East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
12/20/2013


Attention Snowbirds

Old Gilmerton Bridge Demolition:
       Mariners are advised that the demolition/reconstruction of the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) fender system will be ongoing from 6:00 p.m. until 5: a.m. daily until 03 August, 2014. Barges with cranes will be in the navigational channel. Vessels transiting the waterway and requiring the barges to move for safe transit must provide a two hour advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 on via VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)*

*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase.  Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.

General Announcements

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 rightwhale.msr@noaa.gov. 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. Check out the latest surveys at the following:
Norfolk, VA District:
http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/AIWW.aspx
Wilmington, NC District:
http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx
Charleston, SC District:
http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/missions/navigation/hydrographicmaps
Savannah, GA District:
http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/Portals/61/docs/OPS/ChannelConditionSurveys/OtherProjectSurveys/Aiww-2013-07.pdf
Jacksonville, FL District:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/HydroSurveys.aspx

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

Upper Waccamaw River Aids to Nav to be Discontinued:
       The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Waccamaw River.
       All Waccamaw River Daybeacons and Buoys from Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 33780) (33-43-10.860N, 079-03-02.046W) to Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 33810) will be permanently discontinued. There are seven aids to navigation that will be removed. This action is scheduled to start the week of the 17th of February 2014. (7th District LNM Week 51/2013)

Snowbirds: South Carolina Shoaling Reminder:
       The following three areas of AICW shoaling are included in the latest USCG 7th District LNM Week 51/2013. Check the websites given above as well as local sources for updated information.
       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)

Folly Beach Shore Protection Project:
       Great Lakes Dock & Dredge has commenced offshore dredging operations with Dredge ALASKA. Dredging operations will continue 24/7 until approximately May 25, 2014. For on-scene communications contact the dredge on VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. For more details contact the Site Manager Eric Mitchell (904) 616-7290. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 50/2013)

Savannah Area Dredging:
       Marinex Construction will commence dredge operations on or about December 10, 2013 in the vicinity of Southern LNG Terminal, Lower Flats Range & Upper Flats Range to The Bight Channel, Elba Island. between Lower Flats Range Elba Island LB 40 (LLNR 4855) (32-04-40.955N, 080-58-49.201W) and The Bight Channel LT 44 (LLNR 4920). For on-scene communications contact the dredge on VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Dredge operations will continue 24/7 until approximately January 1, 2014. For further information contact the Project POC: Thomas Payne (843) 722-9083. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 50/2013)

Savannah River Aids Change for Dredging:
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
BLOODY POINT RANGE LBB 8 (4580) 31-59-47.500N/080-46-59.477W
BLOODY POINT RANGE LB 8A (4580.1) 32-00-02.707N/080-47-17.355W
BLOODY POINT RANGE LB 10 (4600) 32-00-29.292N/080-47-42.778W (7th District LNM Week 51/2013)

St. Simons Sound Entrance Aids Changed for Dredging:
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 3 (LLNR 6045) 31-04-39.078N/081-17-44.703W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 4 (LLNR 6050) 31-04-44.616N/081-17-40.089W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 5 (LLNR 6055) 31-05-06.289N/081-18-32.022W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 6 (LLNR 6060) 31-05-10.615N/081-18-26.466W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 7 (LLNR 6065) 31-05-32.107N/081-19-17.640W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 8 (LLNR 6070) 31-05-37.746N/081-19-13.669W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 9 (LLNR 6075) 31-05-59.294N/081-20-05.596W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 10 (LLNR 6080) 31-06-03.370N/081-19-59.985W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 11 (LLNR 6085) 31-06-25.238N/081-20-51.948W
ST SIMONS SOUND ENTRANCE LB 12 (LLNR 6090) 31-06-30.329N/081-20-47.718W (7th District LNM Week 51/2013)

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
Prevention Department
Waterways Management
1050 Register Street
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 740-3184
Email: Christopher.L.Ruleman@uscg.mi
       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
Prevention Department
Waterways Management
4200 Ocean Street
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 564-7565
Email: Michael.F.Tomasi@uscg.mi
       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
Prevention Department
Waterways Management
100 MacArthur Causeway
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (904) 564-7565
Email: Mark.G.Sheaffer@uscg.mi
       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
Email: Jeffrey.W.Hunter@uscg.mi
       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
Prevention Department
Waterways Management
600 8th Ave SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 502-1522
Email: Douglas.G.Hendrix@uscg.mi
       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
Prevention Department
Waterways and Facilities Division
#5 Calle La Puntilla
San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (727) 502-1522
Email: Luis.D.Rivas@uscg.mi (7th District LNM Week 48/2013)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On December 18, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.36 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.30 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.50 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

Jupiter Inlet/Sound (AICW) Dredging:
       Southwind Construction Corp. will be conducting a 10 & 11-Foot maintenance dredge project in the vicinity of Jupiter Inlet (26.944197° -80.072873°) and Jupiter Sound. Starting around January 17, 2014 with completion anticipated for the end of February 2014. The Dredge JENNIE LEA II and two work boats will be on scene all monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Submerged and floating pipeline will be used during the dredge operation and will lay south along the Intracoastal Waterway and cross the Inlet to the south side of the beach. Further information contact the Project Manager, Devon Carlock at (812) 867-7220. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 51/2013)

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 St Lucie River DBN 5 (LLNR 50675) (27-09-55.043N, 080-11-12.254W) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 50/2013)
       The Coast Guard received a report of a S/V allision with Pacific Reef Light (LLNR 935) (25-22-15.547N, 080-08-31.414W). The vessel is located approximately 250 yards west of the structure and has 6ft of mast protruding above the water. The area surrounding the structure is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are urged to avoid the area. (7th District LNM Week 50/2013)

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.
       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.
       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 has been approved and has placed 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 pile driving operation is scheduled to begin on February 14, 2014 on the north side of the channel with completion scheduled for June 3, 2014. The pile driving operation on the south side is scheduled to begin in August 2014.
       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.
       Treasure Island Bridge (GIWW Mile 119.0) Regulations Change Proposed: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been published in the Federal Register soliciting comments on the proposed changes.
       Summary: The Coast Guard proposes to change the operating schedule that governs the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge (27.769018° -82.754298°), mile 119.0, Treasure Island, Florida. The Treasure Island Bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge that provides a vertical clearance of 21 feet in the closed position. The Treasure Island Bridge crosses the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at mile 119.0, Treasure Island, Pinellas County, Florida. Changing the schedule from on signal to three times an hour during the week and twice an hour on the weekends and Federal holidays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. will reduce vehicle traffic issues caused by the bridge openings. Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. the bridge will continue to open only on signal.
       Dates: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before February 11, 2014.
       Addresses: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2013-0319 using any one of the following methods:
(1) Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
(2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
(3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12- 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
       See the "Public Participation and Request for Comments" portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these three methods. For Further Information Contact: If you have questions on this proposed rule, call or email, Mr. Michael Lieberum, Chief Operations Section, Seventh Coast Guard District Bridge Branch at 305-415-6744, email michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mi. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.
       List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117
Bridges.
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows:
Part 117 Drawbridge Operation Regulations
1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:
Authority 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.
2. In § 117.287, revise paragraph (g) to read as follows:
§ 117.287
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
* * * * *
(g) The draw of the Treasure Island Causeway bridge, mile 119.0 shall open on signal except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the draw need open on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour and 40 minutes after the ho
Ref: Docket Number USCG-2013-0319 Chart: 11411 (26.096456° -80.169348°)

USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina

Shark River Bridge Closure to Vessels:
       Mariners are advised that mechanical repairs are scheduled at the S71 Bridge (40.183689° -74.026685°), at mile 0.8, over Shark River (South Channel) at Belmar, NJ. To facilitate repairs, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from beginning at 7 p.m., on January 6, 2014 through 5 a.m., on January 10, 2014 and again from 7 p.m., on January 13, 2014 through 5 a.m., on January 17, 2014. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.751. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 13 feet, above mean high water. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

NJ Dredging Update:
       The Cutterhead Dredge C. R. McCaskill will continue dredging operations from Absecon Inlet (39.369747° -74.407766°) to Ventnor City and extending approximately 4 nms offshore until 31 December, 2013. Dredge material will be transported to the beach through a combination of floating and submerged pipeline. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, The Section Dredges PADRE ISLAND and DODGE ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations 3nms seaward of Sea Bright, NJ a with placement of dredged material on the beach from Asbury Park to Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ from 01 December, 2013 until 30 May, 2014. The dredges will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

Delaware River Dredging:
       The Dredge ATLANTIC will be conducting dredging operations in the Upper Lilliput Channel from 15 December, 2013 until 31 March, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

Stillpond Dredging:
       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)

Baltimore Bridge Inspections:
       Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland State Highway Administration, will perform interim inspections at the I-695/Francis Scott Key Bridge (38.902235°-77.069853°), at mile 6.0, across the South Branch of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, MD. All inspections will be performed each day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning March 3, 2014 through March 28, 2014. To facilitate inspections, a small boat or raft will be utilized to reach the lower portions of the bridge and for safety when working over the over waterway. Inspection personnel and equipment will be working at the bridge during this period and will be in proximity to the navigable channel, do not anticipate any disruption to navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigation channel upon request for vessel passage. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)
       Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Authority, will be performing biennial inspections at the I-695 Bridge (39.236591° -76.498052°), at mile 1.3, across Bear Creek, between Broening Highway and Peninsula Expressway, MD. The inspection will be performed, each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., between January 6, 2014 and February 6, 2014. A bucket boat and safety boat will be used in the waterway; inspection personnel and equipment will be in close proximity to the navigable channel with no disruption to marine traffic. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

Helo Ops Over Baltimore Inner Harbor:
       Mariners are advised that helicopter heavy lift operations are scheduled to occur over Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Sunday, January 12, 2014, between 7 a.m. and 12 Noon. The flight path is over navigable waters, between the parking lot at 1300 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD (Harbor Point area) and the roof of the 100 Harborview Condominiums along Key Highway, Baltimore, MD, in approximate position 39°16'37"N, 076°36'10"W. Interested mariners may contact the Baltimore City Police Department Marine Unit vessels on scene via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16, if necessary. For any comments or questions, contact Mr. Chris Kaufman, Noyes Air Conditioning, Inc., at 301-670-6300 or ckaufman@nacgroup.com. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

Kent Narrows Buoys for Dredging:
       The following PATON has been established until 31 December, 2013, to assist vessels in transiting the dredge project area:
A. Chester River-Kent Island Narrows North Approach Temporary Buoy 3A (no LLNR) at 38 58 56.7N, 076 14 31.4W , Green can.
B. Chester River-Kent Island Narrows North Approach Temporary Buoy 4A (no LLNR) at 38 58 56.3N, 076 14 32.2W , Red nun.
(5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

Navy Buoys Established:
       The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Combatant Craft Division, Naval Station Norfolk has established the following temporary buoys (one green, ne red and one yellow), to be used for daytime Autonomous testing. A white buoy will be placed on each station at night. All buoys will be removed on 20 December, 2013. An assist vessel will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16.
A. Chesapeake Bay NSWCCD Red Buoy at 37 03 21.54N, 076 10 07.56W.
B. Chesapeake Bay NSWCCD Green Buoy at 37 03 21.54N, 076 10 10.88W.
C. Chesapeake Bay NSWCCD Yellow Buoy at 37 03 17.40N, 076 10 07.20W. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

No Openings at Gwynns Island Bridge:
       Mariners are advised, to facilitate mechanical repairs, the State Route 223 Bridge (37.495024° -76.308216°) across the Milford Haven Inlet, mile 0.1, at Hudgins, VA will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013 through 7 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2013. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is reduced to approximately 12 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

James River Dredging:
       The Dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the James River between James River Channel Lighted Buoy 44 (LLNR 11987) (37-12-31.077N, 076-42-13.363W) and James River Channel Lighted Buoy 52 (LLNR 12100) from 10 December, 2013, until 13 February, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

Rudee Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge ALASKA will be conducting dredging operations in Rudee Inlet (36.829481° -75.967382°) from 12 December, 2013 until 01 January, 2014. Dredge material will be pumped through a floating and submerged pipeline on to the beach between 4th and 13th street oceanfront. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

I-64 Bridge Modification Comment Period Extended:
       The Coast Guard is extending the period for public comment concerning the proposed plans by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for modification to a bridge constructed across navigable waters of the United States. Several port partners have expressed interest on making comments and are in the process of collecting information to support their positions.  The purpose of extending this preliminary public notice will provide an opportunity for adjacent property owners, area residents and businesses to make additional comments.  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.  A survey is available at the link below.  Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address no later than January 17, 2014.  A copy of Preliminary Public Notice 5-1319 (a) 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. (Fifth District Bridge Branch)

Bonner Bridge Reopens:
       Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) has reopened to vehicular traffic after emergency repairs and the establishment of emergency ferry service by the NCDOT. Check http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/15/3463176/bonner-bridge-reopened-sunday.html

Oregon Inlet Dredging Complete:
       Dredging in Oregon Inlet has been completed at the main navigational span under the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) to a depth of 15.0 feet MLW. Mariners are cautioned to use only this channel due to shoaling in other areas. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)

Dredging at Rodanthe, Hatteras Island:
       The ACOE Dredge MERRITT will be conducting dredging operations in the Chicamacomico Channel (35.595275° -75.472158°) until 22 December, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge thirty minutes prior to the time of passage. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

Harkers Island Shoaling, Channel Markers Discontinued:
        Due to shoaling, the following aids to navigation will be discontinued on or about 15 January, 2014:
A. Harkers Island East Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 29275).
B. Harkers Island East Channel Light 2 (LLNR 29280).
C. Harkers Island East Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 29285).
D. Harkers Island East Channel Light 6 (LLNR 29290).
E. Harkers Island East Channel Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 29295).
F. Harkers Island East Channel Light 10 (LLNR 29300).
G. Harkers Island East Channel Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 29305).
H. Harkers Island East Channel Light 14 (LLNR 29310). (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)

North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
       The following are a few of the continuing areas of shoaling in NC AICW waters. The first three are included in the most recent USCG 5th District LNM Week 51/2013; the fourth is an area reported by cruisers. Check the USACE surveys at the sites given above and local sources for updated information.
1. To 2.7' IVO Cape Fear River/Little River Buoy 81 781-12 (Shallotte Inlet Crossing) (33.907229°-78.383899°)
2. To 3' Lockwoods Inlet Crossing (33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) IVO CFR/LR by 47A & 48 321-13
3. To 3.4' IVO New River/Cape Fear River Buoy 121 685-13 (Mason Inlet, between the Figure Eight Island Bridge and the Wrightsville Beach Bridge) (34-14-59.481N, 077-46-56.297W) (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)
4. Browns Inlet Crossing, North of the Onslow Beach Bridge, (34.598523°-77.241191°) Mile 238. Shoaling, shifting channel and often different markers than charted. This is a good example of many problem areas where an inlet, creek or river flows into or across the AICW causing frequent shoaling and changes.

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)
NEW: North Topsail Beach Bridge:
       Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, will be conducting routine maintenance work at the NC-210 Bridge (34.498307° -77.429678°), at AICW mile 252.3, at North Topsail Beach, NC between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., from Sunday, December 15, 2013 through Sunday, December 22, 2013. Work is being conducted from the roadway via a snooper crane and may reduce the vertical clearance up to 10 feet. The crane can move on short notice, if required. At no time during the work will the waterway be closed to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)
Wrightsville Beach Bridge, UPDATE:
       For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at joseph.m.edge@uscg.mi (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)
       NEW: Mariners are advised, to facilitate mechanical repairs, the S.R. 74 Bridge across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach NC will allow one span of the double-leaf bascule drawbridge to remain in the closed to navigation position at a time beginning at 7 a.m., on January 8, 2014 until and including 11 p.m., on January 29, 2014. 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) (4). Currently in the closed position to vessels, 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 any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 51/2013)
Snows Cut:
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 joseph.m.edge@uscg.mi (5th District LNM Week 49/2012)

USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

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)

 


 

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