East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Canaveral Lock Closure:
Schedule for Week of 1/26/2015 to 1/29/2015
Canaveral Locks (28.408777°-80.637077°) will be closed for repairs according to the following schedule:
Monday January 26 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Tuesday January 27 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Wednesday January 28 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Thursday January 29 from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700.
Additional information concerning Canaveral Locks and related navigation bulletins may be obtained on Jacksonville District's website at: www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx or by calling the Canaveral Lock shift operator at 312-783-5421 between the hours of 0600 and 2130. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. John Bearce (Project Manager) (904) 232-3525. (From 7th District LNM Week 04/2015)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Gilmerton Bridge Update:
The following information was sent to us by Matt Yeager, Bridgetender, Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°):
This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 14-021, released on December 9, 2014 and MSIB 14- 17, released on September 10, 2014. All operations listed below are subject to change due to weather, unforeseen factors or operational contingencies.
Please be advised that the PCL Civil Constructors day shift pile driving will continue for an additional two weeks and should be completed on or about 7 February 2015. Pile driving operations on the north side of the bridge will occur Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.. Vessels requiring 50 feet or more of horizontal clearance must provide 2 hours advance notice.
Beginning February 7, 2015 until May 30, 2015, one working barge will be in the channel. Vessels requiring 70 feet or more of horizontal clearance must provide 2 hours advance notice.
The night shift construction will be completed on or about 31 March 2015. Two working barges will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Vessels requiring less than 60 feet of horizontal clearance must provide 2 hours advance notice. Vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance must provide 24 hours advance notice.
Mariners providing such notice shall contact the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate in accordance with the schedule set forth in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 117.997(c).
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
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)
Floyd Creek Hazard:
Floyd Creek Cut Daybeacon A22 (LLNR 37485) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB with Fl Q R characteristics in position 30-57-41.357N/081-30-33.204W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Kings Bay Entrance Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will be conducting dredging operations in Kings Bay Entrance Channel. The project consists of excavating material from the entrance channel and disposing at North Beach, Near Shore Disposal, Offshore Disposal, and Fort Clinch. Operations will begin February 10, 2015 until March 30, 2015 (24 hours per day, 7 days a week.) Dredge TERRAPIN ISLAND will monitor marine VHF channels 13 & 16. Other vessels on scene: Survey Vessel Columbia River, Tug Bayou Dawn and Derrick GL62.
Material will be excavated from Cut 1N of the Kings Bay Entrance Channel, STA 80+00 to 332+00, between channel markers St Marys Entrance LB 20 (LLNR 6650) to St Marys Entrance LB 12 (LLNR 6580). The excavated material will be distributed among North Beach, Near Shore Disposal, Offshore Disposal, and Fort Clinch. Material removed from STA 80+00 to 100+00 and STA 200+00 to 230+00, will be placed at Near Shore Disposal. Material removed from STA 100+00 to 200+00, will also be placed at North Beach and Fort Clinch. Material removed from STA 230+00 to 332+00, will be placed at Offshore Disposal. Pump off locations for North Beach and Fort Clinch will be determined at a later date. The derrick and supply barge will be staged and stored at the Pogy Plant.
Near Shore Disposal:
30° 37'28.3472" N 81° 25'54.1610" W
30° 37'28.0878" N 81° 25'08.3800" W
30° 36'18.8022" N 81° 25'08.9125" W
30° 36'19.0635" N 81° 25'54.6836" W
30° 33'00.8611" N 81° 19'07.3081" W
30° 33'00.8665" N 81° 16'51.3047" W
30° 31'00.8608" N 81° 16'51.2959" W
30° 31'00.8648" N 81° 19'07.3099" W
30° 41'15.0882" N 81° 25'43.6781" W
30° 39'59.1906" N 81° 25'50.8620" W
30° 42'15.1729" N 81° 27'29.2152" W
30° 42'18.6403" N 81° 27'10.7810" W
Vessels transiting the work area are urged to exercise extreme caution. Further questions contact Bryan Dast (Project Manager) 630-699-9995 or Adam Ballenger (Site Manager) 630-649-9777. (7th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Falcon-9 Launch Update: 1-23-15:
FALCON-9 Blast Danger Area (BDA) within the following coordinates:
28 34.37N 80 34.25W
28 34.37N 80 33.80W
28 33.24N 80 33.80W
28 33.24N 80 33.24W
Date/Time/Duration of test: 22 FEB 15 / 1400Z - 2200Z
The Blast Danger Area is activated in conjunction with Rocket Motor Testing and is a hazard within the listed coordinates. (7th District LNM Week 04/2015)
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 (27°27'52.71"N, 80°17'8.24"W). 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 28, 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 Tow Boat U.S. 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, Tow Boat U.S., and Sea Tow 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)
Cable Surveys off South Florida:
SSR Inc/Xtera Communications Inc continues to conduct cable surveys until Janaury 31, 2015. The shallow water operation is complete and the surveys begin in deep water with R/V DEEP OCEAN SURVEYOR. The vessel is slow moving with limited maneuverability in tow from the stern of the vessel will be electronic survey equipment. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. Further information contact Scott Meyer +1-727-480-0118 or Peter Theophanis +1-772-485-3038 Survey Route:
1) 26° 5.540'N 80° 6.479'W Shore End
2) 26° 5.285'N 80° 5.959'W
3) 26° 5.261'N 80° 5.627'W
4) 26° 5.284'N 80° 4.773'W
5) 26° 5.444'N 80° 3.510'W
6) 26° 5.509'N 80° 0.533'W +/- 5 NM Offshore (7th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Port Everglades Survey and Work:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vessel SNELL will be conducting drag beam leveling and hydrographic survey operations at Port Everglades (26.093200°-80.109032°) in the AIWW approximately 1/2NM South of the USCG Base, on or about late February or early March, 2015. The ACOE vessel SNELL will operate from 0600 thru 1800 daily and monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. 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. (7th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Project Update: 01-20-15
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is constructing the Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation site located just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The second phase of the project consists of placing select fill which is being loaded on to deck barges at Pelican Harbor Park and transported down the ICWW to the project site. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock has placed lighted steel pilings and a turbidity curtain around the mitigation area. The pilings extend 5-8 feet above the surface. Mariners are advised to remain clear of the project site and transit the area with caution. Communications: Marine VHF Channels 13, 16. Approximate completion date August 2015. For further information, contact the Project Manager, Mr. Chris Pomfret at (239) 250-0974.
Coordinates of Construction Area:
25-48-55.573N 080-09-41.892W NW Corner
25-48.45.767N 080-09-41.961W SW Corner
25-48-45.615N 080-09-15.669W SE Corner
25-48-55.420N 080-09-15.596W NE Corner (7th District LNM Week 03/2015)
Miami Dredging Update: 01-07-15
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will continue dredge operations moving along Lummus Island Cut, Lummus Island Turning Basin and Dodge Island (25.778902° -80.182536°) Cut utilizing a variety of dredges, tugs, and barges. Operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, weather permitting. Buoys may be temporarily relocated. While dredging in the channel the dredge will have restricted maneuverability. Throughout the daily dredging cycle, barges will be transiting to and from the permitted disposal site, located approximately 3NM southeast of the Outer Bar Cut Channel. The dredge will be continuously monitoring, and can be hailed on VHF channel 13 and 16. 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. Points of contact for the project are the Project Manager, Mr. Chris Pomfret (239) 250-0974 and the Site Operations Manager, Mr. Kevin Zimmerman (561) 704-4845. (7th District LNM Week 03/2015)
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: 27°05'24.51N, 082°27'26.70W
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 Daybeacon 27 (LLNR 39265) is destroyed and is a hazard to navigation. The hazard is only visible during high tide. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 163 (LLNR 44685) is destroyed and is a hazard to navigation. The hazard is partially submerged. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Garrison Bight Channel Daybeacon 20 (LLNR 15050) is destroyed at the waterline and poses a hazard to navigation. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB "WR20" with Fl Q R characteristics. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 03/2015)
Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Daybeacon 30 (LLNR 17285) is destroyed/partially submerged and poses a hazard to navigation. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB "WR30" with Fl Q R characteristics in position 26-00-59.428N/081-45-35.664W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 03/2015)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 04/2015:
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: 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:
6pm Friday (1/30/15) until 6am Monday (02/02/15)
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.
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.
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.
Gasparilla Island Swingbridge: Update: GLF USA Corporation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be installing submarine cable for the Gasparilla Island Swing Bridge (26.826814° -82.270217°). They will begin excavating the north channel on January 19-22, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Submarine cable will be laid in the north trench on January 22 or 23, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this portion of work, the south channel will remain open and the bridge will be operating as usual. They will begin excavating the south channel on January 26-29, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. The submarine cable will be laid in the south channel on January 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The south trench will be backfilled on January 30, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. During this portion of work, both channels will be closed. The tug/barge will monitor VHF channel 9. The Construction Manager, Bob Fitzgerald's phone number is (786) 999-3411. The Project Manager, Rick Alexander's phone number is (954) 317-6130. The Project Engineer, John Kipp's phone number is (954) 317-6169.
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.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
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)
NJ Bridge Regulation Changed:
Mariners are advised the Ocean Drive Lift Bridge, at mile 0.3, across Townsend Inlet (39.112676° -74.695194°), at Avalon, NJ, Saturdays and Sundays 6 am through 4 pm bridge will open on demand at all other times through April 30, 2015 vessel openings will be provided if at least two hours advance notice is provided to Cape May County at (609) 368-4591. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.757. In addition, a temporary shielding platform will be positioned under the draw span reducing the available vertical clearance from 23 feet to approximately 20 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open in an emergency. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Seaford, Delaware, Bridge Closed, Zero Clearance:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern Railway Bridge (38.637578°-75.613993°), at mile 39.4, across Nanticoke River in Seaford DE is closed for emergency repairs. There is zero vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels. Repairs are being made with due speed to the operating machinery and normal operating schedule should be resumed by March 31, 2015. Contractor will be on scene with equipment periodically during the remainder of closure conducting repairs. Mariners are advised to use caution in the area. (5th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Mooring Buoy in Tred Avon:
Corman Marine will establish on or about February 02, 2015 a mooring buoy 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 500 feet from the shoreline and 1500 feet West across the river from Tred Avon River Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 25450). (5th District LNM Week 04/2015)
Paint Barge and Buoys at Nice Bridge, Potomac River:
Blastec Enterprise has established their paint barge and four (4) Lighted Crown Buoys (anchor buoys) in association with their Harry W Nice Memorial Bridge Project; until April 1, 2015. The four 58" yellow buoys will each have a flashing four second yellow light (Fl Y 4s) and will be located approximately 500 ft (directional) from the lighted paint barge; (NW, NE, SE and SW). The Paint Barge location is 38 21 46.670N—76 59 13.723W; which is east of Pier 17. (5th District LNM Week 04/2015)
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)
Midtown Tunnel Construction Update:
Mariners are advised the SKW Constructors will be installing the fifth tunnel element for the new midtown tunnel (36.859771°-76.311423°) from 26 January through 14 February, 2015 between 6:00 am through 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Anchors and yellow crown buoy will remain in the channel through the duration on the operation. Vessels requiring full use of the channel shall provide one hour notice to SKW at (757) 434-2625. The KENNY O, lay barge, and support vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners should stay clear of all onscene equipment and are requested to use caution and maintain bare steerageway while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 04/2015)
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
BEWARE POSSIBLE CHANGES IN ATONS AND SHOALS AND OTHER ISSUES CAUSED BY RECENT EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS.
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 Week02/2015)
Underwater Construction, Marblehead:
Trenching and pipe installation is being done from January 23 - June 1, 2015. The hours of operation will be daily from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, marine assets will stay on scene. On scene will be the dredge CAPTAIN A. J. FOURNIER, barges LINDA, CMI 395 & HUGHES, push boat AUSTIN, work boats LITTLE JOHNNY C & PATTY C and skiffs that will be monitoring VHF-FM marine channels 16 & 76. (First District LNM Week 03/2015)
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)
Diving Ops off Sandy Hook:
Subsea maintenance on the Lower New York Bay Extension, including diving operations, will be done approximately 0.65 miles northeast of the tip of Sandy Hook peninsula beneath a 278 foot section of the pipeline in the following position: 40-29-21.908N 073-59-50.728W. The work will be performed by divers using hand-jetting techniques until approximately January 30, 2015, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. On scene will be a 90-foot dive support vessel, the Megan Miller, that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made on Channel 16. (First District LNM Week 03/2015)
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 http://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 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 email@example.com. (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: http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/AIWW.aspx
Wilmington, NC District: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx
Charleston, SC District: http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/missions/navigation/hydrographicmaps.aspx
Savannah, GA District: http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/Portals/61/docs/OPS/ChannelConditionSurveys/OtherProjectSurveys/Aiww-2013-07.pdf
Jacksonville, FL District: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/HydroSurveys.aspx
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.