East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Great Bridge Lock Remains Closed, Low Tide Openings Only:
NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded U.S. Facilities, Inc. based in Philadelphia, Pa., a contract modification to isolate and inspect the damaged valve at the Great Bridge Lock (36.723681°-76.247636°) in Chesapeake, Va.
U.S. Facilities, Inc., a longtime U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' contractor that performs maintenance and operational work along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, is fabricating needed parts for the on-site inspection work next week.
According to Betty Grey Waring, Norfolk District's Operation Branch chief, the repair plan includes construction of a cofferdam to dewater the valve area and allow the contractor access to perform a complete inspection of the damages. Once the cofferdam is in place, the Corps can operate the locks on a normal schedule.
Corps officials estimate that the inspection work will be completed in two weeks. Until the valve system is inspected and the damage assessed, the exact repair date is unknown.
The Norfolk District closed the Great Bridge Lock Nov. 5, after the underwater valve failed.
Contract divers performed a limited diagnostic inspection of the lock's valve system and found that the concrete anchoring the valve had deteriorated.
Norfolk District conducts routine structural inspections on the Great Bridge lock, which was constructed in 1932; however, there are no standards for preventative maintenance of underwater valves, Corps officials said.
After Corps officials reviewed a plan to make inspections and repairs, they agreed they could operate the lock safely in favorable wind conditions and at low tide, when the water levels of the river and canal are even.
With the limited ability to open the locks, vessels have been able to transit the locks; however, there are some time delays.
Recreational vessels can continue to use the Deep Creek and South Mills Locks on the Dismal Swamp Canal, which are operational for boats that draft less than six feet. Operators at the Dismal Swamp Canal locks report increased vessel traffic, but no delays.
The district operates and maintains the AIWW and the Dismal Swamp and Albemarle and Chesapeake canals, including three highway drawbridges, three navigation locks, and 38 miles of canals. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is a major inland protected route for commercial traffic, especially barges supplying fuel to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va.
Mariners traveling along the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal can monitor marine radio channel 13 for updates, or follow the Norfolk District social media pages at www.twitter.com/norfolkdistrict or www.facebook.com/NAOonFB for updates on repairs.
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Great Bridge Bridge Closure:
NOTE: If all goes according to plan, the Great Bridge Locks should be repaired by Thanksgiving. If it is not, and if the closure extends longer than a week after Thanksgiving, then the following bridge closure for a Christmas parade may have relevance to travelling vessels.
To accommodate the annual Christmas Parade event, mariners are advised that the S168 Bridge, at AICW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake (Great Bridge) VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2013. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date and times are rescheduled to Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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(g). In the closed position to vessels, this lift-type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 8.5 feet, above mean high water. (5th District LNM Week 47/2013)
NOAA Chart Update:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NOAA's authorized lithographic printer, announced that the traditional printing of NOAA paper nautical charts will be discontinued effective April 13, 2014. In the interim time period, NOAA lithographic charts will still be available from FAA and chart agents. NOAA Print-on Demand charts (POD) will continue to be available through two authorized vendors. NOAA charts are also available as NOAA Raster Navigational Charts (RNC), Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), and as a portable document format (PDF). For more information, please visit NOAA's Office of Coast Survey's homepage at http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/. The POD charts produced by NOAA's POD partners are, and will continue to be considered published by NOAA, and will meet all mandatory carriage requirements as specified by navigation safety regulations: 33 CFR 164.01 and 33CFR 164.33. In order to promote safety of navigation, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has produced two Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) datasets designed to alert mariners to the possibility that their Electronic Chart and Display Information System (ECDIS) software may require upgrading. The IHO recommends that all mariners using ECDIS and ENCs visit the following website where they can find more information and instructions for using the test ENC datasets: http://www.iho.int > IHO News Links > ECDIS Data Presentation and Performance Check. (1st, 5th and 7th Districts LNM Week 47/2013)
Hazardous Ops, SE Coast:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 18 - 24 NOVEMBER, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 18 -24 NOV, 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 47/2013)
Falcon- 9 Launch Hazard:
Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2848N 8034W
TO 2849N 8022W
TO 2838N 8008W
TO 2820N 7703W
TO 2800N 7336W
TO 2759N 7245W
TO 2726N 6945W
TO 2717N 6945W
TO 2739N 7248W
TO 2750N 7340W
TO 2801N 7514W
TO 2814N 7703W
TO 2829N 8036W To Beginning
B: From 2804N 7233W
TO 2801N 7138W
TO 2724N 6920W
TO 2713N 6918W
TO 2715N 7133W
TO 2722N 7229W
TO 2750N 7340W
TO 2759N 7340W To Beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 25 / 2237Z THRU 26 / 0011Z Nov 13. T-0 IS 2237Z.
Backup launch day: 26 / 2238Z THRU 27 / 0011Z Nov 13. T-0 IS 2238Z. (7th District LNM Week 47/2013)
It's Right Whale Season Again:
From November to April the coastal waters between Altamaha Sound, GA, and Sebastian Inlet, FL, are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Critically endangered right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 m) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. east coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See enclosed compliance guide for the right whale ship strike reduction rule for specific times, areas, and exceptions to this law. Intentionally approaching within 500 yards of right whales is prohibited and is a violation of U.S. law. A minimum distance of 500 yards must be maintained from a sighted right whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that operators assume that any whale sighting is a right whale unless confirmed otherwise. NOAA also recommends speeds of 10 knots or less in areas used by right whales and outside of seasonally managed areas when consistent with safety of navigation. NOAA also recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. Please report all right whale sightings and collisions to 877-WHALE-HELP, or to the Coast Guard via channel 16. WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area is active from November 15 to April 16. For more information, consult the U.S. Coast Pilot. MSR arrival reports can be sent via TELEX number 48156090 or email to email@example.com. NOAA recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. (7th District LNM Week 44/2013)
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). 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 (Surveys):
Charleston, SC District (Surveys):
Savannah, GA District (Reports)
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 Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Snowbirds: South Carolina Shoaling Reminder:
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW South of McClellanville, South Carolina. This area of severe shoaling is most significant between and near Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 35A (LLNR 34237) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 37(LLNR 34240). 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.
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.
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 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 46/2013)
Sawpit Creek Dredging Project Extended:
Cottrell Contracting Corp has extended dredge operations until approximately November 30, 2013. Operations will continue in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek (30-30-31.920N, 081-28-14.520W) and Nassau Sound 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....All vessels are requested to contact the Dredge RICHMOND prior to passing. (7th District LNM Week 46/2013)
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. Lucie Inlet Dredging:
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 November 20, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.82 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.76 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.96 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
Revised Moore Have Lock Operating Hours:
1. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced revised operating hours for Moore Haven Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway. The change is scheduled to take effect 19 October 2013. Moore Haven Lock is located at Lat /Long 26-50-23.68 N / 081-05-13.19 W.
2. The new operating hours at Moore Haven Lock & Dam will be 0700 to 1900 seven days per week. Lock openings are restricted on Wednesday and Thursday to 0800, 1000, 1200, 1400, 1600, and 1700. (USACE Jacksonville District)
Florida Beach Renourishment Dredging:
Marinex Construction will commence dredging operations on or about November 20, 2013. The Dredge "SAVANNAH" work areas are as follows:
Ocean Ridge (26.5257N/080-0407W) 20 November 2013 to 19 January 2014
Delray Beach (26.4639N/080-0501) 20 January 2014 to 28 February 2014
North Boca (26-3724N080-0590) 01 March 2014 to 30 April 2014
The Lake Worth Lagoon will be utilized as the dredging staging area. Dredging will be performed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week until approximately April 30, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to transit the area with extreme caution. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9085 and/or U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami 305-535-8720. (7th District LNM Week 44/2013)
Marinex Construction will commence dredging operations on or about November 1, 2013. The Dredge SAVANNAH will work in the entrance of Boca Raton Inlet (26.3355N/080.0688W). The Port of Palm Beach, Lake Worth Lagoon will be utilized as the dredge staging area. Dredging will be performed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week until approximately April 20, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to transit the area with extreme caution. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9085 and/or U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami 305-535-8720. (7th District LNM Week 44/2013)
Bakers Haulover 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 October 31st, 2013, the available channel depth at high tide was recorded to be 6 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 46/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Indian River (South Section) DBN 181 (LLNR 45075) is destroyed. The remains of the wreckage is approximately 1ft above the waterline and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 46/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 45/2013:
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.
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.
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.
Lake Avenue Bridge (AICW Mile 1028.0): Future Bridge Regulations/Bridge Repair. The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge. The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day if the contractor is working 24 hours a day if they are only working during daylight hours the hourly opening will be adjusted. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position. FDOT has advised this office that they will provide at least 120 days of notice prior to the start of this construction and implementation of the regulations.
Lantana Bridge (AICW Mile 1031) (26.583375°-80.046117°): GLF Construction Corporation has advised this office that the painting operations will continue until December 1st, 2013, during this time mariners are requested to provide a one hour advance notice to the bridge tender for all scheduled openings. After December 2nd, 2013 the bridge schedule will return to its normal twice an hour opening schedule as published in 33 CFR 117.261(x). The draw should open on the hour and half-hour upon proper request.
Palmetto Park Bridge (AICW Mile 1047): Due to repairs the Palmetto Park Bridge (26.350519°-80.075614°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach County, Florida will be on single-leaf operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week from December 12, 2013 through February 12, 2014. A double-leaf opening will be available with a one hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 561-392-5903 or via VHF-FM channel 9.
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.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
1. US5VA15M: Newport News Creek Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 10790): ENC position in error. RELOCATE TO 36-57-27.785N, 076-24-34.794W TO COINSIDE WITH AID'S AP. (LNM 47/13)
2. US5MD41M: Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 21 (LLNR 17430): ENC position in error. RELOCATE TO 38-14-46.766N, 076-52-49-.091W TO COINSIDE WITH AID'S AP. (LNM 47/13)
Shoaling inside the channel limits to a depth of less than 2.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of NJICW Lighted Buoy 116 (LLNR 35465) and NJICW Buoy 116A (LLNR 35467). (5th District LNM Week 47/2013)
Dredging in Fortesque Creek, NJ:
Mariners are advised that Mobile Dredging and Pumping Co. will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Fortescue Creek (39.242733° -75.177955°) in Downe, NJ from November 25, 2013 to January 1, 2014. The Dredge D40 will be located on the south end of the channel and begin dredging approximately 800 feet from the mouth of Fortescue Creek and proceed into the creek approximately 400 feet past the jetty. A 1,200 foot section of pipeline will stretch from the dredge area towards the southeast side of the jetty and will be marked with floating buoys. The dredge and workboat will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the duration of the project and will be monitoring vhf channels 7 and 16. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 47/2013)
Indian River Inlet Nav Aids Change:
On or about 01 May, 2014, the following aids to navigation changes will occur in Indian River Inlet:
A. Indian River Inlet Buoy 5 (LLNR 4385) Discontinued.
B. Indian River Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 4390) Discontinued.
C. Indian River Inlet Buoy 9 (LLNR 4395) Discontinued.
D. Indian River Inlet Buoy 11 (LLNR 4400) will be relocated to approximate position 38-36-26.130N, 075-04-40.330W.
E. Indian River Inlet Buoy 12 (LLNR 4405) will be relocated to approximate position 38-36-28.800N, 075-04-47.850W.
(5th District LNM Week 47/2013)
Cable Installation in Kent Narrows:
Mariners are advised that submarine cable installation operations are scheduled to occur at the Kent Narrows (MD-18B) Bridge across Kent Island Narrows (38.978740°-76.243229°) in Queen Anne's County, MD, from 8 a.m. on December 2, 2013 through 6 p.m. on December 15, 2013. To facilitate the sensitive placement of the new cable, a work barge and support boats are required to be located within the federal navigation channel during daylight hours, from approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily during this period. Divers will be in the water from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. At all other times during this period, the work barge will be located adjacent to either the West or East Bascule Pier during the project. All marine equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG Regulations. The navigation channel in the vicinity of the bridge will be restricted during this period and will not be passable. Vessels and persons transiting Kent Island Narrows outside the navigation channel, around the work site, do so at their discretion. It is crucial that mariners operating near the work site eliminate wakes. During the period of the submarine cable project, USCG bridge opening regulations for the drawbridge will remain unaffected and the bridge tender will remain present as advertised. Interested mariners can contact the Kent Narrows Bridge Tender via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 13 or at telephone (410) 643-5963. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division can be contacted at telephone (410) 576-2674 or email Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 44/2013)
Anacostia River DC Replacement Bridge Proposal:
A request has been received by the Commander, Fifth District Coast Guard (CG) from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) regarding the replacement of a bridge over a navigable waterway of the United States. DDOT is proposing to replace the existing swing-type Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge (South Capitol Street) over the Anacostia River in Southwest Washington DC, with a new fixed bridge at essentially the same location. The replacement project will modify the existing vertical and horizontal clearances of the bridge. Presently, in the closed position to vessels, the charted vertical clearance of the existing swing-type bridge is 40 feet above mean high water (MHW), with unlimited vertical clearance in the full open position. The existing horizontal clearance is two channels of 149 feet each. The proposed replacement will be a fixed bridge that will provide a vertical clearance of 42 feet above MHW, with a proposed horizontal clearance of 150 feet. It is requested that the CG be provided with navigational information such as the sizes and types of vessels presently owned and operated on the Anacostia River as they relate to the proposed vertical and horizontal clearances. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address NO LATER THAN 03 December, 2013. A copy of Preliminary Public Notice 5-1317 which describes the proposal in detail can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6422 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 45/2013)
Craney Island Dredging:
The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Craney Island Rehandling Basin (36.919320° -76.370177°) and maintenance dredging of Anchorage F from 28 October until 31 January, 2013. Dredge material will be transferred to the Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 44/2013)
Mooring Buoys off Craney Island Disposal Area:
Coastal Design and Construction has established the following mooring buoys, until 15 June, 2014, in association with their shoreline protection project at Craney Island Disposal Area. Buoys are approximately 600 feet North of Craney Island Disposal Area southerly shoreline. All buoys are white with blue band.
CDC Temporary Elizabeth River -
Mooring Buoy A (no LLNR) at 36 55 34.0N, 076 22 58.0W, White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy B (no LLNR) at 36 55 34.0N, 076 23 13.0W, White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy C (no LLNR) at 36 55 34.0N, 076 23 25.0W, White with blue band. (5th District LNM Week 43/2013)
Mid-Town Tunnel Diving Ops:
The SWK Corp. will be conducting diving operations in the vicinity of the Mid-Town Tunnel site (36.859771°-76.311423°) from 11 November until 13 December, 2013, to remove a waterline. Marine traffic in the navigational channel may be disrupted during diving operations and mariners are requested to contact the site supervisor on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 two (02) hours prior to time of passage to ensure safe transit for both vessel and diving operations. (5th District LNM Week 45/2013)
Mid-Town Tunnel Turbidity Curtain Private Aids:
The following temporary private aids to navigation have been established to mark a Turbidity Curtain established in conjunction with the Mid-Town Tunnel construction:
A. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy A (no LLNR) at 36-50-36.952N, 076-18-07.736W, FL W 4S.
B. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy B (no LLNR) at 36-50-36.906N, 076-18-05.276W, FL W 4S.
C. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy C (no LLNR) at 36-50-36.860N, 076-18-02.816W, FL W 4S.
D. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy D (no LLNR) at 36-50-36.808N, 076-18-00.017W, FL W 4S.
E. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy E (no LLNR) at 36-50-33.510N, 076-18-00.113W, FL W 4S.
F. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy F (no LLNR) at 36-50-33.557N, 076-18-02.727W, FL W 4S.
G. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy G (no LLNR) at 36-50-31.580N, 076-18-02.784W, FL W 4S.
H. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy H (no LLNR) at 36-50-29.603N, 076-18-02.842W, FL W 4S.
I. Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy I (no LLNR) at 36-50-27.736N, 076-18-02.897W, FL W 4S.
Norfolk and Southern #5 RR Bridge (NOT on the AICW) Daytime Closures:
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 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on Monday, November 4, 2013 until Friday, December 8, 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 43/2013)
I-64 AICW Mile 7.1 New Bridge Proposal:
The purpose of this notice is to notify mariners, adjacent property owners, and government agencies that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) propose plans for a modification to a bridge constructed across navigable waters of the United States. FHWA and VDOT are developing alternative solutions to improve transportation conditions along Interstate 64 (I-64) between the Interstate 464 interchange and the Interstate 264/664 interchange at Bowers Hill. This corridor includes the I-64 (High Rise) Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, in Chesapeake, VA. The alternative analysis would include fixed bridge options proposing a vertical clearance of at least 95 feet above mean high water, while maintaining the existing 125-foot horizontal clearance. These plans will not affect the safe, efficient movement of recreational or commercial navigation nor will it create an obstruction to the free navigation of the navigable waters. It is requested that the Coast Guard be provided with navigational information such as the sizes and types of vessels presently owned and operated on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River along the AICW as they relate to the proposed vertical and horizontal clearances. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address NO LATER THAN 13 December, 2013. A copy of Preliminary Public Notice 5-1319 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 46/2013)
MOTSU Dredging, Cape Fear River:
The Bucket Dredge ATLANTIC will be conducting dredging operations at MOTSU (33.998032° -77.952876°) adjacent to the Cape Fear River, Lower Midnight Channel from 24 October until 15 April, 2014. Tugs and mud scows will transport spoil material to the offshore Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS). The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Traffic is requested to contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage. (5th District LNM Week 43/2013)
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). 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
RNA Piscataqua River, Portsmouth, NH:
The US Coast Guard has established a Regulated Navigation Area on the Piscataqua River near Portsmouth NH. This rule places a maximum speed of five knots and no wake on all vessels transiting the navigable waters of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth, NH near the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard between Henderson Point Light 10 (43°04'29.319"N, 070°44'10.189"W) on Seavey Island, LLNR 8375 and Badgers Island Buoy 14 (43°04'51.951"N, 070°45'21.518"W) LLNR 8405. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during dive operations. This rule is effective from 0700 on 21 NOV 2013 until 1700 on 06 DEC 2013. (First District LNM Week 47/2013)
Massachusetts Prepares for Rising Tides:
Maritime Stakeholder are invited to participation in a uniquely combined meeting of the Massachusetts Bay Harbor Safety Committee (HSC) and the Plymouth to Salisbury, Massachusetts Area Committee scheduled to be held at the Black Falcon Cruise Port, Boston, MA from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Wednesday December 11, 2013. The Keynote presentation for this meeting will be a discussion of the recently published Preparing for the Rising Tide report by the Boston Harbor Association. This compelling report and discussion focusing on the impacts of rising tide and storm surge in the Boston area should be of great interest to both of these forums. For further information, please feel free to contact LCDR Scott White, 617-223-3028 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Mark Cutter, 617-223-4000 or email@example.com . (First District LNM Week 46/2013)
Sunken Fishing Vessel in Buzzards Bay:
The F/V KERRY ANNE is reported sunk in Buzzards Bay, approximately 1.8 nautical miles northwest of Cuttyhunk Island, in the vicinity of Ribbon Reef, in approximate position 41-25.84N 070-59.22W. The vessel is located in about 50' feet of water. Clearance over the vessel may be as little as 15 feet. Mariners should use extra caution when transiting in the vicinity of the sunken F/V KERRY ANNE. (First District LNM Week 46/2013)
UUV Ops in Narragansett Bay:
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Operations will be conducted starting 19 NOV 2013 through 22 NOV 2013, from 0600-1900. Primary area of operations will be in Eastern Narragansett Bay (41.493803° -71.353866°), starting just south of Hog Island and continuing south to Gould Island and Coddington Point. Secondary area will be around the southern end of Conanicut Island, starting at Dutch Island and continuing south around Beavertail, passing into Mackerel Cove and ending near the Dumplings. The R/V Discovery, a RHIB and the UUV will be on-scene monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 47/2013)
Dredging in Coecles Harbor:
Dredging is being done in Coecles Harbor (41.077371° -72.313577°) until approximately December 5, 2013. The hours of operations are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge FINN that is monitoring VHF-FM channel 5. (First District LNM Week 46/2013)
Exposed Pipeline in NY Harbor Anchorages:
Exposed pipeline has been reported between Anchorage Ground 27 at Flynns Knoll and Anchorage Ground 27 at Romer Shoal (40.509829°-74.005973°). The exposed pipeline is not within Ambrose or Sandy Hook Channels. Reported water depths above the pipeline range from 18 to 45 feet. Mariners are reminded that anchoring within a charted cable or pipeline area shown on a Government chart is prohibited as per 33 CFR 110.155(l)(2). (First District LNM Week 46/2013)
Sandy Hook Channel Dredging Project Update:
Hydrophones will be placed outside the Sandy Hook Channel marked by white spar type marker buoys with a red band and strobe light, on 23 NOV 2013 between 0800-1700. Position of buoys are as follows; 40-28-43.830N 073-59-28.500W and 40-28-52.580N 074-00-11.390W. USCG Auxiliary Vessel Lady B will be on-scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. (First District LNM Week 47/2013)
Weeks Marine is conducting maintenance dredging operations in Sandy Hook Channel between Sandy Hook Channel LGB 11 (LLNR 35155) and Sandy Hook Channel LGB 13 (LLNR 35165) (40-28-51.986N, 074-00-39.701W) on a 24-hour / 7 days per week basis through 31JAN2014. The Dredge Weeks 551, Barges 256 and 258, and other vessels will be on scene. Sandy Hook Channel will not be closed to navigation. The dredge WILL NOT MOVE ON DEMAND as this would expose vessel traffic to the shoal located within the Federal Channel. The dredge will be equipped with AIS and programmed to display the correct dredge and scow size and location to AIS receivers. Dredge positions will be reported via VHF marine band radio referencing known geographical boundaries (e.g.. 100 yards west of aton/point/etc). The dredge & support equipment are required to report their movements and positions to Vessel Traffic Service NY (VTSNY) on Channel 14 every two hours or anytime their position changes. VTSNY will provide these updates to the maritime community with their Traffic Reports. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 & 14. Mariners are requested to contact the dredge on Channel 13 to make any necessary passing arrangements. VTSNY has established a No Meeting / No Overtaking zone between the LGB 11 and LGB 13 buoys. Each vessel transiting in the vicinity of the work area where the dredge is located is required to do so at reduced speed to maintain maneuverability while minimizing the effects of wake and surge. VTSNY will continually assess conditions in the dredging zone and surrounding areas and may make further changes to navigation restrictions as necessary. Such changes will be disseminated by VTSNY, safety broadcasts, or publication online at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork>WaterwaysManagement. (First District LNM Week 47/2013)
Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement Updates:
Regulated Navigation Area:
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)
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