East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
The Magenta Line:
All of us who have travelled the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway know of the magenta line. It is there to help us follow the correct route, but sometimes passes on the wrong side of markers, sometimes goes ashore, sometimes puts us aground. No wonder -- it's been around for about one hundred years. Change has been slow: it has been sometimes removed, sometimes rerouted but most often ignored by those who update the charts. Now, NOAA wants to do something about it, and is asking for input from users of the Intracoastal. You can send your comments addressing specific issues given in the following article of the Federal Register. Check it out, and be sure to get your comments in by December 26, 2013. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-26/pdf/2013-23440.pdf*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports:
Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE, in our opinion, does a really good job at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). 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 (Surveys):
Charleston, SC District (Surveys):
Savannah, GA District (Reports):
GPS Signal Unreliable off NC/Southeast Coast:
NOTE: This position is about 30 nm offshore NC between Cape Lookout and Cape Fear
THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNAL MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED BY SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND HANDHELD SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED AT AN APPROXIMATE TESTING CENTER POINT OF 34 09'60.0"N 076 54'60.0"W, WITH A POSSIBLE IMPACT RADIUS OF 118 NM FROM CENTER POINT.
2. GPS TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED ON:
27 Oct 2013: 1100Z - 1630Z
28 Oct 2013: 1830Z - 0030Z
29 Oct 2013: 1700Z - 2300Z
30 - 31 Oct 2013: 1100Z - 1700Z3
MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER WEB SITE WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. DURING THIS PERIOD GPS USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY GPS SERVICE OUTAGES THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE TO THE NAVIGATION INFORMATION SERVICE (NIS) BY CALLING (703) 313-5900 OR BY USING THE NAVCEN WEB SITE TO SUBMIT A GPS PROBLEM REPORT. For additional information, you may contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) watch stander at (703) 313-5900. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
Southeast Coast Hazardous Naval Ops:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 07-13 OCTOBER, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 07-13 OCT, TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
30-45N2 80-54W7 GUNEX AREA
30-45N2 80-11W0 AA/BB/CC
29-20N3 79-50W1 31J
30-00N3 81-00W9 27C
29-50N6 81-00W9 (7th District LNM Week 41/2013)
Eastern Range Hazardous for Launch OP # D7384 DELTA-IV GPS IIF-05:
Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2834N 8034W
TO 2831N 8011W
TO 2827N 7954W
TO 2819N 7955W
TO 2822N 8013W
TO 2830N 8034W To Beginning
B: From 1756N 5607W
TO 1612N 5306W
TO 1555N 5317W
TO 1739N 5615W To Beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 23/ 2153Z Thru 23 / 2300Z Oct 13. T-0 is 2153Z.
Backup launch day: 24 / 2149Z Thru 24 / 2256Z Oct 13. T-0 is 2149Z. (7th District LNM Week 41/2013)
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.
NOTE: Starting with this alert we will switch the order of the USCG Districts so that the Seventh District will be first, followed by the Fifth then the First. Most Snowbirds are now in the Fifth District waters, but will soon be moving on to the area of the Seventh. We will continue this order until late next spring when the Snowbirds move back north. Information contained in East Coast Alerts is relevant to boaters who are travelling distances on the waterways and also relevant to local boaters. We cannot cover every buoy change or local festival. But if a bridge is going to be closed because of a festival it becomes relevant to waterway travelers, as does waterway congestion or restrictions due to that festival. Shoals and dredging projects are relevant, as are restrictions for any reason.
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)
St. Johns River Dredging:
Great Lakes Dock & Dredge will commence dredge operations on or about October 5th in various areas along the St. Johns River including Cuts 41, 42, 45, 46, 47, 48 and the Lower Terminal Channel. The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge "TERRAPIN ISLAND" will be dredging in the above referenced location and subsequently discharging the dredged material into a confined disposal facility on Bartram Island via mooring barge and floating pipe line. All working vessels will monitor channels VHF 13 and 16. All equipment will be marked in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about November 30, 2013. GLDD's onsite points of contact will be Mr. Cameron Whitmore (630-819-9371) and Ms. Megan Place (630-209-7619). Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution. (7th District LNM Week 40/2013)
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 October 9, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.79 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.73 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.93 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
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Temporary Buoys:
New River Sound DBN 11 (LLNR 47265) is temporarily disestablished. Four unlighted buoys are temporarily established to mark the west side of the ICW for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from 31- October – 04 November, 2013.
"8A" 26-07-04.592N 080-06-33.765W
"8B" 26-06-59.189N 080-06-33.203W
"8C" 26-06-53.126N 080-06-33.087W
"12A" 26-06-45.337N 080-06-35.733W (7th District LNM Week 41/2013)
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)
Dredging for Beach Renourishment, Bakers Haulover Inlet Area:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will begin dredging operations on or about October 20th, 2013 for the Bal Harbour Beach Renourishment. Operations will be conducted in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet (25.899571°-80.122970°) and extend out approximately 1nm offshore. The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge (TSHD) "ATCHAFALAYA" will be working northeast of the inlet jetties in the ebb shoal, and transit to a marked pump out location, south of the inlet jetties and approximately 1,000 linear feet from the shore, for beach placement. A submerged pipeline will be placed on the bottom from the pump out to the shoreline. The pipeline will be marked with lighted buoys, for local traffic. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel "Sea Breeze" and various other vessels. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 13, 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 December 27, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 41/2013)
Doctors Pass Dredging:
Orion Marine Construction Inc. will commence mechanical dredging operations on or around October 13 2013. Operations will occur in Doctors Pass, Naples (26.173762° -81.814183°). While dredging, the vessels will be displaying lights and dayboards as required, and may temporally impede the flow of traffic through the channel. The dredge will work on Channel 78 and monitor VHF Channel 16. Primary operations will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A submerged pipeline will be utilized from the dredge to the discharge area. The path of the pipeline will be properly marked IAW USCG 33 CFR 88.15. Buoys with "Caution Submerged Pipeline" will mark the submerged line. For further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Chuck Reiche 904-502-3295. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 41/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
The Coast Guard received a report of a sail boat mast protruding 2-3 ft out of water with an attached trap line, approximately 2NM south of Cow Key Channel in approximate position 24-30.520N 081-44.403W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 40/2013)
The Coast Guard received a report of Private Aid Cape Coral Southwest Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 54640) (26-31-45.178N, 081-59-57.425W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are partially submerged. The aid is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 41/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 41/2013:
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.
Main Street Bridge, Jacksonville: Due to an increase in vehicle traffic on the Main Street Bridge (30.322626° -81.658613°) caused by the shutdown of the Mathews Bridge (30.326880° -81.621531°) the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Jacksonville advises all mariners the Main Street Bridge, mile 24.7, St Johns River, Jacksonville has been placed on a limited openings schedule to accommodate increased vehicular traffic due to the closure of the Mathews Bridge. The Main Street Bridge will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Limited openings will continue until repairs are completed on the Mathews Bridge. Vessel traffic may contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM channel 9 for additional information.
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.
The FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida will be closed to navigation from December 6 through December 13, 2013 for repairs. These dates were chosen to not interfere with the Boat Parade and other water related events scheduled in December.
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.
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 October 7, 2013 through November 15, 2013 it will be necessary, for testing purposes during working hours, to intermittently lower either the east or west bascule leaf in the down position with other leaf in the up position. This will allow 60 feet of horizontal clearance, with unlimited vertical clearance, on at least one side of the AICW. Both bascule leafs will be left in the up position during non-working hours. If your vessel needs assistance for safe passage, please provide GLF a twenty four hour notice by calling (954) 317-6169 or by contacting the tug "MISS THELMA" on marine channel 16.
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. The Coast Guard has approved Kiewit Infrastructure South Company request 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 remain in effect until March 1, 2014.
SE 3rd Avenue Bridge and Andrews Avenue Bridge, New River: Due to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show with the approval of the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, the afternoon closures periods for the SE 3rd Avenue (26.117044°-80.140402°) and Andrews Avenue (26.117947°-80.143374°) Bridges will be suspended on October 31, November 1st and November 4th, 2013. The bridges will open on demand.
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.
Gasparilla Sound Bridge: The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice announcing a permit application from the Gasparilla Sound Bridge Authority for the approval and plans to replace the Boca Grande Swing Bridge across Gasparilla Sound at Charlotte County, Florida. Latitude 26 48' 58.82" N & Long 82 16' 24.98"W. Public Notice 07-13 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be view at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1®ion=7. The Project Manager is Mr. Darayl Tompkins at Darayl.Tompkins@uscg.mil
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Beach Nourishment Dredging, Northern NJ:
Mariners are advised that beach nourishment and dredging operations will take place in the vicinity of Long Branch, NJ (40.302165° -73.973771°) from 15 October through 15 April, 2014. Manson Construction will maintain an equipment staging area on the north side of Manasquan Inlet, adjacent to the shoreline, to support these operations. The tugs KENDALL J. HEBERT, CANDICE L and three barges will be utilizing the staging area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the duration of the project. Mariners are requested to use radio contact while transiting around all work areas. The tugs KENDALL J. HEBERT and CANDICE L will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 67. Mariners are advised to proceed with extreme caution and maintain minimum safe speed to reduce wake. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
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)
Beach Nourishment Dredging Cape May Area:
Mariners are advised that beach replenishment and dredging operations will take place between Cape May Inlet (38.937080°-74.864377°) and Brooklyn Avenue in Cape May, NJ between 09 October and 07 January, 2014. The Dredge R.S. WEEKS will be located approximately 4 miles offshore and will be transporting dredged material to the shoreline through a combination of floating and submerged pipeline. Dredge support equipment including several work tugs and anchor barges will be utilized around the R.S. WEEKS. Floating rubber pipeline extending 1,600 feet from the dredge and submerged pipeline leading to shore will be marked with lighted yellow buoys approximately every 40 feet. Additionally, a booster pump will be located between the shoreline and the dredge, approximately 2.5 miles from shore. A support barge will be located on the north side of Cape May Inlet and will be marked with yellow lights. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 10 and can be contacted at 985-237-5013. Mariners are advised to proceed with extreme caution and maintain minimum speed to reduce wake. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
Indian River Inlet Data Buoys:
The following temporary data buoys have been established until 20 November, 2013:
A. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy A (no LLNR) at 38-36-35.12N, 075-03-31.67W, yellow.
B. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38-36-34.69N, 075-03-34.19W, yellow.
C. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy C (no LLNR) at 38-36-34.62N, 075-03-36.70W, yellow.
D. Indian River Inlet Data Buoy D (no LLNR) at 38-36-34.39N, 075-03-39.19W, yellow. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
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 email@example.com. (5th District LNM Week 37/2013)
Patuxent River Reef Site Work:
On or about October 12, 2013, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake Shellfish Program and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be adding reef balls to the Cedar Point Reef site is just southeast of the Cedar Point Reef-Patuxent River coordinates are:
NW Corner - 38 19 03.12N, 076 23 00.84W.
SW Corner - 38 18 50.16N, 076 23 10.86W.
NE Corner - 38 18 39.96N, 076 22 14.04W.
SE Corner - 38 18 27.60N, 076 22 00.84W.
Approved authorized clearance is 15 feet. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
Navy Firing Exercises, James River Reserve Fleet Area:
The U.S. Navy will be conducting boat and blank firing exercises in the vicinity of the James River Reserve Fleet (37.118690°-76.646579°) on the following dates: 30 September through 04 October; 07 October through 11 October; 15 October through 19 October; 12 November; 18 November through 22 November, 2013. Boat and firing exercises will commence a 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on each day. Concerned traffic may contact on scene naval vessels on VHF-FM channel 16. (5th District LNM Week 40/2013)
Lynnhaven Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in Lynnhaven Inlet (36.906043° -76.091884°), Turning Basin and Long Creek Channel to Broad Bay from 18 October until 31 December, 2013. The dredge and assisting vessels PROUD MARY and MISS LEANNE will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southwesterly from the channel entrance to Ocean Park Beach and from the channel to Broad Bay to Maple Street. The pipeline will be marked with floats and lighted. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
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)
Oregon Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge Merritt will be conducting dredging operations in Oregon Inlet (35-47-38.423N, 075-30-39.432W) from 02 October until 11 October, 2013. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels13 and 16 for passing information if necessary. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
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 4.0 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). Shoaling begins approximately 20 yards east of the center span main channel and extends 50 yards south east of the channel. (5th District LNM Week 40/2013)
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)
Core Sound Dredging:
The Dredge SNELL will be conducting dredging operations in Wainwright Channel (34.985073° -76.209560°) until 21 October. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 40/2013)
Shallotte Inlet Shoaling (NOT on the AICW):
Shoaling has been reported in Shallotte Inlet (33.903629° -78.380979°). Aids to navigation may not mark best water. (Fifth District LNM Week 41/2013)
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.
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 (34.720105°-76.693624°) 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, UPDATE:
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)
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)
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 First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Hurricane Barrier Damage, New Bedford:
Subsequent to a recent accident where a barge hit the east (Fairhaven side) fender of the New Bedford (41.623313°-70.906478°) hurricane barrier, underwater inspections have revealed two damaged 10"x10" fendering timbers, submerged below the Mean Low Water line, that extend approximately seven feet into the channel. Mariners should exercise extreme caution while transiting the New Bedford hurricane barrier, and should transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair the damaged fender. The Corps of Engineers at Cape Cod Canal's Marine Traffic Control may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 41/2013)
UUV Exercises, Narragansett Bay:
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) testing will be conducted from 14 OCTOBER 2013 through 21 OCTOBER 2013 in the following area: Primary area of operations will be in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay between Gould Island and Conanicut Island, bound by the following four points:
NW: 41-32.510N 071-21.734W
NE: 41-21.266N 071-21.266W
SW: 41-31.568N 071-21.579W
SE: 41-31.581N 071-21.180W
The alternate area of operations will be in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, Northwest of Conanicut Island and bound by the following four points:
NW: 41-34.535N 071-24.407W
NE: 41-34.535N 071-23.315W
SW: 41-33.516N 071-24.425W
SE: 41-33.516N 071-23.304W
Equipment on scene will include a 65ft Research Vessel (R/V Discovery), 23ft Parker Tender, UUV and deployed fishing nets. Vessels on scene will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 41/2013)
Sakonnet River Bridge Inspections, RI:
Underwater inspections on Pier No. 6 at the Sakonnet River Bridge (41.636260°-71.214684°) will be conducted from 30 September 2013 to 31 October 2013. Daily operations begin at 0700 and conclude no later than 1500. Divers in the water will be monitored by a crew onboard a Specialty Diving Services (SDS) barge. Appropriate divers down flags will be displayed. Mariners should use extreme caution while navigating the Sakonnet River Channel, near Pier No. 6 of the Sakonnet River Bridge. The person in charge can be contacted at 401-525-1793. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
Research Buoys, U Conn:
The University of Connecticut has deployed 4 temporary research buoys, until approximately 7 January 2013, in the following positions:
041 18.4902 N 072 03.5101 W Buoy1N
041 18.4333 N 072 03.2912 W Buoy2E
041 18.2429 N 072 03.5130 W Buoy3S
041 18.4397 N 072 03.7077 W Buoy4W .
The buoys are Yellow with 4s flashing yellow lights. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
Dredging will be done at the South Berth at Electric Dock in Groton (41.348638°-72.083236°) from October 10 until approximately October 24, 2013.. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge SAMSON, pushboat, dump scows, and tug NATICK. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
Norwalk Harbor, CT, Dredging:
Dredging and surveying operations will be conducted in the Federal Channel, from the Washington Street Bridge (41.098765°-73.414810°) to approximately 500 ft southwest of green buoy "GC-7", beginning on or about 10 October 2013 - 15 November 2013, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Dredge "FJ Belesimo", barges "Eddie Carroll" and "Mighty Quinn", launch "C Girls" and survey vessel "Survey 2" will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channels 16 and 72. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
Dredging Great South Bay, NY:
Dredging (40.679526° -73.123551°) operations will be conducted starting 02 October 2013 - 01 November 2013, 7 days a week between the hours of 0700 and 1900. Dredge Tammy will be on scene monitoring channel VHF-FM channel 5. Mariners are requested to proceed with extreme caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
Regulated Navigation Area for Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement:
The US Coast Guard has established a temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) on waters of the Hudson River in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388° -73.895171°) during bridge replacement operations. The RNA will remain in effect through 31 December 2018. 78 Fed. Reg. 59231 (September 26, 2013) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-26/pdf/2013-22902.pdf . (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
New Temporary Nav Lights for Tappan Zee Bridge:
On or about mid October 2013 temporary navigational lights will be relocated as per the diagram below at the existing Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388° -73.895171°) across the Hudson River at mile 27.0. The new temporary navigational lighting plan includes marking the 600 foot wide main channel by affixing four-180° steady, red navigation lights to the underside of the main span, 2 each on the upstream and downstream sides of the structure, 300 feet either side of the centerline of the bridge. Each green center of channel light will have 3 white lights stacked vertically above it. The center 600' feet of the Main Navigation Channel will be free for the passage of marine traffic and clear of all obstructions at all times. This temporary configuration is expected to be in place through mid-2015, at which time more detailed information for channel restrictions and closures during the installation of the superstructure of the new main spans will be published. (First District LNM Week 41/2013)
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)
Hydrographic Survey Operations Approaches to New York and New Jersey:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to the Port of New York (40.655953° -74.051450°) and New Jersey from approximately 1 October 2013 through 7 November 2013. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below; survey areas are numbered in order of priority. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
South Shore Long Island Surveys:
Hydrographic surveys are being done near Fire Island Inlet, Moriches Inlet and Shinnecock Inlet until approximately December 31, 2013. Survey operations are being performed both on the inside and outside waters of these inlets in the following positions: Shinnecock Inlet.: 40 50'20" N 72 28'40" W; Moriches Inlet: 40 45' 45" N 72 45" 10" W; Fire Is. Inlet: 40 37' 30" N 73 20' 03" W. The work is being done during daylight hours. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
Shinnecock Bay Dredging:
Dredging is being done from Shinnecock Bay to Georgica Pond until approximately March 2014. The work is being done in the following areas:
Borrow area 1
Borrow area 2
Borrow area 3
The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge ILLINOIS, survey vessel: MUSKEGON RIVER, tug: BRANGUS. R. L. ENTERKIN & CAVALIER STATE, derrick: MOBRO 1220, anchor barge: GL 103 and supply barge: GL 183. All manned vessels are monitoring VHF Channels 1, 13, and 16. (First District LNM Week 40/2013)
Tide Gauge with Buoys off Moriches Inlet:
A tide gauge and anchor is being deployed to support a hydrographic survey being done until approximately 29 December 2013. The anchor and gauge are deployed approximately 1 mile offshore of Moriches inlet in (PA) 40-44-53.3N 072-45-22.6W. The tide gauge is attached to a 500lb railroad wheel anchor with a buoy line and red poly buoy. There is a drag line running underwater 200ft from the tide gauge anchor to a 60lb steel weight. There is a buoy line on this steel weight as well, a smaller red poly buoy with foam cork attached. The coordinate of this 2nd buoy is: Lat: N 40 44 52.3 Lon: W 72 45 20.5. (First District LNM Week 41/2013)
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