East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
6/6/2013


Update: Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8) Night Time Restriction Change and Current Regulations:
From an email from the USCG 7th District Bridge Branch, 06/06/2013:*
FLORIDA - ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.

The Florida Department of Transportation contractor Archer Western has been authorized to limit the horizontal navigational clearance to 25 feet at night and 70 feet during the day, for 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 June 2013. Night time restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 25 feet between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily for up to three month. The Flagler Memorial Bridge will be left in the open to navigation position between these hours.

The full 70 feet of horizontal clearance will be made available with a four hour notice to the on-scene tug.

The 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.

Archer Western Inc has advised the bridge owner that they will have divers around the structure in and around the navigable channel  Mariners are reminded to avoid diving flags at all times and if the waterway is too restrictive due to this operation to come to all stop until the divers have moved outside the navigable channel. The Coast Guard is working with the bridge owner to address additional safety concerns created by this diving operation.

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.

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

General Announcements

Unreliable GPS:
       Offshore Charleston:
THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNAL MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED BY SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND HANDHELD SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED AT AN APPROXIMATE TESTING CENTER POINT OF 32 54'60.0'N 079 00'00.0'W, WITH A POSSIBLE IMPACT RADIUS OF 112 NM FROM CENTER POINT.
GPS TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED ON:
09 JUNE 2013 FROM 1200Z - 1400Z
16 JUNE 2013 FROM 1200Z - 1400Z
MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER WEB SITE WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. DURING THIS PERIOD GPS USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY GPS SERVICE OUTAGES THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE TO THE NAVIGATION INFORMATION SERVICE (NIS) BY CALLING (703) 313-5900 OR BY USING THE NAVCEN WEB SITE TO SUBMIT A GPS PROBLEM REPORT.
       Offshore Jacksonville:
THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNAL MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED BY SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND HANDHELD SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED AT AN APPROXIMATE TESTING CENTER POINT OF 30 19'60.0'N 080 00'00.0'W, WITH A POSSIBLE IMPACT RADIUS OF 140 NM FROM CENTER POINT.
GPS TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED ON:
10 JUNE 2013 FROM 1700Z - 1930Z
11 JUNE 2013 FROM 1600Z - 2100Z
12 JUNE 2013 FROM 2200Z - 2400Z
13 JUNE 2013 FROM 0000Z - 0300Z AND 1700Z - 2200Z
14 JUNE 2013 FROM 2100Z - 2400Z
15 JUNE 2013 FROM 0000Z - 0300Z AND 1700Z - 2100Z
MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER WEB SITE WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. DURING THIS PERIOD GPS USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY GPS SERVICE OUTAGES THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE TO THE NAVIGATION INFORMATION SERVICE (NIS) BY CALLING (703) 313-5900 OR BY USING THE NAVCEN WEB SITE TO SUBMIT A GPS PROBLEM REPORT. (7th District LNM Week 22/2013)

Hazardous Ops SE US Coast:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 03 - 09 June, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 03 - 09 JUNE, 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
30-37N3 79-40W0
30-36N2 80-11W0
29-20N3 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 22/2013)

"U.S. Chart No. 1" Available as PDF:
       U.S. Chart No. 1, Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms, Twelfth Edition, 2013, is now available in PDF format through electronic access at the Maritime Safety Information website at http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal and from the "U.S. Chart No. 1" webpage of the NOAA Office of Coast Survey website at http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/chartno1.htm. Printed copies may be purchased through one of the NOAA publishing agent partners listed on the NOAA U.S. Chart No. 1 webpage.
       This new edition updates the descriptions and depictions of the basic nautical chart elements and symbols used on NOAA and NGA nautical charts. The document also shows the symbols described in the chart specifications of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). For the first time, it also includes the corresponding symbols used to portray Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) data on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) as specified by the IHO. (7th District LNM Week 22/2013)

USCG NAVIGATION RULES CORRECTIONS: 8 pages of corrections to the Nav Rules are included in each USCG District Local Notices to Mariners, Week 22/2013, http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain

Replacement EPIRB Battery Caution:
       Cospas-Sarsat type approval is conducted with manufacturer installed battery packs in 406 MHz distress beacons. Therefore, the U.S. SARSAT program recommends that 406 MHz distress beacon owners always use manufacturer approved battery packs which have been tested as a part of the original Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz distress beacon approval and known to meet operational requirements. 406 MHz distress beacon owners should consult their beacon manufacturer or one of their approved service centers to obtain proper battery replacements. Certain aftermarket replacement battery packs that are not approved by the beacon manufacturer have been shown to be of inferior quality and may pose a safety risk and/or failure of the beacon to function properly in a distress situation. (First District LNM Week 21/2013)

Hurricane Season Information from USCG 7th District:
       The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Advisory message is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life. Two levels of warnings are employed:
(a) HURRICANE WATCH - a preliminary alert that a hurricane MAY threaten a specified portion of the coast. It is issued 36 hours before landfall may occur; and
(b) HURRICANE WARNING - which indicate that hurricane conditions are EXPECTED along a specified portion of the coast. It is issued 24 hours before landfall. To provide additional information for maritime interests, a Marine Advisory is also issued which provides storm position forecasts for up to 72 hours in advance of a storm, and probabilities of hurricane strikes for coastal locations and offshore coordinates. Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricane and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set by the COTP (USCG Captain of the Port) and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as storm(s) approach a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
CONDITION 4 - Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June-30 November; port status: open.
CONDITION WHISKEY - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
CONDITION X-RAY - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
CONDITION YANKEE - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
CONDITION ZULU - Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Hurricane Information from USCG Charleston:
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB 17-13), 2013 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
In addition to the above information, highlights of MSIB 17-13 relating to pleasure boaters in South Carolina include the following:
       All vessels, waterfront facilities, and marinas should review their heavy weather plans. When planning for vessel evacuations, please take into account that drawbridges may not be operating when sustained wind speeds reach 25 mph. Also, if the Governor of South Carolina orders a land evacuation, you should anticipate that drawbridges will not open for vessel traffic. Furthermore, services from pilot associations and commercial tug companies may not be immediately available to assist during port evacuations. Your heavy weather plan should account for these factors to facilitate timely and decisive actions prior to the onset of threatening winds.
       The COTP Charleston Hurricane Port Plan is available at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/charleston and is filed under "Local Contingency Plans". For additional information on contingency preparedness issues, please contact the Sector Charleston 24-hour Command Center line at: (843) 740-7050.

Changes in Aids to Navigation:
       Nearly every Local Notice to Mariners contains numerous changes (proposed or already approved) in the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation. These range from conversion to LED technology which effectively reduces nominal range (how far away a light is visible) but increases reliability and longevity, to replacing range markers with lateral markers, to removing sound signals, to replacing sound signals with MRASS (Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal), to replacing floating aids with smaller aids, to removing aids temporarily during ice season, to discontinuing the marking system entirely in some cases, to moving markers to reflect changes in the water depth from shoaling or dredging. There are too many to mention each in East Coast Alerts, however we do mention some that are of major importance due to their location or that represent a new trend. The entire text of the weekly Local Notices to Mariners can be found at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain. Please refer to these if you need to know of all the changes in aids in your boating region. If a change is proposed that you have concerns about please send your comments to the appropriate address. The Coast Guard does consider your comments in making final decisions on changes.

Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
       Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: (xx.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx°) for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.

USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida

Charleston Harbor Dredging:
       Great Lakes Dredge & Dock LLC will commence maintenance dredging ops on or about 01 June 2013. Work consists of dredging approximately 1,100,000 cubic yards of material from the following reaches in Charleston Harbor (32.765496° -79.890647°): Hog Island Reach, Lower Wando River Reach, Upper Wando River Reach, Wando River Turning Basin, Drum Island Reach, Myers Bend, Lower Town Creek Reach, and Town Creek Reach. Work is scheduled to follow the above sequence. The clamshell Dredge '54' is scheduled to complete work approximately August 31, 2013. Material will be loaded into two material transport barges, Scow 65 and Scow 66. The Tug Sarah Dann will tow the barges to the Charleston Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site for material placement. The Tug Shannon Dann will assist and tend to the dredge. Also on site will be the Survey Vessel Calcasieu River. Dredge operations will be (24) hours per day, (7) days per week. The dredge will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. For additional information contact Mr. Matt Jack, Project Manager (630) 209-9862. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Sunken Vessel off Wassaw Sound:
       There is a 74ft steel hull F/V about 3NM outside of Wassaw Sound completely submerged in approximately 29ft of water in position 31-53'42N 80-51'24W . Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 22/2013)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       June 5, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.41 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.35 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23'N, 80°38'22.92'W) and 5.55 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

Okeechobee Waterway Shoaling:
       The Coast Guard has observed significant shoaling in the vicinity of St Lucie River South Fork in the area between St Lucie River South Fork Buoy 30 (LLNR 51090) and the Palm City SR 714 Bridge at mile 9.5 of the Okeechobee waterway. Best water is near the green side of the channel depth as low as 4 feet were found center channel in position 27-10-33.630N/080-15-44.106W. St Lucie River South Fork Buoy 30 (LLNR 51090) has been relocated to position 27-10-42.626N 080-15-48.339W to mark shoaling. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 22/2013)

Debris Warning Update, Niles Channel Fishing Bridge:
       Mariners are reminded of fallen debris from the old Nile Channel fishing bridge pier deteriorating. Parts of the fishing pier have fallen into the water in approximate position 24-39-36.0N/081-26-06.0W. Mariners are advised to remain clear of this structure and to use the main navigational channel when transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 22/2013)

Key West/Sand Key Aids to Nav Proposed to be Discontinued:
       The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system at Sand Key Channel.
Permanently discontinue Sand Key Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 15090) (24-27-40.165N, 081-52-47.674W). Change Middle Ground Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 15095) to a Shoal Daybeacon displaying NWs worded "Danger Shoal". Permanently discontinue Sand Key Preferred Channel Buoy (LLNR 15100).
       The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system at Sand Key and Southwest Channel.
Permanently discontinue Key West South West Channel Buoy D (LLNR 15140) (24-30-25.537N, 081-52-22.835W).
Permanently discontinue Key West South West Channel Buoy E (LLNR 15145).
Permanently discontinue Key West South West Channel Buoy F (LLNR 15450).
       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 June 20, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Anclote River: The F/V "SKYE MARIE" is submerged in the vicinity of Anclote River DBN 49 (LLNR 26350) (28-09-24.197N, 082-46-00.170W) and Anclote River DBN 50 (LLNR 26355) near the edge of the channel. The vessels outriggers are extending up and outwards toward the center of the channel. A TRLB displaying Q R characteristics and a 4NM range has been established in position 28-09-23.229N/082-45-47.410W in the vicinity of Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 22/2013)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 23/2013:
       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.
       Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6) Update: 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 August 31, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender. From June 3 to June 21, 2013, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, Quinn Construction will have divers in the water during the installation of the underwater cable. Mariners should contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM Channel 9 for passing information. Mariners are reminded to maintain minimum wake/slow speed through this area. Please contact Quinn Construction 941-722-7722 for additional information.
       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: Starting May 9, 2013, the curfew period for the John F. Kennedy Space Center bridge (28.527151° -80.765469°), 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.
       Lantana Bridge (AICW Mile 1031) Update: 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, 2013 through June 16, 2013, the west side bascule leaf will be erected which will allow 60 feet of horizontal clearance on the east side of the AICW. If your vessel needs more than 60 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, under the structural steel leaf between these dates, for safety reasons, maintaining the horizontal clearance of 60 feet anytime a bascule leaf is in the down position.
       From June 17, 2013 through August 18, 2013, the east bascule leaf will be erected which will allow 60 feet of horizontal clearance on the west side of the AICW. If your vessel needs more than 60 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, under the structural steel leaf between these dates, for safety reasons, maintaining the horizontal clearance of 60 feet anytime a bascule leaf is in the down position.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): See Above.
       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 June 3 through 7:00 a.m. on June 7, 2013 and from 7:00 a.m. on June 10 through 7:00 a.m. on June 14, 2013. No double-leaf openings will be available during these dates. These temporary restrictions are necessary to change out hydraulic equipment.

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

New Bridge Construction at Rt. 72 Bridge (NJICW Mile 37.4):
       Mariners are advised that construction work by Schiavone Construction Company will commence from July 1, 2013 through November 2015 at the south side of the existing Route 72 Bridge (39.664211°-74.210296°) over Manahawkin Bay, at NJICW mile 37.4, in Ship Bottom, Ocean County, NJ. The work will be along the southern side and within 100 feet of the existing bridge. The existing navigation channel will remain clear. The new bridge will have a 55 feet vertical clearance above mean high water (MHW) over the navigational channel and a 100 feet Horizontal clearance between fender systems when complete. The construction operation will include in-water work involving steel bulkhead sheeting, installation of work trestles, and steel sheeting cofferdam installation. Tugboats and barges 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 23/2013)

More NJ Offshore Dredging for Beach Replenishment:
       Mariners are advised that dredging operations will be conducted off the coast of Long Beach Island, NJ from May 25, 2013 until October 31, 2013. Dredging vessels will operate approximately 3 miles offshore with northern limit at 39º41.143’N, 074º04.405’W, and southern limit at 39º39.641’N, 074º06.131’W. Submerged pipeline for beach replenishment will be placed at Harvey Cedar, Surf City, and Brant Beach, NJ, from the beach to approximately 0.5 miles offshore at the following coordinates:
Harvey Cedar:
Seaward Limit: Lat. 39º41.664’N, Long. 074º07.382’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º41.943’N, Long. 074º08.179’W
Surf City:
Seaward Limit: Lat. 39º39.436’N, Long. 074º09.143’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º39.658’N, Long. 074º09.831’W
Brant Beach at E. 45th St:
Seaward Limit: Lat. 39º37.652’N, Long. 074º11.018’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º37.715’N, Long. 074º11.327’W
Brant Beach at E. 45th St.:
Seaware Limit: Lat. 39º37.514’N, Long. 074º10.989’W
Landward Limit: Lat. 39º37.711’N, Long. 074º11.330’W
       All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, derrick barges, and dredge tenders. Submerged pipeline will be marked with danger buoys. All manned vessels will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. The Dredge Liberty Island can be contacted at 630-258-5306. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area and maintain minimum speed to reduce wake. ANY QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE COAST GUARD COMMAND CENTER AT (215) 271-4807 OR CHANNEL 16 VHF. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

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)

Absecon Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge R.S. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations from Absecon Inlet to Ventnor City oceanfront from 01 June until 30 September, 2013. Dredging will include Absecon Inlet Channel (39.372518° -74.409876°). Dredge material will be transported through a combination of floating and submerged pipeline to the beach area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM CH 13 A and 16. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)

Fender Repair, Route 87 Bridge, Absecon Inlet:
       Mariners are advised that fender repairs will be conducted at the Route 87 Bridge (39.385157° -74.421731°), at mile 0.6, across Absecon Inlet, in Atlantic City, NJ during daylight hours beginning June 24, 2013 through August 30, 2013. To facilitate repairs, two flexi-floats, measuring 11 feet X 40 feet and two 17-foot Carolina skiffs will be operating in the navigable channel. This will be a movable operation as not to impede vessel traffic. Mariners should use exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)

Atlantic City Bridge to Close for Air Show:
       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)

Point Pleasant Canal Bridge Work, Canal Partially Blocked:
       Mariners are advised that work will be conducted at the Bridge Ave/RT 13 Bridge (40.071703° -74.060048°) in the Point Pleasant Canal in Point Pleasant, NJ. A barge will be on site partially blocking the navigable channel. Work will continue for approximately 4 weeks. During this time the barge will be positioned against the bulkhead of the north side of the bridge, on the west side of the canal, obstructing part of the channel. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)

Hereford Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge CHARLESTON will be conducting dredging operations in Hereford Inlet (39.010019° -74.783726°) from 06 June until 30 July, 2013. A submerged pipeline will run from the Hereford Inlet Borrow Area to the beach at Stone Harbor Beach. On or about 6 June the pipeline will be transferred to the Wildwood Beach and then back to the Stone Harbor Beach on or about 15 June. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)

NJICW Maintenance Dredging:
       The Dredge FULLERTON will be conducting maintenance dredging from NJICW Daybeacon 147 (LLNR 35595) (39-28-45.517N, 074-22-45.527W) to NJICW Light 163 (LLNR 35655) from 04 June until 15 July, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)

MRASS for Ocean City, MD, Inlet:
       On or about July 1, 2013, the sound signal (Horn) at Ocean City Inlet Jetty Light (LLNR 225) (38-19-27.042N, 075-05-05.581W) 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 mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times when within a range of 1nm. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the characteristic signal as advertised in the Light List, Volume II, Atlantic Coast. In your comments, please address the impact this proposed change may impose on your operation. Also include, in your correspondence the means by which you are using to navigate this waterway and any electronic sensors used while transiting the area. Send comments to: Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA. 23704, Attn.: Albert Grimes, Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)

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)

 

Underwater Inspections at Busy MD Bridges:
       Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of Maryland State Highway, will be performing underwater inspections from July 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the following bridge structures:
MD 173 Bridge (39.162681° -76.525088°), at mile 0.9, across Stony Creek, in Riviera Beach;
1) MD-181 Bridge (38.972566° -76.485514°), at mile 0.4 across Spa Creek in Annapolis;
2) MD-450 Bridge (38.992021° -76.487539°), at mile 3.0, across Severn River in Annapolis; and
3) MD-231 Bridge (38.510610° -76.670114°), at mile 24.4, across Patuxent River in Benedict;
       The actual onsite days will be dependent on the weather, channel conditions and the availability of the dive crew. A 25-foot boat with outboard motor will be used during the inspections. Inspection personnel and equipment will be in proximity to the navigable channels, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and will relocate upon request for passage from any waterborne vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)

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)

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)

VA Beach and Chesapeake Bay Entrance Surveys for VOWTAP:
       The survey vessel TIKI XIV will be conducting hydrographic and geophysical survey work offshore from Virginia Beach from 27 May to 30 June 2013. The survey vessel will also be conducting surveys to and from the entrance of Chesapeake Bay . The survey area is a box within the following coordinates:
A. NW 36-59-40.951N, 075-29-07.985W.
B. NE 36-59-44.316N, 075-12-56.928W.
C. SW 36-49-18.646N, 075-29-03.818W.
D. SE 36-49-20.959N, 075-12-54.213W. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)

New Ramp Construction, Whitehouse Cove, Poquoson:
       Crofton Diving Corp. will be installing a new boat ramp and pier in Whitehouse Cove (37-08-31.50N, 076-32-00.7W) until 28 July, 2013. Pile driving, cofferdam installation and diving operations will be conducted. Several deck and equipment barges will be moored on site. Construction supervisors may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Elizabeth River Railroad Bridge (NOT on the AICW) July Closures:
       Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Bridge (36.839407°-76.274878°), at mile 1.1, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, near Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate rail welding work. The following closure period has been authorized: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on July 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16, 2013. 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 117.5 Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)

Beaufort Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge SAVANNAH will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Beaufort Inlet (34.692298° -76.668356°) and Morehead City Channel from 02 June until 31 July, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)

Bogue Inlet Shoaling Marked:
       Due to shoaling, on or about 31 May, 2013, Bogue Inlet Lighted Wreck Buoy WR1A (LLNR 29497) will be changed to Lighted Wreck Buoy WR2A, quick red characteristic, and relocated to approximate position 34-38-03.150N, 077-06-26.760W. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)

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
joseph.m.edge@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 18/2013)
Snows Cut:
       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 joseph.m.edge@uscg.mil (5th District LNM 49)

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

Penobscot Bay Wind Turbine Warning:
       Vessels entering and departing the eastern channel of Penobscot Bay should exercise caution in the area of a wind turbine located in position 44.385N, 68.824W. All vessels and persons are advised to avoid transiting, anchoring, diving, dredging, dumping, fishing, trawling, laying cable, or conducting salvage operations in this area. (First District LNM Week 22/2013)

Surveys in Maine Waters, Update:
       Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey Inc will be conducting geophysical survey and benthic sampling operations from approximately April 20th through July 10th 2013. These surveys will be conducted in three main areas:
1. One survey will be conducted along two predefined routes extending from the inner Boothbay harbor area out to three blocks approximately 22km offshore Maine.
2. A second survey area is situated between Isleboro and North Haven Islands (off the coast of Camden, Maine).
3. The third survey area is located between Vinalhaven and Matinicus islands.
       Operations will be conducted from the RV Shearwater — a 110ft blue and white trimaran, which will be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The vessels captain will monitor Channel 16. (First District LNM Week 20, 2013)

NH Bridge Construction Channel Closure:
       The Piscataqua River, in the vicinity of the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, N.H., will be closed to all marine traffic for a 5-day period beginning 9:00 am on June 10, 2013 to approximately 9:00 am on June 15, 2013. The river closure is necessary to provide for the safety of all waterway users and construction workers during bridge construction operations. The Coast Guard will enforce a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) that encompasses all navigable waters on the Piscataqua River, surface to bottom, in the vicinity of the Memorial Bridge construction zone. The RNA is effective within a 300 yard radius of position 43° 04' 46' N, 70° 45' 10' W, in between Portsmouth, NH and Badgers Island in Kittery, ME. All persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering the regulated navigation area unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. During the closure, persons may hail the Coast Guard on channel 16 VHF-FM or by calling 207-767-0302. (First District LNM Week 20, 2013)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
       NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout Penobscot Bay, ME from 1 May 2013 through 31 July 2013, and
Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound from 1 August 2013 through 30 September 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: ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)

Hydrographic Surveys in NH:
       NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to Portsmouth, NH from approximately 1 August 2013 through 30 September 2013. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel and deploys a 25-foot survey launch; survey vessels have 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 during daylight hours with the survey launch. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver....Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship’s Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: ops.ferdinand.hassler@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 20/2013)

Plymouth Light Temporary Change for Maintenance:
       The Coast Guard will be temporarily disestablishing the following aid for approximately two (2) weeks on or about 7 June 2013 while maintenance is conducted.
PLYMOUTH LIGHT (LLNR 12545) (42-00-13.394N, 070-36-02.167W)
The Sound Signal and the Red sector from 323° to 352°, covers Mary Ann Rocks will also be temporarily disestablished.
       A temporary light of lesser intensity with a flash characteristic of Fl (3) W 30s will be established on the light. (First District LNM Week 21/2013)

MRASS for Cape Cod Canal:
       The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
CHANGE Cape Cod Canal Breakwater Light 6 (LLNR 13050) (41-46-47.220N, 070-29-23.280W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 83A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes. Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 28 June 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-079. 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 23/201

Temporary Bridge Replacement at Tappan Zee Underway:
       Work to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388° -73.895171°) across the Hudson River at mile 27.7 is in progress. On or about 6 May 2013 work to construct the temporary trestle and cofferdam will commence. Temporary trestle is approx.1,040 ft west from the Westchester shoreline of the Hudson River and north of the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Numerous floating work equipments will be operating in and out of waterway north of the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the main channel, reduce wake and exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12343 LNM 23/13 (First District LNM Week 23/2013)

Hydrophones at Tappan Zee Bridge:
       A hydrophone will be installed about 600 yards north of the Tappan Zee Bridge in (pa) 41-04-30.6"N, 073-52-27.6"W with a least water depth of about 8 feet at low water, and about 360 yards south of the bridge in (pa) 41-03-59.8"N, 073-52-24.3"W with a least water depth of about 9 feet at low water, through approximately June 24, 2013. Both hydrophones are within charted fish trap areas. (First District LNM Week 22/2013)

Construction and Diving Ops at Rockaway Inlet:
       Caldwell Marine will be installing concrete mats and conducting dive operations near the charted sewer outfall and pipeline between Rockaway Inlet Buoy 13 (LLNR 34255) and Sheepshead Bay Approach LB 4 (LLNR 34345). Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0600-1900, Jun 15 – Oct 15, 2013. Barges and small vessels will be on scene. Work vessels will be moored southwest of Rockaway Inlet Lighted Buoy 20 (LLNR 34270) during this time in an area bound by 40-34.121’N, 073-54.122’W; 40-34.155’N, 073-53.955’W; 40-34.041’N, 073-53.868’W; and 40-34.007’N, 073-54.035’W. A reported least depth of 25 feet is available in this area. Mariners are requested to transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (First District LNM Week 23/2013)

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 mark.e.ferreira@uscg.mil and faxes to 617-223-8291. (First District LNM Week 19/2013)

 



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