East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Attention Snowbirds

Hillsboro Inlet Bridge Repairs and Closure Schedule Announced (NOT on the AICW):
       PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will start work on the repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261229° -80.083250°) on January 5, 2015. This project is anticipated to be completed by November 14, 2015. There will be various bridge restrictions and closures throughout this project. The contractor will be working closely with the marine interests to ensure impacts to navigation will be at a minimum.
       Starting on January 5, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. the bridge will be closed to navigation nightly through April 30, 2015. Mariners may request an opening during these time periods by providing a four-hour advance notice to the bridge tender or by calling (954)-943-1847. The vertical clearance will be reduced by 2 feet during the entire project length.
       From 7:30 p.m. on January 20 through 7:30 a.m. on January 21, 2015, the bridge will be closed to navigation, as the bridge control house will be moved during this time period and will be unable to open.
       The north and south side channels will be closed to navigation during this entire time frame as there will be turbidity barriers in place and a small barge will be behind the fender system.
       The restrictions previously published below are being re-evaluated. Updates will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners:
       Due to repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge, this waterway will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 12:01 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a two week period. This work will be completed after Easter and before July 4th, 2015. Comments on this waterway closure should be directed to LT Arthur Loughran at Arthur.f.loughran@uscg.mil and/or Mr. Michael Lieberum at michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil. The times may be changed based on comments received; however there is a need for the two 4 hour closures to allow these repairs to be completed within the two week time period. The roadway will be closed to the vehicle traffic completely for 19 days in additional to the above two weeks two four hours closure periods. The Florida Department of Transportation will be issuing a separate press release on this restriction. (7th District LNM Week 50/2014)*

*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase.  Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.

Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
       Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: (xx.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx°) for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.

USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida

Wappoo Creek Bridge Repairs:
       The South Carolina Department of Transportation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing the SC Route 171 (Wappoo Creek) Bridge (32.766286° -79.974176°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 470.8, Charleston, South Carolina. The contractor Adelphi Inc.DBA G-Force Contracting has requested that the Wappoo Creek Bridge be placed on single-leaf operations starting January 21, 2015, with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening. To arrange for a double-leaf opening, please contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM Channel 9 or call 803-413-7680. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)

Calibogue Sound Hazard:
       Calibogue Sound LT 32 (LLNR 35800) is destroyed with wreckage below the waterline. A TRLB, with Fl Q R characteristics set approximately 15 yards channelward of wreckage in position 32-08-59.184N/080-49-49.505W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)

St Simons Entrance Channel Dredging:
       The ACOE will begin maintenance dredge operations on or about 10 January through 25 February, 2015. Dredge NEWPORT and some survey vessels on scene: Margaret M, Aggie and John M. Operations will run 24/7 and all vessels will monitor VHF Channels 13, 16 & 67. There will be no impact to navigation.
       After which the project will move to Tybee Range, Bloody Point Range and Jones Island Range with dredges NEWPORT and GLENN EDWARDS. Operations will be begin on or about 27 February until 04 April 2015. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed. Further information contact Ryan Lanier, USACE, Dredging Section (912) 652-5219.
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 3 (LLNR 6045) temporarily relocated to 31-04-39.278N/081-17-44.620W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 4 (LLNR 6050) temporarily relocated to 31-04-44.931N/081-17-40.972W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 5 (LLNR 6055) temporarily relocated to 31-05-05.930N/081-18-31.472W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 6 (LLNR 6060) temporarily relocated to 31-05-11.009N/081-18-27.190W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 7 (LLNR 6065) temporarily relocated to 31-05-32.572N/081-19-18.365W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 8 (LLNR 6070) temporarily relocated to 31-05-37.267N/081-19-14.032W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 9 (LLNR 6075) temporarily relocated to 31-05-58.941N/081-20-05.153W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 10 (LLNR 6080) temporarily relocated to 31-06-03.822N/081-20-00.773W
St Simons Sound Entrance t LBB 11 (LLNR 6085) temporarily relocated to 31-06-25.189N/081-20-51.422W
St Simons Sound Entrance LB 12 (LLNR 6090) temporarily relocated to 31-06-30.461N/081-20-47.514W (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)

Mayport Basin Dredging:
       Weeks Marine will commence dredge operations on about 03 January, 2015 and continuing until approximately 31 May, 2015 the Clamshell Dredge WEEKS #551, Tender Tug "Robert", Towing Tug "Katherine", two scow barges Weeks #257 and #264 and Crew Boat "Dan-G" will be performing maintenance dredging in the U.S. Navy Entrance Channel & Turning Basin. All dredge material will be towed and deposited offshore to USACE Jacksonville ODMDS. Once underway, operations will continue 24/7. The dredge and boats will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. For further information contact Miguel Cruz at Weeks Marine macruz@weeksmarine.com or (985) 875-2564.
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Mayport Basin Channel LB 1 (LLNR 7170) temporarily relocated to 30-23-50.235N/081-23-39.474W.
Mayport Basin Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 7175) temporarily relocated to 30-23-46.276N/081-23-54.627W.
Mayport Basin Channel Buoy LB 4 (LLNR 7185) temporarily relocated to 30-23-49.995N/081-24-07.702W.
St Johns River Entrance LB 4 (LLNR 7130) temporarily relocated to 30-23-54.916N/081-21-35.777W.
St Johns River LB 10 (LLNR 7190) temporarily relocated to 30-24-09.472N/081-24-09.619W.
St Johns River LB 11 (LLNR 7195) temporarily relocated to 30-24-05.705N/081-25-03.956W. (7th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Falcon 9 Launch Hazard:
       Eastern Range OP X5955 FALCON-9 CRS-05 will conduct hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas:
A: From 2835N 8036W
TO 2854N 8017W
TO 2913N 7954W
TO 2911N 7952W
TO 2836N 8021W
TO 2830N 8035W To beginning
B: From 2954N 7918W
TO 3008N 7901W
TO 3004N 7856W
TO 3002N 7855W
TO 2946N 7910W To beginning
C: From 3055N 7830W
TO 3114N 7811W
TO 3153N 7702W
TO 3153N 7658W
TO 3150N 7656W
TO 3147N 7657W
TO 3139N 7700W
TO 3029N 7757W
TO 3032N 7825W To beginning
D: From 3148N 7741W
TO 3245N 7615W
TO 3217N 7542W
TO 3059N 7700W To beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch and backup launch:
Primary: 06 / 1117Z thru 06 / 1147Z Jan 15. T-0 IS 1118Z
Backup: 07 / 1055Z thru 07 / 1125Z Jan 15. T-0 IS 1056Z (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)

Indian River Lagoon Dredging Update:
       Cavache Inc. will commence dredge operations on or about January 3, 2015 with Dredge MICHELLE in the Indian River Lagoon, including Sebastian Inlet (27.853976°-80.454920°) south to the Wabasso Causeway.
       The dredge will dispose of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines. The disposal area is located east of US Highway 1 and west of the AICW in Indian River County. The 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. 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 16 and 79. Operations will be 24/7 and will continue until on or about July 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. (7th District LNM Week 52/2014)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On December 30, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.25 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.19 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.39 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

Lake Worth Dredging:
       Weeks Marine will commence approximately 31 December 2014, mobilizing pipeline, support equipment and attendant plant into the Lake Worth Lagoon (LWL), all the equipment and pipeline will be anchored to the East of (LWL) Staging Area (refer to the enclosure section). Pipeline will be prepared in the staging area and then relocated offshore of Palm Beach Island and submerged in two different locations: Northern Reach: between Lat 26° 43' 14" N, Long 80° 01' 43" W and Lat 26° 43' 10" N, Long 80° 02' 02" W. Southern Reach: between Lat 26° 41' 38.5" N, Long 80° 01' 46" W and Lat 26° 41' 38.5" N, Long 80° 01' 59" W. A single point mooring/discharge connection will be approximately 2,500 ft off the shore of the renourishment site. On the seaward end of the discharge connection will be a ball connection attached to 300 feet of floating rubber discharge hose that will be attached to the submerged pipeline. The floating hose will be lighted and the entire connection and assembly will be out of the navigation channel.
       The Hopper Dredge R.N. WEEKS and Hopper Dredge B.E. LINDHOLM are expected to arrive as early as 1 January 2015 and will commence dredging soon after arrival. Dredged material will be transported from the borrow area located between Lat 26°47'14.71" N, Long 80° 01' 19.83" W and Lat 26°48' 8.25" N, Long 80° 01' 19.37" W to a discharge location within the limits of the above mentioned subline locations, to be pumped to the beach through a combination of floating and submerged pipelines. Dredge operations will continue on twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven days per week basis. The dredge will monitor marine VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. Dredging operations will occur from approximately 1 January 2015 to approximately 15 March 2015. The submerged pipeline will be removed at the completion of dredging activities. For additional information contact Miguel Cruz (985) 875- 2564 or macruz@weeksmarine.com (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)

Dania Cut-Off Canal Work:
       Ebsary Foundation will commence work on or about December 3, 2014. The duration of the project will take approximately 2 months; partially blocking the channel (there will be access for boats during the operation). The channel will be completely blocked for ONE-DAY only either December 8th or 9th. A sectional barge named (Ebsary/Shakerton) will remain onsite for the duration either on the north or south of the canal. The barge is 80'x40' with a 70 Ton crane mounted on it. In addition, there will be occasional divers in the area as needed. Hours of operations are from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, the barge will be located in the construction area 24/7. No weekend work is expected. Project POC's Superintendent: Rick Varney (305) 898-3965 and Project Manager: Yosmel Milian (305) 967-3977.
Project Location:
SE Corner: 26° 4'3.08N 80°11'51.51W
SW Corner: 26° 4'3.02N 80°11'52.81W
NE Corner: 26° 4'4.09N 80°11'51.53W
NW Corner: 26° 4'4.06N 80°11'52.82W (7th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Miami Dredge Project Update (12/22/14):
       The following aids have been temporarily repositioned to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Miami Main Channel LB 1 (LLNR 10470) temporarily relocated to 25-45-48.107N/080-05-19.908W
Miami Main Channel LB 2 (LLNR 10475) temporarily relocated to 25-45-46.865N/080-05-46.823W
Miami Main Channel LB 3 (LLNR 10480) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.370N/080-05-43.728W
Miami Main Channel LB 4 (LLNR 10485) temporarily relocated to 25-45-32.731N/080-06-28.583W
Miami Main Channel LB 11 (LLNR 10530) temporarily relocated to 25-45-34.248N080-07-31.548W
Miami Main Channel LB 12 (LLNR 10535) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.058N/080-07-29.068W
Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 15 (LLNR 10550) temporarily relocated to 25-45-51.501N/080-08-13.012W (Update: 12/22/2014) Ref: LNM 51/14
       The following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with a TRLB until further notice:
Miami Main Channel LB 14 (LLNR 10545) to TRLB, Fl R 2.5s
Miami Main Channel LB 16 (LLNR 10555) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
Temporarily discontinued to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Miami Main Channel LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s (Update: 12/21/2014) Ref: LNM 51/14 (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)

Johns Pass Channel Shoaling:
       The entrance to Johns Pass Channel (27.782830° -82.782643°) has a project depth of 10ft. The ACOE surveys found the project depth between Johns Pass Channel Light 2 (LLNR 25585) and Johns Pass Channel Light 4 (LLNR 25600) have reported soundings as low as 7.5 ft due to shoaling. Shoaling also exists between Johns Pass Channel DBN 8 (LLNR 25625) and Johns Pass Channel Light 10 (LLNR 25630) with soundings as low as 3.6ft along the northern side of the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting these areas. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly changing. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Indian River: Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 65 (LLNR 43610) is destroyed and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)
       Lake Worth Inlet: Lake Worth Inlet Light 5 (LLNR 10205) is extinguished. The structure is unstable and considered unsafe to climb. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)
       Boca Chica Channel: Boca Chica Channel DBN 10 (LLNR 14550) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile are 2ft above the waterline. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, WR10, Fl Q R. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 52/2014)
       Venice Inlet: Venice Inlet-Siesta Key DBN 48 (LLNR 58210) is destroyed and leaning over with 2ft of wreckage above the waterline. A TRUB was set 10 yards channelward to best mark the wreckage in position 27-13-19.918N/082-30-28.509W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)
       Cape Coral:  The Coast Guard received a report of a down Manatee Zone sign 100 yards west of Cape Coral Bridge in approximate position 26-33.434N/081-55.942W near Caloosahatchee River LT 70 (LLNR 53725) the aid is leaning and is approximately 10 inches above the water line. All mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)
       Mullet Key Channel: Mullet Key Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 22355) is destroyed. The wreckage lays parallel to the channel approximately 230ft outside of the channel in roughly 25ft of water. A TRLB with Fl Q W characteristics has temporarily replaced the range. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution and stay within the marked channel. (7th District LNM Week 51/2014)
       Pass-A-Grille: Pass-A-Grille Channel Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 25565) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are partially submerged and are a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 52/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 52/2014:
       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, JAX: 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 April 30, 2015, 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. The project completion date is April 30, 2015. During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet.
       Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.
       Please note these dates may change or be added due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
Scheduled bridge closures to navigation
6am Jan 10, 2015 – 6am Jan 11, 2015
6am Jan 17, 2015 – 6am Jan 18, 2015
6am Jan 24, 2015 – 6am Jan 25, 2015
       Flagler Memorial Bridge Update: 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.
       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.
      The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule will be changed starting November 1, 2014, to once an hour on the quarter-hour. Starting Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in addition to the once an hour schedule, the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be allowed to not open at 8:15 a.m. and at 4:15. p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays to allow for rush hour traffic. 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.
       Broad Causeway Bridge: M&J Construction has advised the Coast Guard that starting January 12, 2015, they will begin repairing the Broad Causeway Bridge (25.887207° -80.142448°). In order to complete these repairs, the Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to operate on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening to the bridge tender. Mariners are advised that during this 480 day operation, M&J Construction will be requesting permission to block the navigation channel at night to install the fender system under the bridge. This nighttime work will minimize disruptions to marine traffic. The start of this operation will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
       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. There will be no work or disruption scheduled between Dec. 24th - Jan. 5th.
       Treasure Island Bridge: Southern Road and Bridge Company will be working on the Treasure Island Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Treasure Island, Pinellas County, Florida from January 5 through February 6, 2015. The Treasure Island Bridge will be on single-leaf operations with double-leaf available with a half-hour notice to the bridge tender. There will be a work platform under the down leaf. Mariners should proceed with caution.

USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina

NJICW Bridge Construction:
       Mariners are advised that construction work will continue through November 2015 at the south side of the existing Route 72 Bridge (39.664211°-74.210296°) over Manahawkin Bay, at NJICW mile 37.4, in Ship Bottom, Ocean County, NJ. The work will be within 100 feet of the existing bridge. The existing navigation channel will remain clear. The new bridge will have a 55 feet vertical clearance above mean high water (MHW) over the navigational channel and a 100 feet Horizontal clearance between fender systems when complete. The construction operation will include in-water work involving steel bulkhead sheeting, installation of work trestles, and steel sheeting cofferdam installation. Scour repair work at Piers 3 and 4 of the Route 72 West Thorofare Trestle Bridge will be conducted through January 15, 2015. Repair work will consist of the placement of riprap to fill scour holes around and in the vicinity of Piers 3 and 4. Tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for future notices on this bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 52/2014)

Safety Zone for Kent Island Bridge Repair:
       Mariners are advised that to facilitate planned bridge repairs to the Kent Island (MD-18B) Draw Bridge, a Coast Guard safety zone will be established in Kent Island Narrows from December 15, 2014 through on February 16, 2015. The work involves the removal and replacement of the bascule span bracing members and retrofit the bascule span stringers located over the federal navigation channel. The safety zone includes all waters of Kent Island Narrows, within an area bounded by position latitude 38°58'14.5"N, longitude 076°14'50.2"W; thence easterly to position latitude 38°58'14.1"N, longitude 076°14'48.4"W; thence southerly to position latitude 38°58'12.3"N, longitude 076°14'49.0"W; thence westerly to position latitude 38°58'12.8"N, longitude 076°14'50.8"W; thence northerly to the position of origin, located in Queen Anne's County, MD (reference Datum NAD 1983). This area, which applies to the entire width of the federal navigation channel, allows for the placement of marine equipment that will remain in the federal navigation channel 24 hours per day for the 63-day period. This safety zone will be enforced from 6 a.m. on December 15, 2014 through 6 a.m. on February 16, 2015. With the exception of Maryland State Highways Administration support vessels, entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. Persons desiring to transit the area of the safety zone must first obtain authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative, which can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM channel 16. Vessels and persons transiting Kent Island Narrows outside the safety zone do so at their discretion. It is crucial mariners operating near the work site eliminate wakes. During the period of the bridge repair project, USCG bridge opening regulations for the draw bridge will remain unaffected. Interested mariners can contact the Kent Narrows Bridge Tender via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 13 or at telephone (410) 643-5963. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division can be contacted at telephone (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693. (5th District LNM Week 48/2014)

Kent Narrows Bridge Repair Update:
       Mariners are advised that the Maryland State Highways Administration has scheduled bridge repairs to the Kent Narrows (MD-18B) Draw Bridge (38.970455° -76.247430°), across Kent Island Narrows in Queen Anne's County, MD, from 6 a.m. on December 15, 2014 through 6 a.m. on February 16, 2015. During this period, the Coast Guard will establish a safety zone in the area of the work site. Equipment on scene includes work barges and tender boats. The barges will be located within the federal navigation channel, moored to the bridge structure, and will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Mariners should plan their voyages accordingly. Interested mariners can contact the Covington Marine and Welding vessel "Covington Tug" via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 13. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore can be contacted at telephone (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Barge in Channel at Gilmerton Bridge:
       Beginning Wednesday December 10, 2014, mariners are advised that PCL Civil constructors will have one working barge occupying the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, in support of construction operations involving driving piles until approximately January 20, 2015. All vessels needing more than 65 feet of horizontal clearance to pass shall provide at least 2 hours advance notice to the bridge tender at 757-485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Pungo Ferry Bridge Emergency Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that emergency fender repair work has commenced and will continue through January 2015 for the SR 604 Bridge across the North Landing River, at AICW mile 28.4, in Virginia Beach, VA (commonly known as the Pungo Ferry Bridge) ( 36.614141° -76.059110°). The operation will consist of debris removal and repair of the bridge fender system, with in-water work involving pile driving, lighted barges in and near the channel, and divers.  Mariners should check for future notices on this emergency repair fender project and 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.

Surf City Bridge Repairs:
       Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the NC Route 50-210 Highway Bridge (34.430397°-77.549562°), located on AICW, mile 260.7, in Surf City, NC. Work crews and barges may be in the waterway conducting repairs to submarine cables and terminals. To facilitate the necessary repairs the bridge will be closed to navigation from 6 p.m. on February 22, 2015 to 6 p.m. February 24, 2015, except for two openings at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The channel shall remain open to navigation for vessels that can clear the 12 feet of vertical clearance in the closed position. (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Bald Head Area Dredging Ops:
       Mariners are advised that the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Bald Head Shoal Reach 2 Channel thru Smith Island Channel (33.876716° -78.006522°) in Wilmington, North Carolina commencing on or about December 16, 2014 and ending approximately April 30, 2015. Dredging will be conducted twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge ALASKA, dredge tenders, derrick barge, pipeline rafts and operating wires about the dredge. Mariners are requested to use caution and bare steerage while transiting this area. Concerned traffic should contact the dredge ALASKA or dredge tenders via VHF channels 13 and 16. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management Staff, (910) 772-2212, or at ncmarineevents@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)

USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Safety Zone, Eastport, ME Breakwater Collapse:
       December 11, 2014 until January 30, 2017. The safety zone is in place to safeguard persons, facilities, vessels and others in the maritime community from the safety hazards associated with the collapse of the Breakwater.
       All vessels desiring to enter the safety zone must request permission to do so by the Captain of the Port (COTP) or their designated representative. Mariners can request permission to transit by hailing the Coast Guard On-Scene Commander on VHF radio channel 16 or by calling (207) 741-5465. Vessel operators given permission to enter or operate in the safety zone must comply with all directions given to them by the COTP or his designated representatives. If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail LT David Bourbeau at Sector Northern New England; telephone (207)347-5015, e-mail David.T.Bourbeau@uscg.mil.
Safety Zone Location:
       The safety zone includes all navigable waters, surface to bottom, bound inside the area of four positions 44°54'26"N, 066°59'00"W, 44°54'25"N, 066°58'54"W, 44°54'19"N, 066°58'55"W, 44°54'19"N, 066°59'01"W on the waters of Eastport Harbor in the vicinity of the Eastport Breakwater, Eastport, ME. The safety zone is restricting vessel traffic from transiting within 100 yards of the eastern face of the Eastport Breakwater. (First District LNM Week 51/2014)

Gulf of Maine Surveys:
       NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the Gulf of Maine in the vicinity of Saco Bay and Cape Porpoise intermittently from January through February of 2015. 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: ops.ferdinand.hassler@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 44/2014)

Martha's Vineyard Jetty Repair:
       RC&D, Inc. and Smith Marine, Inc. will be performing repairs to the East and West Jetties of Menemsha Creek (41.353872° -70.768693°) from 15JAN2015 until 21MAY2015. Repair work will be conducted from construction barges moored in the vicinity of the Jetties. Minimal wake is requested at all times within the work zone. Barges will be operational 12 hours a day 0700-1900, and may be contacted by hailing the Tug "RED HOOK" on VHF Ch. 13. The Navigational channel will NOT be blocked, however vessels requiring full width are asked to contact "RED HOOK" at least 30 minutes prior to transiting the jetties during working hours. For further details, please contact Matt Plauche at (978) 375-4129. (First District LNM Week 52/2014)

Sunken Vessel, Point Judith:
       The Coast Guard has received a report of a sunken vessel approximately 2.5 NM NE of Point Judith Light (LLNR 19450) in (PA) 41-22.23N 071-26.24W. The vessel is 62' below the surface and marked with a green foam buoy with a quick flashing light. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 51/2014)

General Announcements

Right Whale Season Again:
       From November to April the coastal waters between Altamaha Sound, GA, and Sebastian Inlet, FL, are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Critically endangered right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 m) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. east coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See enclosed compliance guide for the right whale ship strike reduction rule for specific times, areas, and exceptions to this law. Intentionally approaching within 500 yards of right whales is prohibited and is a violation of U.S. law. A minimum distance of 500 yards must be maintained from a sighted right whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend that operators assume that any whale sighting is a right whale unless confirmed otherwise. NOAA also recommends speeds of 10 knots or less in areas used by right whales and outside of seasonally managed areas when consistent with safety of navigation. NOAA also recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. Please report all right whale sightings and collisions to877-WHALE-HELP, or to the Coast Guard via channel 16. WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area is active from November 15 to April 16. For more information, consult the U.S. Coast Pilot. MSR arrival reports can be sent via TELEX number 48156090 or email to rightwhale.msr@noaa.gov. (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)

US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports
       Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE, in our opinion, does a really good job at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). They may not be able to dredge every little shoal, but at least they let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. Some areas in North Carolina are currently being dredged or are scheduled to be dredged soon. So, before you get too excited about the shallow depths reported by some fellow cruisers, check out the latest surveys at the following:
Norfolk, VA District:
Wilmington, NC District:
Charleston, SC District:
Savannah, GA District:
Jacksonville, FL District:

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