East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Snows Cut Bridge (AICW Mile 295.7) Reduced Vertical and Horizontal 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)
Bridge fender repairs will be in progress from December 20, 2012 until October 31, 2013 on the US 421 Fixed Bridge at mile 295.6 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. To facilitate repairs a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 100 feet to 60 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. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at firstname.lastname@example.org (5th District LNM 49)
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)
Regulated Navigation Area in NY/NJ Waterways Following Sandy:
The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule establishing a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Port of New York/New Jersey south of the George Washington Bridge (40.850692° -73.952792°) and west of the Hell Gate Railroad Bridge (40.782520° -73.922188°) to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The RNA will remain in effect through 1 February 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 69761 (November 21, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-21/pdf/2012-28272.pdf . (First District LNM 48)
It's 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
Marinex Construction, Inc. will commence dredging operations on or about November 26, 2012 in the vicinity of the Wando Terminal (32.846441°-79.934841°), Wando River Upper Reach. The dredge “BRUNSWICK” will monitor VHF radio channels 13 and 16. Dredge operations will be in the vicinity of Wando River Terminal Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 3320 and Wando River Terminal Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 3330). The dredge will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week basis until approximately December 9, 2012.
Upon completion of the work on or about December 9, the dredge “BRUNSWICK” will relocate and commence work in the vicinity of Daniel Island Reach between Cooper River Lighted Buoy 48 (LLNR 2765) (32-49-31.855N, 079-55-41.162W) and Cooper River Lighted Buoy 49 (LLNR 2803). The dredge will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week basis until approximately December 20, 2012. Further information contact Marinex Construction, Inc. at 843-722-9083. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with caution. (7th District LNM 48)
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)
Atlas-V Launch and Splashdown Hazard Area:
The Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas for Eastern Range OP # A5552
FROM 2837N 8036W
TO 2837N 8026W
TO 2833N 8018W
TO 2831N 8018W
TO 2831N 8024W
TO 2833N 8036W TO BEGINNING
FROM 2701N 7435W
TO 2547N 7136W
TO 2453N 7201W
TO 2604N 7500W TO BEGINNING
FROM 2115N 6202W
TO 1932N 5825W
TO 1726N 5936W
TO 1927N 6309W TO BEGINNING
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 11/ 1803Z THRU 11/ 2156Z Dec 12. T-0 IS 1803Z.
Backup launch day: 12/ 1700Z THRU 12/ 2046Z Dec 12. T-0 IS 1700Z.
The Eastern range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited for atmospheric re-entry and splashdown of launch vehicle upper stage within the following areas.
FROM 2417S 9851E
TO 3251S 10146E
TO 3536S 8840E
TO 2649S 8648E TO BEGINNING
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary Re-entry date/time: 11/ 2016Z THRU 11 / 2241Z Dec 12.
Backup Re-entry date/time: 12/ 1813Z THRU 12 / 2131Z Dec 12. (7th District LNM 49)
Ponce Inlet (Not on the AICW) Shoaling Again:
Shoaling is in the vicinity of Ponce De Leon Inlet Buoy 7A (LLNR 9543) (29-04-30.097N, 080-55-12.687W) extending 15 yards to the northwest. Mariners are reminded that the positions of the buoys frequently shift with changing conditions. Use only with local knowledge. (7th District LNM 49)
Fort Pierce City Marina Construction Continues:
Fort Pierce City Marina (27.457059° -80.322492°) is under major construction which consists of the building of 12 islands and 150 floating docks. A heavy volume of barges and other construction type vessels will be in this area during daylight periods while construction is being conducted. Also, the Private Aids to Navigation associated with this channel may be missing or marked with temporary buoys. May 2013 is the approximate completion date for the first phase of this project. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting this area and may contact Lucas Marine at 772-286-5094. (7th District LNM 49)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On December 5, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.07 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.01 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.21 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://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html
Unmanned Submersible Testing South Florida:
Lockheed Martin - Palm Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will be conducting offshore testing of two unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicles, the testing will range from 1 -5 miles off shore from Lake Worth Inlet (26-46-23.453N, 080-02-10.374W) to Boynton Beach Inlet. Operations will take place beginning November 30, 2012 and ending December 31, 2013. The Lockheed Martin RHIB Boats and Sea Tow RHIB Boats will support the semi-submersibles in all operations, both RHIB boats will be in constant radio contact with the Operations crew, and will be equipped with a remote kill switch. The RHIB Boats will be monitoring channel 16. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the RHIB boats, and the Semi-submersible vehicle by 200 yards, there will be some diving operations all boaters are requested to stay at least 200 yards from the posted dive flags, and float balls. For further information please contact Lockheed Martin Mr. Donny Jones 561-494-2245, Sea Ops Division. (7th District LNM 48)
Naval Exercises off Port Everglades:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting DERMA Testing offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The M/V Richard L. Becker operated by Tow Boat US will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately South East of Port Everglades inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0700 hrs 10 December to 1800 hrs on 17 December 2012. The vessel will be working between 60 feet of water and 600 feet of water approximately ¾ NM to 3 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°) to 2.5 miles south of the Port Everglades inlet. The M/V Richard L. Becker will be towing a variable depth source and will be restricted in maneuverability. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the M/V Becker. Ships entering PEV are requested to enter from the North East thereby avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations all vessel traffic transiting the area is requested to stay 4 NM east of PEV. (7th District LNM 49)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Mantanzas River DBN 66 (LLNR 39470) is destroyed and part of the pile is submerged. A TRLB with Fl Q R, 4M characteristics is marking the remains and set in position 29-45-27.085N 081-15-03.599W.
Halifax Creek Light 29 (LLNR 39815) is destroyed. The steel pile was broken approximately 1ft above the waterline. A TRLB "WR 29" with Fl Q G charateristics is set in position 29-23-28.286N/081-05-30.465W.
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. A TRLB with Fl Q R characteristics is marking the remains of the aid.
Pine Island Sound Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 54820) (26-30-05.145N, 082-02-06.682W) is damaged and leaning parallel with the channel.
Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 49)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 49/2012:
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.
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.
Sanford SR 415 Bridge: UIG Construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will be restricting the channel under the SR 415 Bridge (28.802107°-81.210586°) across the St. Johns River, Sanford, Florida during construction of the new bridge. There will be short delays up to 10 minutes of waterway closures when materials are being transferred to and from the barge. The project will start on January 2, 2013. The waterway restriction portion is anticipated to be completed by March 4, 2013. This restriction will reduce the horizontal clearance to 35 feet. In late June, early July, the contractor will be installing the new fender system and installing the main beams. During this portion of the operation there will be waterway restrictions and closures. The dates and times of this portion of the operation will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. Vessels requiring more than 30 ft of horizontal clearance should contact the barge two hours in advance on VHF-FM channel 13 for passing information.
Once the southbound portion is completed the contractor will be starting on the northbound bridge with barges in the water from January to July 2014. This project is expected to be completed by December 2014.
Big John Monahan Bridge, SR 710: Work has started on the new Big John Monahan (SR 710) Bridge (27.011411°-80.455312°) across the St. Lucie Canal, Okeechobee Waterway, Florida. Cone & Graham, Inc has advised the Coast Guard that they will start working in the channel on approximately September 10, 2012 and expect to be completed by February 28, 2013. Due to fender construction a barge has been placed in the navigation channel which reduced the horizontal clearance to 45 feet. Vessels requiring additional horizontal clearance should provide four hours advance notification to the onscene tug on VHF-FM channel 13 or 16. This work is expected to continue until Fall 2014. The bridge contractor Cone and Graham, Inc has advised the Coast Guard that they will be placing the main beams across the St. Lucie Canal starting on December 27, 2012. The waterway will be temporary closed while the beams are set in place which is scheduled between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day. The contractor will be working Thursday and Friday for two consecutive weeks. Vessels should contact the on-scene tug for passing information.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
New Jersey Dredging:
The ACOE Dredge CURRITUCK will be conducting dredging operations in Manasquan Inlet (40.101934°-74.034788°) until 06 December, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHFFM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 49)
The Dredge CHARLESTON will commence dredging operations on Seven Mile Island, between Hereford Inlet (39.010535°-74.783536°) and Townsends Inlet, located in Cape May County, New Jersey on or about December 15, 2012. A pipeline will be placed from the dredging borrow area located in Townsends and Hereford. The project will continue until approximately February 30, 2013. (5th District LNM 48)
St. Leonard Creek Overhead Power Wire Installation:
Mariners are advised that a Southern Maryland Electric Company aerial transmission wire installation project is scheduled to occur on St. Leonard Creek from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. during December 18-22, 2012 and from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. during December 26-31, 2012. The work is located at Planters Wharf in Calvert County, MD, in approximate position latitude 38° 25’ 57” N, longitude 076° 29’ 09” W. The work involves the installation of eight overhead wires crossing the St. Leonard Creek at electric utility transmission towers located on shore. The wires will be flown to the site by helicopter. While the wire installation will be performed under reduced tension, allowances will be made to maintain a 65-foot vertical clearance over the creek during the work. Contractor-provided watercraft will be on scene to alert any approaching watercraft to the work in progress; the passage of waterway traffic may be temporarily restricted. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the C.W. Wright Construction Company project manager at telephone number (919) 218-2240. (5th District LNM 49)
Newport News, VA, Dredging:
The Dredge ESSEX will commence dredging operations in Newport News Channel on December 7, 2012 in the vicinity of Newport News Channel Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 10850) with a completion date on or about of 31 December, 2012. The Norfolk Harbor portions will take approximately 40 days and extend from 1 mile North Newport News Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 10865) (36-57-28.542N, 076-21-10.622W) to green buoy 19. A pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to Craney Island Disposal Area. This part of the project is expected to be completed on or about 25 February, 2013. The dredge and assisting tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage and transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 48)
Rudee Inlet Dredging:
ACOE Dredge CURRITUCK will be dredging Rudee Inlet (36.829481° -75.967382°) from 07 December until on or about 12 December, 2012. (5th District LNM 49)
Eastern Branch RR Bridge to Close for Repairs (NOT on the AICW):
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #V2.8 Railroad Bridge (36.836279°-76.243972°) , at mile 2.7, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m., on December 18, 2012 to 8 a.m., on December 21, 2012, to facilitate bearing replacement work. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 6 feet, above mean high water. 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 117.1007(a). Mariners able to pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 49)
Oregon Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 ft MLW has been reported in the navigational channel at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) with depths as low 2.2 ft MLW 400ft north and east of the center span. Depths of less than 4.0 ft MLW have been reported in the span directly south of the navigational span with depths as low as 2.4 ft MLW extending north and east. (5th District LNM 49)
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)
New River Dredging (Not on the AICW):
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the New River from the AICW (34.556068°-77.353875°) to Jacksonville from 08 December, 2012 until 31 January, 2013. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 78. A floating and submerged pipeline will run from southeasterly along the shoreline of the New River Inlet to North Topsail beach. (5th District LNM 49)
Morehead City Dredging:
The Dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations on the Morehead City Range (34.711536° -76.693806°) from 10 December, 2012 until 31 March, 2013. The dredge and survey vessel COLUMBIA RIVER will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 49)
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 TEXAS will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Fear River at the Upper Anchorage Basin (34.219932° -77.955022°) from 24 November, 2012 until 31 January, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 48)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Hampton River, NH, Hazard:
The M/V Sandy Lynn Barge Excavator is partially submerged in the main channel near Hampton Harbor Bascule Bridge (42.895870° -70.816609°). All mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (First District LNM 49)
Barnstable, MA, Inner Harbor Dredging:
From 2 December 2012, until 31 December 2012, the Barge “Tyrone” and associated scow and push boats will be conducting dredging operations in Barnstable Inner Harbor (41.649387° -70.276061°). These operations will occur seven days per week at varied hours. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when transiting in the area of this operation. The dredge captain will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 and 16. For further comments or details contact Charles Farris at 978-318-8336. (First District LNM 48)
Osterville, MA, Dredging:
Dredging will be done from Isham's Pond (41.630556° -70.398368°) to North Bay Channel until approximately December 20, 2012. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. On scene is a dredge, work & safety boat that is monitoring VHF-FM channel 6. (First District LNM 48)
Narragansett Bay Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Ops:
Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operations are being done from December 11 - 14. 2012 in the following locations:
Site 1 (box): Southeast of Prudence Island
41d 34.553N / 71d 19.330W
41d 34.097N / 71d 19.330W
41d 34.553N / 71d 18.880W
41d 34.097N / 71d 18.880W
Site 2 : Coddington Cove
Site 3 (box): 700yrds NE of Taylor Point
41d 30.992N / 71d 21.414W
41d 30.753N / 71d 21.414W
41d 34.992N / 71d 21.053W
41d 30.753N / 71d 21.053W
Site 4 (box): Cape Fear Wreck site, channel between Bull Pt and Fort Adams
41d 28.580N / 71d 21.235W
41d 28.396N / 71d 21.235W
41d 28.580N / 71d 20.874W
41d 28.396N / 71d 20.874W
The hours of operation will be from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. on scene will be a 65ft Research Vessel, ~12ft RHIB Boat and UUV that will be monitoring
VHF-FM channels 13 & 16.
Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operations are going to be done from December 6 - 21, 2012 in the following positions:
Primary area of operations will be North of Dutch Island and South of the Jamestown Bridge, and will be contained within the following four points:
NW Point: 41d 31.228'N 71d 23.961'W
NE Point: 41d 31.228'N 71d 23.866'W
SE Point: 41d 31.159'N 71d 23.861'W
SW Point: 41d 31.158'N 71d 23.961'W
Alternate site will be south of the entrance to Narragansett Bay and North of the Separation Zone between the inbound and outbound approaches. Within the area contained by the following three points:
North Point: 41d 26'17.4"N 71d 22'55.1"W
SW Point: 41d 24'43.8"N 71d 23'39.6"W
SE Point: 41d 24'44.5"N 71d 22'30.8"W
The hours of operation will 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. On scene will be a 65ft Research Vessel (R/V Discovery), ~12ft RHIB Boat and UUV that will be monitoring VHF-channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM 49)
Block Island Wind Farm Comment Period Extended:
The New England District of the US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Public Notice Extension for the following application:
Comment Period Began: October 2, 2012
Comment Period Ends: December 31,2012
File Number: NAE-2009-789
In Reply Refer To: Michael J. Elliott
Phone: (978) 318-8131
The District Engineer has issued a time extension to the original 45 Day Public Notice comment period. The close of this comment period, which began on October 2, 2012, is changed from November 19, 2012 to December 31 , 2012.
APPLICANT: Deepwater Wind Block Island (41.172739° -71.587360°), LLC and Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (collectively "Deepwater Wind").
ACTIVITY: Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC proposes to construct and maintain the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF), a 30-megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm located in Rhode Island state territorial waters. The BIWF will consist of five 6-MW wind turbine generators (WTGs), a submarine cable interconnecting the five WTGs, and a 34.5-kilovolt (kV) submarine transmission cable from the northernmost WTG to an interconnection point on east-central Block Island where the cable will go ashore to a new substation built at the existing Block Island Power Company (BIPCO) property. In connection with the BIWF, Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission, LLC proposes to construct the Block Island Transmission System (BITS), a 34.5-kV alternating current bi-directional submarine transmission cable from Block Island to the Rhode Island mainland. The original Public Notice for the proposed BIWF and BITS facilities including plans along with a more detailed description of the project is at the Corps website at the following address:
Deepwater Wind has submitted an Environmental Report as part of their application. This large document is not attached to this public notice time extension. However, Deepwater Wind has made the Environmental Report available on their website at the following address:
www.dwwind.com/block-island/block-island-project-overview… (First District LNM 49)
Sunken Vessel, Outer Ambrose Channel:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken vessel in (PA) 40-34-385N 074-02-41W. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 49)
Governors Island Construction:
D’Onofrio General Contractors will have the SEI 52 Crane Barge (120’x60’) about 40 feet from the shoreline south of the Lima Pier (40.702907° -73.995940°) on Governors Island until OOA 18Jan2013. Work hours are Mon-Fri from 0700-1600. A material barge will be alongside to offload fill material for a future park. A gangway will extend from the barge to shore. Containment boom will be deployed from the vessels to the Governors Island shoreline. (First District LNM 49)
Coast Guard Waterway Analyses, New York, Comments Requested:
The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of New Rochelle Harbor (40.890919° -73.781095°) with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. In addition, The Coast Guard is considering disestablishing Commercial Anchorage Grounds No. 1-A and No. 1-B at Echo Bay due to their non-usage by commercial vessels. The regulations for these anchorage grounds are codified at 33 CFR 110.155 and available in U.S. Coast Pilot 2. Do you know of any companies intending to resume use of Anchorage Ground No. 1-A or No. 1-B? Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 July 2013. Comments can be submitted by completing the following survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJD6ZBS .
The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Manhasset Bay (40.829409° -73.718248°) and Little Neck Bay (40.788050° -73.762454°) with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment. The Coast Guard is considering disestablishing Commercial Anchorage Ground No. 7 and revising the boundaries of Anchorage Grounds No. 3, 4, and 5 between Little Bay and Manhasset Bay due to their non-usage by commercial vessels. The regulations for these anchorage grounds are codified at 33 CFR 110.155 and available in U.S. Coast Pilot 2. Do you know of any companies intending to resume use of Anchorage Grounds No. 3, 4, 5, or 7? Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 July 2013. Comments can be submitted by completing the following survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RXTCQXS . For questions regarding this survey, contact US Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division at 718-354-4354. (First District LNM 48)
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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