East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
11/23/2011


Attention Snowbirds:

Gilmerton RR Bridge (Norfolk Southern #7) to Close for Repairs:
Norfolk Southern #7, AICW Mile 5.8, to Close for Repairs:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge, at AIWW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate rail laying work. The following closure periods have been authorized: each day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 28 and 29, 2011. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d). Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM 44)*

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

Erie Canal Update:
The Erie and Oswego Canal navigation route between Lake Ontario and the Hudson River reopened on Sunday, November 20, 2011, and will remain open until 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Updated information is available at www.canals.ny.gov or by calling 1-800-4canal4.

Wappoo Creek Bridge Repair:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will begin repairing the Bascule Bridge (SC 171) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (mile 470.5) from November 28 through December 2, 2011.  During this time, the bridge will be on single - leaf operations. Double-leaf operations will be available with a one-hour notice to the bridge tender.  The one hour notification may be made via telephone at (843) 852-4157.
The bridge will be closed to navigation nightly, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., from December 5 through December 10, 2011.  Vessels not requiring an opening may pass at any time. Mariners should exercise caution while transiting the area.
For more information please contact Mr. Robert R. Pinckney (SCDOT), Specialized Bridge Division at (843) 740-1695. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Office at (843) 740-3188 or the 24 Hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 78-11)

Oregon Inlet Shoaling Update:
Shoaling to a depth of 7.0ft MLW has been reported between Oregon Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 27990) and Oregon Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 28003) and to a depth of 2.0ft MLW in the center span of the Bonner Bridge. (5th District LNM 47). Recent USACE surveys can be found at
http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/MANTEO-OREGON/Oregon_Inlet_West/OIW_2011-09-08-09-12_2011-10-05cs.pdf
and http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/MANTEO-OREGON/Oregon_Inlet_East/oie_2011-11-18_10-27cs.pdf

Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, to Close for Parade:
The Main Street (US 17) Bridge across the St. Johns River mile 24.7, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 2:00 p.m. on November 64 (sic, we assume they mean 26) through 2:00 a.m. on November 27, 2011 to accommodate the Jacksonville Light Parade event. Vessels that may pass without an opening may do so at any time. (7th District LNM 46)

NOTE: There will be numerous other closures of bridges for Christmas Parades. Check locally for these in your cruising area. The Coast Guard Local Broadcasts to Mariners usually include this information. Most closures are for a few hours, usually late in the day or at night. We have only included some of the longer closures such as at the Main Street Bridge and very critical bridges such as the Great Bridge Bridge here in the Alerts.

General Announcements

DGPS Unusable Time:
Unusable time for the Driver, VA DGPS site for preventative maintenance has been approved for the following date/time:
PRIMARY: 07 DEC 2011-1400Z-1600Z (0900-1100 EST).
ALTERNATE: 08 DEC 2011-1400Z-1600Z (0900-1100 EST). (5th District LNM 47)

GPS Signal Unreliable:
The GPS Navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems with an approximate testing center point of 30 20.00N; 80 00.00W, with a possible impact radius of 75NM from center point. Mariners using systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DSC, may be affected. The GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted 01 DEC 2011 - 12 DEC 2011, 2100Z - 0245Z. More information is available at the Coast Guard Navigation Center website WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. During this period, GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience to the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703)
313-5900 or by using the NavCen website to submit a GPS problem report. (7th District LNM 47)

Georgia/North Florida Coast, Hazardous Ops:
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL CONTAIN EXERCISES HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS IN THE JAX/CHASNOA DURING WEEK 21-27 NOVEMBER:
DATE TIME AREA AREA BOUNDED BY
A. 21 NOV - 27 NOV 11 0000-2359(LCL) GUNEX AREA 30-45N2 80-54W7
"AA/BB/CC" 30-45N2 80-11W0
30-36N2 80-11W0
30-33N9 80-55W8
30-45N2 80-11W0
30-45N2 79-40W9
30-37.3N8 79-40W9
30-36N2 80-11W0
B. 21 NOV - 27 NOV 11 0000-2359(LCL) 31J 30-20N4 79-50W1
29-20N3 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-50W1
C. 21 NOV - 27 NOV 11 0000-2359(LCL) 27C 30-00N3 81-00W9
30-00N3 80-50W3
29-50N6 80-50W3
29-50N6 81-00W9 (7th District LNM 47)

Florida Coast Hazard:
Eastern Range OP # A5488, ATLAS-V MSL will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: FROM 2838N 8036W
TO 2837N 7942W
TO 2831N 7942W
TO 2833N 8036W
TO BEGINNING
B: FROM 2848N 7856W
TO 2840N 7635W
TO 2808N 7638W
TO 2815N 7858W
TO BEGINNING
C: FROM 2758N 7036W
TO 2715N 6633W
TO 2628N 6644W
TO 2711N 7045W
TO BEGINNING
D: FROM 2358N 5254W
TO 2140N 4556W
TO 2022N 4628W
TO 2240N 5322W
TO BEGINNING
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary: 25 / 1525Z THRU 25 / 1742Z NOV 11 T-0 IS 1525Z.
1st backup: 26 / 1502Z THRU 26 / 1719Z NOV 11 T-0 IS 1502Z.
2nd backup: 27 / 1441Z THRU 27 / 1658Z NOV 11 T-0 IS 1441Z. (7th District LNM 46)

Note: Since most East Coast Snowbirds are now in the vicinity of the Seventh Coast Guard District, we will start the Alerts with that Section, followed by the Fifth and then the First. However, the listing of the alerts within each section will remain north to south.

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

Hilton Head Area Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will commence dredging operations - Port Royal Sound Shoreline restoration and Stabilization Project, approximately December 9, 2011 and is scheduled to complete work approximately February 1, 2012. The work consists of dredging approximately 1.0 million cubic yards of material from the east side of Port Royal Sound with placement along the northeast corner of Hilton Head Island. A submerged dredge pipeline will be installed on the bottom across Port Royal Sound. Equipment Schedule: The cutter suction Dredge TEXAS is scheduled to commence work approximately 12/09/2011 and is scheduled to complete work approximately 02/01/2012. Installation of the submerged dredge pipeline will commence approximately 11/15/2011. Floating dredge pipeline will connect from the stern of the dredge to the submerged dredge pipeline. There will also be numerous anchor buoys around the dredge and pipelines. The pipelines and buoys will be lit per USCG regulations. Also, on site will be (2) assist tugs, derrick barge, anchor barge and a survey vessel. Dredge operations will be (24) hours per day, (7) days per week. The dredge TEXAS will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16. All mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For additional information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Matthew Jack at 630-209-9862. Dredge Borrow Area Approx Centerpoint Location: 32 13 46.9829 N, 080 37 18.7497 W  (7th District LNM 45)

St. Marys River, Georgia Shoaling:
Mariners are advised that shoaling extends 15 yards channelward between St Marys River DBN 6 (LLNR 6805) and St Marys River DBN 8 (LLNR 6810) with minimum depth reported at 2ft MLW. (7th District LNM 45)

Mayport Dredging Update:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC construction dredging, 50-Foot project, Bar Cut-3, Entrance Channel & Turning Basin, U.S. Naval Station Mayport, in Duval County, FL. Approximate Duration Time: 22 November 2010 Complete Demobilization: 21 March 2012.
Operation: New work dredging of approximately 4.6 million cubic yards of material from Jacksonville Harbor Bar Cut 3, Mayport Entrance Channel, and Turning Basin. Material dredged will be placed within USEPA-managed off-shore disposal sites Jacksonville ODMDS and Fernandina ODMDS. During the second phase of work, the Hopper Dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND is scheduled to commence work in Bar Cut-3 approximately 11/11/11. The TERRAPIN ISLAND will work in Bar Cut-3, Entrance Channel and Turning Basin. Other equipment on site will include a hydrographic survey vessel "Calcasieu River", turtle-trawling vessel "Winds of Fortune" and turbidity monitoring vessel. Turtle trawling and turbidity monitoring vessels will be conducting operations in the dredging areas. Dredge and turtle trawling operations will be 24/7. Turbidity monitoring will be conducted during daylight hours. The dredge, turtle trawler and turbidity monitoring vessel will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16. All mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Steven Lawrence at 630-240-8393 or the Site Manager Mr. Matt Bishop at 630-561-5060.
Dredge Location:
Eastern Limit
Lat: 30º 23' 40.62" N
Long: 81º 20' 37.77" W
Western Limit
Lat: 30 º 23'42.53" N
Long: 81 º 24' 48.13" W
Material Placement Locations:
Fernandina ODMDS:
Latitude (N) Longitude (W)
A 30º 33' 01" N 81º 19' 07" W
B 30º 33' 01" N 81º 16' 51" W
C 30º 31' 01" N 81º 16' 51" W
D 30º 31' 01" N 81º 19' 07" W
Jacksonville ODMDS:
Latitude (N) Longitude (W)
A 30º 21' 31" N 81º 18' 33" W
B 30º 21' 31" N 81º 17' 25" W
C 30º 20' 31" N 81º 17' 25" W
D 30º 20' 31" N 81º 18' 33" W  (7th District LNM 46)

Mantazas River  Hazard:
Matanzas River Daybeacon 44 (LLNR 39335) reported missing with the 2ft of pile sticking out if the water. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 47)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On November 22, 2011 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.87 feet and the navigational depths were 7.81 feet for Route 1 and 6.01 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route). You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/MultiProject/WaterMgt/DOCS/Reports/r-nav.txt

Lake Okeechobee Lock to Close:
Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating around Lake Okeechobee and Taylor Creek, The S-193 navigation lock is located between the Lake Okeechobee and Taylor Creek, in the LD4 levee about 2.5 miles southeast of the City of Okeechobee, will be closed from APRIL 2012 through SEPTEMBER 2012. For additional information concerning this project may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website http://www.saj.usace.army.mil and choose Operations Division and select Notice to Navigation. See enclosure #9 for complete details, additional links and contact information. (7th District LNM 47)

Vero Beach Balloon and Rocket Launch:
The UCF Recoverable Rocket Project Group will be launching an unmanned free balloon and rocket on November 27th off of Vero Beach, Florida near Latitude 27.56 Longitude 80.32. The balloon will launch an orange 9ft rocket near Latitude 27.40 Longitude -79.51 around 7:00 am. The rocket will return to the ocean within several minutes. The M/V Foiled Again will be on scene to recover the rocket and can be contacted on Channel 16. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area for the range of the return is 15 miles. For further information please contact Mr. Eric Leavitt 786-546-8978. (7th District LNM 47)

Miami Main Channel Entrance Range:
All mariners are advised that Miami Main Channel Entrance Range Rear Light (LLNR 10465) is discrepant. A temporary structure displaying Day/Night lights has been constructed 100 feet forward of the old structure. The temporary structure does not have a range board as a daymark.
The temporary structure has Day/Night optics displaying Flashing Green ISO 6 (24 hours a day). The light can be seen 1.5 degrees either side of the channel centerline. Mariners should line the Day optic up with the center white line of Miami Main Channel Entrance Range Front Light dayboard or daymark when transiting during the day. There is no change to a night time transit; line up both lights. (7th District LNM 44)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 47/2011:
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.
Grand Avenue Bridge, Ortega River Update: Nov 16, 2011. 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 January 2012. Barges are present near the bridge but should not be obstructing the channel. Starting May 1, 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. This work is anticipated to be completed by January 24th, 2012. Revised schedule: From August 22, 2011 through December 1, 2011, the bridge will only be able to open a single-leaf. No double-leaf openings will be available. From December 2, 2011 through January 3, 2012, the bridge will be on single-leaf openings with a three hour notice to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
FEC Railroad Bridge: The bridge owner of the FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River mile 24.9, Jacksonville, Florida has requested permission to close this bridge to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Friday through Tuesday starting January 13, 2012 until March 24, 2012. The Coast Guard recognizes that this will place a burden on vessels transiting through this area during these dates and times. After review of this request with the bridge owner it has been determined that this work cannot be safely completed during nighttime operations nor would it be beneficial to reduce the amount of time allocated for this requested closure since it would have the potential of extending this project an additional 4 to 6 months.
SR 710 BRIDGE: Special Bridge Notice. The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice (PN) regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to replace the State Road 710 (Big John Monahan) Bridge across the St. Lucie Canal (Okeechobee Waterway), mile 28.1, at Indiantown, Martin County, Florida. You may access PN 18-11 which solicits comments through 28 December 2011 at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and comments may be expressed by telephone at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil.
Chart: 11428 CG File: 3863
Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (Not on the AICW): Due to bridge repairs the Hillsboro Inlet (US A1A) Bridge, Hillsboro Inlet, Pompano Beach, Florida will be placed on a twice an hour schedule. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily Monday December 5 through Friday December 9, 2011, the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge will open on the hour and half-hour. At all other times this bridge will continue to operate on the 15 minute schedule as published in 33 CFR 117.
Ringling Causeway Bridge (GICW Mile 73.6): Wright Construction Group has advised the Coast Guard that they are installing rip-rap around the piles of the Ringling Causeway Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 73.6, Sarasota, Florida. This work is expected to continue until January 4, 2012. A barge and crane will be positioned outside of the main navigational channel during this operation.
Pinellas Bayway Structure C Bridge: The Pinellas Bayway “Structure C” Bridge across Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile xxx (sic, we think they are referring to the bridge at Mile 114),  St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This project is anticipated to start on December 15, 2011 and is expected to be completed by December 15, 2013. This work will require some waterway restrictions and closures. This information will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
Sunshine Skyway Repairs: Quinn Construction, Inc will be performing repairs to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge beginning November 14, 2011 and lasting until November, 2012. Operations will be conducted Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Work consists of replacing hatches, ladders, rip-rap, and bearing pads which will require the use of numerous vessels and barges. No construction operations will be conducted from the water between piers 88 and 135, or Tampa Bay Cut A Channel, however vessels transiting Cut A are reminded to keep a sharp lookout. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area and may contact Quinn Construction on VHF Channel 16 or at 941-722-7722 or 941-322-4552 for further details.
HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE: C.E.M. Enterprises, Inc. has notified the Coast Guard they will be conducting substructure repairs and performing cathodic protection on the Howard Frankland Bridge over Old Tampa Bay. The construction work is expected to be completed by March 28, 2012. On scene equipment includes three work barges of dimensions 80ft x 30ft, 30ft x 10ft, and 26ft x 8ft, as well as two 21 ft pilot vessels. There is no anticipated impact to navigation. Mariners may contact C.E.M. Enterprises, Inc. on VHF Channel 16 or at (407) 509-4148 for further details.

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

Early Ice Hull Aids to Navigation Change:
The following aids to navigation will have the seasonal signal changes made in advance of the REMARKS (8) section of Light List Vol. II. Ice hulls with reduced intensity will be deployed on the following stations on or about 28 November, 2011:
A. Cape May Canal West Entrance Approach Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 1650).
B. Cape May Canal West Entrance Approach Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 1655.)
C. Cape May Canal West Entrance Approach Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1660).
D. Brewerton Channel East Extension Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 8405).
E. Brewerton Channel East Extension Lighted Bell Buoy 5 (LLNR 8415.)
F. Brewerton Channel East Extension Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 8425).
G. Brewerton Channel East Extension Lighted Buoy 9 (LLNR 8435).
H. Brewerton Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 8145).
On or about 31 December, 2011 Devlin Lower Range Front Light (LLNR 3935) characteristic will be changed to Fl R 2.5s (1) with a day/night optic. (5th District LNM 46)

Elk River Dredging:
Southern Maryland Dredging, Inc. will commence hydraulic dredging in the Elk River Channel on 09 December, 2011 from Locust Point to Big Elk Creek. A submerged and floating pipeline will run to the vicinity of Scotland Point. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 8, 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 46)

Baltimore Aid Relocation:
On or about 21 January, 2012 Ferry Bar Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 21215) will be relocated to approximate position 39-15-16.198N, 076-34-59.917W. (5th District LNM 46)

Chesapeake Beach Shoreline Improvement Project:
Mariners are advised that a shoreline improvement project at the Chesapeake Beach Naval Research Laboratory is scheduled to continue until December 31, 2011, Mondays through Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The work is expected to resume from April 1, 2012 until August 31, 2012. The project includes stone material delivered to the site by barge, then transported to smaller barges for placement along the shoreline. Barges will be moored to seven mooring buoys located approximately 0.54 NM east of Randle Cliff Beach, established in association with the Naval Research project. Interested mariners may contact the Corman Marine Construction, Inc. pushboat “Christi” on marine band radio channels 16 and 13 VHF-FM. (5th District LNM 47)

Gwynns Island Bridge Cable Repair:
Crofton Diving Corp. will be repairing the underwater electrical cable that parallels the bridge to Gwynns Island from 17 November until 20 December, 2011. Barge operations, supporting horizontal borings, diving and marine construction will be on site. All equipment will be clear of the channel and the assisting vessels may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested. (5th District LNM 47)

Rudee Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 8.2 ft. MLW has been reported across the channel of the north/south jetties of Rudee Inlet. (5th District LNM 47)

Norfolk and Newport News Dredging:
The Dredge VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations at the Norfolk Southern Coal Pier from 20 November until 25 November, 2011. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Dredge material will be transported by scow to the Unloader VICKSBURG opposite the Norfolk International Terminals for transfer to the Craney Island Deposit Area.
The Dredge VIRGINIAN will shift to the Newport News Dominion Coal Terminals for dredging from 25 November until 05 December, 2011. (5th District LNM 46)

Diving Ops Elizabeth River:
Crofton Diving Corp. will be conducting diving operations on a pipeline from Pinners Point to Lamberts Point in the vicinity of Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 32 (LLNR 9840) until 16 December, 2011. A support barge will be moored on the western side of the channel. The barge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM 46)

Norfolk USACE Pier Repair:
W3 Marine will be conducting pier and bulkhead repair at the USACE Facility, Fort Norfolk from 01 November until 31 December, 2011. Various floating crane barges and work boats will be on site and monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit of all vessels is requested. (5th District LNM 44)

Eastern Branch Elizabeth River RR Bridge (Not on the ICW) to Close:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Bridge, at mile 1.1, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, near Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate rail laying work. The following closure period has been authorized: From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 30, 2011. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5 Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM 44)

No Openings for I-64 High-Rise Bridge (65 ft. Vertical Clearance):
AIWW – Elizabeth River Southern Branch - I-64/High-Rise (lift) Bridge – Closed to vessels from 0700 on SUN 11 DEC 11 until 1900 on SUN 18 DEC 11, to facilitate mechanical repairs. (5th District LNM 47)

Great Bridge Bridge to Close for Christmas Parade:
To accommodate the annual Christmas Parade event, mariners are advised that the S168 Bridge, at AIWW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake (Great Bridge) VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date and times are rescheduled to Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(g). In the closed position to vessels, this lift-type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 8.5 feet, above mean high water. (5th District LNM 46)

Morehead City High Rise Bridge Fender Repair Continues:
AIWW – Newport River – US 70 (fixed) Bridge – Fender repairs are in progress until 15 DEC 11. A 20-foot wide barge will be operating in the channel. (5th District LNM 38) Note: This is a very narrow opening with swift current and an adjacent narrow railroad bridge opening. Use caution when passing under this bridge.

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

Seabed Surveys off Long Island:
Ocean Surveys will be conducting seabed surveys between Cholera Bank and Long Beach, Long Island from Nov 28, 2011 to Jan 15, 2012. Work hours are 0600-1800 daily. The R/V OCEAN EXPLORER (60 foot dark blue aluminum hull) will be on scene. (First District LNM 46)

Core Samples in Hudson River:
Vibratory core samples will be done at locations along the Hudson River from 19 - 29 November 2011. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. On scene will be R/V Candu, 36' X 16' aluminum pontoon barge, that will be monitoring VHF Ch 13 and 16. (First District LNM 46)

Arthur Kill Dredging:
Dredging will be done in the Arthur Kill Channel from 21 November 2011 - ay (sic) 2013. The hours of operation will be 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredges DELAWARE BAY, J. P. BOISSEAU, CAPTAIN A. J.
FOURNIER and F. J. BELEMISO; tugs THOMAS D. WITTE, PAUL ANDREW, JAY MICHAEL, and MARY ALICE; drill barge KRAKEN; launch boat MICHAEL WARREN; scow's WITTE 1800, 2000, 3000 and 4000 and dump scows MIGHTY QUINN, JOE VERROCHI and EDDIE CARROLL. The dredge, launch boat and tugs will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 14, 16 and 78. (First District LNM 46)

Cable Installation Hudson River, Manhattan to NJ:
Prysmian Powerlink will install five cables between Pier 92 Manhattan and Edgewater, NJ on the Hudson River. The installation will begin at the previously installed NY cofferdam northwest of Pier 92 and last about three days. The cable laying ship GIULIO VERNE (436' x 100') will then install the cables using a hydroplow cable burial machine trailing approximately 66 feet behind the stern of the GIULIO VERNE. Cable installation will last approximately 12 to 15 days. Maximum ship speed during installation is 10 meters per minute. A 180' x 55' support barge will be alongside the GIULIO VERNE during installation. The installation will finish at the previously installed NJ cofferdam, south of the Crabhouse Restaurant in Edgewater, NJ, and last about five days. These operations will be conducted from on, or about, November 25 to December 30, 2011. Work hours are 24 / 7. Mariners using Anchorage Ground Number 19W are requested to stay as far west as is safely possible for their vessel. Diving operations will be conducted at both the NY and NJ cofferdams. Diving operations may be conducted along the cable route as necessary. The GIULIO VERNE cannot move on demand. Mariners are requested to transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake and to proceed with caution after contacting the GIULIO VERNE on VHF CH 13 to make any necessary meeting or overtaking arrangements. The GIULIO VERNE is AIS equipped. No anchors will be deployed from the GIULIO VERNE during installation. The GIULIO VERNE will notify VTSNY on VHF CH 14 fifteen minutes prior to beginning operations at Pier 92, prior to departure from the Pier 92 cofferdam, prior to arrival at the Edgewater NJ cofferdam, and upon completion of installation at the Edgewater NJ cofferdam. The on-scene points of contact are: GIULIO VERNE Master on CH 13, Mr. Joe Gannon at 206.612.3851, or Mr. Biagio Costantino at 732.816.7091. 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 cable route and updates will also be available the week of November 21st at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management > 01. Advisory Notices. (First District LNM 46)

Diving Ops NY Harbor:
Phoenix Marine will be conducting mitigation work and diving operations at Bush Terminal Pier 4 at 45th Street from November 13 to Jan 21, 2012. Work hours are 0700-1900. A 27'  blue workboat and flexifloat barges will be on scene. Mariners are requested to transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (First District LNM 46)

Champlain Bridge RNA Discontinued:
The Coast Guard has discontinued the Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) around the Lake Champlain Bridge construction zone. Additionally, the New York Department of Transportation has discontinued the temporary navigation channel to the west of the center of the Lake Champlain Bridge between piers 3 and 4. Mariners are advised to use the main navigation channel located between piers 4 and 5 directly beneath the center span of the new bridge. (First District LNM 46)


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