East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Live Gunnery Exercises off New England Coast:
The Coast Guard will be conducting live gunnery exercises in (PA) 40-09N / 070-00W from 1430Z to 1830Z on 11 December 2011. Mariners are requested to avoid this area and maintain a 11NM safe distance from this position. All concerned traffic can contact the Coast Guard on CH 16. (First District LNM 49)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Shallotte Inlet Crossing Dredging:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW at the Shallotte Inlet Crossing from 01 December, 2011 until 01 January, 2012. The dredge and assisting vessels PROUD MARY and MISS CINDY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will run from the dredge site to the Ocean Isle Beach. (5th District LNM 48)
Shallotte Inlet Crossing Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Cape Fear River- Little River Buoy 81 extending into the channel. (5th District LNM 48) Note: This marker is in the Shallotte Inlet Crossing that is currently being dredged (see above). If you are passing through here, contact the dredge for passing instructions. Hopefully this will be the first area to be deepened.
NOTE: There will be numerous closures of bridges for Christmas Parades and events in the next few weeks. Check locally 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.
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 49)
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 December 5-11, 2011. Time Area Area Bounded By
A. 05 DEC - 11 0000-2359 (LCL) GUNEX AREA 30-45N2 80-54W7
"AA/BB/CC" 30-45N2 80-11W0
B. 05 DEC – 11 0000 - 2359(LCL) 31J 30-20N5 79-50W1
C. 05 DEC - 11 0000 - 2359(LCL) 27C 30-00N3 81-00W9
D. 06 DEC - 07 0000 - 2359(LCL) 24/25O-P 30-10N4 78-40W9
(7th District LNM 49)
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.
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Barefoot Landing Bridge Repair Update:
Due to bridge repairs the Barefoot Landings Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 354, Barefoot Landings, South Carolina, the vertical clearance will be reduced by up to 5 feet during the first portion of the operation. The majority of the work will be performed with the bridge in the open to navigation position. This work will start November 2011 and will continue until January 2012. (5th District LNM 48)
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)
Dredging in Kings Bay:
Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia will commence dredging operations at Kings Bay Submarine Base, on or about November 28, 2011 through approximately March 1, 2012 from Cumberland Sound Lighted Buoy 37 (LLNR 6915/37765) to Kings Bay Light 62 (LLNR 7040). For additional information contact Mr. Benjamin Cottrell (757) 547-9611. (5th District LNM 48)
Fernandina Harbor Marina Dredging:
Tugs and barges will be operating inside the Fernandina Harbor Marina Basin. Operations will start December 15, 2011 and end approximately March 15, 2012. The work vessels will be traveling through portions of the adjacent Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway channel between the dredge area, Amelia River Lighted Buoy 10 - Daybeacon 14 and the barge off-loading area. Dredging operations will be 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. For further information contact the Fernandina Harbor Mariner Manager, Mr. Joe Springer at 904-491-2090 or the Project Manager, Mr. Glenn Semanisin at 904-277-721. (7th District LNM 49)
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.
Lat: 30º 23' 40.62" N
Long: 81º 20' 37.77" W
Lat: 30 º 23'42.53" N
Long: 81 º 24' 48.13" W
Material Placement Locations:
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
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)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On December 7, 2011 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.74 feet and the navigational depths were 7.18 feet for Route 1 and 5.88 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 Worth Sea Buoy Update:
Lake Worth Lighted Buoy LW (LLNR 745/10175) has sunk. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area as the TRLB is adrift. (7th District LNM 49)
Government Cut Construction Continues:
Nicholson Construction Company will be continuing with drilling and grouting operations in Government Cut along Watson Island on Monday, December 5, at 2011 at 5:00pm with continuous operations through Thursday, December 8, until 2:00am. This operation will consist of two drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. The operation will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 325' into the channel. Mariners are requested to observe the no-wake procedures and to use caution while transiting the area. For further information contact the Construction Manager, Mr. Larry Goff 412-848-0917 or the Marine Superintendent, Mr. Mike Rodriguez 772-643-7575 (7th District LNM 49)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 49/2011:
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.
Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will constructing test piles south of the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1021.8, Palm Beach, Florida. This work is anticipated to begin on December 5, 2011 and will continue through January, 2012. This work will be outside the main navigation channel and is not expected to affect navigation. Mariners are advised that PCL has various pieces of floating equipment in the area outside the navigation channel. Mariners are requested to proceed at slow speed minimum wake through this area.
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®ion=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
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.
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
Corson Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge E.W. ELLEFSEN will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Corson Inlet from 21 November until 31 January, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 49)
Delaware River Subsurface Borings:
Subsurface boring operations will be conducted by the L/B Vision Co. in the channel of the Delaware River from 28 November, 2011 until 16 December, 2011, from the Tinicum Range, position 39-51.1N, 075-19.31W to the Bellevue Range, position 39-45.20N, 075-29.13W. Work will occur during day light hours, Monday through Friday. The lift boat will be working in and out of the channel and will be restricted in its ability to maneuver. The vessel will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. All vessels that are transiting the area are urged to use caution. For any comments or questions, contact MST2 Fae Bailey at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, PA. Telephone number (215) 271-4889. (5th District LNM 49)
Delaware River Survey:
A hydrographic survey of the Delaware River shoreline from 39-51.58N, 075-13.45W to 39-51.26N, 075-16.55W will take place from 29 November to 12 December, 2011. A survey skiff will periodically cross the channel while conducting operations. The survey supervisor will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 48)
Reedy Point Anchorage 3 Closed:
Due to dredging and a floating and submerged dredge pipeline placement in the vicinity of the New Castle Range and C and D Canal Entrance, the upper portion of the Reedy Point South Range, Anchorage 3, is closed to all vessels. Vessels may contact the dredge on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 49)
Ocean City Inlet Basin (MD) Dredging:
The Dredge W912DR will be conducting dredging operations in the Ocean City inlet Basin from 23 Nov., 2011 until 01 February, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM 48)
McLean Dredging will continue dredging operations at the CSX Transportation Facility until 23 December, 2011. Dredge material will be transported by barge to the Cox Creek Containment Facility on the Patapsco River. The dredge monitors VHF-FM channel 16. (5th District LNM 49)
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)
No Daytime Openings at Gwynns Island Bridge for a Week:
The Route 223 Swing Bridge, mile 0.1 across Milford Haven at Gwynns Island will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from 05 December until 12 December, 2011 to effect structural repairs. The swing span will be operational for vessel traffic each day from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m.. Mariners should adjust their transits daily. (5th District LNM 49)
Rudee Inlet Shoaling Update:
The City of Virginia Beach Survey of Rudee Inlet, dated December 2, 2011, indicates shoaling to a least depth of 8.5 feet, MLLW, across the channel from the approximate 150 feet east of the ends of jetties and extending east for approximately 150 feet. Charts: (5th District LNM 49)
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)
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)
Oregon Inlet Shoaling Update:
Shoaling to a depth of 8.0 ft MLW has been reported in the center span and south span of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. (5th District LNM 49)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Wells Harbor, ME, Special Anchorages:
The US Coast Guard is establishing three special anchorage areas in Wells Harbor, Wells, Maine to facilitate safe navigation and provide safe
and secure anchorages for vessels not more than 20 meters in length. The rule comes into effect on January 6, 2012. 76 Fed. Reg. 76295
Plymouth, Mass Dredging:
Dredging is being done in the area of the Pilgrim Power Plant Intake Channel until approximately 31 December 2011. The hours of operations are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The on scene dredge MS YVETTE is monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 & 67. (First District LNM 48)
Long Island Submerged Object:
A submerged object has been reported in the vicinity of Eaton's Neck Buoy 2 (41-00.7146N 073-36.2622W) at low tide in the Mianus River. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 48)
Power Cable Maintenance Hudson River:
National Grid will be conducting maintenance on the overhead power cables between Athens and Hudson, NY from Nov 28 to Dec 23, 2011. The authorized clearance should not be impacted during this work. One helicopter will be assisting on various days during this project. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0700-1700. A rescue boat with divers will be on scene for all operations over the water. (First District LNM 48)
Sandy Hook Channel Dredging:
Dredging is being until approximately 5 January 2012 between Sandy Hook Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 11 (LLNR 35155) and Lighted Gong Buoy 17 (LLNR 35175). The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a week. On scene is the dredge B. E. LINDHOLM and attendant plant that will be lit at night and monitoring VHF-FM 13 and 16. After passing arrangements have been made mariners are requested to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake. (First District LNM 48)
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)
Monmouth Beach Dredging Update:
Dredging is being done until approximately 30 December 2011 in the following locations:
Northwest Corner: Lat 40-26-24.03652"N Long 073-56-55.66699"W
Northeast Corner: Lat 40-26-23.99631"N Long 073-56-49.20099"W
Southeast Corner: Lat 40-25-22.73265"N Long 073-56-49.85399"W
Southwest Corner: Lat 40-25-22.77283"N Long 073-56-56.31837"W
The hours of operations are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredges R. N. WEEKS that is monitoring VHF-FM channels 16 and 16. (First District LNM 48)
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.