East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
24 Hour Anchoring Limit to be Enforced in Lake Okeechobee:
The following (in plain text) are excerpts from a March 18, 2013 Notice to Navigation Interests from the USACE Jacksonville. To summarize: vessels may not anchor longer than 24 hours in one place in the Okeechobee Waterway, that vessels have to move a day's distance to the next anchorage and that the USACE has authority to regulate and enforce this.
The full text is available at:* www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx
US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Mr. Robert Schnell, Supervisory Biologist at 863-983-8101 ext. 236.
AUTHORITY: The guidance contained within this memorandum is in accordance with 16 U.S.C. § 460d, 33 U.S.C. § 1, 36 C.F.R. Part 327 and 33 C.F.R. 207.160. The Corps has the authority to regulate public use of federal water resource development projects in the public interest and the navigable capacity of waters of the United States.
STOPPAGE IN WATERWAY. ANCHORAGE OR MOORING: All stopped vessels should be securely anchored or moored in accordance with this policy.
a. Anchorage: No vessel shall anchor in the Okeechobee Waterway, except in case of an emergency or incidental to navigating the 152 mile waterway. Anchoring incidental to navigating the length of the waterway over multiple days is allowed to provide adequate rest for crew members while crossing the waterway to ensure the safety of the crew and other users on the waterway. Overnight anchoring shall not exceed 24 hours in one location and your vessel needs to show one days travel distance before anchoring again. Vessels shall not be attached or anchored to structures such as locks, dams, buoys or other structures along the Okeechobee Waterway or left without a sufficient crew to care for the vessel. All navigation lights shall be displayed in accordance with provisions of the Navigation Rules, International-Island, Commandant Instruction M16672.2 (series) to ensure the safety of all users and property on the waterway.
b. Mooring: Vessels stopped for longer than 24 hours should be moored or stored at designated areas approved by the District Commander, which consist of commercial authorized marinas/docks by the Lake Okeechobee & the Okeechobee Waterway Shoreline Management Plan for the safety of all users and activities. Vessels may not be used for overnight occupancy while moored unless such use is incidental to recreational boating or otherwise permitted by Federal, state or local law.
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
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
Stono Inlet Dredging:
Marinex Construction Inc will commence dredging operations on or about April 30, 2013. The work area will extend from Stono Inlet Buoy 9 (LLNR 3795) (32-41-19.602N, 079-59-46.817W) to Folly River Buoy 19 (LLNR 3760). The dredge SAVANNAH will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week until approximately June 5, 2013. For further information contact the Marinex Construction at (843) 722 9083. (7th District LNM Week 18/2013)
79 Upper Savannah River Markers to be Discontinued:
Permanently discontinue all Upper Savannah River Daydeacons and Buoys from Statue Mile 27.5 thru Statue Mile 199 (LLNRs 5170-5575) (32-14-04.965N, 081-09-01.507W - 33-28-18.498N, 081-56-50.740W). This totals 79 aids to navigation. Your recommendations for additional aids and or concerns are welcome. Please address them 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 June 15, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 16/2013)
More AICW Ranges to be Discontinued:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at North River.
North River Range Front Light A (LLNR 36800) (31-24-31.929N, 081-19-09.991W) will be changed to Light 178A displaying Flashing Red 4s and TR-TY on a pile.
North River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 36805) will be permanently discontinued.
This action is schedule for the week of May 27, 2013.
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at Frederica River.
Frederica River Cut Range Front Light A (LLNR 37045) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Light 223 (LLNR 37057) will be established in position 31-17-05.580N/081-23-05.700W displaying Flashing Green 2.5s and SG on a pile. This position is the same a Frederica River Cut Front Light A (LLNR 37045).
Frederica River Light 223 (LLNR 37060) will be renumbered to Light 223A.
Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 37050) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Cut Range Front Light C (LLNR 37065) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Light 227A (LLNR 37078) will be established in position 31-15-52.740N/081-23-27.540 W displaying Flashing Green 2.5s and SG on a pile. This position is the same as Frederica River Cut Front Light C (LLNR 37065).
Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon C (LLNR 36070) will be permanently discontinued.
Frederica River Cut Range Front Daybeacon D (LLNR 37080) will be changed to Daybeacon 228 displaying TR-TY on a pile.
Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon D (LLNR 37085) will be permanently discontinued.
This action is schedule for the week of May 27, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Atlas-V Launch Hazard:
Eastern Range OP # A5525 ATLAS-V GPS IIF-04 will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: FROM 2835N 8036W
TO 2836N 8036W
TO 2853N 8015W
TO 2851N 8014W
TO 2846N 8018W
TO 2836N 8028W
TO 2833N 8034W
TO 2833N 8035W TO BEGINNING
B: FROM 4310N 5915W
TO 4444N 5543W
TO 4438N 5512W
TO 4415N 5455W
TO 4353N 5503W
TO 4219N 5831W TO BEGINNING
2. Hazard periods for primary launch dayand backup launch day:
PRIMARY LAUNCH DAY: 15/ 2138Z THRU 15 /2232Z MAY 13. T-0 IS 2138Z.
BACKUP LAUNCH DAY: 16 / 2134Z THRU 16 /2228Z MAY 13. T-0 IS 2134Z. (7th DistrictLNM Week 19/2013)
Canaveral Dredging Update:
Norfolk Dredging Company will commence dredging operations near Cape Canaveral, Florida (28.411652° -80.624017°) on or May 1, 2013. The project will consist of dredging various berths at Cape Canaveral as well as the Federal Channel from the Trident Turning Basin out to sea. Scows will be towed from the jobsite to either the Ocean Disposal Area located offshore of Cape Canaveral Florida or the Near Shore Disposal Area (NSDA) located near Cocoa Beach Florida. The project is expected to continue until approximately September 30, 2013. The dredge “ATLANTIC” will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Vessel traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage....Further information contact Norfolk Dredging Company at (757) 547-9391. (7th District LNM Week 17/2013)
Beach Renourishment, Fort Pierce:
Placement of sand related to renourishment of 1.3 miles of critically eroded shoreline located immediately south of Fort Pierce Inlet (27.468674°-80.289572°) to begin April 12 and completed approximately May 30, 2013. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and to monitor VHF Channels 13/16 when transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 15/2013)
St. Lucie River Shoaling Marked:
The Coast Guard has established St Lucie River Temp Buoy 17A in position 27-11-02.516N/080-11 49.228W. The Buoy marks a shoal that is encroaching the St Lucie River from the west. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 19/2013)
St. Lucie Inlet Buoys Repositioned:
During the week of 29 April through 03 May, 2013 the Coast Guard will be repositioning buoys in the St Lucie Inlet (27.166368° -80.159150°) to best mark the channel. Mariners are requested to transit the area with extreme caution and are reminded that passage through the inlet is not recommended without local knowledge of all hazardous conditions affecting this area. (7th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
May 9, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.51 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.45 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23'N, 80°38'22.92'W) and 5.65 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
Sub-surface Research Buoys off Fort Lauderdale:
The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is planning to install four sub-surface moored Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) buoys on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 between 0600 and 1800 (met-ocean conditions pending) off the coast of southern Broward County. Each buoy is moored approximately 15 meters above the seafloor via wire rope to an acoustic release and a steel clump anchor. All buoys will be recovered via acoustic release after a six to nine month deployment (recovery date TBD). At that time, the anchor will be abandoned in place. A notice specifying the exact date and time will be circulated prior to recovery. Actual moored locations will be determined and then provided after deployment.
Buoy details listed below:
Deployment Coordinates: 26o 3.3' N, 79o51.0' W
Approximate Water Depth: 340 m
Acoustic Release Frequencies: 9.100 kHz,9.1109 kHz
Deployment Coordinates: 26o 3.3' N, 79o55.0' W
Approximate Water Depth: 260 m
Acoustic Release Frequencies: 12.0719kHz, 12.0825 kHz
Deployment Coordinates: 26o 1.2' N, 79o52.8' W
Approximate Water Depth: 280 m
Acoustic Release Frequencies: 13.1188kHz, 13.1273 kHz
Deployment Coordinates: 26o 5.6' N, 79o52.8' W
Approximate Water Depth: 290 m
Acoustic Release Frequencies: 11.077 kHz,11.1365 kHz (7th District LNM Week17/2013)
New Markers for Fleming Key:
Fleming Key DBN 2 (LLNR 14970) has been changed to Fleming Key DBN 6 (LLNR 14970). The number of the aid was changed in conjunction with temporary AtoN establishments to facilitate ammunition transactions on Fleming Naval Base Pier.
The following aids have been temporarily established:
Fleming Key Buoy 3 in approximate position 24-34-31.380N 081-48-03.720W
Fleming Key Buoy 4 in approximate position 24-34-29.100N 081-48-03.060W
Fleming Key DBN 5 in approximate position 24-34-31.380N 081-47-59.580W (7th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Marina and Dock Construction, Key West:
Charley Toppino & Sons Inc will commence marina and dock construction operations at Safe Harbor, Stock Island, Florida on or about April 10, 2013. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Equipment used will be a crane, pile driver and skiffs. The location of ops:
GPS Coordinates –24 33.897N & 81 44.170W. Outermost Dock Northeast Corner 24° 33' 55.897', -081° 44' 09.572' Southeast Corner 24° 33' 51.625', -081° 44' 09.549'.
The approximate completion date of the project is August 30, 2013. Any questions or additional information contact any one of the Project POC’s: Paul Moore (404) 805-6942, Ray Soboski (305) 434-0144, Doug Rautenkranz (305) 890-0402, Mike Marino (239) 910-2132, Andy Patow (305) 797-1539. (7th District LNM Week 17/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
The Coast Guard received a report of Private aid Bay Pines Channel DBN 11 (LLNR 61250) (27-47-54.593N, 082-45-52.465W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 19/2013:
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.
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.
Haulover Bridge (AICW Mile 869.2): Royal Bridge Incorporated is currently working on the Allenhurst (Haulover Canal) SR 3Bridge (28.736198°-80.754710°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile, 869.2, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Starting May 7, 2013, The Allenhurst (Haulover Canal) Bridge will be on single-leaf operations until July 1, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a three hour notice to the bridge tender or call Emmanuel Chrysakis 727-934-6042 or 727- 278-4891. When the contractor is not working on the bridge leaves they will be left in the open to navigation position.
Addison Point Bridge (AICW Mile 885), Update: 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 April 1 to May 29, 2013. This office has been advised that only one of the four spans is open; therefore, the mariner will need to request a normal bridge opening at this location.
Starting May 9, 2013, the curfew period for the John F. Kennedy Space Center bridge, mile 885 at Addison Point will be extended to read:
The draw shall open on signal; except that, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open. This portion of the work will be completed on June 21, 2013. NASA, the bridge owner, has advised that they will be scheduling work on this bridge that may require single-leaf operations from Monday 13 May through Tuesday 2 July 2013. The details for double-leaf openings will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes. The Florida Department of Transportation will be engaged with the emergency repairs of the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1021.8, Palm Beach, Florida, starting in April 2013. In order to complete these repairs, waterway restrictions caused by construction equipment at the bridge may limit horizontal navigational clearance to 35 feet at night and 70 feet during the day. Night time restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 35 feet between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily for up to three months. A 70 foot horizontal clearance will be made available with a three hour notice to the ON-SCENE TUG. Daytime restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 70 feet between the hours of 6:01 a.m. and 8:59 p.m. daily for up to three months. A temporary waterway restriction limiting horizontal clearance to 70 feet will remain in effect at the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge until the replacement bridge is complete. Mariners are advised that changes to navigational clearance may be necessary as repair conditions develop.
The temporary regulations for the Flagler Memorial and Royal Park Bridges will remain as follows: Flagler Memorial Bridge schedule will remain on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m., The Royal Park Bridge will remain on the hour and hour-hour schedule except that from 8:01 a.m. to 8:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:29 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation, Monday through Friday until the repairs are completed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge.
Due to the unusual circumstances associated with the bridge structure, the bridge owner has requested an emergency back-up plan in case the repairs are unable to be accomplished as anticipated. If the Flagler Memorial Bridge malfunctions and is left in the open to navigation position, the Royal Park and Southern Boulevard Bridges will be placed on restricted schedules to accommodate increased vehicular traffic. If an emergency occurs, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter after the hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. Additional waterway restrictions will be promulgated once the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction commences.
Lantana Bridge (AICW Mile 1031): 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 mile 1031, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until November 15, 2013. From April 22 through May 21, 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.
Matlacha Pass Bridge:Archer Western Contractors has advised the Coast Guard that the Matlacha Pass Bridge (26.632280° -82.067999°), Matlacha Pass mile 6.0, Lee County, Florida is operating normally. They are anticipating requesting additional waterway restrictions in the future and will provide this information when available. Due to the major construction activity at this bridge site mariners are reminded to be extremely careful when transiting through this area.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Seaside Heights Pier Wreckage Demolition Work:
Weeks Marine, Inc. will be performing wreckage demolition work at theSeaside Heights Pier (39-56.55N, 074-04.09W) from 01 May until 15 May, 2013. The WEEKS 500 Crane Barge and the WEEKS 290 Material barge will be anchored at the Casino Pier with a four (4) point mooring extending 400 feet from the bow and stern of the barges. Mariners are advised to remain at least ½ mile from the barges to prevent fouling any anchor lines. A tug will be on site and monitoring VHF-FM channels 16 and 65A at all times. (5th District LNM Week 18/2013).
NJ Inlet and Beach Renourishment Dredging:
The Dredge ILLINOIS will be conducting dredging operations and beach nourishment in Absecon Inlet with beachfill to Brigantine Island and in Great Egg Harbor Inlet with beachfill to Ocean City Beach. Operations will continue until 01 August, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 1, 13 and 16. Submerged pipelines will be deployed in the following areas:
A. Absecon Inlet to Brigantine Island at 39-26.991N, 074-19.364W; 39-25.849N, 074-19.175W; 39-24.861N, 074-20.250W. Approximate 15,000 ft of submerged pipeline.
B. Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Ocean City Beach at 39-17.632N, 074-31.643W; 39-17.260W, 074-31.271W; 39-16.908N, 074-33.286W Approximate 7,500 ft of submerged pipeline. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
Atlantic City Bridges to Close for Air Show and Concert:
Mariners are advised that, to accommodate the Atlantic City Air Show, the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge (39.375885° -74.452215°), at ICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare and the US40-322 (Albany Avenue) Bridge (39.353463° -74.456732°), at ICW mile 70.0, across Inside Thorofare both in Atlantic City, NJ will be closed to vessels requiring an opening on Wednesday June 26, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon, and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.733 (e) and (f). The available vertical clearances in the closed position are approximately 20 feet and 10 feet above mean high water, respectively. Mariners able to pass under the closed spans may do so and use caution when transiting the areas. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Mariners are advised that the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge (39.375885° -74.452215°), at ICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare and the US40-322 (Albany Avenue) (39.353463° -74.456732°) Bridge, at ICW mile 70.0, across Inside Thorofare both in Atlantic City, NJ will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 1, 2013, and from 10 p.m., on Saturday, June 1, 2013 until 1 a.m., on Sunday, June 2, 201 3 to accommodate the VET Rock Concert. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.733 (e) and(f). The available vertical clearances in the closed position are approximately 20 feet and 10 feet, above mean high water, respectively. Mariners able to pass under the closed spans may do so and use caution when transiting the areas. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
NJ Bridge Construction/Repairs:
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 to take caution when approaching the construction site for the repairs of the superstructure and piles on the Route 9, Garden State Parkway bridge over Great Egg Harbor and Drag Channel, Mile 3.5, (39.294539° -74.621566°) Somers Point, Atlantic County, NJ. The bridges continue to be under repair using occasional barges and snooper cranes through December 31, 2013. The navigable channel shall remain open to vessels until further notice. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)
Aberdeen Proving Ground/Gunpowder River Diving Ops:
The ACOE will be conducting an underwater anomaly survey and diving operations at the Hogs Point Bomb Target Munitions Response Site in the Gunpower River (39.342646° -76.317814°)from 6 May until 17 May, 2013. Two (02) small open craft will be conducting the survey and may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 68. Marine traffic will not be allowed to traverse the area while the survey is being conducted. Traffic will be directed to maneuver around the outside perimeter of the area during survey operations. The survey will be conducted between the hours of 0700-1700 Monday through Friday, however, the exclusion zones may be in effect 24/7 if necessary. (5th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Susquehanna River Channel Markers Change:
On or about 30 June, 2013, the following aids to navigation relocates/establishments will be made as a result of post dredging channel changes:
A. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 5 (LLNR 27605) to approximate position 39-28-49.466N, 076-04-48.297W.
B. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 6 (LLNR 27610) to approximate position 39-28-50.718N, 076-04-44.084W.
C. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 27615) to approximate position 39-29-12.007N, 076-05-06.958W.
D. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 8 (LLNR 27620) to approximate position 39-29-13.673N, 076-05-03.786W.
E. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 9 (LLNR 27625) to approximate position 39-29-29.408N, 076-05-15.382W.
F. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 10 (LLNR 27630) will be established in approximate position 39-29-29.925N, 076-05-11.867W.
G. Susquehanna River Channel Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 27645) to approximate position 39-30-56.708N, 076-05-11.804W.
H. Susquehanna River Channel Buoy 12 (LLNR 27650) will be established in approximate position 39-29-57.571N, 076-05-14.648W. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
New Reefballs for New Reef Site:
On or about May 10, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake Shellfish Program and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be planting two hundred fifty (250) low –profile; two (2’) foot wide by one and one half (1-1/2’) foot tall, reefballs in the Memorial Stadium Sanctuary Reef site. The R/V PATRICIA CAMPBELL will be conducting the planting operation and will be monitoring channels 13, 16. The reef site is approximately 3.0 Nm. West of Tolchester Beach and 3.2 Nm. Southeast of Harts Miller Island. Site corner coordinates are:
A: 39 12 27.18N, 076 18 29.80W
B: 39 12 29.28N, 076 18 23.88W
C: 39 12 28.38N, 076 18 23.40W
D: 39 12 26.28N, 076 18 29 28W (5th District LNM Week 17/2013)
Bear Creek Bridge, Baltimore, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that bridge painting will be performed from April 18, 2013 through October 1, 2013 at the I-695 Bridge (39.236591° -76.498052°), at mile 1.3, across Bear Creek, between Broening Highway and Peninsula Expressway, MD. To facilitate the painting on the bridge a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately to 52 feet, above MHW. A 200-foot spud barge will be used in navigable water; however, no work will interfere with navigation of the waterway. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Painting:
Mariners are advised that sandblasting and painting operations are scheduled to commence on or about May 29, 2013 until February 2015 at the William P. Lane, Jr. Memorial/Chesapeake Bay Bridge (38.975975° -76.375666°) (West Suspension), at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. To facilitate operations, containment platforms will be placed under the westbound deck truss sections of the bridge reducing the available vertical clearance by approximately six feet outside of the navigable channel. In addition, barges will be used in the waterway for rigging and dismantling of the platforms. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
Hoskins Creek, Tappahannock, VA Survey:
Norfolk District Army Corps of Engineer resent Project Condition Survey of Hoskins Creek indicates a least depth of 7.9 feet MLLW along the centerline; with lesser depths of 6.3 feet indicated off the centerline, from approximate 140 feet southwest of Hoskins Creek Channel Light 1 (LLNR 15600) (37-55-29.363N, 076-50-42.376W) to approximately 250 feet east of Hoskins Creek Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 15615). The survey also indicates depths from 9.0 feet to 5.0 feet in the turning basin except 20 feet either side of that centerline. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
No Openings at Coleman Bridge for a Day:
Mariners are advised that the George P. Coleman Memorial Swing Bridge (37.240041° -76.507435°), at mile 7.0, at Yorktown, VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening on Sunday, June 9, 2013, beginning at 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., to perform maintenance work with an alternate rain date June 16, 2013 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance of the drawbridge is approximately 60 feet, above MHW. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1025. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
Wachapreague Channel Dredging:
The Dredge RICHMOND will be conducting dredging operations in Wachapreague Channel (37.577481° -75.623540°) from 07 May until 20 June, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
Fishermans Island Bridges Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that bridge maintenance work (cleaning, painting and steel repairs) continues at the US 13 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. To facilitate the work extension, the available vertical clearances for the underside of the Fishermans Island Inlet Bridges (37.110312° -75.970480°) are reduced by three feet (40 feet to 37 feet above mean high water) through May 31, 2013. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. 5th District LNM Week 11/2013)
Continued Work on Chesapeake Bay Bridges, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that bridge maintenance work (cleaning, painting and steel repairs) continues at the southbound sections of the US 13/North Channel Bridges (37.076364° -76.014265°) over Chesapeake Bay of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel, between Cape Charles and Virginia Beach, VA. To facilitate the extended maintenance work, the available vertical clearances for the underside of the North Channel Bridges are reduced by three feet to approximately 72 feet above mean high water through May 31, 2013. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 17/2013)
Wallops Island Bridge, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that bridge repairs will be performed from June 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013 at the Wallops Island Bridge (37.850101° -75.490226°) across Cats Creek, at mile 1.0, Accomack County, VA. To facilitate the work on the bridge a decking platform will reduce the available vertical clearance approximately to 33 feet, above MHW. We are also advising mariners to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 12/2013)
Dominion Resources Testing for Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP):
Dominion Resources, Inc. will be conducting marine geophysical, shallow geotechnical, marine archeological, and benthic sampling operations from approximately 20 May through 30 June, 2013. These surveys will be conducted in the following areas:
A. Nine (9) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) aliquots located approximately 23.5nms east of Virginia Beach, VA.
B. Within an approximately 23.9nm marine transmission line corridor (approximately 300 meters wide) extending from offshore lease area at 36-53-19.29N, 075-29-53.82W to Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, VA at 36-48-55.34N, 075-58-03.48W .
Survey operations will be conducted from the R/V SEA LION operating 24/7 and monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. Survey equipment will be towed subsurface at a distance of up to 500 feet behind the survey vessel. It is requested that all vessels remain clear to prevent damage to the towed equipment. (5th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Warning Lights for Mid Town Tunnel Project:
SKW Construction in association with the Elizabeth River Mid Town Tunnel Project has established the following warning lights until 01 November, 2013, to mark the end of temporary floating piers:
A. Elizabeth River-Norfolk Pier Warning Light A (no LLNR) at 36-51-36.270N, 076-18-38.480W, Fl W 4s.
B. Elizabeth River-Norfolk Pier Warning Light B (no LLNR) at 36 -51-36.061N, 076-18 -38.221W, Fl W 4s
C. Elizabeth River-Portsmouth Pier Warning Light A (no LLNR) at 36-51-21.096N, 076-18-59.450W, Fl W 4s.
D. Elizabeth River-Portsmouth Pier Warning Light B (no LLNR) at 36-51-20.992N, 076-18-59.101W, Fl W 4s (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
Turbidity Curtain for Mid Town New Tunnel, Elizabeth River:
Established PATON Elizabeth River - Pinner Point-Mid-Town Tunnel Project
SKW Construction in association with the Mid Town Tunnel Project –Dredge Area 2T, will establish a yellow Turbidity Curtain; around the dredge area. This turbidity curtain will be held in place by thirty three (33) piles. Eleven (11) piles will be lighted with a four second flashing white light; Fl W 4s. A four hundred foot (400’) section of curtain will parallel the federal navigation project with Warning Lights D, E, F, G and H established approximately 100’ from the channel toe.
Elizabeth River-Pinner Point:
Warning Light A at 36 51 27.796, 076 18 58.889
Warning Light B at 36 51 28.544, 076 18 58.082
Warning Light C at 36 51 29.293, 076 18 57.294.
Warning Light D at 36 51 29.664, 076 18 56.874.
Warning Light E at 36 51 29.052, 076 18 55.994.
Warning Light F at 36 51 28.372, 076 18 55.015.
Warning Light G at 36 51 27.724, 076 18 54.086.
Warning Light H at 36 51 27.076, 076 18 53.158.
Warning Light I at 36 51 26.564, 076 18 53.741.
Warning Light J at 36 51 25.999, 076 18 54.403.
Warning Light K at 36 51 25.254, 076 18 55.238 (5th District LNM Week 17/2013).
Oregon Inlet Area Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Old House Channel Buoy 11 (LLNR 28275) (35-43-55.780N, 075-36-53.205W). (5th District LNM Week 19/2013)
NC AICW Bridge Work:
NOTE: While most of this is old news, we keep it active because it will affect Snowbirds on the trip north:
Wrightsville Beach Bridge:
1. Bridge rehabilitation on the US 74/76 Bascule Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at mile 283.1 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has been extended until July 27, 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 US 74/76 bascule bridge tender 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
email@example.com (5th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Bridge fender repairs will be in progress from December 20, 2012 until October 31, 2013 on the US 421 Fixed Bridge (Snows Cut) (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 firstname.lastname@example.org (5th District LNM 49)
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
email@example.com (5th District LNM Week 09/2013)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Buoys for Demolition Equipment, Waldo-Hancock Bridge:
White buoys with a blue stripe and a white 2.5 second flashing light have been temporarily established on the north and south sides of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge in the following positions: 44-33-35.30N 068-48-11.80W; 44-33-45.63N 068-48-3.54W; 44-33-32.86N 068-48-5.47W; 44-33-43.23N 068-47-57.13W. These buoys are used to moor work barges during demolition of the bridge. Mariners should exercise caution transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 18/2013)
Comments Requested on Offshore Mussel Farm Proposal:
Monday, April 22, 2013 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District released a Public Notice on a proposal for the establishment of a commercial scale submerged blue mussel farm in the Atlantic Ocean on the outer continental shelf 8.5 miles off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. This site is a 33 acre area around center point 42°41'00'N, 070°27'00'W. The proposed mussel longlines will be deployed in strings of 300 (ft) foot long header ropes submerged to a depth of 30 (ft) below the surface and be anchored to the bottom with block and mushroom anchors. The comment period on this proposed project ends: May 23, 2013. For more information on this specific project visit the following link:
http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Portals/74/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/NAE-2012-01598.pdf (First District LNM Week 18/2013)
Cape Cod Canal Update:
An N-Star construction project to install new aerial electric cables across the Cape Cod Canal (41.761397° -70.569881°) is scheduled for period April 15 – May 24, 2013. There may be temporary delays to marine traffic transiting in the canal. Contact the Canal’s Marine Traffic Control on VHF channel 13 for information on potential delays for specific days and times. (First District LNM Week 16/2013)
More Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Testing, RI:
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 71d 24.700' W
NE Point: 41d 16.900' N 71d 22.000' W
SW Point: 41d 14.200' N 71d 24.700' W
SE Point: 41d 14.220' N 71d 22.000' W
Alternate site will be north of the Jamestown Bridge centered over Halfway Ledge. Within the area contained by the following four points:
NW Point: 41d 33.546' N 71d 24.595' W
NE Point: 41d 33.530' N 71d 24.149' W
SW Point: 41d 33.063' N 71d 24.599' W
SE Point: 41d 33.098' N 71d 24.148' W
The hours of operation will be daily from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. On scene will be a 65ft Research Vessel (R/V Discovery), ~12ft RHIB Boat, UUV that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 19/2013)
Branford, CT Dredging:
Dredging will be done @ the Pine Orchard club from 14 May - 1 June, 2013. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge CT562 * bulldozer tug. (First District LNM Week 18/2013)
NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area south of Long Beach and Hempstead Bay from approximately 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013, from Gardiners Bay to Block Island from approximately 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013, from Branford, CT to Greenport, NY from 20 March 2013 through 31 May 2013 and throughout Penobscot Bay, ME from 1 May 2013 through 31 July 2013.
Thomas Jefferson is a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels carry NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship’s Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)
Comments Requested RE Discontinuing Shinnecock Inlet Buoys:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following change to this waterway;
A. DISCONTINUE Shinnecock Inlet Entrance Buoy 1 (LLNR 29038): This aid is currently located in position 40-49-53.378N and 072-28-37.837W.
B. DISCONTINUE Shinnecock Inlet Entrance Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 29039): This aid is currently located in position 40-49-53.771N and 072-28-27.446W.
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 18 June 13. To facilitate the process, refer to Project No. 01-13-069. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mails can be sent to email@example.com and faxes to 617-223-8291. (First District LNM Week 19/2013)
South Street Seaport Repairs:
Underwater pile repairs will be done at South Street Seaport Esplanade ((40.744905° -73.970565°), on Piers 13 & 14, from 20 May - August 2013. The work will be done daily. On scene will be a barge with a lull & fork lift and divers. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 19/2013)
Tappan Zee Bridge Construction:
Trevcon Construction will be installing a 1,200’ x 45’ temporary trestle extending from the eastern shoreline north of the Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388° -73.895171°). There will be six 100’ x 30’ finger piers extending from this trestle. Four crane barges will be on scene through Nov 29, 2013. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0600-1700. (First District LNM Week 16/2013)
Temporary Aids, Long Island:
The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to this waterway;
ESTABLISH Jones Inlet Breakwater Light Temporary Buoy (Aid #100118056850): position approximate 40-34-21.000N and 073-34-34.020W.
ESTABLISH East Rockaway Inlet Breakwater Light Temporary Buoy (Aid #100118056838) position approximate 40-34-52.980N and 073-45-16.980W. (First District LNM Week 19/2013)
NJ Coast Wave Glider:
Liquid Robotics, Inc. will continue 24/7 autonomous, unmanned maritime vehicle (www.liquidr.com) operations from 4-Feb through 15-Jun-2013. Vehicle deployed 4-Feb-2013 in the vicinity of 40° 12.26' N , 70° 51.53' W to conduct scientific data collection operations. Operations consist of surveying this region and 39° 29.72' N, 71° 25.79' W for 2-3 week intervals making best speed while transitioning between them prior to recovery. Wave Glider is remotely operated, propelled under its own power, remotely attended from our Wave Glider Operations Center (WGOC), moving at speeds of ~1kt, and designed to 'lose' should a conflict occur with any vessel. They are approximately 6.5' x 2' (surfboard size), black in color, with a contact plaque and mast extending 1 meter above the water surface supporting a flag. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. For further information, authorities and mariners can contact Liquid Robotics 24/7 WGOC Operations at +1 408.636.4205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries. (First District LNM Week 15/2013)
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