East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
3/3/2011


Attention Snowbirds

More North Carolina AICW Dredging:
Adams/Core Creek:
The dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW in the vicinity of Adams Creek Light 18 and Core Creek Light 19 from 24 February until 15 March, 2011. (5th District LNM 09)*
New Topsail Inlet:
The dredge RICHMOND will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW in the vicinity of New River-Cape Fear River Light 100 and New River-Cape Fear River Light 98 (LLNR 39945) from 01 March until 26 March, 2011. (5th District LNM 09)
Figure Eight Island:
The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW at Figure Eight Island from 08 February until 10 March, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 06)

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

The Florida Anchoring Saga Continues…
Regarding waterway issues, Commissioners (Fish and Wildlife) agreed with staff recommendations to accept three sites for a statewide anchoring and mooring pilot program. They are portions of Monroe County and the cities of Sarasota and St. Petersburg. Two more, from the east coast, will be recommended in April. Under Florida Statutes, the Commission has until July 1 to select the remaining two sites.
Numerous representatives from Stuart said they want to be included in the pilot program to protect their harbor. Commissioners directed staff to work with the city to see if Stuart can be added as a third pilot program site on the east coast.
A mooring field is a controlled area where boaters tie their vessels to a floating buoy, which is secured to the bottom of the waterway. Florida Statutes require the FWC, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to establish a pilot program regulating anchoring and mooring outside of marked public mooring fields to protect public property and safety and the marine environment against improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels. (From a Feb. 24, 2011 News Release from the FWC concerning Anchoring in Florida and other issues.)

Special Notices

PIRACY OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA AND EASTERN AFRICA
WARNING TO: U.S. Registered Yachts and Sailing Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard strongly advises against all operation of and travel by U.S. yachts and sailing craft, or by U.S. citizens on foreign registered yachts and sailing craft, on the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Somali Basin and the western parts of the Indian Ocean. A U.S. registered sailing vessel was hijacked by pirates in February 2011 off the southern coast of Oman in the northern Arabian Sea and all of its crew were tragically killed. This case is a stark reminder of the grave dangers of operating in these high risk waters, especially by recreational vessels.
All mariners already in these waters are urged to register with the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) http://www.mschoa.org for up to date advice and guidance on passage round the Horn of Africa. They should also report regularly to the UKMTO (email: ukmto@eim.ae; Tel: +971 50 552 3215), giving location, course and speed, and plan their routing carefully to reduce the risk of an attack.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the northwest Indian Ocean and has occurred in excess of 1000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia. Up-to-date information about attacks and pirated vessels can be referenced from the EU Naval Force Somalia web site at http://eunavfor.eu. Sailing vessels are particularly vulnerable to attack due to their low speed and low freeboard. All mariners intending to sail through high risk areas should reconsider the necessity of their travel and alternatives, such as transporting the vessel by yacht carrier.
Participants in yacht races and rallies in these high risk areas are at great risk of attack. These events are often publicized and could draw attention from pirates, despite the security and safety measures that might be put in place. The U.S. Coast Guard strongly advises mariners not to participate in events that will require transit through high risk waters.
Requirements and amplifying guidance promulgated by the U.S. Coast Guard for commercial vessels intending to transit high risk waters are unaffected by this advisory.
Useful contacts:
The UK Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) http://www.mschoa.org/Links/Pages/UKMTO.aspx in Dubai is the primary point of contact for liaison with military forces in the region. Email at ukmto@eim.ae to join their voluntary reporting scheme, Tel: +971 50 552 3215, Telex: (51) 210473.
Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) http://www.mschoa.org is manned 24/7 by military and merchant navy personnel from various countries and coordinates with military maritime forces in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. It is the commercial/civilian link with the EU Naval Force Somalia. Tel: +44 1923 958545, Fax: +44 1923 958 520, email: postmaster@mschoa.org.
The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) http://www.shipping.nato.int/Pages/default.aspx is the commercial/civilian link with the NATO maritime force. Tel: +44 1923 956 574, Fax: +44 1923 956 575.
The Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/marlo/ US Navy Bahrain, is a secondary point of contact after UKMTO and MSCHOA, but is manned 24/7. Tel: +973 3940 1395, email: marlo.bahrain@me.navy.mil.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) http://www.sailing.org/: You can read ISAF full set of updated guidelines. (From all Districts LNMs 09) Note that since this USCG Warning publication, a Danish sailboat with four adults and three children (ages 12-16) aboard has been captured by pirates in this area.

Space Shuttle Landing Hazard:
THE EASTERN RGE (Range) WILL BE CONDUCTING OPERATIONS HAZARDOUS TO SHIPPING. THE HAZARD WILL BE CONTAINED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
FROM 28-36N 080-36W TO 28-36N 080-34W TO 28-35N 080-27W TO 28-33N 080-28W TO 28-34N 080-35W TO BEGINNING.
FROM 26-36N 073-42W TO 25-49N 071-54W TO 24-59N 072-18W TO 25-48N 074-08W TO BEGINNING.
FROM 21-27N 063-07W TO 19-15N 058-56W TO 18-11N 059-39W TO 20-25N 063-49W TO BEGINNING.
PRIMARY HAZARD TIMES ARE 042039Z THRU 042328Z MAR 11. SECONDARY HAZARD TIMES ARE 052039Z THRU 052328Z MAR 11 OR 062041Z THRU 062330Z MAR 11. (7th District LNM 09)

More Hazardous Exercises on Northeast Florida Waters:
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL CONTAIN EXERCISES HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS FROM 0000-2359 DAILY BETWEEN 28 FEB 11-06 MAR 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
ALL MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO STAY CLEAR OF THE ABOVE AREAS. (7th District LNM 09)

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

Dredging Isle of Palms Area:
On February 25, 2011, Marcol Dredging Company will begin dredging operations with the dredge CAPT JOE in the vicinity of Isle of Palms, SC. Dredging will continue on a 24 hour, 7 day per week basis, until approximately March 21, 2011. All vessels operating on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of the Isle of Palms are advised to keep a sharp lookout and operate at a safe speed.
Operators of the dredge CAPT JOE will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. For additional information, please contact Mr. Jack T. Walker at (843) 769-7376 or (843) 708-0956. (7th District LNM 08)

Charleston Area Dredging:
Weeks Marine, Inc. will commence dredging operations on or about February 21, 2011 until Approximately August 19, 2011 at various locations around Drum Island in Lower Charleston Harbor and Wando River, South Carolina. The dredge operations will be conducted 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The dredge Weeks 506 and attending tugs will monitor VHF CH 16. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 08)
Southern Dredging Co Inc has commenced dredging operations with the dredge CHEROKEE in Ordnance Reach near the Naval Weapons Station Goose Creek, SC. Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until April 30, 2011. The dredge CHEROKEE can be contacted on marine VHF radio channels 13 and 16 for on-scene communications. (7th District LNM 09)

EPA Testing Offshore Jacksonville:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV Bold) will be conducting activities offshore Jacksonville, Florida from 3/7 to 3/11 2011.
Type of Operation: Sidescan Sonar, Underwater Video, Sediment Sampling Location of Operation: Within 15 NM of the St. Johns River Entrance Channel
Survey Area Boundary Coordinates:
Jacksonville ODMDS
North Boundary: 30-32.000N
Southern Boundary: 30-20.000N
Western Boundary: 81-19.140W
Eastern Boundary: 81-16.800W
Fernandina Beach ODMDS
North Boundary: 30-33.700N
Southern Boundary: 30-30.300N
Western Boundary: 81-20.000W
Eastern Boundary: 81-16.000W
Duration of Operations: March 07 - March 11, 2011
OSV Bold will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16 (7th District LNM 09)

Canaveral Lock Closure Reminder:
A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE in Jacksonville dated February 2, 2011 states that the Canaveral Lock will continue to be closed for dewatering and the installation of a new Manatee Protection System until completion on April 8, 2011. On April 9, 2011 the lock will reopen for all vessels. There will be no three week period of opening of the lock as previously stated.
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 March 2, 2011 the lake level was reported at 12.08 feet.


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.

More Unmanned Semi-Submersible Vehicle Tests:
Lockheed Martin - Riviera Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will be conducting offshore testing of an unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicle 1 to 5 miles offshore from Lake Worth Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet. Operations will take place beginning 3-2-2011 and ending 6-1-2011. The Lockheed Martin and SeaTow RHIB vessels will support the semi-submersible and will be in constant radio contact with the operations crew and equipped with a remote kill switch. They will also be monitoring channel 16. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the RHIB boats, and the semi-submersible vehicle by 200 yards, there will also be some diving operations; all boaters to stay at least 200 yards from posted dive flags. (7th District LNM 09)

Wave Data Buoys off Key West:
THE US NAVY ATLANTIC TARGETS AND MARINE OPERATIONS DETACHMENT KEY WEST WILL BE PLACING TWO WAVE DATA GATHERING BUOYS IN THE WATERS NEAR KEY WEST. THE FIRST BUOY WILL BE LOCATED ON THE GULF SIDE AT 24-41.089N 081-54.336W APPROX 10NM NORTHNORTHWEST OF KEY WEST IN 35 FT OF WATER. THE SECOND BUOY WILL BE LOCATED ON THE ATLANTIC SIDE AT 24-30.008N 081-56.027W APPROX 7NM SOUTHWEST OF KEY WEST IN 33FT OF WATER. THE WAVE BUOYS TO BE USED ARE BOTH A ROUND 0.7 METER DIAMETER SPHERE PAINTED YELLOW AND BLUE AND LABELED INDICATING US NAVY, ATMO, AND CONTACT PHONE NUMBER. THERE IS A MOORING GEAR CYLINDRICAL MARKER BUOY PAINTED ORANGE AND WHITE, AND A 12 FT RUBBER LINE CONNECTING THE MARKER BUOY AND THE WAVE BUOY. THE WATCH CIRCLE IS APPROX 30 FT IN DIAMETER. THERE IS A GPS AND GPS ANTENNA MOUNTED ON EACH BUOY TO CONTINUALLY REPORT BUOY LOCATION TO THE DATA GATHERING STATION. THE BUOYS HAVE AN IALA COMPLIANT YELLOW L.E.D. LIGHT, FLASHING 5 TIMES IN 10 SECONDS, THEN 10 SECONDS OFF. VISIBILITY RANGE IS 4NM 360 DEGREES AROUND AND 45 DEGREES VERTICALLY. THE LIGHT FLASH PATTERNS ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH USCG HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION REQUIREMENT SPECIFICATIONS FOR 0.7M BUOYS. ANTICIPATED INSTALLATION DATE IS 01 MARCH 2011 AND THEY WILL REMAIN IN POSITION THROUGH 30 SEPTEMBER 2011. IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL MARINERS AVOID CLOSE PROXIMITY, MOLESTATION, OR ANY OTHER INTERFERENCE OF THESE BUOYS WAVE DATA GATHERING FUNCTION. (7th District LNM 09)

Debris Removal in Bradenton:
Coastal Marine Construction Inc. has commenced debris removal from the old Holmes Beach Pier in Bradenton, FL. CMC is operating a crane barge (120' x 45') and tug boat (50' x 20') in the vicinity of 27.29.49N 082.42.48W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 09)

Hazards to Navigation:
Florida AICW: The Coast Guard has received a report of a partially sunk sailing vessel in position 29-17.1N 081-03.57W near Cassen Park in Ormond Beach. All mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 08)
Florida West Coast: The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken sailing vessel in 8ft of water with approximately 3ft of the bow sticking out of the water in the vicinity of Pinellas Point in approximate position 27-41.692N 082-38.291W. All mariners are requested to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 08)
The Coast Guard received a report of a 67ft submerged vessel in approximate position 26-24.7N, 082-19.8W (approximately 12NM west of Sanibel Island). The vessel has an approximate debris field of 3/4 square miles and is sunk in 34ft of water. All mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 09)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 09/2011:
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.
East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge: The East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will open on the top of the hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 8 through March 11, 2011, due to a bridge inspection. In addition, the vertical clearance may be reduced up to five feet while the snooper bucket is in place.
MacArthur Causeway Bridge: Bridge Inspection: The vertical clearance of the MacArthur Causeway Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida may be reduced by five feet during times that the snooper bucket will be hanging over the channel. The inspection is scheduled between April 7 and April 13, 2011 during daylight hours. The personnel conducting the bridge inspection can be contacted on VHF-FM channel 9 for passing information.
Johns Pass Bridge Update: The Johns Pass Channel Bridge construction has neared completion. During the first or second week of March, 2011, there will be some waterway closures scheduled during the day to allow for cable replacement at this location.
I-275 Bridge, Hillsborough River: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from the Florida Department of Transportation District 7, for the approval of location and plans to modify the existing fixed highway (interstate 275) bridge across the Hillsborough River, mile 7.7, at Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. The public notice 02-11 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be view at http://www.uscg.mil/d7/d7dpb/links.asp or http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The project manager is Mr. Randall Overton at (305) 415-6749.
BECKETT BRIDGE, Anclote River, Tarpon Springs: Quinn Construction working on behalf of Pinellas County will be repairing the Beckett Bridge across the Anclote River, Tarpon Springs, Florida. This work is expected to start on March 1, 2011 and is expected to be completed by November 30, 2011. This work is not expected to interrupt the operation of the movable span bridge.

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

NJ Bridges Updates:
Mariners are advised that electrical and mechanical rehabilitation have been extended at the Route 88/Veterans Memorial Bridge, at NJICW mile 3.0, across Point Pleasant Canal, in Point Pleasant NJ. Due to inclement weather that delayed work activity during the electrical and mechanical rehabilitation, the drawbridge will now be closed to vessels requiring an opening through 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 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. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
The Cape May County Bridge Commission owns and operates the County Route 619,Townsend Inlet Drawbridge, mile 0.3, in Avalon, NJ. and plans a temporary deviation from the regulations governing it’s operation. They will deviate from that portion of the regulation 33 CFR 117.757 by temporarily requiring that the bridge need not be opened between 5 a.m. on March 1, 2011 and 5 p.m. on April 30, 2011. Mariners will be able to take a detour through Corsons Inlet eight miles to the north or Hereford Inlet eight miles to the south. Mariners that can may pass beneath the closed span with its 23 feet of vertical clearance. (5th District LNM 07)
The Cape May County Bridge Commission owns and operates the County Route 619, Grassy Sound Channel Drawbridge, mile 1.0, in North Wildwood, NJ. and plans a temporary deviation from the regulations governing it’s operation. They will deviate from that portion of the regulation 33 CFR 117.721 by temporarily requiring that the bridge need not be opened between 5 a.m. on March 1, 2011 and 5 p.m. on April 30, 2011. Mariners will be able to take a detour through the nearby Great Channel Drawbridge. Mariners that can, may pass beneath the closed span with its 15 feet of vertical clearance. (5th District LNM 07) Mariners are advised that cleaning and painting operations will be performed at the Dorset Avenue Bridge, at ICW mile 71.2, across Inside Thorofare in Ventnor City, New Jersey. Beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, until and including 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011, the cleaning and painting require immobilizing half of the draw span to single-leaf operation so passage through the bridge will be limited to a 25-foot width for the duration of the project. The opposite connecting span while not under repair will continue to open for vessels with a work boat occupying the channel under the bridge. The work boat can be moved immediately if an opening is required. Furthermore, mariners requiring the full opening of the lift spans will be directed to use the Atlantic Ocean as the alternate route and are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (From the 5th District Bridge Branch)
The Cape May County Bridge Commission owns the County Route 619, Great Channel Drawbridge, mile 102.0 on ICW, in Stone Harbor, NJ. They plan to make repairs to the bridge piers that will temporarily extend beyond the fender piles by two feet. The bridge shall remain open to navigation with the 50 foot horizontal clearance reduced to 48 feet. Mariners should proceed with caution. (5th District LNM 09)

Hereford Inlet, NJ, Sea Buoy to be Discontinued:
The U. S. Coast Guard proposes to discontinue Hereford Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy H (LLNR 95). Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to Mr. Tom Flynn at (757) 398-6229, e-mail Thomas.W.Flynn@uscg.mil NOT LATER THAN 01 May 2011. (5th District LNM 08)

Indian River Inlet, Delaware, Bridge Construction Update:
Indian River Inlet – SH 1 (fixed) Bridge – new bridge is under construction. Through 28 FEB 12, a traveler platform will be used along the bottom of the new bridge reducing the available vertical clearance beneath the traveler to approximately 14 feet above MHW. The remainder of the waterway will be open to navigation with a vertical clearance of approximately 35 feet above MHW. (5th District LNM 09)

Delaware River Dredging:
The Weeks Clamshell Dredge 551 will be conducting dredging at the Sonoco Girard Point Facility from 21 February until 21 March, 2011. Dredge material will be transported by hopper dredge scow. 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. Operators of vessels of all types (5th District LNM 08)

Steel Pipes at Hart Island Channel, MD:
The Coast Guard has received a report of several steel pipes visible at MLW along the channel line of the Harts Island Channel extending north to south. Mariners should navigate with caution. (5th District LNM 08)

Onancock Creek Dredging:
The ACOE Hopper Dredge CURRITUCK will be conducting dredging operations at entrance to Onancock Creek from 23 February to 01 March, 2011. Mariners should navigate with caution and if necessary contact the dredge on VHF-FM channel 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 09) Note: This quick dredging job will be finished by the time this Alert is published, but it’s still good to know that another shoal has been removed from a popular cruising destination.

More Shoaling in VIP:
Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported between Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 6 and Virginia Inside Passage Light 7. (5th District LNM 08)

Navy Testing off Fort Monroe:
The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Combatant Craft Division will be conducting testing in the waters off of Fort Monroe from 28 February until 04 March, 2011. Operations will consist of testing entanglement systems for small craft. The unit will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and will not obstruct the navigational channel or transiting vessels. (5th District LNM 08)

Virginia Beach Outfall Construction:
The following temporary lights have been established in conjunction with the 61st Street Outfall construction project:
A. 61St Street Outfall Construction Light North C at approximate position 36 53 15.180N, 075 58 56.284W, Fl Y 4s.
B. 61St Street Outfall Construction Light South C at approximate position 36 53 14.752N, 075 58 56.222W, Fl Y 4s.
(5th District LNM 08)

Buoy Size to Change in AICW Southern Branch, Elizabeth River, VA:
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the following changes:
1. Increasing buoy size to third class hulls which will not affect daymark visual range on the following aids to navigation:
A. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 3 (LLNR 9960/36810).
B. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 5 (LLNR 9965/36815).
C. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 10 (LLNR 9985/36835).
D. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 12 (LLNR 9990/36840).
E. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 14 (LLNR 9995/36845).
2. Decreasing buoy size to fifth class hulls which will not affect daymark visual range on the following aids to navigation:
A. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 26 (LLNR 10070/36920).
B. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 28 (LLNR 10080/36930).
3. Discontinuing Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 27 (LLNR 36925/10075).
In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the means you are using to navigate this waterway any electric sensors used while transiting the Chesapeake Bay. Send comments NOT LATER THAN 22 March, 2011 to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Lisa De Pace or email to: Lisa.M.DePace@uscg.mil
(5th District LNM 08)

More Shoaling at Oregon Inlet:
A Army Corps of Engineers survey conducted 15 February, 2011 indicates shoaling to a depth of 5.0 feet MLW on the west side of the Bonner Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (5th District LNM 09)

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

Ice Breaking in Kennebec River:
The Coast Guard plans to conduct ice breaking operations in the Kennebec River from Bath to Gardiner during the week of March 7, 2011 and/or during the week of March 14, 2011. Persons with ice fishing shacks should remove them from the river before ice breaking operations begin, and proceed with caution in areas where Coast Guard ice breaking operations are taking place. (First District LNM 07)

Navy Buoy in CT/Block Island Sound:
The Office of Naval Research has deployed a yellow buoy with a white obstruction light in (PA) 41-13-53.144N / 072-00-53.460W. The buoy will be recovered on or about 15 March 2011. (First District LNM 09)

NY/CT Block Island Sound Cable Repairs:
Subsea power cable repairs will be done from approximately 12 March - 30 April 2011. The work location is approximately centered at LAT: N 41d 00’ 36” and LONG: W 073d 22’ 31” extends about 2000 feet north northwest and about 2000 feet to the south. The hours of operation will be 7 days a weeks, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the cable laying vessel C/S NEXANS SKAGERRAK that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are requested to proceed with extreme caution and remain 2000 feet or more away from the repair vessel while transiting the area. (First District LNM 09)

NE Seacoast Firing Exercises:
Missile firing exercise hazardous to surface vessels will be conducted from 16-17 Mar 2011 within 40-14.9N 67-44.1W, 38-55.1N 65-55.1W, 37-42.6N 67-20.5W, 39-03N.5 69-15.1W. (First District LNM 09)

Waterway Analysis for Block Island Sound:
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis study of Block Island Sound with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Comments or suggested changes should be received no later than 14 April 2011 in order to be considered. Send written comments or suggested changes for Aids to Navigation for the area southwest of a line drawn from Watch Hill Point to Southwest Point LWB “4”, to CWO James Green at USCG Sector Long Island Sound, 120 Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512. Comments can also be faxed to (203) 468-4423 or email comments to James.T.Green@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 07)
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis study of Block Island Sound with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Comments or suggested changes should be received no later than 14 April 2011 in order to be considered. Send written comments or suggested changes for Aids to Navigation for the area northeast of a line drawn from Watch Hill Point to Southwest Point LWB “4”, to LT Amber Ward at USCG Sector South East New England, 20 Risho Ave., Providence, RI 02914. Comments can also be faxed to (401) 435-2399 or email comments to Amber.S.Ward@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 07)

Hackensack River Rt. 7 Bridge Channel Obstructions:
The Route 7 Bridge across the Hackensack River is being replaced. TENTATIVE channel obstruction and closure dates are:
Apr 27, 2011 - channel obstructed
May 11-24, 2011 - channel obstructed
Aug 3-23, 2011 - FULL CHANNEL CLOSURE
Oct 19, 2011 - Feb 06, 2012 - Channel Obstructed
Dec 6, 2011 - Apr 9, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Feb 7-14, 2012 - FULL CHANNEL CLOSURE
Feb 15-28, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Mar 7-13, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Apr 10-17, 2012 - FULL CHANNEL CLOSURE
Apr 18 - May 1, 2012 - Channel obstructed
May 9-15, 2012 - Channel obstructed
Please email jeff.m.yunker@uscg.mil prior to March 14, 2011 any questions or comments you have. Please include: horizontal clearance required for transits and how much advance notice you require to be able to adjust your schedules. Questions/comments may also be faxed to 718-354-4190. (First District LNM 07)

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.