East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
1/5/2012


Attention Snowbirds:

Dismal Swamp Canal Closed for 90 Days:
On Wednesday, 04 January, 2012, the ACOE will begin repairs to the South Mills Lock on the Dismal Swamp Canal/Route 2. Therefore, the locks at Deep Creek, VA and South Mills, NC will stop operating after the last scheduled locking at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 03 January, 2012. The Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2, of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will be temporarily closed to through traffic for approximately 90 days. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1, through the Great Bridge Lock at Chesapeake, VA will continue to operate 24 hours a day/seven days a week and may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 13. For questions on this closure contact 757-201-7642. (5th District LNM 52)*

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

Skidaway Narrows Bridge Replacement Update/ Feb. and Aug. Closures:
The Skidaway Narrows (Diamond Causeway/SR 204) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 592.8, Chatham County, Georgia is being replaced. United Contractor, LLC has advised the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Savannah that they will be placing floating equipment in Skidaway Narrows at this bridge location. Two construction barges and the pushboat PYTHON will be working adjacent to the bascule bridge on the north side, south of the power lines. During daylight hours the navigable waterway will be restricted to 70 feet. Construction operations, during the evenings, will not restrict the navigable waterway. Construction will be ongoing until April 2, 2012. Mariners are urged to exercise caution and transit at their slowest safe speed. Please contact the pushboat PYTHON on marine VHF radio channel 9 for on-scene coordination, communication and passing arrangements. For further information contact the U.S. Coast Guard MSU Savannah at (912) 247-0073.
United Contractors, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that they will be closing the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at the Skidaway Narrows (Diamond Causeway) Bridge during daytime hours from February 14 through February 20, 2012. This work consists of setting the beams for the new bridge across the waterway. The actual times of the waterway closure will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
The contractor will be removing the old bascule bridge approximately in August 2012. This work will request the waterway to be closed to navigation during the removal. The dates and times will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners. (7th District LNM 01/2012)

General Announcements

Right Whale Reporting and Safe Speed Reminder:
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB 77-11, Sector Charleston)
This MSIB reminds the port community of the seasonal right whale ship reporting system and speed restrictions while transiting the waters off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.
Safe Speed in the Mid-Atlantic Right Whale Seasona Management Area:
In accordance with 50 CFR part 224, effective from November 1st through April 30th, commercial vessels over 65 feet in length are required to maintain a speed of 10 knots or less while in the Right Whale Seasonal Management Area. This includes most coastal waters of South Carolina from the COLREGS line out to approximately 20 nautical miles. For a detailed description of the area and an illustration, see the attached fact sheet published by NOAA. However, in accordance with the regulation, vessels may operate at a speed greater than 10 knots if necessary to maintain a safe maneuvering speed in an area where conditions severely restrict vessel maneuverability as determined by the pilot or master. Vessel masters or pilots should not place the ship in danger in order to meet the speed requirement.
Mandatory Ship Reporting System for the Protection of Northern Right Whales:
The Mandatory Ship Reporting requirement for the southeast U.S. is effective from November 15th through April 16th. Vessels of 300 GT or greater are required to report their entry into the designated right whale reporting area in accordance with 33 CFR Part 169. Reports can be made in accordance with IMO standard format via INMARSAT C e-mail to rightwhale.msr@noaa.gov or Telex: 48156090. This requirement applies to vessels in the southeastern reporting system defined in 33 CFR 169.115 as follows: coastal waters within about 25 nautical miles along a 90-nautical mile stretch of the Atlantic seaboard in Florida and Georgia; the area coordinates extends from the shoreline east to longitude 80o 51.6’ W with the southern and northern boundaries east latitude 30o00’ N and 31o27’ N, respectively.
Please contact the Coast Guard’s 24 hour Command Center on VHF Channel 16 or via phone at (843) 740- 7050 with all right whale sightings.
For further information, visit:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike
http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/surveys/SAS.html
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.

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

Charleston Harbor Dredging:
Manson Construction Co. will be conducting dredging operations on or about December 19, 2011 through on or about February 20, 2012. The Hopper Dredge “NEWPORT” will be working between Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 2380) and Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 18 (LLNR 2420). The dredge disposal area is south of the Entrance Channel adjacent to Lighted Buoys 9 and 10. The operation will be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13, 14 and 66. Additional information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Dave Howard 941-315-1010, Project Engineer, Mr. Jeff Thompson 206-321-5816 or the Dredge Manager, Mr. Henry Schorr 206-762-0850. (7th District LNM 52)

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)

St Lucie River Obstruction:
St Lucie River Daybeacon 22A (LLNR 50780) is destroyed and partially submerged. Mariners are advised to avoid the area. (7th District LNM 01/2012)

Ponce de Leon Inlet Shoaling and Warnings:
The Coast Guard has observed shoaling in Ponce de Leon Inlet. The shoal encroaches 10 yards into the main channel with a depth of 3ft at lowtide near Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 9540). Ponce de Leon Inlet Buoy 7A (LLNR 9543) and Ponce de Leon Inlet TEMP Buoy 7B the lowest depth is 4.5ft the channel has been shifted east to mark best water. The entrance to Ponce de Leon Inlet is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering this inlet and to exercise extreme caution during transit. (7th District LNM 52)
Ponce de Leon Inlet North Jetty Temporary Light has been destroyed. The Jetty is unlit and a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of Ponce de Leon Inlet [Ref JAX BNM 402-11]. (7th District LNM 52)

Shoaling at Ponce de Leon Cut Junction Buoy:
The Coast Guard has observed shoaling in the vicinity of Ponce de Leon Cut Junction Buoy (LLNR 40615). The shoal is encroaching 5 yards channel ward with a depth of 4ft at low-tide. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering this cut and to exercise extreme caution during transit. (7th District LNM 52)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On January 4, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.55 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.49 feet for Route 1 and 5.69 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

St Lucie Inlet Warning:
All mariners are reminded that the entrance to St. Lucie inlet is subject to dangerous and frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. As a result of these changes, mariners are advised that the channel buoys are subject to frequently being relocated. Shoaling has been reported and confirmed between St. Lucie Inlet Light 3, (LLNR 10000) and St. Lucie Inlet Temporary Lighted Buoy 6. The shoaling appears to be encroaching from the red side of the channel past the center of the marked channel, with reported depths of 4.7 feet at MLW. With this report of shoaling, mariners are advised that the channel width is reduced to approximately 15yds in this vicinity. All mariners are urged to seek local knowledge prior to entering this inlet and to exercise extreme caution during transit. (7th District LNM 52)

Jupiter Offshore Dredging for Beaches:
Starting on or about January 14, 2012 a temporary 2,400ft submerged dredge pipeline will be placed offshore starting at Lat 27°01’22.85” N, Long 80°05’44.34” W. Starting on or about January 21, 2012 and continuing until on or about April 30, 2012 the hopper dredge “R.N. WEEKS” will dredge fill material from the Atlantic Ocean borrow area located below:
Point A Lat 27°00’03.18”N Long 80°03’32.04”W
Point B Lat 27°00’47.19”N Long 80°03’41.57”W
Point C Lat 27°01’09.06”N Long 80°03’37.60”W
Point D Lat 27°01’17.89”W Long 80°03’05.94”W
Point E Lat 27°00’14.97”W Long 80°02’49.82”W
The fill material will be deposited on Jupiter Island Beach, FL between Lat 27°00’51” N and Lat 27°05’23”N using a combination of floating and submerged pipeline reaching 2,400ft to 5,000ft offshore from the beach. The dredging operations will continue 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. The dredge and tugs will monitor VHF marine channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. For further information contact Mr. Charles R. Balentine 985-875-2525 or crbalentine@weeksmarine.com (7th District LNM 51)

Unmanned Semi-Submersible Testing On-Going in 2012:
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 the Lake Worth Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet. Operations will take place beginning January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2012. The Lockheed Martin RHIB and Sea Tow 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 VHF channel 16. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the RHIB boats, the semi-submersible vehicle and posted dive flags by at least 200 yards. For further information please contact Sea Ops Division, Mr. Donny Jones 561-494-2245. (7th District LNM 52)

North Miami Beach Dredging for Beaches:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC will commence dredging operations on or about February 1, 2012 until approximately March 1, 2012. The project partially consists of placing approximately 250,000 cubic yards of sand from an offshore borrow area on approximately 4,000 feet of beach in North Miami Beach, FL. The trailing suction hopper dredge “LIBERTY ISLAND” will be dredging in a borrow area south of Government Cut with the following limits:
Latitude Longitude
NW 25 41 15.9 80 05 29.3
NE 25 41 16.5 80 05 24.8
E 25 40 57.8 80 05 25.0
S 25 40 49.7 80 05 36.6
W 25 40 57.2 80 05 45.4
After each dredge event the “Liberty Island” will sail north and pump the sand ashore through submerged steel pipeline via a floating hose pump out station located at the approximate location: Latitude Longitude 25 51 12.5 80 05 37.1.
Upon completing a pump ashore event, the dredge will dump any rock collected from the borrow area in a 500 foot by 500 foot Rock Disposal Site centered at the following location: Latitude Longitude 25 50 09.5 80 04 46.8.
Pipeline mobilization will be commencing in early January and will be staged inside Bakers Haulover Inlet in the Intracoastal Waterway next to Haulover Beach Park. Demobilization will continue approximately three weeks after dredging operations cease. The following support equipment will be working on the project: a crew boat, a turbidity monitoring boat, a dive boat, 2 tug boats, a crane barge, and an anchor barge. All vessels will monitor marine VHF channels 13 and 16. Operations will be 7 days per week and 24 hours per day. Mariners are requested to exercise caution in and around the project areas. Diving operations will occur in the vicinity of the borrow area and pump out location several times per week to monitor environmental conditions. For further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Dave Allen 305-793-8619 (cell) or DAllen@gldd.com. (7th District LNM 50)

Capri Pass Replacement Buoy Off-Station:
The TRUB marking Capri Pass DBN 11 (LLNR 16990) is off-station. Mariners are to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 01/2012)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 01/2012:
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.
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.
Haulover Canal Bridge (AICW Mile 869.2): Update: The bridge owner has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the SR 3 North/Kennedy Parkway/Allenhurst Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Haulover Canal) mile 869.2, Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida on January 12 and 13, 2012. This work consists of one leaf being placed in the open to navigation position with the other leaf being raised and lowered intermittently. This work is not expected to impact navigation.
Multiple Miami Bridge Closures: The East Venetian Causeway Bridge across Miami Beach Channel will be closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., the West Venetian Causeway Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to navigation from 6:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., the Brickell Avenue (US 1) Bridge across the Miami River will be closed to navigation from 6:25 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the South Miami Avenue Bridge across the Miami River, Miami, Florida, will be closed to navigation from 6:25 a.m. to 10: 35 a.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2012 from the ING Miami Marathon Event.

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

NJ Bridge Closure Extended:
Mariners are advised that mechanical and electrical rehabilitation work have been extended at the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge, at NJICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare in Atlantic City NJ. To facilitate the extended work, the drawbridge will now be closed to vessels requiring an opening through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. This extended closure is necessary to complete 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. 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)

Indian River Inlet Closed:
Indian River Inlet will be closed to vessel traffic from 03 January until 06 January, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day for bridge construction. If transit is needed , the safety boats may be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 10 and 13 to arrange transit. (5th District LNM 01/2012)

VIP Nav Aids Change for Shoaling:
Due to significant shoaling in the Virginia Inside Passage, the Coast Guard’s rebuild resources can no longer access these areas to rebuild damaged/destroyed aids to navigation. As such, Coast Guard is proposing changing the following fixed aids to navigation structures to buoys:
A. Chincoteague Bay Daybeacon 29 (LLNR 5195) to Chincoteague Bay Buoy 29.
B. Chincoteague Bay Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 5475) to Chincoteague Bay Buoy 16.
C. Virginia Inside Passage Light 137 (LLNR 6050) to Virginia Inside Passage Lighted Buoy 137.
D. Virginia Inside Passage Light 180 (LLNR 6210) to Virginia Inside Passage Lighted Buoy 180.
E. Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 213 (LL NR 6348) to Virginia Inside Passage Buoy 213.
F. Wachapreague Channel Light 6 (LLNR 6660) to Wachapreague Channel Lighted Buoy 6.
G. Great Machipongo Channel Light 6 (LLNR 6915) to Great Machipongo Channel Lighted Buoy 6.
H. Great Machipongo Ch Daybeacon 10 (LLNR 6925) to Great Machipongo Channel Daybeacon 10
Send comments not later than 24 January, 2012 to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
439 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004
Attn.: Albert Grimes Or Email: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM 51)

Another Shoaling Creek to Lose Nav Aids:
Due to shoaling and the inability of servicing units to safely service the below aids to navigation, Coast Guard is proposing discontinuing/changing the following aids in Quinby Creek:
A. Change Quinby Creek Light 1 (LLNR 6750) to Warning Daybeacon A, NW on pile worded DANGER PILE.
B. Change Quinby Creek Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 6755) to Warning Daybeacon B, NW on pile worded DANGER PILE.
C. Change Quinby Creek Light 3 (LLNR 6760) to Warning Daybeacon C, NW on pile worded DANGER PILE.
D. Change Quinby Creek Warning Daybeacon A (LLNR 6765) to Warning Daybeacon D, NW on pile worded DANGER PILE.
E. Discontinue Quinby Creek Buoy 5 (LLNR 6766).
F. Discontinue Quinby Creek Buoy 6 (LLNR 6767).
G. Change Quinby Creek Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 6770) to Warning Daybeacon E, NW on pile worded DANGER PILE.
H. Discontinue Quinby Creek Buoy 7A (LLNR 6773).
I. Discontinue Quinby Creek Buoy 8 (LLNR 6774).
J. Change Quinby Creek Warning Daybeacon B (LLNR 6775) to Warning Daybeacon F, NW on pile worded DANGER PILE. (5th District LNM 01/2012)

More Chesapeake Bay Aid Changes, Northern Tangier Sound:
The Coast Guard is proposing changing the following floating aids to fixed beacons in Kedges Straits:
A. Kedges Straits Buoy 2 (LLNR 23465) to Kedges Straits Daybeacon 2.
B. Kedges Straits Buoy 4 (LLNR 23470) to Kedges Straits Daybeacon 4.
C. Kedges Straits Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 23480) to Kedges Straits Light 5.
The Coast Guard is proposing changing the following floating aids to fixed beacons in Hooper Strait:
A. Hooper Strait Channel Buoy 6 (LLNR 23625) to Hooper Strait Channel Daybeacon 6.
B. Hooper Strait Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 7A (LLNR 23630) to Hooper Strait Channel Light 7A.
C. Hooper Strait Channel Buoy 12(LLNR 23655) to Hooper Strait Channel Daybeacon 12.
D. Hooper Strait Channel Lighted Buoy 14 (LLNR 23660) to Hooper Strait Channel Light 14
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.
Send comments NOT LATER THAN 01 Feb, 2012 to: Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 439 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004, Attn.: Albert Grimes Or E-mail: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM 52)

Beaufort (NC) Bridge Fender Construction, Night Closures:
Mariners are advised that the fendering system protecting the U.S. Highway 70 Grayden Fall Bridge across Gallants Channel in Beaufort, will be replaced from January 2, 2012 to March 31, 2012. A 40’ x 70’ spud barge and crane will be positioned in the area throughout the work. Mariners are cautioned that the barge will work directly under the bascule spans in the center of the channel from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. during portions of the project. Mariners are advised to contact Intercoastal Contracting, Inc. via VHF-FM channel 16 or at (910) 675-9215 at least 40 minutes in advance if transiting the area. (5th District LNM 51)

Wrightsville Beach Bridge, AICW Mile 283.1, Night Closures:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs will be conducted at the S.R. 74 Bridge across the AIWW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC. The structural repairs will restrict the operation of the draw span in the closed-to-navigation position, each day from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., beginning on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 and ending on Thursday, March 15, 2012; except vessel openings will be provided with at least two hours advance notice given to the bridge operator. And during the same period, each day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., the drawbridge shall open on signal for commercial vessels at all times; and for pleasure vessels, the drawbridge need only open on the hour as set out in 33 CFR 117.821(a) (4). In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 20 feet, above mean high water. Mariners able to transit under the closed span may do so at anytime and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)

Northeast Cape Fear River Bridge Restrictions:
Mariners are advised that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation at the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge, mile 1.0, across Northeast Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC. Under this temporary deviation, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m. on January 16, 2012 until and including 11 p.m. on April 30, 2012; except that vessel openings will be provided if at least three hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5774 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. In closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 42 feet, above mean high water. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.829 (a). Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 51)

Cape Fear River Entrance Dredging:
The Dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Fear River from Battery Island Channel thru Baldhead Shoal Reach to the Ocean Dredge Material Site (ODMDS) from 02 January until 28 February, 2012. The dredge and assisting vessel THAMES RIVER will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5h district LNM 01/2012)

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

Mystic River Bridge Closed for Winter Months:
Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Route 1 Bridge across Mystic River, mile 2.8, atcMystic, Connecticut. Under this temporary deviation, the bridge may remain in the closed position from December 1, 2011 through April 15, 2012. Mariners are advised to plan accordingly. (First District LNM 52)

Jamaica Bay Dredging Update:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will have the Great Lakes 107 barge (60' x 30') anchored in (pa) 40-35-34"N, 073-51-01"W about 240 yards north of Runway Channel East Junction Lighted Buoy R (LLNR 34620). A 30 inch diameter submerged pipeline will be installed between the barge and Yellow Bar Hassock, Black Wall Marsh, and Rulers Bar. The Derrick Barge MOBRO 1221 (144' x 48'), Tug Bayou Dawn (70' x 23'), and a raft of 30" pipeline (800x61') will be on scene and lit as required by 33 CFR 88.15. The submerged pipeline will cross Runway Channel between The Raunt Channel Buoy 5 (LLNR 34645) and The Raunt Channel Buoy 6 (LLNR 34650). The top of the 30 inch pipeline will be at approximately 10 feet MLLW. Work hours are 7 days per week during daylight hours. The barge will be manned 24 / 7 once pumping begins in mid January. (First District LNM 01/2012)

Waterway Study West End of Long Island:
The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Eastchester Bay and Hutchinson River with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 July 2012, Contact BM1 Mike Lehansky at 1-718-354-4354, fax 718-345-4190, or michael.r.lehansky@uscg.mil. (First District LNM 50)

New York Main Channel Aid Change:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
DISESTABLISH: Governors Island Extension Light (LLNR 35000) and HORN.
DISESTABLISH: Governors Island Light (2) (LLNR 35010) and HORN.
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 27 January 2012 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-11-210. 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 51) Note: This is just one of numerous proposals for changes in Aids to Navigation in the First Coast Guard District. Most have to do with removal of sound signals or lowering the nominal range of lights due to replacement with LED technology, and they are too numerous to include here.

Sandy Hook Channel Dredging Update:
Dredging is being until approximately 30 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 52)

Passaic River, NJ, Core Sampling:
This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. Vibratory core sediment samples will be done in the reaches of the Rive from January 9 - March 9, 2012. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week from 6:00 AM - 8:00 pm. On scene will be the R/V CANDU that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (First District LNM 01/2012)

Newark Bay Study Update:
The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Newark Bay with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. In addition, the Coast Guard is considering disestablishing commercial Anchorage Grounds 34, 36, 37, 38, and 39 in Newark Bay. The regulations for these anchorage grounds are codified at 33 CFR 110.155(h). The Coast Guard is also considering disestablishing the Newark Bay Southeast and Southwest Special Anchorage Areas. The regulations for these special anchorage areas are codified at 33 CFR 110.60(d). The Coast Guard is also considering a proposal to establish an anchorage ground at Bergen Point, bound by 40-38-51.47N, 074-08-43.17W; 40-38-55.10N, 074-08-51.85W; 40-39-01.75N, 074-08-47.78W; and 40-38-58.87N, 074-08-40.92W. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment by filling out the Newark Bay WAMS. Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 July 2012, Contact BM1 Mike Lehansky at 1-718-354-4354, or michael.r.lehansky@uscg.mil with any questions. (First District LNM 01/2012)

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.

 


 

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.