East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
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)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
The Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) will be conducting dive operations in the area of Barnwell Island Flats Lighted Buoy 52A on the Savannah River, Savannah, GA. This operation will be carried out at various times during daylight hours, 7 days a week, beginning January 9, 2015 and ending in June of 2015. Mariners are urged to exercise caution and transit at their slowest safe speed while transiting this area. For further information, contact the U.S. Coast Guard at (912) 247-0073. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
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)
St. Johns River Artificial Reefs:
The USCG has been notified of (2) recently created artificial reefs that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have permitted. Both projects are out of the navigational channel in the St Johns River. Below are the site names and coordinates.
George Holt Reef – 0.3 miles just south of the Fuller Warren Bridge:
30.3083° -81.6674° NW Corner
30.3083° -81.6668° NE Corner
30.3078° -81.6674° SW Corner
30.3078° -81.6668° SE corner
Coastal Conservation Association Reef – 0.8 miles south of the Fuller Warren Bridge:
30.299806° -81.671811° NW Corner
30.299806° -81.671181° NE Corner
30.299278° -81.671811° SW Corner
30.299278° -81.671181° SE Corner
More information can be obtained by contacting the USACOE Jacksonville at www.saj.usace.army.mil or by calling 904-232-2233. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Dredging Update, Mayport/Jacksonville:
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 email@example.com or (985) 875-2564. (7th District LNM Week 01/2015)
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 01/2015)
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC will commence maintenance dredging in Jacksonville Harbor, 40ft and 38ft Projects, Bar Cut-3 through Cut-42 Duval County, Florida. Dredging activities will be conducted from the channel entrance Lat 30.402511, Lon -81.398694 adjacent to St Johns River LB 10 (LLNR 7190) upriver to Fulton Cutoff LB 37 (LLNR 7365) Lat 30.390855, Lon - 81.514751. The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND will be performing this work during the project duration. There will be two separate pump-out barge locations during this project as well. The first will be on the green side in the entrance channel near Mayport Basin Channel LB 1 (LLNR 7170) Lat 30.397403, Lon -81.393007 adjacent to the south jetty. The second pump out barge location will be adjacent to the Buck Island disposal area, Lat 30.390238, Lon -81.488277. Approximate start date: January 15, 2015 through approximately February 10, 2015. The dredge will monitor Marine VHF Channels 13, 16 and 05. For further information contact the Project Manager Jared LeFranc (630) 254-0163. (7th District LNM Week 01/2015)
GPS Testing, Offshore Jacksonville:
Geographic Location: IVO Offshore Jacksonville, FL
Testing date/times: 14 JAN 1400-1800Z, 2000-2300Z
15 JAN 1300-1800Z
16 JAN 1400-2100Z
17 JAN 1500-2300Z
18-19 JAN 1300-2100Z
Frequencies: GPS L1/L2
Center Point: 30 05'00.0"N 080 04'60.0"W
Impact radius: 153NM of center point
For additional information, contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) watch stander at (703) 313-5900. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Atlas Rocket Launch Hazard Area:
Eastern Range OP A6090 ATLAS-V MUOS-03 will conduct hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas:
A: From 2837N 8036W
TO 2838N 8031W
TO 2838N 8022W
TO 2836N 7957W
TO 2830N 7919W
TO 2826N 7919W
TO 2832N 8033W
TO 2833N 8034W To beginning
B: From 2816N 7744W
TO 2812N 7714W
TO 2809N 7715W
TO 2813N 7744W To beginning
C: From 2656N 6911W
TO 2641N 6743W
TO 2632N 6745W
TO 2649N 6913W To beginning
D: From 2139N 4941W
TO 2055N 4738W
TO 2050N 4741W
TO 2134N 4943W To beginning 2. Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 21/ 0043Z thru 21 / 0208Z Jan 15.
Backup launch day: 22/ 0039Z thru 22 / 0204Z Jan 15. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Ft. Pierce Offshore Dredging for Beach Renourishment:
Manson Construction Co. will commence mobilization of dredge operations on 02 February 2015 (includes mooring installation) start date of dredging 17 February approximate completion date 18 April 2015. Dredge operations to be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day with Hopper Dredge BAYPORT Call Sign WCZ 4240. The type of operation: Hopper Dredging with Beach Disposal at Ft. Pierce Beach. The Dredge will mine sand from Capron Shoal, transit to Ft. Pierce Inlet (27.468620°< -80.299096°) and make-up to a mooring barge spudded along the south side of the Inlet to pump out sand to Ft. Pierce Beach. Dredge BAYPORT will monitor radio VHF channels: 13, 14 and 66. Further information contact Tom Bopp/Mark DeGroot – Dredge Captains 985-235-4411, Henry R Schorr, Jr– V.P., Contracts Manager 904-821-0211, Dave Howard – V.P., Operations Manager 941-315-1010 and/or Juan Valdez - Assistant Operations Manager 904-697-6099. Mariners are advised that all vessels transiting the Ft. Pierce Inlet reduce speed and exercise caution in the vicinity of the dredge and mooring barge. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On January 14, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.03 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.97 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.17 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
Offshore Surveys, Boca Raton to Bahamas:
The EGS Survey Group and R/V RIDLEY THOMAS will conduct sonar survey operations from 07 January through 01 MARCH 2015. This operation will be conducted between 26-12.18'N, 080-1.0'W AND 28-17.24'N, 76-35.5'W, from Boca Raton northeast 95 miles to just north of Matanilla Shoal in Little Bahama Bank, the east 150 miles. R/V RIDLEY THOMAS will monitor marine VHF channel 16. Mariners are advised to exercise caution in this area. For more information contact PO John K. Jennings at (305) 535-4317. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Lockheed Martin/US Navy Testing, off Palm Beach:
Lockheed Martin - Palm Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will conduct off shore testing from 1/05/2015 - 12/31/2015 with (1) Manned and piloted submersible vehicle. Testing will occur 24 hours daily 1-5 miles off shore from Lake Worth Inlet to the Breakers. Lockheed Martin, Sea Tow Palm Beach, and TowBoatUS will supply (2) RHIB Boats supporting the manned submersible vehicle, and can be reached on VHF channel 16 for any concerned traffic. Mariners are asked to stay clear of the RHIB boats and the submersible vehicle by 200 yards. Mandatory diving operations will take place around this submersible, again mariners are advised to transit 200 yards from all dive flags, Float Balls, and RHIB boats. When transiting in this Operation area please transit with caution.
North to South, starting at 26 45.763 N, 80 01.558W The Box is:
NE 26 45.138N, 80 00.170W
NW 26 45.139N, 80 01.703W
SE 26 43.262N, 80 00.170W
SW 26 43.262N, 80 01.650W (7th District LNM Week 01/2015)
Lockheed Martin - Palm Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will be conducting offshore testing of two unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicles, the testing will range from 1-5 miles off shore from Lake Worth Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet. Operations will take place beginning 1/05/2015 and ending 12/31/2015. Hours of ops will mostly be during daylight hours but at various times throughout the year they will be operating at night. The Lockheed Martin RHIB Boats, TowBoatUS, and SeaTow Palm Beach RHIB Boats will support the semisubmersibles in all operations, both RHIB boats will be in constant radio contact with the Operations crew, and will be equipped with a remote kill switch. The RHIB Boats will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the RHIB boats and the Semi-submersible vehicle by 200 yards. In addition, there will be some diving operations mariners are advised to stay at least 200 yards from the posted dive flags, and float balls. (7th District LNM Week 01/2015)
Shoal Reported in Lake Worth, East of AICW:
The USCG received a report of a shallow area of approximately 4ft in position 26-47.652'N/080-02.701'W located in the Spoil Area east of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Florida AIA Bridge (Blue Heron Bridge) in West Palm Beach, Fl. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Venice Beach Renourishment Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock will commence mobilization efforts for the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project - Venice Beach Renourishment 01 January, 2015. Mobilization operations will be conducted during daylight hours, 7 days per week. The project consists of placing approximately 750,000 cubic yards of material from four offshore borrow areas, pumped through floating and submerged pipeline and a booster pump. The material will be placed from the Southern side of the Venice Inlet to 2000' south of the Venice Pier.
The four Borrow Areas being excavated are located inside the box outlined by the coordinates below:
The submerged pipeline, floating pipeline and booster pump will be contained within the coordinates:
All dredging operations will take place 7 days a week and 24 hours per day. The dredge LIBERTY ISLAND will arrive on site 12 January. Approximate completion date 04 March 2015 and demobilization 18 March. Equipment involved: Booster Pump Erin C, Tug Jack Newman, Tug Sea Cypress and S/V East River. All vessels will monitor marine channels 13 and 16. Further information contact Site manager, Jack Winn (630) 418-6259. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Matanzas River Light 24 (LLNR 39255) is destroyed. The remains of the pile may not be visible at high tide and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 01/2015)
Card Bank Daybeacon 19 (LLNR 50200) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is leaning and missing dayboards. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, WR19; Fl Q G. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Stock Island Approach Channel Light 32 (LLNR 1035/14490) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Siesta Key-Tampa Bay Daybeacon 25 (LLNR 59125) is destroyed. The remains of the pile may not be visible at high tide and is a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRUB. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 01/2015)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 02/2015:
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.
As of January 12, 2015, the Main Street Bridge maximum vertical clearance in the open position is 82 feet at mean high water. The contractor has advised the Coast Guard that they anticipate having the cables repaired within two weeks. Upon completion of this repair the bridge will be restored to normal operations.
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 17, 2015 – 6am Jan 18, 2015
6am Jan 24, 2015 – 6am Jan 25, 2015
Flagler Memorial Bridge Update: The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) 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.
Starting Friday, January 9, 2105, the Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule will be changed to once an hour on the quarter-hour, with no openings at 8:15 a.m. or 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holiday to allow for rush hour traffic. Per 33 CFR §117.31 Drawbridge operations for emergency vehicles and emergency vessels.
(a) Upon receiving notification that an emergency vehicle is responding to an emergency situation, a drawtender must make all reasonable efforts to have the drawspan closed at the time the emergency vehicle arrives.
(b) When a drawtender receives notice, or a proper signal as provided in §117.15 of this part, the drawtender shall take all reasonable measures to have the draw opened, regardless of the operating schedule of the draw, for passage of the following, provided this opening does not conflict with local emergency management procedures which have been approved by the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port:
(1) Federal, State, and local government vessels used for public safety;
(2) Vessels in distress where a delay would endanger life or property;
(3) Commercial vessels engaged in rescue or emergency salvage operations; and
(4) Vessels seeking shelter from severe weather.
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.
Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (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.firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Mr. Michael Lieberum at email@example.com. 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.
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.
Boca Chica Bridge: Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing the Boca Chica Bridge (24.575929° -81.711907°) across Boca Chica Channel from January 19 through July 7, 2015. This work will have floating equipment around the bridge piles; but will not close the waterway at any time.
Cortez Bridge: Quinn Construction will be performing work on the Cortez Bridge (27.467865°-82.693661°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Sarasota County, Florida from April 28, 2014 through February 27, 2015. From January 12, 2015 through February 27, 2015, the bridge will be on a single-leaf opening schedule. A double-leaf opening will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender or by calling 941-722-7722. There will be floating equipment in and around the channel throughout the repairs.
Treasure Island Bridge: Southern Road and Bridge Company will be working on the Treasure Island Bridge (27.769018° -82.754298°) 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
Offshore Surveys, NJ:
Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey, Inc, survey vessel SHEARWATER will be conducting survey operations commencing on or about 09 January until 09 February, 2015. The route begins in Avon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey just north of Shark River Inlet (40.183689° -74.026685°) and runs offshore in a southeasterly direction towards a midpoint between Berkeley Canyon and Carteret Canyon. The survey vessel will have limited ability to maneuver due to trailing deployed geophysical remote sensing instrumentation and vessels are requested to remain well clear of the vessel. The vessel will monitor VHF Channel 16, and operations are expected to take place 24 hours a day.
Emergency Repairs, Bridge Closed, Brielle Road Lift Bridge:
Mariners are advised that urgent superstructure, substructure and fender repairs are in progress at the Monmouth County Brielle Road Lift Bridge, at mile 0.4, across Debbies Creek (Glimmer Glass), at Manasquan (40-06-01.374N, 074-01-54.240W), NJ. Repairs will be performed through May 22, 2015. The drawbridge will not be able to open for navigation from January 19, 2015 through February 20, 2015. A barge with a work boat will be used in a portion of the navigable channel. Repairs on the spans over the non-navigable waterway will utilize a lighted barge. The navigable channel remains open for vessels that can pass beneath the closed span, which has nine feet of vertical clearance. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area and to stay aware of any future updates/notice to mariners. (5th District LNM Week 01/2015)
Chincoteague Channel Dredging:
On or about January 16, 2015 the Army Corp of Engineers, Norfolk District, will begin dredging; for approximately (10) ten days, Chincoteague Channel in the vicinity of Chincoteague Channel Lighted Buoy 27 (LL 5392) through Chincoteague Channel Lighted Buoy 29 (LL5400) (38-09-07.126N, 075-14-45.286W). (5th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Mooring Ball and Spud Barge, Harris Creek:
Corman Marine will establish on or about January 12, 2015, a mooring buoy and spud barge; until June 30, 2015, in association with their authorized Oyster Bar Creation Project. The buoy is white with a blue band and will have a slow flashing white light when no barge/vessel is moored and positioned approximately 2,200' South of Bald Eagle Point. Additionally a Spud Barge will be located near Briary Cove approximately 800' Southwest of Harris Creek Daybeacon 13 (LL 25910).
Harris Creek Mooring Buoy A 38 43 28.52N—76 18 42.99W
Spud Barge 38 45 51.85N—76 18 10.12W
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Drilling Ops:
Mariners are advised that PRECON marine will be conducting drilling and coring operations in the vicinity of islands one (36.963426° -76.113226°) and two of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from January 15 through April 10, 2015 during daylight hours only. The lift boat CAPTN RAY and support vessels will be monitoring VHF channels 16 and 13. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the drilling platform and to use caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 02/2015)
Wave Buoy Re-established off Chesapeake Bay Entrance:
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has re-established their real time wave buoy offshore and within BOEM's lease block 6111P. The yellow lighted buoy is approximately 25.0 Nm. East-Southeast of Cape Henry Light and 10.83 Nm. East-Southeast of Chesapeake Light. (LLNR 375) VA DMME Lighted Data Buoy A 36 52 21.48N--75 29 32.10W Fl(5) Y 20s Private Aid. (5th District LNM Week 02/2015)
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)
Bonner Bridge Repairs:
Mariners are advised that daylight work will commence through June 31, 2015 for bridge crutch bent and concrete repairs at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35.771117°< -75.536274°) across Oregon Inlet, at mile 0.9 in Dare County, NC. Mobile equipment will be utilized from the bridge deck for concrete repairs in various locations and may temporarily reduce the vertical clearance outside the navigable channel by several feet. Several barges will be anchored/spudded on the west side of the bridge approximately 1700 yards north of the navigation channel for crutch bent repairs. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 02/2015)
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)
Dredging in Lower Cape Fear River:
Mariners are advised that the Manson Construction Company will be conducting dredging on Baldhead Shoal Reach 3 Channel (33.876716° -78.006522°), Battery Island Channel and Southport Channel, North Carolina commencing on or about January 12, 2015 and ending approximately March 31, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barges, derricks, buoys and operating wires about the dredge. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredge areas and plants. Dredge Glenn Edwards monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. Dredging will be conducted twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge thirty minutes prior to expected time of passage and a slow no wake is requested of transiting vessels. (5th District LNM Week 02/2015)
NE Cape Fear River Bridge Closed:
Mariners are advised that the Isabel Holmes Bridge (34.251542°< -77.951072°), at mile 1.0, across Northeast Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC will be maintained in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m. on February 9, 2015 until 8 p.m. on February 10, 2015. The main breaker will be removed and replaced; power will be completely shut off as to prevent damage to the grids and gear teeth. The drawbridge will not be able to open in the event of an emergency. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.822. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 01/2015)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Eastport, ME, Breakwater Collapse, Safety Zone:
The United States Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone for the Eastport Breakwater in Eastport, Maine starting 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 02/2015)
Navy Pier Collapse, Cutler, ME:
The Coast Guard has received a report that the northwest corner of the U.S. Navy pier in Cutler, ME. has collapsed. All mariners are requested to use caution while transiting this area. For more information contact Carol Eaton at (207) 438-4546. (First District LNM Week02/2015)
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)
Point Judith Mooring Buoy Disestablished:
The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
DISESTABLISH: Point Judith Harbor of Refuge Mooring Buoy (LLNR 19493). (First District LNM Week02/2015)
Bayonne Bridge Construction RNA, Comments Requested:
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Kill Van Kull and Newark Bay surrounding the Bayonne Bridge. This proposed rule would allow the Coast Guard to prohibit all vessel traffic through the regulated navigation area during bridge construction operations, both planned and unforeseen, that could pose an imminent hazard to persons and vessels operating in the area. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life in the regulated navigation area during the construction of the Bridge. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before February 9, 2015. The entire Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and directions for submitting comments is available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/pdf/2015-00178.pdf and at http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management. (First District LNM Week02/2015)
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.
Right Whale Season Again:
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES WARNING - ENDANGERED NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES
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 to 877-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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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:
This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to this use.