East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
2/16/2012


Attention Snowbirds:

Kingsley Creek Railroad Bridge (AICW Mile 720.7, 5 ft Vertical Clearance) Closure Proposed:
The owner of the Amelia River Railroad Bridge (30°37'42.44"N, 81°29'4.07"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fernandina Beach, Florida has requested permission to close this bridge to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, March 26 through March 30, 2012. The Coast Guard is requesting comments on this proposed bridge closure. Comments should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil or can be faxed to 305-415-6763. The closure request may be changed/adjusted based on these comments. (7th District LNM 07/2012)* NOTE: This bridge could easily open at least once or twice daily during the closure period to clear waiting traffic. The Coast Guard listens to your comments, so if you have any concerns or recommendations, now is the time to voice them.

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

Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: xx°xx'xx.xx"N or W. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.

Lantana (East Ocean Avenue) Bridge (AICW Mile 1031) Replacement Closure:
GLF Construction Corporation has advised this office that the demolition and replacement of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge (26°34'59.65"N, 80° 2'46.58"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until April 16, 2012. The first part of this activity will involve waterway closures during the removal of the existing bridge. Subsequent waterway restrictions are not anticipated until the latter part of this replacement project. Waterway closures/restrictions will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. (7th District LNM 07/2012)

General Announcements

AIS Encoding Guidance Rescinded:
The previously issued AIS Encoding Guidance for U.S. waters has been rescinded. Future guidance on AIS encoding will be forthcoming. (7th District LNM 07/2012) (See East Coast Alerts, February 2, 2012 for full previously issued AIS Encoding Guidance)

NYC Anchorage Proposals for Vessels 65 Feet and Under:
Summary: The Coast Guard proposes to (1) establish two special anchorage areas along the Hudson River adjacent to Manhattan at the 79th Street Boat Basin (40°47'4.57"N, 73°59'12.11"W); (2) establish two special anchorage areas on Sandy Hook Bay at Atlantic Highlands, NJ (40°26'8.50"N, 74° 1'8.49"W); (3) disestablish the western special anchorage area in Sheepshead Bay, NY (40°32'33.24"N, 74° 3'33.73"W); and (4) disestablish the Captain of the Port New York Commercial Mooring Buoy permit regulations and Table displaying the mooring anchor, chain, and pendant requirements. This proposed action is necessary to facilitate safe navigation in these areas and provide safe and secure anchorages for vessels not more than 65 feet in length. This action is intended to increase the safety of life and property in New York City and Atlantic Highlands, NJ, improve the safety of anchored vessels, and provide for the overall safe and efficient flow of vessel traffic and commerce.
DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before April 6, 2012. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before February 27, 2012.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2011-0563 using any one of the following methods:
(1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
(2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
(3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
(4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. (First District LNM 06, 2012)

DGPS Unusable Time:
Savannah, GA: (32° 5'0.88"N, 81° 5'59.38"W)
Unusable time is authorized for the following date/time:
Primary: 17 Feb 2012 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST)
Alternate: 18 Feb 2012 1400Z - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST) (7th District LNM 05/2012)

Launch Hazard:
Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: FROM 2837N 8036W
TO 2838N 8034W
TO 2838N 8016W
TO 2837N 8005W
TO 2830N 7922W
TO 2826N 7922W
TO 2829N 8001W
TO 2833N 8034W
TO BEGINNING
B: FROM 2839N 7918W
TO 2826N 7853W
TO 2755N 7856W
TO 2810N 7922W
TO BEGINNING
C: FROM 2744N 7134W
TO 2707N 6759W
TO 2614N 6809W
TO 2655N 7147W
TO BEGINNING
D: FROM 2326N 5252W
TO 2113N 4559W
TO 1944N 4630W
TO 2210N 5327W
TO BEGINNING
2. Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 16 / 2246Z THRU 17 / 0017Z Feb 12. T-0 IS 2246Z.
Backup launch day: 17 / 2242Z THRU 18 / 0013Z Feb 12. T-0 IS 2242Z. (7th District LNM 07/2012)

Hazardous Ops, Charleston to Jacksonville Offshore:
DATE TIME AREA AREA BOUNDED BY
A. 13-19 FEB 12 0000-2359 GUNEX AREA 30-45N2 80-54W7
(LCL) AA/BB/CC 30-45N2 80-11W0
30-36N2 80-11W0
30-33N9 80-55W8
30-45N2 80-11W0
30-45N2 79-40W0
30-37.3N6 79-40W0
30-36N2 80-11W0
B. 13-19 FEB 12 0000-2359 31J 30-20N5 79-50W1
(LCL) 29-20N3 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-50W1
C. 13-19 FEB 12 0000-2359 27C 30-00N3 81-00W9
(LCL) 30-00N3 80-50W3
29-50N6 80-50W3
29-50N6 81-00W9 (7th District LNM 07/2012)

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

AICW Ranges to be Discontinued, Comments Requested:
Winyah Bay: The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Winyah Bay (33°19'9.13"N, 79°17'0.39"W).
Permanently discontinue Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Range Front Daybeacon A (LLNR 34140).
Permanently discontinue Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 34145). This aid is destroyed.
Permanently discontinue Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Range Front Daybeacon B (LLNR 34155).
Permanently discontinue Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Range Rear Daybeacon B (LLNR 34160).
As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area. Your recommendations for additional aids and or concerns are welcome. Please address them 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 March 15, 2012. (7th District LNM 07/2012)
Bear River: The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Bear River.
Change Bear River Range Front Light A (LLNR 36405) to Bear River Light 104B displaying Quick Flash Red and TR-TY (31°47'13.53"N, 81° 9'44.02"W) on a pile.
Permanently discontinue Bear River Range Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 36410).
As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area. Your recommendations for additional aids and or concerns are welcome. Please address them 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 March 15, 2012. (7th District LNM 07/2012)
Jekyll Creek: The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at Jekyll Creek (31° 4'47.38"N, 81°25'55.08"W).
Permanently discontinue Jekyll Creek Range Front Daybeacon (LLNR 37330).
Permanently discontinue Jekyll Creek Range Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 37335).
As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area. Your recommendations for additional aids and or concerns are welcome. Please address them 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 March 15, 2012. (7th District LNM 07/2012)

Dredging in Charleston Harbor and Brunswick:
The dredge "NEWPORT" will start dredging at Brunswick (31° 7'12.79"N, 81°29'30.16"W) on or about January 26, 2012.The operations will be conducted 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with an approximate end date on or about February 25, 2012. The dredge “NEWPORT” will monitor VHF channels 13, 14 and 66.
Upon completion of the dredging project at Brunswick the dredge “NEWPORT” will return to Charleston (32°45'27.41"N, 79°52'10.77"W) to resume dredging in the Entrance Channel. Further 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. Mariners are advised to reduce speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM 04/2012)

Skidaway Narrows Bridge Replacement Update/ Feb. and Aug. Closures:
The Skidaway Narrows (Diamond Causeway/SR 204) Bridge (31°56'49.23"N, 81° 3'56.77"W) 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 Marys River Shoaling Now Marked:
Due to shoaling, St Marys River Temporary Buoy 6A has been established in position 30-42-51.900N 081-32-00.600W. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 06/2012)

St Augustine Inlet Dredging:
The entrance to St Augustine Inlet (29°54'14.22"N, 81°17'25.26"W) is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. Buoys are not charted because of frequent changes in position. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering the channel. Marinex Construction Inc will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of the St Augustine Inlet on or about February 5, 2012. The work will extend from inshore Tolomato River LB 60 (LLNR 38910) to offshore St Augustine Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 9480). Submerged pipeline will extend from the inlet in a southerly direction and land at St Augustine Beach north of the St Augustine Pier. The dredge operations will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately June 15, 2012. The dredge "SAVANNAH” will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Further information contact the Operations Manager, Mr. Thomas Payne 843-722-9083. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 05/2012)

Canaveral Harbor Dredging:
Norfolk Dredging Company will commence dredging operations in Cape Canaveral Harbor (28°24'41.62"N, 80°37'26.46"W) in the vicinity of the West Turning Basin on or about March 3, 2012 by the dredge “VIRGINIA”. As part of the project, tug boats will be towing scows from the designated dredging area to the offshore designated disposal area. These operations will be conducted 24 hours per day seven days a week. This project is expected to continue until August 1, 2012. The dredge operator will standby on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Vessel traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For further information contact the Norfolk Dredging Company at 757-547-9391 (7th District LNM 07/2012)

St. Lucie Inlet Dredging:
Norfolk Dredging Company will commence dredging operations in the St Lucie Inlet (27° 9'57.76"N, 80° 8'47.36"W) on or about February 19, 2012. The dredge “CHARLESTON” will be working in the Federal Navigation Channel of the St Lucie Inlet and the Impoundment Basin in the north side if the channel. A pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the vessel PULLEN which will be stationed near the south bank of the St Lucie Inlet. From the vessel PULLEN, the pipeline runs to St Lucie Inlet State park near South point. The project will continue until approximately April 10, 2010. The dredge operator will standby in VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Vessel traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For further information contact Norfolk Dredging Company at 757-547-9391. (7th District LNM 05/2012)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On February 15, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.13 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.07 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.27 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N). 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

Jupiter Inlet Dredging:
Florida Dredge & Dock LLC will commence dredging operations on or about February 24, 2012. Hydraulic dredging operations will be performed in Jupiter Inlet (26°56'36.61"N, 80° 4'13.61"W) sand trap, Palm Beach County, Jupiter Florida. The dredge “GATOR POINT” and work boats Path Finder and Naples will monitor channels 13, 16 and working channel 71 the dredges cell 727-480-5040. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline is associated with the operation. The pipeline will traverses southerly directly from the sand trap area to designated beach fill location. Operations will be 24 hours per day 7 days per week with an approximate complete date of March 31, 2012. Further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Prasong Buranakitipinyo (904) 451-3216 or the Project Superintendent, Mr. Chester Fletcher (727) 460-9039. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM 04/2012)

Navy Ops off Port Everglades:
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting surface maneuvers within a period beginning 7:00 am February 26 to 6:00pm March 2, 2012. The M/V Richard L Becker operated by TOW Boat US will be conducting the operations in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet (26° 5'35.19"N, 80° 6'32.61"W). The vessel will be working between 600-1500ft of water approximately 2.5NM to 15NM offshore, and from ½nm south to 4 miles south of Port Everglades Inlet. Mariners are advised to stay well clear of the M/V Richard L Becker.
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting surface maneuvers within a period beginning 7:00am February 27 to 6:00pm March 2, 2012. The M/V Liberty Star operated by NASA in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The vessel will be working between 300ft – 1500ft of water approximately 1.5NM to 15NM offshore, and from ½NM south of Port Everglades Inlet to 4 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The M/V Liberty Star will be deploying a ROV and will be restricted in maneuverability. Mariners are advised to stay well clear of the M/V Liberty Star.
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting surface maneuvers within a period beginning 7:00am March 3 to 6:00pm March 12, 2012. The M/V Liberty Star operated by NASA in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The vessel will be working between 60ft -600ft of water and approximately ½NM to 4NM offshore, and from ½NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 3 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The M/V Liberty Star will be deploying a ROV and will be restricted in maneuverability. Mariners are advised to stay well clear of the M/V Liberty Star. (7th District LNM 06/2012)

Gordon Pass Erosion Control Construction:
Florida Marine Construction will commence operations on or about February 13, 2012 on the north end of Keewaydin Island south of Gordon Pass (26° 5'26.03"N, 81°48'7.53"W) to construct erosion control structures in the near shore area of the Gulf of Mexico. The hours of operations are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Saturday ending approximately June 13, 2012. Florida Marine will construct two (2) detached breakwaters. Vessels/work boats used: One (1)-25'x15' Push Boat "Case", Two (2)-24'x60'barges. The barges point of contact: Mr. Rodney Troost, vessels contact information: Florida Marine Construction 239-283-1728. (7th District LNM 07/2012)

Shoaling Reported in Charlotte Harbor:
Shoaling has been reported to depths of 7ft extending from the vicinity of Charlotte Harbor Channel Buoy 3A (LLNR 19915) (26-40-53.061N, 082-18-43.366W) channel ward to the center of the channel. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (7th District LNM 07/2012)

4,000 Feet of Submerged Dredge Pipeline Left Behind at Estero Island:
Florida Dredge & Dock LLC has completed dredging operations for the Estero Island Beach Renourishment Project. However, the remaining 4,000ft of submerged pipeline was reconfigured and placed out of the channel in approximate water depth of 12ft. The submerged pipeline is marked with orange styrofoam buoys in approximate positions (26-26-07.470N/081-57-09.490W) – (26-26-01.180N/081-57-06.310W) and will remain there until on or about April 16, 2012. 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 07/2012)

Temporary Markers in Hernando Beach Channel Following Dredging:
B.C. Peabody Construction Services have completed dredging operations in the Hernando Beach Channel (28°29'53.83"N, 82°39'58.66"W). The dredging project has altered the navigable channel slightly. There are approximately 25 temporary 18x18 pilings with red triangles and green squares marking the channel. For further information please contact the Project Manager, Mr. Wayne Konga 941-545-6188. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 07/2012)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 07/2012:
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: (30°19'21.37"N, 81°39'55.75"W) We have received a report from fellow boater that the Coast Guard has changed the schedule for work on the FEC Bridge. New dates are January 15 through March 29, 2012. During that time the bridge will close to vessel traffic on Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, with work stopping for opening between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm each day. This schedule was announced in the Florida Times Union.
S. E. 17th Street Causeway Bridge (AICW Mile 1065.9): Coastal Marine Construction, Incorporated will be painting the S.E. 17th Street Causeway (E. Clay Shaw) Bridge (26° 6'1.83"N, 80° 7'7.33"W), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida starting February 15, 2012. This work will require the S.E. 17th Street Causeway Bridge to be placed on single-leaf operations from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A double-leaf opening will be available with a three hour advance notice to the bridge tender. There will be floating equipment under the down span. For vessels requiring more than 50 feet of horizontal clearance, please contact the bridge tender for passing instructions. This work will start on February 15 and continue through August 30, 2012.
79Th Street Bridge: Seminole Equipment, Incorporated is painting/repairing the West 79th Street Bridge (25°50'51.86"N, 80°10'16.66"W), 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 (25°46'27.34"N, 80°12'3.54"W) 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.
Dodge Island Bridge and Port of Miami Railroad Bridge: Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25°46'44.05"N, 80°10'57.52"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor has requested closure periods and restrictive openings. The Coast Guard is proposing to allow both the Port of Miami Railroad and Dodge Island Bridges to be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday for a two week period at the end of February or the first March. After this period, the bridges will be allowed to remain closed during daylight hours with two openings during the day such as at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. At all other times these bridges will be left in the open to navigation position. This work is expected to be completed in October 2012. Comments on this proposal should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil.
Snake Creek Bridge: The Snake Creek Bridge (24°57'6.08"N, 80°35'16.68"W) across Snake Creek mile 0.5, Islamorada, Monroe County, Florida will open on the top of the hour between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily on February 25 and February 26, 2012 due the vehicle congestion during the Annual Nautical Flea Market. Vessel that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.

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

Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City), NJ Aids Relocated Following Dredging:
On or about 05 March, 2012 the following Aids to Navigation will be relocated to mark best water post dredging completion:
A. Absecon Inlet Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 1185) to approximate position 39-21-29.61N, 074-24-05.99W.
B. Absecon Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1190) to approximate position 39-21-41.09N, 074-24-17.38W.
C. Absecon Inlet Buoy 6 (LLNR 1215) to approximate position 39-22-12.56N, 074-24-25.98W. (5th District LNM 07/2012)
(5th District LNM 07/2012)

Beach Thorofare, Rt. 52 Bridge Update:
Mariners are advised that the Rt. 52/9th Street Bridge at ICW mile 80.4 is still undergoing construction. Vertical clearance remains limited to 42 feet until further notice. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 06/2012)
ICW – Beach Thorofare, Rainbow Channel and Ship Channel – Route 52 Causeway Bridges (39°17'56.21"N, 74°35'29.79"W) – ICW – Beach Thorofare, Rainbow Channel and Ship Channel – Route 52 Causeway Bridges – Work is inprogress to replace the existing drawbridges with high-level fixed bridges. For the new bridge over Beach Thorofare, the new channel is open; contractor continuing to set beam at the Ocean City tie-in spans, (south end) and continuing to demolish piers leading up to the bascule span, bascule span has been demolished. For the new bridge over Ship Channel, construction has been extended until 31 MAR 2012 and the vertical clearance is still reduced from 55 feet to 42 above MHW. The new bridge over Rainbow Channel is 100% complete and has been since 2009. (5th District LNM 07/2012)

Indian River Inlet Bridge (DE) Reduced Vertical Clearance:
The Indian River Inlet Bridge (38°36'28.22"N, 75° 3'48.05"W) will have a platform attached to the underside of the bridge that will reduce the clearance height under the bridge from 35 feet to 32 feet. This height restriction will be active until March 31, 2012. All mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area. For any comments or questions, contact MST2 Fae Bailey at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, PA, telephone number (215) 271-4889. (5th District LNM 05/2012)

US 50 Lift Bridge Ocean City Inlet, MD, Inspection:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland State Highway Administration, will be performing biennial inspections at the US 50 (lift) Bridge (38°19'56.00"N, 38°19'56.00"N), at mile 0.5, across Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) at Ocean City, MD. The structural portion of the inspection will be performed, each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning February 20 through April 15, 2012. To facilitate the inspection, an under bridge snooper truck will be used on the roadway. The mechanical and electrical portions of the inspection will be performed during the week of February 27, 2012. Testing of the movable span will be performed and will include multiple openings. In addition, a small boat will be utilized to perform channel depth measurements at the bridge. Inspection personnel and equipment will be working at the bridge during this period and will be in proximity to the navigable channel, do not anticipate any disruption to navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigation channel upon request for vessel passage. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 05/2012)

Susquehanna River Channel Markers Moved for Shoaling:
Due to shoaling, on or about 30 April, 2012, the following aids to navigation will be relocated/established:
A. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 6 (LLNR 27610) to approximate position 39 28 52.222N, 076 06 46.986W.
B. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 27615) to approximate position 39 29 12.048N, 076 05 07.136W.
C. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 8 (LLNR 27620) to approximate position 39 29 13.756N, 076 05 04.308W.
D. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 9 (LLNR 27625) to approximate position 39 29 28.923N, 076 05 04.308W.
E. Establish Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 10 (LLNR 27628) to approximate position 39 29 51.955N,076 05 16.953W.
F. Susquehanna River Channel Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 27645) to approximate position 39 30 19.907N, 076 05 14.551W. (5th District LNM 06/2012)

Susquehanna River Bridge Construction:
Mariners are advised that foundation and substructure repairs will now be conducted at the Hatem & Tydings Bridges (39°34'40.21"N, 76° 6'24.80"W), which carry U.S. Route 40 and I-95, respectively, at mile 3.2, over the Susquehanna River in Havre De Grace, MD, beginning April 2, 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by September 29, 2014. The work consists of installing cofferdams around all ten piers that are in the river. Any scaffolding and work platforms will be contained inside the cofferdams. Crane barges and support barges will be placed around the cofferdams. The work schedule will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except when a concrete seal pour is being made. That work will be performed on Fridays at 6 a.m. and will run continuously until completed, up to 36 hours. The date of these pours has not yet been determined. The waterway equipment will remain on sight each night and will be marked in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations 118.95. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 07/2012)

Gwynn Island Bridge Work Continues:
Crofton Diving Corp. will be conducting diving operations parallel to the Gwynn Island Bridge in position 37-29-18N, 076-18-36W from 01 February until 01 March, 2012. A barge and assisting vessels will be on scene and monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.. Mariners are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 06/2012)

Hampton Roads Diving Ops:
PRECON Marine will be conducting diving operations on the U.S. Navy Magnetic Silencing Range at the Elizabeth River entrance until 30 June, 2012. Mariners can expect to encounter assisting tug and barge in the vicinity of Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 9445) (36-59-16.629N, 076-18-41.292W )and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 9465). Assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM 07/2012)

Navy Mine/Helo Testing Ops off VA Capes:
The U.S. Navy will be helicopter conducting mine testing operations from 24 January until 30 July, 2012. The exercise will use non-explosive bottom moored mines deployed in the Virginia Capes Range area. These hazard areas will not be marked but will have continuous 24 hour safety boat coverage on-scene during the period. Safety boats will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. Testing operations will be conducted by commercial and U.S. Navy vessels and aircraft. The minefield will be located at position 37-37.128N/075-07.180W. The test area will be approximately 6.0NM by 6.0NMs. It is requested that all vessels maintain a lookout and remain 3.0NMs from the above position and transit with extreme caution. (5th District LNM 05/2012)

Dismal Swamp Canal Closed for 90 Days:
On Wednesday, 04 January, 2012, the ACOE will begin repairs to the South Mills Lock (36°26'40.62"N, 76°19'39.59"W) 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 52/2011)

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

Portland, ME, Dredging:
Dredging will be done at Ocean Gateway Pier from 24 February - 9 April, 2012 in (PA) 43-39.33N 070-14.33W.. The hours of operation will be 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday. On scene will be a barge & dump scow that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 10 and using channel 10. (First District LNM 07/2012)

RNA for NH-Maine Bridge Construction:
The Coast Guard has established a regulated navigation area 300 yards to the east and west of the Memorial Bridge construction zone between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME. This area encompasses a 300 yard radius around position 43-04'46"N 070-45'10"W in the vicinity of the Memorial Bridge construction zone. All mariners are required to transit the area at no wake speed, not to exceed 5 knots. Mariners are also advised to exercise caution as barge and construction equipment is present on both sides of the navigation channel. This regulated navigation area is in effect until 31 December 2013. (First District LNM 07/2012)

Newport Cruise Ship Anchorage Enlarged:
The US Coast Guard has issued a final rule to change the shape and expand the dimensions of anchorage "D" (41°29'14.58"N, 71°20'2.82"W) at Newport, Rhode Island, to better accommodate increasing cruise ship visits to Newport and to improve navigation safety. This rule takes effect on April 9, 2012. 77 Fed. Reg. 6010 (February 7, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-07/pdf/2012-2549.pdf. (First District LNM 06/2012)

Safety Zones Proposed for America's Cup World Series in Newport:
Note: The Dates for this event are June 22-July 1, 2012. The Coast Guard proposes to establish two temporary safety zones in the navigable waters of the East Passage (41°29'38.33"N, 71°21'17.35"W), Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, during the America‟s Cup World Series sailing vessel racing event. This safety zone is intended to safeguard mariners from the hazards associated with high-speed, high-performance sailing vessels competing in America‟s Cup-class races on the waters of the East Passage, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before April 10, 2012. 77 Fed. Reg. 7025 (February 10, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-10/pdf/2012-3085.pdf. (First District LNM 07/2012)

More Survey Work in Arthur Kill:
Aqua Survey will be taking samples in the Arthur Kill between the Outerbridge Crossing (40°31'27.51"N, 74°14'48.57"W) and Goethals Bridge Feb 16 – 24, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Friday from 0700-1800. Each test sample will be taken from the R/V RARITAN (23‟ Monark) or R/V SCHUYLKILL (24‟ pontoon). Other Aqua Survey vessels may be used based upon scheduling changes. 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. Mark Padover at 908.347.9776, Mr. Robert Fristrom at 908.256.9693, or the Aqua Survey Vessel on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the 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 07/2012)

Operation Clear Channel for NY/NJ Update:
The Operation Clear Channel program is designed to educate boaters about the hazards of navigating small vessels and personal water craft in the confines of the navigational channels used by larger commercial ships that enter and depart the various ports in New York Harbor (40°39'17.38"N, 40°39'17.38"N). The Federal navigation rules, also known as the “Rules of the Road”, address this safety concern by giving commercial vessels priority, or right-of- way, over smaller vessels when navigating in narrow channels. Every day an average of 1,400 commercial vessels navigate the waters of the Port of NY/NJ. The masters of these vessels, while always on the lookout, cannot always see smaller vessels when they cross the channels. For safety reasons, recreational boaters should keep a sharp lookout for other vessels and always be prepared to give way to ships constrained in their ability to maneuver when transiting within close proximity to a channel. Coast Guard units in New York and New Jersey actively promote boater awareness through vessel enforcement patrols and visits to local marinas. The Coast Guard targets high-traffic regions, such as Ambrose Channel, Sandy Hook Channel and Raritan Bay, but also includes all of New York Harbor. Mariners interested in increasing their knowledge of boating safety, including the Rules of the Road, should consider a Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course. Course information is available online at http://www.cgaux.org in the “Take a Boating Course” section, or by calling 1-800-336-BOAT. Further information can be found at http://thesafeharbor.us/index.html. (First District LNM 06/2012)

Dive and Survey Work, Rockaway Inlet:
Caldwell Marine will be conducting dive and survey operations on the charted sewer outfall and pipeline between Rockaway Inlet Buoy 13 (LLNR 34255) (40-33-49.380N, 073-55-53.094W) and Sheepshead Bay Approach LB 4 (LLNR 34345). Work hours are 0700-1900, Feb 15-17. The Little Lexi (25‟ aluminum hull) will be on scene. (First District LNM 07/2012)

Dive Ops Indian Point Energy Center Security Zone:
The Hughes 776 spud barge, 25‟ dive boat ALBERTA, and 22‟ aluminum utility boat will be operating within the Indian Point Energy Center (41°15'50.97"N, 73°57'15.40"W) security zone from March 5 to Apr 15, 2012 between 0700-1900.The Hughes 776 spud barge, 25‟ dive boat ALBERTA, and 22‟ aluminum utility boat will be operating within the Indian Point Energy Center security zone from March 5 to Apr 15, 2012 between 0700-1900. (First District LNM 07/2012)

 


 

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