to vessel traffic. Construction equipment is currently located on both sides of the span. This work is expected to be completed by November 2012. (7th District LNM 50)

Submerged Object Reported in South Amelia River:
The Coast Guard has received a report of an unknown submerged metallic object at a reported depth of 3.5 ft in approximate location 30-34.148N 081-28.409W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 50) This approximate location is in the South Amelia River in the vicinity of reds “34” and “36”.

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On December 22, 2010 the lake level was reported at 12.55 feet (this continues the slow but steady downward trend over the past few months due to continuing drought conditions).

Underwater Buoy off Fort Lauderdale:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) has deployed a bottom mounted Accoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mooring buoy offshore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 860 feet of water. The ADCP mooring buoy is anchored in approximate position:
26 deg 01.890 minutes N
079 deg 59.620 minutes W
The ADCP is tethered to the anchor 60 feet off of the ocean floor with 3/8 inch chain. All vessels towing or operating in the area should use caution to avoid possible snag hazard with the mooring. (7th District LNM 51)

Biscayne Bay WAMS:
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of Biscayne Bay, ICW, mile 1089 to mile 1135. The study focuses on the area’s aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, communication capabilities and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide comments or participate in a user survey should contact the Coast Guard by 15 January 2011. Contact information: Commander, Sector Miami, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, FL, 33139, Attn: CWO2 M.A. Bridges, or phone at (305) 535-4311. E-mail to Martin.A.Bridges@uscg.mil (7th District LNM 48)

Hazards to Navigation:
Florida Keys: The Coast Guard has received a report of a submerged vessel in position 25-06.065N 080-26.601W in vicinity of Sunset Cove. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 51)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 51: 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.
Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): Kiewit Construction is performing repairs on the Heckscher Drive/SR 105 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Sisters Creek). This work is expected to be completed by April 2011. The Sisters Creek bascule bridge will be on single leaf operations with a six hour notification for double leaf openings from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: December 20-23, 2010, January 3-7 and January 10-14, 2011. To schedule an opening, contact the bridge tender or Kiewit Construction at (305) 970-4003. Vessels that do not need an opening can pass at anytime and are advised to proceed with caution.
St. Johns River FEC Railroad Bridge: CSX Railroad will be repairing the FEC Railroad Bridge across the St. Johns River mile 24.9, Jacksonville, Florida, from January 4 through March 4, 2011. The bridge will remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a scheduled opening between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Friday through Tuesday of each week. There will be floating equipment placed in the vicinity of this bridge during the repairs. Trout River CSX Railroad Bridge: CSX Railroad will be repairing the fender system of the CSX Railroad Bridge across the Trout River, Jacksonville, Florida from January 11 through April 4, 2011. There will be floating equipment placed in the vicinity of this bridge during the repairs.
Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6): Coastal Marine Construction, Incorporated is scheduled to repair and paint the Crescent Beach Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida. From March 12 through February 5, 2011, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, this bridge will open a single-leaf on signal and will provide a double-leaf opening with a three hour notice to the bridge tender. During the painting operations, the vertical clearance of the down leaf will be reduced by five feet. Starting December 6, 2010, the Crescent Beach Bridge will be on single-leaf operations until February 5, 2011. Double-leaf operations will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a three-hour advance notice to the bridge tender. No double-leaf operations will be available from 8:01 p.m. to 6:50 a.m. From December 23, 2010 to January 4, 2011 this bridge will have no restrictions and will operate per 33 CFR 117.5.
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.
Mooring Line Bridge (Naples): Wright Construction Group is scheduled to begin work on the Mooring Line Bridge, Naples, Lee County, Florida, on December 15, 2010. The work will necessitate the need to restrict the horizontal clearance at this bridge to 22 feet. This work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2011.
Cass Street Bridge (Tampa): Bay Dock Enterprises will be conducting repairs on the underside of the Cass Street Bridge over the Hillsborough River, Tampa, Florida from December 13, 2010 to January 15, 2011 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Work barges will be moored at the edges of the channel during daylight hours only and require a two hour notification to move. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and may contact the work crews on VHF channel 16 for more details.

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

New Off-Season Regs for Ocean City Bridge and Name Clarification:
Mariners are advised that the U.S. Coast Guard proposes to change the drawbridge operation regulations of the US 50 Bridge, at mile 0.5, across the Isle of Wight (Sinepuxent) Bay at Ocean City, MD. This proposed rule would require any mariner requesting an opening in the evening hours during the off-season, to do so before the tender office has vacated for the night. The proposed rule would ensure tender availability for every scheduled opening.
The Coast Guard also proposes to change the waterway location from Isle of Wight Bay to Isle of Wight (Sinepuxent) Bay. This waterway is known locally as both Isle of Wight Bay and Sinepuxent Bay. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than February 7, 2011. A copy of Public Notice 5-1208, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6629 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM 51)

Baltimore Area Construction: Construction work will be underway in the Masonville Dredged Material Containment facility from 21 December, 2010 until 17 April, 2011. The operation will consist of dredging and installation of pipes, a cofferdam and two spillways. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution and a NO WAKE speed. Assisting tugboats may be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13 if necessary. (5th District LNM 49)

Thimble Shoal Dredging:
The hopper dredge LIBERTY ISLAND will be dredging Thimble Shoal Channel/York Spit Channel from 15 December, 2010 until 15 March 2011 for transfer to the Craney Island Disposal Area for eastern expansion. A pump out barge will be located west of the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 18. A floating discharge hose and barge will be lighted with amber and white flashing lights. The dredge and assisting vessels SOUTH BAY, COOPER RIVER and JOANN will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. In addition, the dredge will be dredging York Spit Channel and depositing the material in the Wolf Trap Disposal Area and Dam Neck Disposal Area. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. (5th District LNM 48)

Lynnhaven Dredging:
Lynnhaven Marine & Dock, Inc. will be dredging Crab Creek from 21 December, 2010 until 28 February, 2011. The assisting vessels CHOCTAW and CHEYENNE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Two spoil barges and a dipper dredge will be on site. (5th District LNM 51)

Rudee Inlet Bridge Repair:
Early Marine , Inc. will be conducting repair work on the Rudee Inlet Bridge Fender System from 07 December, (5th District LNM 50)

New Schedule for Gilmerton Bridge:
PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The Coast Guard issued a temporary deviation Wednesday from the regulation governing the operation of the Gilmerton Bridge in Chesapeake.

The changes to the lift schedule, which go into effect 6:30 a.m., Dec. 20 and remain until 6:30 p.m., June 18, 2011 are proposed in efforts to alleviate increased delays to vehicular traffic due to the construction of the Gilmerton Highway Bridge while still allowing passage for maritime traffic.

“Due to the construction of the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, the existing drawbridge has experienced increased delays to vehicular traffic from unscheduled vessel openings,” said Waverly Gregory, Coast Guard 5th District bridge administrator. “This test schedule will provide adjustments and set opening periods for the bridge, relieving vehicular traffic congestion during the weekday and weekend daylight hours while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation.”

The temporary schedule will require that the draw shall open on signal at any time for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials. From 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels; except the draw shall open anytime for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, if two hours advance notice is given to the Gilmerton Bridge at 757-545-1512.

From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays, the draw shall open on signal hourly on the half hour; except the draw shall open anytime for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, if two hours advance notice is given to the Gilmerton Bridge at 757-545-1512. At all other times, the draw shall open on signal.

A Notice of Proposed rulemaking, USCG–2010–0879, is being issued in conjunction with this temporary deviation to obtain additional public comments. The proposed rule will be in effect for three years until Dec. 20, 2013. The Coast Guard will evaluate public comments from this test deviation and the above-referenced Notice of Proposed rulemaking to determine if a temporary change to the drawbridge operating regulation at 33 CFR 117.997(c) is warranted.

The Coast Guard is asking interested parties to express their views in writing on the temporary deviation from the operating regulations and the notice of proposed rulemaking. Comments must be received on or before April 18, 2011 and should be identified by docket number USCG-2010-0879. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these following methods:

1. Federal rulemaking 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 or to Commander dpb, Coast Guard Fifth District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA, 23704

4. Hand delivery: Same as Washington, D.C. mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.

For further questions on this proposed rule, contact Waverly Gregory, bridge administrator for the Coast Guard 5th District at 757-398-6222 or e-mail at Waverly.W.Gregory@uscg.mil. (From the Fifth District Bridge Branch)

NC AICW Dredging: The dredge CHESAPEAKE will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Topsail Inlet and Banks Channel from 12 December, 2010 until 31 March 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. All transiting vessels are requested to contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to passing. (5th District LNM 49)
Cottrell Contracting Corp. will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of New River to Cape Fear River Light 122, 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)

Cape Fear River Dredging:
The hopper dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND will be dredging in the vicinity of the Horseshoe Shoal, Snows Marsh Channel, Battery Channel and Baldhead Shoals Reach from 03 December, 2010 until 30 April, 2011. The dredge and survey vessel COLUMBIA RIVER will work 24/7 and may be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 prior to passing. Dredge material will be transported to the offshore Ocean Dredge Material Disposal site (ODMDS). (5th District LNM 49)

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

Mount Hope Bay Nav Aids Change:
The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to this waterway in January 2011:
RELOCATE Mount Hope Bay Approach Buoy 2 (LLNR 18135) to position (PA) 41-37.130N 071-17.000W and CHANGE to Mount Hope Bay Approach Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 18135) Fl R 2.5s, Red.
RELOCATE Mount Hope Bay Approach Lighted Bell Buoy 3 (LLNR 18140) to position (PA) 41-37.770N 071-16.280W.
ESTABLISH Mount Hope Bay Approach Buoy 4 (LLNR 18137) Red nun in position (PA) 41-37.590N 071-16.430W. (This change was previously advertised as Lighted Buoy 2A) (First District LNM 51)

Upper Hudson River RNA Proposed for Ice:
The US Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the Hudson River south of the Troy Locks. This action would impose restrictions on vessels operating in these waters when ice is a threat to navigation. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by January 10, 2011. 75 Fed. Reg. 76943 (December 10, 2010). (First District LNM 50)

NJ Test Borings:
Warren George and ESS Group will be taking four test borings at the south entrance of New Jersey Pierhead Channel, and one test boring in Red Hook Channel, east of Bay Ridge Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 9 (LLNR 36890), from Dec 28 – 31, 2010. Work hours are 0700-1700. Each test boring will be taken from a 30’ x 90’ Warren George spud barge. Each boring is expected to take up to 8 hours to complete. Preliminary boring locations are: PH-1: 40.654263N, 074.078098W; PH-2: 40.653914N, 074.076169; PH-3: 40.653611N, 074.074499W; PH-4: 40.653263N, 074.072570W; and RH-1: 40.663793N, 074.020905W. Actual locations may shift slightly based on conditions encountered. The vessel can move within two hours to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The Warren George Tug on scene will notify VTSNY on VHF CH 14 fifteen minutes prior to starting each boring and upon completion of each boring. No boring will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Warren George's point of contact is Mr. Tony Tirro at 201.433.9797, ESS Group’s point of contact is Mr. Jonathan Alvarez at 401.316.9636, or the Warren George Tug on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the boring location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 51)

Gravesend Bay Safety Zone for Unexploded Ordnance:
The Captain of the Port New York has established a temporary safety zone around the location of unexploded ordnance. The safety zone will encompass all waters of Gravesend Bay within 110-yard radius of a point at the approximate position 40o36’30”N, 074o02’14”W (NAD 83), approximately 70-yards southeast of the Verrazano Bridge Brooklyn tower. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene representative. Entry into, transiting, anchoring, or diving within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port New York, or the on-scene representative. The Captain of the Port or the on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF Channel 16. (First District LNM 51)

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.