East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Attention Snowbirds:

Barge Sunk in Fort Pierce Inlet, Inlet Closed:
       On February 24, 2015, a barge (100 ft by 40 feet) being towed into the Fort Pierce Inlet in Florida sank in the inlet, inside the jetties, and is reported to have broken into two sections. The Coast Guard has closed the inlet to vessel traffic. A three part salvage plan is in place. Salvage will be weather dependent and much of it will have to take place at slack tide. There is no date for reopening the inlet.
       Check www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/fort-pierce-inlet-remains-closed-victim-who-died-after-barge-sank-identified. If you are in the area, pay attention to the USCG Local Broadcasts to Mariners, and continue to check for updates online.*

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

Midtown Tunnel Construction Project Updates: Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va.
Revised Closure Dates and Modification of Size of Safety Zone:
       On December 22, 2014, the Coast Guard published a Temporary Final Rule (TFR), docket number [USCG-2014-1032], in the Federal Register establishing a temporary safety zone to facilitate the installation of multiple segments of the new Midtown Tunnel  (36.859771°-76.311423°) on the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth. On December 10, 2014, the Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 14/020 (which was reissued as a courtesy on February 9, 2015). As per the TFR and MSIB, the safety zone would be in effect for ten separate 48-hour periods and encompass the entire width of the federal channel between Elizabeth River Channel Buoys 31 (LLNR 9835) and 34 (LLNR 9855).
       It has since been determined that SKW Contractors no longer requires 48-hour channel closures on February 23 and 26, 2015. The first channel closure will now occur at the stroke of midnight on March 4, 2015 (one day later than that advertised in the TFR and MSIB). In addition, SKW has determined that it no longer requires as large a portion of the federal channel to complete the work. Accordingly, the Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone that encompasses the entire width of the federal channel between Elizabeth River Channel Buoys 32 (LLNR 9840) and 33 (LLNR 9850). As a reminder no persons or vessels are permitted to enter the safety zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port or his designated Representative.
       The remaining 48 hour closures are scheduled for March 9, April 20, April 23, April 27, April 30, and May 11, 2015. All channel closures will begin at the stroke of midnight of the first day of the ... aforesaid periods and continue for 48 consecutive hours.
Partial Closure for installation of tunnel element #6:
       From February 19, 2015 until March 4, 2015, SKW Constructors will conduct an operation to screed the foundation, place, and backfill tunnel element #6. The operation will impact the available width of the federal channel between the centerline and the Portsmouth shoreline. Operations will take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily; however, equipment, anchors and yellow crown buoys marking the anchor locations will be in the western half of the channel 24 hours a day.
       During the installation operations, equipment may block up to half the width of the federal channel. In the event a vessel needs more than half the width of the channel, the vessel shall provide at least 1 hour notice to allow SKW to move its equipment. A 170' X 90' screed barge, the 284' X 128' KENNY O lay barge, a 25' Security Patrol Boat and two assist tugs will be utilized to conduct this operation.  These on-scene vessels will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16 at all times. Information about this project was released as a Broadcast Notice to Mariners on February 19, 2015.
       The primary field point of contact for this operation is Terry Cronk, (757) 434-2625; the secondary field contact is Ron Meyer, (908) 463-4418. Questions concerning this operation may be directed to the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Waterways Management Division, (757) 668-5580, email HamptonRoadsWaterway@uscg.mil.
BULLETIN NO: 15/005 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
DATE: February 19, 2015 -USCG-

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

Charleston Area Marina Dredging:
       Marcol Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about 16 February, 2015 at Tolers Cove Marina (just south of the Ben Sawyer Bridge), in the Intracoastal Waterway, with the dredge CAPTAIN JOE. Dredge spoils will be deposited via pipeline across the Intracoastal Waterway at Upland Confined Disposal Facility. Dredging will continue 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately 31 March, 2015. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications, contact the dredge CAPTAIN JOE on VHF-FM channels 66 & 16. For more details, please contact Marcol Dredging at: (843) 747-2177. For Coast Guard related issues please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740- 3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at: (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 07/2015)

Savannah River Dredging:
       Manson Construction will commence dredge operations on 21 February in the vicinity of Bloody Point Range and Jones Island Range. The work area is between Tybee Range Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 4560) and Tybee Knoll Cut Range Lighted Buoy 20 (LLNR4730). The dredge disposal area is near the outbound end of the channel, south of the channel and east of the Savannah Light. Operations will be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day until approximately 31 March 2015. The dredge NEWPORT is currently on scene and Dredge GLENN EDWARDS will join the project on or about 15 March. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13, 16 and 66. Mariners are advised to reduce speed and exercise caution in the vicinity of both dredges. Further information contact the Assistant Operations Manager, Juan Valdez (904) 697-6099.
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Bloody Point Range LB 8A (LLNR 4580.1) to 32-00-02.063N/080-47-17.312W
Bloody Point Range LB 11 (LLNR 4605) to 32-01-08.238N/080-48-31.212W
Jones Island Range LBB 17 (LLNR 4640) to 32-02-11.449N/080-50.31.612W (7th District LNM Week 08/2015)

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)

Mayport Dredging Update 2-11-15:
       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. Beginning 12 February and continuing until approximately 03 March, the Hopper Dredge B.E. LINDHOLM and attendant plant will join the current dredge operation. All dredge material will be towed and deposited offshore to USACE Jacksonville ODMDS. Once underway, operations will continue 24/7. The dredge and boats will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. For further information contact Miguel Cruz at Weeks Marine macruz@weeksmarine.com or (985) 875-2564.
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Mayport Basin Channel LB 1 (LLNR 7170) temporarily relocated to 30-23-50.235N/081-23-39.474W.
Mayport Basin Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 7175) temporarily relocated to 30-23-46.276N/081-23-54.627W.
Mayport Basin Channel Buoy LB 4 (LLNR 7185) temporarily relocated to 30-23-49.995N/081-24-07.702W.
St Johns River Entrance LB 4 (LLNR 7130) temporarily relocated to 30-23-54.916N/081-21-35.777W.
St Johns River LB 10 (LLNR 7190) temporarily relocated to 30-24-09.472N/081-24-09.619W.
St Johns River LB 11 (LLNR 7195) temporarily relocated to 30-24-05.705N/081-25-03.956W. (7th District LNM Week 07/2015)

Eastern Range Hazardous Ops, Falcon-9 Launch:
        Eastern Range will conduct hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas:
A: From 2836N 8036W
TO 2836N 7956W
TO 2832N 7926W
TO 2829N 7927W
TO 2829N 8003W
TO 2831N 8036W To beginning
B: From 2810N 7224W
TO 2803N 7153W
TO 2800N 7153W
TO 2800N 7225W To beginning
C: From 2830N 7430W
TO 2854N 7209W
TO 2809N 6925W
TO 2721N 6928W
TO 2717N 7111W
TO 2725N 7301W
TO 2806N 7433W To beginning
Hazard periods for Primary and Backup Launch Day:
Primary Launch Day: 02 / 0344Z thru 02 / 0506Z Mar 2015. T-0 IS 00349Z
Backup Launch Day: 03/ 0340Z thru 03 / 0502Z Mar 2015. T-0 IS 0345Z (7th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Canaveral Military Training Exercise:
       There will be a Joint Military Training Exercise conducted in the East Turning Basin (Trident Basin) of Port Canaveral, FL from 02-06 March, 2015. The exercise will involve the firing of blank ammunition, the detonation of improvised explosive devices and pyrotechnics. Role play vessels will transit from the Poseidon Wharf of the Middle Turning Basin to the Trident Basin each day of the exercise. All exercises will be conducted within the confines of the Trident Basin. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting this area. Further information contact the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral, LCDR West or CWO Corr at (321) 784-6780. (7th District LNM Week 07/2015)

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 25, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.68 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.62 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.82 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

Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Update 2-17-15:
       Odebrecht Construction, Inc. is replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Moore Haven (Culverts 1 and 1A) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction consists of the steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self contained work area. The waterway will be restricted and may be intermittently obstructed during the installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing the culverts. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Alvin L Ward park boat ramps and Uncle Joe's Fish Camp boat ramps. Flagmen will be present as needed to signal vessels to stop or to proceed with caution. The controlling width through Culvert 1A project area is 20ft minimum, limited by a controlling depth of 6ft when the lake is at elevation +11.0ft Mean Sea Level. Due to the orientation of Culvert C1, construction activities for the western half of the cofferdam will be completed landward of the proposed cofferdam; however it is expected that all the equipment will stay within the limits of the construction, resulting in a navigable channel of approximately 45ft. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. Signs and navigational markers are in place before the construction area to advise mariners to reduce speed and use caution. The project is anticipated to be completed in August, 2016. The Project point of contact is Christopher Conerly at 225-936-8806 or cconerly@odebrecht.com. (7th District LNM Week 07/2015)

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)

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)

Lake Worth Dredging Update: 02-24-15
       Weeks Marine will commence approximately 31 December 2014, mobilizing pipeline, support equipment and attendant plant into the LakeworthLagoon (LWL), all the equipment and pipeline will be anchored to the East of (LWL) Staging Area (refer to the enclosure section). Submerged pipelines are located offshore of Palm Beach Island at the following locations: Northern Reach: between 26° 43' 9.90N/80° 02' 02.08W and 26° 43' 14.66N/80° 01' 38.86W. Southern Reach: between 26° 42' 27.81N/80° 01' 58.57W and 26° 42' 25.26N/80° 01' 34.92W. A single point mooring/discharge connection will be approximately 2,500 ft off the shore of the renourishment site. On the seaward end of the discharge connection will be a ball connection attached to 300feet of floating rubber discharge hose that will be attached to the submerged pipeline. The floating hose will be lighted and the entire connection and assembly will be out of the navigation channel. Dredged material will be transported from the borrow area located between 26°47'14.71N/80° 01' 19.83W and 26°48' 8.25 N/80° 01' 19.37W by the Hopper Dredge RN WEEKS to a discharge location within the limits of the above mentioned subline locations, to be pumped to the beach through a combination of floating and submerged pipelines. Dredge operations will continue on twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven days per week basis. The dredge will monitor marine VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. Dredging operations will continue until approximately 15 April, 2015. The submerged pipeline will be removed at the completion of dredging activities. For additional information contact Miguel Cruz (985) 875-2564 or macruz@weeksmarine.com (7th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Government Cut/Miami Main Channel Range Replacement Project Update 2-11-15:
       Shoreline Foundation, Inc. will begin construction of new range structures for the Miami Main Channel Entrance Ranges and Government Cut Ranges, followed by the removal of the existing ranges and temporary range structures on or about July 02, 2014. Construction operations will be conducted approximately 3 to 6 NM's off the coast of Key Biscayne, FL, on the perimeter of the Miami Main Channel and Government Cut. Operations will normally take place Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm, but may periodically change due to weather conditions. The project will involve commercial divers, the Tug "MARK" and a 160 foot crane barge that will be supported by a 31 foot crew boat. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. The project is scheduled to be completed on or about early March, 2015. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake to ensure the safety of the workers. Contact the Project Superintendent, Sal Daher for further information 305-345-3278.
Removal of existing Ranges, TRLT's and Rebuilds:
-Miami Main Ch Ent RFL (LLNR 10460)
UPDATE: Miami Main Ch Ent RFL, TRLT (Q G, Nightime only) has been relocated to position 25-45-06.596N/080-07-37.673W at a height above MLLW approximately 20ft.
-Miami Main Ch Ent RRL (LLNR 10465) and TRLT Miami Main Ch Ent RRL (Iso G 6s, 24-hours)
-Government Cut RFL (LLNR 10505)
-Government Cut RRL (LLNR 10510) (7th District LNM Week 07/2015)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Biscayne Bay Light 33 (LLNR 48330) is extinguished and missing daymarks. The steel pile is marked with a TRLB, WR33, with Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM Week 07/2015)
       Key West Bight Channel Light 2 (LLNR 14975) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile pose a hazard to navigation and are marked with a TRLB WR2, Fl Q R characteristics. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 08/2015)
       Indian River (South Section) Light 82 (LLNR 43790) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile pose a hazard to navigation and are marked with a TRLB WR82, Fl Q R characteristics 5 yards channelward in position 27-45-31.065N/080-24-48.994W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 08/2015:
       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.
       Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mil3 739.2): 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)
       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:T he 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.
       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.
       Old Roosevelt (FEC) Railroad Bridge: The Old Roosevelt (FEC) Railroad Bridge across the St Lucie River, Stuart, Florida will be closed to navigation from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015.
       Loxahatchee River Railroad Bridge: The Loxahatchee River Railroad Bridge across the Loxahatchee River, Loxahatchee, Florida will be closed to navigation from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 for maintenance.
       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.
       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.
       SE 3rd Avenue Bridge, New River: The Southeast 3rd Avenue Bridge across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida will be closed to navigation from 11:00 p.m. on March 5 through 6:00 a.m. on March 6, 2015 for repairs. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
       New River FEC Railroad Bridge: The FEC Railroad Bridge across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida will be closed to navigation from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

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

Firing Range No Longer in Use, Aids Removed:
       On or about 15 May 2015, the Coast Guard will discontinue Sewell Point Buoy A (LLNR 145) and Sewell Point Buoy C (LLNR 150). Sewell Point Buoys A & C, located southwest of Cape May Inlet, currently mark a danger zone for a firing range located at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. The firing range is no longer in use and the Coast Guard will remove the buoys. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Ocean City Dredging for Assateague Island Beach Renourishment
       Mariners are advised that in support of the beach replenishment at the northern end of Assateague Island, dredging operations are scheduled to continue in Ocean City Inlet, between Ocean City Inlet Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 4745) and Ocean Inlet Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 4757) until 18 March, 2015. Work continues to occur from 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, 7 days a week. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area and the dredge MURDEN may be contacted on VHF Channel 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Marine Construction, Baltimore Harbor:
       Mariners are advised that a marine construction project is scheduled to occur in Baltimore Harbor from March 1, 2015 through October 1, 2015. The project is located at Dundalk Marine Terminal Berth 8 in Baltimore, MD. Work will include demolition of the RORO Pier, maintenance dredging, and installation of a new bulkhead and fenders. Hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. There will be various barges at berth 8 at any given time. Interested mariners may contact the Corman Marine Construction, Inc. work crews via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

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)

Thomas Point Light to Lose Sound Signal, Comments Requested:
       The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the sound signal on Thomas Point Light (LLNR 7760). Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational safety.  All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to March 9, 2015 to be considered in the analysis.
       Send comments to Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil, or mailed to U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District
Waterways Management (dpw), 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Artificial Reef off Taylor's Island, Little Choptank River:
       Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (DCP) will begin deploying artificial reef material associated with the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert, MD. The deployment operations are expected to take place on or about 26 March, 2015 and continue until July, 2015. The artificial reef location is referred to as Taylor's Island Reef and is located south of the confluence of the Little Choptank River. The reef will be marked with Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) buoys to ensure proper deposition of the reef material and warn mariners of the potentially hazardous conditions. (5th District LNM Week 07/2015)

       Milford Haven East: 3 ft MLW between Light 6 and Light 9
       Queens Creek: Less than 3 ft between 2QC and daybeacon10. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Cape Charles City Harbor Entrance Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that the dredge ROCKBRIDGE of Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, VA, will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Charles City Harbor and Entrance Channel between Cape Charles City Light 4 (LLNR 21470) and Cape Charles City Light 11 (LLNR 21500). Dredging operations are expected to begin on 28 February, 2015 through 21 March, 2015. The dredge monitors VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Hydrophones off Virginia Beach:
       The U.S. Navy has deployed four hydrophones in DANGER AREA 334.390 (W-50). The Hydrophones are located in the following approximate positions: 36-48.9N 075-52.5W, 36-46.9N 075-51.8W, 36-45.4N 075-51.3W, and 36-42.3N 075-50.1W. The Hydrophones are moored at a depth of approximately 25 feet below the water surface, and they pose a hazard to trawler nets. The Hydrophones will be deployed for an indefinite amount of time for the purposes of collecting data in support of a U.S. Navy environmental impact survey of marine mammals in the Virginia Beach Coast Areas. (5th District LNM Week 07/2015)

James River Power Line Tower Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that Precon Marine Construction, Inc. will be performing foundation repairs to the power distribution towers crossing the James River. Work will be confined to the area west of the James River Bridge on the power line towers. The work period is scheduled to be performed starting February 16, 2015 and ending in February/March 2016. Equipment on site will be three crane spud barges, material barges, and sectional barges, and various small boats. Dive operations will take place at each tower. The Tug Savannah will be on site during day time hours and will monitor VHF 13/16. Additionally there will be scaffolding and work floats on the tower foundations supporting the repairs. After hours all equipment will be secured on site and will have white barge lights on each corner of the barges. During the work day the crews will monitor and answer VHF-FM channels 13 and 16, in the evening contact Herb Johnson at HCJohnson@preconmarine.com or 757-449-3196. Mariners should use extreme caution and maintain a no wake speed when transiting this work area. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

Craney Island Fuel Pier Replacement:
       Mariners are advised that the Mclean Construction Company will be replacing fuel pier D at the Craney Island Fuel Depot located the western shore of the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, VA. Operations are expected to completed 31 May, 2015. Crews onscene will be monitoring VHF Channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

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).

Emergency Dredging, Morehead City Harbor:
       Mariners are advised that the Southern Dredging Company will be conducting emergency dredging in Morehead City Harbor in Morehead City, North Carolina between Range C channel markers R 24 and R 28 at the Aviation Fuel Terminal piers on Radio Island commencing on or about February 20, 2015. The Dredge BRUNSWICK will operate on a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week basis until approximately March 7, 2015. Dredged material will be transported by a submerged and anchored dredge pipeline across the bottom of the Range C channel to the Brandt Island disposal site. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge and to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredge area and plants. To ensure safe passage in the vicinity of the operation, boaters should establish contact with the dredge BRUNSWICK on VHF marine channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 08/2015)

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)

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge No Openings:
       Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the US Route 17 Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, over the Cape Fear River, mile 26.8, in Wilmington, NC. The bridge will be undergoing biennial maintenance/inspections and will not be able to open for navigation from March 16 to March 20, 2015, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The bridge has 65 feet of vertical clearance in the closed position. The channel shall remain open to vessels that can navigate this clearance. Mariners should continue to monitor the Local Notice to Mariners for potential impacts to navigation. (5th District LNM Week 07/2015)

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)

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


Maine--Submerged Object:
        An uncharted submerged object has been reported in approximate position 44-22.95N 067-52.77Win the vicinity of the Petit Manan Bar. All mariners are urged to use caution when transiting through the area. (First District LNM Week 08/2015)

Cape Cod Canal Dredging Proposal:
        The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District, plans to perform maintenance dredging in the Cape Cod Canal. The proposed work will remove approximately 150,000 cubic yards of clean sand and gravel from six areas. The six shoal areas in the authorized 32 feet deep main ship channel will be dredged to depths ranging from -36 feet MLLW to -40 MLLW (includes 2 feet of allowable over-depth). The authorized 25 foot deep East Mooring Basin will be dredged to -34 feet MLL W (includes 2 feet allowable over-depth). The dredged material will either be beneficially used as beach-fill on an eroded portion of Town Neck Beach in Sandwich or, alternatively, shall be placed at the previously used open water Cape Cod Canal Disposal Site (CCCDS) in Cape Cod Bay. The proposed work will be performed by a hopper dredge within a three to four month period during the late fall of 2015 to early spring 2016.
        Comments are invited from all interested parties and should be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751, ATTN: Michael Riccio; or emailed to nae-pn-nav@usace.atmy.mil, no later than March 3, 2015. The full text of the USACE's Public Notice regarding this project can be found at www.nae.usace.army.mil/Portals/74/docs/Navigation/CapeCodCanal2Feb2015.pdf. (First District LNM Week 07/2015)

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)

Free Online Video Promoting Safe Boating in New York and New Jersey:
       This free online educational resource for safe boating in the Port of NY & NJ is a cooperative effort by the I BOAT NJ program through NJ DOT and U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York. The project contains a feature length 26 minute safety video describing the challenges of the multi user Port environment and 5 sub chapters: Paddlers, Motor Boaters, Sailors, Pilots and Operation Clear Channel. Its mission is to increase safety and awareness in the Port and its target is recreational boaters who transit and operate in the Port. It can be found online at http://thesafeharbor.us/index.html. (First District LNM Week 07/2015)

NY Harbor Anchorage Changes:
       The U.S. Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on Jan 15, 2015 that established a new Anchorage Ground No. 18 in the Hudson River near Yonkers, NY, revised the boundaries of Anchorage Ground No. 17 in the Hudson River near Yonkers, NY, and disestablished Anchorage Ground No. 27(ii) near Romer Shoal and Anchorage Ground No. 27(iii) near Flynns Knoll. These revised anchorage ground regulations became effective on Feb 17, 2015. The final rule is available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/pdf/2015-00465.pdf. (First District LNM Week 07/2015)

Fire Island Inlet Shoaling:
       The U.S. Coast Guard has observed shoaling between Fire Island Inlet Buoy 4A (LLNR 29125.1) and Fire Island Inlet Buoy 6 (LLNR 29135). Shoaling is approximately 50 yards inside the marked channel in (PA) 40-37.75N 073-19.17W . Depths are reported at 6 feet or less at mean low water. (First District LNM Week 07/2015)

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

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

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.