East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Aboard Chez Nous, we have travelled the AICW at least twice a year for the past 27 years. During this trip north in the spring, 2012 we have noticed:
1. There were more fixed markers missing than usual, and not replaced with temporary floating makers. Using the chart plotter (which most everybody does now) helps find the right spot. However, all of us need to remember that there are times when the chart plotter shows us to be on land in the narrow AICW or out of the channel when we know we're not. For example, it showed us to be on land in the middle of the notorious "Rock Pile"( 33.822804°-78.714624°). Electronic charting should not be completely relied upon in tight places with poor visibility.
2. Most of the old ranges, but not all, are really gone. There have been announcements of this in the LNMs, but you don't realize it till you actually see how many there used to be that aren't there. Some have been changed to single markers, some have the boards painted over, some have boards removed. Again, the chart plotter helps keep us on a straight line, so the ranges are not as helpful as they once were, and they have been difficult for the Coast Guard to maintain over the years.
3. Generally, depths are being well maintained in our "dreaded areas" like Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing (33.920577°-78.237017°) and Shallotte Inlet Crossing (33.907229°-78.383899°). USACE Wilmington's surveys which are now in full color on Google Earth maps are quite helpful and we looked at a few online as we travelled.
4. Shallow areas that do not get dredged like Jekyll Creek (31.071959°-81.429992°) and Little Mud River (31.356396°-81.335777°) are maintaining their usual depths, with enough water for most boats to get through at half tide or above.
5. There was much more commercial traffic (tugs and barges) than we have seen in many years. This will help with funding for dredging, and will keep the normally shallow areas deeper without dredging. Because there has been so little commercial traffic recently, many pleasure boaters do not understand that tugs and barges need space to maneuver and cannot yield to small boats in the narrow channels or at opening bridges. The AICW was conceived of and built for commercial and military purposes, and we pleasure boaters reap the benefits.
6. Because of the chart plotter we noticed a number of boats anchored in different deep little pockets rather than the usual anchorages where lots of boats cluster.
7. We passed through North Georgia and part of South Carolina on the day of the "supermoon." At low tide we saw bare spots where the chart shows shoals of 2-3 ft depths. And the marshes were mostly covered at high tide, making travel particularly difficult in some of the unmarked long stretches, and again, the chart plotter was a big help.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Moore Haven Lock Closure (Okeechobee Waterway):
A Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville dated March 6, 2012 announces that the Moore Haven Lock (26.833683°-81.088144°) will be closed to navigation beginning June 11, 2012 and reopening August 6, 2012. The purpose of the closure is for installation of a Manatee Protection System.
NYC Fleet Week/Opsail 2012:
Fleet Week and Opsail 2012 will be concurrent events in New York Harbor (40.655953° -74.051450°) from May 23 through May 30, 2012. There will be restrictions too numerous to include here. The complete schedule and restrictions can be found as an enclosure to the First District LNM 19: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm01192012.pdf (Pages 38-41).
Lat/Long Positions in Alerts
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.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx° for locations new with this alert. 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.
GPS May be Unreliable: Testing Offshore Jacksonville, FL:
1. THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNAL MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED BY SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND HANDHELD SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED AT AN APPROXIMATE TESTING CENTER POINT OF 30.3333N, 080.1667W, WITH A POSSIBLE IMPACT RADIUS OF 135 NM FROM CENTER POINT.
2. GPS TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED 04 MAY 2012 - 14 MAY 2012 FROM 2000Z - 0145Z.
3. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER WEB SITE WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. DURING THIS PERIOD GPS USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY GPS SERVICE OUTAGES THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE TO THE NAVIGATION INFORMATION SERVICE (NIS) BY CALLING (703) 313-5900 OR BY USING THE NAVCEN WEB SITE TO SUBMIT A GPS PROBLEM REPORT. (7th District LNM 18/2012)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Coast Guard Vessel Pursuit Training:
The Coast Guard will be conducting offshore training at various times from Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25, 2012 in two offshore locations. The two offshore training areas will be bounded by the below coordinates:
South Training Area: North Training Area:
32-43.25'N, 079-52.10'W32-46.78'N, 079-46.30'W
32-43.25'N, 079-51.27'W32-44.35'N, 079-44.05'W
32-42.50'N, 079-51.00'W32-42.80'N, 079-46.45'W
32-42.24'N, 079-50.00'W32-45.15'N, 079-48.65'W
For on-scene communication, mariners should contact the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Safety Platform, call sign "FLETC 27", on VHF-FM channels 16 or 22A. For more details, please contact LCDR Marcus Gherardi, Training Officer, at (843) 746-7955, or the Sector Charleston 24-hour Command Center Line at: (843) 740-7050.
Okeechobee Waterway Drought Restrictions:
On May 9, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 11.59 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 5.53 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 3.73 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N). The USACE Jacksonville issued a Notice to Navigation Interests on March 27, 2012 stating that drought restrictions (lake level below 12.5 feet) are in effect for lockage at the St. Lucie and W. P. Franklin Locks, which will now open every two hours at 0700, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700 and 1900 hours. When the lake level drops to between 11.5 and 10.5 feet, there will be only three lockages per day at 0700, 1300, and 1900 hours. Notices to Navigation Interests are available at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/NavNotices.htm
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:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Moore Haven (Culverts 1 and 1A) (26.833683°-81.088144°)will be replaced. Construction consists of the steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self contained work area. The waterway will be restricted during the installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing the culverts. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. Vessels involved Barge “Mobro 203” and Push Boat “The Badger”. Vessels will monitor VHF-FM channel radio frequencies 13 and 16. Signs and navigational markers will be in place before the construction area to instruct mariners to reduce speed and use extreme caution. The Project point of contact is Elizabeth Lamborghini who can be reached at 954-410-7382. (7th District LNM 19/2012)
Ft. Myers Beach Dredging Update:
Florida Dredge & Dock LLC has completed dredging operations for the Estero Island Beach Renourishment Project. However, the remaining 5,000ft of 18” black in color submerged pipeline was temporarily laid on the bottom of Fort Myers beach, Florida. The submerged pipeline is in approximate water depth of 12ft. position north end (26-26.07.47N/081-57-09.490W) and south (26-26-01.180N/081-57-06.310W). The pipeline is marked with Orange Styrofoam Buoys and will remain there until June, 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 19/2012)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 19/2012:
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.
Amelia River SR A1A Bridge (AICW Mile 721) Update: The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one half of the navigable channel at the SR A1A Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.0 (30.626304°-81.484527°), Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, from April 9, 2012 through March 15, 2013.
From June 4 through July 15, 2012, the painting containment system will be allowed to be placed across the SR A1A Bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance to 61 feet across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. Gemstone, LLC will ensure that the proper lighting is displayed at the lowered portions of the scaffolding and will be changing the clearance gauges to reflect the vertical clearance reduction. (7th District LNM 13/2012)
Kingsley Creek Railroad Bridge (AICW Mile 720.7, 5 ft Vertical Clearance) Update: (30.628864° -81.484351°) The owner of the Amelia River Railroad Bridge 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 5:30 p.m. daily, from May 14 through May 18, 2012. The Coast Guard is considering approving this proposed schedule based on comments already received. Comments should be sent to Michael.email@example.com or can be faxed to 305-415-6763. The closure request may be changed/adjusted based on these comments.
SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): Astor General Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the East Bound SR 312 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (29.862672° -81.309784°), Lake City (this bridge is just south of St. Augustine), St Johns County, Florida on March 26, 2012. From June 4 through July 15, 2012, this work will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge by four feet to 61 feet. This work is expected to be completed by July 15, 2012. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
The contractor performing the repairs to this bridge would like permission from the Coast Guard to allow this vertical clearance reduction for up to a year. The Coast Guard is requesting mariners with vessels greater than 61 feet of height to contact Mr. Michael Lieberum at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org if this vertical clearance reduction would be considered unreasonable. It is requested that all comments address which months would be less restrictive to navigation during this one year period. Comments received will become part of the decision making process.
Dixie Hwy Bridge, St. Lucie River: Royal Bridge, Inc has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing/painting the Dixie Highway Bridge (27.202780°-80.260854°) across the St. Lucie River, Stuart, Florida from May 21, 2012 to July 16, 2012. The contractor anticipates working on the bridge leafs in the open to navigation position and will not have any equipment in the waterway. Mariners are reminded that the tarps placed on the open spans are subject bellowing in the wind and may extend toward the navigational channel. Mariners should proceed with caution.
Lake Avenue Bridge, AICW Mile 1028.8 New Restriction: District Seven Bridge Branch office has been contacted by a Florida State Representative and the City of West Palm Beach with regard to vehicle traffic congestion concerns created by the removal of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge. Vehicle traffic has been detoured to the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 (26.613475° -80.044348°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Florida; for this reason they have requested that this bridge be placed on a twice an hour schedule. This office has evaluated the situation and determined that starting on May 1, 2012 the draw of the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris (SR 802) will open on the quarter-hour and three quarter-hour, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at anytime. This temporary schedule is expected to continue until April, 2013. (7th District LNM 16/2012)
Port of Miami Railroad Bridge: Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25.778902°-80.182536°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor, PCL Constructors Inc are beginning repair operations on the Port of Miami's FEC railroad bridge. The bridge is allowed to be in the down position when the Security Zone is not enforced and the Miami Main Channel is open for normal traffic. On days when the bridge is in the down position there will be 15 minute openings at 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45pm. Clearance gauges are also under repair and do not currently read properly. PCL will be monitoring Marine Channel 9. PCL POC - Adlai Jourdin (561) 253-6995.
Additional closure dates in May are:
- May 2nd-3rd
- May 8th-10th
- May 15th-17th
- May 22nd-24th
- May 29th-31st
If for any reason the Miami Main Channel Security Zone is in force during these dates, the bridge will not be allowed to remain closed. This work is expected to be completed in January 2013.
Duck Key Bridge: American Bridge the contractor rehabilitating the Duck Key Bridge (24.777406°-80.915305°) across Tom Harris Channel, Duck Key, Florida Keys has advised the Coast Guard that they will have floating equipment stationed on both sides of the bridge in order to facilitate the repairs. This work is expected to start on May 7, 2012 and will be completed on February 1, 2013. Due to the amount of floating equipment in this channel is recommended that vessels avoid this area.
Siesta Key Bridge: Coastal Mariner construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will start working on the Siesta Key Bridge (27.302571°-82.545354°)across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Siesta Key, Florida, on June 5, 2012. The Siesta Key Bridge will open a single-leaf on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(c). A double-leaf will be available on this same schedule with a three hour advance notice to the bridge tender. This schedule will be affective 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week from June 5, 2012 through October 3, 2012. From July 11 through September 20, 2012, the vertical clearance of one span of this bridge will be reduced by three feet for painting operations.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Dredging for Beach Renourishment, Ventnor, NJ:
The Hopper Dredge R.N. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations and beach re-nourishment at Ventnor, NJ from 08 May until 30 June, 2012. A booster barge with a submerged pipeline to the beach will be positioned at 39-19-30.2N, 074-27-28.02W. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 18/2012)
NJICW Bridge Construction, Comments Requested:
ICW – Manahawkin Bay – State Route 72 (fixed) Bridge (39.666289° -74.213703°) – The applicant proposes the reconstruction that will include the rehabilitation of the existing superstructure to carry westbound traffic for Route 72, and construction of a new parallel bridge on the south side to carry the eastbound traffic. The existing-to-be-modified structure maintains a 60-foot vertical clearance above mean high water (MHW) over the navigational channel; and 55 feet of vertical clearance, above MHW, is planned for both the existing-to-be-rehabilitated bridge and the new parallel bridge. The proposed horizontal clearances for both bridges will be at 100 feet between the fender systems. Public Notice 5-1265 issued; comment period ends 4 JUN 12. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
Reedy Point Bridge Repair:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs as well as maintenance painting are in progress through February 7, 2013 at the Reedy Point Bridge (39.556088° -75.582988°), at mile 1.0, over the C&D Canal in Reedy Point, New Castle County, DE. To facilitate the work, equipment has been installed, reducing the available vertical clearance by four feet to approximately 131 feet, above mean high water, the horizontal clearance reduced to 225 feet and the waterway shall remain open for vessel passage. We advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
Rock Hall Harbor Dredging:
Mariners are advised that the Dissen & Juhn Company will be conducting dredging operations in the Chesapeake Bay at the Rock Hall Harbor (39.131339° -76.246777°) entrance in Kent County, MD from May 8, 2012 through June 1, 2012, daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work is scheduled to occur within the existing marked navigation channel. The dredging equipment will include a long reach excavator to mechanically dredge and place material on the same 120-foot barge, then transporting it less than a mile to the Bayside Public Landing in Rock Hall Harbor, where it will be unloaded for placement at an existing upland disposal site. Interested mariners can contact the 25-foot vessel “Constructor” on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16, if necessary. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
Maryland DNR Reef Site:
On or about May 16, 2012, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake Shellfish Program and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be planting two (2’) foot tall, reefballs in the Memorial Stadium Sanctuary Reef site. The R/V PATRICIA CAMPBELL will be conducting the planting operation and will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 16. The reef site is approximately 3.0 NMa. west of Tolchester Beach and 3.2 NM southeast of Harts Miller Island.
Site corner coordinates are:
A. 39 12 27.18N, 076 18 29.80W.
B: 39 12 29.28N, 076 18 23.88W.
C: 39 12 28.38N, 076 18 23.40W.
D: 39 12 26.28N, 076 18 29 28W. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
Aquaculture Site in Slaughter Creek:
On or about May 15, 2012, the following twenty-one (21) regulatory buoys will be established to mark the corners of an authorized reefs (aquaculture sites). The class buoys are white with an orange (red) diamond. (Slaughter Creek is on the south side of the Little Choptank River. This site is on the southeast side of the bridge.)
A. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy A at 38 28 09.4N, 076 17 19.2W.
B. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy B at 38 28 08.7N, 076 17 21.9W.
C. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy C at 38 28 05.8N, 076 17 23.6W.
D. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy D at 38 27 54.4N, 076 17 22.1W.
E. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy E at 38 27 44.1N, 076 17 16.3W.
F. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy F at 38 27 40.2N, 076 17 08.7W.
G. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy G at 38 27 40.7N, 076 17 03.0W.
H. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy H at 38 27 41.9N, 076 17 02.4W.
I. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy I at 38 27 42.3N, 076 17 06.1W.
J. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy J at 38 27 44.9N, 076 17 12.3W.
K. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy K at 38 27 46.6N, 076 17 14.0W.
L. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy L at 38 27 54.5N, 076 17 17.1W.
M. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 1 Buoy M at 38 27 58.6N, 076 17 15.7W.
N. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 2 Buoy A at 38 27 32.1N, 076 16 57.5W.
O. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 2 Buoy B at 38 27 36.8N, 076 17 01.5W.
P. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 2 Buoy C at 38 27 36.9N, 076 16 57.4W.
Q. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 2 Buoy D at 38 27 32.4N, 076 16 54.9W.
R. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 3 Buoy A at 38 27 29.6N, 076 17 10.9W.
S. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 3 Buoy B at 38 27 33.5N, 076 17 15.4W.
T. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 3 Buoy C at 38 27 38.0N, 076 17 14.9W.
U. Slaughter Creek Broads Reef 3 Buoy D at 38 27 29.6N, 076 17 07.3W. (5th District LNM 18/2012)
Rhode/West Rivers Shoreline Restoration:
Mariners are advised that Central Marine Construction, Inc. will support the construction of segmented structures in the Rhode River and at the confluence of the Rhode River with West River (38.860811° -76.519899°) from on or about May 7, 2012 until September 1, 2012. The shoreline restoration project includes placing stone material along the shoreline at Cheston Point Marsh, in Anne Arundel County, MD. The material will be transported to the site by a 300-foot supply barge, which will be moored in the Rhode River in approximate position latitude 38° 51' 36" N longitude 076° 30' 36" W. Two 60-foot barges will also be on scene. Interested mariners may contact the Central Marine 25-foot tender PUSHERMAN on marine band radio VHF-FM channels 16 or 13. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
Piankatank River Bridge Work:
Mariners are advised that superstructure refurbishment and substructure operations will be performed from June 1, 2012 through November 1, 2012 at the Route 3/John A. Twigg Bridge (37.507136° -76.421223°) across Piankatank River, at mile 10.4, in Matthews and Middlesex Counties, VA. To facilitate the work on the bridge outside the navigable channel, a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately 6 feet, above MHW. Crane barges will be spudded outside the channel with white mooring lights on all corners. We are also advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
New Dominion Boulevard (Steel) Bridge Progress:
AIWW – Elizabeth River Southern Branch - Dominion Boulevard/US 17 (lift) Bridge (36.735223° -76.295411°) – Bridge Permit package sent to CGHQ Bridge Office. The City of Chesapeake, the bridge owner, proposes to replace the existing drawbridge with a new 4-lane high-level fixed bridge and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. The proposed vertical clearance for the new high-level fixed bridge is 95 feet, above MHW. The proposed horizontal clearance between the faces of the fender system is 125 feet. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
Hatteras Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Hatteras Inlet Channel Buoy 12B (LLNR 28732.2) (35-11-56.263N, 075-44-27.393W) and Hatteras Inlet Channel Buoy 12C (LLNR 28732.3). Shoaling may be restricting the channel width. Strong winds and falling tides may make safe navigation critical. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
Beaufort, NC, Channel Entrance Marker Change:
On or about 01 June, 2012, Beaufort Harbor Channel Light 1BH (LLNR 34810) (34-42-16.729N, 076-40-40.884W) will be changed to Lighted Buoy 1BH. (5th District LNM 18/2012)
Emerald Isle Bridge Fender Work:
Mariners are advised that Marine Contracting Corporation will be replacing the fender system at the Emerald Isle Bridge (34.672741° -77.065794°) on SR 58 Bridge over the AIWW mile 226.0 between NC 24 and Emerald Isle, NC beginning the week of 14 MAY 2012 through 31 OCT 2012. There will be a tug, a crane barge, and a deck barge moored in the area, will periodically cross the channel, and will obstruct a portion of the channel while operating below the bridge. During periods of severe weather and/or sea conditions the floating equipment will be relocated elsewhere out of the waterway and display all required navigational lights. The crane barge and tug will monitor VHF channels 16 and 13. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the equipment, exercise extreme caution, and produce no wake when approaching, passing, and leaving the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
May 01, 2012
SAILING REGATTAS—AT LEAST EIGHT DEAD IN TWO RECENT ACCIDENTS
Sailing regattas should be—and most often are—enjoyable recreational events that are conducted safely and are remembered as rewarding, pleasurable experiences for all involved. But sailing regattas, and all recreational boating activities, are inherently dangerous and require vigilant attention to safety. Although it is very early in the traditional boating season, already within the past two weeks at least eight people—all of whom were experienced (or even professional) sailors—have died while participating in organized sailing regattas:
1. In mid-April, off the coast of San Francisco, five sailors died when their 38-foot sailing yacht was hit by powerful waves in rough weather and capsized.
2. This past weekend, off the coast of San Diego, three people died (and one remains missing) when their 37-foot sailing yacht apparently collided with a larger vessel, despite clear weather and only moderate sea swells.
Although many details are not yet known and investigations of both incidents continue, these accidents are a stark reminder that safety must be paramount in all respects. Safety begins well before any regatta or sailing event—even a leisurely day on the water—is underway.
Mariners are reminded that an “Application for Approval of Marine Event” must be submitted to the Coast Guard for approval of any organized sailing or other recreational boating or on-water activity, such as races (sailboat, powerboat, paddle-board), swims, fishing tournaments, etc.
Most importantly, Marine Event Permits issued by the Coast Guard contain a number of conditions that require certain safety precautions be taken. Sponsors of marine events permitted by the Coast Guard are reminded to pay particularly attention to those safety conditions.
Each summer mariners in our area enjoy hundreds of organized marine events, from small sailing school evening races to large regattas that draw hundreds of large, fast vessels. Thankfully we have enjoyed many years of organized events without serious injury or loss of life as described above. Please continue to devote the utmost attention to safety so that together we may experience many more years of enjoyable boating on the magnificent waters of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
Questions regarding this bulletin or Coast Guard Marine Event Permit requirements may be addressed to Mr. Edward G. LeBlanc at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, 401-435-2351, or Edward.G.LeBlanc@uscg.mil.
VERNE B. GIFFORD, Jr.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port
Wells, ME, Special Anchorage:
The Coast Guard has issued a direct final rule correcting the sequence of coordinates in the Wells, ME (43.319489° -70.562247°) special anchorage area regulation at 33 CFR 110.9 so that the points, when plotted in order, form box-like areas. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by July 2, 2012. For more information please go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-01/pdf/2012-10429.pdf . (First District LNM 18/2012)
New Bedford Dredging:
Dredging will be done in New Bedford Upper Harbor from 21 May - October 30, 2012. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. Two dredge control systems consisting of steel piles and multiple wire rope cables are being deployed and will be maintained in the upper harbor of New Bedford Harbor. Two floating dredges will be operating within the perimeter of the pilings. The northern-most system is across the entire width of the Acushnet River at approximately (lat,long) -70.919, 41.667 to -70.916,41664). The southern-most system is across the entire width of the Acushnet River at approximately (lat,long) -70.918, 41.662 to -70.915, 41.662. north of the Route 195 and Coggeshall Street Bridges. At high tide, the traverse cable system will be nominally 1ft above the water's surface. A floating white oil boom is attached to piling as well as blinking lights located at the top of several pilings. The dredges are connected to a booster pump station on the west side of the Acushnet River via floating 10 and 12 inch pipelines. The dredge line continues south and crosses Pierce Mill Cove (Coffin Cove) blocking access to the cove. The dredge lines are nominally submerged at the water surface and marked approximately every 500ft with buoys. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in this area and if transit is desired, hail on VHF Channel 77 or contact the dredges on VHF Channel 13/16 to coordinate the passage and proceed with caution after passage arrangements have been made with the dredges. (First District LNM 18/2012)
Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, plans to perform work in the navigable waters of this District, under the provisions of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-17). The work involves maintenance dredging of the Federal navigation project in Cuttyhunk Harbor, Gosnold, Massachusetts (41.426805° -70.912942°) and is authorized in accordance with Title 33, Parts 335-338 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Authorized Federal Project Description: The authorized Federal Navigation Project (FNP) provides for a channel, 10 feet deep and 75 feet wide from the outer harbor to the westerly terminal in the inner harbor. It also provides for an anchorage, 10 feet deep, 800 feet wide and 900 feet long in the inner harbor.
Additional Information: Additional information may be obtained from Mr. Bill Kavanaugh, Programs/Civil Project Management Branch, Programs/Project Management Division, at the return address shown, by email at email@example.com or telephone number (978) 318-8328
This Public Notice is intended to provide information about, and to seek comments on, future maintenance of the existing Federal navigation project. Future maintenance dredging will be performed when needed and in the years, that funding becomes available. Additional notices will be issued if the scope of work for future projects varies from that described herein. The decision whether to perform the work will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, will be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors, which may be relevant to the proposal, will be considered; among these are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, historic values, fish and wildlife values, flood damage prevention, land use classification, and the welfare of the people. Any person who has an interest, which may be affected by the dredging and disposal of this dredged material, may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to the District Engineer within the comment period of this notice and must clearly set forth the interest, which may be affected and the manner in which the interest may be affected by this activity.
Please bring this notice to the attention of anyone you know to be interested in this project. Comments are invited from all interested parties and should be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751, ATTN: Bill Kavanaugh; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 May 2012. (First District LNM 18/2012)
East River Ferry Terminal Barge:
Simpson and Brown Marine Contractors will be installing a 90' x 30' ferry terminal barge at the east end of Pier 1 on the East River (40.703701° -73.995453°). The crane barge S&B 10 (180' x 54') will be spudded down near the shoreline. The material barge S&B 2 (150' x 36') will be alongside. The current ferry terminal barge and gangway at Fulton Ferry Landing will be removed at the end of this project. Work will be conducted from approximately May 4- 24, 2012. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0700-1530. This is not a move on demand project. Simpson and Brown Marine Contractors' point of contact is Mr. Chris Simpson at 732.742.1616, or Mr. Mike Quadagno at 908.202.7185. (First District LNM 18/2012)
East River Security Zone:
In accordance with regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.164(a)(1), the Coast Guard will be enforcing a security zone in the East River, in the vicinity of the Wall Street Heliport (40.700582° -74.008640°), on Monday, May 14, from approximately 11 am to 12 pm and from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm. No vessel transits will be permitted within the security zone while it is in effect without the Coast Guard Patrol Commander's (PATCOM) approval. Changes in the time that the security zone is in effect may occur. In the event additional waterways need to be closed under urgent conditions, or changes occur to the security zone, immediate notice will be made to mariners via safety marine information broadcast over VHF-FM Channel 16 and the Homeport Alert Warning System. VTS participants will also receive notice via VHF-FM Channel 12 and 14. The Staten Island Ferry schedule will not be impacted during these times. Staten Island Ferry operators are advised to contact Vessel Traffic Service New York for updates while the security zone remains in effect. Governor's Island Ferry must contact PATCOM on VHF-FM Channel 13 to request permission to transit into the security zone for normal ferry operations to and from Manhattan and Governor's Island. Commuter ferries must contact PATCOM on VHF-FM Channel 13 to request permission to transit the security zone along the Brooklyn shoreline as well as arrive and depart from the north face of Pier 11. The south face of Pier 11 is not authorized for use during the times the security zone is in effect. The security zone includes all waters of the East River off the Wall Street Heliport within the following boundaries: East of a line drawn between approximate position 40°42‟01”N, 074°00‟39”W (east of The Battery) to 40°41‟36”N, 074°00‟52”W (NAD 1983) (point north of Governors Island) and north of a line drawn from the point north of Governors Island to the southwest corner of Pier 7, Brooklyn; and south of a line drawn between Wall Street, Manhattan, and the northwest corner of Pier 2, Brooklyn. Scheduled and unscheduled broadcasts will be made notifying the maritime community when the security zone is established. Violations of this security zone are punishable by a $50,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both. (5th District LNM 19/2012)
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