East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Miami Boat Show Bridge Schedule:
The East Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.790980° -80.152275°) across Miami Beach Channel, Miami, Florida will be on a twice an hour schedule from February 10 through February 18, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This bridge will open on demand except that from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top and bottom of every hour, to balance the needs of vehicle traffic and vessel movement to facilitate the Miami Boat Show.
The West Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.789555°, -80.181524°) across Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida will be on a twice an hour schedule from February 10 through February 18, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This bridge will open on demand except that from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top and bottom of every hour, to balance the needs of vehicle traffic and vessel movement to facilitate the Miami Boat Show. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
Due to the high volume of vehicle and vessel traffic movement during the Miami Boat Show the 63rd Street Bridge (25°50'31.92"N, 80° 7'21.65"W) across Indian Creek, Miami, Florida will be opening on the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily February 10 through February 18 and from February 21 through February 23, 2012. Local Law Enforcement will be stationed on the bridge to control both vehicle and vessel traffic during these openings. At all other times, the bridge will open on-demand. (7th District LNM Week 1/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
The "Magenta Line" to be Restored and Improved!!!
The Office of Coast Survey announced January 14, 2014 that future editions of nautical charts of the Intracoastal Waterway will be updated to include an improved "magenta line" that has historically aided navigation down the East Coast and around the Gulf Coast. Additionally, Coast Survey will change the magenta line's function, from the perceived "recommended route" established more than a hundred years ago, to an advisory directional guide that helps prevent boaters from going astray in the maze of channels that comprise the route. For complete article click on the link provided http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/staff/news/2014/magenta.html (7th District LNM Week 02/2014)
From the Coast Guard: January 9, 2014 Alert 01-14, Washington, DC
Offshore Sailing: You must be prepared.
In a recent offshore regatta, numerous sailboats experienced steering system and other failures which required assistance and/or rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard when a weather system stalled offshore creating higher than expected sea states and winds. The Coast Guard responded using an array of assets to render assistance. Offshore sailing requires special knowledge, skills, and abilities. Vessel equipment and components must be thoroughly checked before getting underway and periodically while at sea. The offshore domain's remoteness adds a negative dynamic to survivability concerns. Preparation is key to minimizing misfortune. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that owner/operators of offshore sailboats ensure proper maintenance and repair of their critical mechanical systems to reduce the possibility of failure during stressed operating conditions.
• Operational limitations of the systems must be understood.
• Sailors should have the repair manuals associated with their important propulsion and steering systems onboard and be able to detect oncoming failures and perform emergency repairs.
• Adequate tools, hardware, and an array of fasteners should be kept onboard.
• Common spare parts that are known to fail on a particular system should be kept onboard.
• If mechanical ability is lacking, additional training should be taken to provide minimum skill sets.
• Regular inspection and prompt corrective action of all steering gear components including linkages, ram assemblies, controls and cables, in addition to engine systems, should be part of getting underway and day-to-day operations.
• Equipment should be tested before getting underway, noting variations in movement, feel, sound, and resistance.
• Flooding and damage control kits should be kept onboard.
• Sailors should contemplate and envision ways to fabricate a temporary emergency rudder using components (table tops, cabinet doors, spinnaker poles, etc.) already onboard.
• Make sure all EPIRBs, PLBs, are registered, operational and available. Ensure your VHF radio is fully functional.
• Lastly, always file a float plan with family or friends ashore before getting underway. Float plans are simple tools that help rescuers locate stranded boaters in distress, and may be printed from the following site: http://www.floatplancentral.org/download/USCGFloatPlan.pdf
This alert is for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational, or material requirement. Developed by the Fifth Coast Guard District, Portsmouth, VA. Questions may be addressed to LCDR Ken Morton, (757) 398-6284, or may be forwarded to D05-DG-Prevention-DPI-PFB-Staff@uscg.mil. (First District LNM Week 02/2014)
Hazardous Ops off Southeast Coast:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 13-19 JANUARY, 2014. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 13 - 19 JAN, 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 02/2014)
Atlas V Launch Hazard:
Eastern range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
From 2836N 8035W
TO 2836N 8024W
TO 2832N 8009W
TO 2831N 8009W
TO 2830N 8011W
TO 2834N 8032W
TO 2834N 8035W To Beginning
From 2225N 5913W
TO 2138N 5707W
TO 2131N 5709W
TO 2219N 5915W To Beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 24/ 0205Z Thru 24 / 0309Z Jan 14. T-0 IS 0205Z.
Backup launch day-1: 25/ 0201Z Thru 25 / 0305Z Jan 14. T-0 IS 0201Z.
Backup launch day-2: 26/ 0157Z Thru 26 / 0301Z Jan 14. T-0 IS 0157Z. (7th District LNM Week 02/2014)
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 try to let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. 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
Charleston Entrance Channel Dredging:
Manson Construction Co. will commence dredge operations on or about Wednesday, 08 January 2014 with mobilization to begin Tuesday, 07 January in the Charleston Entrance Channel (32°45'27.41"N, 79°52'10.77"W), Charleston County, South Carolina. The project consists of Hopper Dredging with offshore disposal of dredge spoils. Dredging operations to be conducted 24/7 Hopper Dredges BAYPORT and NEWPORT will monitor VHF 13, 14 and 66. Approximate completion date of operations is Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the dredge when it is in the channel. See enclosure section for map details. Project contacts & telephone numbers:
Tom Bopp/Mark DeGroot – Dredge Bayport Captains 985-235-4411
Jay Mays/Paul Rubin – Dredge Newport Captains 206-696-2008
Dave Howard – Operations Manager 941-315-1010
Juan Valdez – Asst. Operations Manager 904-697-6099
Henry R Schorr, Jr – Dredging Manager 904-821-0211 (7th District LNM Week 1/2014)
Charleston Area Dredging:
Cottrell contracting Corp will commence dredge operations approximately January 1, 2014 in the Lower Charleston Harbor in Shem Creek (32.788597°-79.886721°) beginning 1300 feet south of Mount Pleasant Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 3510) and DBN 2 (LLNR 3515) and progressing northward to the Coleman Boulevard Bridge. Associated dredge pipeline operations will be present west of Charleston Harbor Channel LB 23 (LLNR 2465) and LB 24 (LLNR 2470) on the Mount Pleasant Range, Rebellion reach and South Channel of the Lower Charleston Harbor. The Dredge RICHMOND will be on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 & 16. Submerged and floating pipeline will be used during the dredge operations....Dredge Operations will be conducted 24/7 until approximately April 1, 2014. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed a slow NO WAKE speed is requested, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge. Project POC: Shannon Wolf (757) 547-9611. (7th District LNM Week 52/2013)
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)
Umbrella Creek Hazard:
Umbrella Creek Light A5 (LLNR 37425) (31-01-41.211N, 081-28-40.752W) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB, with Fl Q G and 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 1/2014) This is located in the Alternate Route to avoid going around St. Andrew Sound AICW.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company is preparing to commence maintenance dredging work at the U.S. Naval Station Mayport, FL. The clamshell Dredge 55 is scheduled to commence work in the Turning Basin no sooner than 15 Jan 2014 and is scheduled to complete work approximately 01Mar 2014. Two material transport barges (Nos. 65 and 66) will be used and will be towed to the ODMDS by the Tug Sarah Dann. Other equipment on site will include the hydrographic survey vessel Miami River; dredge tender Tug Shannon Dann and a turbidity monitoring vessel. Dredge operations will be 24-hrs per day, 7-days per week. The dredge will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16.
Work consists of maintenance work dredging of material from the Mayport Naval Station Turning Basin. Material dredged will be placed within USEPA-managed off-shore disposal site Jacksonville ODMDS. The Jacksonville ODMDS is 5.5NM southeast of the Mayport Turning Basin. It is approx 1NM by 1NM in area. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution.
Material Placement Locations:
30-20-30.8645N 081-18-33.2857W (7th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Speed Restriction for Right Whales Extended Southward:
NOAA Fisheries Service has established a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) off Palm Coast, FL to protect an aggregation of Right Whales sighted in this area on January 8, 2014. This DMA is in effect immediately through January 22, 2014. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through at 10 knots or less. See enclosure section for DMA map. PALM COAST DMA (3 Right Whales sighted) -- active through January 22, 2014
Palm Coast DMA
North Boundary: 30°00'N
South Boundary: 29°19'N
West Boundary: SHORELINE
East Boundary: 080°49'W (7th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On January 15, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.03 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.97 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.17 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)
Hillsboro River Hazard:
The Coast Guard received a report of Hillsboro River LT 69 (LLNR 47205) in position 26-16-00-035N 080-04-52.144W is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Navy Ops off Ft. Lauderdale:
A US NAVY 11 Meter RHIB will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°). The operations are scheduled within a period beginning January 21, at 6:00am to midnight February 4, 2014. The vessel will be working between 450 feet - 850 feet of water approximately 2 NM to 9 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south to 4 miles south of Port Everglades Inlet. The US NAVY RHIB will be deploying and recovering a towed body and will be restricted in maneuverability. The tow body will not be deployed deeper than 100 feet from the surface. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the US NAVY RHIB during these operations. (7th District LNM Week 1/2014)
Bakers Haulover Inlet AICW, Shoaling and Dredging 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 December 10th, 2013, the available channel depth at high tide was recorded to be 3.5 to 4 feet between Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B and the west side of the channel. This area is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to the shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution, seek local knowledge when transiting the area, and use an alternate route when necessary. Southwind Construction Corp anticipates starting dredge operations on the AICW near Baker's Haulover at the end of February 2014. (7th District LNM Week 53/2013)
Key West Aid Destroyed, Hazard:
Key West Main Channel Turning Basin DBN 31 (LLNR 14955) (24-34-09.041N, 081-48-06.427W) has been destroyed. The remains of the wreckage is 2ft above the waterline and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 1/2014)
Tampa Bay Aid Destroyed/Hazard:
Tampa Bay Cut J Channel Inbound Range Rear LT (LLNR 23715) (27-49-57.950N, 082-34-26.916W) is destroyed with 3 wood piles remaining approximately 2ft above the waterline. A Danger Buoy with Fl Q W characteristics, 4NM is marking the remains. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Steel Gas Tubes Hazard, Tampa Bay:
The Coast Guard received a report of Steel Gas Tubes ADRIFT running east to west 200yds in length starting 50yds east of Private Aid Bayou Grande Channel DBN 2 (LLNR 25040) (27-49-07.800N, 082-35-04.000W) west to Private Aid Bayou Grande Channel DBN 5 (LLNR 25055). The tubes are blocking the Bayou Grande Channel Entrance to Venetian Isles. The steel tubes are described as rusty in color. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 02/2014:
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.
SR 312 Bridge, AICW Mile 780: Orion Marine Group has advised this office that they will be working on the substructure of the SR 312 Bridge (29.864091°-81.308017°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (This bridge is really in St. Augustine, the first bridge south of the Bridge of Lions), St John's County, Florida. This work is not expected to interfere with navigation and is anticipated to be completed by April 2014. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
US 192 Bridge: M&J Construction Company will be repairing and painting the SR 500 (US 192) Bridge (28.082960° -80.591610°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida (this bridge is actually the Melbourne Causeway Bridge between Melbourne and Indiatlantic). The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by five feet slightly more than one-half the channel from September 3, 2013 through September 1, 2014. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Currently the contractor is working on the west side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Update: Additional work is being performed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°).
The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge 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.
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 (26.705949°-80.045181°) 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.
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.
FEC RR Bridge, Spanish Harbor: The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice (PN) regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to convert the old Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge (24.648254° -81.324884°) into pedestrian bridges across Spanish Harbor Channel, mile 0.0 adjacent to U.S. Highway 1 between West Summerland Key and Big Pine Key on Mile Marker 33, Monroe County, Florida. You can find PN 01-14 which solicits comments through 18 February 2014 at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1®ion=7. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and comments may be expressed by telephone at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil.
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 email@example.com. 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
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:
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
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(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 hour.
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
Barnegat Bay Future Bridge Closures for Repairs:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the drawbridge operating schedule that governs the S37 Bridge, at NJICW mile 14.1, over Barnegat Bay (39-47-37.964N, 074-08-20.079W), at Seaside Heights, NJ. Over the span of two and half years, the drawbridge will be closed to navigation for three four-month closure periods, from December 1, 2015 through March 31, 2018. Extensive replacement of parts and repairs to the bridge necessitate these closures. Interested parties are requested to express their views, in writing, on the proposed temporary changes to the operating regulations. Comments will be received for the record identified by the docket number using any one of the methods listed therein. Written comments on this proposal must be submitted NO LATER THAN February 18, 2014. A copy of Public Notice 5-1322, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6557 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)
NJ Beach Replenishment/Dredging Equipment Hazard:
Mariners are advised that beach replenishment and dredging operations are taking place between Manasquan Inlet (40.101934°-74.034788°) and Shark River Inlet through February 2014. The Dredge STUYVESANT will be operating in the vicinity of Sea Girt Beach in approximate position 40-07.6'N and 74-01.3'W and will be utilizing a combination of floating and submerged pipeline. Submerged pipeline extends approximately 2,000 feet from a point on Sea Girt Beach and is marked at the offshore end with two unlit orange Norwegian buoys. This will be followed by 400 feet of floating pipeline that leads to the dredge offloading mooring system which is marked with three mooring buoys, each displaying a fixed white light. In addition, 500 feet of submerged pipeline will be removed from a section extending from Manasquan Beach with the offshore end being marked with a steel anchor ball displaying a steady white light. The tug SEA COAST will be on scene assisting and can be contacted at 443-309-9031 or the dredge can be contacted on VHF channels 16 and 67. Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week until completion. Mariners are advised to avoid the area between the two inlets and remain at least 1 NM offshore to avoid pipeline and associated equipment. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)
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. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)
DC/State of the Union Security Zone:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone encompassing certain waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers during January 28-29, 2014. The security zone includes all waters of the Potomac River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the Francis Scott Key (U.S. Route 29) Bridge at mile 113.0, downstream to and bounded on the south between the Virginia shoreline and the District of Columbia shoreline along latitude 38°50'00"N, including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin; and all waters of the Anacostia River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the north by the 11th Street (I-295) Bridge at mile 2.1, downstream to and bounded on the south by its confluence with the Potomac River. The zone will be enforced from 4 p.m. on January 28, 2014 through 2 a.m. on January 29, 2014. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the security zone is implemented do not have to depart the security zone. All vessels underway within this security zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this zone can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (5th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Underwater Cable Work, York River:
Mariners are advised that Precon Marine Construction, Inc will be performing an underwater fiber optic cable installation project across the York River from Yorktown, Va. To Gloucester Point, Va. in a route parallel to the Coleman Memorial Bridge (37.240041° -76.507435°) approximately 1400 feet on the upstream west side of the bridge. The work period is scheduled to be performed starting January 16th, 2014 and ending by February 14th, 2014. Equipment on-site will be the Tug Dotti J, a crew boat Bay Surveyor and two 55' X 120' crane barges. The work scope of this project also includes periodic Dive operations at which the required dive notifications will be displayed. The Tug Dotti J and Crew boat Bay Surveyor will monitor and answer VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and will issue hourly security calls regarding the operations of this project. This project will require a 12 hour closure of the main shipping channel between the hours of 06:00 to 18:00 on January 26th, 2014. Mariners should use extreme caution and maintain a NO WAKE speed when transiting this work area. (5th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Gilmerton Bridge Updates:
Mariners are advised that the operating regulations set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(c) have been reinstated at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°), at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA. Since 2010, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate construction of the new vertical-lift span. New signs summarizing the requirements have been posted both upstream and downstream of the drawbridge. A copy of Public Notice 5-1323, which describes the operating regulations in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address, by calling (757) 398-6222 or by viewing the web link http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pagename=pnBridges at Public Notices for Bridges.
NEW GILMERTON/US 13/460 (VERTICAL-LIFT) BRIDGE ACROSS THE ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTH BRANCH) AT CHESAPEAKE VA REINSTATED OPERATING REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE 21 DECEMBER 2013:
RUSH HOUR RESTRICTIONS MON TO FRI, EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS:
From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Need not open. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance notice for an on-demand opening.*
MON TO FRI, EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS:
From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Opens on demand for all vessels.
SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
Opens on demand for all vessels.
*BRIDGE WILL OPEN ON DEMAND ANYTIME FOR VESSELS CARRYING HAZARDOUS LIQUEFIED FLAMMABLE GAS OR OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; AND OPEN ON DEMAND AT ALL OTHER TIMES.
1. IF ANY VESSEL IS APPROACHING THE BRIDGE AND CANNOT REACH THE DRAW EXACTLY ON THE HALF HOUR, THE DRAW TENDER MAY DELAY THE OPENING UP TO 10 MINUTES PAST THE HALF HOUR FOR PASSAGE OF THE APPROACHING VESSEL AND ANY OTHER VESSELS THAT ARE WAITING TO PASS
2. IF THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7, AT MILE 5.8 IS NOT OPENED DURING A PARTICULAR SCHEDULED OPENING FOR THE GILMERTON BRIDGE AND VESSELS WERE DELAYED, THE DRAW TENDER AT THE GILMERTON BRIDGE MAY PROVIDE A SINGLE OPENING FOR WAITING VESSELS, ONCE THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7 REOPENS FOR VESSELS. (5th District Bridge Branch)
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)
Hatteras Ferry Channel Dredging:
The ACOE Dredge CURRITUCK will be conducting dredging operations at the Hatteras Ferry Channel, daily until 20 January, 2014. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Masonboro Inlet Dredging, Equipment in Banks Channel:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Masonboro Inlet (34.183051° -77.810454°) from 09 January until 23 January, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse westerly across Banks Channel and along the north shoreline of Masonboro Inlet to the disposal site. (5th District LNM Week 52/2013)
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.Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing Shoaling, New USACE Survey: An ACOE survey conducted 20 December, 2013 indicates shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW between Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 46A (LLNR 40223) ((33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) and Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 48A (LLNR 40240). Water depth to 4.0 feet MLW exists on the west side of the channel. Check http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx (5th District LNM Week 53/2013)
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.
Dredging at Bogue Inlet Crossing (AICW):
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging in the AIWW at Bogue Inlet crossing (34.671233°-77.096400°) from 17 January until 17 February, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13,16 and 78. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southerly along the channel to the Emerald Isle Beach. (5th District LNM Week 02/2014)
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)
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)
Cape Fear River Entrance Dredging:
The Hopper Dredge BAYPORT (call sign WCZ 4240) will be conducting dredging operations at the entrance of the Cape Fear River/Southport (33°53'56.57"N, 78° 0'57.56"W) and at Wilmington Harbor from 20 January until 31 March, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 66. Dredge material will be transported to the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Zone. (5th District LNM Week 02/2014)
Dredging in Wilmington Harbor Anchorage Basin:
The Dredge Hampton Roads will be conducting dredging operations in the Wilmington Harbor Anchorage Basin (34.219932° -77.955022°) from 02 January until 15 February, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 1/2014)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Many Reports of Shoaling in MA:
The latest First District LNM Week 02/2014 at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm01022014.pdf contains around 10 reports of new shoaling in Massachusetts waters. Check for updates as the boating season approaches, as these may change, or be remarked or dredged.
Cape Cod Canal RR Bridge Work/Closure:
Mechanical maintenance work on the vertical lift (railroad) bridge across the Cape Cod Canal (41.761397° -70.569881°) will be conducted daily between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday, January 20, through Friday, January 31, 2014. Mariners should expect the bridge to remain in the down position and the Canal to be closed during these times, though the Canal may be open on Saturday, January 25 and/or Sunday, January 26 if repair operations permit. For more information or to determine the Canal's status, mariners should contact Canal Marine Traffic Control on VHF channels 13, 14, or 16, or by telephone at 508-759-4431 ext. 500. (First District LNM Week 02/2014)
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 February 20, 2014. The dredging activity will begin approximately 400 feet south of the Forbes Avenue Bridge. (First District LNM Week 02/2014)
Mattituck Inlet Dredging:
Dredging will be done in Mattituck Inlet Channel (41.013555° -72.558377°) from January 19 - March 30, 2014. The whole channel will be dug from inside out going towards the Long Island sound. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. on scene will be the dredge FINN & 2 work boats, that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 65. (First District LNM Week 02/2014)
Construction at Brooklyn Navy Yard:
Weeks Marine will be demolishing and reconstructing Brooklyn Navy Yard (40.705201° -73.975248°) Berths 8, 8A, and 8B through Nov 14, 2014. Weeks Barges 510, 5 568, and 573 with one tug boat will be on site. VHF CH 65 monitored. (First District LNM Week 1/2014)
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