East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
2/12/2015


Attention Snowbirds:

Again--Shoaling Reported in New River Inlet AICW Crossing:
       Hazard to navigation - shoaling has been reported to a depth of 3 feet between the Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72A (LLNR 39300) (34.553901°-77.349136°) and Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72B (LLNR 393003) and depth of 4 feet at Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 74 (LLNR 39305) on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Check the Wilmington USACE link at the end of the Alerts for the latest survey (late January, 2015) of the area which confirms this report. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)*

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

Oak Island Bridge Area Power Lines Much Lower than Charted:
       Mariners be advised that the power lines on the navigable waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at latitude 33°55'11' N, longitude 078°03'24' W in Oak Island, North Carolina is not reflecting the charted vertical clearance of 96 feet. The current temporary vertical clearance is at 76 feet. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)

East and West Venetian Causeway Bridges Miami Boat Show Schedule:
       The East Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.791045° -80.152154°) across Miami Beach Channel, Miami, Florida will be on a twice an hour schedule from Monday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This bridge will open on demand except that from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top and bottom of every hour, to balance the needs of vehicle traffic and vessel movement to facilitate the Miami Boat Show.
       The West Venetian Causeway Bridge (25.789555°, -80.181524°) across Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida will be on a twice an hour schedule from Monday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This bridge will open on demand except that from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top and bottom of every hour, to balance the needs of vehicle traffic and vessel movement to facilitate the Miami Boat Show.
       Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)

63rd Street Bridge (Indian Creek, NOT on the AICW) Miami Boat Show Restrictions: 
       Due to the high volume of vehicle and vessel traffic movement during the Miami Boat Show, the 63rd Street Bridge (25°50'31.92"N, 80° 7'21.65"W) across Indian Creek, Miami, Florida regulation will be temporarily changed. The 63rd Street Bridge will open on signal except that from 7:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. and 4:05 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top of the hour for 10 minutes from February 5 through February 11 and from February 17 through February 18, 2015. Local Law Enforcement will be stationed on the bridge to control both vehicle and vessel traffic during these openings. (7th District LNM Week 06/2015)

New Sisters Creek Bridge Construction:
       Archer Western Contractors, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that they are working on constructing the new High-Level Fixed Sisters Creek Bridge (30.393797° -81.460001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 739.2, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. This plan includes two temporary trestles placed outside the navigable channel. There will be various floating equipment outside the main channel during most of this construction. The bridge waterway construction will start in February. The main girder span construction and fender system is currently planned for Fall 2015; which will result in waterway closures/restrictions. The exact dates will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. This project is anticipated to be completed by November/December 2015. The demolition of existing bridge is planned for January 2016 through July 2016. (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)

Lake Worth Inlet Channel Dredging:
       Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting will begin dredging operations in Lake Worth Inlet, Palm Beach County, FL on or about February 23, 2015. Dredging operations will be conducted within the Federal Navigation Channel encompassing the entire channel width from Lake Worth Inlet LB 6 (LLNR 10205.5) (26-46-23.453N, 080-02-10.374W) extending eastward 1000' past the northern jetty. The project will involve the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge ATCHAFALAYA removing shoaled material from the Federal Channel and then transiting around the south jetty to dispose of the material in the nearshore disposal area directly to the south of the Lake Worth Inlet's southern jetty. The dredge will be supported by the survey vessel "SURVEY 2'. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 14, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about March 24, 2015. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Contact the Project Manager, Aaron Barton at (617) 645-3697 for further information. (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)

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

St Simons Entrance Channel Dredging (Update 1-29-15):
       Manson Construction Co. and the USACOE will continue maintenance dredging operations in the Brunswick Entrance Channel. The work area is between St Simons Sound Entrance LB 1 (LLNR 6035) and LBB 11 (LLNR 6085). The dredge disposal area is at the outbound end of the Entrance Channel approximately 2 miles south of the St Simons LB STS (LLNR 6030/515). There will be no impact to navigation. The dredge BAYPORT will be joining the dredge NEWPORT on or about 03 February 2015. VHF channel frequency(s) monitored: 13, 16 and 66. Dredging operations will be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Approximate completion date 26 February, 2015. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed in the vicinity of dredges NEWPORT, BAYPORT and other survey vessels on scene.
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
Project contacts & telephone numbers:
Jay Mayes/Paul Rubin – Dredge Captains, Newport 206-696-2008
Mark DeGroot/Tom Bopp – Dredge Captains, Bayport 985-235-4411
Dave Howard – V.P., Operations Manager 941-315-1010
Juan Valdez – Assistant Operations Manager 904-697-6099
Henry Schorr – V.P., Contracts Manager 206-762-0850 (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)

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
Offshore Disposal:
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
North Beach:
30° 41'15.0882' N 81° 25'43.6781' W
30° 39'59.1906' N 81° 25'50.8620' W
Fort Clinch:
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)

Launch Hazards:
Eastern Range OP # X0007 FALCON-9 DSCOVR will conduct hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2836N 8039W
TO 2859N 7948W
TO 2851N 7946W
TO 2828N 8035W To beginning
B: From 3113N 7506W
TO 3117N 7448W
TO 3112N 7426W
TO 3101N 7427W
TO 3046N 7432W
TO 3043N 7507W To beginning
C: From 3133N 7453W
TO 3128N 7409W
TO 3031N 7407W
TO 3022N 7534W
TO 3122N 7532W To beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 08 / 2305Z thru 08 / 2341Z Feb 15 T-0 is 2310:12
Backup launch day: 09 / 2302Z thru 09 / 2338Z Feb 15 T-0 is 2307:49 (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)
       FALCON-9 Blast Danger Area (BDA) within the following coordinates: (update 1-27-15)
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 05/2015)

Canaveral Dredging (Update 1-28-15):
       Dutra Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about May 1, 2014 in Cape Canaveral. Operations will be 24 hours/7 days a week in various areas of the Canaveral Harbor and Entrance Channel located at around 28 24' 36.79' and 80 36' 25.15' and disposal site at ODMDS. Clamshell dredges DB PAULA LEE will carry out dredging operations and 2 split hull scows. The scows will be utilized for all Disposal Operations to ODMDS. Tender Tug Trojan Other equipment will also be supplied. All vessels will monitor Channels 12, 14, and 82. The tow tug "American Champion' will use the call sign KX7468. Operations will continue until on or about October 30, 2015. Further information contact Dennis Salyers (415) 497-5289. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the dredge area.
To Facilitate Dredge Ops:
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LB 11 (LLNR 9640) temporarily relocated to 28-24-26.361N 080-34-40.310W
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LB 13 (LLNR 9650) temporarily relocated to 28-24-29.402N 080-34-58.367W
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LT 14 (LLNR 9655) temporarily discontinued
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LB 15 (LLNR 9690) temporarily relocated to 28-24-33.871N 080-37-09.350W (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)

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 February 11, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.80 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.74 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.94 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

Juno Beach AICW Construction:
       The Vance Construction Company will begin placing rip rap material along the shoreline of Juno Beach on or about 05 February until approximately 01 August, 2015. Hours of operations will be daylight hours only - Monday through Friday (8:00am to 5:00pm) barges will be moored 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Vessels involved: (3) barges- Lucas One, Mobro ZT111 and Joe'd, (1) tug- Blaise and (1) push-boat-Sea Lion II. Tug Blaise and Push-boat Sea Lion II will monitor channels 16 and 10. The tugs and barges will be operating in the AICW south of the Donald Ross Bridge (26.881537° -80.069295°) which may affect some boaters traveling northbound. One barge will be transiting north to the Juno Dunes Natural Area north to the Bluffs at Marcinski. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Contact James Vance (973) 896-8428for further information. (7th District LNM Week 06/2015)

Inert Target Planting off Lake Worth Inlet:
       The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will conduct operations in an area offshore Lake Worth Inlet, Florida (26.767292° -80.023493°). M/V RICHARD L BECKER operated by Tow Boats US (TBUS) will be conducting surface maneuvers and planting inert targets in the water immediately east and south of Lake Worth Inlet. Operations are scheduled within a period beginning 0600EST 15 February through 2400EST on 01 March 2015. The M/V RICHARD L BECKER and (2) TBUS chase vessels will be working between 250ft and 300ft of water approximately 1.5NM to 2NM offshore and from 6.5NM south to 7.5NM south of Lake Worth Inlet. The (3) targets will be 10, 20 and 30 feet below the surface. Each inert target will have a floating high visibility line with a lighted float. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the targets and vessels during operations. The M/V RICHARD L BECKER and the chase vessels will be on station throughout the operation. The M/V RICHARD L BECKER can be hailed on VHF Channel 16 for instruction. (7th District LNM Week 06/2015)

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)

Port Everglades Survey and Work (Update 2-2-15):
       The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vessel SNELL will conduct 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 the 13-18 February, 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 05/2015)

Venice Beach Renourishment Dredging (Update 2-2-15):
       Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has completed mobilization efforts and dredge operations started 15 January for the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project - Venice Beach Renourishment. 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:
26°57'30.67N, 082°31'57.45W
26°53'46.73N, 082°31'56.40W
26°53'49.54N, 082°28'30.57W
26°57'29.72N, 082°28'34.26W
       The submerged pipeline, floating pipeline and booster pump will be contained within the coordinates:
27°05'24.51N, 082°27'26.70W
27°05'02.51N, 082°30'34.98W
27°04'41.47N, 082°30'30.00W
27°05'03.47N, 082°27'21.74W
       Dredging operations will take place 7 days a week and 24 hours per day. Equipment involved: Dredge LIBERTY ISLAND, Booster Pump Erin C, Tug Jack Newman, Tug Sea Cypress and S/V East River. All vessels will monitor marine channels 13 and 16. Approximate completion date 04 March 2015 and completion of demobilization 18 March. Further information contact Site manager, Jack Winn (630) 418-6259. (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Matanzas River Daybeacon 27 (LLNR 39265) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB, Fl Q G in approximate position 29-49-53.400N/081-18-06.000W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 06/2015)
       Eau Gallie Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 43060) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is sticking out of the water by 1ft and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 05/2015)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 06/2015:
       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.
       Update:
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.
       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.

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

Fifth District USCG Changes Regarding Ice:
       The Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the use of the Fifth Coast Guard District (D5) Ice Reporting website to promulgate ice information in major waterways throughout MD, D.C., DE, PA and NJ. Please include in your comments the number of times you utilize the D5 Ice Reporting website on a daily and weekly basis during the ice season (Dec 15-Mar 15), if you utilize other ice reporting websites as well, and how accurate this information is. Please also indicate which waterways you navigate during the ice season and your main means of navigating the waterway(s).
Send comments no later than 11 March 2015 to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: LTJG Amy Harrison
Or email to: CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)
       As of December 2014 the Fifth Coast District Aids to Navigation units were no longer required to remove lighting equipment from fixed Aids to Navigation (Lights) for seasonal purposes or when endangered by ice . Fixed Aids to Navigation (Lights) shall be maintained year round displaying their advertised light characteristics as indicated in the Light List Volume II Atlantic Coast COMDTPUB P 16502.2. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)

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)

U.S.S. Constellation Tow, Baltimore:
       Mariners are advised that the historic sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation is scheduled to be towed in the Patapsco River on or about Friday, February 20, 2015. The U.S.S. Constellation will be towed from its current location at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Creek to its berth at Inner Harbor Pier 1 (39.284354° -76.610432°) in Baltimore, MD. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, remain at least 200 yards ahead of or 100 yards outboard or aft of the historic sloop of war U.S.S. Constellation while operating in Curtis Creek and the Patapsco River, and contact the primary towing vessel on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16 or 13. Official patrol vessels can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16. For any questions contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at (410) 576-2693 or (410) 576-2674. (5th District LNM Week 06/2015)

CSX Bridge, Curtis Creek, to Close for a Month:
       Mariners are advised that the CSX Railroad Bridge, at mile 1.3, across Curtis Creek (39.211832° -76.579533°), in Baltimore, MD, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate railway tie work. The following closure period has been authorized: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursday from Feb 23 through 20 March, 2015. The bridge will still be able to open for navigation with a 15 to 20 minute delay. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5 Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)

Submerged Object Near Chesapeake Bay Bridges:
       The Coast Guard received a report of a submerged object located near the William P. Lane, Jr. Memorial (US-50/301) Bridges, across the Chesapeake Bay between Sandy Point, MD and Kent Island, MD. The object is reported to be a sunken vessel, 32-35 feet in length, in an upright position on the bottom in approximately 89 feet of water. The object is located approximately 100 yards north of the north (westbound) span of the bridges, northwest of the Eastern Channel, in approximate position latitude 38°59'27.0528'N, longitude 076°21'37.1880'W (Lat. 38.990848 Lon. 76-360329). The object is reported to be drifting southward along the bottom, as indicated by the presence of drag marks. Interested mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at telephone 410-576-2674. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)

Kent Narrows Bridge Open to Navigation:
       Mariners are advised that Manolis Painting Inc, on behalf of the Maryland State Highway Administration, will conduct painting at the MD RT 18B drawbridge across Kent Island Narrows (38.978740°-76.243229°), at mile 1.0, at Kent Island, Queens Anne County, MD. Beginning March 21, 2014 through May 22, 2015, repairs, cleaning, and painting will be conducted with the draw bridge in the open-to-navigation position and provide unrestricted navigational access. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 06/2015)

Chincoteague Bridge Schedule Change:
       Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard proposes to modify the operating schedule that governs the SR 175 Bridge over Lewis Channel Creek and Black Narrows (37.938158° -75.372575°), at mile 3.5, in Chincoteague, VA. To better align the operating schedule to meet the needs of both land and marine traffic, the proposed change will allow the bridge to open on demand. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the Federal Register no later than 12 MAR 2015. A copy of Public Notice 5-1352, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6422 or by viewing at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)

Thimble Shoal Auxiliary Channel Dredging:
       The dredge GLEN EDWARDS, M/V CANDICE (Tug) , M/V THUNDER (Tug) have commenced dredging operations within the Thimble Shoal Auxiliary Channel from Thimble Shoals Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 1TS (LLNR 9205) and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (36.963426° -76.113226°). Dredging operations will take place 7 days a week 24 hours a day. The vessels can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Dredging operations are expected to be completed on or about 15 March, 2015. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)

Norfolk Harbor Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that the dredge ROCKBRIDGE is conducting dredging operations in the Elizabeth River, in Norfolk Harbor Reach (36.879621° -76.329812°) and Craney Island Reach. Operations will occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until 28 February, 2015. The work extends between the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 9485) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9710). Concerned mariners can contact the dredge ROCKBRIDGE on VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16. (5th District LNM Week 06/2015)

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)

Pier Lit for Demolition, Southern Branch, AICW:
       On or about February 10, 2015 Dominion- Chesapeake Energy Center will establish a temporary; until November 1, 2015, pier light to mark their oil pier during and until demolition is complete.
Southern Branch Elizabeth River: CEC Temporary Oil Pier Light 36 46 10.53N—76 17 54.82W Fl Y 4s. (5th District LNM Week 06/2015)

Gilmerton Bridge Update:
       The following updated information was sent to us by Matt Yeager, Bridgetender, Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°):
BULLETIN NO: 15/004 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
DATE: February 06, 2015
Channel Restrictions at the Gilmerton Bridge
Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
       This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 15-003, released on January 23, 2015. All operations listed below are subject to change due to weather, unforeseen factors or operational contingencies.
Day Shift Operations:
       Please be advised that, from February 7, 2015 until September 30, 2015, PCL Civil Constructors will commence day shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system. One working barge will occupy the channel from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice as detailed below.
Night Shift Operations:
       From February 7, 2015 until March 31, 2015, PCL Civil Constructors will conduct night shift pile driving operations. Two working barges will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. All vessels requiring less than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 24 hours advance notice.
       From April 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015, PCL Civil Constructors will conduct night shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system. One working barge will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 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).

Steel Bridge/Dominion Boulevard Bridge Replacement Update:
       AICW – Elizabeth River Southern Branch – Dominion Blvd Replacement (fixed) Bridge Project – Contractors have installed the permanent beam and construction continues through MAR 2017. The fixed height is at 95 feet, above MHW. The old Steel (bascule) bridge (36.735991° -76.294895°) spans have been completely removed. (5th District LNM Week 06/2015)

North Landing River Bridge Repair Update:
       AICW – North Landing River – SR 604 Pungo Ferry (fixed) Bridge (36.614141° -76.059110°) – Emergency repair work has commenced and will continue through FEB 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA. 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. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)

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.

Dredging in Indian Town Harbor, Old Saybrook, CT:
       Dredging will be done in Indian Town Harbor, from February 23 - April 30, 2015, in the following position (PA) 41-16-33.550N, 072-24-19.390W. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will the barges # 389 & 480, tugs OCEAN KING & BULL DOZER and scows # 117 & 562 that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 06/2015)

NYC Fireworks Display:
       Mariners are advised that a fireworks display is scheduled to be held on Upper New York Bay within the Pier 84 & 90 Safety Zone. All waters of Upper New York Bay within a 360-yard radius of the fireworks barges location bound by the following points, 40-46-06.949N, 074-00-18.209W, 40-46-00.2924N, 074-00-23.072W, 40-45-53.892N, 074-00-27.370W. This Safety Zone will be enforced from 7:30 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. on February 17, 2015 for a 20 minute fireworks display scheduled at 08:00 p.m. The fireworks barge will have a sign on its port and starboard sides labeled FIREWORKS--DANGER--STAY AWAY to provide on scene notice that the Safety Zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the Safety Zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or designated Coast Guard personnel. Other Federal, State and local agencies may assist these personnel in the enforcement of the Safety Zone. (First District LNM Week 06/2015)

General Announcements

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 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:
www.nao.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/AIWW.aspx
Wilmington, NC District:
www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx
Charleston, SC District:
www.sac.usace.army.mil/missions/navigation/hydrographicmaps.aspx
Savannah, GA District:
www.sas.usace.army.mil/Portals/61/docs/OPS/ChannelConditionSurveys/OtherProjectSurveys/Aiww-2013-07.pdf
Jacksonville, FL District:
www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/HydroSurveys.aspx


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