East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
BoatUS Press Release: Hurricane Sandy Damage:
STATEN ISLAND, NY, November 14, 2012 — The nation’s largest group of boaters, Boat Owner’s Association of The United States (BoatUS), estimates that over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. BoatUS also estimates that dollar damage to all recreational boats (only) is $650 million, making the late October storm the single-largest industry loss since the Association began keeping track in 1966. A video of the BoatUS Catastrophe response team on the ground in New York and New Jersey can be found at http://youtu.be/TGoCBe6ObpA.
“We are all reeling from the huge impact this storm has had on communities and people’s lives,” said BoatUS AVP Public Affairs Scott Croft. “We’ve never seen anything like it. The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The combination of boats stored ashore at low elevations and record high surge levels caused hundreds, if not thousands, of boats to float away into neighborhoods, parks and marshes. The tri-state coastline left no place for the surge to go, but up. While some boats that stayed in the slips did fine, other boats tied to floating docks simply lifted off too-short pilings and floated away — still tied to the dock. Some vessels never made it out of their slip and rest on the bottom.”
The BoatUS Catastrophe Response Team reports that the marine community has rallied to gain the upper hand on the recovery process. “If there is a story to tell, it’s about how the boating industry got together immediately after the storm to help each other out and get boats back in their place,” said BoatUS Catastrophe Team Member Jack Hornor. While some New Jersey barrier islands continue to restrict access delaying boat recovery efforts, some marinas, boat clubs and yards have recovered their customers’ boats and put them back on blocks to undergo damage assessments. Many boating facilities, especially those on New Jersey’s coast, Staten Island and western Long Island, sustained significant damage to infrastructure such as docks, workshops, clubhouses and equipment, which will likely have an impact on the 2013 boating season. BoatUS estimates over 32,000 boats were damaged in NY, followed by New Jersey’s 25,000, Connecticut’s 2,500 and 6,000 remaining in various states. Dollar damage to recreational boats (only) in New York is estimated at $324 million, followed by $242 million in New Jersey and $23 million in Connecticut. Previously, in the 2005 storm season, Hurricane Wilma and Katrina damage was estimated at over $700 million combined.
As with any storm, the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program will be investigating hurricane damage prevention measures taken by boaters and possible new solutions, but one early indication is that boats tied-up to protected floating docks with tall pilings had the best chance of survival with Sandy. “However, you can’t base a hurricane preparation plan on one storm. While storm surge was the biggest factor here, wind and rain can be major factors in the next one. Hindsight is only good if you look at the bigger picture,” said BoatUS Director of Technical Services Bob Adriance.
One new factor that is affecting post-hurricane boat recovery efforts? Snow. BoatUS reports there is some concern in the industry that storm damaged vessels may not be winterized in time with the arrival of colder weather.
(An updated press release concerning progress in the cleanup can be found at https://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=849)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
USCG Hurricane Sandy Update:
Mariners are advised that the aids to navigation in all Fifth District waters and coastal areas should be considered unreliable due to Hurricane Sandy and the associated rainfall, wind driven storm surge and extreme high tides. Aids to navigation may be missing, damaged, off station or displaying improper characteristics. In addition, mariners may encounter shoaling, obstructed waterways, floating and submerged debris and abnormal currents. Report any navigation outages or hazards to navigation to the nearest Coast Guard unit or to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center website at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov. Changes to aids to navigation for Seasonal Change of Signals, as found in the Light List Remarks Colum (8), may be instituted earlier then the stated dates due to operational restrictions on servicing units imposed by Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. (5th District LNM 45)
Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating all inlets on the South Coast of Long Island. Severe winds, tides, flooding and currents from Hurricane Sandy may have caused floating aids to navigation to become extinguished, off-station or missing. The Inlets may also have new shoal areas that are not marked by aids to navigation. Mariners are urged to report any discrepancies or areas of shoaling to the U. S. Coast Guard. (First District LNM 44)
Snows Cut Bridge (AICW Mile 295.7) Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that structural repairs will be performed at the Snows Cut Bridge (34.055532°-77.899558°) on US 421 at AIWW mile 295.7 at Carolina Beach, NC beginning 7 a.m., on December 10, 2012 through 5 p.m., on April 1, 2013. To facilitate repairs, a work platform will be installed and the available vertical clearance for the underside of the bridge will be temporarily reduced by four feet to 61 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
Dismal Swamp Canal to Close at South Mills:
Mariners are advised that the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Bridge, at AICW mile 28.0, in South Mills, NC (36.444585°-76.327853°) will closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m., on December 10, 2012 through 5 p.m., on December 14, 2012 to facilitate hydraulic repairs. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.820. There is zero vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position. The Great Bridge to Albemarle Sound via the Great Bridge Locks is operating on normal schedule. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM 47)
Browns Inlet AICW Problem Area Dredging:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AIW at Browns Crossing (34-35-54.684N, 077-14-28.289W) from 16 November until 16 December, 2012. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southeasterly along the east shore of the channel. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 78. (5th District LNM 46)
Flagler Memorial and Royal Park Bridges Special Regulations:
Due to the malfunction of the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) in Palm Beach, Florida, and subsequent vehicle traffic restrictions with some traffic being diverted to Royal Park Bridge (26.705949°-80.045181°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway 1022.6, Palm Beach, Florida, the Coast Guard is placing additional restrictions in the mornings and afternoons to assist with the flow of vehicle traffic during the rush hour periods. For this reason starting on Monday, November 26, 2012, Flagler Memorial Bridge schedule will remain on the quarter hour and three quarter hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m., this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation, Monday through Friday until the repairs are completed. And the Royal Park Bridge will remain on the hour and hour-hour schedule except that from 8:01 a.m. to 8:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:29 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation, Monday through Friday until the repairs are completed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge. (7th District LNM 47) Check http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/starting-monday-flagler-bridge-openings-to-be-limi/nTBkM/
Its Right Whale Restriction Season Again:
Check http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/ for information about speed restrictions and limits on how close you can/cannot get to these magnificent creatures and what to do if you see one.
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 Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Floating Swing-Span Bridge to Replace Estherville-Minum Ferry, AICW Mile 411.4:
Comments Requested: The Coast Guard has issued public notice 10-12 advertising receipt of a bridge permit application from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the approval of location and plans to construct a floating swing-span bridge on SSR 18 to the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center at Cat Island and South Island across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 411.4, near Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina (33 19’48.04”N and 79 11’44.19”W). The public notice 10-12 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be viewed at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1®ion=7. The project manager is Mr. Brodie Rich at (305) 415-6736 or by e-mail at Brodie.E.Rich@uscg.mil. (7th District LNM 45)
Savannah River Rock Revetment Project:
The U.S. Department of Interior and Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District will be conducting a rock revetment project on the Cockspur Island Lighthouse (LLNR 4661) (32-01-21.660N, 080-52-48.000W) located on the south channel of the Savannah River, near Lazaretto Creek and Ft. Pulaski. Rocks are going to be placed around the Cockspur Island Lighthouse which will prevent further erosion, and will only be covered by 1 to 2 inches of water at high tide. All waterborne commercial and recreational traffic is advised that the 300 foot area around the lighthouse will no longer be passable during any tide. Operations will be conducted during daylight hours beginning on November 1, 2012 until January 31, 2013. For further information contact the ACOE at 912-652-6086. (7th District LNM 44)
Fernandina Beach Temporary Marker at Shoal:
Fernandina Beach Light 1 (LLNR 37985) (30-39-48.060N, 081-29-03.060W) is missing. A temporary buoy is in its place. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution as shoaling continues around the bend towards the TRUB from the center of the channel to the east side of the channel. (7th District LNM 46)
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.
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On November 20, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.34 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.28 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.48 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N) (see below).
You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html
New Lock Schedule, Okeechobee Waterway:
1. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will change the operating hours at locks on the Okeechobee Waterway in accordance with a national strategy to standardize lock operations. The change is scheduled to take effect November 13, and will impact the following locks:
• Moore Haven Lock (26.833683°-81.088144°) on the west side of Lake Okeechobee
• Ortona Lock near LaBelle (26.789265°-81.304948°)
• Port Mayaca Lock (26.984290-80.621067°) on the east side of Lake Okeechobee
• St. Lucie Lock (27.111264°-80.285094°) near Stuart
• W.P. Franklin Lock (26.723504°-81.693068°) near Fort Myers
The new operating hours at each of the five locks will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The changes are part of a Corps plan to provide consistent levels of operating service for all locks across the nation. The operating hours are based on the number of lockages performed at each facility. These changes are part of a civil works transformation process that will allow the Corps to deliver the best possible products and services to the nation. Information will also be updated on the link provided as soon as known.
2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Aaron Kelly at (904) 232-2103 or email email@example.com
3. Additional information navigation bulletins on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District’s website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx (Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville)
Dredging in Boca Inlet:
The City of Boca Raton – Municipal Services will commence dredging operations on or about November 9, 2012. Dredging will occur within the interior of the Boca Raton Inlet (26.335251° -80.072247°) between the A1A drawbridge and the eastern tips of the jetties. While dredging, the vessels will be displaying lights and day boards as required, and may temporally impede the flow of traffic through the inlet channel. Activities are outside of the ICW, and will not impact any marine traffic in the ICW. The dredge and tug Capt Al will monitor channel 16. Operations will occur intermittently during daylight hours Monday-Friday. This is an on-going channel maintenance utilizing a floating cutter suction dredge bypassing plant that operates continuously as needed, and the City intends for this to be a perpetual operation. The project POC is Jennifer Bistyga 561-416-3397 and emergency contact number is Captain Al Bitterling 561-239-0382. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with caution. The Boca Raton Inlet continually shoals; passage is not recommended without local knowledge of all hazardous conditions affecting this area. (7th District LNM 46)
Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier Lights Extinguished:
The Coast Guard received a report that Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier North Light (LLNR 10275) and Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier South Light (LLNR 10280) are extinguished. This leaves the entire pier unlit during the night and presents a hazard to navigation during nighttime hours. This pier begins on shore in approximate position 26-18'-58"N, 080-04'-32"W and extends approximately 800 feet from the shoreline. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting this area at night. (7th District LNM 46)
Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project:
Industrial Divers Corporation (IDC) will begin coral relocation at South Point Park, Miami, Florida (25.765763° -80.133360°) for the Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project. IDC's dive barge will be onsite Monday through Friday from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm November 5, 2012 through January 2013. The dive barge will operate outside of the channel and can be contacted on marine channel 16. Demolition/construction of the pier will begin in January 2013. (7th District LNM 44)
Bird Stakes for "Fertilizer" Again:
Biscayne National Park, Miami Dade County, Florida will commence in November 15-30, 2012, a seagrass restoration project that includes the temporary installation of bird stakes. Bird stakes will be placed in restoration areas to encourage roosting of waterfowl and provide natural fertilizer to the seagrass beds. The bird stakes are constructed of ¾ inch PVC poles and 4 inch x 4 inch x 2 inch treated wood blocks attached to poles. Bird stakes will be placed throughout the interior of the injury areas at 6.6 feet intervals. “NO BOATING/RESTRICTION AREA” signs will be posted at the restored areas (sites listed below) for approximately 12-18 months. The restoration signs, constructed of aluminum will be 46cm wide x 36 cm tall with a white reflective background. For further information contact Amanda Bourque at 786-335-3626.
2 Bird Stakes, 1 Sign
35 Bird Stakes, 2 Signs
80 Bird stakes, 5 Signs (7th District LNM 46)
Hazards to Navigation:
Card Bank Light 20 (LLNR 50205) (25-18-16.769N, 080-21-05.406W) is destroyed. The steel pile is visible only 1ft above the water. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 47)
The Coast Guard received a report of a partially submerged 26ft tan Sea Ray with no engines in the vicinity of Newfound Harbor Channel in approximate position 24-38.410N 081-23.144W. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 47)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 47/2012:
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. Bridges that have vertical height reduced (or other severe restriction) will remain on this list until the restriction is removed. There are numerous closures of bridges for Christmas Parades and for too many races for too many causes to include in the Alerts. These usually last only an hour or two. Please check locally for this type of closure in your cruising area. We will occasionally include extended closures for these events, such as the 12 hour Light Parade closure at the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville below.
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.
Main Street Bridge: Extended Closure for Christmas Parade: The Main Street (US 1) Bridge (30.322607° -81.658512°) across the St. Johns River mile 24.7, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 2:00 p.m. on November 24 through to 2:00 a.m. on November 25, 2012 to facilitate the Jacksonville Light Parade event.
SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): 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 (29.862672° -81.309784°)across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida, through August, 2013.
Lantana East Ocean Avenue Bridge: GLF Construction Corporation has advised this office that the demolition and replacement of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge (26.583375°-80.046117°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until April 16, 2013. Between November 14 through November 21, 2012, GLF will be working along the western side of the ICW and will continue to demolish the Ocean Ave west bascule pier. Starting on November 26th through December 15th they will remove the existing fender system and will install the new fender system. Operations will be conducted Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. At times, the work barge will be in the ICW but will not take up more than half of the channel. If a vessel needs the full channel for safe passage, please provide GLF a one hour notice by contacting them on marine channel 9 or 16.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Cape May Ferry Terminal Dredging:
The Dredge FULLERTON will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of the Cape May Ferry Terminal and Canal (38.965537°-74.958597°) from 15 November until 20 December, 2012. The dredge monitors VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels and caution due to dredge pipeline in the vicinity. (5th District LNM 47)
Cape May Dredging and Beach Re-nourishment:
The Hopper Dredge R.N. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations and beach re-nourishment in the vicinity of Cape May Point (38.934026° -74.972071°) from 15 November, 2012 until 15 January, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 46)
Baltimore Inner Harbor Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the City of Baltimore, will conduct underwater inspections of the Inner Harbor (39.284354° -76.610432°) Promenade Structures from the Rusty Scupper restaurant to the Pier Six Pavilion across a tidal portion of the Patapsco River at Baltimore MD. This is a continuation of the inspections done in May and June of this year. The underwater inspections will now be performed, each day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., from November 12, 2012 to January 11, 2013. To facilitate the inspections, diving operations will be conducted from a 25-foot or 41-foot work vessel that will tied–off to the piers and bulkheads on the promenade. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 46)
Naval Academy Parachute Demo:
Mariners are advised that the U. S. Naval Academy is scheduled to conduct a Parachute Team landing demonstration along the Severn River on December 1, 2012, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The drop zone is located on the grounds of the Naval Academy at Hospital Point, downriver from the Naval Academy (SR-450) Bridge. Though not planned, in-water entries may occur. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, and heed the directions of patrolling law enforcement and public safety officials. Absent specific guidance, mariners should remain 100 yards from Hospital Point, located on the Naval Academy in approximate position latitude 38°59’29” N, longitude 076°29’20” W. For any comments or questions contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 43)
York River Dredging:
Mechanical dredging will occur at the Cheatham Annex Piers (37.255561° -76.529663°) from 20 November, 2012 until completion. The dredges NS-100 and CMC-2400 will monitor VHF-FM channels 10 and 13. (5th District LNM 46)
Norfolk Naval Station Dredging:
The Dredge MARION will continue to conduct dredging operations at Norfolk Naval Station (36.944017° -76.336286°) Piers 2,6,9,10,11,12 and 14 until 30 November, 2012. (5th District LNM 46)
Diving Ops in Norfolk Harbor:
Diving operations will be conducted on the Waterside seawall from the Sheraton Hotel to the USS WISCONSIN (36.848278° -76.296042°) from 05 November until 14 December, 2012. Mariners are requested to navigate with caution , avoid transiting close to the seawall and transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 45)
More Shoaling at Bonner Bridge:
Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 ft MLW has been reported at the center span of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge and to the south and west encroaching into the navigational channel . (5th District LNM 47)
Bonner Bridge Work:
PCL Construction will be working on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) approximately 700 feet south of the navigational opening from 12 November, 2012 until 18 January, 2013. On site equipment will include tugs, barges and a deck barge. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th district LNM 46)
Shoaling in AICW Reported, South of Swansboro:
Shoaling to a depth of 1.0 ft. MLW has been reported between New River -Cape Fear River Buoy 99 (LLNR 39547) (34-21-34.123N, 077-40-23.172W) and New River -Cape Fear River Light 100 (LLNR 39550). (5th District LNM 47) NOTE: Let's hope the reporter was seriously out of the channel.
NC Inlet Shoaling Reports Following Sandy:
Shoaling has been reported as:
A. New River Inlet to a depth of 5.0 ft MLW in the vicinity of New River Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 29670) (34-31-36.637N, 077-20-09.574W) and to a depth of 4.0 ft MLW between New River Inlet Buoy 10A (LLNR 29721) and New River Inlet Buoy 10B (LLNR 29723).
B. Carolina Beach Inlet to a depth of 3.6 ft MLW between Carolina Beach Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 30275) (34-04-57.093N, 077-52-00.570W) and Carolina Beach Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 30280).
C. New Topsail Inlet to a depth of 3.7 ft MLW between New Topsail Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 29995) (34-20-14.557N, 077-39-26.331W) and New Topsail Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 3000).
D. Banks Channel to a depth of 2.9 ft MLW between Old Topsail Creek Buoy 2 (LLNR 30140.02) and Banks Channel.
E. Bogue Inlet to a depth of 3.4 ft MLW between Bogue Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 29530) (34-38-46.910N, 077-06-32.286W) and Bogue Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535). (5th District LNM 46)
Lockwoods Folly Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 ft MLW has been reported from Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 31015) (33-54-27.860N, 078-14-02.532W) to Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 5 (LLNR 31027). (5th District LNM 46)
New River Inlet (Ocean Inlet, Not on the AICW) Dredging:
The Dredge SAVANNAH will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of New River Inlet (34.528430° -77.336398°) from 16 November, 2012 until 15 February, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 45)
NC AICW Bridge Work:
Emerald Isle – NC 58 (fixed) Bridge (34.672481° -77.066775°)–Temporary safety zone is established to restrict vessel movement for fender system repairs effective from 12 DEC 12 through 14 FEB 13. (5th District LNM 44)
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. (5th District Bridge Branch) Temporary safety zone is established to restrict vessel movement for fender system repairs effective from 20 DEC 12 through 14 FEB 13. (5th District LNM 44)
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 (5th District Bridge Branch.) Mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at AIW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC will be closed to navigation from October 22, 2012 through March 15, 2013, each day, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., except vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 256-4519 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a)(4). The bridge in the closed position provides 20 feet of vertical clearance at mean high water. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a drawbridge opening may do so at all times and the bridge will be able to open in an emergency. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 42)
Cape Fear River Dredging:
The Dredge CHEROKEE will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Fear River between the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (Hwy 17) (34.227053° -77.952125°) and the Fourth East Jetty Channel adjacent to the State Port Docks from 26 November, 2012 until 26 January, 2013. Dredge material will be transported by pipeline to the Eagle Island Disposal Site. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 47)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Bath, ME, Iron Works Dredging:
Dredging will be conducted in the immediate vicinity of the Bath Iron Works (43.900842°-69.811027°) beginning November 14, 2012 for three weeks. Dredging operations will be conducted during daylight hours only. The vessel Conquer will be on scene. The point of contact is Bob Herman, who can be reached at 207-442-4450. (First District LNM 46)
RNA at Waldo-Hancock Bridge:
The Coast Guard is enforcing a regulated navigation area within a 300 yard radius of position 44-33.5N, 068-48.1W at the center of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge. All mariners are required to transit this area at no wake speed, not to exceed 5 knots. In addition to the regulated navigation area, all persons and vessels are prohibited from approaching construction barges and equipment within 75 yards unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. The purpose of this restriction is to prohibit entry into the area where hot work and heavy-lift operations will be conducted. This regulated navigation area is in effect until July 1, 2013. (First District LNM 46)
Salem, MA, Dredging:
Dredging is being done at Salem Wharf (42.518929° -70.884676°) until approximately February 15, 2013. The hours of operation are 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene is a dredge, plant, dump scow & push boat. (First District LNM 46)
Newburyport, MA, Jetty Repairs:
Repairs to the South Jetty in Newburyport (42.815968° -70.807863°) are being done until March 2013. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. On scene is an excavator, loader & dump trucks. (First District LNM 44)
Dredging in Harwich, MA:
A dredging project is currently underway in Allen Harbor Basin (41.665806° -70.089462°), Harwich, Massachusetts, and will continue until approximately 1 March 2013. The on-site dredging contractor for the town of Harwich is Burnham Associates, which has a crane barge on scene along with two dump scows and the tug NATICK. Dredging activity is ongoing daily, seven days a week. (First District LNM 47)
Long Island Emergency Dredging:
Emergency dredging is being done on the Intercoastal waters of Long Island until approximately December 15, 2012. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge SCROD II, which is monitoring VHF-FM channels 65 & 15, and various small boats. (First District LNM 47)
Dredging off Sandy Hook:
Dredging is being done in the Borrow Areas A & B about 1.3 NM off the coast of Sandy Hook (40.478301°-74.017025°) until approximately March 15, 2013. The hours of operation is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC’s (GLDD) Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge(s) Padre Island and Dodge Island are on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. (First District LNM 47)
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