East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
1/20/2011


Attention Snowbirds

North Landing Bridge Closure:
Mariners are advised that the S165 (swing) Bridge, at AIWW mile 20.2, across North Landing River at Chesapeake VA will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, January 20, 2011, to facilitate mechanical repairs. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1021. To avoid delays, mariners are advised to plan their trips accordingly. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)*

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

Hazardous Navy Exercises off North Florida Coast:
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL CONTAIN EXERCISES HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS FROM 0000-2359 DAILY BETWEEN 17-23 JAN 11 IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
GUNEX AREA AREA BOUNDED BY
“BB/CC” 30-45N 080-32W
30-45N 079-40W
30-37.5N 079-40W
30-34N 080-33W
“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 (7th District LNM 03)

Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing Dredging:
The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of the Lockwoods Folly Crossing from 07January until 04 February, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested by all transiting vessels. (5th District LNM 02)

Shoaling at Shallotte Inlet, Adjacent to ICW:
Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 ft MLW has been reported at the Shallotte Inlet junction with the AIWW. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. Use caution here as the strong side-setting current can push a slow moving boat out of the channel. (5th District LNM 02)

Special Notices

SAFETY NOTICE - NAVIGATIONAL RANGE STRUCTURES ON ELECTRONIC CHARTS:
The U.S. Coast Guard has become aware that the information used to chart range structures may not be of sufficient accuracy and as such may depict a range line inaccurately on an electronic navigation chart (ENC). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and not rely solely on ranges or any other aid to navigation as an exclusive means of navigation. (All Districts LNM 03)

DGPS Unusable Time, Card Sound, FL:
UNUSABLE TIME IS AUTHORIZED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 25 JAN 2011 1400Z - 26 JAN 2011 0200Z (0900-2100 EST)
ALTERNATE: 26JAN 2011 1600Z - 27JAN 2011 0400Z (1100-2300 EST) (7th District LNM 02)

Unreliable GPS Signals off Southeast Coast:
THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNALS MAY BE UNRELIABLE FROM 20 JAN 2011 - 22 FEB 2011 FROM 0000Z - 0245Z DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED IN SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND HANDHELD SYSTEMS. GPS SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED WITHIN A 150 NM RADIUS OF POSITION 30 49.09N 80 28.18W. DURING THIS PERIOD GPS USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY GPS SERVICE OUTAGES THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE DURING THIS TESTING VIA THE NAVIGATION INFORMATION SERVICE (NIS) BY CALLING (703) 313-5900 OR BY USING THE NAVCEN WEB SITE'S GPS REPORT A PROBLEM WORKSHEET AT WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. (5th and 7th District LNMs 02)

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

South Carolina Minor Inlet Aids to be Discontinued:
Permanently discontinue SOUTH EDISTO RIVER APPROACH LIGHTED BUOY “A” (LLNR 280/3920). 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 no later than 08 April 2011. (7th District LNM 02)
The following change has been proposed for the aids to navigation system at Stono Inlet. Permanently discontinue STONO INLET LIGHTED GONG BUOY 1S (LLNR 240/3705). (7th District LNM 02)

ICW Ranges to be Discontinued:
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the ICW at Jenkins Island Flat:
Permanently discontinue JENKINS ISLAND FLAT RANGE FRONT DAYBEACON A (LLNR 35710).
Permanently discontinue JENKINS ISLAND FLAT RANGE REAR DAYBEACON A (LLNR 35715).
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 no later than 18 February 2011. (7th District LNM 02)

McTeer Bridge (Beaufort, SC) Construction Update:
United Contractors/Misener Marine are working on bridge construction over the Beaufort River using barges and heavy construction equipment between Burkmeyer Beach (32-23-47N 80-40-18W) and the United States Naval Hospital at Port Royal (32-23-29N 80-40-45W). All mariners are advised to stay clear of the construction area wherever possible and to transit the area with caution at reduced speed. Periodic changes to bridge navigation lights to be expected. Work shall be completed September 2011. United Contractors/Misener Marine shall be erecting bridge beams across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 539.0, Beaufort, South Carolina in January 2011. Access through the main navigational channel shall be periodically restricted during daylight hours. All mariners are advised to stay clear of the construction areas wherever possible and to transit the area with caution at reduced speed.
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Beaufort River portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, South Carolina during the construction and expansion of the J.E. McTeer Bridge, also referred to as the S.C. 802 Bridge. This regulation is necessary to protect life and property on the navigable waters of the Beaufort River during the construction and expansion of the J.E. McTeer Bridge. Persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or his designated representative.
This rule is effective from January 31, 2011 through February 4, 2011 and enforced daily from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (7th District LNM 03)

Dredging in Brunswick Harbor Entrance:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will commence maintenance dredging operations in the vicinity of the Brunswick Harbor Entrance Channel on or about January 15, 2011. Dredging operations will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until March 2011. The contractor’s floating plant will consist of the hopper dredge “PADRE ISLAND” and the survey vessel “EAST RIVER” and can be contacted on marine VHF radio channels 13 and 16 for on-scene communications. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For further information contact the Site Manager, Brian P. Dast, at (630) 699-9995. (7th District LNM 03)

Research Buoys off Savannah and Jacksonville:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has deployed two (2) surface buoys moored off the coast of Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.
AID DESCRIPTION AND POSITION:
OFFSHORE: SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
Color: Surlyn Yellow Foam, Height: 100” above water, Depth: 54.7 feet, Position: 31 deg 50.179N 080 deg 41.081W. No watch circle and anchor will be recovered.
OFFSHORE: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Color: Surlyn Yellow Foam, Height: 100” above water, Depth: 56.7 feet, Position: 30 deg 20.648N 080 deg 13.616W. No watch circle and anchor will be recovered. Each individual surface buoy is marked with: “IF FOUND ADRIFT, CONTACT WHOI @ (508) 548-1401”. Buoys and anchors will be recovered around September 1, 2011. Any further information please contact Mr. Lance Garrisson at (305) 361-4488. (7th District LNM 03)

Exposed Pipe, St. Augustine Area:
The Coast Guard received a report of a pipe partially exposed above the waterline in approximate position 29-52-07N 081-18-17W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 03)

Reminder: Canaveral Lock Closed:
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).

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On January 19, 2011 the lake level was reported at 12.42 feet. You can check the daily lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html.
A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville District dated December 13, 2010, states that when the lake level drops to between 12.5 and 11.5 feet, the WP Franklin and the St. Lucie Locks go on a restricted schedule of lockage, every two hours: 0700, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700 and 1900. The current lake level falls within this range.

Hazards to Navigation:
Florida Keys: The Coast Guard has received a report of an orange pipe exposed 5 ft above the waterline in position 24-26.1N 082-23.9W located approximately 15NM SW of the Marquesas. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 02)
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 30 ft orange pipe exposed above the waterline in position 24-25.76N 082-25.16W located approximately 15NM SW of the Marquesas. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 03)
Florida West Coast: Gulf Marine Repair Corporation floating drydock ARD-16 is currently sunk in position 28-58.77N 083-12.693W, approximately 4 NM W of Seahorse Reef. The drydock is totally submerged below the waterline. Salonen Marine will be conducting salvage operations, including commercial diving in the vicinity and may be contacted on VHF CH 16 for further details. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 02)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 03/2011:
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 previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current.
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. Monday through Friday until January 28, 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.
Ortega River (SR 211): 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. Starting January 15, 2011, the Grand Avenue Bridge will be on a single-leaf opening schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A double-leaf opening will be available with a three hour notice to the bridge tender. It is anticipated that this bridge will be placed on single-leaf opening only during the months of August and September 2011. This information will be updated in future Local Notice to Mariners.
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.
Johns Pass Bridge Update: The Johns Pass Channel Bridge construction has neared completion. During the first or second week of February, 2011, there will be some waterway closures scheduled during the day to allow for cable replacement at this location.
Platt Street Bridge: The American Bridge Company has advised the Coast Guard that they are expecting to start repairs on the Platt Street Bridge, mile 0.0, across the Hillsborough River, Tampa, Florida in late January, 2011. Due to the nature of these repairs, the American Bridge Company will be only able to open one-leaf of the bridge for approximately 20 days. There will be floating equipment under the down span. Please contact the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channel 16 for passing information.

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

Rt. 13 NJICW Bridge to Close:
Mariners are advised that electrical rehabilitation will be performed at the Route 13 Bridge, at NJICW mile 3.9, 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 January 31, 2011 through 11:59 p.m. on February 4, 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 (973) 690-5216. 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 02)

Baltimore Historic Ships Tow:
Mariners are advised that Historic Ships in Baltimore has postponed the movement of their two museum vessels, the 312-foot submarine U.S.S. TORSK and the 199-foot sloop-of-war U.S.S. CONSTELLATION, in the Patapsco River within Baltimore Harbor, from the vessels’ berths in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to the Sparrows Point Shipyard facility. Tentative plans include towing the TORSK to Sparrows Point on or about 25 January, 2011 and then towing the CONSTELLATION to the same facility on the following day. The Vane Brothers Company is designated the towing company, with assistance provided from Smith & Sons Shipyard. Interested mariners may contact the primary tug via marine band radio channels 16 and 13 VHF-FM. For any comments or questions, contact Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division at (410) 576-2674. (5th District LNM 03)

VA Eastern Shore (Cape Charles Area) Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 feet MLW has been reported approximately 500 feet north of Cherrystone Inlet Daybeacon 2CI (LLNR 21530) in approximate position 37-17-01N, 076-01-18W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (5th District LNM 03)

Navy Testing off Ft. Monroe, Hampton Roads:
The U. S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Combat Craft Division will be conducting testing in the channel off of Fort Monroe from 21 January until 18 February, 2011. Operations will consist of towing a 600 foot cable behind a small naval craft. The unit will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and will not obstruct the navigational channel or transiting vessels. (5th District LNM 03)

Gilmerton Bridge Construction Update:
McLean Contracting Company is continuing with the driving of the remaining test piles in conjunction with the construction of the new Jordan Bridge in the Southern Branch-Elizabeth River. In addition to Test Pile 20-(Light E): 36 48 29.2101N, 076 17 26.6104W and Test Pile 21-(Light F): 36 48 30.0438N, 076 17 22.2435W, the following test piles will be established:
A. Test Pile 16 (Light A) at 38 48 27.725N, 076 17 34.387W.
B. Test Pile 17 (Light B) at 38 48 28.068N, 076 17 32.592W.
C. Test Pile 18 (Light C) at 38 48 28.411N, 076 17 30.798W.
D. Test Pile 19 (Light D) at 38 48 28.753N, 076 17 29.003W.
E. Test Pile 22 (Light G) at 38 48 30.501N, 076 17 19.851W.
F. Test Pile 23 (Light H) at 38 48 30.871N, 076 17 18.065W.
G. Test Pile 24 (Light I) at 38 48 32.183N, 076 17 14.772W.
H. Test Pile 25 (Light J) at 38 48 32.183N, 076 17 14.772W.
All lights marking the test piles will be flashing four (4s) second, amber (yellow) lights (Fl Y 4s). (5th District LNM 03)

Comments Requested Re 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.

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)

Bogue Inlet Shoaling (Not on the AICW):
Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 ft MLW has been reported encroaching into the channel in the vicinity of Bogue Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 29510). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 02)

Oregon Inlet Shoaling (Not on the AICW):
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey conducted 29 December, 2010 indicates shoaling to a depth of 5.0 ft MLW in the Oregon Inlet Channel on the east side of the Bonner Bridge. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 02)

Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing Dredging:
Cottrell Dredging will be conducting dredging operations at Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing in the vicinity New River to Cape Fear River Light 153 from 05 January until 08 February, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested by all transiting vessels. (5th District LNM 01/2011)

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

Coast Guard to Break Ice:
The Coast Guard has begun ice breaking operations throughout waterways within the First Coast Guard District. As ice continues building, all mariners are reminded to use caution while transiting and/or mooring vessels within areas that are common to ice formation. Vessel owners are encouraged to seek alternate moorings or haul out their vessels if they are concerned about damage due to ice formation. Ice that is attached to the shore may become dislodged and drift and large fields may shift with the incoming and outgoing tides, Coast Guard icebreaking operations, and transits of large commercial vessels. This may affect structures and moorings attached to the shore. (1st District LNM 03)

Sunken Vessel, ME Coast:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken vessel in Chebeague Island in PA Latitude 43.739976°, Longitude -70.101850°. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (1st District LNM 02)

Permanent Safety Zones Proposed for New England Annual Events:
The Coast Guard proposes to amend special local regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations, and to establish permanent safety zones in the Coast Guard Northern New England Captain of the Port Zone for annual recurring marine events. The revised special local regulations and safety zones are proposed to reduce administrative overhead, expedite public notification of events, and to ensure the protection of the maritime public and event participants from the hazards associated with firework displays, boat races, and other marine events: The public is invited to review and comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM is published in the Federal Register (Vol. 76, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 11, 2011 / Proposed Rules). The Docket No is: USCG-2010-0110. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions within the NPRM on the Federal Register website at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-173.pdf. Please remember that comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before February 10, 2011. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before February 1, 2010.
If you have additional questions on this NPRM in the meantime, please call or e-mail Lieutenant Junior Grade Terence Leahy, Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, telephone 207-767-0398, e-mail Terence.O.Leahy@uscg.mil. (1st District LNM 02)

New York Waterway Analysis:
The Coast Guard will be conducting a waterway analysis of the New York Traffic Lanes and approaches to New York Harbor with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. As a result of the waterway analysis, the Coast Guard is considering disestablishing Commercial Anchorage Grounds at Flynns Knoll and Romer Shoal due to their exposed locations and non-usage by commercial vessels. The regulations for these anchorage grounds are codified at 33 CFR 110.155(f) and available in U.S. Coast Pilot 2. Do you know of any companies intending to resume use of Anchorage Ground 27 at Flynns Knoll or Romer Shoal? Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 July 2011, Contact BM1 Mike Lehansky at 1-718-354-4354, fax 718-345-4190, or michael.r.lehansky@uscg.mil. (1st District LNM 02)

Gravesend Bay Waterway Analysis:
The Coast Guard will be conducting a waterway analysis of Gravesend Bay & Coney Island Creek with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 July 2011, Contact BM1 Mike Lehansky at 1-718-354-4354, fax 718-345-4190, or michael.r.lehansky@uscg.mil. (1st District LNM 02)

NY/NJ Long-term Dredging Projects Update:
The Arthur Kill, Kill Van Kull, Newark Bay, Ambrose, Anchorage and Port Jersey Channels are undergoing extensive long-term dredging through 2014. Many Aids to Navigation will be relocated and/or established to mark the limits of these sites to ensure safe navigation through and around these areas. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while navigating through these areas. For additional information regarding Aids to Navigation, dredging operations, and channel restrictions contact Vessel Traffic Service New York via VHF-FM CH 12 or 718.354.4088. Additional information is also available at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management. (1st District LNM 02)

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