East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Camp Lejeune AICW Safety Zones:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) adjacent to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which encompasses the navigable waters of the AICW between Mile Hammock Bay (34.550671° -77.324784°) and Bear Creek Point (34.667673°-77.136057°) in support of military training operations on:
October 28, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
October 29, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 4, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 5, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 6, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
November 7, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
November 9, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
This action is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during this military training operation. It is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to protect mariners from the hazards associated with military training operations. Persons or vessels requiring entry into, or passage through, any portion of the safety zone during the above temporary closures must first request authorization from the Captain of the Port or on scene designated representatives on board U.S. Navy safety vessels. The Captain of the Port can be contacted via telephone at (910) 343-3882 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. On scene U.S. Navy safety vessels can be contacted via telephone at (910) 451-9577 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Morehead City RR Bridge Closure:
Mariners are advised the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge (34.720105°-76.693624°) across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC will be closed-to-navigation from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon), and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., every day from November 3 through November 7, 2014 to facilitate maintenance and steel work. The drawbridge will be able to open each day, from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1 p.m., to accommodate vessel traffic during the closure period. The current operating regulations, under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5, require that the drawbridge shall open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given. However, the drawbridge is currently maintained in the open-to-navigation position at all other times and closes for passing trains. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 4 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Changes in Traditional Aids to Navigation Sound Signals, Lighting, Ranges and now RACON:
First District LNMs Week 38 and 39 contained more than 50 new notices or proposals of changes in floating Aids to Navigation regarding the removal of sound signals (bells, gongs and whistles). Check http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict®ion=1, 38 and 39.
There seems to us to be a plan to remove all sound signals eventually. Many have been removed already, and numerous other fog signals have been replaced by MRASS (Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal) whereby the boater turns the VHF Radio to Channel 83A (or 81A in some cases) and keys the microphone 5 times to activate the sound signal for a set number of minutes, usually 30. There is also an ongoing change-over to LED technology, thereby usually decreasing nominal range (how far away the light is visible) of lighted aids.
Many ranges have been eliminated in the past few years, especially in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. They are usually replaced with a fixed marker often in place of the front range marker.
A new one we have noticed lately is the removal of RACON signal (radar transponder beacons which, upon receipt of a radar pulse, transmit back to the radar a Morse character as indicated on the charts). These former RACON aids will likely have an AIS Synthetic ATON mark broadcasted at the buoys assigned position. See the 5th District Alert regarding Five Fathom Bank off NJ and the 7th District Alert regarding St. Simons LIGHTED BUOY STS below. Or check www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/AIS/AIS_ATON_Special_Notice_v4.pdf.
There are too many of these changes to include each one in the Alerts, but we will continue to keep you updated as to major changes and trends with some references to LNMs that contain a significant number or type of changes.
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.
NOTE: Starting with this alert we will switch the order of the USCG Districts so that the Seventh District will be first, followed by the Fifth then the First, as many boaters in the First District have put their vessels away for the winter. We will continue this order until late next spring.
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Charleston Coast Guard Pier Dredging:
Southwind Construction will begin dredging operations on or about October 01, 2014 with Dredge WILKO at the Tradd Street Coast Guard pier (32.772682° -79.945462°). Submerged dredge pipe will run from the Coast Guard pier to Drum Island. Dredging will continue on a 12 hours per day, 7 days a week basis until approximately, October 31, 2014. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications please contact the Dredge WILKO on VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. For more details, contact Jim Barton (812) 455-719. For Coast Guard related issues please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 39/2014)
Fields Cut Shoaling 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 32-05.185N/080-56.022W. Fields Cut Temp LB 48A has been established in position 32-05-10.319N/080-56-00.740W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Savannah River/Wassau Sound Entrance Dredging:
The ACOE will conduct maintenance dredging operations 1- mile offshore, near the entrance channel of the Savannah River (31.906554° -80.890747°), from September 28, 2014 until March 31, 2015. Dredging operations will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis. The dredged material will be pumped through floating and submerged pipelines onto Tybee beach. Mariners are urged to exercise caution and transit at their slowest safe speed. The Dredge ALASKA, assist tugs POPS, CAJUN, and ATLANTIC DAWN can be reached via VHF-FM radio channels 13 and 16 for on-scene coordination, communication and passing arrangements. Further information contact the US Coast Guard MSU Savannah Command Duty Officer (912) 247-0073. (7th District LNM Week 39/2014)
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)
RACON to be Discontinued on St Simons Buoy:
Discontinue RACON signal on ST SIMONS LIGHTED BUOY STS (515/6030). This aid will be recommended to have an AIS Synthetic ATON mark broadcasted at the buoys assigned position. All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with St Simons LB STS Proposed Changes as the subject line and be received by 28 October 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 39/2014)
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 October 8, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.66 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.60 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.80 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
Park Construction North of Indiantown (Road) Bridge:
Ferreira Construction will commence construction of a park on or about October 1, 2014. Construction will take place 1/2 mile north of the Indiantown (Road) Bridge (26.933648° -80.084072°) on the west side of the channel, on Fullerton Island. Tugs "Lady Alexander" and "Randy Girl" and associated barges will be traversing the AICW between Burt Reynolds Park and Fullerton Island 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 37/2014)
Navy Targets on the Loose:
The Coast Guard received a report of multiple floating Navy Inert Target practice objects in various shapes and sizes with mooring lines attached. The objects were anchored on the ocean floor and became loose from their moorings. The physical properties of the objects are described:
Elliptical-shaped white, two red stripes, made of steel
Spherical-shaped white, two red stripes, made of steel
Cylindrical-shaped orange, two white stripes, made of steel
The objects were planted in positions below:
Mariners are asked to stay well clear of the objects and report any findings to Navy Range Operations (SFOMF) POC: Anthony Bush (954) 926-4032. (7th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Miami Dredging Update:
The following aids have been temporarily repositioned to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Miami Main Ch LB 1 (LLNR 10470) temporarily relocated to 25-45-48.107N/080-05-19.908W
Miami Main Ch LB 2 (LLNR 10475) temporarily relocated to 25-45-46.865N/080-05-46.823W
Miami Main Ch LB 3 (LLNR 10480) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.370N/080-05-43.728W
Miami Main Ch LB 11 (LLNR 10530) temporarily relocated to 25-45-34.248N080-07-31.548W
Miami Main Ch LB 12 (LLNR 10535) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.058N/080-07-29.068W
The following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with a TRLB until further notice:
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
Miami Main Ch LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. (7th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Megayacht Marina Construction at Watson Island, Miami Beach: UPDATE:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting will commence work on or about September 20, 2014 until February of 2015. The scope of work is to include dredging of the Island Garden Harbor, located on the west side of Watson Island (25°47'08.00"N/80°10'46.00"W) and placement of the dredge spoils at two recipient mitigation sites, Seagrass (25°48'59.00"N/80°09'06.00"W) and Sponge (25°48'46.00"N/80°08'42.00"W), located in Biscayne Bay just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway next to the Great Lakes Dock and Dredge mitigation site. Four material transport barges, ranging in sizes up to 130'x52' will be traveling between the dredge site and mitigation sites daily for offloading dredge spoils. Two push boats will be used to transfer these barges between sites. The dredge and mitigation sites will be enclosed by steel turbidity pipe pile and curtain upon the commencement of dredging. The turbidity piles will be sticking out of the water approximately 6ft and will have a flashing white beacons located on each of the pile heads. The floating yellow turbidity curtains will be deployed along the pile lines and will designate the three work areas. All Mariners are urged to use extreme caution around Watson Island, MacArthur Causeway, Venetian Causeway and Julia Tuttle Causeway. All barges and tugs will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. For further information contact the Project POC Marty Kenealy (941) 704-8328.
The light and dayboards on MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL LT 20 (LLNR 10745) have been temporarily removed. The aid is temporarily discontinued and the steel structure remains on its assigned position. The structure is within the turbidity curtains. (7th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Boca Grande Channel Hazard, Update:
The Coast Guard received a report of a 50ft Mast protruding out of the water in the vicinity of Boca Grande Channel in approximate position 24-32.24N/082-01.070W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 39/2014)
Tampa Bay Dredging Details:
Orion Marine Construction will begin Mechanical Clamshell Dredging with Hydraulic Offloading of Scow Barges and Pumping Dredge Slurry to Disposal Island 2D. Location: Miscellaneous Berths within Port Tampa Bay to Disposal Island 2D Mechanical Clamshell Dredging will be performed within Port Tampa Bay (also inclusive of Port Sutton, Port Redwing, and Big Bend Channel). Loaded scow barges will be transported from Port Berths to the north side of Disposal Island 2D. Material from scow barges will be slurried and hydraulically pumped to the North Cell of Disposal Island 2D via submerged high density polyethylene pipeline.
Commence Date: October 1, 2014
Completion Date: March 31, 2015 (anticipated)
Hours of Operation: Approximately 12 hours per day (day shift only)
Days of Operation: Monday through Sunday (7 days per week)
Name of Contact Vessel: "DRAVO"
VHF – FM Channels Monitored: Channels 13, 16 and Working Channel 1
Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with the hydraulic unloading operation near Disposal Island 2D will be utilized. Pipeline, vessels, and mooring piles, and buoys will be visibly lighted. A submerged pipeline will be utilized from the offloading barge to Disposal Island 2D. The area utilized by the hydraulic offloading operation (including barge, mooring piles, and all pipeline) will be outside of the navigation channel.
Approximate Location of Temporary Aids for Dredge Ops:
Buoy 1/Marker Buoy #1 – 30" Steel Ball 27°53'31.48"N 82°26'10.94"W
Buoy 2/Marker Buoy #2 – 30" Steel Ball 27°53'19.62"N 82°26'14.04"W
BG1/Offloading Barge – 120' x 50' w/ Spuds 27°53'16.49"N 82°25'55.79"W
MP1/Mooring Pile #1 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.75"N 82°25'58.00"W
MP2/Mooring Pile #2 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.69"N 82°25'57.25"W
MP3/Mooring Pile #3 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.46"N 82°25'54.39"W
MP4/Mooring Pile #4 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.40"N 82°25'53.60"W
MP5/Mooring Pile #5 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.34"N 82°25'52.82"W
MP6/Mooring Pile #6 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.27"N 82°25'51.99"W
For further information POC: Justin Chorlog, Project Manager (813) 835-2847 at Orion Marine Construction, Inc. (7th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Dredging Equipment, Tampa Bay Entrance:
The Army Corps, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center will deploy gauges and sensors all around Egmont Key, near the entrance to Tampa Bay on or about 01 October. The short term gauges and pipes will be removed on 06 October. The long term gauges and pipes will remain through the beach nourishment project that coincides with the upcoming dredging (Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, date TBD.) The four small aluminum pipes will be vertical with white flashing lights and placed in shallow water (positions listed below.) The equipment will not interfere with navigation. Early November 2014, beach nourishment will take place on Egmont Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay using material dredged from the Tampa Harbor Entrance. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of the equipment. For further information contact Katherine E. Brutsché, Ph.D., U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (601) 634-4174. For US Coast Guard related issues contact US Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg (813) 228-2191.
PIPE #1 27-35-47.28N/082-45-48.87W
PIPE #2 27-34-58.80N/082-45-49.50W
PIPE #3 27-36-09.20N/082-45-35.55W
PIPE #4 27-34-49.32N/082-45.30.68W (7th District LNM Week 40/2014)
FL West Coast Hazard:
Sand Key DBN 3 (LLNR 61307) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is leaning with approximately 3ft of the wreckage above water. A TRLB with Fl Q G, 3M intensity is set 5 yards channelward in position 27-47-55.887N/082-46-30.437W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 40/2014:
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 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.
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.
FEC/Acosta Railroad Bridge: The Captain of the Port Jacksonville advises all mariners that the FEC Railroad Bridge, mile 24.9, St Johns River, Jacksonville, is undergoing bridge repairs. The bridge will be open to navigational traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the bridge will be open all day to navigational traffic on the following dates September 21st and October 5th, 19th and 26th. At all other times the bridge will be closed to navigation. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at anytime. Clearance is restricted to five feet above mean high water.
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.
Flagler Memorial Bridge Update: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) 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 is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule will be changed starting November 1, 2014, to once an hour on the quarter-hour. The bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park and Southern Blvd Bridges will return to their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117.261:
(v) Royal Park (SR 704) bridge, mile 1022.6, at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the hour and half-hour.
(w) Southern Boulevard (SR 700/80) bridge, mile 1024.7 at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the quarter and three-quarter hour.
While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies: If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
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.
East Venetian Causeway: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
The Coast Guard proposes modifying the operating schedule that governs the East Venetian Causeway Bridge (25°47'28.49"N, 80° 9'7.76"W) across Miami Beach Channel, Miami-Dade County, Florida. For approximately nine months, the West Venetian Causeway Bridge will remain in the open position to complete necessary repairs. This rule is proposed to ensure that vehicular traffic will be able to access and depart from the Venetian Causeway via the East Venetian Causeway Bridge while these repairs are completed.
Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before October 14, 2014.
You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2014-0719 using any one of the following methods:
(1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.
(2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
(3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12- 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
If you have questions on this proposed rule, call or email Mr. Gene Stratton of the Coast Guard, telephone 305-415-6740, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.
1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:
Authority 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. § 117.269 [Suspended]
2. From 7 a.m. on November 1, 2014 to 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2015, suspend § 117.269.
3. From 7 a.m. on November 1, 2014 to 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2015, add temporary § 117.T269 to read as follows:
The Venetian Causeway Bridge (East) shall remain closed to navigation except that it shall open at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.
Caloosahatchee River Bridge: The de Moya Group, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be setting the new bridge girders across the Caloosahatchee River (26.650326° -81.877938°). During main girder installation the waterway will need to be closed to navigation for the protection of the workers as well as the vessel operators passing under this location. The tentative schedule for waterway closures are Saturday, November 21, 2014, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and Saturday, January 10, 2015. The exact dates and times will be published in future Notice to Mariners, due to possible weather delays.
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).
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
RACON to be Discontinued off NJ Coast:
The Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the RACON on Five Fathom Bank Lighted Buoy F (LLNR 120) (38-46-49.000N, 074-34-32.000W). In your comments address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Please include the means you using to transit this waterway. Send comments to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm. 100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Mike Davis
Or email comments to: Mike.A.Davis@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Manasquan RR Bridge Emergency Repairs:
Mariners are advised that urgent superstructure and substructure repairs are in progress at the Monmouth County Brielle Road Lift Bridge, at mile 0.4, across Debbies Creek (Glimmer Glass), at Manasquan, NJ (40.101934°-74.034788°) through May 22, 2015. Portions of the existing fender system are deteriorated and require immediate replacement. The fender repairs will be performed from November 10, 2014 to November 18, 2014 using a barge with a work boat in the navigable channel. A work boat will assist with the fender repair effort; the crew will relocate from the movable span and channel upon request from vessels. Repairs on the spans over the non-navigable waterway will utilize a lighted barge. Excluding fender repair, the navigable channel remains open for vessel passage and the existing drawbridge opening procedures are being maintained in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.719. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
Shark River Dredging Update:
Mariners are advised that H&L Contracting will be conducting dredging operations in New Shark River in Avon by the Sea, NJ from October 6, 2014 until December 19, 2014. The dredge FINN along with two work boats will be conducting operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, and all related equipment. There will also be dredge piping located on the north side of the river, extending out of the channel to a location off of the shore near Avon by the Sea, NJ. A section of the pipeline will be submerged at the Coast Guard Station (40.187660°-74.013579°) to accommodate vessels needing to transit into the north side of the channel, this portion will be marked with red lights. Mariners can contact the dredge FINN on VHF-FM Channel 63. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area and maintain minimum speed to reduce wake. ANY QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE COAST GUARD COMMAND CENTER AT (215) 271-4807 OR VHF CHANNEL 16. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Cape May Harbor Dredging:
Southwind Construction Corporation will commence dredging operations within Cape May Harbor (38.941125° -74.868771°) on 01October, 2014 through 31 December, 2014. The dredge JENNI LEA, along with tenders ANN KAY and DANNY JOE will on scene with hours of operations of 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All vessels will monitor Channels 13, 16 VHF-FM with the working Channel of 78. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Data Buoys off NJ Coast:
On or about 14 October, 2014 Rutgers University Institute for Marine and Coastal Science department will deploy five research buoys to study wave spectra data. The buoys will be deployed until 01 March, 2015. All buoys are yellow and exhibit a FL Y 4s characteristic.
Buoy A in approximate position 39-22.014N 075-25.368W
Buoy B in approximate position 39-18.168N 075-24.822W
Buoy C in approximate position 39-16.884N 075-24.636W
Buoy D in approximate position 39-15.084N 075-22.824W
Buoy C in approximate position 39-14.880N 075-21.234W
Point of Contact for the buoys is Elias Hunter (848) 932-3704. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Delaware Bay Dredging:
Mariners are advised that Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will be conducting dredging operations in the Delaware River on the north section of Reedy Island Range near Oak Wood Beach, NJ. The project will begin September 28, 2014 and end February 1, 2015. The dredge ILLINOIS will operate along the northern portion of the channel and will be transferring material via dredge pipeline anchored outside of the eastern side of the channel. The dredge pipeline will extend from the eastern edge of Reedy Island range to Oak Wood Beach, NJ and will be marked every 60-100 feet with amber lights. Equipment will be staged in the southern portion of Reedy Point North anchorage #4 and the southern portion of Reedy Point South anchorage #3. The dredge and work tugs can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16. The dredge and workboat will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the duration of the project. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
Mariners are advised that Norfolk Dredging Company will be conducting dredging operations in New Castle Range in the Delaware River from October 1, 2014 until November 15, 2014. The Dredge ESSEX will be operating north to south in New Castle range, finishing at the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal Entrance. For the duration of the dredging project, a temporary safety zone is in effect around Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5. This will close the anchorage to vessels until the dredging project is complete. In addition, a temporary safety zone will be placed in effect for the upper portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage No. 3 as the dredging project progresses south towards the C & D Canal Entrance. This will allow vessel traffic entering the C & D Canal from the south to safely bypass the dredging equipment. All mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, and all related equipment. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge and all related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where dredge and all related dredge equipment will be operating. Dredging is being conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Mariners are to contact the Dredge ESSEX 30 minutes prior to arrival on VHF Channel 13 or 16 or call 757-285-2133 for passing instructions. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area and maintain minimum speed to reduce wake. Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center At (215) 271-4807 Or VHF Channel 16. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
U.S.S. Constellation Tow to Curtis Creek:
Mariners are advised that the historic sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation is scheduled to be towed in the Patapsco River on Monday, October13, 2014, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The U.S.S. Constellation will be towed from its berth at Inner Harbor Pier 1 (39.284354° -76.610432°) at Baltimore, MD to the Cianbro Construction facility along Curtis Creek. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, remain at least 200 yards ahead of or 100 yards outboard or aft of the historic sloop of war U.S.S. Constellation while operating in the Patapsco River, and contact the primary towing vessel on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16 or 13. For any questions contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at (410) 576-2693 or (410) 576-2519. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Baltimore Harbor Dredging, Other Areas to Follow:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Dredging Co. will be conducting mechanical dredging operations in the Baltimore Harbor and Channel Sections, specifically within the Craighill Angle and Cutoff Angle, to commence on November 1, 2014. Dredged material will be transported in scows to Poplar Island for placement within the Poplar Island containment facility. In early February 2015, the dredges will relocate to the Inland Waterway between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay channels. Dredging will then occur between Pooles Island and Reedy Point, with operations expected to continue until April 30, 2015. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. Mariners are urged to transit the areas at slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made at least 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredges, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredges. Barges are held in place by cables, attached to anchors that are located some distance away from the equipment and marked by buoys. Under no circumstances should mariners attempt to pass between the towing vessel and scow while they are underway, as the towing cable may not always be visible above the water. Mariners can contact the dredges "VIRGINIAN" and "ATLANTIC" on marine band radio VHF-FM channels 16 and 13. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Ocean City Inlet, MD, Dredging:
The dredge MURDEN has commenced dredging operations in Ocean City Inlet ((38.324889°-75.092268°), through 23 October, 2014 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Dredging operations will take place between Ocean City Inlet Jetty and Ocean City Inlet Bar. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Sinepuxent Bay (Chincoteague Bay) Dredging:
Goodloe Marine Inc, dredge TENACIOUS will commence dredging operations in Sinepuxent Bay including the north part of Chincoteague Bay ((38-09-07.126N, 075-14-45.286W) beginning 29 September, until on or about 30 November, 2014. Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week. At times barges, anchors, pipelines will be inside and outside the navigational channel. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels, 16 or 68. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
William P. Lane (Chesapeake Bay) Bridge Inspections:
Mariners are advised that engineering firms, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Administration, will conduct inspections at the William P. Lane Jr., Memorial (I-50/West Suspension) (38.975975° -76.375666°) across Chesapeake Bay, at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. Beginning October 14, 2014 through December 12, 2014, inspections will be conducted from a 30-foot X 90-foot deck barge and push boat with an 85-foot man lift to access piers on the westbound span. The barge will be adjacent to the piers of the secondary navigational channel located to the east of the main shipping channel. This equipment is intended to be used outside of the channel and not obstruct navigational traffic. Additionally, the equipment will be used to inspect the truss spans surrounding the secondary channel to the east and west, stopping before the primary channel, as well as the approach beam and girder spans to the east of the secondary channel. The teams will consist of a two-person inspection crew along with a two-person push boat crew and safety boat. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Annapolis Boat Show Set Up Time:
Mariners are advised that Annapolis Boat Shows, Inc. will conduct in-water operations in support of the annual United States Sailboat and United States Powerboat Shows in Annapolis Harbor (38.975974° -76.484864°) at Annapolis, MD during October 6-22, 2014. Temporary pilings, floating docks and submerged electrical cables will be placed in Annapolis Harbor. To support the in-water operations in Annapolis Harbor, long tows will cross the Severn River between Spa Creek and Carr Creek during ... October 20-21, 2014. During these periods, mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting the area and to reduce speed near the towing operations. In-water operations will continue at the mouth of Carr Creek during October 24-31, 2014. Information regarding special anchoring restrictions in the Harbor in the event of severe weather during the boat shows should be directed to the Annapolis City Harbormaster's Office on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 71 or telephone (410) 263-7973. (5th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Patuxent River Construction:
IHI/KIEWIT will be constructing a temporary trestle for mooring barges and offloading equipment and materials in the Patuxent River (38.324392° -76.472878°) in conjunction with the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert County, Maryland. The length of the structure will be approximately 166 feet long from shore and at night will be lighted with a Fl Y 4s light. Construction is expected to take place during daylight hours beginning 15 October, 2014 with the trestle removal expected on or about 30 April, 2016. Point of Contact for this project is Rich Hallberg, Cove Point – Project Environmental Manager (PEM)FedEx & UPS - 13360 H.G. Trueman Road USPS – PO Box 1638Solomons, MD 20688 Cell – 404-386-1655. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Woodrow Wilson Bridge (DC) Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Virginia Department of Transportation, will be performing an underwater inspection at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (I-495) (38.791987° -77.033261°) across the Potomac River, mile 90.7, between Jones Point, Virginia and Maryland. The inspection will be performed on Monday - Friday between October 1 and October 31, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No work will be performed on Saturday or Sunday. Divers will inspect the bridge with the JILLIAN V as their safety boat. The boat will relocate from the navigation channel upon request for passage from waterborne vessels. The JILLIAN V can be reached using VHF-9 or VHF-16. The vessel may also be reached at (443) 243-4067. Bridge operations are not impacted by the inspection. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
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)
Midtown Tunnel (Norfolk/Portsmouth) Dredging:
SKW Constructors have begun dredging operations for the Midtown Tunnel (36.859771°-76.311423°) construction project with equipment that will impact the available width of the federal channel. The dredging operations will occur on the Norfolk side of the channel, between the edge of the channel and the Norfolk shoreline. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until completion, which is estimated to be on or about October 31, 2014. During the dredging operations, equipment may block up to half the width of the federal channel. In the event a vessel needs more than half the width of the channel, the vessel shall provide at least 30 minutes notice to allow SKW to move its equipment. Vessels on scene include the Dredge Virginian, Dump Scows 6001/6002, BR8, and 4001/4002, as well as 3 smaller assist boats. Vessels on scene will be monitoring VHF Channel 13 and 16 at all times. Information about this project was released as a Broadcast Notice to Mariners on September 15, 2014. The primary field point of contact for this work is Carolina Palmer, (757) 999-3157, with secondary field contact Ron Meyer, (908) 4630-4418. For any other questions or information, contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Waterways Management Division, (757) 668-5580, email HamptonRoadsWaterway@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
Mariners are advised that the dredge ROCKBRIDGE is conducting dredging operations in the Elizabeth River, in Norfolk Harbor Reach and Craney Island Reach (36.919320° -76.370177°). The work extends between Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 9485) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9710) until approximately December 15, 2014. Concerned traffic should contact the dredge ROCKBRIDGE on VHF Channel 13 or 16. Mariners shall use caution when transiting the area and minimize wake. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
I-64 High Rise Bridge Closure:
Mariners are advised that the I64 (High Rise) Lift Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Chesapeake VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening to facilitate maintenance of the moveable spans from 12:01 a.m., on Saturday November 1, 2014 through 12 p.m. (noon), on Sunday November 2, 2014. The I64 Bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels of approximately 65 feet, above mean high water. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(e). Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area.
Coinjock Power Line Construction:
Irby Construction Company will be conducting power line construction from 22 September through 22 October, 2014 from 7 a.m until 5 p.m. seven days a week on all the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways in the vicinity of Coinjock North Carolina (36.342866°-75.952922°). The work boat onscene will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Boaters are requested to maintain a no wake speed when transiting through the work zone. Any comments or questions can be directed to Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management at (910) 772-2214 or email@example.com. (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Hancock Creek, Neuse River Military Training:
Rifle range training will be conducted from sun up to sun down Monday through Friday and aviation raining will be conducted from 8:00 am until 11:59 pm daily which will effect Hancock Creek (34.939595°-76.848314°) Adjacent to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Piney Island (BT-11), and Brandt Island (BT-9) from 01 October through 15, October, 2014. In addition to normal unit level training the following special event will be taking place from 01 October through 15 October. Special Boat teams will be conducting surface direct live fire training at (BT-9) and (BT-11). Training will be conducted until as late 12:00 pm midnight. For Further information regarding these firing exercises conatact MCAS Cherry Point Range Control at 252-466-4040/2939. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
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.
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 First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Dredging in Yarmouth, ME:
Dredging will be done in Royal River from October 10 - December 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be dredge SAMSON II and scows that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 8. Mariners are requested to remove all fishing gear in the area and proceed with caution as to not cause a wake.
Until further notice dredging will take place in the Royal River beginning on or about October 14, 2014 from Royal River (43.790545°-70.157757°) Channel Buoy 4A (LLNR 7418) to the federal anchorage area. The proposed work consists of the maintenance dredging of the navigation channel and anchorage area. To facilitate dredging, the Coast Guard may temporarily disestablish or reposition buoys in the Royal River at various times beginning on or about October 14, 2014. Mariners should consult Local Notice to Mariners to determine if buoys have been temporarily disestablished or repositioned. Mariners should also periodically consult Local Notice to Mariners for information regarding dredging vessels and equipment that will be on scene, as this information will be published as it becomes available. (First District LNM Week 40/2014)
NOAA Survey, Rhode Island Sound:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the area of Rhode Island Sound from approximately 26 September 2014 through 30 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. (First District LNM Week 40/2014)
Right Whale Acoustic Buoy, Race Point:
A Right whale passive acoustic auto buoy is deployed off of Race Point until approximately November 11, 2014. The Buoy is located in (PA) 42-05-59.892N, 070-16-11.136W and will be operating 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The buoy is 8 feet, flashes amber every 4s and has a radar reflector on it. (First District LNM Week 40/2014)
Great South Bay, NY, Dredging:
Dredging will be done in the Federal Navigation Channel (40.679526° -73.123551°) from October 1 - December 1, 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a dredge SCRODII and work boats that will be monitoring and receiving calls on VHF FM channel 6. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 38/2014)
Submarine Cable Crossing Installation, North of Tappan Zee Bridge::
Marine Technologies, Inc. will be performing commercial diving operations and cable laying operations commencing on or about October 1, 2014 thru October 31, 2014 approx. 1-2 miles North of the Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388°-73.895171°) on the Hudson River, New York. Operations will be performed from the 32' dive vessel Miranda, Tug FRED JOHANNSEN with barge KAMI JOHANNSEN. Hours of operations will be 24 hours, Monday thru Sunday. Vessel Miranda will monitor channel 16 & 13 and can be reach by calling Capt Bruce Keller at 410-258-7932. Tug FRED JOHANNSEN with barge KAMI JOHANNSEN can be hailed via VHF 13/16 or 914-523-7171 Mariners are urged to give wide berth and no wake within 1/2 nautical mile of cable operations. "Caution" there will be anchor cables 2000' from barge operations. All navigational lighting and markers will be posted. (First District LNM Week 38/2014)
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