East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
BoatUS Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Anti-Boating Legislation Defeated in Florida House:
BoatUS Urges Caution in Anchoring Fight
TALLAHASSEE, Fl., April 23, 2014 – Today, after an overnight groundswell of grassroots recreational boater support, the Florida House of Representatives voted down an amendment to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida's coasts. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), a national boating advocacy group, says the "Gonzalez Amendment" would have established a dangerous precedent for the rest of the state, lead to a patchwork quilt of anchoring restrictions exposing boaters and legitimate cruisers to citations, and completely ignore an ongoing Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission anchoring pilot program.
Florida Senator Gwen Margolis (Miami Beach) and Representative Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez (Miami Springs) introduced the companion amendments to House Bill 955 – which was unsuccessful today – and Senate Bill 1126 (the Florida Fish and Wildlife Bills), that would have allowed Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to restrict anchoring.
However, while today's anti-anchoring effort failed in the Florida House, BoatUS is urging caution and continues to monitor the situation closely as the Florida Senate is expected to take up the Senate Bill 1126 next week, potentially leaving open the possibility of the amendment's reintroduction.
"The amendment was introduced at the 11th hour and over the course of two days we reached out to our members and the boating community in the Sunshine State," said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. "This afternoon, the House firmly rejected the Gonzalez Amendment, and we offer our thanks to Florida state Representative Tom Goodson (Titusville), author of the Fish and Wildlife Bills, who urged his colleagues to pass a clean bill without the amendment. While this vote leaves the anti-anchoring amendment's adoption in question, we are not out of the woods until the session closes in early May."
The issue first appeared to the public on Monday, April 21, in the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. BoatUS immediately alerted constituents that resulted in the Committee deferring action on Tuesday, the same day when the Gonzalez Amendment was filed in the Florida House of Representatives. On Tuesday night BoatUS alerted its members and the public to have their voice heard on this important issue, and over 2500 filed comments or called their legislators in less than 24 hours.
Podlich also commented, "Select municipalities should not get special treatment. There is a program in place now to address some of the issues raised, but the amendment's inclusion in the Fish and Wildlife Bill would jeopardize this significant effort to develop a uniform, transparent and sensible state anchoring policy that doesn't leave boaters guessing if they are violating the law and are subject to fines or a visit from local law enforcement demanding they move."
Hampton City Waterfront Dredging:
This is a favorite cruising stop: Hodges and Hodges Enterprises will commence mechanical dredging in the Hampton River in the vicinity of the city waterfront (37.024278°-76.340541°) from 16 April until 27 June, 2014. Dredge spoil will be transported to the Craney Island Re-handling Bain via scow and the tug JESSE LEE. The dredge supervisor and tug may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 13 and 16 or Captain Scott Hodges, office (757) 484-0308, cell 435-9667, email Scott@hodgesandhodges.com. ... A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. (5th District LNM Week 16/2014)*.
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Future of Navigation – 21st Century Waterways Listening Sessions:
The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are co-sponsoring Future of 8Navigation – 21st Century Waterways public listening sessions. The listening sessions, which will be held in several locations across the country, are designed to provide a venue for open communications between various Federal agencies and U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) stakeholders to discuss the joint Federal agency initiative to use modern technology to support a safer, more efficient, more secure, and environmentally sound MTS. These listening sessions will provide MTS users and stakeholders an opportunity, beyond traditional venues, to express their emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems necessary to improve safety and efficiency of transits on the Nation's waterways.
A listening session is scheduled on Thursday, 22 May 2014 from 5-7PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1100 SE 17th Street, Ft Lauderdale, FL. The intended outcome of these listening sessions is the development of a portfolio supported by multiple Federal agencies that will provide coordinated and timely delivery of navigational information and services to promote safety and efficiency on the MTS. Further information contact Coast Guard District Seven Waterways Management Office via email: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil (7th District LNM Week 16/2014)
US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports
Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE, in our opinion, does a really good job at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). They may not be able to dredge every little shoal, but at least they let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. Some areas in North Carolina are currently being dredged or are scheduled to be dredged soon. So, before you get too excited about the shallow depths reported by some fellow cruisers, 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
Underwater Research Equipment, Buoys, Georgia Sounds:
The Department of Marine Science at the University of Georgia will place (7) bottom mount frames with scientific equipment in (7) locations. R/V SAVANNAH will deploy the bottom mount frames and equipment. The goal is to monitor coastal water flow, temperature and salinity. Buoys will remain in place for approximately one year and serviced quarterly by R/V SAVANNAH in July, September and December 2014. Mooring locations listed below. The moorings placed in the sounds are placed inside the trawl line and away from the ICW.
(3) Sapelo Sound moorings
White buoy with orange reflective tape "DANGER KEEP AWAY" in position 31-32-28.45N 81-12-28.7W
White buoy with orange reflective tape "DANGER KEEP AWAY" in position 31-32-13.5N 81-3-16.2W
Round Yellow Buoy in position 31-31-45.85N 80-42-36.4W
(1) Doboy Sound mooring
White buoy with orange reflective tape "DANGER KEEP AWAY" in position 31-22-35.38N 81-17-8.5W
(3) Altamaha Sound moorings
White buoy with orange reflective tape "DANGER KEEP AWAY" in position 31-19-13.7N 81-17-51.4W
White buoy with orange reflective tape "DANGER KEEP AWAY" in position 31-18.54.8N 81-11-28.25W
Round Yellow Buoy in position 31-17-41.86N 80-45-45.8W
Due to the equipment placed in the (3) channels, drafts will be reduced by as much as 2 feet. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of these Buoy's. For further information contact the U.S. Coast Guard, Waterways Management Branch, MSU Savannah (912) 247- 0073. UGA POC: Dr. Daniela Di Lorio Daniela@uga.edu (7th District LNM Week 15/2014)
SE Coast Hazardous Ops:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 21 - 27 APR, 2014. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 21 - 27 APR 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 16/2014)
Kings Bay Dredging Complete, Pipeline Remains:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company completed dredging operations 29 March in Kings Bay Entrance Channel (30.791223° -81.496719°). Demobilization operations have ceased until late May, 2014. All remaining pipeline, approximately 4500ft, has been stored and secured outside of the red side of the navigation channel, SW of Cumberland Sound Island. All pipe line is lit in accordance with USCG regulations. Demobilization operations may begin as early as 15 May. Two assist tugs, derrick barge, and supply barge will be working between Cumberland Island and Amelia Island to raft pipeline and prep for tow. Project POC: Bryan Dast 630-699-9995 or Katherine Mason 630-207-7437. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)
Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System Installation off Jacksonville:
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) of Greenwich, London (UK) will install the marine part of the PCCS submarine cable system in the USA.
The Segment 1 Separate Shore End cable, landing in Jacksonville (Florida), which is ~7.0 km long, will be installed in the US territorial waters by the dedicated cable ship "LLE DE BATZ". The cable ship "LLE DE BREHOT will arrive later and lay the remaining section in US waters. The cable ship "LLE DE BATZ" will also be in charge of performing some Route Clearance (RC) operations in the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on 1 Out-Of- Service (OOS) Telegraph cable crossing the PCCS Segment 1 planned cable route around KP 322.473 in 822 m water depth. The objective of the operation is to remove old out-of-service cables and lay new ones. The vessels will issue daily Navtex warnings and will establish radio contact with any nearby vessels to ensure they are aware of the vessels limited maneuverability constraints. During installation operations, she will be linked to the bottom by the cable and will have poor maneuverability capacities. All vessels are requested to keep a clear distance from the vessel of ½ mile. Operations will last approximately until mid-late May 2014. (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)
Canaveral Dredging Project:
Dutra Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about May 1, 2014 in Cape Canaveral. Operations will be 24 hours/7 days a week in various areas of the Canaveral Harbor and Entrance Channel located at around 28 24' 36.79" and 80 36' 25.15" and disposal site at ODMDS. Clamshell dredges DB PAULA LEE will carry out dredging operations and 2 split hull scows. The scows will be utilized for all Disposal Operations to ODMDS. Tender Tug Trojan Other equipment will also be supplied. All vessels will monitor Channels 12, 14, and 82. The tow tug "American Champion" will use the call sign KX7468. Operations will continue until on or about October 30, 2015. Further information contact Dennis Salyers (415) 497-5289. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the dredge area. (7th District LNM Week 16/2014)
St. Lucie Inlet Dredging Update, Peck Lake Anchorage NOT an Anchorage:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will continue dredge operations with Dredge "CAPTAIN AJ FOURNIER" in the channel at St Lucie Inlet and the adjoining impoundment basin to their authorized depths. Material will be loaded into hopper barges and transported approximately 5.5 miles south of the inlet, down the Intracoastal Waterway, to Pecks Lake (27.117365° -80.144243°), where the barge unloader "Bean 20" will be moored. The dredge material will then be pumped onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The dredging activities will extend approximately 300 feet eastward and approximately 2,300' westward from the entrance of the jetties. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel "Cape Elizabeth". All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Operations will wrap up on or about 01 May 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.
Temporarily Discontinued due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 03/14
St Lucie Inlet Buoy 6 (LLNR 10130)
St Lucie Inlet Buoy 5 (LLNR 10125) back on assigned position.
St Lucie Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 10135) back on assigned position.
**UPDATE: 03/14/2014** Cashman Dredge Company will be establishing a temporary special purpose lighted buoy outside of the St. Lucie Inlet Channel in position 27-10-03.589N/080-09-01.613W. The LB is yellow with a FL Y 4s light characteristic. The LB will be on station until 30 April 2014. (7th District LNM Week 15/2014)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On April 23, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.24 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.18 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.38 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
Okeechobee Waterway, Ft. Denaud Bridge Manual Operation Schedule:
The Fort Denaud Swing Bridge (26.744880° -81.510466°), Ft Denaud, Hendry County, Florida has an equipment failure and is operating manually. Starting 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 through May 15, 2014, the bridge will open once an hour on the top of the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. From 8:01 p.m. to 7:59 a.m. the bridge will open if at least three hours advance notice if given to 863-673-2974. (7th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Damaged Great Pocket Nav Aid, Jupiter Area, to be Disestablished:
The following changes have been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the ICW in Great Pocket. It has been recommended that the following aid be disestablished:
GREAT POCKET SHOAL DAYBEACON (LLNR 45920) (27-09-52.483N, 080-10-46.946W)
All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Great Pocket Shoal as the subject line and received by 20 May 2014. Comments can also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg Miami FL 33131. (7th District LNM Week 16/2014)
Miami Dredging Project Update:
The following aids have been temporarily repositioned to facilitate Dredge Operations.
Miami Main Ch LB 4 (LLNR 10485) relocated to 25-45-35.018N 080-06-23.765W
Miami Main Ch LB 7 (LLNR 10500) relocated to 25-45-18.486N 080-06-52.817W
Miami Main Ch LB 9 (LLNR 10520) relocated to 25-45-26.327N 080-07-11.983W
Miami Main Ch LB 10 (LLNR 10525) relocated to 25-45-36.101N 080-07-16.130W
Miami Main Ch LB 11 (LLNR 10530) relocated to 25-45-34.248N 080-07-31.548W
Miami Main Ch LB 12 (LLNR 10535) relocated to 25-45-41.058N 080-07-29.068W
The following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with a TRLB.
Miami Main Ch LB 14 (LLNR 10545) to TRLB, Fl R 2.5s
Miami Main Ch LB 16 (LLNR 10555) to TRLB, Fl R 4s temporarily relocated to 25-45-59.616N 080-08-19.245W.
Miami Main Ch LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550) to TRLB, Fl G 2.5s
Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655) to TRLB, FL G 6s
Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665) to TRLB, Fl G 6s
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) to TRLB 9A, Fl G 2.5s
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) to TRLB 9E, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685) to TRLB, Fl Q G
For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. (7th District LNM Week 15/2014)
Dodge Island Seawall Construction:
Ebsary Foundation Company will commence seawall construction at the Port of Miami (Dodge Island) on or about April 21 until September 30, 2014. Operations will occur from 0700 to 1800 Monday through Friday. A barge will be working adjacent to the south side of Dodge Island. The barge is 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100Ton crane mounted on it. The barge will remain in the construction position 24/7. For further information contact Matthew Shiring at 305-325-0530 ext 108. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
Work Site Coordinates and Staging Area:
SE Corner: 25-46-18.86N 80-10-23.21W
NE Corner: 25-46-20.10N 80-10-22.42W
NW Corner: 25-46-22.64N 80-10-28.18W
SW Corner: 25-46-20.83N 80-10-28.31W (7th District LNM Week 15/2014)
Major Florida Keys Lights Updates:
The following changes have been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida. It has been recommended that the following aid be disestablished:
REBECCA SHOAL LIGHT (LLNR 1090) (24-34-44.484N, 082-35-06.776W)
All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Rebecca Shoal Light as the subject line and be received by 31 May 2014. Comments can also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg, Miami, FL. 33131 (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)
Carysfort Reef Light (LLNR 945) (25-13-18.735N, 080-12-41.106W) optic to be permanently discontinued from Carysfort Reef Light and a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern 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. (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)
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 LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern has been 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. (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Port Everglades Spoil Bank East DBN (LLNR 805) (26-05-51.561N, 080-06-01.088W) is reported missing both daymarks worded "Danger Shoal". The aid is a steel pile which can pose as a hazard to navigation. Particular attention and extreme caution is advised. (7th District LNM Week 15/2014)
Shoal exists across the entire channel of Longboat Pass reaching a minimum depth of 4 feet. Shoal begins at Longboat Pass DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) (27-26-05.299N, 082-41-50.525W) and continues to Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 15/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 16/2014:
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.
Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, UPDATE: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge (30.322626° -81.658613°) across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening. During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.
Please note these dates may change or be added due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
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.
Hobe Sound Bridge: Martin County, the bridge owner, of the Hobe Sound Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Hobe Sound, Martin Country, Florida, has advised the Coast Guard that they are planning on painting this bridge starting in May 2014. This work will include a reduction of vertical clearance by 5 feet on half the channel and may include single-leaf operations with a two hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening. There may be a barge located under the down leaf; but that determination has not been made at this time. This work in anticipated to start in May 2014 and is projected to end on August 2014.
East Las Olas Bridge, Update: The East Las Olas Bridge 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 May 1, 2014. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company, the East Las Olas Bridge (26.119285° -80.109001°), 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.
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 June 2014. The containment system can be retracted by two feet if 24 hours notice is provided to the contractor.
V&M Erectors will be working on another section of the I-95 Bridge across the New River. This work will close the navigation channel at night from 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily, April 6 through September 1, 2014. Mariners requesting passage at night should call 954-290-1877 and provide a two hour advance notice. V&M Erectors may be working on the bridge during daylight hours; but the floating equipment will be placed outside the channel limits. Mariners are request to use caution when transiting through this area as there are currently three projects on going in this congested area.
CSX Railroad Bridge, Update: 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 Coast Guard has approved a temporary schedule change for the CSX Railroad Bridge across the South Fork of the New River.
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.
SE 17th Street Causeway Bridge: Coastal Marine Construction Inc, has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation to replace the power/submarine cable of the SE 17th Street Causeway (E Clay Shaw) Bridge (26° 6'1.83"N, 80° 7'7.33"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. Due to the cable installation, the SE 17th Street Causeway will be placed on single-leaf opening during regularly scheduled opening with a three hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday between April 14 and August 30, 2014.
Broad Causeway Bridge: The Broad Causeway Bridge (25.887207° -80.142448°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida is on singe-leaf operations at the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour until further notice. A double-leaf opening is available if two hours advance notice is provided to the bridge tender at 305-891-2221. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 33 feet with one leaf in the closed position.
Cortez Bridge: Quinn Construction will be performing work on the Cortez Bridge (27.467865°-82.693661°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Sarasota County, Florida from April 28, 2014 through January 22, 2015. From May 10 2014 through November 23, 2014, the bridge will be on a single-leaf opening schedule. A double-leaf opening will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender or by calling 941-722-7722. There will be floating equipment in and around the channel throughout the repairs.
Blackburn Point Bridge: Due to bridge repairs, the Blackburn Point Swingbridge (27.179649° -82.494375°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Osprey, Sarasota County, Florida will be closed to navigation for several nights between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during the week of June 23, 2014. An opening is available during these closure periods, if two hours advance notice is provided to the bridge tender.
Hatchett Creek Bridge: The Hatchett Creek Bridge (27.102429°-82.444393°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Venice, Sarasota County, Florida will be on single-leaf operations from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on April 30, 2014 for repairs. The horizontal clearance of the Hatchett Creek Bridge with one leaf in the closed position is 35 feet between the fender and the down span. Mariners are requested to exercise caution through this area.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Rt. 87 Atlantic City Bridge Repairs:
Mariners are advised that conduit installation will be performed at the Route 87 Bridge (39.385157° -74.421731°), at mile 0.6, across Absecon Inlet connecting Atlantic City with Brigantine City, in Atlantic County, NJ beginning March 10, 2014 through May 31, 2014. The work will consist of mounting a conduit along the north side of the roadway. Three conduits will be installed in the first bay between stringers S1 and S2, with the remaining three conduits placed in the 2nd bay between stringers S2 and S3. Conduits will be installed through the abutment back walls to tie into proposed manholes with the bridge approaches. The existing bridge geometry (horizontal and vertical clearances) will remain unchanged. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
NJICW Barnegat Bridge to Close During 4 Winters:
Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard will temporarily change the drawbridge operating schedule that governs the S37 Bridge (39.946119° -74.102728°), at NJICW mile 14.1, over Barnegat Bay, 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. It is requested that this information be brought to the attention of any person having a possible interest in the changes to the regulations who may not have received a copy of this Public Notice. A copy of Public Notice 5-1336, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6557 or by viewing at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 16/2014)
Barnegat Inlet Jetty Construction Safety Zone:
The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has contracted with Agate Construction to repair the Barnegat Inlet North Jetty (39.762116° -74.094546°) that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. These repairs will be starting on or about April 14, 2014 and could continue through November 2014. In order to maintain the safety of the boating public and the Agate Construction workers a safety zone may be established that encompasses the entire Barnegat Inlet. Within the Safety Zone No swimming, diving, fishing, mooring, nor anchoring are permitted. Vessels may only transit the zone one vessel at a time at minimum speed necessary to maintain steerage. Passing or overtaking other transiting vessels is not permitted. Mariners wanting to transit the safety zone with more than one vessel at a time must contact the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center 36 hours prior to the intended transit time at (215) 271-4807. Vessels needing to contact the on scene work barges can contact them on VHF Channel 16. Vessels should monitor VHF channel 16 for updated information on the operation. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. (Fifth District LNM Week 12/2014)
Brewerton Channel Dredging:
The Clamshell Dredge GL51 will be dredging the Brewerton Channel (39.180929° -76.447772°) from 04 March until 30 June, 2014. The dredges will be working on spuds and will be attended by the Tug TAFT BEACH. The Dredge will be accompanied by the scows GL401 and GL402. The scows will be transited to and from the dredging locations and the Cox Creek disposal site by Tug CAPTAIN DAN. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arraignments have been made. Under no circumstances should mariners attempt to pass between the towing tug and scow while underway as the towing cable may not always be visible above the water. The Clamshell Dredge 51 may be reached on VHF-FM channels 16, 13 &10. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that engineering firms, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Administration (MDTA), will perform underwater inspections at the William P. Lane Jr. (38.975975° -76.375666°), Memorial (East Suspension) across Chesapeake Bay, at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. Beginning February 17, 2014 through June 1, 2014, the inspections will be performed at the Eastbound Bay Bridge piers, take place from a 26-foot or 41-foot work vessel that will be tied-off to the bridge piers, be in the channel from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and have a 3-6 person dive crew. The inspection team boat will work with vessel traffic so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)
Severn River Shoreline Construction:
Mariners are advised that a living shoreline construction project is scheduled to occur within the Severn River in Anne Arundel County, MD, from April 21, 2014, through September 1, 2014. The work will be conducted 7 days per week, during daylight hours only, if required. The work activity will be located on the south side of the Severn River, just north of the Severn River (US-50) Bridge, at Cove Point Road in Annapolis, MD, in approximate position latitude 39° 00' 21.96" N, longitude 76° 30' 25.37" W. Marine equipment on scene will include a 25-foot tender, two 60-foot barges, a 24-foot crew boat, and a 110-foot materials barge. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG Regulations. Interested mariners may contact the Central Marine Construction, Inc. tender PUSHERMAN on marine band radio channel 16 or 13 VHF/FM. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)
Pocomoke River Bridge Construction, Reduced Vertical Clearance, Barges at Docks:
Mariners are advised that the rehabilitation of dual steel beam bridges are planned at the US 13 (Ocean Highway) (38.078721° -75.571658°) over Pocomoke River, at mile 15.8, in Pocomoke City, MD. Beginning April 2014 until December 2014, the first element in the project will install a suspended platform beneath the bridge reducing the available vertical clearance by two feet to approximately 33 feet, above mean high water. The second element involves repairs to the existing wooden fender system on the east side of the main channel at piers 12 and 13. To facilitate this work, two barges, measuring 20 feet X 10 feet, will be staged alongside the piers during construction, and then be moored alongside the downstream dock on the southeast shoreline. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)
Indian River Inlet, DE, Bridge Work, in Channel:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Delaware Department of Transportation, will perform inspections at the DE-1 highway Bridge (38.607946° -75.063576°), at mile 0.2, over Indian River Inlet at Rehoboth Beach, DE from April 16 – May 9, 2014, daylight hours from 0730 hrs to 1530 hrs (Monday through Saturday). Between April 21 and April 25 only, work in the channel will take place from a 30-foot outrigger equipped bucket boat, using a three-man team consisting of two bridge Inspectors and a tender. The team will work with vessel traffic so as not to impede the waterway. Additional inspection work throughout the project duration will be performed on top of the bridge or from the ground outside the channel, with access achieved by man lifts, rope access techniques and an under-bridge inspection unit (if necessary). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)
VIP Shoaling Update:
1. SHOALING TO 2.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 6 (LLNR 5547) (37-53-21.804N, 075-27-19.302W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE LB 7 (LLNR 5610).
2. SHOALING TO 2.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 21 (LLNR 5655) (37-50-31.638N, 075-29-49.290W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE BUOY 59 (LLNR 5777).
3. SHOALING TO .6 INCHES MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE LT 115 (LLNR 5970) (37-37-57.462N, 075-39-32.916W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 116 (LLNR 5975).
4. SHOALING TO 1.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 119 (LLNR 5985) (37-36-58.626N, 075-39-50.664W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 121 (LLNR 5990).
5. SHOALING TO 1.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE LT 160 (LLNR 6145) (37-23-47.136N, 075-50-55.524W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 161 (LLNR 6150).
6. SHOALING TO 1.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 178 (LLNR 6205) (37-27-39.648N, 075-44-33.270W) AND GREAT MACHIPONGO INLET NORTH CHANNEL JUNCTION LT NC (LLNR 6875).
7. SHOALING TO 1.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 214 (LLNR 6350) (37-23-33.222N, 075-50-56.280W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE LT 226 (LLNR 6420).
8. SHOALING TO LESS THAN 2.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE LT 248 (LLNR 6510) (37-12-20.290N, 075-55-03.198W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 250 (LLNR 6525).
9. SHOALING TO LESS THAN 2.0 FT MLW BETWEEN QUINBY CREEK LB 9 (LLNR 6776) (37-31-54.786N, 075-43-20.988W) AND QUINBY CREEK LT 13 (LLNR 6785).
10. SHOALING TO LESS THAN 3.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 122 (LLNR 5995) (37-36-34.650N, 075-39-56.274W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE LT 126 (LLNR 6015).
11. SHOALING TO 2.0 FT MLW BETWEEN VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 147 (LLNR 6090) (37-32-23.064N, 075-40-38.754W) AND VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE DBN 152 (LLNR 6110).
12. SHOALING TO 2.0 FT MLW AT THE ENTRANCE TO NANDUA CREEK (37.629044° -75.904388°). (5th District LNM Week 15/2014)
Newport News Shipyard and Dominion Terminals Dredging:
The Dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations at the Newport News Shipyard (36.994293° -76.446817°) waterfront until further notice. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)
The Dredge VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations at the Newport News Dominion Terminal (36.965515° -76.423560°) from 09 April until 01 May, 2014. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and it is requested that all vessels contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage. Dredge material will be transported to the Craney Island Rehandling Basin via tug and scow. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)
Camp Pendleton, Offshore VA Beach, Live Fire:
The Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation Live Fire Small Arms Range described as all of the waters seaward of the mean high water shore line within a sector between radial lines extending 13,500 yards seaward and bearing 070 degrees true and 150 degrees true, respectively, from a point on shore at 36- 48- 58.3N, 075- 57- 59.0W. All vessel operators are reminded to review Navigation Regulations as described in paragraph 334.380 of Chapter 2, of U.S. Coast Pilot 4, Atlantic Coast: Cape Henry to Key West (45th) Edition when operating south of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Firing will take place only during daylight hours and red flags will be displayed at conspicuous locations on the beach at the facility. Vessels shall proceed through the area with caution and shall remain in the area no longer than necessary for transit.
The Camp Pendleton Live Fire Range will be active during the following periods:
DATE UNIT WEPS HOURS
26-27 Apr 203rd Red Horse 5.56 0600-1600
17 May 203rd Red Horse 5.56 0600-1600
6-7 Sep 203rd Red Horse 5.56 0600-1600 (5th District LNM Week 16/2014)
Old Gilmerton Bridge Demolition Update:
USCG BULLETIN NO: 14/006
DATE: March 21, 2014
Channel Restriction at the Gilmerton Bridge,Update:
Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
From 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily until August 3, 2014, two barges will occupy the entire channel at the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) for demolition work leaving no clearance for safe passage of vessels. Mariners needing to pass must provide a two-hour advanced notice by calling the bridge tender at (757)485-5488 or via VHF channel 13. Additionally, the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate per 33 Code of Federal Regulations 117.997(j) for mariners needing a bridge opening. The fender system work at the Gilmerton Bridge scheduled from March 24 until June 20, 2014 that was advertised on the previous Marine Safety Information Bulletin number 14/005 has been delayed. It is anticipated that the work may begin during the week of April 7, 2014 and last three months long. A notification will be distributed via e-mail with an updated Marine Safety Information Bulletin and via a Broadcast Notice to Mariners on VHF channel 13 as soon as a firm date is identified. Moreover, an environmental containment cell around the pier and its fender system will be in place until the project's conclusion on or about August 3, 2014 to facilitate additional demolition work. The containment cell is rigidly connected to the existing bridge fender with its own fender system consisting of 8 inch x 8 inch timber bumpers with recessed connections, thereby reducing the bridge's horizontal clearance from approximately 125 feet to 124 feet.
Morehead City High Rise Nighttime Bridge Work:
Mariners are advised that concrete and shotcrete repairs will be conducted at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge (34.720105°-76.693624°), at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC beginning April 14, 2014 and continue through July 14, 2014, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. A temporary snooper crane/work platform shall be suspended at various locations from atop the bridge along with a barge in the waterway. The waterway shall remain open. We advise mariners to check for future notices on this project and should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014) NOTE: The horizontal clearance of the bridge is narrow and the current swift. There is a usually open Railroad Bridge adjacent. With a barge in the channel as stated above, extra care should be exercised in passing through the bridge.
NC Inlet Shoaling:
Oregon Inlet: to 2' in vicinity of Bonner Bridge (35.771117° -75.536274°) Navigable span. (5th District LNM Week 16/2014) Check:
http://outerbanksvoice.com/2014/04/14/now-only-2-feet-deep-oregon-inlet-is-too-shallow-to-dredge/#.U00JzznCXrs.facebook and http://hamptonroads.com/2014/04/oregon-inlet-shoaling-problem-deepens
Hatteras Inlet: 2' in vicinity of Hatteras Inlet LB 2 and LB 4; 3' in vicinity of Hatteras Inlet LB 8 (35-11-57.228N, 075-45-03.417W)and LB 10. (5th District LNM Week 16/2014)
North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
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.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
More Nav Aid Changes:
The First District Coast Guard continues to change Aids to Navigation. There are too many to list. Changes include reducing nominal range due to the changeover to LED technology, removal of sound signals from many floating aids and the change to Marine Radio Activated Sound Signals (MRASS) for major aids. The following is an example of one of the many new MRASS. If you are cruising in an area where you are accustomed to hearing sound signals in the fog and you don't hear what you think you should, the following gives you instructions for activating the sound. However, some buoys are having sound signals removed and not replaced with MRASS.
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
CHANGE Minot's Ledge Light (LLNR 440) (42-16-11.000N, 070-45-32.700W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 81A/157.075Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 81A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes.
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 30 May 2014 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-14-042. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM Week 16/2014)
Cape Wind Energy Project Surveys:
From late April to August 2014, survey activities in support of the Cape Wind Energy Project will be conducted within and around Horseshoe Shoal (41.482643° -70.417353°) and Lewis Bay in Nantucket Sound, an area that has been identified as the location for the Cape Wind offshore renewable energy installation...and export cable routes.
The survey contractor is Ocean Surveys, Inc. of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Survey operations will be conducted during daylight hours, seven days a week (weather dependent) for approximately three months. The activity will involve survey vessels operating simultaneously, operating with towed arrays. Survey vessels will operate with a minimum separation distance of 3000 yards. The vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 9, 13, and 16. The towed equipment will extend to approximately 100 yards behind the survey vessels at varying depths throughout the water column. This activity is not expected to involve any bottom disturbance.
The following vessels will be utilized for the geophysical survey:
1. M/V Ocean Explorer (Length: 60 feet)
2. M/V West Cove (Length: 42 feet)
3. R/V Able II (Length: 23 feet)
The Cape Wind Energy Project point-of-contact for survey operations is:
Mr. Jack Arruda
Phone: 617-904-3100 ext. 113
Mobile: (508) 942-4078
Mariners are requested to remain clear of all work platforms and attendant vessels while conducting survey activities in Nantucket Sound including Lewis Bay, and otherwise use extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of Horseshoe Shoal and Lewis Bay. (First District LNM Week 16/2014)
Wave Glider to Study Right Whales:
A wave glider with an acoustic hydrophone to detect right whales has been deployed in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (42.333333° -70.250000°) until May 16, 2014. The wave glider is self propelled, travels at a speed of 1-2 knots and retrieves and monitors data on North Atlantic Right Whales. The wave glider is comprised of two parts: surface component (surf board) is 83 inches long and 24 inches wide. It also has a subsurface component (sub) that is 75 inches long and is dark blue. It will operate continuously. Mariners are requested to not interfere with the equipment and urged to use caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 16/2014)
Right Whale DMA Update:
ACTIVE SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS (SMAs)
Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:
Cape Cod Bay SMA -- in effect through May 15, 2014
Off Race Point SMA -- in effect through April 30, 2014
Great South Channel SMA -- in effect through July 31, 2014
Mid-Atlantic SMAs -- in effect through April 30, 2014
Southeast SMAs -- in effect through April 15, 2014
FOR RECENT RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS, VISIT:
www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/surveys/SAS.html (First District LNM Week 14/2014)
Damage to Key Aid to Navigation in Nantucket Sound:
CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING IN VICINITY OF BUOY 17 (NOAA DATA BUOY 44020) Recent repeated damage to buoy 17 (NOAA data buoy 44020) (41.443 N 70.186 W) in Nantucket Sound has made this key aid unavailable for extended periods of time, reducing navigation safety. Mariners are asked to be particularly vigilant when navigating in the vicinity of buoy 17 in Nantucket Sound. Buoy 17 is a key aid to navigation in Nantucket Sound. It sits approximately halfway between Nantucket Sound and Hyannis, and marks the southern boundary of the Main Channel. Perhaps most importantly it hosts a suite of electronic instruments that provide real-time weather data readily accessible to all mariners. In recent months the buoy has been badly damaged twice, apparently hit by unidentified vessels passing by. In each case the metrological instruments were seriously damaged and stopped working for weeks or months until technicians could be scheduled. And in each instance expensive and labor-intensive repairs were required. All mariners should use extreme caution when operating in the vicinity of buoy 17 in Nantucket Sound. (First District LNM Week 11/2014)
Connecticut River ENC Possible Inaccuracies:
The U.S. Coast Guard has become aware that Coast Guard information used to depict a rangeline on NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) may not be of sufficient accuracy to accurately portray the rangeline on the ENC. Mariners are cautioned that the position of a rangeline as shown on an ENC may not reflect its true position.
The following D1 ranges were highlighted as having potentially questionable positions:
(Charts 12377 12378)
Connecticut River Range C Front Light 40 (LLNR 22990)
Connecticut River Range C Rear Light (22995)
Connecticut River Range G Front Light 116 (LLNR 23220)
Connecticut River Range G Rear Light (23225)
Connecticut River Range J Front Light 116 (LLNR 23270)
Connecticut River Range J Rear Light (23275)
The Coast Guard is in the process of investigating this information and if necessary, surveying the ranges to correct the discrepancies. (First District LNM Week 15/2014)
NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
1. NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area of Fisher Island Sound and Block Island Sound from 28 April 2014 through 15 August 2014.
2. NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound from 1 April 2014 through 30 September 2013.
Thomas Jeffersonis a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels carry NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. ... Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
LaGuardia Runway Work on the Water:
Work is being done at LaGuardia Airport on runways 13 & 20 until approximately September 15, 2014. Most of the work is being done on the water in Bowery Bay/Rikers Island Channel and Flushing Bay at Work Area Runway 13-31: 40°46'57.37" N 73°52'44.68" W and Work Area Runway 4-22: 40°47'09.26" N 73°52'13.04" W. The hours of operation are Sunday - Friday 10:00 pm - 6:00 am and Fridays at 10:00 pm - Sunday at 12:00 am. On scene are the barges SEI-54, SEI 160-3, MARGARET, SEI 120-60 & U797 that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 16/2014)
East River Construction:
Demolition and reconstruction of the East River Esplanade (40.744905° -73.970565°), from 38th St. to 41st St. (between 34th St. East River Ferry station and United Nations Headquarters), is being done until approximately May 31, 2014. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene are divers, crane, barge & a scow. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 15/2014)
Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Work, NY Harbor:
Inspection work on the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline is being done, at 40 31 24.605N 73 51 39.916W, until approximately April 30, 2014. The work is being done 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the DSV JOSEPH BISSO that is monitoring VHF FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
Maintenance on the Lower New York Bay lateral pipeline for Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company is being done, at 40 31 24.605N 73 51 39.916W, until April 30, 2014. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the DSV JOSEPH BISSO that is monitoring VHF FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
Troy Lock to Open for the Season:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the Federal Lock (42.751189° -73.685674°) on the Hudson River, Troy, New York is scheduled to open for the 2014 navigation season at 6:00 A.M. on May 1, 2014. The Lock will be open seven days per week between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. Mariners are advised to contact the Troy Lock on marine channel 13 or by telephone at 518-272-6442 when approaching the lock to request passage and receive instructions. Commercial traffic requesting lockage during non-scheduled operating hours (10:00 P.M. through 6:00 A.M.) must contact the Lock at 518-272-6442 at least twenty-four hours prior to the proposed passage. (First District LNM Week 16/2014)
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