East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Las Olas Bridge Update, Schedule Change:
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.
Starting February 5, 2014, Kiewit Infrastructure South Company, the East Las Olas Bridge, mile 1064 at Fort Lauderdale shall open a single-leaf on the quarter-hour only 24 hours a day, unless a four hour notice is provided to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. You may contact the bridge tender be calling 954-463-0842. The East Las Olas Bridge provides a vertical clearance of 24 ft in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 40 feet with one-leaf in the down position. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company has advised that they will have a barge under the down span during these repairs. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 45 feet with one leaf open, a horizontal clearance of 60 feet with both leaves open and the barge in the channel and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet with all floating equipment removed from the waterway. Please advise the bridge tender if you need to have all floating equipment removed from the waterway when requesting a double-leaf opening. (7th District LNM Week 04/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Okeechobee Waterway Construction Update, Jan. 24, 2014:
Odebrecht Construction, Inc. is replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Moore Haven (Culverts 1 and 1A) (26.839980°-81.082719°) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction consists of the steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self contained work area. The waterway will be restricted and may be intermittently obstructed during the installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing the culverts. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Alvin L Ward park boat ramps and Uncle Joe's Fish Camp boat ramps. Flagmen will be present as needed to signal vessels to stop or to proceed with caution. The controlling width through Culvert 1A project area is 20ft minimum, limited by a controlling depth of 6ft when the lake is at elevation +11.0ft Mean Sea Level. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2015. The Project point of contact is Christopher Conerly at 225-936-8806 or firstname.lastname@example.org (7th District LNM Week 04/2014)
AIS to Transmit ATON (Aids to Navigation) Messages:
In the near future, the U.S. Coast Guard and other authorized agencies and organizations (i.e., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Marine Exchange of Alaska) will begin transmitting AIS ATON messages and marine safety information via AIS for testing and evaluation. The exact content, location, and times of these broadcasts will be announced in future Local Notices to Mariners. (7th District LNM Week 04/2014)
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. Check the BoatUS Press Release at http://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=971 (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)
Snowbirds: South Carolina Shoaling Reminder:
The following three areas of AICW shoaling are included in the latest USCG 7th District LNM Week 04/2014. 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)
Right Whale DMA Speed Restrictions Extended Further Offshore off Savannah:
NOAA Fisheries Service has established a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) off Savannah, GA to protect an aggregation of right whales sighted in this area on January 23, 2014. This DMA is in effect immediately through February 7, 2014. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through at 10 knots or less. See enclosure section for DMA map.
SAVANNAH DMA (3 right whales sighted) -- active through February 7, 2014
North Boundary: SMA
South Boundary: 31°22'N
West Boundary: SMA
East Boundary: 080°16'W (7th District LNM Week 04/2014)
Dredging in Kings Bay, GA/FL:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will be conducting dredging operations February 15 through March 30, 2014 in Kings Bay Entrance Channel. The project consist of excavating material from the entrance channel and disposing at both Fernandina Ocean Disposal site and pumping material ashore to north Fernandina Beach. Dredges Terrapin Island and Liberty Island along with Survey Vessel East River will be on scene monitoring Marine VHF Channels 13 & 16. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Material will be excavated from Kings Bay Entrance Channel at STA 170+00 to 200+00 and STA 242+00 to 325+00. Material removed from STA 170+00 to 200+00, between St Marys Entrance LB 16 (LLNR 6600) and LB 14 (LLNR 6590) will be placed at North Beach Disposal Area, through floating hoses, and submerged pipeline. Material removed from STA 242+00 to 325+00, between St Marys Entrance LB 8 (LLNR 6560) and LB 12 (LLNR 6580) will be transported and bottom dumped at the Fernandina Ocean Disposal Area. Project POC: Bryan Dast, Project Manager 630-699- 9995. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
The following aids have been repositioned to facilitate dredging:
St Marys Entrance LB 10 (6570) relocated to 30-42-44.448N/081-21-33.552W
St Marys Entrance LB 11 (6575) relocated to 30-42-37.947N/081-21-33.278W
St Marys Entrance LB 12 (6580) relocated to 30-42-42.923N/081-22-23.203W
St Marys Entrance LB 13 (6585) relocated to 30-42-35.969N/081-22-23.155W (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
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 15Jan 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)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On January 29, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.77 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.71 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.91 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)
Navy Ops off Port Everglades:
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the M/V Richard L Becker operated by Tow Boat US/Offshore Marine Towing 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 6:00am January 27th until midnight on January 31, 2014. The vessel will be working between 450 feet of water and 650 feet of water approximately 2NM to 3NM offshore, and from ½ NM south of Port Everglades Inlet to 2 miles south of Port Everglades Inlet. The M/V Richard L Becker will be deploying and recovering an array that is tethered to the vessel and will be restricted in maneuverability. The array will be deployed from the vessel approximately 600 feet astern and 150 feet deep. The vessel and array will drift with the current. At the conclusion of the test the array will be recovered. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the M/V Richard L Becker during these repair operations. (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
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)
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)
Key West Navy Dive Training:
The USNS GRAPPLE (T-ARS 53) will be anchored in a 3-point moor in the vicinity of 24-26.9N, 081-46.7W for Dive Training Operations. The USNC GRAPPLE will be anchored in this vicinity from February 01-07 and from February 10-15, 2014. The aft tending anchor will be marked by two orange spherical buoys by day and each will have a Flashing White strobe light by night. The buoys will remain in place from February 01-15, 2014. The USNS GRAPPLE can be reached on VHF Channels 16/13. All vessels are advised to stay a minimum of .5NM all around the USNS GRAPPLE during anchor times. (7th District LNM Week 04/2014)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Ellis Rock Light (LLNR 1195) is destroyed. A yellow TRLB marked Danger WR is set in position 24-38.957N/082-10.992W displaying a Q FL Y. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Fishermans Channel LT 9 (LLNR 10665) (25-45-53.783N, 080-09-39.165W) is destroyed. A TRLB WR9 with Q Fl G characteristics is marking the wreckage. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Snake Creek LT 12(LLNR 12265) is destroyed. A TRLB WR12 in position 24-58-11.766N, 080-35-45.192W with Q FL R characteristics is marking the wreckage. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Tampa Bay Cut B Channel I/B RFL (LLNR 22480) is destroyed. The remains of the aid is leaning approximately 15ft above the waterline with damaged daymarkers and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB with Fl Q W characteristics, 4NM range is marking the remains set in position 27-41-19.383N 082-34-40.565W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
New River Sound DBN 11(LLNR 47265) (26-07-01.102N, 080-06-31.530W) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB WR11 with Q FL G characteristics is marking the wreckage. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
The US Coast Guard received a report of a derelict pile partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. The hazard is only visible during low tide in position 26-24.475N/080-04.093W near Toscana Condominiums (Highland Beach) in the Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 04/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 04/2014:
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.
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.
Gasparilla Island Swingbridge: GLF USA Corporation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be stating construction of the new Gasparilla Island Swingbridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Gasparilla, Florida on February 5, 2014. This work will restrict one of the two channels available to the mariner. The contractor will be placing a sign on the bridge to that mariners will be aware of which channel will be available and which channel will have the barge blocking the other. Mariners requesting an opening should be advised by the bridge tender on which side is available to safely pass through this area. This work is anticipated to take several years to complete. Future updates will be published in the Local Notice to Mariners.
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)
Dredging in Christina River, Wilmington, DE:
The Dredge R. S. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations in the Christina River between the Delaware River and the Interstate 495 Bridge (39.724650°-75.531787°). A submerged pipeline will be in place along the right descending side of the Delaware River from the Christina River to approximately 7,000 feet downstream. Tugs and barges will be moored along the submerged pipeline. Dredged material will be transported to the Wilmington Harbor South Disposal Area via floating and submerged pipeline. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 04/2014)
Dredging off Ocean City, MD:
The Hopper Dredges B. E. LINDHOLM and R.N. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of Ocean City, MD between 38-20-00.54N, 075-04-54.31W and 38-27-14.22N, 075-02-56.58W from 07 February until 21 April, 2014. Dredged material will be transported to to beach via a combination of floating and submerged pipeline extending 2,800 feet from the shoreline. The dredges will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Nav Aids Changes:
The following aids to navigation changes will occur as noted:
A. Delaware River Lighted Buoy 52 (LLNR 3620) will be RELOCATED to approximate position 39-58-26.894N, 075-05-41.986W on or about 30 March, 2014. Chart: 12313
B. Fisher Point Jetty Buoy 2 (LLNR 3635) (39-58-22.905N, 075-05-01.926W) will be DISCONTINUED on or about 28 February, 2014. Chart: 12313.
C. Harbor of Refuge Light (LLNR 1530) (38-48-52.223N, 075-05-32.621W), sound signal will CHANGE from "continuous" to "seasonal" - 15 March to 15 December on or about 28 January, 2014. Chart: 12214.
D. South River Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 19640) (38-56-40.187N, 076-31-38.730W) will be DISCONTINUED on or about 28 February, 2014. Chart: 12270.
E. Little Creek Cove Range Front Daybeacon (LLNR 10565) (36-54-48.530N, 076-09-46.770W) and Range Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 10570) will be DISCONTINUED on or about 30 March, 2014. Chart: 12254. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Great Machipongo Inlet Aids Changes Proposed:
On or about February 7, 2014, the Coast Guard will make the following changes:
A. Discontinue Great Machipongo Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy GM (LLNR 330/6800) (37-23-36.000N, 075-39-06.000W).
B. Relocate Great Machipongo Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 6805) to approximate position 37-21-45.000N, 075-41-22.000W.
C. Relocate Great Machipongo Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 6810) to approximate position 37-21-41.000N, 075-42-43.000W.
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on these actions. In your comments address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Please include the means you using to transit this waterway. Send comments NO LATER THAN 07 FEBRUARY, 2014 to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm. 100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Albert Grimes or email comments to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil
Charts: 12221 and 12224. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Baltimore Harbor Diving Ops:
Commercial diving operations are scheduled to occur at various locations along the Terminal Bulkhead at the Locust Point Facility (39.260810° -76.599742°) from 17 January until 14 June, 2014. Dive support vessels will be on site and may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels when diving operations are in progress. Chart: 12278. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Commercial diving operations are scheduled to occur at various locations along the Terminal Bulkhead at the Dundalk Facility (39.241593° -76.538289°) from 17 January until 30 June, 2014. A moored crane barge will be on site. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels when diving operations are in progress. The assisting tug may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Chart: 12278. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Choptank River Security Zone:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone encompassing certain waters of the Choptank River and Cambridge Channel at Cambridge, MD during January 29-February 14, 2014. The security zone includes: (1) All waters of the Choptank River, within 2,000 yards of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina's Breakwater Pavilion, in position latitude 38°33'54"N, longitude 076°02'47"W, located in Cambridge, Maryland; and (2) All waters of the Choptank River and Cambridge Channel, within an area bounded on the west by a line drawn between position latitude 38°35'52" N, longitude 076°03'11" W and position latitude 38°34'25" N, longitude 076°04'14" W and bounded on the east by a line drawn between position latitude 38°35'06" N, longitude 076°02'27" W and position latitude 38°34'02" N, longitude 076°03'10" W. All positions refer to North American Datum 1983. The security zone will be enforced from 3 a.m. on January 29, 2014 through 3 p.m. on January 31, 2014, and from 3 a.m. on February 12, 2014 through 3 p.m. on February 14, 2014. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore, Maryland. 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, however, are to depart the zone. The COTP Baltimore may, in his discretion, grant waivers or exemptions to this rule, either on a case-by-case basis or categorically to a particular class of vessel that otherwise is subject to adequate control measures. Persons desiring to transit the area of the security zone must first obtain authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. 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 section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, or other Federal, State, or local agency vessel, by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. Charts: 12266, 12268. (5th District LNM Week 04/2014)
Repairs at Naval Academy Waterfront:
Waterfront repairs and commercial diving operations are scheduled on the U.S. Naval Academy waterfront (38.978613° 38.978613°) through 30 April, 2014. Barges will be moored on site 24/7 and will be lighted IAW USCG regulations. Mariners are requested to remain clear of the construction site and provide a NO WAKE transit. The tug SPIRIT may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 15. Chart: 12278. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
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... Mariners should use extreme caution and maintain a NO WAKE speed when transiting this work area. (5th District LNM Week 04/2014)
VIP Nav Aid Changes, Fewer to be Discontinued:
The Coast Guard periodically evaluates the system of aids to navigation to determine whether the conditions under which the aids to navigation were established have changed. The dynamic shoaling in the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) limits the Coast Guard's servicing vessels safe access to the aids to navigation in many parts of the waterway. Current and trending U. S. Army Corps of Engineers budgetary policies indicate that the probability of obtaining a sustainable and reliable funding source for maintenance dredging of the VIP, also referred to as the Waterway on the Coast of Virginia (WCV) by the Corps of Engineers, as low. As a result, the Coast Guard is concerned that many of the aids to navigation may be misleading to the mariner, and could therefore be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation on the waterway. Based on this information and comments received/reviewed from the original published proposal (D5 LNM 22/13), the Coast Guard has reevaluated the aids to navigation that it was proposing to discontinue, and will attempt to continue marking Bradford Bay Access, Great Machipongo Channel and Wachapreague Channel.
The Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the following VIP aids to navigation: A. VIP Warning Daybeacon AA (LLNR 5520) (37-53-56.053N, 075-25-05.767W) to VIP Daybeacon 121 (LLNR 5990);
B. VIP Daybeacon 139 (LLNR 6060) (37-34-03.953N, 075-40-06.366W) to VIP Daybeacon 184 (LLNR 6220);
C. Great Machipongo Inlet Junction Light NC (LLNR 6875) (37-27-18.912N, 075-46-32.850W);
D. VIP Daybeacon 189 (LLNR 6237) (37-30-26.286N, 075-42-02.532W) to VIP Light 230 (LLNR 6390);
E. Virginia Inside Passage Junction Light GV (LLNR 6835) (37-22-04.614N, 075-45-19.422W);
F. Quinby Inlet Entrance Warning Daybeacon A (LLNR 6730) (37-27-49.734N, 075-40-11.604W) to Quinby Inlet Channel Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 6743); and
G. Sand Shoal Channel Light 1 (LLNR 6990) (37-17-52.962N, 075-48-02.694W) to Sand Shoal Light 10 (LLNR 6996).
In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also include in your correspondence the means by which you are navigating this waterway; the extent that you transverse the area seasonally, by day and by night; and the type of navigation devices with the vessel is equipped while transiting the VIP. Send comments NO LATER THAN 17 mARCH, 2014, to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
439 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004
Attn: Albert Grimes or Email: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil
Charts Affected: 12210, 12221 and 12224. (5th District LNM Week 04/2014)
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 04/2014, except as noted; 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)
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 email@example.com (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)
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.
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)
Jones Inlet Dredging:
Dredging is being done in Jones Inlet until February 28, 2014, between Jones Inlet Buoy 17 (LLNR 30980) (40-36-06.697N, 073-34-10.127W) and Jones Inlet Lighted Buoy 1. (First District LNM Week 03/2014)
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