East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Figure Eight Island Bridge Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Figure Eight Swing Bridge, at AIWW mile 278.1, across the North Carolina Cut, in Scotts Hill NC, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 to facilitate urgent gear replacement (with a backup date on Wednesday, February 8, 2012). The available vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position is approximately 20 feet, above MHW. Also, the vertical clearance in this location is limited to 85 feet, above MHW, by the nearby overhead power line. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (3). Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so and should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District Bridge Branch)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Wrightsville Beach Bridge, AICW Mile 283.1, Night Closures Postponed:
The USCG 5th District Bridge Branch has announced that the following previously planned closure of the Wrightsville Beach Bridge has been postponed (no new date was given):
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)
Hillsboro Inlet Entrance Light May be Turned Off for Turtles:
NOTE: Do you use this strategically located light for navigation? It might be permanently turned off, and the Coast Guard wants your comments. Your comments do make a difference.
The Coast Guard is evaluating the continued operation of the Hillsboro Inlet Entrance Light (LLNR 775). The Coast Guard is currently engaged in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service regarding potential impacts to endangered sea turtles from the current operation of the Light. In response to these concerns, the Coast Guard is considering three options: discontinuing the operation of the light, obscuring portions of the light, or continuing the status quo. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from local waterways users and to determine if mariners still utilize the light for navigational purposes. Any interested party wishing to provide comments should contact: Commander, USCG Seventh District, Brickell Plaza Federal Building, 909 SE 1st Avenue, Miami Florida 33131 Attn: LTJG Andrew Haley at (305) 415-6748, or E-mail email@example.com no later than April 20, 2012. (7th District LNM 02/2012)
DGPS Unusable Time:Georgia
Unusable time is authorized for the following date/time:
PRIMARY DATE: 31 JAN 2012 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST)
ALTERNATE DATE: 01 FEB 2012 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST) (7th District LNM 02/2012)
Hazardous Ops, Charleston to Jacksonville Offshore:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during the week of 16-22 January, 2012.
DATE TIME AREA AREA BOUNDED BY
A. 16 JAN 12 - 22 JAN 12 0000-2359 GUNEX AREA 30-45N2 80-54W7
(LCL) AA/BB/CC 30-45N2 80-11W0
B. 16 JAN 12 - 22 JAN 12 0000-2359 31J 30-20N5 79-50W1
(LCL) 29-20N3 79-40W0
C. 16 JAN 12 - 22 JAN 12 0000-2359 27C 30-00N3 81-00W9
(LCL) 30-00N3 80-50W3
29-50N6 81-00W9 (7th District LNM 03/2012)
SEACOAST-FLORIDA: Eastern Range OP #D3540
Mariners are advised to stay clear of the above areas.
1. Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: FROM 2833N 8034W
TO 2834N 8032W
TO 2834N 8028W
TO 2835N 8021W
TO 2835N 8017W
TO 2835N 8011W
TO 2835N 8007W
TO 2834N 8002W
TO 2833N 7958W
TO 2832N 7951W
TO 2827N 7953W
TO 2825N 8000W
TO 2825N 8002W
TO 2827N 8016W
TO 2828N 8020W
TO 2830N 8029W
TO 2831N 8032W
TO 2830N 8033W
B: FROM 2835N 7912W
TO 2825N 7808W
TO 2743N 7821W
TO 2802N 7926W
C: FROM 2632N 6841W
TO 2555N 6628W
TO 2443N 6659W
TO 2526N 6920W
D: FROM 2212N 5450W
TO 2029N 5023W
TO 1858N 5104W
TO 2103N 5547W
2. Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day:
Primary Launch Day: 20 / 0038Z THRU 20 / 0320Z Jan 12. T-0 IS 0038Z.
1st Backup Launch Day: 21 / 0038Z THRU 21 / 0320Z Jan 12. T-0 IS 0038Z.
2nd Backup Launch Day: 22 / 0038Z THRU 22 / 0320Z Jan 12. T-0 IS 0038Z (7th District LNM 03/2012)
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Changes in Aids to Navigation, AICW Wappoo Creek Area:
ASHLEY RIVER APPROACH RANGE FRONT LIGHT (LLNR 3570/34590) will be permanently discontinued.
ASHLEY RIVER APPROACH RANGE REAR LIGHT (LLNR 3575/34595) will be permanently discontinued.
WAPPOO CREEK LIGHT 2 (LLNR 34607) will be established in approximate position 32-46-24.110N/079-57-04.200W displaying a Quick Red and TRTY on a pile.
WAPPOO CUT DAYBEACON 1 (LLNR 34610) will be renamed and renumbered to WAPPOO CREEK DAYBEACON 3.
WAPPOO CUT DAYBEACON 3 (LLNR 34615) will be renamed and renumbered to WAPPOO CREEK DAYBEACON 5.
WAPPOO CUT DAYBEACON 4 (LLNR 34620) will be renamed and renumbered to WAPPOO CREEK DAYBEACON 6.
WAPPOO CUT DAYBEACON 9 (LLNR 34625) will be renamed and renumbered to WAPPOO CREEK DAYBEACON 7.
(7th District LNM 03/2012)
Changes in Aids to Navigation, North of Causton Bluff Bridge:
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at the Wilmington River.
Permanently discontinue Wilmington River Range Front Daybeacon A
Permanently discontinue Wilmington River Range Rear Daybeacon A Permanently discontinue Wilmington River Range Front Daybeacon B
Permanently discontinue Wilmington River Range Rear Daybeacon B
All comments should be addressed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, Fl 33131 to be received no later than February 24, 2012. (7th District LNM 03/2012)
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)
St Johns River Construction:
All mariners transiting the St Johns River near Blount Island are advised of the demolition and reconstruction of JAXPORT Berth 31, Jacksonville, Florida. As a result, JAXPORT Berth 31 will not be operational until approximately August, 2012. All mariners should avoid encroachment on JAXPORT Berth 31 due to lack of structural strength and risk of collapse. Questions concerning this notice may be directed to U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Jacksonville, Chief, Waterways Management Division, LCDR Robert Butts at 904-564-7563 (Sector Jacksonville MSIB 04-12). (7th District LNM 02/2012)
Submerged Object, AICW:
The Coast Guard received a report of a submerged object approximately 6ft beneath the water in position 29-31.9N 081-09.3W between Fox Cut Light 3 (LLNR 39680) and Fox Cut Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 39683) in vicinity of Beverly Beach. Mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 03/2012)Note: There is rock ledge adjacent to the channel in this area (around Mile 807), and further north in Fox Cut. Exercise caution here.
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On January 18, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.42 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.36 feet for Route 1 and 5.56 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route).
Naval Exercises Offshore Port Everglades:
A Naval asset will be conducting surface and submerged maneuvers in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0000 hours 23 January to 1600 hours on 25 January, 2012. The vessel will be working between 60 – 600 feet of water approximately ¾ NM to 4 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 2.5 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The naval asset will have restricted maneuverability. All vessels are to stay well clear of the naval vessel. Broward Sheriff’s Office and Tow Boat US small craft will provide escort for the naval ship while operating on the surface. Ships entering PEV are requested to enter from the northeast thereby avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations all vessel traffic transiting the area is requested to stay 5 NM east of PEV. (7th District LNM 02/2012)
The M/V Richard L. Becker operated by Tow Boat US will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled to begin on 0700 hours 26 January to 1800 hours on 28 January, 2012. The vessel will be working between 60 – 600 feet of water approximately ¾ NM to 3 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 2.5 miles south of the inlet. The M/V Richard L. Becker will be towing a variable depth source and will be restricted in maneuverability. All vessels are to stay well clear of the M/V Richard L. Becker. Ships entering PEV are requested to enter from the northeast avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations all vessel traffic transiting the area is requested to stay 4 NM east of PEV. (7th District LNM 02/2012)
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:
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)
Miami Tunnel Construction Update:
Nicholson Construction Company will be continuing with drilling and grouting operations in Government Cut along Watson Island on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of three drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. Then on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Friday, January 27, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of four drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. Both operations will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 684ft into the channel. This is a change in location and the open channel width will now be 300ft. Mariners are advised to observe the "NO WAKE" through the area as it is extremely critical to the safety of all the barge personnel. 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 02/2012)
Niles Channel Bridge Debris Hazard Marked:
A temporary buoy has been placed at Niles Channel Bridge in approximate position 24-39-36.0N 081-26-06.0W marking fallen debris from the old Niles Channel Bridge fishing pier deteriorating. Mariners are advised to remain clear of this structure. (7th District LNM 03/2012)
Sunken Sailboat in Vicinity of Niles Channel:
The Coast Guard received a report of a 30ft partially submerged sailing vessel in Niles Channel in the vicinity of Ramrod Key and Summerland Key in position 24-39.114N 081-25.686W. Mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 03/2012)
Anna Maria Island Dredging and Beach Nourishment:
Florida Dredge & Dock LLC, will commence dredging operations on or about January 25, 2012. Hydraulic dredging and beach nourishment operations will be performed at Bimini Bay/Key Royal Entrance Channel at north end of Anna Maria Island on the Intracoastal side. The dredge "GATOR POINT" and work boats Path Finder & Naple will work 24 hours per day 7 days per week until approximately February 29, 2012. There will be floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with the drege operation. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked. pipeline will traverse northerly from Bimini Bay and key Royale Entrance Channel to designated beach fill location. Pipeline will remain in route from the dredging area to disposal site. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. VHF-FM channels monitored: Channels 13, 16 and working channel 71. The dredge "GATOR POINT" cell phone 727-480-5074. Further information contact the project Manager, Mr. Prasong Buranakitipinyo, 904-451-3216 or the Project Superintendent, Mr. Chester Fletcher, 727-460-9039. (7th District LNM 02/2012)
Tampa Artificial Reef Site "Depth Correction":
Manatee County is conducting an artificial reef construction project on its southeast Tampa Reef site, using bridge material from the old Skyway fishing piers. There are two locations at the reef site which are shallower than noted on the chart, 27-32-53.8'N, 082-40-24.4'W and 27-32-52.8'N, 082-40-24.5'W. The recorded clearance above this placed material is approximately 6 feet; approximately 2 feet higher than specified. The rest of the area averages 14 feet in depth. An orange buoy marks the area. Contractors will be on scene during the week of January 9, 2012 correcting the depth. This project will take approximately 3 weeks to correct. Mariners with deep draft vessels are advised to avoid the area. Further information contact Manatee County Natural Resources Dept, Mr. Alan Lai Hipp 941-748-4501 ext 4614. (7th District LNM 02/2012)
Pine Island Sound Obstruction:
Pine Island Sound Light 45A (LLNR 55900) is destroyed and sitting approximately 2ft above the waterline. The aid has been temporarily replaced with a TRLB displaying Q Fl G characteristics and set 15 yards channel ward in position 26-35-35.682N 082-11-42.640W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 02/2012)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 03/2012:
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.
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.
79Th Street Bridge: Seminole Equipment, Incorporated is painting/repairing the West 79th Street Bridge, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1084.6, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida. This work consists of reducing the vertical clearance by three feet and placing the bridge on single-leaf operations 24 hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week. A double-leaf opening is available with a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender. This work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2012.
Miami River: Flagler Street Bridge: M&J Construction has advised this office that they will be working on the Flagler Street Bridge across the Miami River mile 1.0, Miami-Dade County, Florida from January 7 through August 2012. This work consists of painting and fender system replacement. The painting containment system will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge by three feet.
Miami River: SR 836 Bridge: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a proposed permit amendment (modification of bridge protection system) to replace and extend the bridge protection system for the SR 836 Bridge, which crosses the Miami Rive, mile 2.4 in the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Vertical and horizontal navigational clearances will not be changed. This public notice PN 21-11 dated January 4, 2012, which solicits comments for a 30 day period, may accessed from the Coast Guard Navigation Center website at the following link: (http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges), or by calling the Coast Guard project manager Mr. Gene Stratton at (305) 415-6740.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Upper Delaware River Dredging:
The Dredge ESSEX is conducting dredging operations in the Upper Delaware River at Marcus Hook . Anchorage No. 7 is closed down river of the SUNOCO Marcus Hook Facility. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 and requests a 30 minute notice of time of passage. Vessels requesting to anchor in the upriver section of Anchorage No. 7 will be required to contact the Coast Guard 24 hours in advance. (5th District LNM 03/2012)
Reduced Bridge Clearance Indian River Inlet, Delaware:
Indian River Inlet – SH 1 (fixed) Bridge – A work platform will reduce the available vertical clearance by three feet to 32 feet above MHW until MAR 2012. New bridge is under construction. (5th District LNM 03/2012)
Navy Diver Training, Patuxent River:
U.S. NAVY DIVER TRAINING IS SCHEDULED TO OCCUR IN THE PATUXENT RIVER FROM 21 JANUARY 2012 UNTIL 04 FEBRUARY 2012 DURING DAYLIGHT HRS EACH DAY. A U.S. NAVAL SHIP WILL BE ANCHORED IN THE PATUXENT RIVER, APPROX 300 YDS NW OF POINT PATIENCE, IN APPROX POSIT 38-19-59N, 076-29-12W. THE VESSEL WILL BE LIGHTED AND MARKED IAW NAVIGATION RULES AND WILL DISPLAY CODE ALPHA AND DIVER DOWN FLAGS. THE VESSEL WILL HAVE ANCHOR LINES EXTENDING TO YELLOW BUOYS DISPLAYING A FL Y CHAR. AS DEFINED IN 33
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PART 165 SUBPART G, A NAVAL VESSEL PROTECTION ZONE IS ESTABLISHED IN THE NAVIGABLE WATERS SURROUNDING THE NAVAL VESSEL. AT ALL TIMES WITHIN THE 500-YARD REGULATED AREA OF WATER, VESSELS SHALL OPERATE AT THE MINIMUM SPEED NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN SAFE COURSE, UNLESS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN SPEED BY THE NAVIGATION RULES OR IF OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY THE COAST GUARD, SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER PRESENT IN COMMAND, OR OFFICIAL PATROL. NO VESSEL OR PERSON IS ALLOWED WITHIN 100 YDS OF THE NAVAL VESSEL UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY THE COAST GUARD, SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER PRESENT IN COMMAND, OR OFFICIAL PATROL. MARINERS WITH CONCERNS ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE NAVY LANDING CRAFT ON MARINE RADIO CHAN 13 OR 16 VHF-FM OR COAST GUARD SECTOR BALTIMORE AT (410) 576-2693. (5th District LNM 03/2012)
DC Safety Zone:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone encompassing certain waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The security zone includes all waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the Francis Scott Key (U.S. Route 29) Bridge at mile 113.0, downstream to and bounded on the south between the Virginia shoreline and the District of Columbia shoreline along latitude 38°51’00”N, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; and all waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the 11th Street (I-295) Bridge at mile 2.1, downstream to and bounded on the south by its confluence with the Potomac River. The zone will be enforced from 4 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on January 24, 2012. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore, Maryland. Vessels already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the security zone is implemented do not have to depart the security zone. All vessels underway within this security zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. The COTP Baltimore may, in his discretion, grant waivers or exemptions to this rule, either on a case-by-case basis or categorically to a particular class of vessel that otherwise is subject to adequate control measures. Persons desiring to transit the area of the security zone must first obtain 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 vessel, or other Federal, State, or local agency 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 or his designated representative. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (5th District LNM 02/2012)
More Shoaling in VIP:
Shoaling to a depth of 01.5ft MLW has been reported between Isle of Wight Bay Buoy 7 (LLNR 4840) and Isle of Wight Bay Lighted Wreck Buoy WR7A (LLNR 4845). (5th District LNM 03/2012)
Gwynns Island Bridge Work Continues:
Crofton Diving will be conducting repairs to the electrical cable that parallels the bridge to Gwynns Island from 05 January until 01 February, 2012. Cable repair, horizontal boring and commercial diving operations will be conducted. Barges and assisting vessels will be in the channel , however, marine traffic will not be restricted. The work supervisor and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. All traffic is requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 02/2012)
Southern Approach to Chesapeake Bay Dredging:
The Hopper Dredge B.E. LINDHOLM will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Henry Channel and Southern Approach to the Chesapeake Bay from17 January until 30 April, 2012. A mooring barge and temporary submerged pipeline will be in position outside of the channel in the Elizabeth River west of Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 18 (LLNR 9600) for spoil transfer to the Craney Island Dredge Material Management Area. The dredge and assisting tugs with barges will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 02/2012)
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)
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)
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)
The Dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Fear River Entrance at Baldhead from 16 January until 31 March, 2012.The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 02/2012)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
RNA Portsmouth, NH/Kittery, ME:
The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary interim rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Piscataqua River under and surrounding the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine during demolition and replacement construction operations. The RNA will be in effect through December 31, 2013. Comments on the temporary interim rule should be submitted by December 31, 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 1407 (January 10, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-10/pdf/2012-175.pdf. (First District LNM 2/2012)
GPS Problems Offshore Boston:
The Coast Guard has received reports of periodic GPS reception problems occurring east of Boston Harbor in the vicinity of Boston Lighted Whistle Buoy B. Vessels experiencing this problem have witnessed reception problems on single and multiple GPS units. Mariners experiencing reception issues on their GPS receivers are requested to contact the Coast Guard Navigation Center at (703) 313-5900 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the model of the affected unit, the duration of the reception issue, and the position the interference was first noticed and when the problem was corrected. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 03/2012)
Sunken Fishing Vessel, Block Island Sound:
The F/V ELIZABETH HELEN is reported sunk in Block Island Sound, approximately 3 nm northeast of Block Island in approximate position 41-14.8' N, 071-29.6' W. The vessel is located in about 124 feet of water. Mariners should use extra caution when transiting in the vicinity of the sunken F/V ELIZABETH HELEN. (First District LNM 2/2012)
Thames River Core Sampling:
Vibratory core sediment samples and a remote sensing survey will be done at locations along the Thames River. The work will be done from 16 - 26 January 2012. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 6:00 am - 8:00pm. On scene will be a barge, the R/V CANDU, that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM 2/2012)
Submerged Hazard Cos Cob Harbor:
A submerged object has been reported in the vicinity of Cos Cob Harbor Lighted 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 2/2012)
Safe Boating Video for Port of NY and NJ:
This free online educational resource for safe boating in the Port of NY & NJ is a cooperative effort by the I BOAT NJ program through NJ DOT and USCG Sector NY. The project contains a feature length 26 minute safety video describing the challenges of the multi user Port environment and 5 sub chapters: Paddlers, Motor Boaters, Sailors, Pilots and Operation Clear Channel. Its mission is to increase safety and awareness in the Port and its target is recreational boaters who transit and operate in the Port. It can be found online at http://thesafeharbor.us/index.html. Please distribute far and wide. (First District LNM 03/2012)
RNA Rules Update for Arthur Kill USACE Work:
The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary interim rule amending its prior temporary interim rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) on navigable waters of the Arthur Kill in New York and New Jersey. The first temporary interim rule was prohibited vessels from approaching closer than 150 feet from all US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) drilling and blasting equipment and extended through April 1, 2014. This second temporary interim rule allows the Coast Guard to suspend enforcement of some RNA requirements when they are found to be impracticable and unnecessary. The amendments come into effect immediately. Comments on the amendments should be submitted by April 1, 2014. 77 Fed. Reg. 1023 (January 9, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-09/pdf/2012-108.pdf. (First District LNM 03/2012)
Arthur Kills Sample Collection Work:
Aqua Survey will be taking samples in the Arthur Kill Pralls Island and Port Socony Reaches, from Jan 23 – Feb 1, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Friday from 0700-1800. Each test sample will be taken from the R/V RARITAN (23? Monark), R/V SCHUYLKILL (24? pontoon), or the R/V TESLA (28? Riddle Landing Craft). The vessel can move within five minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The Aqua Survey vessel will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 12 fifteen minutes prior to starting each sample and upon completion of each sample. No sampling will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Aqua Survey's point of contact is Mr. Matt Shappell at 908.892.1191 or the Aqua Survey Vessel on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the boring/sample 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 03/2012)
Hudson River Construction Update:
Trevcon Construction will be removing a temporary cofferdam and backfilling the area. The work will be conducted in the vicinity of 40-48-35.3"N, 073-58-52.2"W, west of Anchorage Ground No. 19W, in charted shoal water. Work hours are Mon-Sat from 0500-1800. A 140' x 50' crane barge and 90' x 30' material scow will be on scene. The cofferdam extends above the mud line. (First District LNM 2/2012)
Passaic River Sediment Sampling Update:
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 WILLDU that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (First District LNM 2/2012)
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