East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
New Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook Available Online:
The U.S. Coast Guard August 2014 Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook has replaced the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Instruction Navigation Rules, International-Inland (COMDTINST M16672.2D). Besides containing updated material to the previous Instruction, it has additional pertinent navigation regulations, such as Vessel Traffic Management rules. The handbook is freely available at the U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Center at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=navRuleChanges, and will be available on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) Digital Nautical Publications – Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2014) DVD-ROM. The handbook can also be accessed through the NGA Maritime Safety Website's "Related Links" page at
http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=msi_related_links. The Handbook is not available in government printed form (i.e. USCG, GPO, DLA); but, commercial reproductions may be available in the future. Future changes to the handbook will be published in the USCG Local Notices to Mariners, NGA Notice to Mariners, and the Federal Register. NOTE: It's more than 200 pages. (7th District LNM week 36/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
"All Aboard Florida" Update:
From the most recent 7th District Local Notices to Mariners (Week 36/2014) "The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input on the current operation of the Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge, across St Lucie River, Stuart, Florida and the impacts on navigation" as well as "the Loxahatchee Railroad Bridge, across the Loxahatchee River, Loxahatchee, Florida and the impacts on navigation" and "the Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge, across New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the impacts on navigation." The website given for comment is www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1. From here you should click on District 7, then PN B-11-14 FEC RR Bridge. All comments are requested in writing. There is no mention that the reason for the request for comments is the All Aboard Florida Project, but it appears that it's for that reason. Written comments can be mailed, hand delivered to any of the three locations given in the Notice or emailed. Deadline for written comments to be included in the Public Record is November 1, 2014, however the three locations for hand delivery (information gathering) are available only on Oct 1-3, 2014.
Local newspaper articles claim that these meetings are public hearings, but one also calls them "information gathering." Check www.wpbf.com/news/coast-guard-to-hold-public-hearings-on-impact-of-all-aboard-florida/27958408 and www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional/all-aboard-florida-coast-guard-hosts-meetings-on-h/nhJjB/
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Updated information can, of course, be found with Google.
The following excerpts from our previous East Coast Alerts give some background on the project:
East Coast Alerts, March 27, 2014: The proposed addition of 16 daily round trip train runs by "All Aboard Florida" (private service owned and operated by FECI, Florida East Coast Industries) between Miami and Orlando has the local tourism boards very excited and a few boaters' groups upset. It would utilize the current FEC tracks (with improvements) between Miami and Cocoa, with new tracks from there to Orlando International Airport. Stations would be in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. With 32 additional daily train crossings of busy waterways there will be waiting boats backing and filling in already congested areas while the trains cross. The three places where FEC bridges cross waterways are the busy New River in Ft. Lauderdale with its steady stream of all sizes of boats and strong current through narrow concrete banks, the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and the St. Lucie River at the east end of the Okeechobee Waterway in Stuart. For general information, check www.allaboardflorida.com/. ...
East Coast Alerts, April 10, 2014: It seems that the original enthusiasm for the All Aboard Florida passenger train service from Miami to Orlando with 16 round trips daily is waning in light of the realization of what a mess it would make for boats passing through railroad bridges and for vehicles waiting for crossings at highways and bridges, noise pollution, and the list goes on. It's getting to the "not in my backyard" stage. ...
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 First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Deepwater Ports Regulations:
In accordance with 33 CRF 165.117: Regulated Navigation Areas, Safety and Security Zones: Deepwater Ports, First Coast Guard District:
(a) Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port: 42-23-38N, 070-35-31W and 42-23-56N, 070-37-00W (NAD 83).
(b) Neptune Deepwater Port: 42-29-12.3N, 70-36-29.7W and 42-27-20.5N, 70-36-07.3W. (NAD 83).
(c) No vessel may anchor, engage in diving operations, or commercial fishing using nets, dredges, traps (pots), or use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) within 1000 meters of the above listed deepwater ports.
(d) No vessel may enter into or transit within 500 meters of the above deepwater ports unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Boston.
All mariners are urged to plan accordingly and to comply with the above restricted areas. This will remain in effect until October 1, 2014. (First District LNM Week 32/2014)
New Bedford, MA Hurricane Barrier Repairs:
Construction repair work at the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier (41.623313°-70.906478°) is scheduled to occur daily from September 06, 2014 – October 03, 2014. During this period there may be floating work platforms in the navigation channel at the barrier and divers working on gate repairs. The navigation channel will remain open during construction. Mariners are cautioned to travel slowly in the vicinity of the hurricane barrier gates. The barrier will remain functional for normal flood control operations. Workers at the barrier will monitor VHF channel 13 and may be contacted to coordinate passage. The Corps of Engineers at Cape Cod Canal's Marine Traffic Control may also be contacted on VHF channel 13. (First District LNM Week 35/2014)
Government research is being done off the Breakers in East Matunuck until approximately December 30, 2014. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is submerged steel gear, a pontoon boat and floating markers w/flashing light to denote the work/closed area. VHF-FM channel 16 is being monitored. (First District LNM Week 36/2014)
Seekonk River, RI, Soil Borings:
Soil boring operations will be conducted in the Seekonk River, East Providence, RI, in the vicinity of the Henderson Bridge, the week of September 15th, 2014. The work will be performed by New England Boring Contractors from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during normal business workdays. The main channel of the Seekonk River will not be impacted and will remain open to vessel traffic. New England Boring Contractors will have a vessel on scene during these soil boring operations and will continuously monitor VHF channel 16. Mariners are urged to use caution when navigating the Seekonk River in the vicinity of the Henderson Bridge during these soil boring operations. (First District LNM Week 35/2014)
Rockaway Beach Area Dredging:
Dredging will be done in the charted Precautionary Area until approximately October 15, 2014. A submerged pipeline is installed from the offshore borrow area (40-33-36.25"N, 073-48-49.32"W - north of the COLREGS DEMARCATION LINE) to Rockaway Beach in the vicinity of Beach 38th Street (40-35-26.57"N, 073-46-10.26"W). The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the Dredge C.R. MCCASKILL and tugs that will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 35/2014)
Water Velocity Surveys, Roosevelt Island, NY:
Mobile water velocity surveys will be done in and around the Verdant Power Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Site at 40-45-51.5N 073-56-44.0W. The hours of operation will be 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be a work boat. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Vessels should avoid the East Channel as much as possible to prevent disturbing the survey work underway. (First District LNM Week 35/2014)
Shoaling, Sheepshead Bay:
Mariners are advised that four feet of water has been reported at MLW in the vicinity of Sheepshead Bay Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 34350) and Sheepshead Bay Buoy 7 (LLNR 34355). (First District LNM Week 35/2014)
Ambrose Channel Area Diving Ops:
Diving will be done about 2000 ft east of Ambrose Channel (40-29-04.009N, 073-54-45.783W) from September 15 - 20, 2014. The hours of operation will be daily during daylight hours. On scene will be the MATHEW J. HUGHES & NORTHSTAR II that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 16 & 13. (First District LNM Week 36/2014)
Dangerous Rocks, Schuyler Reef, Lake Champlain:
Dangerous underwater rocks of uncertain depth have been reported in position 44-29.508'N 073-20.902'W approximately 200 yards north of Schuyler Reef. All mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 35/2014)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
NJ Bridge Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of Cape May County, will be performing underwater inspections at both the Stone Harbor Blvd Bridge, at NJICW 102.0, across Great Channel at Stone Harbor, NJ; and the Ocean Drive Bridge, at mile 0.7, across Great Channel, between Stone Harbor and Nummy Island, NJ. The inspection will be performed between October 1 and November 30, 2014 Mondays through Fridays, between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The inspection will be performed with divers working from a 20-foot Jon boat. The navigable channel and the vertical clearances will not be blocked. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the areas. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Marcus Hook Range Area Construction:
The Crane Barge HERCULES will be performing demolition of existing structures, pile driving and construction of new dockings structures at the existing dock within the Delaware River (39.805113°-75.416305°). The Crane Barge can contacted on the VHF-FM Channels 13/16. Work is expected to commence on 08 September, 2014 and be completed on or about 01 September, 2015. (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Baltimore Air Show Regulated Area:
Mariners are advised that as part the "Star-Spangled Spectacular 2014", the Coast Guard is establishing temporary regulations in certain waters of the Patapsco River for the "Baltimore Air Show", which consists of aerial practices, performance demonstrations and air shows held over certain waters of the Patapsco River scheduled during September 11–14, 2014.
The following location is a regulated area, all waters of the Patapsco River, within an area bounded by a line connecting position:
latitude 39°16'00'' N, longitude 076°36'30'' W; thence to
latitude 39°16'00'' N, longitude 076°33'00'' W; thence to
latitude 39°14'30'' N, longitude 076°33'00'' W; thence to
latitude 39°14'30'' N, longitude 076°36'30'' W; thence to
the point of origin, located between Port Covington and Seagirt Marine Terminal at Baltimore, MD.
All coordinates reference Datum NAD 1983.
Within this regulated area, a spectator area for commercial passenger vessels is designated. The designated spectator area includes, all waters of the Patapsco River, located between: the northern boundary of the regulated area described above at latitude 39°16'00'' N, thence southerly to the northern boundary of the safety zone represented by a line connecting position latitude 39°15'44'' N, longitude 076°35'55'' W; to position latitude 39°15'19'' N, longitude 076°33'25'' W, located adjacent to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at Baltimore, MD.
The Coast Guard Patrol Commander (PATCOM) may forbid and control the movement of all vessels and persons in the regulated area. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol, a vessel or person in the regulated area shall immediately comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both. The PATCOM may terminate the event, or the operation of any participant in the event, at any time it is deemed necessary for the protection of life or property. All Coast Guard vessels enforcing this regulated area can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). Spectators are allowed inside the regulated area, but must remain outside the safety zone at all times. Only commercial passenger vessels will be permitted to anchor within the designated spectator area. ... (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Mooring Buoys in Baltimore for Star Spangled Fireworks Spectacular:
On or about September 10, 2014 in association with the Star Spangled fireworks Spectacular four mooring buoys will be established until September 16, 2014. All buoys will be white with a blue band and when no vessel or barge is attached a flashing four second (4s) white light will be installed.
Baltimore Harbor-Star Spangled Spectacular:
Mooring Buoy B 39 16 48.74N—76 36 12.00W White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy C 39 16 36.62N—76 35 51.03W White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy D 39 16 33.07N—76 35 10.90W White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy E 39 16 14.73N—76 34 41.18W White with blue band. (5th District LNM Week 36/2014)
Wave Glider Testing:
John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory plans to test from Sep.13, 2014 thru Sep.19. 201414 in a box closed by 38.1916 N, 74.6864 W; 38.1416 N, 74.6864 W; 38.1416 N, 74.8135 W; and 38.1916 N, 74.8135 W. They will be operating a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, which consists of a 208 X 60 X 9 cm high float with a 60 cm high antenna, connected to a 191 X 107 cm glider which is towed 8 m below the float. A 17 meter long sensor is attached to the glider. On Sep 17 the Wave Glider will be replaced by a 26 foot manned catamaran. (5th District LNM Week 36/2014)
Flare Testing, Patapsco River:
The Rockville & Power Squadron will be conducting flare testing during the hours of 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on 27 September, 2014 at the Maryland Yacht Club, located on Rock Creek off the Patapsco River. (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)
RR Bridge Work Repairs to Close Nanticoke River, Seaford, DE:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern Railway bridge, at mile 39.4, across Nanticoke River in Seaford DE is closed to vessels requiring an opening. There is zero vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels. Repairs are being made to the operating machinery to include new struts and studs. Repairs may take approximately 8 weeks; the operating schedule may be resumed by November 1, 2014. Maritime alternate routes are not available to vessels that require an opening, mariners should plan accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 36/2014)
Bridge Closure, Milford Haven:
Mariners are advised, to facilitate rehabilitation efforts, the State Route 223 Bridge (37.495024° -76.308216°) across Milford Haven Inlet, mile 0.1, at Hudgins, VA will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m., on October 1, 2014 to 7 a.m., on November 1, 2014. The bridge will open once a week at a time announced through a Broadcast Notice to Mariners. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 12 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)
James River Dredging:
Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake Virginia dredge ROCKBRIDGE has commenced dredging operations within the James River between James River Channel Lighted Buoy 92 (LLNR 12410) and James River Channel Lighted Buoy 87 (LLNR 12380. Operations are expected to be completed on or about 20 September, 2014. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13/16. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)
NOAA Surveys, Chesapeake Bay Approaches:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to Chesapeake Bay (36-52-21.616N, 075-52-05.636W)
from approximately 3 September 2014 through 14 November 2014. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has 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. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Gilmerton Bridge Update: MSIB: USCG Sector Hampton Roads:
From 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays until December 31, 2014, two barges with cranes will occupy the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) to conclude demolition operations and install the bridge's new fendering system. The barges will occupy the entire channel, leaving no clearance for the safe passage of other vessels.
Between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, any vessel requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance shall provide two hours advance notice; vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 24 hours advance notice as set forth above.
Between January 1, 2015 until the project concludes on or before February 28, 2015, one barge will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice as set forth above. Vessels requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance need not provide advance notice.
Bridge tender: (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13
Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate in accordance with the schedule set forth in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 117.997(c). *
I-64 High Rise Bridge (AICW Mile 7.1) Inspections:
Mariners are advised that VDOT will be performing maintenance inspections on the I-64 (High Rise) Bascule Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Chesapeake VA. The inspection will be conducted during daylight hours from September 15, 2014 through September 19, 2014. The work will utilize a bucket boat in the water near the navigable channel. The inspection should not disrupt navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigational channel upon request for vessel passage. The bucket boat can be contacted on VHF channel 16 or through the bridge tender. The bridge will continue to operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(e). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Bridge Work, AICW Morehead City, Horizontal Clearance Restricted:
Mariners are advised that maintenance and repairs will be in progress at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8 (34.720105°-76.693624°), across Newport River in Morehead City, NC from July 19, 2014 through April 25, 2015. To facilitate maintenance and repairs, the contractor will utilize a 40-foot X 60-foot barge as a work platform for equipment staging that will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel. A two-hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 40 feet of horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The work supervisor can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (910) 772-2212, or at email@example.com. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Beaufort/Morehead City Ranges to be Replaced:
On or about 28 August 2014, the Coast Guard will begin the demolition and reconstruction of the three visual, centerline ranges serving Beaufort/Morehead City. The demolition/reconstruction of the range structures will be performed by USCGC KENNEBEC and USCGC SMILAX and will result in any or all three ranges being unavailable for navigational use during the construction period. Both units will be monitoring CH16 and 13 VHF-FM and will be restricted in their ability to maneuver. No wake is requested for passing vessels. The Coast Guard anticipates completing the projects on or about 30 September, where upon completion, the following changes will be in effect:
Beaufort Inlet Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 29335) to posn: 34-41-47.467N,076-39-53.000W, Q W (DAY), no change in nighttime characteristic, 23ft (DAY), 20ft (NIGHT)
Beaufort Inlet Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 29340) to posn: 34-42-45.743N,076-39-39.016W, no change in characteristics, 68ft (DAY), 71ft (NIGHT)
Morehead City Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 29430) to posn: 34-41-38.240N, 076-39-59.902W, no change in characteristics, 23ft (DAY), 20ft (NIGHT)
Morehead City Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 29435) to posn: 34-41-33.481N, 076-39-52.311W, no change in characteristics, 37ft (DAY), 40ft (NIGHT)
Fort Macon Reach Range Front Light (LLNR 29395) to posn: 34-42-04.915N, 076-40-22.472W, no change in characteristics, 23ft
Fort Macon Reach Range Rear Light (LLNR 29400) to posn: 34-42-11.754N, 076-40-25.458W, no change in characteristics, 34ft (5th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Wrightsville Beach Bridge Nighttime Closures, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that maintenance will be performed at the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC, beginning September 7, 2014 through September 19, 2014 each night, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. To facilitate repairs, a hydro-platform system will be positioned under the draw spans reducing the available vertical clearance, by approximately five feet, from 20 feet to 15 feet above MHW. The removal of this platform only takes a matter of minutes, so the drawbridge will operate as normally scheduled in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (6). 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 Bridge Branch)
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.
Shoaling to 2.6 feet is reported in the vicinity of green can 99A at Black Mud Creek (34.354514°-77.681862°), New Topsail Inlet area, approximately AICW Mile 270.5.
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
South Island Ferry Crossing (AICW Mile 411.5) to be Rebuilt:
Cape Romain Contractors will be rebuilding the Ferry Crossing to South Island (33.250559°-79.268874°) on the Intracoastal Waterway approximately 1 mile south of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor LT 2 (LLNR 34115) from September 15, 2014 to approximately January 15, 2015. Construction will not impede normal marine traffic. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications contact Cape Romain Contactors on VHF FM channels 16 or Cape Romain site manager Horry Parker (843) 514-1269. For navigation safety related issues, contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division (843) 740-3188 or the 24-hour Command Center Line (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014) (This is in the Estherville-Minum Creek Canal south of Georgetown, SC)
Ashley River Hazard:
Ashley River Daybeacon 21 (LLNR 3660) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is submerged and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB WR21 with FL Q G is set in place. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Shoaling Reported in Fields Cut (UPDATE):
There is shoaling directly in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway in Fields Cut and is blocking 3/4 of the waterway and poses a serious hazard to navigation during low-tide. A depth of 2ft has been reported in approximate position 32-5.185N/080-56.022W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (UPDATE: 7th District LNM Week 35/2014) NOTE: This location is just inside Fields Cut at the northern entrance. This place gets dredged frequently and fills in quickly. It is also a very narrow area of deeper water when it is dredged. Seek local knowledge of present conditions, follow the marked channel which is sometimes difficult in the strong currents flowing here, and try to time your passage through Fields Cut at mid-tide and rising.
Hazardous Ops, Atlas V Launch:
Eastern Range OP # A3939 ATLAS V CLIO will conduct hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2837N 8036W
TO 2837N 8032W
TO 2828N 7957W
TO 2825N 7958W
TO 2833N 8036W To Beginning
B: From 2122N 6018W
TO 2009N 5731W
TO 1957N 5734W
TO 2115N 6021W To Beginning
Hazard periods for Primary and Backup Launch Days:
Primary: 16 / 2144Z Thru 17 / 0035Z Sep 14. T-0 IS 2144Z.
Backup: 17 / 2144Z Thru 18 / 0037Z Sep 14. T-0 IS 2144Z.
Fort Pierce Hazard:
Private Aid Banty Saunders Recreational Area Daybeacon 15 (LLNR 9905) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is submerged and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Fort Pierce Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will commence dredge operations on or about September 20, 2014 on the Indian River within the Turning Basin of the Port of Fort Pierce. Operations will continue 24/7 until approximately November 1, 2014.The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge DODGE ISLAND will dredge in the Fort Pierce T/B subsequently discharging the dredged material into the (ODMDS) via bottom dumping. All working vessels will monitor channels VHF 6 and 13. GLDD's onsite points of contact will be Adam Ballenger (630) 649-9777) and Megan Place (630) 209-7619).
Mariners beware of Operations in the following areas including transit between:
1) Project Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Zone (Release Zone):
NW Limit: 27-27- 20.94N/080-11-53.17W
NE Limit: 27-27-20.96N/080-11-29.82W
SW Limit: 27-27-4.41N/080-11-59.14 W
SE Limit: 27-27-4.43N/080-11-29.80W
2) Fort Pierce Turning Basin:
NW Limit: 27-27-55.32N/080-19-16.77W
NE Limit: 27-27-48.74N/080-18-57.82W
SW Limit: 27-27-29.2 N/080-19-20.55W
SE Limit: 27-27-32.58N/080-19-4.89W (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 10, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.49 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.43 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.63 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
Reef Construction in Palm Beach Area:
Ferreira Construction will commence reef construction and pier demolition on or about September 15, 2014. Reef Construction will take place 1 mile north of the Blue Heron Bridge (26.782765°-80.045876°) in Riviera Beach on the east side of the channel. The pier demolition will be at (2) locations. The first will be at the southwest side of US1 Jupiter Bridge (26.947028°-80.084999°) the second location will be at the southeast side of the AIA Bridge (26.946957°-80.090583°) at the Loxahatchee River. Both of these locations are outside of the channel. Tugs "Lady Alexander" and "Randy Girl" and a Barge will be on scene and all vessels will monitor VHF Channels 10/16. Operations will occur (6-days per week) Monday through Saturday from Sunrise to Sunset until approximately September 14, 2015. For further information POC contact for Ferreira Construction John Ciabattari (772) 286-5123. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Megayacht Marina Construction at Watson Island, Miami Beach:
Ebsary Foundation Company will commence work on or about August 15 on the west side of Watson Island until April 30th, 2015. There will be (2) barges the 1st Barge will be a 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100 Ton crane mounted on it. The 2nd barge will be 40ft x 80ft deck barge with a 50 Ton crane mounted on it. Both barges will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm. The barges will be located in the construction area 24/7.
COORDINATES FOR THE WORK SITE:
25°47'46.00N/80°10'40.25W SE CORNER
25°46'58.02N/80°10'42.82W SW CORNER
25°47'13.47N/80°10'45.62W NE CORNER
25°47'13.33N/80°10'52.69W NW CORNER
.... Red marks on the drawing (in the LNM) are 24" steel pipe pilings that will be embedded into the ground. The pipes will be sticking out of the water approximately 6ft and will have a Flashing White Beacon located on the top of each piling. The yellow lines are turbidity curtains that will be placed in the water and attached to the pilings. Further information contact the Project POC Brent Huffman (305) 325-0530 ext 113. (7th District LNM Week 34/2014)
New Ranges for Miami Main Channel Entrance:
Shoreline Foundation, Inc. will begin construction of new range structures for the Miami Main Channel Entrance Ranges and Government Cut Ranges, followed by the removal of the existing ranges and temporary range structures on or about July 02, 2014. Construction operations will be conducted approximately 3 to 6 NM's off the coast of Key Biscayne, FL, on the perimeter of the Miami Main Channel and Government Cut. Operations will normally take place Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm, but may periodically change due to weather conditions. The project will involve commercial divers, the Tug "MARK" and a 160 foot crane barge that will be supported by a 31 foot crew boat. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. The project is scheduled to be completed on or about November 14, 2014. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake to ensure the safety of the workers. Contact the Project Superintendent, Sal Daher for further information 305-345-3278.
Removal of existing Ranges, TRLT's and Rebuilds:
-Miami Main Ch Ent RFL (LLNR 10460) (25-45-06.159N, 080-07-38.683W) and TRLT Miami Main Ch Ent RFL
-Miami Main Ch Ent RRL (LLNR 10465) (25-44-59.259N, 080-07-59.244W) and TRLT Miami Main Ch Ent RRL
-Government Cut RFL (LLNR 10505) (25-45-11.048N, 080-06-28.821W)
-Government Cut RRL (LLNR 10510) (25-45-01.289N, 080-06-05.360W) (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)
Biscayne Bay Hazard:
Biscayne Bay Light 48 (LLNR 48390) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB "WR48" with Fl Q R characteristics is marking the remains of the steel pile. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Historic Seven Mile Bridge Partial Collapse:
The Coast Guard received a report of the historic Seven Mile Bridge, has experienced a collapse of (5) sections of cantilever overhang on the ocean side of the bridge in the area of MM 41.8 Overseas Highway (Position: N 24 41 368 - W 081 12 259) of the 5 sections that collapsed, (4) are hanging on the side of the bridge and one has fallen into the water and appears to be lying on the bottom in approximately 4ft of water. Mariners are advised to avoid the area and not cross under the structure. (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Tampa Area Dredging:
Cavache Inc. will commence dredge operations on or about September 30, 2014 with Dredge MAYA CAELYN in the Entrance Channel, Turning Basin and Berthing Areas in Manatee Harbor. The dredge will dispose of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines. The disposal area is the Upland Contained Disposal Facility located landward of Tampa Bay, north of Port Manatee. Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The pipeline will be sunk along the shoreline. A booster pump will be located on land. Mariners are urged to maintain a safe distance from the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 7A, 13 and 16. Operations will be 24/7 and will continue until on or about January 31, 2015. Mariners are advised to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For further information contact Cavache at (954) 568-0007.
Aquaculture Regulations for Gulf of Mexico Offshore:
The Proposed Rule for the "Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico" has been released for a 60-day public comment period.
Information on the rule as well as how to comment can be found:http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_fisheries/aquaculture/index.html. The comment due date is 10/27/2014.
SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations to implement the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). The FMP entered into effect by operation of law on September 3, 2009. If implemented, this rule would establish a comprehensive regulatory program for managing the development of an environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), i.e., the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The purpose of this rule is to increase the yield of Federal fisheries in the Gulf by supplementing the harvest of wild caught species with cultured product. (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Longboat Pass Shoaling:
The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Longboat Pass Approach Light (LLNR 1350/21755). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 34/2014:
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.
Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Genesis CEI Services, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that due to painting operations on the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) (30.323251°-81.438770°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (San Pablo Creek) mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida. The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by four feet slightly more than one-half the channel from April 10, 2014 through April 10, 2015. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River: 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. During the concrete pour operation the Main Street Bridge will need to close for 72 hours on two separate occasions. The date for the first 72 hour closure has been set for September 12, 2014. The lockdown will start at 9:00 p.m. on Friday September 12 and will end by 9:00 p.m. Monday September 14, 2014.
Update: The 2 hour notice for an opening will be in effect for this week, 09/08/14 –09/12/14, between the hours of 9am and 4pm due to repairs being made on the lift span. Due to last weekend's inclement weather, the 72 hour lockdown is re-scheduled for this weekend beginning at 9pm Friday, 9/12/14, for sidewalk concrete placement on the lift span. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding in this matter. 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.
Ortega River Bridge: The Coast Guard has been advised that construction activities have begun in the vicinity of US-17 (Ortega River) Bridge over the Ortega River in Jacksonville, FL. The work to be performed at the Ortega River Bridge includes removal of the existing traffic railing approaching the bridge on the Southbound side of US-17, drilling through the bridge deck for placement of anchors and dowels for construction of Thrie-beam retrofit guardrail across both inside and outside edge of Southbound US-17 as well as the inside edge of Northbound US-17, and drilling through the existing railing for placement of anchors and dowels for construction of pedestrian bullet railing on the outside edge of Northbound US-17. There will be no changes to the vertical clearance or any channel restrictions due these construction activities. The work activities began on 8/25/2014 beginning with the removal of the existing traffic railing approaching the Southbound Bridge and are planned to continue through September 2015.
Jay Jay Railroad Bridge: Due to maintenance on the Jay Jay Railroad Bridge (28.650153° -80.807159°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Canaveral, Florida, the railroad bridge may experience opening delays up to 30 minutes starting September 8 through September 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily.
Flagler Memorial Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
Due to a concrete pumping operation over the Flagler Memorial Bridge, the vertical clearance over the waterway will be limited to 64 ft during the operation. Vessels requiring more than 64 ft of vertical clearance should contact the bridge tender at least four hours in advance to schedule the removal of the pipe over the waterway. This operation will be conducted at least 2 or 3 times a week from Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. starting May 27, 2014 and ending on October 31, 2014. Mariners are requested to contact Primary - 813 235 3056 (Ricardo Baraybar) Secondary - 561 253 6995 (PCL Office) to make arrangements to have the vertical clearance restriction removed.
With the Flagler Memorial Bridge left in the open to navigation position from May 12, 2014 until October 31, 2014, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges south of this structure. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour (open once an hour on the quarter past the hour) from 6:16 a.m. until 8:14 p.m. Monday through Friday, except that from 7:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. At all other time including Federal Holidays this bridge will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 7:31 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and from 4:01 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. (Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays), this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
PCL Construction will be working on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge and will have floating equipment in the vicinity of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Any and all channel restrictions/closures in support of this new structure will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This bridge construction is anticipated to be completed by September 1, 2016.
Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge.
The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position.
Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
Sheridan Street Bridge: Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the Sheridan Street Bridge (26.034016°-80.117363°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Hollywood, Broward County, Florida from September 8, 2014 through October 10, 2014. There will be numerous testing operations ongoing throughout the project, mariners please ensure that you contact the bridge tender if the bridge is open before proceeding. From 10:00 p.m. to 12 midnight and from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily, between October 6 through October 10, 2014, the bridge will be closed to navigation.
Park Boulevard Bridge: Pinellas County has hired Seacoast to repair the Park Boulevard Bridge (27.843500° -82.838270°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas County, Florida. From September 28 through October 29, 2014, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position as the machinery will be removed and the bridge will be unable to function. During this time the contractor will be repairing/painting portions of the bridge from a work barge in the waterway. From October 29 through December 12, 2014, the Park Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operations. A double-leaf operation will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 727-319-7088 or via VHF-FM channel 9.
Once the Park Boulevard Bridge is placed in the open to navigation position, the vehicle traffic will need to be detoured to Indian Rocks Beach (27.843500° -82.845383°) to the north and Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway (27.806633° -82.795032°) to the south. For this reason, the Coast Guard is considering placing opening restrictions on both of these bridges to assist the local communities. A coordinated effort between the Local School Board, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the best times to leave these bridges closed to navigation during the heaviest periods of rush hour traffic and school bus traffic.
For the reasons stated above the Indian Rocks Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Indian Rocks, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge will open on signal per 33 CFR 117.5.
The Tom Stuart/SR 666 Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 122.8, Madeira Beach, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge shall open on signal; except that, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays, the draw need be opened only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(h).
Gasparilla Island Swingbridge (26.826814° -82.270217°): Construction Update: During the month of September 2014, pier caps will be cast on Pier 2, Pier 5, Pier 6, Center Pivot Pier 4 and Pier 3 columns, in that order. GLF Construction will continue to install a "CAUTION CHANNEL CLOSED SIGN" on the appropriate channel when our equipment obstructs that channel.
HURRICANE INFORMATION (Update 7th District LNM 22):
The hurricane season extends from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
(a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
(b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
(c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
(d) Review of storm center evasion procedures;
(e) Knowledge of nearest hurricane shelter or port; and
(f) Constant radio watches on channel 16 VHF-FM and frequent monitoring of weather broadcasts.
The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory (TCP) is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life.
Four alerts are issued:
(a) TROPICAL STORM WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(b) TROPICAL STORM WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(c) HURRICANE WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
(d) HURRICANE WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force. (Ed: Our Bold, New as of Superstorm Sandy)
Additional information of interest to mariners is included in the Tropical Cyclone Forecast/Advisory (TCM) and the Tropical Cyclone Surface Wind Speed Probabilities (PWS) products. The TCM provides current and forecast storm positions, intensities, and wind fields out to 120 hours. The PWS provides probabilities of sustained wind speeds equal to or exceeding 34-, 50-, and 64-kt wind speed thresholds for select coastal and offshore locations.
Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished, or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricanes and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set up by the COTP and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as a storm approaches a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP-specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under the Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
Condition 4 – Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June–30 November; port status: open.
Condition Whiskey – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
Condition X-Ray – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
Condition Yankee – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
Condition Zulu – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds. (7th District LNM 22/2014)
This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to this use.