East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Again--Shoaling Reported in New River Inlet AICW Crossing, Shoaling in Recent Surveys of Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing and Browns Inlet 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. Also check out the recent surveys for Browns Inlet Crossing (34-35-54.684N, 077-14-28.289W) (www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW/BFTCFR.aspx) and for Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing (33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) (www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx)*
*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. (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 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.
CRUISE THE ALBEMARLE LOOP:
April 20, 2015
The newly formed North Carolina Albemarle Loop (AL) offers boaters an exciting opportunity to cruise and explore (over 2 weeks?) the protected waters of historic Albemarle Sound. Effective immediately for 2015, FREE slip rentals at six participating marinas provide access to many fun-filled adventures, entertainment, historic sites, sporting and local southern cultural events. These friendly communities welcome your visits as you share various boating experiences with other families (at a very low cost).
See: www.albemarleloop.com for details; each participating marina in the AL group offers at least 48 hours of FREE slips, fresh water, and pump outs! In addition, enjoy their unique facilities & amenities such as: restaurants, golf, swimming, tennis, bocce, fishing, and historical tours (there are homes dating back as far as the early-1700s in historic Edenton) and various shopping options.
To qualify for this special promotion, a boater merely presents our website coupon or the Albemarle Loop brochure being distributed at various ICW stops. You can follow the path of America's first English settlers from over 400 years ago in an ongoing search for the people of the "Lost Colony". In Elizabeth City, enjoy the rich cultural history of 13 Northeastern North Carolina counties at the handy waterfront Museum of the Albemarle. Sail unique sheltered waters on one of the world's largest freshwater sounds (500+ miles of shoreline). The Albemarle Plantation clubhouse is in a gated private boating and golfing community. Their elegant clubhouse and marina side café provide fine and casual dining while enjoying majestic sunsets overlooking the Sound. With 166 slips and a newly earned "Clean Marina" certification it's a perfect "half-way" stop around the "Loop". Come spend a spell with us; we think you'll return again and again! The best kept cruising secret is out!
Contact: Bill Denison, AP Marina Governor 252-404-4142
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Charleston Lower Harbor Dredging:
Norfolk Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about 10 April 2015 until approximately 10 August 2015. Operations will be performed in the Federal channel of Charleston Lower Harbor in the general vicinity of 32-47.934N and 79-54.984W. Equipment used: Dredge VIRGINIAN and Dredge ATLANTIC along with (4) Mud scows and (2) Towing Tugs. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13/16. Operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Mariners are advised to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake. For further information contact Paul Lougheed at (757) 547-9391. (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Causton Bluff Bridge Repair:
R.L. Morrison and Sons, Incorporated has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the Causton Bluff/Islands Expressway Bridge Fender System across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Savannah, Georgia from May 1 through July 1, 2015 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. A barge will be next to the fender system restricting the waterway. Vessels requiring an unrestricted channel are requested to contract the bridge tender at least one hour prior to passing through this bridge. (7th District LNM Week 14/2015)
Hazardous Ops, Southeast Coast:
The following areas will contain exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the Jax/Chasnoa during 20 - 26 APRIL 2015. Mariners are advised to avoid these areas.
DATE: 20 - 26 APR TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
30-45N2 80-56W9 GUNEX AREA
30-45N2 80-30W1 W-137L
30-45N2 80-30W0 W-138L
DATE: 20 - 26 APR TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
29-20N3 79-50W1 31J
DATE: 20 - 26 APR TIME: 0000-2359 (LCL)
AREA BOUNDED BY AREA
30-00N3 81-00W9 27C
29-50N6 81-00W9 (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Falcon-9 Launch Hazards:
Eastern Range OP X7009 FALCON-9 THALES will conduct hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2836N 8035W
TO 2835N 8002W
TO 2831N 7931W
TO 2827N 7931W
TO 2831N 8035W To beginning
B: From 2809N 7405W
TO 2832N 7243W
TO 2811N 7048W
TO 2730N 6933W
TO 2700N 6938W
TO 2647N 7158W
TO 2713N 7350W To beginning
Hazard periods for Primary and Backup launch day:
Primary: 24 / 2210Z thru 25 / 0014Z Apr 15. T-0 is 2214Z.
Backup: 25 / 2210Z thru 26 / 0014Z Apr 15. T-0 is 2214Z. (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Eastern Range OP X0246 FALCON-9 PAD ABORT TEST. Operation is from surface to 8000 ft MSL.
Test Date: 05 May 2015 / 1330 - 1730Z
Back-up Date: 06 May 2015 / 1330 - 1730Z (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Southeast Coast Off-Shore Survey Operations: Update April 10, 2015
CB&I and M/V ATLANTIC SURVEYOR will conduct survey operations on the federal outer continental shelf, between 3 nautical miles and 8 nautical miles offshore from Jupiter, Florida to the northernmost end of South Carolina. Estimated start and end date, 15 APRIL – 15 JULY 2015. The M/V ATLANTIC SURVEYOR will operate during daylight hours, sunrise to sunset, Monday through Sunday. The vessel will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16, working channel 10. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the M/V ATLANTIC SURVEYOR and all other equipment during these operations. After the above operation is completed CB&I and American Vibracore Services will conduct sediment samples and survey operations on the federal outer continental shelf, between 3 nautical miles and 8 nautical miles offshore. Operations will be the length of District 7, from Jupiter Florida to the northernmost end of South Carolina. Estimated start and end date 01 JUNE – 01 AUGUST 2015. The M/V THUNDERFORCE will operate during daylight hours, sunrise to sunset, Monday through Sunday. The vessel will monitor VHF channel 16. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the M/V THUNDERFORCE and all other equipment during these operations. (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On April 22, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.69 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.63 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.83 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.
Okeechobee Waterway Culvert Construction Update:
Mariners transiting the Okeechobee Waterway (OWW) are advised of water based construction activity on the Herbert Hoover Dike. The C3 location is 870,313.9N, 704,735.5E to 870,494.6N, 704,418.6E or from 26° 43' 40.66"N, 80° 51' 4.31"W to 26° 43' 42.45"N, 80° 51' 7.81"W.
Archer Western Construction will be replacing one culvert along the Okeechobee Waterway near Clewiston (Culvert C-3) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Work is scheduled to be completed September 1, 2016. A 'No Wake Zone' has been established extending 1000 feet either side of the projects to ensure safe management of bi-directional traffic throughout the construction period. Mariners are advised they transit at their own risk. Transiting vessels are restricted to a controlling width of 20-ft minimum through Culvert C-3 project area, limited by a controlling depth of 6ft when the lake is at elevation +11.0-ft Mean Sea Level. Once culvert replacement is complete, the cofferdam will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. Reports of vessel grounding have been received. Mariners should be aware of and diligently follow the instructions of signage located along the shoreline. Flagmen will be present as needed to signal vessels to stop or to proceed with caution. Mariners should be prepared to stop their vessel or proceed with caution as directed by flagmen. Construction consists of 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.
Additional information concerning Lake Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Waterway and related navigation bulletins including controlling depths may be obtained on Jacksonville District's website at www.saj.usace.army.mil (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Jupiter Inlet Dredging:
Ferreira Construction Company began dredge operations in Jupiter Inlet, Florida (26.944197° -80.072873°) 01 March 2015. The dredge MIMI will operate 24 hours a day/7days per week.
Tugs: Lady Alexander and Randy Girl
Barge: 100'-m13, 102' m15
All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16/10. Floating pipeline will be visibly lighted and marked. Approximate completion date 14 May 2015. For further information contact John Ciabattari at (772) 286-5123. Mariners are advised to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and exercise caution in the vicinity of the dredge and other equipment. (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Naval Exercises Bethel Shoal to Jupiter Inlet:
U.S. Navy ships will conduct a Naval exercise from 08 to10 May, 2015 in an area bounded by:
27-45N / 080-21W
27-45N / 079-25W
26-55N / 079-25W
26-55N / 080-00W
Mariners transiting this area should proceed with caution and are requested to cooperate with patrolling Navy vessels and aircraft. R/V RANGE ROVER will be stationed in the area while operations are in progress and will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Lake Worth Offshore Dredging Update:
Weeks Marine Inc will continue using the East of Lake Worth Lagoon as staging area for support equipment and attendant plant.
Submerged pipelines are located offshore of Palm Beach Island at the following locations:
Northern Reach: between Lat 26° 43' 9.90" N, Long 80° 02' 02.08" W and Lat 26° 43' 14.66"N, Long 80° 01' 38.86"W.
Southern Reach: between Lat 26° 42' 27.81" N, Long 80° 01' 58.57"W and Lat 26° 42' 25.26" N, Long 80° 01' 34.92" W.
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 300 feet 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 Lat 26°47'14.71" N, Long 80° 01' 19.83" W and Lat 26°48' 8.25" North, Long 80° 01' 19.37" W by the Hopper Dredge B.E.LINDHOLM 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. The dredge, attendant plant, and pipelines will have all required Coast Guard lighting for night operations. 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 30 April 2015. The submerged pipeline will be removed at the completion of dredging operations. Demobilization activities will begin approximately 1 May 2015 until approximately 20 May 2015. For further information contact Miguel Cruz (985) 875- 2564. Ref: LNM 46/14 (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Navy Mooring Buoy and Targets Offshore Ft. Lauderdale:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will install (1) Temporary Mooring Buoy and (6) Targets offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The temp mooring buoy is 8ft diameter by 12ft tall, white with blue stripes with Fl W 4s characteristic. Deployment is scheduled 23 April 0000Z and 26 April 2400Z. They will be planted within .25NM of the following coordinates in 280 FSW.
AMNS Buoy/Target Test AREA
25 59.357 W 080 04.697 W
The targets will be removed at the end of the test, weather permitting otherwise removed at a later date TBD during a ship of opportunity availability. The temp mooring buoy is scheduled to be removed before 01 June 2015. (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Dania Cut-off Canal Electrical Line Work:
Florida Power and Light (FPL) has advised the Coast Guard that they will be relocating the power lines in the vicinity of Ravenswood Road/Anglers Avenue across the Dania Cut-off Canal (26.063941°-80.116356°), Broward County, Florida. There are no anticipated waterway restrictions during this work. The project is scheduled from May 14 through June 30, 2015. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting this area. (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Miami Dredging Update, April 14, 2015:
THE FOLLOWING AIDS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY REPOSITIONED TO FACILITATE DREDGE OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
-Miami Main Channel LB 1 (LLNR 10470) temporarily relocated to 25-45-48.107N/080-05-19.908W
-Miami Main Channel LB 2 (LLNR 10475) temporarily relocated to 25-45-46.865N/080-05-46.823W
-Miami Main Channel LB 3 (LLNR 10480) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.370N/080-05-43.728W
-Miami Main Channel LB 4 (LLNR 10485) temporarily relocated to 25-45-32.731N/080-06-28.583W
-Miami Main Channel LB 11 (LLNR 10530) temporarily relocated to 25-45-34.248N080-07-31.548W
-Miami Main Channel LB 12 (LLNR 10535) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.058N/080-07-29.068W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 15 (LLNR 10550) temporarily relocated to 25-45-51.280N/080-08-10.407W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 16 (LLNR 10555) temporarily relocated to 25-45-57.766N/080-08-14.845W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 18 (LLNR 10575) temporarily relocated to 25-46-06.522N/080-08-38.447W
-Fishermans Channel (TRLB) 5 (LLNR 10655) temporarily relocated to 25-45-52.417N/080-09-00.451W
THE FOLLOWING AIDS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY DISESTABLISHED AND REPLACED WITH A TEMPORARY LIGHTED BUOY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
-Miami Main Channel LB 14 (LLNR 10545) to TRLB, Fl R 2.5s
-Miami Main Channel LT 15 (LLNR 10550) to TRLB, Fl G 2.5s
-Miami Main Channel LB 16 (LLNR 10555) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
-Miami Main Channel LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
-Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655) to TRLB, FL G 6s
-Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665) to TRLB, Fl G 6s
-Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) to TRLB 9E, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685) to TRLB, Fl Q G, nominal range reduced from 5NM to 4NM Ref: LNM 15/15
Venice Beach Renourishment Project April 5, 2015 Update:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has completed mobilization efforts and dredge operations started 15 January for the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project - Venice Beach Renourishment. The project consists of placing approximately 750,000 cubic yards of material from four offshore borrow areas, pumped through floating and submerged pipeline and a booster pump. The material will be placed from the Southern side of the Venice Inlet to 2000' south of the Venice Pier.
**The Coast Guard has received a report that water depth has been reported to be approximately 8ft where a mound of sand has built up due to dredging operations. The hazard is marked by a small unlit buoy approximately 2NM SW of Venice Inlet in position 27-05.2N/082-30.1W in the vicinity of the offshore booster pump. ** (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Longboat Pass Update, April 16, 2015:
Due to Shoaling - Temporarily Disestablished Daybeacons:
-Longboat Pass DBN 1 (LLNR 21757)
-Longboat Pass DBN 2 (LLNR 21758)
-Longboat Pass DBN 3 (LLNR 21760)
Temporarily Established Buoys:
-Longboat Pass TEMP Buoy 1 (LLNR 21757) temporarily relocate to position 27-25-55.788N/082-41-43.138W (Ref: LNM 38/14, 12/15, 16/15)
-Longboat Pass TEMP Buoy 2 (LLNR 21758) temporarily relocate to position 27-25-56.232N/082-41-40.045W (Ref: LNM 16/15)
-Longboat Pass TEMP Buoy 2A in position 27-26-22.076N/082-41-39.324W
-Longboat Pass TEMP Buoy 3 (LLNR 21760) in position 27-26-10.131N/082-41-46.746W
-Longboat Pass TEMP Buoy 3A in position 27-26-20.809N/082-41-43.716W
Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly changing. (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Apollo Beach, FL Dredging:
Gator Dredging will commence dredge operations the end of April 2015 in Apollo Beach, Florida. Operations will begin in the North Channel and then proceed to the South and Main Pass channels in May. Approximate completion time is by the end of May, 2015 barring any bad weather or equipment malfunctions. No private Aton changes or relocations will happen at this time. Operations will be Monday through Friday 0700-1900. POC Contact for Gator Dredging is Bret Sapp, (727) 527-1300. Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group (APBWIG) POC: Site Coordinator, Mike Ginty (813) 624-6867 or Len Berkstresser (813) 220-2510. Mariners are advised to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Indian River South Section Daybeacon 54A (LLNR 43530) is destroyed. A temporary unlighted red buoy is set on its assigned position. The remains of the destroyed aid are missing. All mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Indian River South Section Light 82 (LLNR 43790) is destroyed. A temporary Lighted Buoy "WR82", with a red quick flashing light has been set in position 27-45-31.065N 080-24-48.994W. Remains of the steel pile were cut at the mudline and laid flat on bottom and tethered to temporary lighted buoy. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (April 10, 2015 Update, 7th District LNM Week 15/2015)
The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Private aid Matlacha Pass Daybeacon 56 (LLNR 55140). Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 16/2015:
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):A rcher 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)
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 August 28, 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.
Venetian Causeway Bridges, East and West: Due to an electrical malfunction the East Venetian Bridge is closed to navigation until further notice. Vessels that may pass without an opening may do so at any time. The Coast Guard has been advised that the planned 9 month operation to repair the West Venetian Bridge (25.789555°, -80.181524°) approaches has been delayed until June 1, 2015; the West Venetian Bridge will remain open to all marine traffic and the East Venetian Bridge in the closed position. During this time this bridge will only open for emergency vessels such as Coast Guard, Police and Fire. No other exemptions will be allowed.
Stickney Point Bridge: Costal Marine Construction, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the SR 72/Stickney Point Bridge (27.253958° -82.531644°), Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Sarasota County, Florida from April 13, 2015 through January 8, 2016. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port St Petersburg has approved the following restrictions for this bridge. Starting April 13, 2015, this bridge will be on single-leaf operations with a double-leaf opening available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender. From June through September 2015 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, this bridge will be allowed single-leaf operations only. The contractor will have floating equipment under the down span and for one-half the channel the vertical clearance will be reduced by five feet. The floating equipment will be removed as needed with four hour notice to the bridge tender. This work is expected to be completed by January 8, 2016.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Drilling/Testing in Delaware Bay:
Mariners are advised that Great Lakes Dredge Company Drillboat APACHE will be conducting rock level testing operations in the Delaware River from the northern end of Eddystone Range to the southern end of Marcus Hook Range (39.805113°-75.416305°) from April 9 until May 1, 2015. The APACHE can be contacted on VHF channel 5 they will be monitoring channels 13 and 16. The APACHE will operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The APACHE will be operating under the navigation rules, however vessels are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Off Shore Surveys, NC-NJ:
Mariners are advised that the M/V ATLANTIC SURVEY and M/V THUNDERFORCE will be conducting survey operations on the federal outer continental shelf between 3 and 8 nautical miles offshore. Operations will take place from the Southern part of North Carolina up to New Jersey. M/V ATLANTIC SURVEY operations begin 03 May, 2015 through 20 July, 2015. M/V THUNDERFORCE operations begin 01 July, 2015 through 01 September, 2015. Both vessels monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16. Hours of operation are expected to take place during daylight hours 7 days a week. (See above also; 5th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Dredging in Sinepuxent Bay:
Mariners are advised the dredge TENACIOUS is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Sinepuxent Bay Channel Buoy 1 (LLNR 4995) and Sinepuxent Bay Channel Buoy 2 (LLNR 5000). During operations the dredge, barge or pipelines and anchor lines may be within the navigational channel. Mariners are requested to contact the dredge TENACIOUS on VHF-FM Channel 13 to arrange safe passage and to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Dredging C&D Canal East Entrance:
The dredge ESSEX along with tender boats DUKE, NORFOLK, and Pusher 10 will have commenced dredging operations at the East entrance of the C and D Canal. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Reedy Point Disposal Area. Operations are expected to be completed on or about 30 May, 2015. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13, 16. Vessels are requested to contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to passing. (5th District LNM Week 11/2015)
Susquehanna Bridge Repairs:
Mariners are advised that Blastech Enterprises, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Authority, will be conducting repairs, cleaning, and painting on the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge on I-95 (39.580412° -76.105861°), at mile 3.2, over Susquehanna River in Havre De Grace, MD, from April 15, 2015 through August 15, 2016. Monday to Saturday, during daylight hours work will take place from a push barge and crew boat which can be contacted on VHF channels 13 or 16. A debris shield will be secured to the lower truss members of the bridge and hang down 2 feet below the truss members throughout the bridge but will not affect bridge clearances. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 11/2015)
Bush River Naval Ops:
Mariners are advised that the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division will be conducting Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operations between 12:00 – 4:00pm on 27 April, and 7:00 – 10:00am on 30 April, 2015. Operations consist of multiple LCAC's transiting the Bush River between Bush River Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 27315) and Buoy River Wreck Light WR7 (LLNR 27340). The LCAC's can be contacted on VHF Channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Dredging at Cove Creek Marina, Kent Island:
Cove Creek Marina is currently conducting dredging maintenance operations at the entrance to their marina until on or about 15 May, 2015. Concerned mariners may contact the marina at (410) 643-4868. Point of contact is Mr. Mark McCloy. (5th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Artificial Reef Construction, Love Point:
On or about April 27, 2015 Corman Marine Construction, Inc. in association with MD DNR Artificial Reef Program will be placing 1350 tons of concrete columns and slab in the Southeast Quadrant of the Love Point Fish Haven. The 15' clearance will be maintained. Center Location: 39 04 05.42N—76 17 27.37W (5th District LNM Week 16/2015)
CSX RR Bridge, Curtis Creek, Closed to Navigation:
Mariners are advised that the CSX Railroad Bridge, at mile 1.3, across Curtis Creek, in Baltimore, MD, will continue to be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate railway tie work. The closure period will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays until 8 May, 2015. The bridge will still be able to open for navigation with a 15 to 20 advance notice by contacting (410) 916-5045 or on VHF 13/16. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5 Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show Activity, Annapolis Harbor:
Mariners are advised that Annapolis Boat Shows, Inc. will conduct in-water operations in Annapolis Harbor during April 21-28, 2015. In support of its annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, temporary pilings, floating docks and submerged electrical cables will be placed in the northwestern quadrant of Annapolis Harbor. To support the in-water operations, long tows will cross the Chesapeake Bay and transit the Severn River, between the Bay Bridge Marina at Kent Island, MD and Annapolis Harbor at Annapolis, MD, on two occasions beginning April 6, 2015 and ending April 30, 2015. Actual dates will depend upon weather conditions. During the towing periods, mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting these areas and to reduce speed near the towing operations. In addition, special anchoring restrictions in Annapolis Harbor will be in effect in the event of severe weather during this period. For more information contact the Annapolis City Harbormaster's Office on marine band radio VHF channel 71 or at (410) 263-7973. For further information on the boat shows, contact the Annapolis Boat Shows, Inc. at (410) 268-8828. (5th District LNM Week 13/2015)
Wolf Trap Light to Lose its Light:
Wolf Trap Lighthouse (LLNR 7255), which is privately maintained, has been deemed unsafe for Coast Guard personnel to access. The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the lighting equipment on Wolf Trap Light. Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to May 25, 2015 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number 05-15-073(D). Send comments to Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil, or mailed to U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterways Management (dpw), Attn: Albert Grimes, Room 100, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704. (5th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Coleman Bridge Across York River to be Closed:
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 and will be closed to navigation from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on: Sunday May 3, 2015 with an inclement weather date on Sunday May 10, 2015; Sunday June 7, 2015 with an inclement weather date on Sunday June 14, 2015; And Sunday July 12, 2015 with an inclement weather date on Sunday July 19, 2015. In the closed to vessels position, the available vertical clearance of the drawbridge is approximately 60 feet, above MHW. Vessels able to pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime and are advised to proceed with caution. 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. (5th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Newport News Middle Ground Light Also to Lose its Light:
Upgrades to the aids to navigation system in proximity to Newport News Middle Ground Light (LLNR 10815) has reduced its necessity to be maintained as an aid to navigation. The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the light equipment in the privately maintained Newport News Middle Ground Light.
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 May 25, 2015 to be considered in the analysis. Send comments: CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil, or mailed to U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterways Management (dpw), 431 Crawford Street, Room 100, Portsmouth, VA 23704, Attn: Albert Grimes (5th District LNM Week 15/2015)
Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) Update:
Day Shift Operations: Please be advised that PCL Civil Constructors will continue to conduct day shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system until September 30, 2015. 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: PCL Civil Constructors will conduct night shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system from April 15, 2015 until September 30, 2015. 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). (BULLETIN NO: 15/011 DATE: March 27, 2015)
North Landing Bridge, Diving Ops:
Mariners are advised that the Marine Solutions will be conducting diving operations on the North Landing Bridge (36.713467° -76.101615°) from 21 April, 2015 to 21 May, 2015. Operations include repairs to the foundation support beams and work will take place 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Monday through Sunday. Mariners are urge to use caution when transiting the area and procedd with no wake. The bridge tender can be contacted on VHF Channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 16/2015)
Bonner Bridge Shoaling, Regulated Navigation Area:
Mariners are advised that Coast Guard Sector North Carolina is enforcing a regulated navigation area IVO Herbert C. Bonner bridge (35-46-24.955N, 075-31-58.714W) in Oregon Inlet, NC in accordance with 33 CFR 165.520. ANY VESSEL WITH A DRAFT GREATER THAN 5 FEET MAY NOT TRANSIT WITHIN 100 YARDS OF THE BONNER BRIDGE. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update the Regulated Navigation Area as necessary. For any questions or concerns, please contact Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-3880. (5th District LNM Week 14/2015)
Bridge Construction, Elizabeth City, Dates Extended:
Mariners are advised that Archer Western Contractors, LLC will be extending bridge construction at US 158 Bridge in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (36.298902° -76.217896°) commencing on or about March 25, 2015 and ending approximately August 30, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the barges, buoys and construction equipments. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. The contractor monitors VHF channels 13 and 16 and be contacted at telephone number (910) 686-5116. (5th District LNM Week 13/2015)
Bald Head Island Construction: Jetty and Groin:
Mariners are advised that the Orion Construction Inc. will be commencing construction of a jetty at the Bald Head Island Entrance Channel at Bald Head Island, North Carolina commencing on or about March 20, 2015 and ending approximately November 15, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the construction barges, tugs and work boats. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Orion Construction Inc. 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. Construction will be conducted Monday through Friday during daylight hours. (5th District LNM Week 11/2015)
Mariners are advised that the Orion Construction Inc. will be commencing construction of a terminal groin at the southerly side of Bald Head Island, North Carolina in position latitude 33°51'55.99" N, longitude 078°00'42.62" W commencing on or about April 1, 2015 and ending approximately November 15, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the construction barges, tugs and work boats. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Orion Construction Inc. 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. Construction will be conducted Monday through Friday during daylight hours. (5th District LNM Week 11/2015)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Ice Damage Warning:
With the severe ice conditions we've experienced this winter in First Coast Guard District waterways, aids to navigation may not be operating according to the Light List specifications. There will also be delays in returning year-round buoys and characteristics to their stations according to dates specified in the Light List. Please refer to the weekly notice to mariners for current discrepancies, corrections and temporary changes. The Local Notice to Mariners is available online at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict®ion=1. (First District LNM Week 11/2015)
GULF OF MAINE - NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the area from Bibb Rock (near Wells) to Hoyt Neck off the coast of Maine between May 11 and 18. In addition, the ship will conduct testing of multibeam echosounders and side scan sonar in isolated areas off the New Hampshire and Maine coasts, also between May 11 and 18. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: email@example.com. (First District LNM Week 15/2015)
Marblehead Area Marine Construction:
Dredging and pipeline installation is being done until approximately July 1, 2015 in the following positions from 42-31-31.380N 070-52- 31.380W to 42-31.33.840N 070-52-16.980W to 42-30-41.040N 070-52-11.880W to42-30-57.960N 070-51-57.920W. The hours of operations are up to 24 hours per day – marine assets will stay on location during operational and non-operational periods. On scene are the barges 389, 825, LINDA & 395, tug AUSTIN and two skiffs that are monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channels 72 & 77. Floating pipe may extend for distances of up to 600 feet ahead and astern of the pipe lay barge. Barges engaged in dredging and trench backfill activities will be surrounded by orange colored floating turbidity curtains. Mariners are requested to proceed with extreme caution, provide a wide berth and operate at a slow speed while transiting in this area. (First District LNM Week 16/2015)
MA Offshore Acoustic Testing:
An acoustic telemetry study involving netting (one pound net, possible gillnetting and boat seining) and deployment of a receiver array mounted on buoys is being done until July 1, 2015. Buoys will be visible from the surface and marked with standard danger markings (top-hat style with orange diamond in reflective tape). A total of 5-7 buoys will be deployed in (PA) 41°55'52.000"N 70° 3'52.310"W. (First District LNM Week 14/2015)
New Buoys Proposed for Woods Hole Passage:
The U.S. Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to this waterway:
1. Establish Woods Hole Passage buoy 1A green can in approximate position 41-31-11.880N, 070-40-39.540W.
2. Establish Woods Hole Passage buoy 2A red nun in approximate position 41-31-14.520N, 070-40-37.740W.
3. Light Woods Hole Passage junction buoy SB (LLNR 15790) with a flashing (2+1) green light.
4. Establish Broadway buoy 4 red nun in approximate position 41-31-08.580N, 070-40-39.120W.
Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 1 May 2015 to complete the process. When responding to this proposal, please include size and type of vessel, recreational or commercial, and distance from aids that you start looking for them, and how you use the signals. Refer to Project No. 01-15-020. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Brock.E.Nelson@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 14/2015)
New Bedford Dredging:
Dredging is being done in the New Bedford interim channel and inner harbor until approximately May 15, 2015. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, during daylight hours. On scene are the dredges TRINITY & SAMSON and scows 743, 742, SE103 and SE104 that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 8. Mariners are requested to remove all fishing gear in the area and to proceed with caution as to not cause a wake. (First District LNM Week 15/2015)
VOLVO OCEAN RACE Coming to Newport:
Mariners are advised that the Volvo Ocean Race, North American Leg is scheduled to enter Narragansett Bay into the Fort Adams Vicinity. The event takes place between May 4th-9th, timing unknown. Expect 7 sailboats, 65ft in length. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution while transiting the area. Interested mariners may contact the person in charge by VHF radio or by phone at 401-418-1758. (First District LNM Week 16/2015)
NYC Demolition and Construction:
Demolition/construction of a marine transfer facility is being done at the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station from May 1, 2014 - April 15, 2016. The work is being done Monday - Saturday. 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be the barge 737; TCC3; BILL and other barges. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO PROCEED AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED AS TO NOT CAUSE A WAKE. (First District LNM Week 15/2015)
Demolition to Pier 54 in the Hudson River is being done from May 5 - July 10, 2015. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene are three barges, one with a crane and two scows. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution. (First District LNM Week 16/2015)
No More Printed Light Lists:
Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public. Effective immediately, the Coast Guard will no longer print hardcopy Light Lists. The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions. Based on emerging technology and the ability to update Light Lists on a weekly basis, the cost and time for printing the Light List on an annual basis has reached obsolescence. Technology now allows us to provide the Light List in a timelier and less costly manner via the Internet. A Federal Register Notice announcing this change was issued on 1 April 2015. The notice can be viewed at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/pdf/2015-07501.pdf. Electronic Light Lists are available on the Coast Guard Navigation Center's (NAVCEN) website at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists. Complete versions of the Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates. Mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed.
Electronic nautical publications are authorized for use on commercial vessels. While the Light Lists will no longer be available in government printed form, commercial reproductions may be available in the future. Local Notices to Mariners will continue to advertise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections. (All Districts)
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.
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.