East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
3/12/2015


Special East Coast Alert
March 17, 2015

According to https://www.uscg.mil/d5/ICE_REPORT/  the Captains of the Ports of Delaware Bay and of Baltimore have imposed no current restrictions for the C&D Canal nor for the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Both continue to be on Seasonal Alert, should conditions change.
Even though the Captains of the Ports above have no restrictions, boaters should exercise extreme caution on the waters of the Upper Chesapeake Bay as there is still some ice reported, and some may not be visible.
As of March 17, 2015, there is no ice reported in the C&D Canal (see above site).
As of March 17, 2015, there is still some ice in the bay and in a few upriver locations, but there are no restrictions. See table at  https://www.uscg.mil/d5/ICE_REPORT/.


Special Alert

Due to icy conditions, the Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone in the waters of the Upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, including the C&D Canal to the Maryland/Delaware line. This means no boats can enter this area without permission. Dates are from March 9, 2015 until April 15, 2015. Details are below.

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 45 (Monday, March 9, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 12338-12341]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05475]


DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard
33 CFR Part 165
[Docket Number USCG-2014-0292]
RIN 1625-AA00

Safety Zone for Ice Conditions; Chesapeake and Delaware Canal,
Upper Chesapeake Bay, and Tributaries, MD

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary rule.


SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in all navigable waters within the northern portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, including the western portion of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, located between the Delaware/Maryland Boundary Line across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal east of Chesapeake City, MD, and a line drawn across the Chesapeake Bay at the William P. Lane, Jr. (US-50/301) Memorial Bridges, located between Sandy Point and Kent Island, MD. The temporary safety zone restricts vessels from transiting the zone during the effective period, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative. This safety  zone is necessary to protect mariners from the hazards associated with ice in the navigable waterways.

DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from March 9, 2015 until April 15, 2015. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from the date the rule was signed, February 17, 2015 until March 9, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of Docket Number USCG-2014-0292. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket number in the "SEARCH" box and click "SEARCH." Click on "Open Docket Folder" on the line associated with this rulemaking. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. Ronald L. Houck, Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 410-576-2674, email Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366-9826.

Attention Snowbirds:

Ice Damage Warning, New Jersey to North Carolina:
       Due to the recent heavy ice conditions within the Fifth Coast Guard District Waterways from New Jersey to northern North Carolina numerous aids to navigation have been damaged, drug offstation, destroyed, or missing. Some aids may be sunk or hidden beneath ice flows and may pose an extreme hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the waterways. (5th District LNM Week 10/2015)*

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

Update: Fort Pierce Inlet--Sunken Barge, Salvage Ops:
       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 U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone around a sunken barge at the entrance of Fort Pierce Inlet in position 27-28'20"N 080-17'13"W. The Coast Guard has limited vessel traffic to vessels with less than a 16 foot draft. During salvage operations all mariners are requested to contact an on scene representative to request clearance. For questions contact the Captain of the Port Miami at (305) 535-4472, or a designated representative via VHF channel 16. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)
       On March 11, 2015, TCPalm (link below) reported that due to weather conditions and limited time that divers can work each day that the recovery effort will continue into next week. www.tcpalm.com/news/local-news/st-lucie-county/barge-recovery-efforts-to-extend-to-next-week_14293765. The beach renourishment dredging operations in the inlet have been suspended during this process.

Midtown Tunnel Construction Project Updates: Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va. (36.859771°-76.311423°)
       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 channel closures are scheduled for 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.

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

Wappoo Creek Bridge Repair Update:
       The South Carolina Department of Transportation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing the SC Route 171 (Wappoo Creek) Bridge (32.766286° -79.974176°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 470.8, Charleston, South Carolina. The contractor Adelphi Inc.DBA G-Force Contracting has requested that the Wappoo Creek Bridge be placed on single-leaf operations starting January 21, 2015, with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening. To arrange for a double-leaf opening, please contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM Channel 9 or call 803-413-7680. This work is anticipated to be completed by March 31, 2015.
Update:
       From 7am on Wednesday March 18 and running through 7am March 20, 2015, the Wappoo Creek Bridge will be on single-leaf only for emergency repairs to the down leaf. No double-leaf openings will be available during this time. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

Hazardous Ops, Southeast Coast:
       The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 09-15 MARCH, 2015. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 09-15 MAR TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
30-45N2 80-56W9 GUNEX AREA
30-45N2 80-30W1 W-137L
30-34N0 80-30W1
30-34N0 80-57W0
30-36N2 80-57W0
30-45N2 80-30W0 W-138L
30-45N2 79-38W7
30-34N0 79-41W1
30-34N0 80-30W1
DATE: 09-14 MAR TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
29-20N3 79-50W1 31J
29-20N3 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-40W0
29-10N2 79-50W1
DATE: 09-15 MAR TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
30-00N3 81-00W9 27C
30-00N3 80-50W3
29-50N6 80-50W3
29-50N6 81-00W9 (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

Savannah River Entrance/Wassau Sound Dredging:
       Update 03-03-15: 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 (LLNR 4730). 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. Dredge BAYPORT will arrive onsite on 03 March and it is anticipated the dredge will remain onsite for approximately 10 days. The duration of Dredge BAYPORT will be controlled by the period of closure of the Fort Pierce Inlet in Florida (due to barge salvage operations.) All dredge will monitor VHF channels 13, 16 and 66. Mariners are advised to reduce speed and exercise caution in the vicinity of dredges. Further information contact the Assistant Operations Manager, Juan Valdez (904) 697-6099. Dredge NEWPORT Captains: Jay Mayes/Paul Rubin (206) 696-2008. (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)

Kings Bay Entrance Dredging (Update 03-07-2015):
       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 April 30, 2015 (24 hours per day, 7 days a week.) Dredges TERRAPIN ISLAND and PADRE 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. The derrick and supply barge will be staged and stored at the Pogy Plant.
Ft. Clinch Pump-out Location:
30° 42'30.43" N 81° 27'22.39" W
30° 42'21.16" N 81° 27'26.39" W
30° 42'21.79" N 81° 27'11.42" W
30° 42'30.48" N 81° 27'11.04" W
North Beach Pump-out Location:
30° 40'5.72" N 81° 25'49.80" W
30° 40'6.42" N 81° 25'24.20" W
30° 39'52.05" N 81° 25'21.52" W
30° 39'50.10" N 81° 25'55.13" W
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 10/2015)

Cumberland Sound Hazard:
       Cumberland Sound Range B Range Rear Light (LLNR 6785/37820) is destroyed. The remains of the structure is marked with a TRLB, FL Q W characteristics and 4NM. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

JACKSONVILLE – ST JOHNS RIVER: Maintenance Dredge Operations (UPDATE: 03/07/2015).
       Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC will commence maintenance dredging in Jacksonville Harbor, 40ft and 38ft Projects, Bar Cut-3 through Cut-42, Duval County, Florida.
       Dredging is planned to resume on or about 15 March, 2015. This will be a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week operation until approximately 30 April, 2015. Activities will be conducted from the channel entrance Lat 30.402511, Lon -81.398694 adjacent to St Johns River LB 10 (LLNR 7190) upriver to Fulton Cutoff LB 37 (LLNR 7365) Lat 30.390855, Lon - 81.514751. Dredges TERRAPIN ISLAND, PADRE ISLAND and other working vessels will monitor channels VHF 6 and 13. There will be two separate pump-out barge locations during this project as well. The first will be on the green side in the entrance channel near Mayport Basin Channel LB 1 (LLNR 7170) Lat 30.397403, Lon -81.393007 adjacent to the south jetty. The second pump out barge location will be adjacent to the Buck Island disposal area, Lat 30.390238, Lon -81.488277. GLDD's onsite points of contact will be Mr. Adam Ballenger (630- 649-9777) and Mr. Adam Dirth (630-209-9810).
1) Buck Island Cell A Disposal Zone:
Northwest Limit: 30d 23' 26.60" N, 081d 29' 14.60" W
Northeast Limit: 30d 23' 26.74" N, 081d 28' 37.33" W
Southwest Limit: 30d 23' 04.05" N, 081d 29' 14.49" W
Southeast Limit: 30d 23' 04.18" N, 081d 28' 37.25" W
2) Mayport Beach Disposal:
Northwest Limit: 30d 23' 43.95" N, 081d 23' 40.36" W
Northeast Limit: 30d 23' 44.01" N, 081d 23' 29.42" W
Southwest Limit: 30d 22' 53.62" N, 081d 23' 49.49" W
Southeast Limit: 30d 22' 53.69" N, 081d 23' 29.22" W
3) Jacksonville Harbor Dredging Location:
Northwest Limit: 30d 24'10.00" N, 081d 30' 50.35" W
Northeast Limit: 30d 24' 11.45" N, 081d 23' 53.05" W
Southwest Limit: 30d 22' 48.10" N, 081d 30' 49.92" W
Southeast Limit: 30d 22' 49.55" N, 081d 23' 53.71" W (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

JAXPORT Construction:
       From February 2015 through October 2016, Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting in vicinity of JAXPORT's Blount Island (30.391979° -81.531967°) Berths 34 and 35 on the St Johns River, Jacksonville. These berths are currently undergoing reconstruction and will have construction barges alongside to complete this project. For the safety of the construction personnel working on these berths, caution and safe speed is requested while transiting the area. For Coast Guard related issues contact Sector Jacksonville Waterways Management Division at (904) 564-7500. (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)

Atlas V Launch Hazard:
Eastern Range will conduct hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2838N 8037W
TO 2838N 8035W
TO 2836N 8003W
TO 2834N 7943W
TO 2829N 7943W
TO 2832N 8035W To beginning
B: From 2826N 7804W
TO 2823N 7733W
TO 2815N 7734W
TO 2818N 7807W To beginning
C: From 2352N 5454W
TO 2252N 5143W
TO 2239N 5147W
TO 2340N 5458W To beginning
Hazard periods for Primary and Backup Launch Day;
Primary: 13 / 0244Z thru 13 / 0347Z Mar 15. T-0 IS 0244Z.
Backup: 14 / 0240Z thru 14 / 0343Z Mar 15. T-0 IS 0240Z. (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)

Ft. Pierce Offshore Dredging for Beach Renourishment:
       **OPERATIONS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE** (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On March 11, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.66 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.60 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.80 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N)
       You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

Lake Worth 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 Lake Worth Lagoon (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)

Navy Research Offshore Lake Worth:
       The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will conduct surveying of inert objects in an area off the coast Lake Worth Inlet, Florida. M/V PERSISTENCE LAB operated by Laborde Marine will conduct surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Lake Worth Inlet. Operations are scheduled within a period beginning 0600Z hrs 11 March to 1800Z hrs on 14 March 2015. The M/V PERSISTENCE LAB will work between 50 and 650 feet of water approximately .5NM to 3NM offshore and from ½ NM to 9NM south of Lake Worth Inlet. The survey will be bounded by the below coordinates. A work class ROV will be deployed to survey the field. The M/V PERSISTENCE LAB will be working under direct Navy charter. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of M/V PERSISTENCE LAB during the operations.
RMS OP AREA
26-42.00N 080-02.00W
26-42.00N 079-58.00W
26-33.00N 080-02.00W
26-33.00N 079-58.00W (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

Navy Research Off Port Everglades:
       The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will conduct operations in an area off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The M/V PERSISTENCE LABS operated by Laborde Marine will be recovering cables and sensors in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°). Operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0000Z hrs 15 March to 1800Z hrs on 17 March 2015. The vessel will be working between 800 and 900 feet of water approximately 9NM to 11NM off shore, and from 1NM to 4NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The M/V PERSISTENCE LAB will be deploying a ROV and recovering cables off of the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The cables will be brought to the surface for the installation of the equipment on the sea floor. The equipment will then be redeployed with the ROV and the equipment will remain on the sea floor. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the M/V PERSISTENCE LAB. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

Dania Cutoff Canal Work (UPDATE:03-02-15):
       Ebsary Foundation will commence work on or about December 3, 2014. The project will require blocking one half of the canal at the time. This operation will continue through the month of March, 2015. The canal will not be completely blocked at any point during the remainder of the project. A sectional barge named (Ebsary/Shakerton) will remain onsite for the duration either on the north or south of the canal. The barge is 80'x40' with a 70 Ton crane mounted on it. In addition, there will be occasional divers in the area as needed. Hours of operations are from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, the barge will be located in the construction area 24/7. No weekend work is expected. Project POC's Superintendent: Rick Varney (305) 898-3965 and Project Manager: Yosmel Milian (305) 967-3977.
Project Location:
SE Corner: 26°4'3.08N 80°11'51.51W
SW Corner: 26°4'3.02N 80°11'52.81W
NE Corner: 26°4'4.09N 80°11'51.53W
NW Corner: 26°4'4.06N 80°11'52.82W (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Indian River (South Section) Light 21 (LLNR 43370) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB, WR21, with Fl Q G characteristics has been set in position 27-59-28.195N/080-32-23.580W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)
       ELBOW REEF LIGHT 6 (LLNR 950) is missing the south daymark. The structure is considered unsafe due to severe deterioration. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)
       Siesta Key-Tampa Bay Light 37 (LLNR 59330) is destroyed. The remains of the concrete pile are below the waterline and are a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, Fl G 2.5s. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 09/2015)
       Boca Grande Yacht Basin Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 21330) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are 1ft below the waterline at high tide. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, Fl Q R, 4 yards channelward in position 26-44-55.700N/082-15-13.123W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 10/2015:
       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: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.
       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.
       Jupiter Federal Bridge (AICW Mile 1004.8): The Jupiter Federal Bridge (26.943694°-80.085456°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1004.8, Jupiter, Florida will be on single-leaf operations from 10:00 p.m. on March 26, 2015 through 6:00 a.m on March 27, 2015 for repairs.
       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.
       Snake Creek Bridge: The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the regulations governing the Snake Creek Bridge (24.951605° -80.587299°) across Snake Creek, Islamorada, Florida. From 8:00 a.m. on March 16, 2015 until 6:00 p.m. on July 14, 2015, the Snake Creek Bridge will be allowed to open on signal, except that from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this bridge will open at the top of the hour, seven days-a-week.
       Additional Information:
Tuesday, July 14 - Test deviation ends, last day for public meeting request (120 days from test deviation beginning.); Monday, September 14 - Comment period ends (182 days from test deviation beginning.)
       If you would like to comment on this test deviation, please use one of the follow methods:
If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG-2015-0046), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online (www.regulations.gov), or by fax, mail or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online via www.regulations.gov, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an e-mail address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, type the docket number [USCG-2015-0046] in the "SEARCH" box and click "SEARCH." Click on "Submit a Comment" on the line associated with this rulemaking. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8-1/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change the rule based on your comments. Ref: Docket Number USCG-2015-0046 Chart: 11451

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

Dredging for Beach Fill, NJ Coast:
       The contract work consists of a Base Bid to place, along the Atlantic Ocean coastline, approximately 4,200,000 cubic yards of beach fill in the southern portion of Ocean City (between 34th Street South and Corson's Inlet State Park), Upper Township, and Sea Isle City. Material will be dredged from a borrow area 3Nm offshore of Sea Isle city. Material for Sea Isle City and Strathmere will be pumped directly to shore from the Hydraulic Dredge ILLINOIS via multiple pipelines with hydraulic boosters. Material will be placed in Ocean City via the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge LIBERTY ISLAND utilizing two pipelines running 10,000ft perpendicular to the shore. Pipelines will be staged inside Cape May Inlet outside of the channel on the red side, inside of Red Buoy No. 2.
       Pipeline Storage / Staging:
38 57'00.24"N, 74 52'21.93" to 38 57'15.13"N, 74 52'26.23"W
       Dredging Work Area:
NW Corner 39 16'45.79"N 74 33'25.14"W
NE Corner 39 15'10.01"N 74 29'55.41"W
SE Corner 39 06'02.86"N 74 38'27.19"W
SW Corner 39 07'10.85"N 74 42'31.08"W
       Equipment onscene will consist of the following: Hydraulic Dredge "Illinois", Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge "Liberty Island", Hydraulic Boosters "Jessie", "Jack", and "Reggie", Hydrographic Survey Vessels "Muskegon River" and "St. Johns River", Derrick "68" and "70" and tending tugs "Larry Hebert", "Candice L", "Caviler State", "Barangus", and "Bobbi Anne".  Marine VHF Channels 13 & 16 will be monitored throughout 24hr/day, 7 day/week operations from March 2015 to April 2016. (5th District LNM Week 09/2015)

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)

Shoaling: VA Western Shore:
       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)

Coleman Bridge Daytime Closure:
       Mariners are advised that the George P. Coleman Memorial Swing Bridge (37.240041° -76.507435°), at mile 7.0, at Yorktown, VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening on Sunday, March 29, 2015, beginning at 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., to perform maintenance work with an alternate rain date April 4, 2015 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance of the drawbridge is approximately 60 feet, above MHW. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1025. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

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 (37.263901°-76.025728°) 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)

Dredging Offshore Sandbridge:
       The dredge PADRE ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations in the Sandbridge (36.705976°-75.898171°) borrow site located between Oceana Naval Air Station and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, VA until 30 April, 2015. Dredging operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Concerned mariners can contact the dredge on VHF Channels 13 & 16. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

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 (36.886475° -76.339020°) 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:
       Mariners are advised the PCL Contractors will commence day shift structural plate welding and construction of a rubber arch fendering system on the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°). Construction is expected to be completed on or about 30 September, 2015. Hours of operations will take place from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm. One barge will occupy the channel Monday through Saturday. Vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance must provide a 2 hour advance notice to the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or VHF-FM Channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 09/2015)

Great Bridge Bridge (AICW Mile 12.0) Nighttime Closure:
       Mariners are advised that the Route 168 Drawbridge (Great Bridge) (36.723681°-76.247636°), at AICW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake, Virginia will be closed to navigation from 10 p.m. on March 23, 2015 until 5 a.m. on March 24, 2015. Computer operating systems for the draw spans are scheduled to be up-dated and power will be shut off. The drawbridge will be able to open with two hours advance notice from mariners and 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 117.997(g). Mariners able to pass under the 8.5 feet of vertical clearance (at mean high water) in the closed position, may do so at anytime. (7th District LNM Week 10/2015)

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. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015) UPDATE: Check the Wilmington USACE link at the end of the Alerts for the latest survey (February 26, 2015) of the area which confirms this report.

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)

Lockwoods Folly Dredging (Not on the AICW):
       Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, VA advises that the dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the Eastern Channel of Lockswoods Folly, NC located South of Sheep Island and North of Oak Island starting at about Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 12 (LLNR 31047). Dredging operations are expected to be completed on or about 30 April, 2015. (5th District LNM Week 09/2015) There is a March 3, 2015, USACE Survey of this area as well as the AICW Crossing at Lockwoods Folly Inlet (33.920577°-78.237017°).

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. 

Submerged Object Reported, Maine:
       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 09/2015)

Pipeline Installation, Salem and Marblehead:
       Trenching and pipeline installation, from Salem and Marblehead, is being done until approximately June 15, 2015. The hours of operations are daily from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene is the dredge CAPTAIN A. J. FOURNIER, barge Linda, deck barge CMI 395, tug AUSTIN, work boats LITTLE JOHNNY & PATTY C and skiffs which are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 76 & 16. (First District LNM Week 09/2015)

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 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/pdf/2015-00465.pdf. (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:
       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


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.