East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Fire on the Waterfront in Historic Georgetown, SC:
On Wednesday morning, September 25, 2013, fire destroyed seven adjacent buildings on the historic waterfront in Georgetown, SC. There were no reported deaths and no fires at the marinas. The South Carolina Maritime Museum suffered damage to the upstairs portion, but the museum itself was spared.
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Morehead City RR Bridge (AICW Mile 203.8) Night Closures:
Mariners are advised that due to additional and unexpected repairs, restrictions have been extended through December 31, 2013 at the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC. To perform added work, the drawbridge will continue to operate as follows: (1) During the day, from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the draw shall be maintained in the open position to vessels and would only be closed for the passage of trains and to perform periodic maintenance; and (2) At night, the draw need not open from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., except an opening would be provided at 12 a.m. (midnight) if advance notice is given before 4 p.m. on the afternoon before the requested opening by calling (954) 658-4661 or via marine radio channels 13 or 16 VHF-FM. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Wrightsville Beach Bridge Repair Restrictions:
To facilitate continued repairs, mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC, will only open on the hour between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., for all vessels beginning on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 until Sunday, March 1, 2014. Also, each night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 256-4519 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (6). Because of a containment system positioned under the draw span until March 1, 2014 the available vertical clearance is reduced to approximately 18 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open for emergencies. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports:
Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE does a really good job at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), in our opinion. They may not be able to dredge every little shoal, but at least they let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. So, before you get too excited about the shallow depths reported by some fellow cruisers, check out the latest surveys at the following:
Wilmington, NC District (2012 and 2013 Surveys): http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx
Charleston, SC District (July, 2013 Surveys): http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/missions/navigation/hydrographicmaps.aspx
Savannah, GA District (Reports from July 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
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)
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Ops Narragansett Bay:
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations will be done from September 30 - October 1, 2013. The area of operation will be contained within the Still Water Basin break water adjacent to NAVSTA Pier 2. The operational area will be from the NUWC Pier facilities extending out to the end of the breakwater.
NE: 41.536548 N, -71.314422 W
NW: 41.532308 N, -71.323882 W
SW: 41.529532 N, -71.323755 W
SE: 41.532079 N, -71.315451 W
The work will be done 7 days a week, 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. On scene will be the UUV and work boat that will be monitoring VHF channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 39/2013)
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations will be done in Eastern Narragansett Bay, starting just south of Hog Island and continuing a southern track to Gould Island and Coddington Point from September 30 - October 5, 2013. The hours of operation will be daily from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. On scene will be the UUV, Research vessel & tender that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 39/2013)
East River Security Zone Near UN Headquarters:
From September 21-29, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing additional Security Zones on the East River near the United Nations Headquarters (40.748478° -73.966393°). The security zone includes all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge. Specific dates and times will be published at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management > Coast Guard Advisory Notices. Vessels that require opening of the Roosevelt Island Bridge must contact the bridge tender at least 15 minutes in advance by phone at, (718) 545-2092 from 0500 to 2000 or via VHF-FM CH 13. Planning for this event is ongoing and specific times of the various security zone closures may change. Every effort will be made to keep mariners informed of all changes. Contact VTSNY on VHF-FM channel 12 or at (718) 354-4088 for updates. The CG Patrol Commander (PATCOM) will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. Violations of this security zone are punishable by a $50,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both. (First District LNM Week 39/2013)
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)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Seasonal Signal Changes in Light List, Vol II:
The seasonal signal change dates as listed in the Remarks Column 8 of the Light List, Vol. II have been changed to "November 1 to May 1" for the following waterways: Barnegat Inlet, Little Egg Inlet, Townsend Inlet, Maurice River, Fortescue River, Manasquan River, New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, Mispillion River, Murderkill River, Indian River Inlet, Indian River and Pepper Creek. (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
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)
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 Bay Light to be Rebuilt:
Mariners are advised that Delaware Bay Light 32 (LLNR 1620) construction will occur on or around 28 September through 25 October, 2013, in vicinity of Lat: 39° 13' 59.754 N, Long: 75° 17' 58.096 W - At the intersection of Cross Ledge Range and Liston Range, on eastern side of channel. Construction will include removal of existing temporary aid marking wreckage of Delaware Bay Light 32 (LLNR 1620) by 29 September. Construction to begin on 30 September including driving prefabricated pile to depth via crane barge, welding ice cone and substructure components, and salvage of previous aid from seabed by Precon Marine contractors. Working hours will be from 0700-1900 daily. Onscene vessels will include tugboat BETTY JO, crew boat BAY SURVEYOR, crane barge VIRGINA, and material barge U-1406. Barges will be spudded intermittently, and will remain on station 24/7 throughout entire work period. Work area should have negligible impact on navigable channel. Vessels transiting within close proximity are required to observe minimal wake in vicinity of aid for safety of workers over the side. Primary contact should be directed to Tugboat BETTY JO via VHF-FM Channel 5, 13, or 16 which will be manned 24/7. All appropriate shapes and lighting configuration will be shown though construction activity in accordance with Navigation Rules of Road. White mooring lights will be shown on corners of barges, the tugboat will be showing Anchor Light and flood lighting when anchored. In the event of heavy weather forcing contractor vessels to safe harbor, the work site will be marked with slow flashing yellow light. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
Ocean City Inlet Shoaling:
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Ocean City Inlet Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 4755) (38-19-37.188N, 075-05-44.488W) and Ocean City Inlet Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 4557). (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
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)
Mooring Balls off Thomas Point Light:
McLean Contracting has establish the following two mooring buoys until 01 November, 2013. The buoys are white with a blue band and will have a slow flashing white light when no barge/vessel is moored. Buoys are approximately 0.57Nm east of Fishing Creek Light 2F (LLNR 19670) and 0.98Nm north of Thomas Point Shoal Light (LLNR 7760).
A. Fishing Creek Mooring Buoy A (no LLNR) at 38 43 22.0N, 076 18 47.0W.
B. Fishing Creek Mooring Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38 45 31.0N, 076 18 45.0W. (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
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 email@example.com. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Roosts for Wildlife in DC:
An application has been received by the Commander, Fifth District Coast Guard (CG) from District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for an amendment associated with the replacement of fixed bridges over a navigable waterway of the United States. On November 19, 2009 the CG issued Bridge Permit 2-09-5 approving the location and plans for a design-build concept of the new 11th Street Bridges (38.871575°-76.989961°) at mile 2.1, across Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC. Condition#7 of the CG Bridge Permit 2-09-5 states in part that "The four remaining piers (downstream) will be retained as fishing platforms". DDOT proposes to modify the bridge permit to leave the existing upstream center piers in place for wildlife nesting sites. The existing piers will serve dual purposes - as dolphins to protect the new piers from collision; and – as an overlook platform/wildlife perches. The modification to leave the upstream center piers in place will not affect the safe, efficient movement of recreational navigation nor will it create an obstruction to the free navigation of the navigable waters. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address NO LATER THAN 21 OCT, 2013. A copy of Public Notice 5-1314 which describes the proposal in detail can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6227 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
Dredging in Norfolk Harbor:
The Norfolk Dredging Bucket Dredge 428 will be conducting dredging operations at the Town Point Reach (36.871081°-76.334272°) at the General Dynamics "Speede Dry –Dock"; slip from 26 September until 12 October, 2013. Tugs and mud scows will transport spoil material to the Craney Island Disposal Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 39/2013)
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)
Bonner Bridge Work:
Mariners are advised that work will begin during daylight hours only on September 17, 2013 through February 21, 2014 for bridge bent and deck repairs at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge ((35.771117° -75.536274°) across Oregon Inlet, at mile 0.9 in Dare County, NC. A mobile hydra lift platform will be utilized from the top of the bridge in various locations and will temporarily reduce the vertical clearance outside the navigable channel by approximately 5 feet. Small sectional barges and a small crane will be utilized from the west side of the bridge 1400 feet north of the navigational channel. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 38/2013)
Shoaling at Bonner Bridge:
Shoaling to a depth of 2.8 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of the center span of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge and Oregon Inlet Buoy 14 (LLNR 28029) (35-46-24.955N, 075-31-58.714W). (5th District LNM Week 39/2013).
Hatteras Inlet Dredging:
The ACOE Dredge MURDEN will be conducting dredging operations in Hatteras Inlet (35-11-57.228N, 075-45-03.417W) until 28 September, 2013. The dredge monitors VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 38/2013)
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)
Banks Channel Shoaling (Topsail Inlet Area):
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Banks Channel Buoy 7A (LLNR 30082) (34-22-21.198N, 077-37-37.560W). (5th District LNM Week 38/2013)
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: See Above.
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)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Marinex Construction, Inc. will commence dredging operations with the Dredge "HAMPTON ROADS" on or about September 17, 2013 in the vicinity of Savannah River, Savannah, GA. The work area will extend from just above the Talmadge Bridge towards the vicinity of Marsh Island T/B LT 8 (LLNR 5040) (32-06-59.603N, 081-07-37.882W) in the Savannah River. The dredge will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately October 17, 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 39/2013)
St. Marys Inlet Area Dredging:
Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will commence dredge operations on or about September 18, 2013 for the U.S. Naval Station Kings Bay (Entrance Channel Cut 1N and North Settling Basin). The dredging area is near the mouth of the St Marys Entrance channel from the southern shoreline to approximately 8,000ft offshore of the southern jetty encompassing the area between St Marys Entrance LB 14 (LLNR 6590) (30-42-40.470N, 081-23-11.483W) and St Marys Entrance LB 16 (LLNR 6595). The staging of the auxiliary equipment and dredge pipeline will be on the western bank of the Amelia River outside of the navigable channel between Amelia River LB 2 (LLNR 7045/37925) and Amelia River LB 4 (LLNR 7060/37940). The project consists of dredging approximately 210,000 cubic yards of material from the shipping channel and pumping the material through floating and submerged pipelines onto north Fernandina Beach. The Dredge ALASKA along with Booster: Texas JR, Survey Vessels: Pearl River and Cooper River, Tugs: Atlantic Dawn, Captain Hardhead, and Champion, and Derricks: Derrick 68 and 69 will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Dredging transit and disposal operations will proceed 24 hours per day/7 days per week until approximately December 1, 2013. For further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. David Johanson at (561) 758-2872. Mariners are urged to minimize wake and proceed with caution. (7th District LNM Week 38/2013)
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)
St. Johns Inlet Range Light Problem:
St. Johns Bar Cut Range Rear Light (LLNR 7120) (30-24-22.141N, 081-26-58.877W) is displaying improper characteristics and may become intermittent during the early morning hours. All mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 39/2013)
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)
St. Lucie Inlet Dredging Again:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will begin dredging operations on or about November 1st, 2013 with Dredge "CAPTAIN AJ FOURNIER" in the channel at St. Lucie Inlet (27.166368° -80.159150°) and the adjoining impoundment basin to their authorized depths. Material will be loaded into hopper barges and transported approximately 5.5 miles south of the inlet, down the Intracoastal Waterway, to Pecks Lake, where the barge unloader "Bean 20" will be moored. The dredge material will then be pumped onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The dredging activities will extend approximately 300 feet eastward and approximately 2,300' westward from the entrance of the jetties. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel "Cape Elizabeth". All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about February 28th, 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 39/2013)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 25, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.94 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.88 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23";N, 80°38'22.92";W) and 8.08 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
US Navy Targets off Riviera Beach, FL:
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) has conducted range operations offshore Lake Worth, Florida for the planting of inert targets off the coast of Rivera Beach, Florida for exercise training. The shapes will be tethered to the bottom 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 Lake Worth Inlet to 9 miles south of Lake Worth Inlet. Florida. The targets were 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 planted in the field will remain in the water for up to one year for Navy training purposes. (7th District LNM Week 39/2013)
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 September18th 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 39/2013)
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)
Navy Dive Ops off Key West:
The USNS GRAPPLE (T-ARS 53) will be anchored in a 3 point moor in the vicinity of 24-26.9N, 081-46.7W southeast of Key West Ent LWB KW (LLNR 1040/14800) for dive training operations. The USNS GRAPPLE will be anchored in this vicinity from 23-28 Sep 13 and from 07-12 Oct 13. Vessels are to maintain a 1/2 mile radius around the navy vessel between 0700 and 1900 on these dates. The aft tending anchor will be marked by two orange spherical buoys by day and by night, one buoy with a flashing white strobe light and the other with a flashing amber strobe light. The buoys will remain in place from 23 Sep - 12 Oct 2013. For all concerned traffic the USNS GRAPPLE can be reached on VHF channel 16/13. (7th District LNM Week 39/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Manatee Pocket Channel Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 50677.8) (27-09-19.860N, 080-11-41.040W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are underwater with only the dayboards visible above the waterline. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 38/2013)
Biscayne Channel Light (LLNR 10805) (25-38-20.373N, 080-07-52.645W) is extinguished and the structure is considered unsafe. A temporary light has been extablished on the NE corner of the structure approximately 6ft above the waterline. The TRLT displays a FL W 2.5s with a 5M range. The light may not be visible from certain angles depending on the mariners approach. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 38/2013)
The Coast Guard has received a report of a capsized/sunk houseboat in approximate position 26-30.274N, 083-09.326W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 39/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 39/2013:
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.
Coronado Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 845): Due to a planed hydraulic fluid change the Coronado Beach/George C Musson/North Causeway/New Smyrna Beach Bridge (29.023152° -80.918101°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 845.0, New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013 to 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
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): Update: The Florida Department of Transportation contractor Archer Western has been authorized to limit the horizontal navigational clearance to 25 feet at night and 70 feet during the day, for the emergency repairs of the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1021.8, Palm Beach, Florida, starting on July 8, 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 four 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.
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