East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
More Shoaling, Same Place, North of Charleston:
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW between Charleston Harbor and Winyah Bay near Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island in South Carolina. An area of severe shoaling exists between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 117A (LLNR 34510.5) (32-47-11.483N, 079-48-33.268W) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 119(LLNR 34520). Further information can be found on the ACOE 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 35/2013)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Okeechobee Waterway Revised Locking Hours Due to High Lake Okeechobee Water Levels:
1. Lake Okeechobee is experiencing unusually high water levels requiring adjustments to lockage times on the Okeechobee Waterway to maintain maximum water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) and the St. Lucie Canal.
2. Lockage schedules for Moore Haven Lock and Ortona Lock are temporarily revised as of this date to maintain maximum water releases from Lake Okeechobee. Lockage schedules are revised as follows:
Moore Haven Lock (26.833683°-81.088144°). First lockage is at 7AM local time both east and west bound continuing to lock through traffic only on the odd hour throughout the day until securing at 7PM local time.
Ortona Lock (26.789265°-81.304948°): First lockage is at 8am local time both east and west bound continuing to lock thru traffic only on the even hour throughout the day until securing at 6PM local time.
Port Mayaca Lock (26.984290-80.621067°): No restrictions. Lock gates remain open for passage 24/7.
W.P. Franklin Lock (26.723504°-81.693068°): No restrictions. Lockage is on request between 7AM and 7PM local time.
St. Lucie Lock (27.111128°-80.284610°): No restrictions. Lockage is on request between 7AM and 7PM local time.
3. Locks will resume normal hours of operations from 7AM to 7PM daily for the five locks on the Okeechobee Waterway once water levels on Lake Okeechobee are at a reduced level. For additional information regarding this issue and others may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Mr. Jack J. Pasch, Supervisor Facility Management Specialist at (863)983-8101 x229 or email: email@example.com (From a Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville, 12 August 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
Research Buoys, Casco Bay, ME:
Buoys measuring wind and currents have been deployed in the following positions 43-43'-19"N 070-03'-56"W; 43-43'-28"n 070-03'38"W and 43-42'-28"N 070-06'-14"W until approximately 17 November 2013. The buoys are yellow with an amber light and radar reflector. The buoys will be on 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (First District LNM Week 34/2013)
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/contentView.do?channelId=-17383&contentId=461741&programId=12590&programPage=%2Fep%2Fprogram%2Feditorial.jsp&pageTypeId=16440&contentType=EDITORIAL&BV (First District LNM Week 32/2013)
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)
Again--Potential for Sewage Discharge Expected in No Discharge Zones:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate a section of West Harbor (within Oyster Bay Harbor) (40.894308°-73.537206°); all of the Sand Hole within Caumsett State Park, on Lloyd Neck; and a section of Port Jefferson Harbor including the area known as the Narrows, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish from sunrise on Saturday, August 31 through Friday, September 6, 2013, both dates inclusive. The harvest of shellfish is prohibited during the period these areas are designated as uncertified. This designation is necessary to protect public health and is required due to the potential for sewage discharges from marine sanitation devices on the large number of transient vessels which will anchor and remain overnight in these areas over the holiday period. A recorded message describing any temporary shellfish closures that may be in effect in New York is accessible 24 hours a day by calling (631) 444-0480. Following is a description of the areas that are affected by this temporary closure: (1) All the waters of West Harbor, within Oyster Bay Harbor, lying west of Centre Island and east of a line extending northerly from the northwesternmost point of land approximately 600 yards north of Brickyard Point (on Centre Island) to the westernmost point of the beach pavilion at Centre Island Beach. (2) The Sand Hole, within Caumsett State Park, located near Lloyd Point. (3) All the normally certified area of the Port Jefferson Harbor Complex, including Pirate's Cove and the Narrows, which links Port Jefferson Harbor to Conscience Bay. Town owned pump-out facilities will be available in or near the restricted areas at no cost to boaters; town pump out boats can be hailed on marine radio VHF channel 9 in the Towns of Oyster Bay and Huntington and on marine radio VHF channel 73 in Port Jefferson Harbor. (First District LNM Week 35/2013)
Changes in Port of NY Anchorages Proposed:
The Coast Guard proposes to establish and modify anchorage grounds within the Port of New York (40.655953° -74.051450°). 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)
Two Special Anchorage Areas at 79th Street Boat Basin:
The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule establishing two special anchorage areas along the Hudson River adjacent to Manhattan at the 79th Street Boat Basin (40.785850°-73.986310°) and making various other changes. The amendments come into effect on 19 September. 78 Fed. Reg. 51061 (August 20, 2013) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-20/pdf/2013-19981.pdf . (First District LNM Week 34/2013)
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)
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)
Soil Offloading, Pralls Island Reach:
Weeks Marine will be offloading soil at the DuPont Remediate Site in Linden, NJ in the Arthur Kill on Pralls Island Reach (40.611261° -74.204458°) through November 1, 2013. Work hours are 0700-1900. The Weeks 510 crane barge (100'x52') or Weeks 524 crane barge (250'x64') will be moored adjacent to the three mooring cells. Two material scows (150'x37') will be alongside and extend approximately 50 feet into Pralls Island Reach. NO VESSELS WILL REMAIN WITHIN THE CHANNEL OUTSIDE OF WORK HOURS. The material scows can be moved within 60 minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via CH 13. The Tug Shelby Weeks will notify Vessel Traffic Service New York (VTSNY) on VHF CH 12 fifteen minutes prior to delivering each scow and upon completion of each scow unloading. The Tug Shelby Weeks, or other Weeks Marine Tug, will be on scene at all times a scow is present and within Pralls Island Reach. No unloading operations will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. Weeks Marine's point of contact is Mr. Matt Bricker at 908.242.7336 or the Tug Shelby Weeks on VHF CH 13. Vessels with concerns about the material scow's location within the channel should immediately notify VTSNY via CH 11, Phone: 718.354.4088, or D01-SMB-VTS-WatchOfficer@uscg.mil. (First District LNM Week 34/3013)
Dredging in Rockaway Inlet:
Dredging will be done in Rockaway Inlet (40-33-49.380N, 073-55-53.094W) starting on 26 August 2013 for approximately 2 months The shoaled sand will be pumped through a submerged pipeline from Rockaway Inlet to Coney Island. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be dredge ILLINOIS; survey vessel MUSKEGON TIVER; tugs BRANGUS, R. L. ENTERKIN & CAVALIER STATE, derrick MOBRO 1220; anchor barge GL 103 and supply barge GL 183 that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to proceed with extreme caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 34/2013)
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)
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)
Dredging Pipeline Removal NJICW:
Hydro-Marine Constr. will be floating and removing a submerged pipeline in the NJICW between the 34th Street Bridge and the north end of Shooters Island (40.642983°-74.159865°) until 31 August, 2013. The pipeline will be towed in sections and will be marked with orange balls. The tow vessel may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 16. (5th District LNM Week 34/2013)
NJ Coast Hydrographic Survey:
The R/V CHINOOK will be conducting a hydrographic survey until 15 December, 2013, from Beach Haven, NJ (39.886490° -74.020025°) to Avalon, NJ, out to 01 NM to include Little Egg Inlet, Absecon Inlet (39.372518° -74.409876°), Great Egg Harbor Inlet and Townsend Inlet (39.112676° -74.695194°). Operations will involve the towing of sensitive instrumentation which will restrict the vessel's ability to maneuver. Appropriate dayshapes will be displayed to indicate the vessel's status. It is requested that all vessels give a wide berth to reduce impact to the survey data and prevent damage to the towed gear. The vessel is a 28ft catamaran and maybe contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 34/2013)
Repairs to Route 87 Bridge Extended:
Mariners are advised that fender repairs have been extended through 30 September, 2013 at the Route 87 Bridge (39.385157° -74.421731°), at mile 0.6, across Absecon Inlet, in Atlantic City, NJ. During daylight hours, two flexi-floats, measuring 11 feet X 40 feet and two 17-foot Carolina skiffs, three divers and a 8-man support crew are operating in the navigable channel. This is a movable operation as not to impede vessel traffic. Mariners should continue to use exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 34/2013)
Hereford Inlet Sea Wall Repair:
Mariners are advised that repairs will be conducted to an existing 500 foot section of sea wall in Hereford Inlet in the Angle Sea (39.017913°-74.794562°) area of North Wildwood, NJ. Initial work will consist of removing and replacing damaged capstone rocks followed by placement of stone-filled marine mattresses and 2 ton capstone. On site equipment will include a crane barge and a spudded 50' X 150' material scow that will begin repairs at the lower end of the sea wall starting on 23 September, 2013 and proceed north through 28 February, 2014. Operations will run from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day Monday through Friday. Vessel owners may contact the contractor at 609-820-2983. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area, remain clear of the work 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 34/2013)
Barnegat Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling to a depth of less than 3.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Barnegat Inlet Buoy 33 (LLNR 1065) (39-47-37.964N, 074-08-20.079W) and Barnegat Inlet Lighted Buoy 34 (LLNR 1070) and extending into mid-channel. (5th District LNM Week 34/2013)
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)
Cape May Harbor Dredging:
The Army Corps of Engineers Dredge CURRITUCK will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape May Harbor entrance (38.941125°-74.868771°) until 02 September, 2013. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 35/3013)
Delaware River Dredging:
The Dredge ESSEX is conducting dredging operations on the Cherry Island Range (39.704280°-75.512143°) until 21 September, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 35/3013)
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)
Curtis Bay Pier Construction:
Mariners are advised that a pier construction project is scheduled to continue in Curtis Bay until 13 May, 2014. The project is located along the west shore of Curtis Creek at the Corman Marine Construction (39.211832° -76.579533°) facility, 6121 Pennington Ave, Baltimore, MD. Interested mariners may contact the project manager at telephone (410) 424-1870. (5th District LNM Week 34/2013)
Patuxent River Swim:
Mariners are advised that the U. S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD will conduct an open water swim across the Patuxent River on September 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. The training swim, with approximately 15 participants, will start at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD and will finish at the Solomons Research Pier in Solomons, MD, at approximate position 38°19'02.3" N, 076°27-'03.3" W. Swimmers will be accompanied and supported by sponsor-provided power boats. For any comments or questions contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 35/3013)
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)
The University of Maryland-CES has established the following lighted data buoys until November 3, 2012, in association with a dissolved oxygen circulation study. The BUOY is approximately 6.12NMs east of Point No Point.
A. Chesapeake Bay- UMCES Lighted Data Buoy PN (no LLNR) at 38 08 43.44N, 076 12 10.00W, Fl Y 4s. (5th District LNM Week 35/3013)
Coleman Bridge, Safety Zone for Cable Installation:
Mariners are advised that the Captain of the Port Hampton Roads will establish a temporary safety zone in support of the submarine cables installation for the George P. Coleman swing bridge (37.240041°-76.507435°) at mile 7.0 over the York River. This temporary safety zone will encompass the waters under the George P. Coleman Bridge at Gloucester, VA from the southern caisson to the northern caisson. The temporary safety zone will take place from September 3, 2013 at 6 a.m, until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday September 7, 2013. Except for vessels authorized by the Captain of the port or his representative, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the safety zone. Concerned traffic may contact vessels on scene via VHF channels 16 and 13. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 35/3013)
Navy Inert Moored Targets off VA Coast:
The U.S. Navy has deployed inert moored targets in the VACAPES Area, 77NMs east of Virginia Beach, VA. Coordinates for the area are:
Deep Field Area: 4500 yds x 5600 yds, water depth approximately 300-650 ft. within:
A. 36 47.42N, 074 39.47W.
B. 36 47.42N, 074 42.26W.
C. 36 44.55N, 074 42.26W.
D. 36 44.55N, 074 39.47W.
This area contains submerged objects of various types that are a hazard to trawler nets. All are moored at a depth of 90 feet or more below the water surface. The targets are tentatively scheduled for recovery February 2014. (5th District LNM Week 34/2013)
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 01 November, 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com (5th District LNM Week 49/2012)
Thomas Rhodes Bridge, Cape Fear River, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that concrete repairs will be conducted at the Thomas Rhodes Bridge on US 421/NC 321 across Cape Fear River, at mile 30.0, between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, NC beginning September 9, 2013 through November 22, 2013. This work will utilize a hydra platform and swing scaffold system on the roadway which can be moved clear when near the channel. In addition, cleaning and painting operations will be performed starting April 1, 2014 through August 29, 2014 in the navigation channels at Spans 11, 12, and 13 using a containment platform that will reduce the available vertical clearance to approximately 52 feet, above MHW. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 35/3013)
Lockwoods Folly Inlet (NOT on the AICW) Dredging:
The Dredge MERRITT will be conducting dredging operations in Lockwoods Folly Inlet (33-54-27.860N, 078-14-02.532W) until 01 September, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Chart: (5th District LNM Week 34)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
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)
ATT: Caribbean Cruisers: Liquid Robotics, Inc. will be conduct continuous autonomous, unmanned maritime vehicle operations from 30 JULY 13 through 1 NOV 13 in and around the Antilles. Two ROV vehicles will be deployed, one in the vicinity of 18.648N/65.955W which will transit to 20.0063N/64.50W where it will hold station for several months. The second vehicle will be deployed at 18.648N/65.9550W, and will then transit to 15.9771N/64.0008W where it will also hold station for several months. Operations consist of scientific ocean and weather data collection. The Wave Glider carries no fuel, lubricants, or hydrocarbons, is wave powered, remotely attended from our Wave Glider Operations Center (WGOC), moving at speeds of less than 1kt, and designed to give way or part if encountered by a vessel. It is approximately 6.5' x 2' (surfboard size), black in color, with a contact plaque and a mast extending 1 meter above the water surface bearing a flag and light. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details contact Liquid Robotics 24/7 WGOC Operations at 888-574-4574 or 1-408-636-4205, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org (7th District LNM Week 34/2013)
NOAA Chart 25641 BVI: 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)
Waccamaw River Aids to be Discontinued (NOT on the AICW):
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Waccamaw River. Permanently discontinue all Waccamaw River Daybeacons and Buoys from Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 33780) (33-43-10.860N, 079-03-02.046W) to Daybeacon 16 (33810) (33-47-41.928N, 079-03-06.096W). This totals seven aids to navigation. 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 October 4, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 34/2013) NOTE: This affects the river route to Conway, SC.
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.
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 continue dredge operations until approximately November 15, 2013. Operations are in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek and Nassau Sound (30.522331° -81.456127°) between South Amelia River LT 44 (LLNR 38135) to Sawpit Creek DBN 50 (LLNR 38195). The Dredge RICHMOND will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Operations will run 24/7. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. (7th District LNM Week 34/2013)
For additional information regarding this issue and others may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx
US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Ms. Shelley Trulock, Senior Project Manager at 904-232-3292. (Excerpt from a June 27 Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On August 28, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.55 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.49 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.69 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
Navy Ops off SE Florida Coast:
1. The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting range operations offshore Lake Worth, Florida for the planting of inert targets. OSV HOS Explorer operated by Hornbeck Off-Shore and a Dive Team working off of an Industrial Divers Corp Dive barge, will be conducting surface maneuvers and planting inert targets in the water immediately East and South of Lake Worth inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0600 hrs 15 Sept to 2400 hrs on 20 Sept 2013. The vessel will be working between 50 feet of water and 650 feet of water approximately .5 NM to 3 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Lake Worth inlet to 9 miles south of the Lake Worth inlet. Florida. The targets will be planted in the following area bounded by the following coordinates.
RMS OP AREA
26 42.00N 080 02.00W
26 42.00N 079 58.00W
26 33.00N 080 02.00W
26 33.00N 079 58.00W
The targets in the field will be planted using a vessel under direct Navy charter. The vessel will be working in water depths ranging from 60 feet to 600 feet. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the OSV HOS Explorer during the target installation operations. (7th District LNM Week 34/2013)
2. The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting range operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The OSV HOS Explorer operated by Hornbeck Off-Shore will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°). The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0600 hrs 7 Sept to 2400 hrs on 15 Sept 2013. The vessel will be working between 450 feet of water and 850 feet of water approximately 2 NM to 9 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 4 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The OSV HOS Explorer will be deploying a ROV and recovering cables off of the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The cables will be brought to the surface for the installation of the equipment on the sea floor and will remain tethered to the sea floor. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the OSV HOS Explorer during these repair operations. (7th District LNM Week 34/2013)
3. The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting range operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26.085396°-80.097828°). The OSV HOS Explorer operated by Hornbeck Off- will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0600 hrs 10 Sept to 2400 hrs on 15 Sept 2013. The vessel will be working between 450 feet of water and 550 feet of water approximately 2 NM to 2.5 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 1 mile south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The OSV HOS Explorer will be deploying a ROV and recovering cables off of the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The cables will be brought to the surface for repairs and will remain tethered to the sea floor. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the OSV HOS Explorer during these repair operations. (7th District LNM Week 34/2013)
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 As of August 7th 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 34/2013)
Sunken Vessel Hazard:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 45ft white wooden vessel that appears to have been intentionally scuttled. Vessel is anchored with 6ft of the bow sticking out of the water in position 28-56-16.140N 081-51-38.940W approx 6NM SW of Big Marco Pass. Mariners are to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 35/2013)*
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 35/2013:
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.
Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6): Quinn Construction is working on the Crescent Beach Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida. The Crescent Beach Bridge will be on single-leaf operations from January 7 through September 30, 2013. Due to a parts failure and fabrication issue, a double-leaf opening will not be available from September 9 through September 21, 2013. Please contact Quinn Construction 941-722-7722 for additional information.
US 192 Bridge: M&J Construction Company will be repairing and painting the SR 500 (US 192) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida. The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by three feet on one-half the channel from September 3, 2013 through August 24, 2014. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution through this area.
SR 520 Bridge: Orion Marine Construction is working on the SR 520 Bridge, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida. This work consists of substructure repairs. This contractor will be working outside the channel limits and is not expected to impact navigation. This work is expected to be completed by June 2015.
Lantana Bridge (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 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 ½ 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): 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 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.
Las Olas Bridge (AICW Mile 1064.0): 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 email@example.com.
Broad Causeway Bridge (AICW Mile 1081.4): Seacoast Incorporated working for the Town of Bay Harbor will be rehabilitating the Broad Causeway (125th Street) Bridge (25.887207° -80.142448°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1081.4, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Coast Guard has approved single-leaf operations with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening at this location starting August 28, 2013. The majority of this work will be accomplished during nighttime hours (9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.), Monday through Friday; the contractor has indicated that they may be working a few weekends. This work is anticipated to be completed by November 30, 2013.
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