East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Old Diamond Causeway Bridge (Skidaway Narrows) Detonation:
On December 10th and 11th, 2013, Contract Drilling and Blasting will conduct a controlled detonation of the old Diamond Causeway Bridge (31.947052° -81.066073°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 592.9 ("Skidaway Narrows). There will be a 1,500 foot safety zone surrounding the blast site that extends from the Diamond Causeway Bridge, on either side of the bridge at 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 10th, and then again at 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 11th. The detonation will take place at the following coordinates: 31 55'50.4" N and 081 03'56.5" W. Persons and vessels desiring to enter, transit through, anchor in or remain within the regulated area may contact the Captain of the Port Savannah by telephone at (912) 247 0073, or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16, to request authorization. (From Coast Guard Savannah, 7th District LNM Week 49/2013)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Bonner Bridge Closed:
For the immediate safety of the driving public, the NCDOT has closed the Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) which crosses Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks as of December 3, 2013. See https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=9088#.Up4mcjz90Sc.facebook*
GPS Unreliable off SE Coast:
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 30 05'00.0N 080 04'60.0W (this position is about 75 miles east of St. Augustine, FL), with a possible impact radius of 139NM from center point. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted:
07 DEC 1400Z-1800Z 2000Z-2359Z
08 DEC 0001Z-0100Z 1300Z-1800Z
09 DEC 1400Z-1900Z
10-11 DEC 1600Z-2300Z
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 website to submit a GPS problem report. (7th District LNM Week 49/2013)
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. (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 02 - 08 DECEMBER, 2013. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 02 - 08 DEC, 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 49/2013)
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, in our opinion, 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. Before you reach the areas, check out the latest surveys at the following:
Norfolk, VA District:
Wilmington, NC District:
Charleston, SC District:
Savannah, GA District:
Jacksonville, FL District:
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
Seventh District Waterway Analyses and Management Systems Reviews:
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of the Upper Savannah River. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 27 January 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston
Att: CWO Christopher Ruleman
1050 Register Street
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 740-3184
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of the St Johns River- Winter Point to Lake Harney. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 27 January 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville
Att: CWO Michael Tomasi
4200 Ocean Street
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 564-7565
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of the Lake Worth Inlet. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 27 January 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami
Att: CWO Mark Sheaffer
100 MacArthur Causeway
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (904) 564-7565
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Hawk Channel and Reef Line to Rebecca Shoal. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 27 January 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Key West
ATT: BMC Jeffrey Hunter
100 Trumbo Rd.
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-8748
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Mullet Key to Fenholloway River. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 27 January 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg
Att: CWO Douglas Hendrix
600 8th Ave SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 502-1522
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of St Thomas and St John. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 27 January 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan
Att: LT Luis Rivas
Waterways and Facilities Division
#5 Calle La Puntilla
San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (727) 502-1522
Email: Luis.D.Rivas@uscg.mil (7th District LNM Week 48/2013)
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) (33-04-35.030N, 079-27-43.780W) 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)
Little Mud River Aids Change:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Little Mud River: Change Little Mud River Range Front Light B (LLNR 36880) to Little Mud River Light 196 displaying Flashing 2.5s Red and TRs on a pile. Little Mud River Range Rear Light B (LLNR 36885) will be permanently discontinued. Altamaha Sound Daybeacon 197 (LLNR 36887) will be established in approximate position 31-18-33.850N / 081-18-53.130W displaying SGs on a pile. This action is currently scheduled to start the week of 03 March, 2014. (7th District LNM Week 49/2013)
Umbrella Creek Marker Destroyed, Temporary Buoy Established:
Umbrella Creek Light A5 (LLNR 37425) (31-01-41.211N, 081-28-40.752W) (Alternate AICW Route to bypass St. Andrew Sound) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB, Fl G 4s, with a 5NM range is marking the remains of the aid. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 48/2013)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On December 4, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.63 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.57 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.77 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
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 (26-3724N/080-0590) 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)
Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Project Update:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC is starting the Construction of Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Construction project in Miami-Dade, Florida. The project consists of dredging material from the main entrance channel, loading scows, and transporting the material to the JTSMA where they will fill a portion of the old dredge hole for the planting of seagrass. Great Lakes will be driving piling to install a turbidity curtain around the mitigation area commencing on or about the week of November 25th the piling will be lit once in place. Mariners are advised to remain clear of the project site and transit the area with caution. Communications: Marine VHF Channels 13, 16. For further information, contact the Operations Manager, Mr. Kevin Zimmerman at (561) 704-4845. The pilings will be 5-8 foot above the surface. The coordinates of the construction area are as follows.
NW Corner 25 48.893819 N 080 9.567344 W
SW Corner 25 48.767779 N 080 9.599381 W
SE Corner 25 48.789898 N 080 9.325269 W
NE Corner 25 48.908438 N 080 9.325844 W (7th District LNM Week 49/2013)
Nav Aid Changes Proposed in Keys:
The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida. Carysfort Reef Light (LLNR 945) (25-13-18.735N, 080-12-41.106W) optic to be permanently discontinued from Carysfort Reef Light and installed onto the adjacent structure erected in the vicinity of Carysfort Light. The RACON will be permanently discontinued. The Carysfort Reef Lighthouse is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service to the light on the existing lighthouse due to safety concerns. All comments should be addressed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg Miami FL 33131 to be received by 31 December 2013. (7th District LNM Week 49/2013)
The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida. Sand Key Light (LLNR 1055) (24-27-14.180N, 081-52-39.016W) optic and RACON to be permanently discontinued from Sand Key Light. A more reliable optic will be installed onto the adjacent structure erected in the vicinity of Sand Key Light. The RACON will be permanently discontinued. The Sand Key Lighthouse is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service to the light on the existing lighthouse due to safety concerns. All comments should be addressed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg Miami FL 33131 to be received by 31 December 2013. (7th District LNM Week 49/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
The Coast Guard received a report of Lemon Bay Channel DBN 40 (LLNR 57625) (26-59-52.145N, 082-24-05.369W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 48/2013)
Anclote River LT 9 (LLNR 26180) is destroyed. The aid is broken 2ft above the waterline and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB with Fl Q G, characteristics is set 5 yards channelward in position 28-10-47.057N/082-48-14.647W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 49/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 49/2013:
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 has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°) be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed starting November 25, 2013, to once an hour on the 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 bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park Bridge (26.705949°-80.045181°) and Southern Boulevard bridges will resume their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117 on December 2, 2013.
While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies: If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-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.
Lake Avenue Bridge (AICW Mile 1028.0):F uture 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.
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.
South Fork, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: I-95 Bridge: Seminole Equipment is working on the I-95 Bridge (26.096434°-80.169002°) across the South Fork of the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Due to painting operations the vertical clearance will be reduced by 5 feet from January 7, 2014 through April 2014. The containment system can be retracted by two feet if 24 hours notice is provided to the contractor. This work had been delayed until January 2014 to accommodate various marine events held in November and December.
CSX Railroad Bridge: The contractor working on the CSX Railroad Bridge (26.096456° -80.169348°) replacement across the South Fork of the New River mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has requested to temporarily change the regulation governing the existing CSX Railroad Bridge. This temporary regulation change will place this bridge to an on demand schedule whereas the bridge will be placed in the closed to navigation position during certain portions of the construction operations with an open on demand schedule. Mariners are requested to contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM channel 9 for opening and passing information. The details on if and when this schedule may be implemented are being developed by the contractor. The horizontal clearance of the CSX Railroad Bascule Bridge across the New River (South Fork) mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has been temporarily reduced to 56 feet.
Big John Monahan Bridge (SR 710): Work has started on the new Big John Monahan (SR 710) Bridge (27.011411°-80.455312°) across the St. Lucie Canal, Okeechobee Waterway, Florida. The bridge contractor Cone and Graham, Inc has advised the Coast Guard that they will be placing the next set of main beams across the St. Lucie Canal starting on December 9, 2013 through December 12, 2013. The waterway will be temporary closed while the beams are set in place which is scheduled between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day. Vessels should contact the on-scene tug for passing information. This bridge project is expected to be completed by Fall 2014.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
No Seasonal Removal of Lighting Equipment on Fixed Aids, 5th District:
Due to improvements in hardware survivability, the Coast Guard has temporary suspended the seasonal removal of lighting equipment on fixed aids to navigation structures as described in Light List Vol. II, Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River to Little River, SC (COMDTPUB P16502.2) 2013 Edition for the 2013-2014 ice season. Specific deviations will be advertised via a Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Upon the conclusion of the 2013-2014 ice season, the Coast Guard will evaluate this temporary suspension and determine if permanent changes can be made. (5th District LNM Week 48/2013)
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) (39-30-51.830N, 074-17-38.564W) and NJICW Buoy 116A (LLNR 35467). (5th District LNM Week 49/2013)
Cape May Ferry Terminal Dredging:
The Dredge ELLICOTT 670 will be conducting dredging operations at the Cape May Ferry Terminal slips (38.967913° -74.959948°) from 19 November until 15 December, 2013. A floating and submerged pipeline is located in the slip area just northeast of the channel and is marked with a green buoy. The dredge will monitor vhf channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE zone is implemented when passing in the vicinity of the ferry slips and mariners are advised to proceed with caution and pay special attention to pipeline in the area. (5th District LNM Week 48/2013)
The Dredge DIGGER 1, 610 and 330 will be conducting dredging operations in the Stillpond Creek Channel (39.331615°-76.141675°) from 25 November, 2013 until 25 January, 2014. The dredge and assisting Tug BIG C TOO will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. The main channel width will be restricted and any vessel requiring additional channel width for safe passage are asked to contact the supervisor on the tug at (410)-991-2376 or (410)-507-0927 6-8 hours prior to time of passage. (5th District LNM Week 48/2013)
Harris Creek Oyster Restoration Project:
Maryland MDNR will be establishing oyster material placement areas inside Harris Creek until April 2014. Mariners are requested to observe a NO WAKE in the areas of activity. (5th District LNM Week 48/2013)
The following temporary mooring buoys have been established until 01 June, 2014 in association with an oyster restoration project:
A. Harris Creek Mooring Buoy A (no LLNR) at 38-43-28.52N, 076 -18 -42.99W.
B. Harris Creek Mooring Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38- 45- 55.49N, 076- 18- 25.35W.
C. Little Choptank River Mooring Buoy A (no LLNR) at 38- 31- 49.02N, 076- 31- 49.10W.
D. Little Choptank River Mooring Buoy B (no LLNR) at 38- 32- 19.74N, 076- 13- 50.01W.
All buoys are white with blue band will show a slow flashing white light when no barge/vessel is moored. (5th District LNM Week 49/2013)
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)
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.
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
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)
New Haven Dredging:
Dredging is being done in the Federal Navigation Channel, 41° 17' 50.59" (N), 072° 54' 22.56" (W) to 41° 13' 18.72" (N), 072° 54' 33.40" (W), until approximately December 31, 2013. The dredging activity will begin approximately 400 feet south of the Forbes Avenue Bridge (upstream limit of dredging) and progress southward to approximately green buoy "FL G Bell 1" (downstream limit of dredging). The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene are the dredges DALE PYATT & FJ BELESIMO, barges EDDIE CARROLL, MIGHTY QUIN, JOE VERROCHI & WITTE 4002, tugs STEPHANIE DANN, CAPTAIN DANN, CO & RUBY M, launch C GIRLS & survey vessel SURVEY 2 that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 16 & 74. (First District LNM Week 48/2013)
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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