East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Dismal Swamp Canal Closed:
Boaters are advised that due to the fires in the Great Dismal Swamp, the Dismal Swamp Canal is closed to navigation until further notice. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal is open to navigation and operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and monitors Channel 13. (5th District LNM 33)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
St. Lucie Inlet Warning:
The entrance to St Lucie Inlet is subject to dangerous frequent changes in depth and direction due to dangerous and shifting shoals. Passage through the inlet is not recommended without local knowledge. (7th District LNM 33)
St. Augustine Inlet Emergency Dredging and Warning:
The US Army Corps of Engineers has authorized, funded and completed emergency dredging of St. Augustine Inlet in Northeast Florida. This is reported to be a temporary fix, and local authorities expect to do a more thorough dredging in several months. TowBoatUS for the St. Augustine area (VHF Channel 16) says you can call them for local information.
Check for dredging details at http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/214463/3/St-Augustine-Inlet-Undergoes-Emergency-Dredging
From the most recent 7th District LNM (33): St Augustine Inlet Temp Buoy 6 is damaged and Temp LB 5A is missing. The entrance to St Augustine Inlet is subject to dangerous frequent changes in depth and direction due to dangerous and shifting shoals. Buoys are not charted due to frequent changes in position. Passage through the inlet is not recommended without local knowledge.
Morehead City Highrise Bridge Closure:
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE U.S. HIGHWAY 70 FIXED BRIDGE, MOREHEAD CITY, AT STATUTE MILE 204 ALONG THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO VESSEL TRAFFIC ON AUGUST 20, 2011 FROM 10 A.M TO 4 P.M. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ESTABLISHED DIRECTLY UNDER AND 100 YARDS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE. TO AVOID DELAYS MARINERS SHOULD ADJUST THEIR TRANSITS ACCORDINGLY. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Unreliable GPS, Southeast Coast:
The GPS Navigation Signal may be unreliable from August 21-25, 2011 0000-0245Z due to testing on GPS frequencies used in shipboard navigation and handheld systems. GPS Systems may be affected within a 125NM radius of position 32.50 N; 78.25 W. During this period GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that may experience during this testing via the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703)313-5900 or by using the Navcen’s website’s GPS report a problem worksheet at WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. (7th District LNM 30)
DGPS Unusable Time:
Unusable time is approved for the Kensington, SC DGPS site for Nautel Transmitter Install. Unusable time authorized:
Primary: 21 SEP 11 1300Z - 22 SEP 11 0100Z (0900 - 2100 EDT)
Alternate: 22 SEP 11 1300Z - 23 SEP 11 0100Z (0900 - 2100 EDT) (7th District LNM 33)
The Savannah, Georgia DGPS Site unusable time
Primary: 26 AUG 2011 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT)
Alternate: 27 AUG 2011 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT)
The Isabela, PR DGPS Site grounds maintenance unusable time
Primary: 29 AUG 2011 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT)
Alternate: 30 AUG 2011 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT) (7th District LNM 31)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Sunken Vessel off Gloucester:
The F/V Little Hunter has sunk in the vicinity of Eastern Point. Mariners are to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 32)
NOAA Survey Green Hill Point to Orient Harbor:
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area from Green Hill Point to Orient Harbor from approximately 17 August 2011 through 17 November 2011. Thomas Jefferson is a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels can be identified on AIS and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24 hrs a day from the ship and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. (First District LNM 31)
Long Island Sound Lighthouse Change:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following change to Aids to Navigation:
Great Captain Island Light (LLNR 21400)
RELOCATE the light signal from the current location to the newly refurbished lighthouse.
REDUCE the nominal range of the signal from 17NM to 9NM using LED technology.
CHANGE : The fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175MHZ. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 83A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes.
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 7 September 2011 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-11-128. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM 32)
Montauk Channel/Block Island Sound Vessel Routing
The US Coast Guard is seeking comments on its preliminary study recommendations of a Port Access Route Study (PARS) evaluating the continued applicability of and need for modifications to the current vessel routing measures in the Waters of Montauk Channel and Block Island Sound. Comments should be submitted by October 4. 76 Fed. Reg. 47529 (August 5, 2011) http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-19859.pdf . (First District LNM 32)
Power Cable Installation Gowanus Bay:
Caldwell Marine will install three power cables between the 25th Street Pier on Gowanus Bay to IMTT Bayonne on Constable Hook. Each cable will be installed one at a time. Installation will take approximately 11 days for each cable. The cable lay barge will moor in Elizabethport, NJ for approximately three days to load each power cable. These operations will be conducted from on, or about, Saturday, August 6 at 0600, until further notice. Work hours are 24 / 7. The dynamic positioning Caldwell Cable Layer Barge (180' x 60') will be on scene with the Hughes Barge 105, Assist Tug LUCINDA, and Crew Boat ALEXIS. The Caldwell Barge will install cable at a variable speed (less than 50 feet to 300 feet per hour) based upon seabed conditions. A Jet Sled will trail approximately 200 feet astern of the barge. Their moving work area is approximately 400' x 100'. The Caldwell Cable Layer Barge cannot move on demand. Mariners are requested to contact Caldwell Marine on VHF CH 13 to make any necessary overtaking arrangements. Caldwell Marine will be posting updates every six hours regarding their vessels current position and anticipated position six hours later at https://sites.google.com/site/plowstat/ . Caldwell Marine will notify VTSNY on VHF CH 14 fifteen minutes prior to starting each individual cable laying operation. They are required to report their movements and positions to VTSNY on Channel 14 every two hours. The on scene point of contact is Mr. Marc Dodeman at 732.620.4239, or Mr. Paul Larrabee at 732.620.3938. Vessels with concerns about the vessels? location should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil. A chartlet of the area has been posted to http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management Division > 01. Advisory Notices. (First District LNM 32)
Core Sampling in Passaic River:
Ocean Surveys will be taking vibratory core samples within Nutley Reach, between the Avondale Swing Bridge and Third River, from Aug 22 to Oct 22, 2011. The R/V Wildu, a 30' x 8.5' aluminum pontoon barge, will be on scene 7 days per week, from 0600-2000. The vessel can move within 20 minutes notice requested on VHF CH 13. (First District LNM 32)
East River Construction:
Village Dock will be installing sheet piling (68' x 50' area) along the shoreline at 35 Ave, north of the Roosevelt Island Bridge. A 90' x 30' crane barge and 160' x 40' hopper barge will be alongside dredging sediment from within the sheet piling area. The Tug Manhasset Bay will be on scene monitoring CH 13/16. The sheet piling will be lit on the corners with steady burning white lights. Work hours are August 9-28, 2011, Mon-Sat, 0600-1800. (First District LNM 32)
Long Conduit Tows in New York Harbor:
Two Weeks Marine tugs will be towing three 2,100 foot long conduits from their Greenville Yard to Pier 92, Manhattan. The conduit will then be secured to the Weeks 196 crane barge spudded down about 745 feet west of Piers 92 and 94. The tow will last approximately two hours. The conduit will then be pulled ashore over an 8-10 hour period. Each conduit will be towed separately making for three tows during this project. Weeks Marine will check in with Vessel Traffic Service NY (VTSNY) on VHF Ch 14, fifteen minutes before beginning each tow. The tow will not be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Weeks Marine will move the Weeks 196 crane barge to the north side of Pier 92 during cruise ship arrivals and departures at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal and during non-work hours. This work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 17 and be completed on, or about, Friday, September 9, 2011. Work hours are 24 hours per day, six days per week, Monday-Saturday. Weeks Marine's point of contact is Mr. Tom O'Donnell at (908) 419-4283 or the Weeks Marine tugs on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the towing 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 33)
Lake Champlain Construction Zone:
The United States Coast Guard has established a regulated navigation area around the construction zone of the Lake Champlain Bridge between Crown Point, NY and Chimney Point, VT. This regulated area is bound by four, white and orange-striped NO WAKE buoys in positions: 44-02-00.672 N, 073-25-35.705 W and 44-02-11.396 N, 073-25.27.127 W to the north, and 44-01-56.575 N, 073-25.05.522 W and 44-01-49.909 N, 073-25-09.110 W to the south. All vessels must transit through this area at a speed under 5 knots and in a manner so as to produce no wake.
The new bridge construction involves large machinery and operations which, by their nature, are hazardous and pose risks to vessel traffic and construction crews. The no wake zone is intended to minimize the risks a vessel wake could pose to both construction workers and boat operators in the area. In addition to the regulated navigation area, the New York State Department of Transportation has marked a navigation channel through the construction zone with lighted red and green buoys. This regulated navigation area is in effect until December 31, 2011. In addition, this rule provides for the temporary suspension of all vessel traffic within the regulated navigation area during certain periods of construction. Notification of such closure will be made on VHF Channel 16 and 22. (First District LNM 33)
Hudson River Research Projects:
On Aug 15, 2011 until Dec 31, 2012, HydroQual Inc will be installing a 25' x 20' research raft in the vicinity of 40-48-04N, 073-52-16W. The raft will be out of the navigable channel and will be lighted. POC for this project is Ms. Eileen Wands at 201.529.5151. The Lift Barge Vantage will be taking three soil borings along the eastern shoreline north of Fish Island. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0700-1700 from Aug 22 to Sep 16, 2011. Each test boring will take 8-12 hours to complete. A 19 ft center console Century will be on scene taking echo soundings. (First District LNM 32)
Hudson River Test Borings:
Aquifer Drilling and Phoenix Marine will be taking two test borings in the Hudson River, in the charted Pipeline and Cable Area at Danskammer Point, from Aug 22 – Dec 1, 2011. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 0700-1700. Each test boring will be taken from the Phoenix X and Phoenix VII (50' x 80' Jack Up Barges) in positions 41-34.26538N, 073-57.84152W and 41-34.04965N, 073-57.46951W. The NYSMH #1 will be on scene outside of working hours. The New York State Marine Highway #1 is a 30' x 60' Spud Barge & Tug. Each boring is expected to take three months to complete. The Phoenix X and Phoenix VII cannot move while taking these borings. Aquifer Drilling's point of contact is Mr. Steve Wolf at 516-779-4723 or the vessels on scene via VHF CH 13. (First District LNM 33)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Atlantic City NJICW Drawbridge to Close for Four Months:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operating regulations for the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge, at NJICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare in Atlantic City NJ. Under this deviation, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011 through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012. This closure is necessary to facilitate extensive rehabilitation and to maintain the bridge’s operational integrity. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 20 feet, above mean high water. The navigable channel will not be obstructed so vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may continue to do so at anytime. The Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with mast heights greater than 20 feet and the drawbridge will be unable to open in the event of an emergency. At all other times, the bridge will operate in accordance with drawbridge operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.733(e). Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so, adjust their transit accordingly and use caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Patuxent River Restrictions for Air Show:
Mariners are advised that the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo '11 is scheduled to occur on Saturday, September 3, 2011 and Sunday, September 4, 2011. The public event will consist of military and civilian aircraft performing low-flying, high-speed precision maneuvers and aerial stunts over both the airfield at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River and waters of the Patuxent River. Federal aviation restrictions require that portions of the aerobatic performances take place over specified waters of the Patuxent River. In addition to the air show dates during September 3-4, 2011, air show performers will conduct practice and demonstration maneuvers and stunts over both the airfield and Patuxent River during September 1-2, 2011. The U. S. Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone during these activities. The following locations are regulated areas: (1) All waters of the lower Patuxent River, near Patuxent River, MD, located between Fishing Point and the base of the break wall marking the entrance to the East Patuxent Basin at NAS Patuxent River, within an area bounded by a line connecting position latitude 38 - 17 -39N, longitude 076 - 25 - 47W; thence to latitude 38 - 17 - 47N, longitude 076 - 26 - 00W; thence to latitude 38 - 18 - 09N, longitude 076 - 25 - 40W; thence to latitude 38 - 18- 00N, longitude 076 - 25 - 25W, located along the shoreline at U.S. NAS Patuxent River, MD; and (2) All waters of the lower Patuxent River, near Patuxent River, MD, located north of the West Patuxent Basin at NAS Patuxent River, within an area bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude 38 -18 - 04N, longitude 076 - 27 - 35W; to latitude 38 - 18 - 09N, longitude 076 - 27 - 33W; thence to latitude 38 - 17 - 51N, longitude 076 - 26 - 22W; thence to latitude 38 - 17 - 46N, longitude 076 - 26 - 23W; thence to point of origin, located adjacent to the shoreline at U.S. NAS Patuxent River, MD. All coordinates reference Datum NAD 1983. These regulated areas will be enforced as follows: (1) During the air show practice from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 1, 2011; (2) Air show practice and modified show from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 2, 2011; (3) Twilight performance from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on September 2, 2011; and (4) Air show performances from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on September 3, 2011 and from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on September 4, 2011. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. All vessels underway within this safety zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. Persons desiring to transit the area of the safety zone must first request authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16.
Coast Guard vessels enforcing the zone can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, or other Federal, State, or local agency vessel, by siren, radio, flashing lights, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674/269 Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 33)
Potomac River Restrictions for MLK Memorial Dedication Ceremony:
Mariners are advised that as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 165.T05-0760, the Coast Guard has established a temporary security zone in the waters of the Potomac River during the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington, DC on Sunday, August 28, 2011. The security zone will be enforced from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time on August 28, 2011. The security zone includes all waters of the Potomac River, Georgetown Channel, within 75 yards from eastern shore measured perpendicularly to the shore between the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge and the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and within 150 yards from eastern shore measured perpendicularly to the shore from the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the George Mason Memorial Bridge (the most western bridge of the 5-span, Fourteenth Street Bridge Complex), including all waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin, located in Washington, DC. The zone is necessary to control vessel traffic for the security and safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic on certain portions of the Potomac River. Entry into or remaining in this security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port COTP) Baltimore, MD. All vessels underway within this zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. Persons or vessels requiring entry into or passage through the zone must first request authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number (410) 576–2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) vessel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the COTP Baltimore and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. The USCG may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies .Comments or questions may be directed to the Sector Command Center, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, at telephone (410) 576-2693 or (410) 576-2525. (5th District LNM 33)
James River Dredging:
The dredge JERI-B will be conducting dredging operations in the James River on the Dancing Point Shoal Range and Swann Point Shoal Channel Range from 15 August until 13 September, 2011. The dredge and assisting vessels RAZORBACK and LORENA-II will monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 78.
Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Schedule Change and Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation at the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, at mile 26.8, across Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC. Under this temporary deviation through 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2011, vessel openings will be provided if at least three hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF. In addition, to accommodate scaffolding, the available vertical clearances of portions of the drawbridge (up to half of the drawbridge at one time) will be reduced by approximately four feet to131 feet and 61 feet above mean high water, respectively. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 117.5 and 117.823. This temporary deviation does not change the provisions of 33 CFR 117.823 and, therefore, the draw need not open for the passage of vessels from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of November, specifically November 13, 2011. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 33)
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
James Island Expressway Bridge Repair:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) began repairing the fender system on the James Island Expressway (Robert B Scarborough/SC RT 61/30) Bridge (Intracoastal Waterway M.M. 469.9) on 25Jul2011 and is expected to continue till 30Dec2011. The Tug ELIZABETH will be working in the channel, Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. thru 7:00 p.m. Vessels requiring the full of width of the channel should provide two (2) hour advance notice. The two-hour notification may be made directly to the Tug ELIZABETH on VHF Channels 13 or 16.
Mariners should maintain safe speeds and exercise caution while transiting the area. For more information please contact Mr. Robert Pinckney SCDOT, Specialized Bridge Division at (843) 740-1696. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management at (843) 740-3188 or Sector Charleston Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM 31)
Exposed Concrete with Rebar Reported in GA AICW Channel:
The Coast Guard received a report of a large piece of concrete with rebar partially exposed about mid tide on the Altamaha River between Altamaha Sound Daybeacons 204 and 206. Mariners are advised to avoid this area. (7th District LNM 33)
Sawpit Creek AICW Marker Destroyed:
Gunnison Cut Light 57 (LLNR 38215) is destroyed. The pile has been recovered. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. This cut is just south of Nassau Sound, Florida. (7th District LNM 33)
Private Aid Partially Submerged Daytona Area:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a Private Aid- Adventure Yacht Harbor Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 40380) has been knocked down and is partially submerged on the south side of the channel. Mariners are advised to avoid this area. (7th District LNM 33)
Sebastian Inlet Channel Marker Destroyed:
Private Aid - Sebastian Inlet Channel Daybeacon 11 (LLNR 9780) is destroyed. The pile has been retrieved. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 33)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On August 17, 2011 the lake level was reported at 10.36 feet and the navigational depths were 4.30 feet for Route 1 and 2.50 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route). You can check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html
According to a Notice to Navigation Interests dated June 14, 2011, when the lake level is between 10.5 and 9.0 feet there will be only two lockages, at 0900 and 1600. The current level falls within this range.
Navy Equipment Lost off Ft. Lauderdale:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) lost equipment offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 1424 EST on July 27th, 2011. The lost equipment is an "Unmanned Underwater Vehicle" (UUV). The vehicle is 6 feet long, 6" in diameter and is colored yellow and black with "WARD" stenciled on the side. Last known position of the UUV was Lat 26 03.336 Lon -080 03.918. Seas were 3" or less the day of loss, winds out of the east, and 4 knots of current to the North. Vehicle is positively buoyant and contains no hazardous materials. Should the vehicle be found, please contact SSC Pacific: POC: Peyton Hall 619-221-5245 e-mail: email@example.com Alt POC: Chris Young 619-553-5387 or 619-607-9000. (7th District LNM 32)
Peace River Construction:
Ed Waters & Sons Contracting Co., Inc. will be installing a subaqueous waterline across the Peace River east of the Interstate 75 Bridge during the week of August 1, 2011. Equipment used will be (2) 40'x80 barges, (3) 40'x40' barges, (1) 20'x40' barge and (2) small push boats. They will be installing a sheet pile trench along the path of the waterline. The trench will be approximately 450' in length. The floating equipment will be working in the vicinity of the sheeted trench and will be crossing the river from north to south and anticipate moving 40' to 50' each work day. Hours of operations will be 7:00am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and will be monitored on VHF Channel 16. The work site will be surrounded by floating turbidity barrier and marked with lights at night. The project is expected to be completed in May 2012. For additional information please contact the Project Manager, Mr. Van Hogan 904-823-8817. (7th District LNM 31)
Aids to be Rebuilt Following Dredging in Stump Pass:
American Marine Construction will commence marine construction work on or about August 9 through September 10, 2011 to install Private Aid rebuilds after dredging of Stump Pass. They will be installing a steel H-Pile for a Lighted Aid Marker and replacing two wooden pilings for Channel Markers. The position of the Lighted Aid Marker is 26º 53.355' N, 82º 20.798' W. There will be a 32' x 15' construction barge and a 16' x 7' Jon boat during the construction process which will monitoring VHF Channel 16. The hours of operation will be 6:00am to 4:00pm. For further questions please contact Mr. Mike McCartney at 239-340-2569. (7th District LNM 32)
Canal Dredging in Naples Bay:
Energy Resources, Inc has commenced dredging operations of approximately 30 canals in Naples Bay starting on the east side of Gordon River and extending south to Haldeman Creek. The project involves both silt removal by hydraulic dredging and rock removal by mechanical means. The dredge pipe will be submerged on the east shoreline and then cross the Gordon River to the west bank. The estimated completion date is August 2012. Mariners transiting these areas are advised to use caution and can contact Mr. Paul Reinhardt at (636) 484-4206 for further details. (7th District LNM 33)
Keys: The Coast Guard received a report of a derelict 15ft John Boat overturned west of Rodriguez Key in approximate position 25-02.9N 080-28.2W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
West Coast: There is a partially submerged 20ft white Carolina Skiff approximately 250 yards south of Point Pinellas in position 27-42.240N 082-38.143W. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 33/2011:
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.
Indiantown Road Bridge (AICW Mile 1006.2) Update: Bridge work will start on the Indiantown Road (SR 706) Bridge on June 13, 2011; but is not expected to impact the operation of the bridge until June 20, 2011.Due to painting operations, the SR 706 (Indiantown Road) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1006.2, Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida operating schedule will be changed starting June 20, 2011, as follows:
The Indiantown Road Bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from:
7:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. daily, seven days a week through August 30, 2011.
9:05 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. nightly for a period of 30 days.
The start date for this portion of the operation is July 5, 2011 and will continue until for 30 days. This may be extended due to weather. Updates will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners. At all other times the bridge will open on the hour at the top of the hour.
Due to scaffolding, the vertical clearance will be reduced by three feet from July 20, 2011 through August 30, 2011.
Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge: Bridge work will start on the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge on July 5, 2011. Due to painting operations, the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida the operating schedule will be changed starting July 5, 2011, as follows:
The Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from:
7:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. daily, seven days a week through December, 2011.
9:05 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. nightly for a period of 30 days. The start date for this portion of the operation has not been scheduled; but will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
At all other times the bridge will open on the hour at the top of the hour.
Due to scaffolding, the vertical clearance will be reduced by three feet from July 5, 2011 through December, 2011.
Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1050.0, Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start during July 2011; but the exact dates have not been provided at the time.
Commercial Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Commercial Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1059.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a two hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start during July 2011; but the exact dates have not been provided at the time.
New River Canal: Dragadoes-USA will be closing the New River Canal, Plantation, Florida for two hours at a time, Monday through Friday. At the end of the two hour closure the contractor will be opening the waterway for a 10 to 15 minute time frame to allow accumulated vessels to pass. To ensure the safety of all concerned the contractor will have a vessel in the area and will be advising the mariners via VFH-FM radio and loud hailer that the waterway is closed due to safety concerns during the erection of portions of the bridge structure over the waterway. The contractor will provide a detailed schedule in the near future for this operation. The waterway will remain open on the weekends to accommodate the heavier vessel traffic during these times. Mariners are cautioned to remain vigilant through this area.
Big Carlos Pass Bridge: Lee County has advised this office that they will be conducting repairs on the Big Carlos Pass Bridge, Estero Island to Black Island, Lee County, Florida. This work will consist of partially restricting the openings on August 29 and August 31, 2011, between 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. and closing this bridge to navigation on August 30, 2011, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
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.