East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
3/1/2013


Attention Snowbirds

Snows Cut Dredging:

            The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at Snows Cut from 19 February until 30 April, 2013. A floating and submerged pipeline will run along the AICW channel to the Carolina Beach Disposal Area. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY 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 08/2013). NOTE: This is an extremely narrow cut with very strong current.*

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

Snows Cut Bridge Reduced Vertical Clearance Continues a Month Longer:

           Mariners are advised that structural repairs will continue at the Snows Cut Bridge on US 421 at AIWW mile 295.7 (34.055532° -77.899558°) at Carolina Beach, NC through 5 p.m., on April 30, 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) NOTE: There is also a crane barge in the channel working on the fender system reducing horizontal clearance to 60 feet. This is a tough spot under normal circumstances, so exercise caution and don't hesitate to contact the dredge and the crane barge if needed. See details below.

General Announcements

Sandy Damage/Cleanup/Rebuilding Updates:
            Below are a few links to sites with information about cleanup and rebuilding following Sandy:

http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2013/02/12/usa-dredging-plan-for-new-jersey-intracoastal-waterways-introduced/

http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/tabid/3948/Year/2012/Month/10/Default.aspx

http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/    (News releases, news stories)

http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/

http://www.nad.usace.army.mil/

http://www.nj.gov/recovery/infrastructure/acoe.html

Savannah DMA for Right Whales:
            NOAA Fisheries Service has established a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) off Savannah, GA to protect an aggregation of Right Whales sighted in this area on February 24, 2013. This DMA is in effect immediately through March 11, 2013. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through at 10 knots or less.
SAVANNAH DMA (4 right whales sighted) -- active through March 11, 2013
Savannah DMA
North Boundary: MID-ATLANTIC SMA
South Boundary: 31°30'N
West Boundary: MID-ATLANTIC SMA
East Boundary: 080°08'W (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Falcon-9 Launch Hazard:
            Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: FROM 2835N 8037W
TO 2847N 8031W
TO 3036N 7830W
TO 3220N 7626W
TO 3216N 7622W
TO 2833N 8020W
TO 2826N 8021W
TO 2830N 8033W
TO 2832N 8036W TO BEGINNING
B: FROM 3354N 7519W
TO 3538N 7332W
TO 3646N 7042W
TO 3641N 7036W
TO 3444N 7220W
TO 3242N 7431W
TO 3338N 7532W TO BEGINNING
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day:
Primary launch day: 01 / 1510Z THRU 01 / 1543Z Mar 13. T-0 IS 1510Z.
Backup launch day: 02 / 1447Z THRU 02 / 1520Z Mar 13. T-0 IS 1447Z. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

SE Coast Hazardous Ops:
            The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 25 February through 03 March, Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 25 FEB - 03 MAR, TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
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 (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

ATON Changes:
            There have been numerous changes to the USCG Aids to Navigation over the past few years, especially in the First District. These changes cut costs and reduce unnecessary characteristics of the aids, presumably since VHF and GPS are so common. We have mentioned specific ones that involve major aids, for example: "CHANGE Castle Hill Light (LLNR 17795) (41-27-43.800N, 071-21-46.500W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner...." in the January 4, 2013 Alerts. This is one of many fog signals in the First District and a few in the 5th District that have recently been changed or proposed to be changed to become radio activated.
            Another type of change (especially in the First and 5th Districts)  involves "reduced nominal range" having to do with incorporating LED technology which makes lights more cost efficient and reliable, although not as visible. We have mentioned major specific ones and commented on the general trend in the First District, but there have been too many to list individually.
            In the 5th and 7th District, notably in the AICW, but also in some river and inlet channels, there has been a trend to discontinue ranges, usually replacing the range with a single beacon. Other types of changes have involved removal of sound signals (gongs, horns and bells), even in fog prone areas, since most vessels use GPS to locate specific markers. In addition, some channels have had floating aids replaced with smaller sized buoys or aids have been removed altogether if the channel is not used or is inaccessible to Coast Guard buoy tenders. A number of lighted aids have been replaced by unlit ones, and beacons replaced with floating aids.
            The most recent type of change (with this Alert) we have noticed is the removal of RACON: "Twenty-Eight Foot Shoal Lighted Whistle Buoy TE (LLNR 21160): Remove RACON" (Radar Transponder Beacon).
            Usually there is an announcement of the proposed change in the Local Notice to Mariners with a period of public comment before a permanent change is made. We encourage you to send comments as requested if you have concerns about these changes. Frequently there are no comments or very few, so the changes are implemented. Many will be unnoticed by the average boater, and the Coast Guard will be saving taxpayer money. There are too many to list all in East Coast Alerts. If you have concerns about changes that have taken place in your cruising area, you can check the annually published Light Lists, as well as Corrections and Weekly Updates to the Light Lists, for specific information, or check the full text of the weekly USCG Local Notices to Mariners which we summarize in the Alerts.
For the East Coast Local Notices to Mariners:

First District:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=1
5th District:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5
7th District:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=7
For Previous Years:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?Do=lnmArchives
For Light Lists:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists
Corrections:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections
Weekly Updates:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates

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 PanamaCity, Florida

Sisters Creek Bridge Replacement:
            The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a bridge permit application from the Florida Department of Transportation, District 2 Office at Lake City for the approval of location and plans to replace the existing two lane bascule highway bridge with a high-level two lane fixed bridge on Heckscher Drive (SR 105) across Sisters Creek (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at mile 739.2) at Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida (30o23’38.34”N and 81o27’35.64”W). The public notice 04-13 which solicits comments for a 30-day period can be viewed at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The project manager is Mr. Brodie Rich at (305) 415-6736 or by e-mail at Brodie.E.Rich@uscg.mil. (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)

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:
            February 27, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.40 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.34 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.54 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

Dredging in Boynton Inlet Area:
            Center Marine Contracting will commence maintenance dredging operations on or about March 1, 2013 in the Lake Worth Lagoon near the South Lake Worth Inlet (a/k/a/ Boynton Inlet) (26.546104° -80.048917°) in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Dredge “ELLICOTT 1170" along with workboat 3 workboats: Fatboy and Skiffs 1 & 2 will monitor VHF channel 16. There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with the dredging operations. The pipeline will be positioned along the channel edge....Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Operations are expected to be completed by May 1, 2013. Center Marine Contracting POC is Mr. Bob Dove, Project Manager (407) 474-1274 or Mr. Javier Quevedo, (561) 383-1756. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Delray Beach Dredging, Beach Renourishment:
            Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will be conducting dredge operations in Delray Beach, Florida (26.458994°-80.057005°) on or about March 6, 2013. Work consists of dredging approximately 1.2 million cubic yards of material from a borrow area located approximately 2, 550-ft offshore of Delray Beach. The material will be pumped to the beach via 2,000-ft of floating dredge pipe as well as submerged dredge pipe installed on the ocean bottom. Installation of submerged pipeline will commence approximately February 21, 2013. Floating dredge pipeline will connect from the stern of the dredge to the submerged dredge pipeline. There will be numerous anchor buoys around the dredge and pipelines. The pipelines and buoys will be lit per USCG regulations. Also on site will be (3) assist tugs Miss Niz, Mary Virginia and Hardhead, derrick barge, anchor barge, crew boat and a survey vessel. The dredge TEXAS will operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Operations will be completed on or about April 15, 2013. For further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Matt Jack (630)209-9862. (7th District LNM Week 08/2013)

Port Everglades Dredging:
           Great Lakes Dredge Company will begin dredge operations in Port Everglades (26.093200°-80.109032°); including the Entrance Channel, Intracoastal Waterway, and various dockside locations around the Port. Operations will begin on or around February 20 and will continue until approximately April 8, 2013. The dredge "TEXAS" will operate 24 hours a day/7 days a week. During the duration of the project a loading barge will be positioned just north of the boat ramp and docks at John Lloyd State Park. Dredge equipment may be obstructing the waterways at times but will not take up more than half of the federal channel. Contractors will be monitoring marine channel 14 and 16. POC for the project is Mr. Matt Jack (630) 209-9862. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with extreme caution.  (7th District LNM Week 06/2013)

Navy Testing off Fort Lauderdale:
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) is testing in an area offshore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The vessel PCS 12 will be operating with a Navy Helicopter beginning 11 February and ending 02 March, 2013. The Helicopter will be deploying and recovering a tow body in the immediate area of the PCS 12 vessel. A second support craft will be assisting the PCS 12 boat during these operations.
The proposed operating area is encompassed by a 1 NM radius circle around:
26 01.729N
079 59.034W
Mariners are advised to stay well clear of the PCS 12 vessel and its support craft during operations. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will deploy one practice mine shape offshore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 850 feet of water. The shape will be tethered to an anchor on the bottom. The case depth will be at a minimum 200 FSW with an 800 foot tether.
The planted practice target location is as follows:
26 01.729N
079 59.034W
The vessel PCS 12 will be deploying the shape February 6-8, 2013. Mariners are to stay well clear of the PCS 12 boat during deployment. All vessels towing or operating in the area should use caution to avoid possible snag hazard with the mooring. The intended recover day is 02 March, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Bakers Haulover AICW Shoaling Again:
            Biscayne Bay Temp Buoy 7B has been relocated to position 25-54-06.580N 080-07-52.639W to mark encroaching shoal. Mariners are reminded that the area is subject to continuous shoaling and temporary aids marking the area are not charted. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 08/2013)

Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project Update:
            Industrial Divers Corporation (IDC) have begun the coral relocation at South Point Park, Miami, Florida for the Miami Beach Fishing Pier Project (25.765763° -80.133360°).
Deployment of modifed modules: 2/25 - 2/27 and (2) days 2/28 - 3/1
Coral relocations: 3/2 - 3/17
Pier demolitions: March 18, 2013
Project completions: 3/18/14 or earlier
The dive barge will operate outside of the channel and can be contacted on marine channel 16. Demolition/construction of the pier will begin in March 2013. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Update: Triumph Reef Light and Rebecca Shoal Light:
            The following change has been proposed for the aids to navigation system offshore at Triumph Reef. Permanently discontinue Triumph Reef Light 2TR (LLNR 930) (25-28-45.788N, 080-06-54.714W). The aid has been destroyed and is marked with a temporary lighted buoy The remains of the structure will be removed and the temporary lighted buoy will be removed. This change will become permanent on April 30, 2013 if no comments are received. Please address your comment to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, Fl 33131 to be received no later than April 30, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 07/2013)
            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 Week 06/2013)

South Marco Beach Dredging:
            Cavache Inc will commence dredging operations on or about March 1, 2013 in Caxambas Pass approximately 0.5 miles south of the southernmost edge of South Marco Beach (25.917596°-81.729948) in water depths ranging from 7-16ft. The Dredge “MAYA CAELYN” will be disposing of the material on south Marco Beach through a partially submerged pipeline. Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. Submerged pipe will be identified with caution buoys. The dredge can be reached on VHF channels 13 and 16 or by phone (954) 261-0992 / (954) 415-6588. Operations are expected to be completed by May 1, 2013. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest, safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Cavache POC is Mr. Anthony Cavo (954) 347-8788. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Shoaling in Doctors Pass:
            The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in two locations in Doctors Pass. The first shoal is located in approximate position 26 - 10’ - 24”N, 081 - 48’ - 48”W on the south side of the channel near Private Aid Doctors Pass Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 17730). The shoal extends approximately 20 feet into the channel. Depths of less than 3 feet have been reported during low tide. The second shoal is located in approximate position 26 - 10’ - 36”N, 081 - 48’ - 42”W on the east side of the channel near Private Aid Doctors Pass Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 17765). This shoal extends approximately 4 feet into the channel with reported depths of less than 2 feet during low tide. A temporary “Danger Shoal” buoy has been established in each location of the reported shoaling. Mariners are reminded that these temporary buoys are not charted and the positions may not be reliable due to changing conditions. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting Doctors Pass. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
            The Coast Guard received a report of a down "slow speed sign" in approximate position 26-32-50.630N/080-02-59.990W. The marker was struck by a barge, snapping both pilings and leaning in the water. The damaged marker is adjacent to the ICW north of the Boynton Inlet on the west side of ICW by Manalapan Channel Buoy 1 (LLNR 47007) and Lake Worth South Buoy 46 (LLNR 47015). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 09/2013:
            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.
            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.
            Addison Point Bridge (AICW Mile  885): Royal Bridge Incorporated has advised the Coast Guard that they will be painting the NASA Parkway/Addison Point/SR 405 Bridge (28.527151° -80.765469°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 885, Canaveral, Florida from March 4 to May 4, 2013. The bascule portion of the span will be placed in the open to navigation position during this project and will not affect navigation.
            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.
            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 March 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 the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16. 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.
            From March 15 through April 30, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 72 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 the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16. 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. The contractor has proposed the following during the construction of the west leaf.
            This schedule will be repeated during the construction of the second leaf. Mariners can provide comment to this proposal by sending them to michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil.
            From April 1 through April 30, 2013, a work barge will be in the AICW which will only allow 62 feet of horizontal clearance. If your vessel needs more than 62 feet of horizontal clearance for safe passage, please provide GLF a twenty four hour notice by contacting the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16 or by calling (954) 829-2781. 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.
            Port of Miami Railroad Bridge: The repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25.778902° -80.182536°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, are nearing completion and testing will begin in March 2013. There are no anticipated delays associated with the testing. Mariners are reminded that this bridge which has not operational for a number of years is fully functional. Mariners may expect delays once train traffic is restored. You can contact the bridge via Channel 9 or the PCL POC - Wes Banks (813) 520-5223.
Scheduled Span Operation Dates
February 28
March 6, 7
March 12, 13
March 19, 20, 21
March 26, 27
            Indian Street Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway: Closure of Waterway:
1. Mariners are hereby notified to use caution and plan their transit of this area accordingly.
2. The closure is related to new bridge construction.
3. The project is located at Lat 27-09-32.11 North and Long 80-15-06.5 West.
4. There will be a daily waterway closure from 1000 - 1600 local time starting 18 February 2013 through 8 March 2013. The waterway will be closed in both directions during these hours. Archer Western Contractors has arranged for the Martin County Sheriff's Office to maintain a Safety Zone during closure hours. Mariners should operate vessels with caution in the area due to potential for floating debris, increased traffic due to the operation, and large equipment working in and along the waterway. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. All vessels are to comply with the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 (33 U.S.C. 2001-2038). Contractor POC is: Mr. Joshua McDermott, Project Engineer, Archer Western Contractors, Indian Street Bridge, 3649 S.W. Saint Lucie Shores, Palm City, FL. 34990Office: (772) 678-7000, Fax: (772) 678-7004. For additional information regarding this issue and others may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Carl Williams,  Supervisor Facilities Management at 863-235-1158.
            Circus Bridge (GIWW Mile 54.9): Due to bridge repairs the SR 45/S Venice Dual Airport Bridges/Circus Bridge (27.078592° -82.430417°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 54.9, Venice, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations from 7:00 a.m. on April 8 through 7:00 a.m. on April 12, 2013 and from 7:00 a.m. on April 15 to 7:00 a.m. on April 19, 2013. These temporary restrictions are necessary to change out hydraulic equipment.
            Matlacha Pass Bridge: Updated. Archer Western Contractors will be closing the new Matlacha Pass Bridge (26.632280° -82.067999°), Matlacha Pass mile 6.0, Lee County, Florida from February 11 through May 11, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily to complete the bridge work. The channel can be open with at least 48 hours notice to the bridge tender. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. Due to the major construction activity at this bridge site mariners are reminded to be extremely careful when transiting through this area.
            Howard Frankland Bridge: L &S Concrete Restoration Inc is working on the Howard Frankland Bridge (27.919335° -82.590218°) across Old Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida. The contractor has floating equipment in the vicinity of the bridge. This work is expected to continue until July 2, 2013.

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

Survey Work off Belmar, NJ:
            The R/V BELMAR III will be conducting a shallow water telecom cable beach landing survey shoreward from Belmar, NJ (40.176765° -74.007596°) seaward to 3 nms from 19 February until 29 February, 2013. Operations involve towing bottom sensors approximately 30 ft. behind the vessel. The vessel will monitor VHFFM channels 13 and 16. To prevent damage to the towed cable it is requested that all vessels remain clear. (5th District LNM Week 08/2013)

Radio Activated Sound Signals (for Fog) Proposed:
            On or about 05 March, 2013, the sound signal (Horn) on Cape May Canal West Entrance North Jetty Light 11 (LLNR 1675) (38-58-03.684N, 074-57-59.690W), will be converted to a Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). Once converted, the sound signal (Horn) may be activated by the mariner by following the steps listed below. Following activation, the MRASS will provide a Sound Signal for approximately 30 minutes and then automatically secure. “To activate the Sound Signal during periods of reduced visibility mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times when within a range of 1nm of the light. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the signal as advertised in the Light List.”
            On or about 05 March, 2013, the sound signal (Horn) at Manasquan Inlet Light 3 (LLNR 34932) (40-06-01.374N, 074-01-54.240W), will be converted to a Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). Once converted, the sound signal (Horn) may be activated by the mariner by following the steps listed below. Following activation the MRASS will provide a Sound Signal for approximately 30 minutes and then automatically secure: “To activate the Sound Signal during periods of reduced visibility mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times when within a range of 1nm of the light. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the signal as advertised in the Light List.”
            In your comments, please address the impact these proposed changes may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the means by which you are using to navigate this waterway and any electric sensors used while transiting the area. Send comments to: Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA. 23704, Attn.: Chris O’NealOr email to: Christopher.a.oneal@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 06/2013)

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)

Delaware Bay Harbor of Refuge Sound Signal to be Removed:
            The Coast Guard is proposing the discontinuance of the sound signal (fog signal) located at Harbor of Refuge Light (LLNR 1530) (38-48-52.223N, 075-05-32.621W). In your comments, please address the impact this proposed change may impose on your operation. Send comments no later than 28 March, 2013 to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Chris O’Neal Or email to: Christopher.a.oneal@uscg.mil
(5th District LNM Week 08/2013)

NJICW Shoaling:
            Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 feet MLW within the channel has been reported between NJICW Daybeacon 129 (LLNR 35530) (39-30-06.805N, 074-20-37.021W) and NJICW Light 132 (LLNR 35550). (5th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Susquehanna River Dredging:
            The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Susquehanna River in the vicinity of Havre De Grace (39.548600° -76.082905°) from 16 February until 30 March, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 08/2013)

Dredging in Upper Chesapeake Channel Complete:
            Mariners are advised that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has confirmed the completion of dredging and removal of the shoaling previously reported in the Upper Chesapeake Channel, located between Upper Chesapeake Channel LB 36 (LLNR 8630) (39-18-39.975N, 076-13-06.044W) and a position midway between Upper Chesapeake Channel LB 38 (LLNR 8640) and Upper Chesapeake Channel LB 40 (LLNR 8785). All surveys of the completed dredging in the southern approach channel to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal may be found under the Navigation tab of USACE Philadelphia District’s website at: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/. (5th District LNM Week 08/2013).

Underwater Inspections Baltimore Key Bridge--New Dates:
            Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland State Highway Administration, will be altering the dates to perform inspections at the I-695/Francis Scott Key Bridge (38.902235°-77.069853°), at mile 6.0, across the South Branch of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, MD. All inspections will now be performed each day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning March 25, 2013 through April 26, 2013. To facilitate inspections, a small boat or raft will be utilized to reach the lower portions of the bridge and for safety when working over the over waterway. Inspection personnel and equipment will be working at the bridge during this period and will be in proximity to the navigable channel, do not anticipate any disruption to navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigation channel upon request for vessel passage. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 09/2013)

Naval Academy Waterfront Construction:
            Marine Technologies, LLC will be conducting marine construction and diving operations on the U.S. Naval Academy waterfront (38.978613° 38.978613°) from 04 February until 31 December, 2013. Numerous crane and material barges will be moored in the vicinity. The Tugs JEZEBEL and SPIRIT will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM Week 05/2013)

Dredging in Fishing Creek, Calvert County, MD:
            Mariners are advised that hydraulic dredging operations are scheduled to occur in Fishing Creek at Chesapeake Beach (38.690916°-76.534385°) in Calvert County, MD, from February 15, 2013 until March 1, 2013. The work will occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with longer periods of operation possible. Dredging is expected to occur for a distance of 4,000 feet from the marina, using pipeline sunken in the harbor and also approximately one mile down to another location on the shore, where two designated placement sites exist. Equipment includes a cutterhead dredge, a skiff, a crane barge, a pushboat, and 12-inch HDPE pipeline. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with U.S. Army Corps and U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. Interested mariners can contact the North America Landscaping Construction & Dredge Co, Inc (NALCO) dredge on site via marine radio VHF-FM channels 16, 13 and 08, or NALCO at telephone 410-465-7311 or email Nalco@Comcast.net, if necessary. (5th District LNM Week 08/2013).

Steel Bridge Replacement Construction Begins:
            Mariners are advised that construction work, by McLean Contracting Company, will commence in February 2013 and will extend through March 2017 for the replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 (Lift) Bridge (36.735991° -76.294895°) across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at AICW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA (commonly known as the Steel Bridge) and its approaches, with a new 95-foot high-level fixed bridge and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. (Latitude 36 44’ 10” N, Longitude 076 17’ 40” W). The operation will consist of construction of a new bridge, removal and replacement of the bridge fender system, demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a second new bridge, along with inwater work involving pile driving, concrete pier construction and girder erection. Tugboats will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for future notices on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 05/2013)

Oregon Inlet Shoaling:
           An ACOE survey conducted 19 February, 2013 indicates shoaling to a depth of between 5.5 and 2.6 feet MLW in the vicinity of Oregon Inlet Light 54 (LLNR 28193) (35-47-20.972N, 075-34-18.659W) and Oregon Inlet Lighted Buoy 55 (LLNR 28195). (5th District LNM Week 09/2013)

NC AICW Bridge Work:
Emerald Isle Bridge:
1. Bridge fender repairs on the NC 58 Fixed Bridge at mile 226 (34.672481° -77.066775°) on the AICW in Emerald Isle, North Carolina have been extended until March 14, 2013.
2. 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.
3. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds.
4. 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 Week 06/2013)
            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 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 Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge: Mariners are advised that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation to the operating schedule that governs the operation at the Cape Fear Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge (34.227053° -77.952125°), at mile 26.8, across Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC. To facilitate the bi-annual trunnion inspection, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closed position to vessels beginning, each day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on March 11, 2013 until March 14, 2013; however, vessel openings will be provided if at least a two-hour advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 18 VHF. The drawbridge will be able to open in the event of an emergency. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.5 and 117.823. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 07/2013)
            Oak Island Bridge:
1. 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 June 15, 2013.
2. 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.
3. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds.
4. 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 Week 09/2013)

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

Provincetown Harbor Entrance Change to MRASS:
            The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
CHANGE Long Point Light (LLNR 13270) 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/157.150Mhz. 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 1 March 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-025. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM Week 08/2013) Note: The LLNR number given is for Wood Point Light, not Long Point Light. Both have a horn signal.

Proposed ATON Change:
            CHANGE the following aids nominal range to 14NM: Cleveland East Ledge Light (LLNR 16080) (41-37-51.470N, 070-41-39.046W)
            This proposal would incorporate the Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.
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 1 March 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-024. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM Week 06/2013)

UUV Ops, Gould Island, RI
            Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operations are being done until approximately 1 March 2013.
LOCATION WHERE WORK WILL BE DONE: Primary area of operations will be West of Gould Island and East of Jamestown, and will be contained within the following four points:
NW Point: 41d 32.574'N 71d 21.620'W
NE Point: 41d 32.579'N 71d 20.907'W
SE Point: 41d 31.408'N 71d 20.855'W
SW Point: 41d 31.404'N 71d 21.487'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 four points:
NW Point: 41d 16.900' N 71° 24.700' W
NE Point: 41d 16.900' N 71° 22.000' W
SW Point: 41d 14.200' N 71° 24.700' W
SE Point: 41d 14.220' N 71° 22.000' W
            The hours of operation are 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. On scene is the R/V DISCOVERY, unmanned undersea vehicle & workboats that are monitoring VHF-FM: (First District LNM Week 08/2013)

Proposed ATON Change: Remove RACON, CT East End Long Island Sound:
            The Coast Guard is considering making the following change to this waterway;
Twenty-Eight Foot Shoal Lighted Whistle Buoy TE (LLNR 21160) (41-09-15.920N, 072-30-24.539W): Remove RACON.
            Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through your organization. All  comments will be carefully considered and are requested by 26 Feb 2013. To facilitate the process, refer to the Project Number 01-13-028 for  easier identification. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mails can be sent to mark.e.ferreira@uscg.mil and faxes to 617-223-8291. (First District LNM Week 06/2013)

Stonington Harbor Construction:
            Marine construction and repair operations are being done on the east breakwater (41.317165° -71.905197°), outside of Stonington Harbor, until approximately 20 March 2013. The work is being done daily from 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene is a barge, tug, small craft & material barges that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 05/2013)

Greenwich Harbor, CT Dredging:
            Dredging is being done adjacent to Greenwich Harbor (41.008279°-73.623029°) until March 2, 2013. The work is being done 24 hours a day. On scene is a dredge & tug that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 16 & 3. (First District LNM Week 09/2013)

Dredging Captree, NY:
            Dredging is being done in State Boat Channel (40.639843° -73.266354°) until approximately May 1, 2013. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On  scene is the dredge SCROD II that is monitoring VHF -FM channel 61. (First District LNM Week 09/2013)

Submerged Hazard, Shinnecock Bay:
            The Coast Guard has received a report of a submerged hazard to navigation 20 yards east of Shinnecock Bay Buoy 30 (LLNR 30867) in approximate position 40-52.658N 072-29.284W. All mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 09/2013)

Fire Island, Long Island Dredging:
            Dredging will be done in Fire Island Inlet (40.628810°-73.324077°) & Long Island from 1 February until approximately 30 April 2013. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the west end of Fire Island and ending on Cedar Beach. On scene will be a dredge, booster, floating pontoon barges & derricks. The dredge operator will be monitoring VNF-FM channels 13 & 16. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to passage. The dredge and floating pipeline are held in place by cables and anchors which are some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors. Mariners are requested to comply with the Rules of the Road and to remain a safe distance away from the equipment. Any fishing equipment in the area should be removed prior to the work begins. (5th District LNM Week 04/2013)

 


 

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