East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Gilmerton RR Bridge/AICW Closure:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°), at AIWW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening each day, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 9 and on October 11, 2012, to facilitate lift joint replacement work. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d). Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District Bridge Branch)
NOTE: Closing this bridge effectively closes the AICW during the above time period, except for boats able to pass under the closed 7 ft. vertical clearance. This project is separate from and unrelated to the construction at the Gilmerton Highway Bridge which is adjacent to this bridge. The planned 5 day closure of the AICW for the installation of the new Gilmerton Highway Bridge lift span has not yet been rescheduled.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Canaveral Lock Restrictions:
Summary of a Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville, August 31, 2012:
The Canaveral Lock (28.408777°-80.637077°) is in need of repair, a contract is expected to be awarded soon and construction is expected to begin in October, 2012 and continue for approximately 6 months. Beginning in October, 2012 when construction begins, the Canaveral Lock is scheduled to open for vessel passage only between 6:00 am - 7:00 am, and 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday-Friday. There will be no lock restrictions on weekends. Any vessel that needs greater than 45 feet horizontal clearance will need to be scheduled for passage 7 days in advance with the lockmaster, regardless of the weekday or weekend. The Lock Master may be reached at 321-783-5421.
More Shoaling at Browns Inlet, NC, North of Onslow Beach Bridge:
Shoaling to a depth of less than 4.5 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 60 (LLNR 39217) (34-35-54.684N, 077-14-28.289W) and less than 3.5 feet MLW in the vicinity of Bogue Sound-New River Daybeacon 63 (LLNR 39225). (5th District LNM 38) Note: This area is a continuing shoaling problem for AICW travelers. Markers are frequently moved and sometimes emergency dredging is needed. Check for the latest information before you approach this area. The local towing companies such as TowboatUS usually have updated information. If you are unable to get current local information, remember that even if the markers look very strange in their placement, they are like that for a reason and should be honored, unless you have information to the contrary. Proceed with great caution.
AICW Closure at the Gilmerton Bridge (Mile 5.8) Postponed:
We have received NO information as to the dates for rescheduling this work:
From MSIB: 12/011, Sector Hampton Roads:
The September 5-14, 2012 scheduled closure of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake at the AICW Mile 5.8 for the installation of the new Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) lift span will be postponed until further notice. Updates of the Gilmerton Bridge project will be available at www.GilmertonBridge.org. Comments and questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to LCDR Hector Cintron at (757) 668-5581 or via email at Hector.L.Cintron@uscg.mil
ATLANTIC COAST FROM MAINE TO FLORIDA:
The U. S. Coast Guard is making available an interim report issued by the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS) workgroup. The interim report provides status of the workgroup efforts and the remaining requirements to complete the study. The Coast Guard welcomes comments on the interim report or submission of additional information for consideration by the workgroup. DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility on or before October 11, 2012. See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-11/html/2012-22295.htm for the full Notice of Availability. The report is available on the ACPARS Web site at www.uscg.mil/lantarea/acpars . (First District LNM 37)
NOAA Coast Pilots Updates:
Effective September 25, 2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will begin to update the U.S. Coast Pilot, Volumes 3 and 4 on a weekly basis. The new PDF version, available free on the NOAA website (http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm) every Tuesday, will automatically incorporate the latest revisions. The version is identified by that week’s Sunday’s date at the top of every page. NOAA will continue to post the individual corrections for all volumes on their website. The Coast Guard will no longer publish Coast Pilot corrections.
The “Weekly Record of Updates” (now preceding the index) provides a quick reference and cumulative listing of all affected paragraphs revised at the time of download. It also serves as a record for future hand corrections. Print-on-Demand (POD) copies of the U.S. Coast Pilot, produced from these same updated files, are available for sale by authorized printing partners. NOAA will continue to print new editions annually for customers who prefer the traditional hardcopy book. (5th and 7th Districts LNM 39)
Launch Hazard Area:
Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: FROM 2833N 8034W
TO 2832N 8034W
TO 2830N 8033W
TO 2825N 8016W
TO 2825N 8009W
TO 2827N 8009W
TO 2830N 8014W
TO 2833N 8026W
TO 2833N 8032W
B: FROM 2822N 7917W
TO 2804N 7922W
TO 2812N 7957W
TO 2831N 7951W
C: FROM 1552N 5210W
TO 1509N 5239W
TO 1754N 5710W
TO 1838N 5642W
Hazard Periods Launch days:
Primary: 04 / 1210Z THRU 04 / 1301Z OCT 12. T-0 IS 1210Z.
Backup: 05 / 1206Z THRU 05 / 1257Z OCT 12. T-0 IS 1206Z. (7th District LNM 39)
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.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Boom Placement and Exercises, Scarborough River, ME:
Containment boom will be deployed for exercises purposes only at the mouth of the Scarborough River (43.542199°-70.327255°), Scarborough, Maine, on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Exercise will take place between approximately 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Booming will not obstruct the channel but segments of boom may be placed near or in the channel and mariners should be aware, particularly in the area between Pine Point and Ferry Rock. For immediate onsite concerns, contact Maine Department of Environmental Protection at (207) 822-6352. (First District LNM 39)
Portsmouth, NH, Research Buoys:
Deployment of a passive, surface based, prototype buoy for researching possible wave energy extraction is being done 2 NM south of White Island of the Isles of Shoals until approximately November 10, 2012. The work is being done in (PA) 42- 56.5355 N 70- 37.8283 W. The hours of operation is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is a 1.5 meter diameter, can shaped buoy connected to a single point mooring. The yellow buoy will have a radar reflector and solar powered flashing light (0.5 sec flash every 4 seconds). (First District LNM 39)
Deployment of a passive, surface based, prototype buoy for researching possible wave energy extraction is being done 2 NM south of White Island of the Isles of Shoals until approximately November 10, 2012. The work is being done in (PA) 42- 56.601 N 70- 38.0152 W. The hours of operation is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is a 3 meter diameter, can shaped buoy connected to a chain single point mooring. The yellow buoy will have a radar reflector and solar powered amber flashing light (0.5 sec flash every 4 seconds). (First District LNM 39)
Navy Testing Offshore Boston Harbor:
Offshore testing for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory will be done, a few miles off the coast of Boston Harbor, from September 16 - October 6, 2012 This testing will require placing 24 items on the sea floor. These items are cement cylinders and weigh approximately 2500 lbs. All of the objects will be placed on the sea floor within a 1 square kilometer area. The 4 corners of this square kilometer are as follows:
42 Deg 20.070'N 070 Deg 47.000'W
42 Deg 20.070'N 070 Deg 46.269'W
42 Deg 19.530'N 070 Deg 46.269'W
42 Deg 19.530'N 070 Deg 47.000'W
The hours of operation will be 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be the M/V SCARLET ISABELLA, R/V RESOLUTION, M/V MATTHEW J. HUGHES & divers. Mariners are advised to proceed with extreme caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 37)
New Bedford Hurricane Barrier Work:
Maintenance and repairs at the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier (41.623313°-70.906478°) are being done to approximately Thursday, December 20th. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. One work barge is located on the west side of the hurricane barrier in approx 60 ft of the channel. Mariners may encounter minor delays while transiting through the bridge and are urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Point of contact can be reached on VHF channel 13 and 16 during working hours. (First District LNM 37)
Mystic Harbor Dredging:
Dredging will be done at Brewers Yacht Yard (41.347411° -71.964774°) on October 1st, 2012. The work will be done for 24 hours. On scene will be the dredge 562 & tug boat BULLDOZER. (First District LNM 39)
Permanent Security Zone Proposed for UN:
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent security zone on the waters of the East River (40.748478° -73.966393°) and Bronx Kill, in the vicinity of Randalls and Wards Islands, New York; revise the description of the Wall Street Heliport security zone on the East River, New York; and clarify the enforcement times and locations of the security zones that are located near the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, as set forth in 33 CFR 165.164(a)(4) and (a)(5). This action is necessary to protect visiting dignitaries and the Port of New York/New Jersey against terrorism, sabotage or other subversive acts and incidents of a similar nature during the dignitaries' visit to New York City. The zones are intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the East River and Bronx Kill when public officials are scheduled to arrive and depart the area. Persons or vessels would not be allowed to enter these security zones without permission from the Captain of the Port New York (COTP) or the COTP's designated on-scene representative. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before November 13, 2012. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 2, 2012. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork Waterways Management Advisory Notices (First District LNM 37)
Sediment Samples in Many Areas Around NY Harbor:
Sediment samples will be taken in Alley Creek (Queens), Brooklyn Marine Park, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Coney Island Creek (Brooklyn), Flushing Creek (Queens), Spring Creek (Brooklyn), Hendrix Creek (Brooklyn), Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn), Mill Basin (Brooklyn), Head of Bay (Inwood in Nassau), Fresh Creek (Brooklyn), Harlem River, Bronx River, East River, Steinway Creek (Queens), East River (at Throgs Neck), Westchester Creek (Bronx) and Mill Creek (Oceanside/Bay Park in Nassau). The work will be done from October 1 - November 1, 2012. The work will be done 7 days a week during daylight hours. On scene is the R/V WILLING II that is monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM 39)
Hudson River Survey:
A geophysical/hydrographic remote sensing survey of the East River (they apparently meant Hudson River), working North from Harlem River (40.878724° -73.929355°) to Albany (42.646350° -73.745210°), is being done until approximately October 30, 2012. A secondary vessel will operate in tandem working South from Lake Champlain to Albany. The hours of operation are 7 days a week during daylight hours. On scene is the R/V SEA RAIDER & ABLE II that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM 37)
Arthur Kill, NY/NJ Dredging:
Dredging will be occurring in the Arthur Kill in the vicinity if Howland Hook from approximately September 24, 2012 through November 19, 2012. During this time there will be non-federal buoys marking the approximate channel edge and center line in the vicinity of the dredges. These buoys will be relocated frequently to mark the limits of the work areas to ensure safe navigation through and around these areas. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while navigating this area. (First District LNM 39)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Delaware River Bridge to Close for Lift Span Cable Replacement:
Mariners are advised that replacement of operating lift span cables will be performed at the Burlington-Bristol (vertical-lift) Bridge (40.081551° -74.869566°) on Route 413, at mile 117.8, across the Delaware River, between Burlington NJ and Bristol PA. To facilitate the replacement, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels, each day, beginning at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 30, 2012 and November 1, 2012. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.5 and 117.716. The drawbridge will be unable to open for vessels in the event of an emergency. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 62 feet, above mean high water. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime; mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 39)
Salem River Dredging:
The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations at the Salem River Entrance from Salem River Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 2645) to Salem River Channel Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 2710) (39-34-08.190N, 075-30-30.943W) from 27 September, 2012 until 04 January, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating (5th District LNM 39)
Francis Scott Key Bridge Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Authority, will be performing underwater inspections at the I-695/Francis Scott Key Bridge (39.219044° -76.523871°), at mile 6.0, across Patapsco River, in Baltimore each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday from November 5 - 21, 2012. The actual onsite days will be dependent on the weather, channel conditions and the availability of the dive crew. A 25-foot vessel with an outboard motor will be used during the inspection process. Inspection personnel and equipment will be in proximity to the navigable channel, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and will relocate upon request for passage from any waterborne vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 39) Note: This is one of many Maryland bridges undergoing underwater inspections within the next month or two. There are too many to list--this is the largest and most conspicuous bridge on the list. If you observe small boats near or adjacent to a bridge and a diver down flag (solid red flag with white diagonal stripe), slow down, watch your wake and proceed with caution. None of the operations were expected to disrupt marine traffic.
Firing Exercises off VA Beach:
The Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation Live Fire Small Arms Range described as all of the waters seaward of the mean high water shore line within a sector between radial lines extending 13,500 yards seaward and bearing 070 degrees true and 150 degrees true, respectively, from a point on shore at 36- 48- 58.3N, 075- 57- 59.0W. All vessel operators are reminded to review Navigation Regulations as described in paragraph 334.380 of Chapter 2, of U.S. Coast Pilot 4, Atlantic Coast: Cape Henry to Key West (37th) Edition when operating south of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Firing will take place only during daylight hours and red flags will be displayed at conspicuous locations on the beach at the facility. Vessels shall proceed through the area with caution and shall remain in the area no longer than necessary for transit. The Camp Pendleton Live Fire Range will be active during the following periods:
DATE UNIT AMMO HOURS 15-16 Nov. American Security .40/shotgun. 0900-1500 (5th District LNM 38)
Naval Exercises Offshore VA Beach:
U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Group 2 will be conducting boat operations on 27-28 September; 01-02 October and 09 October, 2012 in the vicinity of Chesapeake Light Tower at 37-11N, 076-03W and 36-54N, 075-43W. Operations include high speed maneuvering and the discharge of blank ammunition. A safety boat will be in the vicinity to warn any approaching vessels and all vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 72. (5th District LNM 39)
James River Lift Bridge Restrictions Update:
James River – US Route 17 (vertical-lift) Bridge (37.002651°-76.468869°) - Mariners are advised that the James River Bridge, across James River, at mile 5.0, will be closed to navigation every Friday, at 9 p.m. through 5 a.m., on Monday, from September 14, 2012 through December 10, 2012, vessel openings will be provided with a two-hour advance notice to the bridge tender. The bridge in the closed position provides 60 feet of vertical clearance at mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 38).
Berkley Bridge Schedule Final:
Effective October 6, 2012, the Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that governs the Berkley (I-264) Bridge (36.841579° -76.286185°), at mile 0.4, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA. The current temporary regulation for the Berkley Bridge is scheduled to end on October 5, 2012. This regulation will impose the provisions of the temporary regulation as permanent. This permanent change to the regulation is necessary to alleviate heavy vehicular traffic delays throughout the day and secondary congestion during the afternoon rush hour, while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation. The draw of the bridge will continue to open on signal to vessels between the hours at 9-9:30 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-2:50 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. A copy of Public Notice 5-1280 and interim rule, Docket #USCG-2012-0357, which describes the proposal in detail, was published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2012. It can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6587 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. Comments will be received for the record until October 1, 2012 at the office of the Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004. (5th District LNM 36)
Morehead City Railroad Bridge Temporary Schedule:
AIWW – Newport River – Carolina Coastal Railroad (lift) Bridge (34.720191° -76.693656°) – Final rule sent for signing by District Commander. Proposal would temporarily operate the bridge from 1 OCT 12 to 1 OCT 13, by maintaining the bridge in the open position to vessels from 0500 to 2030 and would only be closed for the passage of trains and to perform periodic maintenance; and need not open from 2030 to 0500, except with one optional opening at 0000 (midnight) for vessels providing advance notice before 1600 on the afternoon before the requested opening. (5th District LNM 39)
NC AICW Bridge Work:
BRIDGE FENDER REPAIRS WILL BE IN PROGRESS FROM SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 UNTIL DECEMBER 12, 2012 ON THE NC 210 FIXED BRIDGE (34.498307° -77.429678°) AT MILE 253.3 ON THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY IN NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA.
BRIDGE REHABILIATATION WILL BE IN PROGRESS FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 UNTIL MAY 1, 2013 ON THE US 74/76 BASCULE BRIDGE (34.216103° -77.812750°) AT MILE 283.1 ON THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY IN WRIGHTVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA.
BRIDGE FENDER REPAIRS WILL BE IN PROGRESS FROM SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 UNTIL DECEMBER 12, 2012 ON THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY ON THE NC 133 FIXED BRIDGE (33.921750°-78.072500°) AT MILE 311.8 IN OAK ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA AND THE NC 58 FIXED BRIDGE (34.672560° -77.065953°) AT MILE 226 IN EMERALD ISLE, NORTH CAROLINA.
For all of the above:
TO FACILITATE REPAIRS A CRANE BARGE WILL REDUCE THE AVAILABLE HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE IN THE NAVIGABLE CHANNEL FROM 90 FEET TO 50 FEET. A ONE HOUR ADVANCE NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE THE BARGE FROM THE CHANNEL FOR VESSELS REQUIRING GREATER THAN 50 FEET HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE TO SAFELY NAVIGATE THROUGH THE BRIDGE. THE WORK SUPERVISOR CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 13 OR 16 TO ARRANGE REMOVAL OF THE BARGE FROM THE CHANNEL.
MARINERS ARE URGED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION AT SLOW NO WAKE SPEEDS. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge Closure (65 ft Vertical Closed Clearance):
Mariners are advised that the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge (34.227053° -77.952125°), across Cape Fear River, at mile 26.8, will be closed to navigation from 8 p.m. September 26, 2012 through 5:30 a.m. October 1, 2012, and again at 8 p.m. October 10, 2012 through 5:30 October 15, 2012 with no openings provided. The bridge in the closed position provides 65 feet of vertical clearance at mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 38)
Oregon Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of less than 2.0 feet MLW has been reported between Oregon Inlet Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 28025) (35-46-30.842N, 075-31-53.637W) and Oregon Inlet Lighted Buoy 14 (LLNR 28029). Shoaling extends 75 to 100 yards south of the center line of the navigable channel. (5th District LNM 38)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Savannah River Dredging:
On or about October 2, 2012, the Dredge “HAMPTON ROADS” will move to the vicinity of Southern LNG, Elba Island, Lower Flats Range Elba island LB 40 (LLNR 4855) (32-04-40.955N, 080-58-49.201W). The operations will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately October 17, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM 39)
Brunswick, GA Dredging:
Marinex Construction, Inc will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of East river, Brunswick Harbor (31.136807° -81.497487°), Brunswick GA. On or about September 25, 2012. The Dredge “SAVANNAH” will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately November 10, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Dredge operations will extend from Andrews Island Spit LB A (LLNR 6280) East River Entrance to Brunswick Harbor Front Range. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM 39)
Tolomato River Shoaling:
The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling near Tolomato River Light 54 (LLNR 38830) (29-56-35.597N, 081-18-41.471W) north of St Augustine Inlet forming adjacent to the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 39)
St. Augustine Inlet AICW Dredging:
Southwind Construction Corp, will commence dredging operations in the Intracoastal Waterway, Cuts SJ-28, SJ-28A, SJ-29 & SJ-29A St. Augustine (29.908334° -81.297419°), St. Johns County, Florida on August 24, 2012. The dredge WILKO and workboats: Miss Leanne and Proud Mary will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 & 16 working channel 78. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The approximate completion date is November 1, 2012. Land POC’s Mr. David Lynn (Foreman) Cell: 812-455-1770 and Mr. Richard Lassen (CQC Manager) Cell: 812-480-1740. There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned in the vicinity of St. Augustine, Inlet traversing southerly along Salt Run to the designated beach fill placement site immediately adjacent to Anastasia State Park. (7th District LNM 33)
Cape Canaveral Dredging:
Norfolk Dredging Company will commence dredging operations on or about September 22, 2012. The dredging operations will be performed near Cape Canaveral, Florida. The project will consist of dredging the west Turning Basin and various berths at Cape Canaveral. Scows will be towed from the jobsite to the Ocean Disposal Area (center of disposal area) 28 18 44N 080 31 00W (NAD 83). The dredge “ATLANTIC” will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Vessel traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Barges are held in place by cables attached to the anchors some distance away from the equipment mariners are advised to stay clear of the dredge, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operations will be 24 hours per day 7 days per week with an approximate complete date of August 1, 2013. Further information contact Norfolk Dredging Company at (757) 547-9391. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM 39)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 26, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.43 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.37 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.57 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
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 37/2012:
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 RR Swing Bridge (AICW Mile 721.1): DB Marine Construction has started repairs to the Amelia River Swingbridge (30.628700° -81.484451°) fender system across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.1, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The contractor will have a small work platform in the waterway which may restrict 20 ft of the channel. Vessels requiring a full channel opening should contact the on-scene tug or VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 one hour in advance to allow time to remove the platform from the channel. Mariners are requested to maintain minimum wake/slow speed through the area for the safety of the workers. This work is anticipated to be completed by November 30, 2012. Additional channel restrictions/closures will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
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.
SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): Update: Astor General Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the East Bound SR 312 Bridge (29.862672° -81.309784°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (this bridge is in St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida.
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 312 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida, through August, 2013.
L. B. Knox Bridge (AICW Mile 816): Cline Construction has advise the Coast Guard that they anticipate starting work on the fender system replacement of the Highbridge Road (Leonard B. Knox) Bridge (29.407923° -81.101143°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 816, Volusia County, Florida on August 22, 2012. This work will consist of floating equipment in the waterway reducing the horizontal clearance to 46 feet between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and possibly a Saturday. The floating equipment can be moved from the channel with a one hour notice to the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 for vessels requiring more than 46 feet of horizontal clearance. This work is expected to be completed by November 30, 2012.
Broad Causeway Bridge (AICW Mile 1081.4): Seacoast Incorporated working for the Town of Bay Harbor will be rehabilitating the Broad Causeway (125th Street) Bridge (25.887207° -80.142448°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1081.4, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Coast Guard has approved single-leaf operations with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening at this location from September 17, 2012 through January 15, 2013. This work will be accomplished during daylight hours Monday through Friday; but the contractor has indicated that they may be working a few weekends.
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. Upcoming bridge closings are published below. 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.
Week 5: September 30
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.
SUNRAIL RAILROAD BRIDGE: Due to repairs to the Sunrail Railroad Bridge (28.837779° -81.324670°), Lake Monroe, Sanford, Florida the contractor will be restricting the channel under this bridge from September 23 through September 27, 2012 with alternative dates of October 2 through October 5, 2012. Due to nature of these repairs the waterway under the Sunrail Railroad Bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from September 28 through October 1, 2012. The Coast Guard has approved this closure period for the safety of the workers and potential hazards to navigation.
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