East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
12/21/2012


Attention Snowbirds

New AICW Shoaling Reported:
Topsail Island, Hampstead, NC: Shoaling to depth of less than 4.0 ft MLW has been reported between New River-Cape Fear River 99A (LLNR 39548) (34-21-17.526N, 077-40-52.880W) and New River-Cape Fear River 99B (LLNR 39549). Channel width appears to have been reduced to approximately 35 feet. (5th District LNM 51)*
Shallotte Inlet Crossing: Shoaling to a depth of 2.7 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Cape Fear River-Little River Buoy 81 (33-54-24.690N, 078-23-05.511W)  (LLNR 40340). (5th District LNM 51)

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

Work Begins at Canaveral Lock, Restrictions:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has started repair work at the Canaveral Lock (28.408777°-80.637077°) which will impact operations over the next six months.  The repairs are necessary to fix a collapsing guide wall on the south side of the lock. In order to accommodate equipment placed in the lock to facilitate the repairs, the Corps will operate the lock on an adjusted scheduled:
• Weekdays, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Lock open, one lockage in each direction
• Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lock closed for repair work
• Weekdays, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lock open, lockages as needed
• Weekends, 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lock open, lockages as needed

The change in operating hours will be in effect until the repairs are complete, currently estimated to be the summer of 2013. Additionally, vessels that require more than 45 feet of horizontal clearance will need to coordinate passage through the lock at least seven days in advance by contacting the Canaveral Lock at (321) 783-5421.
"We recognize the inconvenience these repairs will cause," said John Kilpatrick, chief of the district's Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of the repairs. "However, if the damage isn't fixed now, we could be faced with a larger repair job that could completely close the lock for a longer period of time."
The lock is located between Port Canaveral's west turning basin and the Banana River. It was constructed in 1965 to assist with safe passage from the port to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of six locks operated by the Jacksonville District. A Notice to Navigation has been issued on this subject. For more information on navigation notices concerning Canaveral Lock or the Okeechobee Waterway, please visit the following website:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx (December 11, 2012 Press Release from the USACE, Jacksonville District)

General Announcements

AICW Closure for Gilmerton Bridge Construction Rescheduled, Comment Period:
From the Rules and Regulations Federal Register:
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake, VA. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the Gilmerton Bridge Center Span Float-in and bridge construction of span placement. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic movement to protect mariners from the hazards associated with the float-in and span placement.
DATES: This rule will be effective from January 7, 2013 through January 16, 2013. The rule is scheduled to be enforced from 6:00 a.m. on January 7, 2013 through January 11, 2013, with inclement weather dates of January 12, 2013 through January 16, 2013. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before December 26, 2012.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number using any one of the following methods:
(1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
(2) Fax: 202–493–2251.
(3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329.
ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2012–0642 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2012–0642 in the ''Search'' box, and then clicking ''Search.'' They are also available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or email LCDR Hector Cintron, Waterways Management Division Chief, Sector Hampton Roads, Coast Guard; telephone 757–668–5581, email Hector.L.Cintron@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826…
D. Discussion of Final Rule
The Captain of the Port Hampton Roads is establishing a temporary moving safety zone around the Gilmerton Bridge center span barge, restricting vessels operating in the navigable waters on the Elizabeth River from the Campostella Bridge (36.839781°-76.264950°) located in the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River to the Gilmerton Bridge  (36.775082° -76.294999°). The purpose of this rule is to protect mariners and the public transiting the Elizabeth River from hazards associated with the span move, construction and placement. This movement is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on January 7, 2013, weather permitting. Because of the size of the barge and the width of the waterway, vessels will not be able to transit around the barge, necessitating closure of the entire waterway from the Campostella Bridge to the Gilmerton Bridge. Transit is expected to take approximately seven hours. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of PCL Construction and vessels immediately prior to, during, and following the transit of the span. In addition to the moving safety zone, the Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone and extended waterway closure at the Gilmerton Bridge starting at 6 a.m. on January 7, 2013, weather permitting, until January 11, 2013. This safety zone will be established in the interest of public safety during span placement at the Gilmerton Bridge. The inclement weather dates are January 8, 2013 through January 12, 2013 (This ending date is wrong and has been corrected to January 16, 2013 by a subsequent publication in The Federal Register). This temporary safety zone will encompass the waters directly under and 200 feet on either side of the Gilmerton Bridge, crossing the Elizabeth River. Except for vessels authorized by the Captain of the Port or his Representative, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the safety zone during the time frame listed. Coast Guard Captain of the Port will give notice of the enforcement of the safety zone by all appropriate means to provide the widest dissemination of notice among the affected segments of the public. This will include publication in the Local Notice to Mariners and Marine Information Broadcasts. Marine information and facsimile broadcasts may also be made for these events, beginning 24 to 48 hours before the event. While this construction was originally scheduled to commence in September, 2012, construction has been delayed due to scheduling concerns and other logistical issues. For these reasons, the effective date in this final rule has been rescheduled to January 7, 2013. (Received from the 5th District Bridge Branch)

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. The local Northeast Florida news on December 19, 2012, had a report of a dead one-year old Right Whale washed ashore in Flagler Beach, Florida, the day before, with lines and floats wrapped around its tail. The report said that there are only about 400 of these whales left in our world, now one less.

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

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On December 19, 2012 at 2400 hours the usual report on the lake level was unavailable.
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)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Triumph Reef Light 2TR (LLNR 930) (25-28-45.788N, 080-06-54.714W) is destroyed. A TRLB "WR2TR" showing Fl Q R has been set marking the remains of the aid. Multiple steel pilings remain above and below waters surface. Mariners are advised the area is considered a severe hazard to navigation. (7th District LNM 51)
Rebecca Shoal Light (LLNR 1090) (24-34-44.484N, 082-35-06.776W) is extinguished and the structure is unsafe. Due to mitigating circumstances the aid will not be temporarily relit. The area surrounding the Light is considered a hazard to navigation and is marked with a TRLB with Fl Q W characteristics. Mariners are advised to avoid the area. (7th District LNM 51)
Capri Pass Daybeacon 15 (LLNR 17005) is destroyed with wreckage remaining 2ft below the waterline at high tide. A TRLB "WR15" with Fl Q G
characteristics is marking the remains in position 25-58-17.774N/081-43-26.257W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 50)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM  51/2012:
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.
Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6):Quinn Construction will be working on the Crescent Beach Bridge (29.768299°-81.258256°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida from January 7 through August 31, 2013. The Crescent Beach Bridge will be on single-leaf operations from January 7 through March 31, 2013 and from June 1 through August 31, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender. Due to asbestos abatement, this bridge will be closed to navigation on January 15, 2013 for up to nine hours.
SW 11 Ave Bridge, North Fork, New River: The bridge owner, City of Fort Lauderdale, has advised the Coast Guard that they are experiencing mechanical difficulties at the SW 11 Avenue Swingbridge (26.115674° -80.155986°) across the New River (North Fork), Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. For this reason, the Coast Guard is allowing this bridge to only open at 6:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12 noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. daily… Any additional updates will be sent via Broadcast Notice to Mariners if this date changes.
Indian Street Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway: The contractor constructing the Indian Street Bridge (27.158172° -80.251887°) across the south fork of the St. Lucie Canal has advised this office that they will be placing beams onto a barge which will be used for the main portions of the new bridge, during the time that the contractor places the beam onto the barge and the crane places the new beam onto the bridge, the channel will be closed to navigation for safety reasons. The waterway is anticipated to be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily from January 14 through January 27, 2013. This project is expected to be completed by July 2013. Mariners are reminded to remain vigilant when passing thought this area as several pieces of floating equipment will be in the vicinity of the main navigational channel until this project is completed.
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.
New Pass Bridge: S & D Industrial Painting, Inc. will be painting the New Pass Bridge (27.332580° -82.581965°) across New Pass, Sarasota County, Florida starting January 14, 2013. In order to accomplish this work, the contractor will be allowed to place this bridge on single-leaf operations with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening. The project is expected to be completed by April 30, 2013. The times that the contractor will be working will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.

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

NJ Bridge Work:
Mariners are advised that urgent scour repairs will be conducted at the eastbound Route 37/Thomas Mathis (lift) Bridge, (39.946193° -74.102383°) at ICW mile 14.1, across Barnegat Bay in Seaside Heights, NJ beginning December 26, 2012 through February 28, 2013.  To facilitate repairs, 4 flexi-floats (each measuring 10 feet X 20 feet), 2 work boats, 3 divers and a 5-man support crew will be operating east of the lift span or main channel at spans E11 through E17.  This will be a movable operation not to impede vessel traffic.  Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.  (5th District LNM 51)

New Jersey Dredging:
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)

Upper Chesapeake Channel Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company clamshell dredges will be working in the Upper Chesapeake Channel between Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 30 (LLNR 8590) (39-15-45.325N, 076-14-06.992W) and Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 38 (LLNR 8640) from 14 December, 2012 until 11 January, 2013. Dredged material will be transported by scow to the Poplar Island Placement Site. The dredges and assisting tugs GULF COAST and SHANNON DANN will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 10. (5th District LNM 51)

Severn River Dredging:
The Dredge DIGGER 1 will be conducting mechanical dredging in the Severn River in the vicinity of Saltworks Creek (39.011620° -76.527606°) from 12 December, 2012 until 28 February, 2013. Dredged material will be transported by scow to Whitneys Landing. The dredge and assisting tug BIG C will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 8. (5th District LNM 51).

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)

Craney Island Dredge Fill Ops:
The Hopper Dredge GLENN EDWARDS (call sign WDC 8439) will be removing fill material from the offshore Atlantic Channel Borrow Area and transporting it to the east side of the Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area  (36.919320° -76.370177°). Operations will be conducted 7 days a week/24 hours a day from 18 December, 2012 until 31 March, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13,16 and 66. (5th District LNM 50)

Dredging in Hampton Roads:
The Dredge ESSEX will be conducting dredging operations from 07 December, 2012 until 25 February, 2013 in the vicinity of Newport News Channel Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 10850) (36-57-28.542N, 076-21-10.622W) and from Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 9500) to Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 19 (LLNR 9605). A pipeline will run to the Craney Island Disposal Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 51)

VA Beach Offshore Dredging and Beach Nourishment:
The Hopper Dredge R.N. WEEKS will be conducting dredging and beach nourishment between 15th and 70th Street Oceanfront from 20 December, 2012 until 10 February, 2013. Dredge material will be transported from the vicinity of Chesapeake Bay Southern Approach Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 460) (36-52-21.616N, 075-52-05.636W) and Chesapeake Bay Southern Approach Lighted Buoy 14 (LLNR 480) and transferred to a submerged pipeline will extend out from the beach. The dredge and assisting tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. All vessels are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed when close to the dredge and if necessary contact the dredge for passing arrangements.

Cape Hatteras Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge Richmond will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Hatteras Inlet Channel from Hatteras Inlet Channel Daybeacon 23 (LLNR 28775) (35-12-48.288N, 075-42-46.632W) to Hatteras Inlet Channel Lighted Buoy 9 (LLNR 28724) from 12 December, 2012 until 01 March, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 51)

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 (34.055532° -77.899558°) 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 joseph.m.edge@uscg.mil (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:
Bridge fender repairs on the NC 58 Fixed Bridge (34.672481° -77.066775°)at mile 226 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Emerald Isle, North Carolina have been extended until February 14, 2013 (5th District LNM 50)
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. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at Joseph.M.Edge@uscg.mil Chart: 11541. (5th District Bridge Branch)
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)
Bridge fender repairs on the NC 133 Fixed Bridge (33.920022° -78.073379°) at mile 311.8 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Oak Island, North Carolina have been extended until February 14, 2013. (5th District LNM 50)

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

Dredging in Lynn, MA:
Dredging will done in Lynn (42.451721°-70.942756°) from December 25 2012 - January 10, 2013. The hours of operations will be Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. On scene will be an excavator. (First District LNM 50)

Radio Activated Fog Signal Proposed for Castle Hill Light:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following change to Aids to Navigation:
CHANGE Castle Hill Light (LLNR 17795) (41-27-43.800N, 071-21-46.500W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 83A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes. Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 11 January 2012 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-12-155. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Edward.G.LeBlanc@uscg.mil and faxes to (401) 435-2399. (First District LNM 50)

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
E-mail: michael.j.elliott@usace.army.mil

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:
http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Regulatory/Public%20notices/09/2009-00789.pdf
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)

Aids to Navigation Changes:
In many areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, the Coast Guard is making numerous changes in the Aids to Navigation. There are too many changes to list here. There have been long lists in recent First District Local Notices to Mariners.  The theme seems to be that aids which may have been destroyed or off station are being changed from "permanent" to being "maintained from April 15 to Nov. 1" which is the usual program for preventing ice damage.

Moriches Bay Dredging:
Dredging will be done in Moriches Bay, between Moriches Bay Buoy 20 (LLNR 3020) (44-09-57.372N, 068-36-27.807W) and Moriches Bay Buoy 27 (LLNR 30340), from December 10, 2012 - January 15. 2013. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will the dredge SCROD II, which will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 65 & 16, and various small boats. (First District LNM 51)

Sunken Vessels Reported:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken vessel in (PA) 40.468175N,074.2547W, approximately 380 yards north of Cheesequake Creek Entrance Buoys. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution when transiting the area.
The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken vessel in (PA) 40.47644N,074.24333W, approximately 880 yards south of Ward Point Secondary Channel. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution when transiting the area. (First District LNM 50)

Raritan River Sediment Sampling:
Aqua Survey will be taking 16 sediment samples in Raritan River Cutoff Channel through Dec 24, 2012. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 0700-1800. Each sample will be taken from the R/V RARITAN (24' x 8') or the R/V TESLA (30' x 10'). Each sample is expected to take fifteen minutes to complete. The vessel can move within ten minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The vessels will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 12 fifteen minutes prior to starting each sample and upon completion of each sample. No sampling will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Aqua Survey's point of contact is Mr. Mottola at 609.731.9795 or the sampling vessels on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the sample location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil . (First District LNM 51)

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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