East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-Off Shoaling Survey:
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina had just finished an official survey of the AICW from Charleston, SC to Beaufort. Two patches of severe shoaling exist; the first appearing at the northeastern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff near Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O LT 177 (LLNR 35195) (32-31-27.381N, 080-28-56.149W). The other area is at the southwestern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O between Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 180 (LLNR 35195.3) and Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 185 (LLNR 35205.2). Further information can be found on the ACO Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 33/2013) Note: The shoal at LT 177 has been building out from shore for years and is and has been bare at low tide. The southern end has been dredged and remarked many times in the past nearly 30 years we have been cruising on the AICW. We have always attempted to approach these shoals at mid tide and rising.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Repairs and Possible Change to Las Olas Bridge Schedule:
The East Las Olas Bridge (26.119285° -80.109001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida is being repaired. The bridge is on the same operating schedule; but there may be short delays when equipment and personnel need to removed from the bridge for an opening. This work is expected to continue until March 1, 2014. The contractor has requested that this bridge be placed on an hourly schedule during these repairs. The Coast Guard is considering approving this request. The existing regulation published in 33 CFR 117.261(7) states: The draw shall open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. This temporary change would allow the bridge to open once an hour on the quarter-hour or three-quarter hour. Comments on this request should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. (7th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Offshore Navy Towers Hazard:
There are eight (8) offshore U.S. Navy Aircraft Towers charted as lighted. The towers are not lighted, they are no longer used, not maintained and in very poor condition. The towers pose a hazard to navigation and are slated for removal in the future. The Positions of the (8) Towers:
31 03 00.0N, 80 26 59.4W
31 22 29.9N, 80 33 59.5W
31 13 00.1N, 80 06 59.7W
30 47 59.8N, 80 18 59.9W
30 56 30.4N, 80 44 59.7W
31 32 00.1N, 80 14 00.0W
31 49 00.4N, 80 16 29.5W
31 37 59.8N, 79 55 30.0W (7th District LNM Week 32/2013)
NOAA Chart 25641 BVI as Problems!
The shoreline depicted in the British Virgin Islands is shifted from its true position varying from 170 feet around Norman Island to as much as 1,650 feet in the vicinity of Virgin Gorda. Mariners should exercise caution when approaching the charted islands. (7th District LNM Week 32/2013)
Wrightsville Beach Bridge to Close for a Day for Repairs:
To facilitate mechanical repairs, mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach NC will now be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 7 p.m., on Monday, August 19, 2013 until and including at 7 p.m., on Tuesday August 20, 2013. In the event of inclement weather, the alternate dates and times will begin at 7 p.m., on Monday August 26, 2013 ending at 7 p.m., on Tuesday August 27, 2013. During this closure period, emergency vessel openings will be provided if notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 256-4519 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (4). Currently in the closed position to vessels for structural repairs, the available vertical clearance is reduced to approximately 18 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
NOAA-COMMENT REQUEST-NAUTICAL DISCREPANCY REPORTING SYSTEM
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Until recently, Coast Survey asked readers of the Coast Pilot to submit corrections or reports of inaccuracies by mailing or faxing a printed form found in the book. That form was discontinued. Now Coast Survey solicits information through the online Nautical Discrepancy Reporting System. The data obtained through this system is used to update U.S. nautical charts and the United States Coast Pilot. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 7, 2013.
ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov ). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dawn Forsythe, 301-713-2780 ext. 144, or Dawn.Forsythe@noaa.gov. The notice is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-08/html/2013-19206.htm. (First District LNM Week 33/2013)
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 First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
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: email@example.com. (First District LNM Week 20/2013)
Boston Light to Become MRASS:
Another in the long list of Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) for fog:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway: CHANGE Boston Light (LLNR 425) (42-19-40.855N, 070-53-24.266W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 81A/157.075Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 81A, 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 30 August 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-090. 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 29/2013)
WAMS for Boston Area:
The Coast Guard will be conducting WAMS surveys for the following areas:
Weymouth Fore River
The U.S. Coast Guard strongly advises mariners to participate in this survey, by September 30, 2013, which is available at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Safety Zone in Boston to be Disestablished:
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to disestablish the existing Safety Zone for Chelsea River, Boston Inner Harbor (42.367841°-71.047876°), Boston, MA. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before September 6, 2013. Federal Register/Vol. 78, No. 152. (48085-48087) (August 7, 2013), http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-07/pdf/2013-19104.pdf (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Boston Bridge Construction:
Construction at the Longfellow Bridge (42.361486°-71.075607°) between Boston and Cambridge MA will begin on August 3 2013 and will continue until the fall of 2016. Mariners are to be advised that during times of construction, tug and barges used for the construction will be conducting operations at various times in all channels in the immediately area of the bridge. The vertical clearance of multiple spans will reduced, these spans will be marked with signage. The main navigational channel will remain open at all times and the vertical clearance will not be reduced. All mariners are urged to transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake and to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)
Emergency Cable Repair, Vineyard Sound:
A contractor for NSTAR electric utility, Caldwell Marine, will be conducing emergency submarine power transmission cable repair operations from approximately August 12 to August 31, 2013, in Vineyard Sound in the vicinity of 41- 29.943N, 070- 37.221W (north of West Chop, vicinity of Middle Ground). Operations will be conducted seven days per week, 24 hours per day, during this period. The on-site vessel will be the 67' tug CAMERONS POINT along with a 60' x 180' foot cable repair barge. The cable repair barge will be set in a 4-point mooring with white surface buoys set out approximately .5 NM (1000 yards) from each corner of the barge. The repairs will be carried out on a 24-hour schedule. The cable repair barge, mooring buoys and the tug will be lighted for nighttime operations. During the cable repair operations the repair barge will have cut ends of the power cable on the deck of the barge and will be unable to move out of the way under normal circumstances. Tug CAMERONS POINT will be monitoring VHF channels 16 and 13. The on-scene 24-hour point of contact is Mr. Paul Larrabee of Caldwell Marine who may be reached at 732-620-3938. An alternate 24-hour number is the Repair Barge Navigation Control Center 732-439-5402. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of Middle Ground, Vineyard Sound, during these emergency cable repair operations. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Ops, Narragansett Bay:
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations will be done South of Prudence Island, North and East of Fiske Rock, West of Dyer Island; Entrance to Narragansett Bay East passage North of Brenton Point Lighted Whistle Red #2 and South of Red Nun #4 Marking Edge of Brenton Reef; Area Northeast of Block Island in RI Sound and Southwest of Gould Island. The work will be done from August 12 - 16, 2013. The hours of operation will be 6:00 am - 5:30 pm. On scene will be a 65ft Research Vessel, ~12ft RHIB Boat, UUV that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations are being done 1 NM North of Gould Island, and will be contained within the following four points:
NW Point: 41d 33.555' N 71d 20.958' W
SW Point: 41d 32.786' N 71d 20.958' W
NE Point: 41d 32.555' N 71d 19.423' W
SE Point: 41d 32.795' N 71d 19.751' W
The work is being done until approximately 23 August 2013. The hours of operation are 6:00 AM - 8:00 pm. On scene is a 65ft Research Vessel (R/V Discovery), ~12ft RHIB Boat and UUV that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 33/2013)
Changes in Port of NY Anchorages Proposed:
The Coast Guard proposes to establish and modify anchorage grounds within the Port of New York. This action is necessary to facilitate safe navigation and provide safe and secure anchorages for vessels operating in the area. This proposed rule is intended to increase the safety of life and property of both the anchored vessels and those operating in the area as well as provide for the overall safe and efficient flow of commerce. Comments must be received by September 23, 2013. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-25/pdf/2013-17921.pdf. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
NJ Dredging Update:
Environmental dredging will be conducted from the Avondale swing bridge (mile 10.7) to Bergen County Riverside Park from the eastern boundary of the federal channel to the eastern shoreline. Work will be conducted through Nov 30, 2013, Mon-Sat during daylight hours. Floating equipment will be on site 24/7. An environmental monitoring buoy will be installed at (pa) 40-49-33.1"N, 074-07-19.8"W; (pa) 40-49-11.5"N, 074-07-44.0"W; (pa) 40-48-57.6"N, 074-08-14.0"W; and (pa) 40-48-27.2"N, 074-08-18.7"W. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Hudson River Shoreline Repair:
Kiewit will be conducting bank stabilization work along the eastern shoreline near mile marker 39.6 through Oct 1, 2013. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 0700-1700 and occasional weekends 24/7. The Kiewit 201 Crane Barge (120'x52'), Kiewit 11 Material Barge (120'x32'), KW 174 Hopper Barge (150'x37') and a 26' crew boat will be on scene. The work area will extend approximately 150 feet from the shoreline and is bound by the following points: 41-18-21.4"N, 073-58-02.8"W; 41-18-19.0"N, 073-58-02.5"W; 41-18-16.8"N, 073-58-00"W; and 41-18-16.1"N, 073-57-56.2"W. Mariners are requested to transit at minimum safe speed to reduce wake. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, Bulkhead Collapse:
Langan International reported a bulkhead collapse approximately 15 feet into the Gowanus Canal. The limits of the resulting debris area are estimated to be as follows:
40.672761 -73.997723 (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Survey Work, NY and NJ:
Commencing on or about August 14, 2013 and continuing through December 2013 SAIC will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the listed waters of New York Lower Bay, Sandy Hook, and Raritan Bay west of Ambrose and Chapel Hill Channels as well as the waters of the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers. The M/V Atlantic Surveyor is a 110', steel hulled survey boat with a black hull and a white deckhouse. The vessel is equipped with a keel mounted sonar transducer and will be towing a side scan sonar instrument approximately 4-15 meters off of the seafloor and 100 meters astern of the vessel. The vessel will be conducting 24-hour operations and will be displaying restricted maneuvering day shapes and/or light signals as appropriate. The vessel will maintain watch on VHF channels 13, 16, and 10 (call sign WTR5417). The R/V Oyster Bay is a 30', aluminum hulled survey boat with an aluminum color hull reading SURVEY in large red lettering. The vessel is equipped with a side pole mounted sonar transducer and a bow mounted side scan sonar. The vessel will be conducting 12-hour operations during daytime hours. In addition, the R/V Oyster Bay will maintain watch on VHF channels 13 and 16. The R/V Henry Hudson is a 45', Aluminum hulled survey boat with a black hull and a white deckhouse. The vessel is equipped with a side pole mounted sonar transducer and a bow mounted side scan sonar. The vessel will be conducting 12-hour operations during daytime hours. In addition, the R/V Henry Hudson will maintain watch on VHF channels 13 and 16 (call sign WDG4894). Vessels are requested to give the survey vessels a wide berth to avoid interfering with the sonar equipment. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Dredging, Anchored Barges, Construction Activity Near Tappan Zee Bridge:
Dredging is being down in the Hudson River upstream and parallel of the Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388° -73.895171°). Excavation is in the shallow water to the east & west side of the Federal Navigation Channel. Various barges are anchored outside the Federal Navigation Channel upstream of the bridge. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene are the dredges WEEKS 506 & 551, tugs & barges that are lit. The dredge and tugs are monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 31/2013)
Until approximately 1 November 2013 excavation of a flotation channel in the Hudson River, upstream and parallel of the Tappan Zee Bridge, is being done. All excavation is in shallow water to the east and west of the Federal Navigation Channel. Various barges are anchored in the Federal Navigation Channel upstream of the bridge. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene are the dredges WEEKS 506 & 501 and tugs, which are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. All equipment is lit for night time operations. Mariners are requested to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Tappan Zee Constructors will be installing sturgeon telemetry receivers at the following approximate positions 41.0746888727N, 073.8989830699W; 41.0746923972N, 073.8927079588W; 41.0693599126N, 073.8921375280W; 41.0666074927N, 073.8734273860W; 41.0751654186N, 073.8743400754W; 41.0659623787N, 073.8993820040W; 41.0743913819N, 073.9101631525W; 41.0659562755N, 073.9108750410W; 41.0646312270N, 073.8916856734W; 41.0689811905N, 073.8876325541W; 41.0743793867N, 073.8885189531W; 41.0710764171N, 073.8755586552W; 41.0721205472N, 073.8855219582W; 41.0722065549N, 073.8821564132W; 41.0721205472N, 073.8788479114W; 41.0688951787N, 073.8779922644W; 41.0689811905N, 073.8834684053W; 41.0670889031N, 073.8808444211W; 41.0660517764N, 073.8851088455W; 41.0657556680N, 073.8770795742W; 41.0746147238N, 073.8842099661W; 41.0744857169N, 073.8807303349W. The receivers will extend approximately 4 feet above the riverbed and be in place through November 30, 2013. (revised, First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Artificial Reef Construction Off Jones Beach:
Artificial reef construction is being done from June 2013 until April 2014. The work is being done is the following box position (PA): 40-31.069 073-33.395 to 40-31.104 073-33.061 to 40-30-781 073-32.657 to 40-30.670 073-33.520. The hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On scene is (sic) tugboats and hopper barges. (revised First District LNM Week 32/2013)
Rockaway Inlet Sewer Outfall Construction:
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) (40-33-49.380N , 073-55-53.094W ) and Sheepshead Bay Buoy 7 (LLNR 34355). Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0600-1900, through Oct 15, 2013. Barges and small vessels will be on scene. Vessels will be working within the channel. The vessels can move with 60 minutes notice to not impede navigation by contacting Caldwell Marine on VHF CH 13 or 16 or at 732.620.4906. 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. (revised First District LNM Week 32/2013)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Shoaling off NJ Coast:
In the wake of a pipeline leak from the replenishment of Surf City Beach, shoaling has been reported approx 1/2 mile off of Surf City Beach, Long Beach Island, NJ, at 39-39.61N, 074-09.122W. The center of the area is marked with a large white lighted buoy and a white lighted danger buoy 25ft seaward. There is approx a 30ft radius at elevation 5ft MLW, which drops off to 15ft at a 75ft radius, and 25ft at a 150ft radius. Mariners should transit the area with extreme caution. (5th District LNM Week 30/2013)
Clearance Reductions at JFK Memorial Bridge, NJ:
Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the construction site for the repairs of the superstructure and piles at the JFK Memorial Bridge (39.315156°-74.528436°), at mile 1.1, over Risley Channel in Borough of Longport, NJ from August 1, 2013 through March 21, 2014. Safety netting and snooper cranes will reduce the available vertical clearance to approximately 20 feet, above MHW. In addition, barges will restrict and reduce the available horizontal clearance to approximately 50 feet. However, the navigable channel shall remain open with these restrictions. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 30/2013)
Barnegat Bay Bridge Work Continues:
Mariners are advised that scour repairs continues through September 20, 2013 at the eastbound piers of the eastbound Route 37/Thomas Mathis (lift) Bridge, at ICW mile 14.1 (39.946193° -74.102383°), across Barnegat Bay in Seaside Heights, NJ. To facilitate repairs, 4 flexi-floats (each measuring 10 feet X 20 feet), 2 work boats, 3 divers and a 5-man support crew will be operating east of the lift span or main channel at spans E11 through E17. This will be a movable operation not to impede vessel traffic. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 33/2013)
Cape May Harbor Dredging:
The Dredge FULLERTON will be conducting dredging operations in Cape May Harbor (38.965537°-74.958597°) from 22 July until 22 September, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and can be contacted at 609-709-9900. (5th District LNM Week 30/2013)
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge to be Closed to Navigation and Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that deck replacement work will be performed at the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge (40.011560° -75.043101°), at mile 107.2, across the Delaware River between Tacony PA, and Palmyra NJ. To facilitate the work, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closed position to vessels from 9 p.m., on Friday, August 16, 2013 until and including 9 p.m., on Friday, August 30, 2013. In addition, the available vertical clearance will be reduced during the resurfacing by approximately three feet to 50 feet, above mean high water. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime; mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 12314 (5th District LNM Week 28/2013)
Indian River Inlet Updates:
Dredge BECHTOTL will be conducting dredging operations in Indian River Inlet (38.607946°-75.063576°) commencing 18 July until 01 October, 2013. A submerged dredge pipe will traverse the inlet. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 67. (5th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Survey Work Offshore Ocean City, MD:
1. The R/V SCARLETT ISABELLA will be conducting a hydrographic /geophysical survey offshore of Ocean City, Maryland until September 15, 2013. Survey area is contained with-in the coordinates:
Point 1 38 23 27.823N, 074 51 56.573W .
Point 2 38 28 07.709N, 074 51 50.307W.
Point 3 38 28 06.171N, 074 46 38.459W .
Point 4 38 24 51.356N, 074 43 21.170W.
Point 5 38 21 36.635N, 074 40 53.851W.
Point 6 38 19 01.257N, 074 38 27.173W.
Point 7 38 14 51.401N, 074 36 00.399W.
Point 8 38 14 53.744N, 074 46 58.825W.
Point 9 38 17 26.483N, 074 47 02.414W.
Point 10 38 17 30.988N, 074 50 17.291W.
Point 11 38 18 48.067N, 074 51 55.289W.
2. Temporary lighted data buoys associated with the survey will be established until 15 September, 2013, as follows:
A. Lighted Data Buoy A ( no LLNR) at 38 14 41.603N, 075 02 49.996W, Fl Y 4s.
B. Lighted Data Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38 28 19.522N, 074 49 31.727W , Fl Y 4s.
Buoys are "Yellow" radio transmitter buoys attached to anchored water level gauges. (5th District LNM Week 31/2013)
Choptank River Artificial Reef Construction:
Mariners are advised that artificial reef construction operations are scheduled to occur in the Choptank River on August 14-15, 21- 22, 28 and October 5, 2013, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. August 23 and 29 are make-up dates in the event of inclement weather. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Artificial Reef Program, will deploy up to three hundred "Reef Ball" structures at a permitted underwater site located between the Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr., Memorial (US-50) Bridge and the Bill Burton Fishing Pier (southern), within the 300-foot long charted fish haven near the Dorchester County shoreline, in approximate position latitude 38° 34' 38.4" N, longitude 076° 03' 28.3" W. Interested mariners may contact the on-scene Chesapeake Bay Foundation research vessel PATRICIA CAMPBELL via marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 16. (5th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Data Buoys in Mid-Chesapeake Bay:
The following temporary lighted data buoys have been established until 03 November, 2013, by the University of Maryland in association with an environmental study on dissolved oxygen circulation in the Chesapeake Bay:
Chesapeake Bay- UMCES
A. Lighted Data Buoy M1 at 38 27 00.0N, 076 26 24.0W, Fl Y 4s.
B. Lighted Data Buoy M2 at 38 27 18.8N, 076 25 40.8W, Fl Y 4s.
C. Lighted Data Buoy M3 at 38 27 39.6N, 076 24 43.3W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
D. Lighted Data Buoy M4 at 38 28 01.2N, 076 23 49.2W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
E. Lighted Data Buoy M5 at 38 28 26.4N, 076 22 48.0W, Fl Y 4s, Ra. Ref.
F. Lighted Data Buoy M6 at 38 28 40.8N, 076 22 01.2W, Fl Y 4s.
G. Lighted Data Buoy M7 at 38 28 55.2N, 076 21 21.6W, Fl Y 4s.
H. Lighted Data Buoy PR at 37 57 28.8N, 076 07 58.8W, Fl Y 4s
(5th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Poplar Island Test Borings:
Mariners are advised that soil sample test boring operations are scheduled to occur in the Chesapeake Bay at Poplar Island, MD (38.775126°-76.379353°) starting on August 20, 2013. The five to six weeks long operation will occur along the east and north sides of Poplar Island. The drill rig barge will be supported by a pushboat. All marine equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the E2CR Inc. project manager at telephone (410) 737-9102. (5th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Potomac River US Route 301 Bridge Underwater Inspections:
Potomac River – US Route 301 (fixed) Bridge (38.343880°-77.010636°) – Underwater inspections are scheduled weekdays from 19 AUG through 31 OCT 2013. (5th District LNM Week 31/2013)
St. Catherine Island, Potomac River, MD Shoreline Project:
Coastal Design and Construction has established the following temporary mooring buoys until 02 September, 2013 in association with a shoreline protection project at St Catherine Island.
A. CDC Potomac River-St Catherine Island:
Mooring Buoy A 38 13 38.0N, 076 48 12.0W, White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy B 38 14 03.0N, 076 47 53.0W, White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy C 38 14 08.0N, 076 47 57.0W, White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy D 38 14 13.0N, 076 48 02.0W, White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy E 38 14 17.0N, 076 48 05.0W, White with blue band. (5th District LNM Week 32/2013)
Aquaculture Projects, MD, Tangier Sound:
Metompkin Seafood has established the below regulatory markers in the Big Annemessex to mark the corners of two aquaculture sites. All markers are white with an orange (red) diamond and worded "DANGER".
A. Big Annemessex River- East:
Warning Marker A 38 03 17.1N, 075 47 50.6W.
Warning Marker B 38 03 27.1N, 075 47 53.0W.
Warning Marker C 38 03 29.4N, 075 47 46.8W.
Warning Marker D 38 03 45.6N, 075 47 35.6W.
Warning Marker E 38 03 44.0N, 075 47 21.3W.
Warning Marker F 38 03 19.2N, 075 47 45.1W.
B. Big Annemessex River-Moon Bay:
Warning Marker A 38 03 53.9N, 075 47 54.3W.
Warning Marker B 38 04 03.4N, 075 48 13.9W.
Warning Marker C 38 04 21.8N, 075 48 13.9W.
Warning Marker D 38 04 09.9N, 075 47 39.4W. (5th District LNM Week 32/2013)
Metompkin Seafood has established the below regulatory markers in the Big Annemessex to mark the corners of two aquaculture sites. All markers are white with an orange (red) diamond and worded "DANGER".
A. Little Annemessex River- Lower West:
Warning Marker A 37 59 00.30N, 075 52 00.60W.
Warning Marker B 37 59 28.40N, 075 51 52.40W.
Warning Marker C 37 59 35.80N, 075 52 10.90W.
Warning Marker D 37 59 38.60N, 075 51 58.60W.
Warning Marker E 37 59 30.40n, 075 51 43.20W.
Warning Marker F 37 59 03.20N, 075 51 52.90W.
B. Little Annemessex River-Upper West:
Warning Marker A 37 59 42.00N, 075 51 27.70W.
Warning Marker B 37 59 42.00N, 075 51 35.50W.
Warning Marker C 37 59 35.80N, 075 51 35.80W.
Warning Marker D 37 59 28.70N, 075 51 28.70W.
C. Little Annemessex River-East:
Warning Marker A 37 59 41.12N, 075 51 22.10W.
Warning Marker B 37 59 45.96N, 075 51 17.82W.
Warning Marker C 37 59 41.52N, 075 51 07.15W.
Warning Marker D 37 59 38.54N, 075 51 09.68W. (5th District LNM Week 32/2013)
Yorktown Weapons Station Dredging:
The Dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations at the Yorktown Weapons Station (37.254729° -76.532382°) from 19 August until 30 September, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Lafayette River Dredging:
The W. F. Magann Corp. will be conducting dredging operations in the Lafayette River outside of the navigational channel, opposite the Norfolk Yacht Club (36.904974° -76.308199°) from 12 August until 30 November, 2013. The assisting tug CAPTAIN REESE will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Norfolk Naval Base Dredging:
The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations at the Norfolk Naval Base Piers 1 through 12 from 02 July until 01November, 2013. A submerged pipeline will cross the channel at Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 9525) (36-55-51.573N, 076-20-11.249W) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 9530). The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 30/2013)
Norfolk and Southern #5 RR Bridge Closure (NOT on the AICW):
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Lift 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 each day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning on Monday, August 19, 2013 until and including Friday, August 30, 2013 facilitating structural repairs. Emergency openings cannot be provided during the closure periods. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Gilmerton Bridge Demolition Update:
Mariners are advised that bridge demolition work continues on the old Gilmerton (US13/460) (36.775082° -76.294999°) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA. To facilitate the demolition work, mariners are advised that until December 31, 2013 PCL construction will be placing an environmental containment cell around the old bascule pier and its fenders on the east side only. The channel ward side of the containment cell will be rigidly connected to the existing fender system with 8" x 8" timber fenders attached, effectively reducing the channel horizontal clearance from 125 ft to 124 ft. During installation and removal there will be a 60 ft wide barge in the channel, which can be moved, with a 1 hour advanced notice. PCL can be reached via VHF channel 13 and 16 or via the Gilmerton bridge tender on VHF channel 13. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM Week 32/2013)
I-64 High Rise Bridge (Vertical Clearance 65 ft) No Openings:
Mariners are advised that the I-64 (High Rise) Lift Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Chesapeake VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening to facilitate maintenance of the moveable spans from 7 a.m., on Friday September 13, 2013 through 5 p.m., on Sunday September 15, 2013; and again from 7 a.m., on Friday September 20, 2013 through 5 p.m., on Sunday September 22, 2013; with inclement weather dates from 7 a.m., on Friday September 27, 2013 through 5 p.m., on Sunday, September 29, 2013. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(e). Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
NC AICW Bridge Work:
NOTE: While most of this is old news, we keep it active because it will affect Snowbirds and local boaters in these very busy waterways.
Wrightsville Beach Bridge, UPDATE:
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 March 1, 2014.
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 25/2013)
Reduced Vertical Clearance During Fall Snowbird Season:
Mariners are advised that rehabilitation work will be conducted at the US 421/Snows Cut Bridge (34.055532° -77.899558°) across AICW mile 295.7, at Carolina Beach, NC beginning October 1, 2013 through January 1, 2014. To facilitate the work, a snooper truck will periodically reduce the available vertical clearance to approximately 59 feet above MHW. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)
Bridge fender repairs will be in progress from December 20, 2012 until October 31, 2013 on the US 421 Fixed Bridge (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 Week 49/2012)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Lady's Island Bridge Two Hour Notice for Openings, Night Closure:
The Lady's Island (Woods Memorial) Bridge (32.427443° -80.669185°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 536.0, Beaufort, South Carolina has been placed on a two hour advance notification for openings, due to repairs. These restrictions will be in place until August 30, 2013.
As the contractor has found additional problem with the bridge machinery they have requested the parts that are anticipated to arrive by July 28th, 2013. For this reason the Lady's Island Bridge will be allowed to remain closed from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. seven-days a week from July 29 through August 21, 2013. The two hour advance notice for an opening remains in effect during all other times. (7th District LNM Week 27/2013)
Offshore SE Coast Hazard:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 12-18 August, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 12 -18 AUGUST, TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
30-45N2 80-54W7 GUNEX AREA
30-45N2 80-11W0 AA/BB/CC
29-20N3 79-50W1 31J
30-00N3 81-00W9 27C
DATE: 16-17 AUGUST, TIME: 1300-1800 (LCL)
30-45N2 80-54W7 GUNEX AREA
30-45N2 80-11W0 AA/BB/CC
30-36N2 80-11W0 MSLX
30-36N2 80-11W0 (7th District LNM Week 33/2013)
Kings Bay, GA Dredging:
Southern Dredging Co will commence dredge operations on or about July 15, 2013. The Dredge "CHEROKEE" will be working in the Kings Bay Inner Channel in Cumberland Sound between Range D, Cumberland Sound LB 40 (LLNR 6925/37755) (30-45-55.351N, 081-29-05.538W)near Drum Point Island to Range G (the security fence at Crab Island). The Dredge will operate on a 24 hours per day, 7 day per week basis until approximately November 15th, 2013. Dredged material will be transported by pipeline to the Crab Island disposal site on the West side of the river. To ensure safe passage in the vicinity of the operation, boaters should establish contact with the dredge on VHF marine channels 13 and 16. The points of contact for this project are Neil Rodgers at 843-729-1269 or Michael Kitchell at 843-830-1015. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
Maintenance Dredging Sawpit Creek, Nassau Sound Areas:
Cottrell Contracting Corp will begin dredge operations July 12, 2013 through September 15, 2013 in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek and Nassau Sound (30.522331° -81.456127°) between South Amelia River Lt 44 (LLNR 38135) to Sawpit Creek LT 50 (LLNR 38195). The Dredge RICHMOND will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. The project will be conducted twenty-four (24) hours per day seven (7) days per week. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
For additional information regarding this issue and others may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website:
US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Ms. Shelley Trulock, Senior Project Manager at 904-232-3292. (Excerpt from a June 27 Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville)
Saint Sebastian River Unauthorized ATONs, Hazard:
There are six (6) unauthorized Private Aids to Navigation at the entrance to the Saint Sebastian River (located west of the ICWW on the Indian River/Brevard County Line.
Channel Marker DBN 6 near and west of US 1 (Dixie Hwy) bridge and next to Outrigger Bar & Grill is snapped in half and remainder of marker/pile is sticking up above waterline in approximate position 27-51-21.400N/080-29-17.900W. The remains of the marker is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 32/2013)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On August 14, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.97 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.91 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 8.11 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
Bakers Haulover Inlet AICW Shoaling Update:
Severe shoaling continues to encroach the Intracoastal Waterway near Bakers Haulover Inlet. The shoaling has been reported most severe in the vicinity of Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) (25-54-11.963N, 080-07-47.682W) and extends west beyond the approximate center of the channel. As of July 29th 2013, the available channel depth at high tide was recorded to be 3.5 to 4 feet between Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B and the west side of the channel. This area is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to the shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution, seek local knowledge when transiting the area, and use an alternate route when necessary. (7th District LNM Week 32/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 33/2013:
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.
FEC RR Bridge: Due to a mechanical failure, the FEC Railroad Bridge (30.322433°-81.665564°) across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida has been placed on a limited opening schedule. This bridge will remain open to navigation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at all other times the bridge will be closed to navigation. The bridge owner is in the process of manufacturing a part in order to replace the broken bearing. If the bearing fails before the new part can be delivered, the bridge will need to be operated manually with additional restrictions implemented.
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 July 17, 2013 through August 24, 2013, the east bascule leaf will be erected which will allow a 60 feet of horizontal clearance, with unlimited vertical clearance, on the west side of the AICW. If your vessel needs assistance for safe passage, please provide GLF a twenty four hour notice by calling (954) 829-2781 or by contacting the tug "MISS THELMA" on marine channel 16. The contractor will have a barge in the waterway, under the east structural steel leaf between these dates, for safety reasons, maintaining the horizontal clearance of 60 feet while the east bascule leaf is in the down position. If your vessel is wider than 60 feet, but has less than 21 feet of vertical height, please provide GLF a twenty four hour notice by calling (954) 829-2781 or by contacting the tug "MISS THELMA" on marine channel 16, and the barge(s) in the channel can be temporarily moved out of the channel for your vessel to pass through the bridge.
From August 26, 2013 through September 7, 2013 it will be necessary, for construction purposes, to have the east and west bascule leafs in the down (closed to navigation) position from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. During this time there will be a minimum of 60 feet of horizontal clearance and 21 feet of vertical clearance. The contract can open one leaf with a four hour advance notice to the phone number above or by calling the tug "MISS THELMA". This will limit the horizontal clearance to 60 feet between these times and dates.
Hillsboro Inlet Bridge: Due to bridge repairs the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261229°-80.083250°), across Hillsboro Inlet, Broward County, Florida will be placed on a 1/2 hour schedule opening on the top of the hour and bottom of the hour between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily from Monday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 11, 2013. These repairs will involve reducing the vertical clearance at times as a snooper truck will be utilized. Mariners are requested to remain vigilant and maintain minimum wake through this area.
Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8):
Update: Comments Requested on Nighttime Closure of Flagler Memorial Bridge:
Archer Western Construction has requested that the Coast Guard review their proposal to close the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8), West Palm Beach, Florida nightly for up to eight months. This closure would allow Archer Western to aggressively repair the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge in the shortest amount of time so that PCL continue building the new Flagler Memorial Bridge. The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the boating public as we consider this request. Please send all comments to email@example.com and copy firstname.lastname@example.org (7th District LNM Week 29/2013)
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 ((26.705949°-80.045181°) 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.
Johns Pass Bridge: The Johns Pass Bridge (27.782830° -82.782643°) across Johns Pass, Madeira Beach, Pinellas County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013.
This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to this use.