East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Sampson Cay Club and Marina Closed (to the Public):
Sampson Cay Club and Marina (24.208913°-76.473448°) has always been one of our favorite places in the Bahamas. It is a safe and easy-access protected harbor and marina, as well as a social center for cruisers. The improvements under its present ownership have made it a destination marina. According to the article below, now that owner is turning it into a private retreat for his family and friends. Check http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41586&Itemid=2*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
St. Augustine Inlet to be Dredged Again:
Marinex Construction, Inc. will commence dredging operations with the Dredge "SAVANNAH" on or about September 15th in the vicinity of St Augustine Inlet. The work area will extend from offshore St Augustine Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 9480) to inshore Tolomato River LB 60 (LLNR 38910) (29.907067° -81.294738°). Submerged pipe line will extend from the inlet in a southerly direction and land on the Anastasia State Park. The dredge will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately October 30, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Contact Marinex for additional information at (843) 722-9083. Mariners are urged to use caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (7th District LNM Week 37/2013)
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
US Navy Exercises off Cape Cod:
Periodically from 16-18 September 2013, and then again from 23-26 September 2013, during daylight hours only, U.S. Navy submarines, vessels, and aircraft will be conducting underwater exercises approximately 37 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. These exercises will include the launching of inert exercise torpedoes within the area bounded by:
Latitude: 41° 18' 00" N to 41°28' 00" N
Longitude: 069° 08' 00" W to 069°18" 00" W
Mariners are requested to remain clear of this area and cooperate with patrolling U.S. Navy (and Navy-contracted) vessels and aircraft. A surface command ship will be stationed in the area while operations are in progress and will monitor VHF-FM channel 16. For further information contact Mr. David Saluto at Naval Undersea Warfare Command, 1-808-684-8653, or 401-862-5310, David.email@example.com. (First District LNM Week 36/2013)
Another Major Aid to Nav to go MRASS:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
CHANGE Buzzards Bay Entrance Light (LLNR 630) (41-23-49.118N, 071-02-04.866W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 83A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes.
REMOVE Emergency light of reduced intensity when main light is extinguished.
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 4 October 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-106. 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 37/2013)
Fire Island Inlet Dredging:
Dredging and beach nourishment is being done in Fire Island Inlet (40.628810°-73.324077°) until approximately March 15, 2014. The hours of operation are 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge CHARLESTON, booster, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. The CHARLESTON is monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16 and any vessel needing to pass should contact them 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. (First District LNM Week 37/2013)
East River Diving Ops:
The Knight Life (42' x 22') will be conducting diving operations in the East River bound by the following points: 40-47-49.99"N, 073-54-54.71"W; 40-47-28.18"N, 073-54-36.01"W; 40-48-19.04"N, 073-53-46.50"W; and 40-48-04.02"N, 073-53-05.43"W. Work hours are Mon-Sat during slack water through May 24, 2014. The vessel will request approval from VTSNY on VHF CH 12 or at 718.354.4088, fifteen minutes before starting and upon completion of each diving operation. Diving operations may be delayed due to the location and/or vessel traffic at that time. No diving will be authorized if visibility is less than one nautical mile. The vessel can move within 5 minutes to not impede commercial navigation with notice via VHF CH 13. (First District LNM Week 37/2013)
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)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
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)
Shoaling off Surf City Beach Update:
Mariners are advised that dredging operations for shoaling in the vicinity of Surf City Beach have been completed and all vessels, equipment, and related material have been demobilized. A section of submerged pipeline remains in the area in approximate position 39-39.610N 074-09.122W and is marked with a large white lighted buoy and white lighted danger buoy. Some shoaling remains within 150 feet of the marked area. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when navigating in this area. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Cape May Inlet Dredging:
The Weeks cutterhead Dredge R. S. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Cape May Inlet (38.937080°-74.864377°) extending seaward 4.25NMs. Dredge material will be transported to the beach through a combination of lighted/marked floating and submerged pipelines. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Cape May Ferry Terminal Dredging:
The Dredge FULLERTON is conducting dredging operations at the Cape May Ferry Terminal (38.967913° -74.959948°) until 01 October, 2013. The dredge and assisting tugs may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Delaware River Dredging:
The Dredge ESSEX is conducting dredging operations on the Cherry Island Range (39.703762° -75.512266°) until 21 September, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A submerged dredge pipe will run parallel to the green side of the channel for approximately 7000 southward. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
Fortesque Creek, Delaware Bay, Dredging:
Mobile Dredging & Pumping Co. will begin to perform dredging operations in the vicinity of the Fortesque Creek (39.242733° -75.177955°) in Downe, NJ with the Dredge D-40, on or about August 26, 2013. The dredging will begin approximately 100 ft. outside of the jetty from Fortesque Creek. The dredging operation will include approximately 2,000 feet of HDPE. The pipeline will consist of 1,200 ft. floating pipe that will stretch from the dredge area towards the SE side of the jetty. The pipeline will be marked in accordance with USCG regulations and 33 CFR 88.15. The dredge will be assisted by the Work Boat -28. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
Shoaling in Northeast River:
Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 feet MLW has been reported extending across the channel in the vicinity of Northeast River Light 17 (LLNR 27895) (39-35-25.861N, 075-57-01.563W). (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
Annual U.S.S Constellation Turn-around:
Mariners are advised that the annual turn-around of the historic sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation is scheduled to occur in the Patapsco River at Baltimore, MD (39.284354° -76.610432°) on September 26, 2013 (rain date October 3, 2013), between 9 a.m. and 12 Noon. The event consists of towing the historic sloop-of-war from its berth at Inner Harbor Pier 1, to the Fort McHenry Angle in Baltimore Harbor, then turning the vessel around, and towing it back to its Inner Harbor berth. The Coast Guard has established a temporary moving safety zone around the U.S.S. Constellation during the towing evolution. The zone includes all waters within 200 yards ahead of or 100 yards outboard or aft of the historic sloop of war U.S.S. Constellation while operating in the Patapsco River, Northwest Harbor and Inner Harbor. The zone will be enforced from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. on September 26, 2013, and if necessary due to inclement weather, from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. on October 3, 2013. Except for U.S.S. Constellation Turnaround Participants, no person or vessel may enter into or remain within this area. Vessels already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the safety zone is implemented do not have to depart the safety zone. All vessels underway within this safety zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. Persons desiring to transit the area of the safety zone must first request authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). Coast Guard vessels enforcing the zone can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. The Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State and local agencies. For any questions contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Administration (MDTA), will perform underwater inspections at the William P. Lane Jr., Memorial (West Suspension) (38.975975° -76.375666°) across Chesapeake Bay, at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. All inspections will be performed each day, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning September 16, 2013 through February 28, 2014. The underwater inspections will be performed at the Westbound Bay Bridge approach span piers, will take place from a 26-foot aluminum work skiff, will be in the channel from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and have a minimum four-man dive team. The maximum dive depths are 60 Feet, but are typically less than 30 feet. The inspection team boat will work with vessel traffic and MDTA operations so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Annapolis Boat Shows Set-Up:
Mariners are advised that United States Yacht Shows, Inc. will conduct in-water operations in support of the annual United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows in Annapolis Harbor (38.975974° -76.484864°) from September 28, 2013 through October 17, 2013. Temporary pilings, floating docks and submerged electrical cables will be placed in Annapolis Harbor. To support the in-water operations at Annapolis Harbor, long tows will cross the Severn River between Spa Creek and Carr Creek during September 28, 2013-October 2, 2013 and during October 14-16, 2013. During these periods, mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting the area and to reduce speed near the towing operations. In-water operations will continue at the mouth of Carr Creek during October 17-30, 2013. Information regarding special anchoring restrictions in the Harbor in the event of severe weather during the boat shows should be directed to the Annapolis City Harbormaster's Office on marine band radio channel 71 VHF-FM or telephone (410) 263-7973. For further information on the boat shows, contact the United States Yacht Shows, Inc. at (410) 268-8828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
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)
Gwynns Island Bridge Closed:
Milford Haven – SR 223/Gwynn's Island (swing) Bridge (37.495024° -76.308216°) – Closed to vessels until further notice due to mechanical difficulties. Four separate 24-hour closures are authorized between 3 OCT 2013 and 31 MAR 2014, to facilitate structural rehabilitation and tender house modification. Contractor must provide at least 7 calendar days advance notice to marine traffic. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
Live Fire off Virginia Beach:
The Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation Live Fire Small Arms Range described as all of the waters seaward of the mean high water shore line within a sector between radial lines extending 13,500 yards seaward and bearing 070 degrees true and 150 degrees true, respectively, from a point on shore at 36- 48- 58.3N, 075- 57- 59.0W. All vessel operators are reminded to review Navigation Regulations as described in paragraph 334.380 of Chapter 2, of U.S. Coast Pilot 4, Atlantic Coast: Cape Henry to Key West (37th) Edition when operating south of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Firing will take place only during daylight hours and red flags will be displayed at conspicuous locations on the beach at the facility. Vessels shall proceed through the area with caution and shall remain in the area no longer than necessary for transit. The Camp Pendleton Live Fire Range will be active during the following periods:
DATE UNIT AMMO HOURS
02 Nov, 2013 A/427th Civ Af. 5.56mm 0800-1600 (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
James River Dredging:
The Dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the James River between James River Channel Lighted Buoy 54 (LLNR 12110) (37-11-08.297N, 076-45-41.702W) and James River Channel Lighted Buoy 66 (LLNR 12250) (Dancing Point to Swann Point Shoal) from 30 August until 10 October, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
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)
Norfolk RR Bridge Closures (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, September 16, 2013 until Friday, September 20, 2013 and again each day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Monday September 23, 2013 until Friday, September 27, 2013 facilitating structural repairs. 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 37/2013)
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)
Great Bridge Lock Fender Repairs:
The fender system to the Great Bridge Locks (36.723681°-76.247636°) will be under repair from 16 September until 27 September, 2013. A 120'X40' construction and material barge, crane barge and assisting tug will be on scene. The construction supervisor will monitor VHF-FM channel 16. The navigational channel will not be obstructed. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Trent River Bridge Restricted Openings:
Mariners are advised that the US 70 (Alfred C. Cunningham) Bridge (35.102268° -77.036882°), at mile 0.0, across Trent River, at New Bern, NC will only open to marine traffic every two hours on the hour from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday, October 12, 2013, and from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., on Sunday, October 13, 2013 to accommodate the free and safe movement of the pedestrians and vehicles during the annual New Bern MUMFEST. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 14 feet, above mean high water. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.843(a). Mariners able to pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time, should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
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
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)
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. Give this marker a wide berth. 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.
Shrimp Boat Possible Debris off GA Coast:
The Coast Guard received a report of a 75ft Shrimp Boat that has broken apart in the Atlantic Ocean between Doboy Sound and Altamaha Sound, Georgia. The approximate last known position is 31'20.018N/081'11.516W. Mariners should operate vessels with extreme caution in the area due to potential for floating debris. (7th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Cumberland River Hazard:
Cumberland River LT 59 (LLNR 37605) (30-51-40.804N, 081-29-23.167W) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile are partially submerged and visible during low tide. A TRLB with with Fl Q G characteristics has been established. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
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 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)
Atlas V Launch Hazard:
EASTERN RANGE OP # A8730 ATLAS-V AEHF-3 WILL BE CONDUCTING HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS SURFACE TO UNLIMITED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS.
A: FROM 2837N 8036W
TO 2838N 8018W
TO 2837N 7954W
TO 2835N 7954W
TO 2832N 8018W
TO 2833N 8034W TO BEGINNING
B: FROM 2837N 7829W
TO 2837N 7752W
TO 2833N 7752W
TO 2833N 7829W TO BEGINNING
C: FROM 2708N 6920W
TO 2642N 6708W
TO 2635N 6709W
TO 2658N 6921W TO BEGINNING
D: FROM 2158N 5144W
TO 2119N 4956W
TO 2114N 4959W
TO 2152N 5146W TO BEGINNING
HAZARD PERIODS FOR PRIMARY LAUNCH DAY AND BACKUP LAUNCH DAY;
PRIMARY LAUNCH DAY: 18/ 0704Z THRU 18/ 0935Z SEP 13. T-0 IS 0704Z.
BACKUP LAUNCH DAY: 19/ 0700Z THRU 19/ 0931Z SEP 13. T-0 IS 0700Z. (7th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 11, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.44 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.38 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.58 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N) You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html
Okeechobee Waterway 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)
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 1/2 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 1/2 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 1/2 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 September 6th 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 37/2013)
Julia Tuttle Artificial Reef Mitigation Project:
Kearns Construction will commence an artificial reef mitigation project starting mid-September, 2013 on the north side of the Julia Tuttle Causeway within the Julia Tuttle Artificial Reef. The mitigation project will include placement of concrete artificial reef balls in the 510ft by 150ft project site. Within the project site there will be 12 unlighted yellow floating markers. Additionally, temporary wood pilings will be installed within the work site to support turbidity curtains. The piles will be lighted with alternating yellow flashing light characteristics and will be spaced approximately 60ft apart. The turbidity curtains will be yellow in color and will exit the water's surface by approximately 4 inches. "NO BOATING/RESTRICTION AREA" signs will be posted at the project area (site listed below). Kearns Construction will have a barge in the area at various times throughout project. All mariners are advised to remain clear of the project site and transit the area with caution. For further information, contact Kearns Construction at (305)461-0310 or the barge can be reached on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 9. The project has an expected completion date of February, 2014.
Artificial Reef Mitigation Project Site Location: Approximate corner positions of the project site
NW Corner - 25°48'49.1310", -080°10'01.9436"
SW Corner - 25°48'47.6652", -080°10'01.9538"
NE Corner - 25°48'49.0993", -080°09'56.4178"
SE Corner - 25°48'47.6335", -080°09'56.4281" (7th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Miami Harbor Deepening Project Update:
Great lakes Dock and Dredge Company, LLC will commence diving operations for work associated with the Miami Harbor Deepening project on or about September 10, 2013 continuing through the project completion in July 2015. Divers will be conducting resource surveys north and south of the channel beginning in Outer Bar Cut progressing to Bar Cut and Government Cut (25.761093°-80.128666°). Divers will also be conducting surveys of the dredge hole north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Survey vessels, the Calcasieu River and the South Bay will monitor VHF channels 1A and 16. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and to contact the survey and dive vessels to coordinate passage needs. Any questions regarding this project call the Project Manager, Mr. Chris Pomfret (239) 250-0974 or the Site Operations Manager, Mr. Kevin Zimmerman (561) 704-4845. (5th District LNM Week 36/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Manatee River LT 12 (LLNR 21920) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are below the waterline and are a hazard to navigation. A TRLB with Fl Q R, 4M intensity is set 5 yards channelward in position 27-31-32.120N/082-38-26.297W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 36/2013)
Private aid Apollo Beach LT 2 (LLNR 24610) is destroyed with wreckage on scene. The concrete structure is submerged approximately 1ft below the water at low tide. A temporary buoy has been placed in position 27'46.570N 082'26.303W to mark the wreckage. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 37/2013:
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.
NASA Parkway Bridge (AICW Mile 885): Update. Royal Bridge Incorporated has advised the Coast Guard that they will be painting the NASA Parkway/Addison Point/SR 405 Bridge (28.527151° -80.765469°)across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 885, Canaveral, Florida from April 1 to November 30, 2013. This office has been advised that only one of the four spans is open; therefore, the mariner will need to request a normal bridge opening at this location. The draw shall open a single-leaf on signal; except that, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open. A double-leaf opening is available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender.
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.
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 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.
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. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company has requested permission to place the East Las Olas Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Ft Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida on single-leaf openings on the quarter-hour with a four hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening to the bridge tender. The East Las Olas Bridge provides a vertical clearance of 24 in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 40 feet with one-leaf in the down position. This temporary restriction is anticipated to start on September 30, 2013 and will continue until March 1, 2014. Comments on this request should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied 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.
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.