East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Attention Snowbirds

AICW Dredging, Bear Inlet Crossing:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations at the Bear Creek Crossing of the AICW (approximately Mile 238)* (34-35-54.684N, 077-14-28.289W)  from 16 January until 31 January, 2013. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southeasterly from the dredge site to the Upland Disposal Area 94. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)

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

Gilmerton Bridge Schedule:
To complete the installation of the new drawbridge, the vertical-lift span operates as follows through 0730 on MON 21 JAN 2013: During the day from 0730 to 1900, the bridge span (36.775082° -76.294999°) will open on demand every hour on the half-hour and during the night from 1900 to 0730, the bridge span need not open. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 35 feet above MHW. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)

Continued Shoaling North of Charleston--No Money, No Dredging:
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Winyah Bay – Charleston Harbor DBN 117A (LLNR 34510.5) (32-47-11.483N, 079-48-33.268W) in the ICW. The Army Corp did a survey in November 2012 with depths reading 4.2 – 6.5 in that area. Anything less than mean low water and the channel becomes restricted to most vessels with the exception of small boats. The Army Corp has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting this area and view the Local Notice to Mariners editions for shoaling information and repositioning of aids to navigation. (7th District LNM Week 03/2013)

GPS Testing Near Charleston, Unreliable Signal Possible:
The GPS Navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems. Systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DSC, may be affected at an approximate testing center point of 32.9167N/79.0000W, with a possible impact radius of 113NM from center point. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted on 20 January 2013 from 1230z-2100z. More information is available at the coast guard navigation center web site www.navcen.uscg.gov. During this period GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience to the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN web site to submit a GPS problem report. For additional information, you may contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) watch stander at (703)313-5900.
Geographic Location: IVO Charleston, SC
Testing date/times: 20 Jan 2012 1230Z - 2100Z
Frequencies: GPS L1/L2
Center Point: 32.9167N; 79.0000W
Impact radius: 113NM of center point  (7th District LNM Week 03/2013)

Miami Boat Show Bridge Schedule:
Due to the high volume of vehicle and vessel traffic movement during the Miami Boat Show the East (25.790980° -80.152275°) and West Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.789555°, -80.181524°) Miami, Florida will be placed on a half-hour schedule. The bridges will open on the top of the hour and bottom of the hour from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, Monday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 19, 2013. At all other times the bridges will open on demand. Vessels that may pass without an opening may do so at any time. (7th District LNM Week 03/2013)
Due to the high volume of vehicle and vessel traffic movement during the Miami Boat Show the 63rd Street Bridge (25.843825°-80.122449°) across Indian Creek, Miami, Florida will be opening on the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily February 6 through February 13 and from February 19 through February 22, 2013. Local Law Enforcement will be stationed on the bridge to control both vehicle and vessel traffic during these openings. At all other times, the bridge will open on-demand. (7th District LNM Week 03/2013)

General Announcements

Supreme Court Decision on Floating Home:
There may be some interesting developments in definition of "liveaboard" vessels related to this recent decision by the Supreme Court: http://news.msn.com/us/supreme-court-sinks-florida-city-over-floating-home

DC Security Zone For Inauguration:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone encompassing certain waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers during January 15-24, 2013. The security zone includes all waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the Francis Scott Key (U.S. Route 29) Bridge at mile 113.0, downstream to and bounded on the south between the Virginia shoreline and the District of Columbia shoreline along latitude 38°50’00”N, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; and all waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the 11th Street (I-295) Bridge at mile 2.1, downstream to and bounded on the south by its confluence with the Potomac River. The zone will be enforced from 8 a.m. on January 15, 2013 through 10 p.m. on January 24, 2013. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the security zone is implemented do not have to depart the security zone. All vessels underway within this security zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this zone can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. Chart 12289. (5th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Hazardous Ops Southeast Coast:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during January 14-20, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 14 - 20 JAN, TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
30-45N2 80-54W7 GUNEX AREA
30-45N2 80-11W0 AA/BB/CC
30-36N2 80-11W0
30-33N9 80-55W8
30-45N2 80-11W0
30-45N2 79-40W0
30-37.3N6 79-40W0
30-36N2 80-11W0
30-20N5 79-50W1 31J
29-20N3 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-50W1
30-00N3 81-00W9 27C
30-00N3 80-50W3
29-50N6 80-50W3
29-50N6 81-00W9
DATE: 17 JAN, TIME: 0700-2000 (LCL)
30-50N8 80-10W9 21H
31-00N4 80-10W9 21I
31-00N4 79-50W1
30-50N8 79-50W1 (7th District LNM Week 03/2013)

Right Whale Restriction Season:
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

Charleston Dredging:
Marinex Construction, Inc will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of the Cooper River, Charleston, South Carolina on or about January 8, 2013. The Dredge “BRUNSWICK” will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately March 7, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Dredge operations will include Ordnance Reach and the Ordnance Reach Turning Basin extending from Cooper River Buoy 56B (LLNR 2910) (32-53-34.929N, 079-57-45.763W)  to Cooper River LB 62 (LLNR 2930). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Savannah River Dredging:
Marinex Construction, Inc will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of the Savannah River, Savannah Georgia on or about January10, 2013. The Dredge “HAMPTON ROADS” will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately February 10, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. The work will extend from Upper Savannah River DBN 16 (LLNR 5230) (32-34-03.278N, 081-20-38.127W) towards Upper Savannah River DBN 57 (LLNR 5385). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM Week 02/2013)

St. Johns River Dredging:
Weeks Marine will commence dredging operations on or about January 17 until approximately May 1, 2013. The bucket dredge WEEKS 506 and WEEKS 551, Tender Robert, Tender Delta, Tug Catherine, Tug Robert Burton and scows will be operating at various locations in the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida. This is a 40-foot project from St Johns Bar Cut Range to Mile Point Lower Range and Turn. Dredge material will be dumped at the Jacksonville Ocean Dredge Material Disposal Site central to lat 30° 21’ 00.94N/81° 17’ 59.20W. Operations will be on a (24) hours per day, (7) days per week basis. The dredge and attendant plant will have lighting at night. The dredge and tugs will monitor marine VHF channel 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. Further details contact the Weeks Marine at (985) 875-2500. (7th District LNM Week 03/2013)

St. Johns River Construction:
All mariners transiting the St Johns River near Blount Island (30.391979° -81.531967°) are reminded of the demolition and reconstruction of JAXPORT Berth 31 Jacksonville, Florida. Mariners are requested to avoid encroachment on JAXPORT Berth 31 due to lack of structural strength and risk of collapse. As the project nears completion, contractors are using low freeboard vessels mariners are advised to transit the area cautiously and monitor your wake. The completion date is February 2013. Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Jacksonville, Chief Waterways Management Division, LCDR Robert Butts at (904) 564-7563. (7th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Ponce Inlet Hazard Reminder:
Ponce de Leon Inlet North Jetty Light (LLNR 9520) (29-04-42.943N, 080-54-29.191W) and the temporary light has been destroyed. The Jetty is unlit and a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of Ponce de Leon Inlet. (7th District LNM Week 02/2013)

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....
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)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
January 16, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.94 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.88  feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.08 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

New St Lucie River Daybeacon:
St Lucie River Daybeacon 8A (LLNR 50712) will be establish in position 27-10-00.514N/080-11-33.485W displaying a TR-TY on a pile. The TRUB will be permanently discontinued. This action is scheduled to be completed the week of January 14, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Lake Worth Inlet Dredging:
Great Lakes Dock & Dredge, LLC will commence dredging operations on or about January 28, 2013. The work consists of dredging approximately 350,000 cubic yards of material from the Northern Turning Basin (26.766914° -80.047387°), Main Channel and Settling Basin with placement on the beach at Palm Beach within 3, 500 feet of the jetty. A submerged pipeline will be installed on the bottom across the Main Channel scheduled for approximately January 21, 2013. The cutter suction dredge "TEXAS" will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Floating dredge pipeine will connect from the stern of the dredge to the submerged dredge pipeline. There will be numerous anchor buoys around the dredge and pipelines. Also, on site will be (2) assist tugs, derrick barge, anchor barge and a survey vessel. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with an approximate completion date of February 21, 2013. For additional information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Matthew Jack (630) 209-9862. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with caution. (7th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Navy Testing Offshore Port Everglades:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting Range Operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The US Navy will be testing several Navy small craft (vessels) in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°) in approximately 10-20 feet of water. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning at 7:00am to 6:00pm, January 22-28, 2013. The operations will be conducted with an operational team of Navy Divers. The small craft will be deploying, towing and retrieving several sensors directly south and east of PEV South Jetty. At times the vessel will moor at or near the site. The vessel will be restricted in ability to maneuver when the sensors are deployed or the divers are working with the support craft. All vessels are to stay well clear of the Navy small craft during operations. (7th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Hazard at Lake Sylvia Entrance:
The Coast Guard received a report of a down concrete marker in approximate position 26°06.612N/80°06.625W. The position is south of New River Daybeacon Light 13 (LLNR 47275) going into Lake Sylvia. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 52/2012)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 03/2013:
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.
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.
            Trout River Bridge, Jacksonville: Superior Construction Company is repairing the Main Street/US 17 Bridge (30.390223° -81.649290°) across Trout River, Jacksonville, Florida. The contractor   floating equipment in the channel during daytime hours until November 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.
            SR 520 Bridge (AICW Mile 897.4): Orion Marine Construction is working on the SR 520 Bridge (28.354533°-80.717922°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida. This work consists of substructure repairs. This contractor will be working outside the channel limits and is not expected to impact navigation. This work is expected to be completed by June 2015.
            Loxahatchee River RR Bridge: The Florida East Coast Railroad will be performing maintenance to the Jupiter draw-bridge over the Loxahatchee River (Bridge# 33.117.299 at River Mile 1.2). From 0800-hrs to 1200-hrs on Sunday 01/20/2013 and Monday 01/21/2013, construction activities will require the bridge to be locked in the down position with restricted boat navigation. On Saturday 01/19/2013 and Tuesday 01/22/2013, the Contractor will perform work over the navigational channel, which may also limit boat navigation for short durations.
            Lantana 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. From January 2 through February 15, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 37 feet of horizontal clearance. If your vessel needs more than 37 feet of horizontal clearance for safe passage, please provide GLF a one hour notice by contacting them on marine channel16. The contractor may have a barge in the waterway from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday between these dates.
            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 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily from February 11 through March 11, 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.
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.
            Port of Miami RR Bridge: Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25.778902° -80.182536°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor, PCL Constructors Inc are beginning repair operations on the Port of Miami's FEC railroad bridge. Port Miami FEC Railroad Bridge can remain closed daily from 11:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. from Sunday night through Friday morning until January 30th. The bridge can open given a one hour notice. You can contact the bridge via Channel 9 or the PCL POC - Wes Banks (813) 520-5223. This work is expected to be completed in February 2013.
January Daytime Schedule:
January 8, 9, 10
January 15, 16, 17
January 22, 23, 24
January 29, 30
            Tamiami Swing Bridge: The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice (PN) regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to replace the historic NW South River Drive/Delaware Parkway Bridge (aka Tamiami Swing Bridge) across the Tamiami Canal, mile 0.06, at Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida. You may access PN 01-13 dated 18 January 2013 which solicits comments through 19 February 2013 at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and comments may be expressed by telephone at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil.
Chart: 11467 CG Bridge File: 3828       
             Bayway "Structure C" Bridge Update: The Pinellas Bayway “Structure C” Bridge across Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This project is anticipated to start on December 15, 2011 and is expected to be completed by July 15, 2014. This work will require some waterway restrictions and closures. Vessels passing through this area are requested to contact the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channels 13/16 for passing information. The main beam has been set across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the vertical clearance at this location is 65 ft at Mean High Water.

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

NJ Bridge Construction/Repairs:
            Mariners are advised that New Jersey Transit Rail Operations will be conducting machinery replacement at the Shark River Railroad Bridge (South Channel) (40.184567° -74.025877°), at mile 0.9, between Belmar and Avon NJ, and will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 12:01 a.m., on February 25, 2013 to 12:01 a.m., on March 6, 2013. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 8 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 117.751. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 52/2012)
Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the construction site for the repairs of the superstructure and piles on the JFK Memorial Bridge (39.315156°-74.528436°) over Risley Channel, at mile 1.1, Borough of Longport, NJ. The bridge will be under repair using occasional barges, snooper cranes and safety netting restricting access and reducing vertical clearance to 20 feet for half of the horizontal clearance of the channel (50 feet) from March 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013. The remaining portion of the navigable channel shall remain open to vessels with a horizontal clearance of 50 and vertical clearance of 25 feet. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)
Mariners are advised that concrete box beam repairs will start to be performed from 19 February 2013 through 31 December, 2013 at the Garden State Parkway North Bound Bridges (39.294539° -74.621566°) across Great Egg Harbor Ship Channel and Drag Channel, at mile 3.5, between Cape May and Atlantic Counties, NJ. To facilitate the work on the bridges outside the navigable channel, the box beam repairs will reduce the available vertical clearance by approximately 3.6 feet, above MHW. Barge platforms will be utilized next to the bridges for the box beam repairs outside the channel. We are also advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Honga River Obstruction:
A submerged object, 3.0 feet below the surface and located 5.0 yards outside the channel, has been reported in the vicinity of Honga River Light 2 (LLNR 24495) (38-16-01.570N, 076-09-01.296W)  (5th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Refinery Piers Dredging, York River:
Corman Marine Const. Dredge CMC 2400 will be conducting mechanical dredging at the Refinery Facility Piers (37.230413° -76.451861°) from 14 January, 2013 until completion. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 10....A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM Week 02/2013)

Channel Closure Below James River Bridge Lift:
There will be a complete channel restriction below the James River Bridge Lift Span (37.002651°-76.468869°) on Sunday, 06 January, 2013 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. for maintenance. A similar restriction will be imposed on 27 January, 2013. Concerned traffic may contact support vessels on scene on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16. (5th District LNM Week 01/2013)

Hampton Roads Mooring Buoys:
Coastal Design and Construction has established the following mooring buoys until March 18, 2013, in association with their shoreline protection project at the Craney Island Fuel Pier and Lamberts Point Golf Course waterfront. All buoys are white with blue band.
CDC Temporary Elizabeth River :
A. Mooring Buoy A (no LLNR) 36- 53- 42.180N, 076- 19 -51.600W.
B. Mooring Buoy B (no LLNR) 36- 53 -35.100N, 076 -19 -45.600W.
C. Mooring Buoy C (no LLNR) 36 -53 -45.000N, 076 -19- 43.500W.
D. Mooring Buoy E (no LLNR) 36 -53 -47.700N, 076 -19 -45.240W.
E. Mooring Buoy F (no LLNR) 36- 53 -51.600N, 076 -19- 42.000W.
F. Mooring Buoy G (no LLNR) 36 -53 -49.500N, 076 -19 -37.200W.
G. Mooring Buoy H (no LLNR) 36- 53 -51.960N, 076- 19-34.200W.
H. Mooring Buoy I (no LLNR) 36- 53 -42.000N, 076 -19- 34.200W.
I. Mooring Buoy J (no LLNR) 36 -53 -57.000N, 076 -19 -26.400W. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)

Lesner Bridge Replacement:
An application has been received by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District from the City of Virginia Beach, VA (the City) for the proposed replacement of the John A. Lesner Bridge  (36.906575°-76.092033°), at mile 0.0, across Lynnhaven Inlet along US 60, at Virginia Beach, VA. The new bridge would have a vertical clearance of 45 feet, above mean high water, along with a horizontal clearance of 150 feet between face of the fenders, according to information on submittal plan sheets. The proposed project would consist of construction of a new high-level fixed concrete bridge segmental, 4 lane bridge, along the same alignment. The City will completely remove the existing in-water bridge piles. Most of the proposed bridge replacement can be built within existing right-of-way and would accommodate two 53-foot 8-inch bridges (eastbound and westbound). The dredge material placement site located southwest of the bridge, adjacent to the boat ramp facility, is owned by the City and will be used as a staging area. The contractor will access the lay down and staging area via water through a proposed temporary bulkhead. The bridge has been designed for the force of a bridge impact; however, a fender system with a 150-foot horizontal clearance will be provided for the protection of vessels. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address no later than February 10, 2013. A copy of Public Notice 5-1284, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757)398-6422 or by viewing at HTTP://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName+pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)

Oregon Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 6.2 feet MLW has been reported in the center of the navigational channel between Oregon Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 27985) (35-47-38.423N, 075-30-39.432W) and Oregon Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 28005). (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)

Bonner Bridge Work:
Mariners are advised that work will continue for bridge scour protection measures at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) across Oregon Inlet, at mile 0.9 in Dare County, NC. An anchored lighted construction barge will be installing rock filled wire baskets and sand bags on the inlet bottom between bridge bents 158-162 on the east and west side of the bridge through February 28, 2013 outside the navigable channel. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 02/2013)

NC Dredging:
Dredge CHESAPEAKE will be conducting dredging operations in Masonboro Inlet (34.183051° -77.810454°)/Masonboro Creek from 15 January until 15 March, 2013. A pipeline will run from Mason Creek across Banks Channel and onto Figure Eight Island on the ocean side. The dredge will monitor VHF-fm channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM Week 52/2012)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
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)
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)

Cape Fear River Dredging:
The Weeks Marine, Inc. cutterhead Dredge R.S. WEEKS will be conducting maintenance dredging operations in the Bald Head and Smith Channels (33.876716° -78.006522°) of the Cape Fear River from 25 January until 15 April, 2013. Dredge material will be transported east to Carolina and Kure Beach through a combination of floating and submerged pipelines. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 03/2013)

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

Sunken Vessel, MA:
The Coast Guard has confirmed that there is a sunken vessel in the Stellwagen Bank Area, in position 42-22-034N, 070-23-233W in 90 feet of water. Fishing vessels are requested to transit this area with extreme caution. (First District LNM Week 03/2013)

Submerged Fishing Vessel, Boston Harbor:
The Coast Guard has established a temporary buoy to mark the position of a submerged fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Fish Pier, in coordinates
42-21.13N 071-02.29W. All mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area.

Delivery & Transfer of Transformer, Hyannis, MA:
Weeks Marine Inc intends to deliver a large electric transformer to Hyannis (41.649387° -70.276061°) by barge, and transfer it by crane from the barge to a waiting trailer ashore. This operation is weather dependent but is expected to occur on one evening between January 16 and January 30, 2013. The transformer will be shipped aboard Weeks barge #533, accompanied by the lead tug SHELBY WEEKS and assist tug JANICE. Upon arrival at Hyannis (approximately January 16, 2013), the #533 will maintain position outside the entrance channel until the last ferry of the day has departed the Steamship Authority pier (approximately 9 p.m.). The Weeks barge #533 will then be maneuvered into place adjacent to the Steamship Authority pier, and the transformer will be lifted by crane to a waiting trailer ashore. The Weeks barge #533 will then depart Hyannis before the Steamship Authority resumes regularly scheduled ferry service the following morning. The Weeks marine tugs SHELBY WEEKS and JANICE may be contacted on-scene via VHF channels 13 or 16. The Weeks Marine Inc project officer for this event is Mr. Michael Paci, who may be reached at 908-463-6365. Mariners are requested to remain well clear of the Weeks barge #533 and all support vessels during this shipment and transfer of an electric transformer, and otherwise use extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of Hyannis and Hyannis harbor during
this operation. (First District LNM Week 02/2013)

New Bedford Work:
Massachusetts Clean Energy is doing work in New Bedford (41.623313°-70.906478°) until approximately 15 July 2013. Silt Boom and Fish Weir Netting will be deployed at two areas within New Bedford / Fairhaven Harbor. The first area is located west of Palmers Island and extends north from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Barrier for 1200 feet before turning westerly and extending an additional 600 feet to the southern end of the existing South Terminal bulkhead. In this area, a bubble curtain is installed at the South Terminal bulkhead to allow for the passage of vessels accessing the Gifford Street boat ramp. The second area is north of Popes Island, and is located northeast of the Federal Channel and to the east of the state channel and to the south of Marsh Island. This area is completely enclosed and not accessible to vessels while the equipment is in the water. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is silt curtains, fish weir nets, marker buoys, anchors, moorings, mooring lines, bubble curtain, submerged compressed air hoses, maintenance skiffs, barges, and divers. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 03/2013)

Clinton, CT, Dredging:
Dredging is being in the entrance channel (41.266529°-72.528478°) near Wheeler Rock into the Hammonasset River until approximately 31 March 2013. The hours of operations are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is dredge # D-30 and associated vessels that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 7, 13 & 16. Mariners are requested to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 03/2013)

Guilford, CT, Dredging:
Dredging is being done in the West River (41.266709° -72.676676°) until approximately 1 April 2013. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge #117 and tugs OCEAN KING & TWISTAH, that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 7. (First District LNM Week 02/2013)

Rockaway Inlet Moorings and Anchored Vessels:
Caldwell Marine has deployed vessel anchors and moorings in an area bound by 40-34.121’N, 073-54.122’W; 40-34.155’N, 073-53.955’W; 40-34.041’N, 073-53.868’W; and 40-34.007’N, 073-54.035’W, southwest of Rockaway Inlet Lighted Buoy 20 (LLNR 34270). A reported least depth of 25 feet is available in this area. (First District LNM Week 02/2013)

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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