East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
3/1/2012


Attention Snowbirds:

AICW Dredging at Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing:
The Dredge WILKO will be dredging in the AIWW at Carolina Beach Inlet (34° 4'30.23"N, 77°53'3.57"W) from 23 February until 15 March, 2012. A floating rubber and submerged pipeline will traverse Carolina Beach Inlet to the south of the inlet and will be marked with buoys. The dredge and assisting vessels PROUD MARY and MISS CINDY will monitor VHF-fm Channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM 08/2012)*

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

NOTE: 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.

Kingsley Creek Railroad Bridge (AICW Mile 720.7, 5 ft Vertical Clearance) Closure Update:
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 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, during the first or second week of April 2012. The Coast Guard is considering approving this proposed schedule based on comments already received. Additional 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 09/2012) NOTE: The closure period was originally requested for late March and for 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. with no mid-day opening. Comments from the public do make a difference.

General Announcements

Missile Firing off New England Coast:
Missile firing exercise hazardous to surface vessel will be held on 7-8 Mar 2012, from 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, within an area bounded by 40-14N9 067-44W1, 38-55N1 065-55W1, 37-42N6 067-20W5, 39-03N5 069-15W1. (First District LNM 09/2012)

AIS Testing in Mid Atlantic Region:
The USCG is currently conducting developmental testing via AIS base station transmissions along the Mid Atlantic Region on standard AIS channels 2087 and 2088. These transmissions are in support of expanding the Coast Guard’s Nationwide AIS. AIS users should not be affected by these test transmissions. The AIS test transmissions are being broadcast at the following base stations:
Site Location MMSI #
Manasquan, NJ 003669102
Burlington, NJ 003669100
Swedesboro, NJ 003669743
Tuckerton, NJ 003669744
Cape May, NJ 003669101
Berlin, MD 003669750
Chincoteague, VA 003669748
Farnham, VA 003669749

Merrick, VA 003669745
Newport News, VA 003669751
Pungo Field, VA 003669752
Northeast, MD 003669761
C3CEN Lab1, Portsmouth, VA 003669763
C3CEN Lab2, Portsmouth, VA 003669764
Note, these stations are not being monitored for nor capable of AIS text messaging by the US Coast Guard at this time. Please notify USCG Navigation Center at 703-313-5900 should you experience AIS equipment problems or detect anomalies. For more information on the Coast Guard’s Nationwide AIS, visit the NAVCEN website at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=NAISmain (5th District LNM 09/2012)

 

NOAA Weather Forecast Changes Announced:
1. Effective Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 200 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) or 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) of the National Hurricane Center will reconfigure its marine zones for the offshore waters in the Caribbean and SW North Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico. The existing nine (9) zones will be reconfigured into twenty-four (24) zones This greater number of zones will result in a number of improved products and services. For further information see: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notification/scn11-40marine.htm
2. Effective Apr 03, 2012 at 1800 UTC, in order to better meet the time constraints for voice broadcast via the U.S. Coast Guard from the USCG in New Orleans and Chesapeake, VA two new products will be broadcast in lieu of the current Offshore Waters Forecasts for the SW North Atlantic and Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, These products will combine forecasts for the 32 zones in such a way that they will be similar to the Offshore Waters Forecasts before reconfiguration
3. Effective Apr 03, 2012 at 1800 UTC the NAVTEX forecasts will be reconfigured to limit coverage to within 200 nm of the coasts assigned to New Orleans, Miami and San Juan transmitters. Specifically, the forecast area for the New Orleans transmitter will cover the northern Gulf of Mexico from the Suwanee River, FL to the mouth of the Rio Grande, out 200 nm. The Miami NAVTEX forecast area will cover the waters around the peninsula of Florida from Suwanee River on the Gulf Coast, to Flagler Beach on the Atlantic Coast, out 200 nm. The San Juan forecast area will cover the waters within 200 nm of the San Juan transmitter, to include the Mona Passage and part of the Anegada Passage. This reconfiguration will better conform to the range of the transmitters, provide more detailed information along the immediate coast, and better meet broadcast time constraints.
4. Effective Apr 03, 2012 at 1800 UTC the order of charts transmitted via radiofax from New Orleans will be modified to better align workflow with the suite of enhanced text products which are to be implemented at that time. The new broadcast schedule may be found at http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marine.shtml and will be broadcast on-air beginning on or about Mar 28, 2012. (5th and 7th District LNM 09/2012)

ENC Datasets for Updates:
In order to promote safety of navigation, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has produced two Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) datasets designed to alert mariners to the possibility that their Electronic Chart and Display Information System (ECDIS) software may require upgrading. The IHO recommends that all mariners using ECDIS and ENCs visit the following website where they can find more information and instructions for using the test ENC datasets: http://www.iho.int > IHO News Links > ECDIS Data Presentation and Performance Check or directly from: http://www.iho.int/srv1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=585&Itemid=828.  (7th District LNM 08/2012)

LORAN-C Test:
The LORAN Support Unit Wildwood NJ, will be transmitting a LORAN-C timing test on 100Khz using standard repetition rates of 9960(T) and 8090(M). Testing will begin at 1200Z on 27 February2012 and continue until 2200Z March 2012. There is no anticipated impact to mariners, however, if interference is experienced, contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by call (703) 313-5900. (7th District LNM 08/2012)

Hazardous Ops, Charleston to Jacksonville Offshore:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during subject week 27 Feb - 04 Mar 2012.
Area Bounded By
30-45N2 80-54W7 GUNEX AREA 27Feb-04Mar 0000-2359 (LCL)
30-45N2 80-11W0 AA/BB/CC
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
30-20N5 79-50W1 31J 27Feb-04Mar 0000-2359 (LCL)
29-20N3 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-50W1
30-00N3 81-00W9 27C 27Feb-04Mar 0000-2359 (LCL)
30-00N3 80-50W3
29-50N6 80-50W3
29-50N6 81-00W9
30-45N2 80-54W7 MSLX 28Feb-02Mar 0000-2359 (LCL)
30-45N2 80-11W0 AA/BB/CC
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 (7th District LNM 09/2012)

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

Wando River Safety Zones for Vessel Pursuit Training:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Wando River, between Daybeacon #13 (LLNR  3350), at position 32°51'46"N, 79°53'26"W; and Daybeacon #23 (LLNR  3390), at position 32°52'31"N, 79°51'15"W during the Non-Compliant Vessel Pursuit Training Course in Charleston, South Carolina from Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 23rd 2012.  The Safety Zone will be enforced from:

Monday, March 19, 2012        7:00 - 11:30 a.m.        12:30 - 4:30 p.m.       
Tuesday, March 20, 2012        7:00 - 11:30 a.m.        12:30 - 4:30 p.m.        
Wednesday, March 21, 2012        7:00 - 11:30 a.m.        12:30 - 4:30 p.m.        8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 2012        7:00 - 11:30 a.m.        12:30 - 4:30 p.m.        8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, March 23, 2012        7:00 - 11:30 a.m.        12:30 - 3:00 p.m.        

Mariners wishing to transit this area when the Safety Zone is in effect should contact the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Safety Platform, call sign "SAFETY 1", on VHF-FM channels 16 or 22A.  For more details, please contact LCDR Marcus Gherardi, Training Officer, at (843) 746-7955.
For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 07-12, USCG Charleston)

Charleston Entrance Channel Dredging:
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Manson Construction Co. will begin dredging operations with the Dredge GLENN EDWARDS in the Charleston Harbor Entrance Channel between Channel Lighted Buoy #10 (32-40-46.776N, 079-43-00.456W) and #18 (32-43-26.647N, 079-48-37.074W ) (LLNR #2380 and 2420). Dredging will continue 24 hours per day, 7 days per week until approximately March 20, 2012. For on-scene communications, contact the Dredge GLENN EDWARDS on VHF-FM channels 13, 14, & 66. For more details, please contact Dave Howard, Project Manager, at (941) 315-1010. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 06-12, USCG Charleston)

Kings Bay Entrance Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company has commenced maintenance dredging in the Kings Bay Entrance Channel on or about February 18, 2012. General Scope of the Project:
Project work consists of maintenance dredging approximately 620,000 cubic yards of material from Cut-1N of the Kings Bay Entrance Channel. Cut-1N dredging encompasses Station 80+00 to Station 350+00 to a required depth of 49 feet plus 2 feet of allowable over depth. Most material from these areas is non-beach compatible material and will be transported to, and placed in the Fernandina Ocean Disposal Area (D/A-O) which is located 14 miles southeast of the dredging areas. Approximately 50,000 cubic yards of beach compatible material will be excavated from the channel between Station 100+00 and Station 200+00. Beach compatible material will be placed in the Fort Clinch Disposal Area (D/A-F).
Equipment Schedule:
The trailing suction hopper Dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16. Twenty-four (24) days of material placement to D/A-O is expected, with seven (7) days of beach fill to D/A-F anticipated. Other equipment on site will include a hydrographic survey vessel, turtletrawling vessel and turbidity monitoring vessel. Two (2) landing barges will be positioned approximately 500-ft offshore of D/A-F, with 500-ft of submerged dredge pipe running from the barges to the beach. All equipment will be lit per USCG regulations. Dredge operations will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Additional information contact Mr. Matthew F. Jack 630-209-9862.
Dredge Location:
NW Lat: 30 42 35.636, Long: 81 25 35.0415
SW Lat: 30 42 30.690, Long: 81 25 34.818
NE Lat: 30 42 45.965, Long: 81 20 25.978
SE Lat: 30 42 41.020, Long: 81 20 25.759
Material Placement Locations:
D/A-O
NW Lat: 30 33 00.861, Long: 81 19 07.308
NE Lat: 30 33 00.866, Long: 81 16 51.304
SE Lat: 30 31 00.860, Long: 81 16 51.295
SW Lat: 30 31 00.865, Long: 81 19 07.309
D/A-F
SW Lat: 30 42 14.92, Long: 81 26 37.18
NW Lat: 30 42 31.78, Long: 81 26 37.91
NE Lat: 30 42 32.08, Long: 8 27 32.21
SE Lat: 30 42 13.77, Long: 81 27 32.34 (7th District LNM 09/2012)

St Johns River Dredging:
Cottrell Contracting Corp will commence dredging operations on or about February 19 at the Marine Corp Terminal Channel (30°23'49.32"N, 81°31'7.45"W) on U.S. Marine Corp Support Facility at Blount Island, FL in the St Johns River. The dredge “RICHMOND” will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Dredge operations will be conducted (24) hours a day, (7) days a week with an approximate completion date of March 31, 2012. Fishnets, crab pots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work; a slow “NO WAKE” speed is advised of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Further information contact Mr. Benjamin Cottrell (757) 547-9611. (7th District LNM 09/2012)

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)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On February 29, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 12.98 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 6.92 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.12 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

Okeechobee Waterway Construction:
Odebrecht Construction has commenced cofferdam construction to facilitate culvert replacement on the Okeechobee Waterway at 26°48”56”N 81°0’34”W from January 2012 until approximately October 2014. The waters of the Okeechobee Waterway adjacent to Herbert Hoover Dike and Culvert 1A will be partially obstructed due to construction activities. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use extreme caution when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Alvin L. Ward park boat ramps and Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp boat ramps. Vessels involved Barge = Mobro 203; Push Boat = The Badger. Vessels will monitor VHF-FM channel radio frequencies 13 and 16. Further details contact Odebrecht Construction Mr. Eric Garcia 305-965-9199. Signs and navigational markers will be in place before the construction area to instruct mariners to reduce speed and use extreme caution. (7th District LNM 09/2012)

Navy Ops off Port Everglades:
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the M/V Liberty Star operated by NASA will be recovering INERT Target Shapes in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet (26° 5'35.19"N, 80° 6'32.61"W). The operations will begin on March 1 at 0700 hrs until 18 March at 1800 hrs. During these recovery dates, INERT Targets may be visible on the surface prior to recovery. Vessels are to urged to stay clear of the NASA Ship and the INERT Targets. The vessel will be working between 100 feet of water and 1100 feet of water approximately 1NM to 12NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 10 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The M/V Liberty Star will be deploying a ROV and will be restricted in maneuverability. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the M/V Liberty Star. (7th District LNM 09/2012)

Government Cut Tunnel Construction Continues:
Nicholson will be continuing with drilling and grouting operations in Government Cut (25°46'54.89"N, 80°10'44.77"W) on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 0200. The operations will continue again on Monday, March 05, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Friday, March 09, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of four drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. The operation will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 684ft into the channel the open channel width will now be only 300ft. Mariners are advised of a “NO WAKE” through this area is extremely critical to the safety of all barge personnel. (7th District LNM 09/2012)

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: The Coast Guard has approved a request from the bridge owner of the FEC Railroad Bridge (30°19'21.37"N, 81°39'55.75"W) across the St Johns River mile 24.9, Jacksonville, Florida to close this bridge to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Sunday through Thursday starting January 15, 2012 until March 29, 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, doing so, would have the potential of extending this project an additional 4 to 6 months.
Route 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780): Gemstone Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the East Bound SR 312 Bridge (29°51'46.39"N, 81°18'38.67"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City, St Johns County, Florida on March 26, 2012. This work will reduce the vertical clearance of one half of the bridge by four feet. This work is expected to be completed by July 11, 2012. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
Lantana (East Ocean Avenue) Bridge (AICW Mile 1031):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.
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.
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.

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

SR 88 Bridge (NJICW Mile 3.0) Closure:
Mariners are advised that the SR 88 Veterans Memorial Bascule Bridge, (40° 4'59.83"N, 74° 4'0.49"W) at NJICW mile 3.0, across the Point Pleasant Canal, in Point Pleasant NJ, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012 to facilitate barrier gate replacement and extensive electrical remedial work. The available vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position is approximately 10 feet, above MHW. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so and should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM 09/2012)

Dredging in Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City, NJ):
The Dredge E.W. ELLEFSEN will be conducting dredging operations in Absecon Inlet (39°22'11.01"N, 74°24'27.96"W) from 01 March until 31 May, 2012. Dredge material will be transported to the beach through a combination of floating and submerged pipeline marked with buoys and lights. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.  A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM 08/2012)

Absecon Inlet 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:
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)

Cape May Bridge Construction:
Mariners are advised that miscellaneous repairs to the pier system are in progress at the Ocean Drive (CR 619)/County of Cape May (lift) Bridge (39° 2'21.70"N, 74°46'46.95"W) across Great Channel along the NJICW at Stone Harbor, NJ.  To facilitate repairs, a crane barge will be on-site Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., until June 30, 2012.  The navigable channel shall remain open and updates of the project will be provided until completion.  Mariners are advised to proceed with caution. (5th District Bridge Branch)

Wallops Island Beach Renourishment:
The Hopper Dredges LIBERTY ISLAND, DODGE ISLAND and PADRE ISLAND will be conducting shoreline beach re-nourishment at Wallops Island, VA (37°50'42.75"N, 75°28'19.53"W) from 25 March until 30 June, 2012. Sand will be dredged from a site approximately 7 NMs east of Assateague Island and 11NMs northeast of Wallops Island. A floating and submerged pipeline with a floating booster pump and jack up barge will be in position off of Wallops Island. All assisting equipment and pipeline will be marked with buoys and flashing yellow lights. The dredges and assisting vessels MIAMI RIVER, ST JOHNS RIVER, BAYOU DAWN and VOLUNTEER STATE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM 08/2012)

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)

Baltimore Inner Harbor Dredging:
Mechanical dredging operations are scheduled to occur in the Baltimore Inner Harbor (39°17'2.97"N, 76°36'37.75"W) from the western limit of the northwest harbor and the west wall on the Inner Harbor from 27 February until 11 June, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 09/2012)

William P. Lane (Chesapeake Bay, US-50/301, Annapolis to Kent Island) Bridge Rehabilitation:
Bridge rehabilitation work continues on the William P. Lane (US-50/301) Bridge. On or about 01 March, 2012, a deck barge will be located along the north bridge span outside the federal navigational channel west of the west tower at pier 32 in approximate position 38-59-42.5N, 076-23-05.0W. The barge will be on a four point mooring with cables marked with yellow lighted buoys showing flashing yellow characteristic (Fl Y). The barge will also be marked and lighted. (5th District LNM 09/2012)

Quantico (Potomac River) Sand Pumping Ops:
Mariners are advised that Corman Marine Construction will conduct sand placement operations along the Potomac River from March 1, 2012 until May 15, 2012. The project is located in the Embayment Area at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, at Quantico, VA. The hydraulic unloader CMC-501 will perform the sand pumping and will be located in approximate position latitude 38°30.712’ N, longitude 077°17.543’ W. Interested mariners may contact the CMC-501 on marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 10. (5th District LNM 08/2012)

Chesapeake Entrance Channel Dredging:
The Dredge B.E. Lindholm is conducting dredging operations from Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 4 (36-57-48.911N,  075-59-21.477W)  (LLNR 7050) to Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 14 (37-02-31.001N, 076-04-02.876W) (LLNR 7110) until 01 June, 2012. Spoil will be deposited at the Dam Neck Disposal Site. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM 08/2012)

York Spit Dredging:
The Hopper Dredge LIBERTY ISLAND will be conducting maintenance dredging of York Spit (37°13'27.53"N, 76°17'1.99"W) from 23 February until 05 March, 2012. Spoil will be deposited in the Wolf Trap Dredged Material Management Area. The dredge and assisting vessel MIAMI RIVER will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM 08/2012)

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, Wilmington NC, Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation at the Cape Fear Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge (Closed vertical clearance is reported to be 65 ft) (34°13'37.47"N, 77°57'7.55"W) at mile 26.8, across Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC. Under this temporary deviation, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 7 a.m. on March 1, 2012 until and including 11 p.m. on May 31, 2012; except that vessel openings will be provided if at least three hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulation set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 09/2012) NOTE: If your vessel's height is close to the reported closed vertical clearance, before proceeding under this bridge check for construction equipment or scaffolding beneath the span which could possibly reduce the vertical clearance.

Bonner Bridge Reduced Vertical Clearance:
The vertical clearance on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35°46'9.84"N, 75°32'12.44"W) will be reduced to 61 feet MHW from 05 March until 15 June, 2012 due to a platform above the navigational span for painting and repairs. (5th District LNM 09/2012)

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

Eastport, Maine, Research:
Research of Tidal Turbines is being done in Shackford Head, in (PA) 44-53'56.9N 067-01'36.95"W, until 30 September 2012. The hours of operation is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is a 26' mooring can, 4 corner marker buoys and at time a barge. (First District LNM 08/2012)

York, Maine, Water Main Installation:
The York Water District will install a new water main parallel to Sewall's Bridge on the York River in York, Maine from Monday, March 5 through Thursday, March 15, 2012. Although the project will not prohibit traffic movement in the area, there may be times when movement in the vicinity of the installation is limited in order to facilitate blasting close to the shoreline. At those times, a picket boat will be on scene to keep mariners at a safe distance from operations. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 09/2012)

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)

Dredging, Old Saybrook, CT:
Dredging will be done in Hull Harbor from 7 March - 1 April 2012. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge 562 and tug BULLDOZER. (First District LNM 09/2012)

Hudson River, Tappan Zee Bridge Area, Survey:
A geophysical survey is being done, 700' survey corridor north of Tappan Zee Bridge (41° 4'6.20"N, 73°53'43.01"W) running bank to bank in three sites on the Hudson River, until 2 March 2012. The hours of operation will be everyday from 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene is R/V SEA RAIDER that is monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (First District LNM 09/2012)

Sandy Hook Dredging:
Dredging is being until approximately 31 March 2012. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is dredge WEEKS 551, tender ROBERT, tug KATHERINE, scows 258 & 259 and survey boat that will be operating in the Sandy Hook Bayside Channel between Sandy Hook Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 11 (40-28-57.400N, 074-00-02.232W) (LLNR 35155) and Sandy Hook Lighted Gong Buoy 17 (40-28-32.086N, 074-01-40.603W) (LLNR 35175). The dredge, tender and tug are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit at their slowest safe speed to create a minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM 09/2012)

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. (First District LNM 07/2012)
Update:
The Crane Barge BERGEN, Trash Scow ML 2000, 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 09/2012)

 


 

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