East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
5/7/2015


Attention Boaters:

Woods Memorial (Lady's Island) Bridge Test Schedule:
       The Coast Guard is drafting a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Lady's Island Bridge, across the Beaufort River, Mile 536.0 at Beaufort, SC. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed.
       This deviation is effective from 8 a.m. on May 3, 2015 until 6 p.m. on August 2, 2015. This deviation will allow the Lady's Island Bridge in Beaufort, South Carolina to remain closed to navigation from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top of the hour. At all other times the bridge will open on demand. Any vessel that can safely transit under the Lady's Island Bridge while closed may continue to navigate under the bridge during this deviation.
       Once this temporary deviation is published in the Federal Register the Local Notice to Mariners will be updated. (7th District  LNM Week 18/2015). It could have been worse, as local officials reportedly requested only two openings between the morning and evening rush hour closures.*

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

Shoaling in NC AICW Reminder: Reported in New River Inlet AICW Crossing, Recent Surveys of Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing, Browns Inlet Crossing, and Topsail Inlet Crossing Area:
       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)
And check for the April, 2015 Survey of the shoaling at Topsail Inlet AICW Crossing especially at buoys 99A and 99B (34.354934°-77.681700°) www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx.

East Passage, Narragansett Bay to Close for Volvo Ocean Race:
       Mariners are advised that the East Passage of Narragansett Bay will be closed daily from May 14 through May 17 from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm. The "Volvo Around the World Ocean Race" local activities are scheduled to take place in the East passage of Narragansett Bay. The Passage will be closed for the duration of these events and will reopen immediately upon their completion. Interested mariners may contact Coast Guard on scene commander by VHF radio channel 16. (First District LNM Week 17/2015)

Countdown Railroad Bridge, New River, Ft. Lauderdale, gets a Bridgetender due to "All Aboard Florida" Plans:
       Test Deviation.
The following information has been extracted from the Test Deviation, please view www.regulations.gov USCG-2015-0271 for the complete text. The Coast Guard is issuing a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Railroad Bridge across the New River, mile 2.5, at Fort Lauderdale, FL. This test deviation is from April 19 through 6:00 a.m. on October 16, 2015. During the test deviation period, the draw of the FEC Railroad bridge across the New River, mile 2.5, at Fort Lauderdale, FL, will operate as follows:
       The bridge is constantly tended.
The bridge tender will utilize a VHF-FM radio to communicate on channels 9 and 16 and may be contacted by telephone at 305-889-5572. Signage will be posted displaying VHF radio contact information and the bridge tender and dispatch telephone number. A countdown clock for bridge closure shall be posted at the bridge site and visible for maritime traffic.
       A bridge log will be maintained including, at a minimum, bridge opening and closing times.
(e) When the draw is in the fully open position, green lights will be displayed to indicate that vessels may pass.
(f) When a train approaches, the lights go to flashing red and a horn starts four blasts, pauses, and then continues four blasts then the draw lowers and locks.
(g) After the train has cleared the bridge, the draw opens and the lights return to green.
(h) The bridge shall not be closed more than 60 minutes combined for any 120 minute time period beginning at 12:01 a.m.
       You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2015-0271 using any one of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Fax: 202-493-2251. Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
       To read the entire test deviation please go to www.regulations.gov. Ref: Docket Number USCG-2015-0271 (7th District LNM Week 17/2015). For background information check the Soundings Trade Only article at www.tradeonlytoday.com/2015/04/railroad-posts-tender-fort-lauderdale-drawbridge/

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 closure is scheduled 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.

Harborfest in Norfolk, June 5-7, Buoy Changes:
       Expect big crowds on the water and land, boat parades, fireworks and channel closures. This is the first announcement. More to follow: The following temporary changes will be made to aids to navigation within the Elizabeth River Channel to enhance boater safety during the upcoming Harborfest celebration activities to be held June 5 through June 7, 2015. Upon completion of the Harborfest celebrations these temporary changes are to be removed and the Elizabeth River Channel aids to navigation system returned to its published characteristics.
A. Temporarily establish six 5NFR yellow unlighted buoys in the following positions to mark the outer navigational limits of the spectator anchorage area as published in 33 CFR 110.72aa(a)1:
a. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy "A" at 36 50 49.693N, 076 18 07.650W
b. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy "B" at 36 50 48.908N, 076 18 00.792W
c. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy "C" at 36 50 46.691N, 076 17-56.652W
d. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy "D" at 36 50 42.842N, 076 17 54.460W
e. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy "E" at 36 50 37.064N, 076 17 51.576W
f. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy "F" at 36 50 33.964N, 076 17 57.544W
B. Temporarily change Elizabeth River Channel Buoy 31 (LLNR 9835) to Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 31 showing a QG characteristic.
C. Establish two additional buoys with QG characteristics, and one additional buoy with QR charcteristic in the following positions:
a. Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 29A at 36 52 08.917N, 076 19 37.841W
b. Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 29B at 36 52 01.702N, 076 19 27.437W
c. Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 34A at 36 50 58.432N, 076 18 10.390W (5th District LNM Week 18/2015)

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

May River, SC, Hazard, Not on the AICW:
       May River Daybeacon 11 (LLNR 35780) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are sitting on the bottom and could pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, WR11, Fl Q G. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 18/2015)

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)

Sunken Fishing Vessel off GA Coast:
       The F/V "MISS KATHY" is submerged in approximate position 31-05-24N/081-08.24W near St Simons Sound Channel roughly 5NM from St Simons Sound Lighted Buoy STS (LLNR 515/6030). The 55ft vessel is breaking apart. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area as there may be some floating debris from the vessel. (7th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Cumberland Sound Range Rebuilt:
       Cumberland Sound Range B Range Rear Light (LLNR 6785/37820) has been rebuilt in position 30-44-36.980/081-29-14.600W in 21ft of water, with a 20ft skeleton tower, (01) range board, and Fl G 6s characteristics. Wreckage does not pose a hazard to navigation and is still marked with (1) white TRLB, Fl Q W and (6) red TRUBs. Ref: LNM 11/15, 17/15. Update April 23, 2015. (7th District LNM Week 17/2015)

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)

Dredging in Ponce de Leon Inlet, Not on the AICW:
       The ACOE Jacksonville District has commenced dredge operations in Ponce De Leon Inlet on May 5, 2015. Operations will run from 6:00am to 6:00pm with Dredge MURDEN. The approximate completion date is 11 July 2015. Beginning July,operations will be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution and reduce speed in the vicinity of the dredge. For further information contact USCG Sector Jacksonville Waterways Management Division at (904) 564-7500. (7th District LNM Week 18/2015)

Cape Canaveral Dredging Update:
       Dutra Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about May 1, 2014 in Cape Canaveral. Operations will be 24 hours/7 days a week in various areas of the Canaveral Harbor and Entrance Channel located at around 28 24' 36.79" and 80 36' 25.15" and disposal site at ODMDS. Clamshell dredges DB PAULA LEE will carry out dredging operations and 2 split hull scows. The scows will be utilized for all Disposal Operations to ODMDS. Tender Tug Trojan Other equipment will also be supplied. All vessels will monitor Channels 12, 14, and 82. The tow tug "American Champion" will use the call sign KX7468. Operations will continue until on or about October 30, 2015. Further information contact Dennis Salyers (415) 497-5289. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the dredge area.
To Facilitate Dredge Ops:
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LB 11 (LLNR 9640) temporarily relocated to 28-24-26.361N 080-34-40.310W
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LB 13 (LLNR 9650) temporarily relocated to 28-24-29.402N 080-34-58.367W
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LT 14 (LLNR 9655) temporarily discontinued
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LB 14A (9684.5) temporarily discontinued (Ref: LNM 17/15)
-Canaveral Harbor Ent Ch LB 15 (LLNR 9690) temporarily relocated to 28-24-33.871N 080-37-09.350W, Update April 23, 2015. Update April 23, 2015

Update on Fort Pierce Dredging:
       Now that the inlet has reopened after the long salvage operation to remove the sunken barge, dredging has resumed:
       Manson Construction Co. has commenced dredge operations. Dredge operations will be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day with Hopper Dredge NEWPORT. The type of operation: Hopper Dredging with Beach Disposal at Ft. Pierce Beach. The Dredge will mine sand from Capron Shoal, transit to Ft. Pierce Inlet and make-up to a mooring barge spudded along the south side of the Inlet to pump out sand to Ft. Pierce Beach. Dredge NEWPORT will monitor radio VHF channels: 13, 14 and 66. Further information contact Tom Bopp/Mark DeGroot – Dredge Captains 985-235-4411, Henry R Schorr, Jr– V.P., Contracts Manager 904-821-0211, Dave Howard – V.P., Operations Manager 941-315-1010 and/or Juan Valdez - Assistant Operations Manager 904-697-6099. Mariners are advised that all vessels transiting the Ft. Pierce Inlet reduce speed and exercise caution in the vicinity of the dredge and mooring barge. Update April 22, 2015, (7th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On May 6, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.71 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.65 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.85 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.

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)

Navy ops off Port Everglades:
       The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the M/V RICHARD L BECKER operated by TowBoatUS/Offshore Marine Towing will be anchored in a mooring in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The vessel will be conducting daily operations within a period beginning on 04 May 0000Z ending on 23 May 2400Z, 2015.
AMNS Mooring and Test Area 25-59.357W 080-04-697W (7th District LNM Week 17/2015)

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)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Private Aid Ind River Plantation Marina Channel Daybecon 1 (LLNR 45820) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. The remains of the pile are 1ft above the waterline. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 18/2015)
       Keaton Beach Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 30605) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are 3ft above the waterline and are a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB WR3, Fl Q G, 4M and set 8 yards channelward in position 29-48-53.483N/083-36-58.680W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 18/2015)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 18/2015:
       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)
       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.
       Chokoloskee Bay Bridge: The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice announcing a permit application from Collier County, Florida for the approval and plans to replace a fixed highway bridge across Chokoloskee Bay, Collier County, Florida. Latitude 25 50' 21' 49'" N & Long 81 22' 54.47"W. Public Notice 06-15 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be view at:www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The Project Manager is Mr. Darayl Tompkins at darayl.tompkins@uscg.mil.
       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

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)

SEASONAL AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGES DELAYED
       As a direct result of the heavy ice conditions experienced during the winter of 2015 the following aids to navigation have been delayed in returning them to the advertised Light List nominal range requirements and authorized summer seasonal hull configurations. Mariners are advised that Lighted Ice Buoys remain onscene, showing a reduced nominal range output, along with their configuration does not provide the same visible or radar detection as the authorized seasonal hull. Until Coast Guard Units can return them to their advertised characteristics mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these waterways.
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 3663)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 3670)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 3680)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 52 (LLNR 4015)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 54 (LLNR 4040)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 60 (LLNR 4075)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 65 (LLNR 4095)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 71 (LLNR 4155)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 78 (LLNR 4175)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 89 (LLNR 4250)
Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 91 (LLNR 4270)
UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 33 (LLNR 8615)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 34 (LLNR 8620)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 36 (LLNR 8630)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 37 (LLNR 8635)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 38 (LLNR 8640)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 38A (LLNR 8770)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 39 (LLNR 8780)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 40 (LLNR 8785)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 41 (LLNR 8795)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 42 (LLNR 8800)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 43 (LLNR 8860)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 44 (LLNR 8865)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 45 (LLNR 8870)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 46 (LLNR 8875)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 47 (LLNR 8895)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 48 (LLNR 8900)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 49 (LLNR 8905)
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 50 (LLNR 8920)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 1ER (LLNR 8925)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 8930)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 8945)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 8950)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 8955)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 8960)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 8965)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 9 (LLNR 8980)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 8985)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 9005)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 9010)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 13 (LLNR 9015)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 14 (LLNR 9020)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 15 (LLNR 9035)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 9040)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 18 (LLNR 9045)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 19 (LLNR 9050)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 20 (LLNR 9075)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 21 (LLNR 9080)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 22 (LLNR 9085)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 23 (LLNR 9095)
SEASONAL AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGES DELAYED
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 24 (LLNR 9100)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9155)
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 26 (LLNR 9160)
Back Creek Channel Lighted Buoy 28 (LLNR 9180)
Back Creek Channel Lighted Buoy 31 (LLNR 9195)
Back Creek Channel Lighted Buoy 32 (LLNR 9200)
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 17755)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 17865)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 13 (LLNR 17870)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 18 (LLNR 17890)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 21 (LLNR 17905)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 22 (LLNR 17910)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 23 (LLNR 17950)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 27 (LLNR 18015)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 33 (LLNR 18040)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 45 (LLNR 18155)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 47 (LLNR 18235)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 51 (LLNR 18255)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 55 (LLNR 18235)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 59 (LLNR 18345)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 60 (LLNR 18350)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 62 (LLNR 18365)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 64 (LLNR 18370)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 67 (LLNR 18385)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 71 (LLNR 18395)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 77 (LLNR 18510)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 84 (LLNR 18580)
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 90 (LLNR 18600)
Alexandria Channel Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 18620)
Alexandria Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 18660)
Hains Point Junction Lighted Buoy HP (LLNR 18705) (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Reef Construction:
       On or about May 13, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake Shellfish Program and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be adding an additional one hundred and fifty (150) low–profile; two (2') foot wide by one and one half (1-1/2') foot tall, reefballs in the Memorial Stadium Sanctuary Reef site. The R/V PATRICIA CAMPBELL will be conducting the planting operation and will be monitoring channels 13, 16. The reef site is approximately 3.0 Nm. West of Tolchester Beach and 3.2 Nm. Southeast of Harts Miller Island. Memorial Stadium Reef center coordinates are: 39 12 26.88N—76 18 26 .04W. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Baltimore Dredging:
       Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company Dredge 54, is currently conducting dredging operations at the Seagirt/Dundalk Access Channel, North of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The Hydraulic Unloader "#2", Hydrographic Survey vessel PEARL RIVER, and scows 401 and 402 will be assisting with operations. Dredging operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until July, 2015. All vessels monitor VHF Channels 13, 16, 22A. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Point No Point Lighthouse Repairs:
       Summit Construction and ES Preconstruction Marine M/V CAPTAIN RAY will begin platform and light house repairs to Point No Point Lighthouse (LLNR 7560) on 04 May, 2015 and continue through 26 August, 2015. Concerned mariners may contact the CAPTAIN RAY on VHF Channels 13 and 16 call sign WDD 7007. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

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.  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)

Fort Wool Light May be Discontinued:
       Upgrades to the aids to navigation system in proximity to Fort Wool Light (LL 9385) have reduced its necessity to be maintained as an aid to navigation. The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the light equipment from Fort Wool 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 (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

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)

NOAA Data Buoy Damaged and Off Station:
       NOAA has reported that their lighted data buoy in the vicinity of Jamestown Island is damaged, full of water and off station. The damaged buoy is located in approximate position 37-12-31.210N 076-47-00.440W, and will be recovered in the near future. NOAA has reestablished a new buoy NOAA Lighted Data Buoy J (LLNR 12113) in approximate position 36-12-15.000N 076-46-39.000W showing a Fl Y 4s characteristic. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

More Dredging in Cape Charles Harbor:
       Cottrell Contracting Corporation will begin dredging operations in Mud Creek and Harbor of Refuge inside the Cape Charles Harbor, VA approximately 01 June, 2015. Operations are expected to be completed on or about 15 July, 2015. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dredge can be contacted on VHF Channels 13, 16. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Portsmouth Marine Terminal Dredging:
       Cottrell Contracting Corporation dredge ROCKBRIDGE will be conducting dredging operations within Smith Creek North of Brambleton Avenue Bridge from 25 April through 23 May, 2015. Operations are expected to take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dredge maybe contacted on VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

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 proceed with no wake. The bridge tender can be contacted on VHF Channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 16/2015)

CRUISE THE ALBEMARLE LOOP:
Press Release:
April 20, 2015
Hertford, NC:
       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 or 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

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)

Dredging in Beaufort Inlet and Morehead City Channel:
       Marinex Construction dredge SAVANNAH will commence dredging operations within the Beaufort Inlet Channel and Morehead City Channel on 30 April, 2015. Operations are expected to take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until on or about 20 August, 2015. Mariners are requested to contact the dredge on VHF Channels 13, and 16; 30 minutes prior to passing. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Safety Zone at Camp Lejeune:
       Under the provision of 33 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 165.514 the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary Safety Zone on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) on May 19, 2015 from 8:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m. The Safety Zone will be adjacent to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and will be in effect on all waters of the AICW approximately one nautical mile south of the Onslow Beach Swing Bridge within a 250 yard radius of position 34°33'43" North / 077°17'13" West in support of military training operations. Due to the need to protect mariners on the navigable waters from the hazards associated with the military training operations which will include the establishment of a temporary pontoon bridge, vessel traffic will be temporarily restricted on the AICW. Persons or vessels requiring entry into, or passage through, any portion of the safety zone during the above temporary closure must first request authorization from the Captain of the Port or on scene designated representatives on board U.S. Navy safety vessels. The Captain of the Port can be contacted via telephone at (910) 343-3882 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. On scene U.S. Navy safety vessel can be contacted via telephone at (910) 451-9577 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 18/2015)

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&region=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 10 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 10 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: ops.ferdinand.hassler@noaa.gov(First District LNM Week 17/2015 Updated)

Woods Hole Research Buoys:
       The Wood Hole Oceanographic Institute will be deploying to research buoys from May 5, - September 10, 2015. The buoys are llocated in (PA) ESP 1 at 43 41 130.84 N 69 58 36.492 W and ESP 2 at 43 43 56.022 N 69 21 17.400 W. (First District LNM Week 17/2015)

Lake Champlain Research Buoy:
       The University of Vermont has deployed a research buoy (water monitoring platform) in Missisquoi Bay, in (PA) 44-59' 28.717N, 073-06' 53.630W, until approximately December 1, 2015. The buoy will be operating 24 hours a day. On scene is a 3- ISCO water sampler and sampling platform. (First District LNM Week 17/2015)

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)

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)
       Dive and debris removal operations will be done between the north face of the Military Ocean terminal and the south face of the Global Mariner terminal, from May 11 - 29, 2015. The work area is located inside the coordinates 40 39 48.774N 074 04 5.293W; 40 39 52.713N 074 04 3.288W; 40 40 17.317N 074 04 59.486W; 40 40 13.129N 074 05 2.288W. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be crane barge COLUMBIA, deck barge DICK Z, dredge MICHIGAN, tug PAUL ANDREW & survey vessel CAPE ELIZABETH that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 16, 13 & 67. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution and transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 17/2015)

Subsea Construction and Diving:
       Subsea construction, including diving operations, will be done approximately 2.7 miles south of the Rockaway Peninsula in the following positions: 40-31-24.623N 073-51-39.861W and 40-33-11.837N 073-52-26.650W. The work is being done until approximately August 1, 2015, 7 days week and 24 hours a day. The area is marked by 16 24x60 inch general purpose can buoys with a 1 mile clear flashing solar light, or similar (coordinates for the buoys are provided below). A picket boat is currently on scene although construction is not currently underway.
Buoy location which total 16 are provided below.
Point 1 - 40 33' 28.94N 73 51' 59.96W
Point 2 - 40 33' 03.71N 73 51' 49.08W
Point 3 - 40 32' 38.49N 73 51' 38.21W
Point 4 - 40 32' 13.26N 73 51' 27.34W
Point 5 - 40 31' 48.04N 73 51' 16.48W
Point 6 - 40 31' 22.81N 73 51' 05.61W
Point 7 - 40 31' 13.43N 73 51' 01.54W
Point 8 - 40 31' 05.71N 73 51' 32.29W
Point 9 - 40 30' 58.00N 73 52' 03.04W
Point 10 - 40 31' 07.38N 73 52' 07.11W
Point 11 - 40 31' 32.61N 73 52' 17.99W
Point 12 - 40 31' 57.83N 73 52' 28.86W
Point 13 - 40 32' 23.05N 73 52' 39.73W
Point 14 - 40 32' 48.28N 73 52' 50.61W
Point 15 - 40 33' 13.50N 73 53' 01.49W
Point 16 - 40 33' 21.22N 73 52' 30.72W
Reef bounding coordinates are provided below.
Corner 1 - 40 32' 42.99N 73 51' 14.51W
Corner 2 - 40 32' 42.99N 73 49' 55.97W
Corner 3 - 40 32' 12.77N 73 49' 55.97W
Corner 4 - 40 32' 13.12N 73 51' 14.28W (First District LNM Week 18/2015)

General Announcements

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)

Fifth District Announcement Re Seasonal Lights:
       As of December 2014 the Fifth Coast District Aids to Navigation units were no longer required to remove lighting equipment from fixed Aids to Navigation (Lights) for seasonal purposes or when endangered by ice . Fixed Aids to Navigation (Lights) shall be maintained year round displaying their advertised light characteristics as indicated in the Light List Volume II Atlantic Coast COMDTPUB P 16502.2. (5th District LNM Week 17/2015)

Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
       Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: (xx.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx°) for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.

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.