East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
6/5/2015


Attention Boaters:

Great Bridge Lock Closures:
       The Great Bridge Lock, Located at Mile Marker 12.2 on the Albermarle and Chesapeake Canal will be temporarily closed to vessel traffic beginning at 7:00 AM on 9 June until 5:00 PM on 10 June, 2015. Closures of up to four hours between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM beginning 15 June - 19 June, and 22 June – 25 June 2015. Vessels needing to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) my use the Dismal Swamp Canal, route 3. The controlling depth of this canal is 6 feet and locking hours are 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, AND 3:30 PM. Point of contact for the canal is Mr. Joel Scussel at (757) 201-7642. The lock and bridge operators monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 22/2015)*

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

HURRICANE SEASON - JUNE 1st THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th:
From the 7th District LNM Week 21/2015:
       Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
(a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
(b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
(c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
(d) Review of storm center evasion procedures;
(e) Knowledge of nearest hurricane shelter or port; and
(f) Constant radio watches on channel 16 VHF-FM and frequent monitoring of weather broadcasts.
       The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory (TCP) is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life.
       Four alerts are issued:
(a) TROPICAL STORM WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(b) TROPICAL STORM WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(c) HURRICANE WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
(d) HURRICANE WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
       Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished, or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricanes and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set up by the COTP (Captain of the Port) and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as a storm approaches a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP-specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under the Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
Condition 4 – Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June–30 November; port status: open.
Condition Whiskey – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
Condition X-Ray – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
Condition Yankee – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
Condition Zulu – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
       Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds.

Harborfest in Norfolk, June 5-7, Anchor Buoys and Other Info:   Expect big crowds on the water and land, boat parades, fireworks and channel closures. 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)

NOTE: With summer weather here and boaters in all areas of the East Coast enjoying the water, we will again list the Alerts in a North to South order, with the First District first, followed by the 5th District and finally the 7th District.

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

Update: Submerged Object, Maine:
       An uncharted submerged object has been reported in approximate position 44-22.57.000N 067-52.46.002W in the vicinity of the Petit Manan Bar. All mariners are urged to use caution when transiting through the area. (First District LNM Week 19/2015)

Maine, Mt. Desert Rock, Mooring Ball:
       A mooring Buoy has been deployed in position 43-58-05.880N 060-04-30.072W until May 01, 2016. The buoy is yellow, Fl (4) y 4s. (First District LNM Week 21/2015)

Eelgrass Transplanting, Maquoit Bay, Maine:
       A study on the transplant of eelgrass is being done in the shallow subtidal waters off Flying Point, in the following positions 43-49-05.880N, 70-03-19.560W to 43-49-00.180N, 70-03-23.880W. The work is being done from June 17 - November 1, 2015. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be 24 3-ft tall wooden stakes marking experimental eelgrass transplant plots; site is 220 yards long (parallel to shoreline) x 7 yards wide and will be marked by corner buoys. (First District LNM Week 22/2015)

RNA at Portsmouth, NH, Shipyard:
       The purpose of this special notice is to advise the public that the Coast Guard has established a Regulated Navigation Area from June 1, 2015 through June 15, 2015. The navigation area covers approximately a one mile stretch of the channel between Henderson Point Light on Seavey Island (43°04.48'N, 070°44.16'W) to the Memorial Bridge (43°04.78'N, 070°45.16'W). The purpose of this temporary final rule is to restrict the speed of vessels transiting in the area while diving and loading operations take place at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. These speed restrictions will be enforced to reduce the wake of passing vessels which have the potential to endanger divers' lives.       All vessels transiting through this area shall proceed with caution, operating at no more than 5 knots and in a manner so as to produce no wake when the navigation area is being enforced. Notice of the speed restrictions will be broadcast on VHF-CH 16 one hour prior to commencing and every hour until cancelled. Documents relating to this Temporary Final Rule will also be available in the Federal Register by going to www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2015-0385 in the "Keyword" box, and then clicking "Search." They are also available for inspection or copying by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail Lieutenant David Bourbeau, Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, telephone 207-767-0398, e-mail David.T.Bourbeau@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826. (First District LNM Week 22/2015)

Cape Cod Canal Commuter Train Schedule/Delays:
Scheduled Commuter Train Crossings May 22 – Oct 12, 2015
       The Cape Cod Canal will again accommodate regularly scheduled commuter train crossings for the summer season. Commuter trains will cross over the Canal railroad bridge according to the following schedule from May 22 to October 12, 2015:
Mon- Wed: No commuter trains
Thursdays: 1900-1930
Fridays: 1900-1940, & 2140-2220
Saturdays: 0910-0950, & 1925-2000
Sundays: 0910-0950, & 1925-2000
       During these times windows reserved for commuter train crossings vessels may expect delays entering or transiting through the Cape Cod Canal. Interested mariners may contact the Cape Cod Canal Marine Traffic Controller by VHF channel 13 or phone at 978-318-8500. (First District LNM Week 19/2015)

Oil Spill Exercise, Mattapoisett Harbor:
       Mariners are advised that an oil spill exercise will be conducted in Mattapoisett Harbor near the mouth of the Mattapoisett River and in the vicinity of the Mattapoisett Town Landing on June 9 from approximately 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Oil spill boom will be deployed in the water and vessels with the Mattapoisett and Marion Harbormaster and Fire Departments will be operating in the area. Access to the Mattapoisett Town Landing and the Mattapoisett River may be affected during this time. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area. Interested Mariners may contact the Mattapoisett Harbormaster or the U.S. Coast Guard by VHF radio. (First District LNM Week 22/2015)

Lake Champlain Waterway Analysis:
       The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a user survey as part of a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Lake Champlain. The purpose of the WAMS is to determine if aids to navigation on Lake Champlain should be improved, relocated, replaced, or discontinued. The information collected from this survey is needed for the Coast Guard to gain a better understanding of the users of Lake Champlain and to validate the adequacy of aids to navigation on the lake.
       Your input is important to this process and the Coast Guard greatly appreciates your time and attention to this survey. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you know other users of this waterway (family, friends, employees, customers) we encourage you to forward this survey along to them.
       The survey is attached as an enclosure to the LNM and responses may be e-mailed to D01-SMB-StaBurlington@uscg.mil or mailed to: U.S. Coast Guard Station Burlington, 1 Depot St., Burlington, VT 05401, Attention: Lake Champlain WAMS
Thank you for your attention to this survey. (First District LNM Week 22/2015)

Rhode Island Sound – NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
       NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in Rhode Island Sound from Cox Ledge to Martha's Vineyard from May 26 through July 31. 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-hours a day. 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 21/2015)

Hudson River Waterway Analysis:
       The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of the Hudson River with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to complete the enclosed survey. Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 30 Aug 2015. Completed surveys can be emailed or mailed to Commander U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York 212 Coast Guard Drive, Staten Island, NY 10305 ATTN: BM1 Christopher Hudak. Contact Waterway Management at 1-718-354-4354, fax 718-345-4190, or email at Christopher.k.hudak@uscg.mil. (First District LNM Week 22/2015)

East River Bulkhead Repairs:
       Repairs and reconstruction of the bulkhead in the East River will be done from June 17, 2015 until approximately June 17, 2017. The work will be done in the following position 40-42-53.050N 073-58-05.280W. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene  will be crane & deck barges, a rescue skiff and a tug that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 . (First District LNM Week 22/2015)

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)

Rockaway Beach Sand Fill Ops:
       Sand backfill operations will be done in Rockaway beach from June 8 - July 31, 2015. The work will be done in the following locations:
40-33-21.22"N 73-52-30.72"W -Coordinates- Inshore End of Trench
40-31-05.71"N 73-51-32.29"W -Coordinates- Offshore End of Trench
40-34-01.96"N 73-54-25.71"W -Stake Barge in Rockaway Inlet.
       The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge #500, tug ELIZABETH and sand scows which will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 10, 11, 16 & 65. (First District LNM Week 22/2015)

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

NJ Coastal Dredging:
       Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company dredge ILLINOIS will commence dredging operations in the Townsend Inlet borrow area just east of Townsends Inlet Bridge. Dredged material will be hydraulically placed via pipeline over the south jetty onto Borough of Avalon Beaches. Other equipment on site will include dredge tender ATLANTIC DAWN, Survey Vessel MUSKEGON, tender tug CAMIE, and anchor barge tender CAVALIER STATE. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning on or about 09 June, 2015 and continue until approximately 30 July, 2015. All vessels monitor VHF Channels 13, & 16. (5th District LNM Week 21/2015)

Cable Recovery Ops NY-MD:
       The research vessel DISCOVERY with M/V GRAPPLE will be conducting cable recovery operations approximately 170NM from New York, NY from 02 – 10 June, 2015, in approximate position 38-58.9N 072-52.7W (sonar cable start) to 38-58.4N 072-52.3W (sonar cable end. A second cable recovery operation will take place offshore from Ocean City, MD from 07 – 15 June, 2015. Concerned mariners may contact either vessel on VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 22/2015)

Ocean City Air Show:
       In association with the Ocean City Air Show; June 11 to June 14, eight (8) yellow buoys will be established to mark the restricted/event area offshore of the beach viewing area which spans approximately from TALBOT Street thru 33RD Street.
Ocean City Air Show Buoy:
North West Corner 38 21 37.71N—75 04 03.86W
North Center 38 21 32.06N—75 03 46.35W
North East Corner 38 21 26.72N—75 03 28.71W
East Center 38 20 30.82N—75 03 53.56W
South East Corner 38 19 34.77N—75 04 18.82W
South Center 38 19 39.89N—75 04 36.22W
South West Corner 38 19 45.21N—75 04 54.16W
West Center 38 20 41.69N—75 04 28.72W
Two additional Air show event buoys will be established
Center Marker 38 20 36.25N—75 04 11.16
Bomb Burst 38 20 17.23N—75 04 19.96 (5th District LNM Week 22/2015)

Survey and Testing off Ocean City:
       Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey Inc will be conducting geophysical, benthic and geotechnical surveys from 28 May through 7 August, 2015 approximately 20 kilometers offshore of Ocean City Inlet. The research vessel SHEARWATER will be towing subsurface survey equipment up to 500 feet behind the vessel. In addition Geotechnical drilling operations will be conducted by the MV OCEAN DISCOVERY. The MV DISCOVERY will be at anchor when conducting drilling operations and with no ability to maneuver. Operations for both vessels is expected to take place 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Both vessels monitor VHF Channels, 13 & 16. It is requested that vessels give both the MV DISCONVERY and research vessel SHEARWATER a minimum distance of 1 nautical mile when passing. (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

Research Buoys Offshore MD:
       On or about June 1, 2015, the University of Delaware is establishing two yellow buoys with flashing amber (yellow) lights marking research equipment off the Maryland and Virginia Coasts. One is 3NM off the northern end of Assateague Island, 10NM south of Ocean City inlet and the other is 3NM off Parramore Island, 3.5NM north of Quinby Inlet. The buoys will be removed on or about October 31, 2015. Assateague Research LB A 38 09 39.0N, 075 05 27.6W Fl Y 6s Private aid Yellow lighted buoy (5th District LNM Week 21/2015)

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)

Delaware Bay, Lewes, Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that weeks marine vessels B.E. Lindholm and R.N. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations in Delaware Bay, near Lewes, DE from April 28, 2015 until April, 2016. The dredges will monitor and can be contacted on VHF channel 13 or 16. The dredges will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the duration of the project. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 20/2015)

Tall Ship to Visit Mount Vernon:
       Mariners are advised that as part of its 2015 voyage visit to Mount Vernon, VA on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, the 153-foot tall ship HERMIONE is scheduled to anchor in the Potomac River, between Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 71 (LLNR 18395) and Upper Potomac River Channel Buoy 73 (LLNR 18500) during June 8-9, 2015. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693. (5th District LNM Week 20/2015)

Salt Ponds Inlet Dredging:
       Southwind Construction Corporation dredge JENI LEA, with tenders ANN KAY and PROUD MARY, will commence dredging operations within Salt Ponds Inlet on 19 May, 2015 through 21 June, 2015. (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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)

James River Draw Bridge to Close for a Day:
       Mariners are advised that the US Route 17, James River Draw Bridge (Vertical Clearance Lift down: 60 ft, Lift up: 145 ft), in Newport News, VA will be maintained in the closed position to facilitate electrical repairs on the south tower of the bridge on Monday June 8, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies during the closure period. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so. After the closure, the drawbridge will open on demand in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.5. (5th District LNM Week 20/2015)

Norfolk Naval Station Dredging:
       Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia dredge ROCKBRIDGE will be conducting dredging operations at the Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk VA from piers 6 through 14. The dredge pipeline will cross the channel in the vicinity of Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 9 (LLNR 9515) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 10 (LLNR 9520). Operations are expected to take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a completion date expected on or about 01 September, 2015. The dredge monitors VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 21/2015)

Craney Island Fuel Pier Construction Nears Completion:
       McLean Construction Company will continue replacement construction of the Fuel Pier D, at the Craney Island Fuel Depot, located along the western shore of the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, VA. Construction is expected to be completed on or about 30 June, 2015. Concerned mariners may contact the onscene crews on VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 22/2015)

Southern Branch (AICW) Dredging:
       Sevenson Environmental Services will be conducting dredging operations in the southern branch of the Elizabeth River, just south of the Jordan Bridge in Portsmouth, VA. Operations will take place 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, beginning 03 June, 2015 until on or about 31 December, 2015. Tugboats onscene will monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 21/2015)

I-64 AICW Bridge Repair:
       A Mclean Contracting work barge and other necessary equipment will be located underneath the I-64 high rise bridge, crossing the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River at mile marker 7.1. 50 percent of the channel will be blocked from 5:00 AM until 8:00 AM on 14 June, 2015. Mariners requiring full width of the channel should adjust transit times accordingly. Concerned mariners can contact the work barge on VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 22/2015)

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 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

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)

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:. 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 on May 22, 2015) and for Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing (33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) (www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx May 11 and 17, 2015) 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.

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

Charleston Entrance Buoy Proposed Change:
       The Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the RACON signal on the Charleston Entrance Lighted Buoy C (LLNR 200/2370). This aid will be recommended to have an AIS Synthetic Signal ATON mark broadcasted at the buoy's assigned position.
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Charleston Entrance Lighted Buoy C Proposed Changes as the subject line and be received by 28 June 2015. Comments can also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg Miami FL 33131. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)

Charleston Harbor Hazard:
       Charleston Harbor North Channel Lighted Buoy 31 (LLNR 2530) is destroyed. The buoy body poses a hazard to navigation. The aid is unlit and severely damaged. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)

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. Note that the schedule is DAILY, not just on weekdays:
       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.

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)

Vilano Bridge Fender System Replacement:
       Hal Jones Contractor has advised the Coast Guard that they will be replacing the fender system of the SR A1A/Vilano Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 775.8, St Augustine, Florida. This will start on June 7 and is anticipated to be completed by October 7, 2015. There will be a crane and material barge on site. Mariners would proceed with caution through this area. (7th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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)

Delta IV Blast Danger Area:
       DELTA-IV Blast Danger Area, Eastern Range Op # D0249, within the following coordinates: The Blast Danger Area is activated in conjunction with Rocket Motor Testing and is a hazard within the listed coordinates.
28-32.47N 80-33.84W
28-32.47N 80-33.12W
28-31.27N 80-33.12W
28-31.27N 80-33.43W
Date/Time/Duration of Test: 23 Jun 15 / 1000Z - 2359Z (7th District LNM Week 19/2015)
       The Blast Danger Area (BDA) is activated in conjunction with the Rocket Motor Testing and is a hazard within the listed coordinates:
28-34.37N 80-34.25W
28-34.37N 80-33.80W
28-33.24N 80-33.80W
28-33.24N 80-33.24W
Date/Time/Duration of Test: 17 JUN 15 / 1300Z - 2200Z (7th District LNM Week 19/2015)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On June 4, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 12.63 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 6.57 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 4.77 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.
       See Lock Opening Restrictions below as the water level in Lake Okeechobee drops during the dry summer season.

WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY
EFFECTIVE: 03/19/2015 00:00 thru 12/31/2015 24:00 EST
CHANGE IN LOCK OPERATING HOURS
REFERENCES:
a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
1. Notice to Navigation
Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will change hours of operation at all five Locks along the Okeechobee Waterway beginning 1 April 2015. Changes will affect operations at the St Lucie, Port Mayaca, Moore Haven, Ortona and W.P. Franklin Locks. Hours of operation will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily with lockages at St Lucie and WP Franklin based on Lake Okeechobee's water level as outlined below.
Lake Okeechobee Level:
1) Above 12.5' Lock operations on demand 07:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
2) Below 12.5' Lock operations every 2 hours (07:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM)
3) Below 12.0' Lock operations 4 per-day (07:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM)
4) Below 11.5' Lock operations 3 per-day (07:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 4:30 PM)
5) Below 11.0' Lock operations 2 per-day (07:00 AM, 4:30 PM)
       Lake Okeechobee water level can be viewed on the Corps of Engineers web site at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml
       Canaveral Lock near Canaveral Harbor will continue to operate from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Rd
Clewiston, FL 33440 (7th District LNM Week 22/2015)

New Herbert Hoover Dike Work in Clewiston:
       Ebsary Foundation in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers will begin working in Clewiston, FL. Adjacent to the Herbert Hoover Dike from June 1, 2015 thru August 1, 2015. The scope of work involves installing a steel sheet pile cofferdam adjacent to the Herbert Hoover Dike. The coordinates for the work site are as follows; 26°45'51"N, 80°55'32"W. Ebsary Foundation will have a 48' x 120' deck barge (Name: Mobro 204) with a 165 Ton crane mounted on it, and a 25' x 14' tug boat (Name: Cottonmouth). The barge and tug boat will be located inside the construction area and will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use extra precaution when navigating through this section of the waterway west and adjacent to the Hebert Hoover Dike Road City Boat Ramp and Clewiston City Marina and Boat Ramp. For further information contact Brent Huffman, 305-325-0530 ext. 113. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)

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)

Key West Naval Diving Ops:
       USNS GRAPPLE (T-ARS 53) will be anchored in a 3-point moor in the vicinity of 24º-26.9'N, 081º-46.7'W for Navy Dive Training Operations from 31 May - 05 Jun 2015 and from 08-12 Jun 2015. ALL VESSELS ARE TO REMAIN CLEAR OF A .5 NM RADIUS AT ALL TIMES. The aft tending anchor will be marked by two orange spherical buoys by day and each will have a flashing white strobe light by night. The buoys will remain in place from 31 May - 12 Jun 2015. GRAPPLE can be reached on VHF channel 16/13. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)

Venice Beach Dredging Update, May 29, 2015:
       Great Lakes Dredge & Dock along with subcontractor Matthews Brothers Marine, Inc. will begin 07 JUNE 2015 to relocate approximately 3,000-cubic yard mound of sand with center coordinate of 27-05-13.854N, 082-29-41.629W that is about 8-feet below the water surface. Equipment used will be a Spud Barge MBI05 equipped with a crane, a 200ft x 35ft Hopper Barge and Tug MISS NICOLE. Great Lakes will mobilize the Survey Vessel TAMPA BAY. While digging, the barge will remain stationary. Tug MISS NICOLE will tow the barge to Borrow Area BA-8O to below coordinates:
26-56-39.635N, 082-29-44.125W
26-56-35.744N, 082-29-38.816W
26-56-38.729N, 082-29-33.913W
26-56-43.326N, 082-29-38.227W
Equipment is scheduled to be mobilized 06 June to the Venice Harbor Staging Area at coordinates:
27-06-50.65N, 082-27-53.71W
27-06-48.29N, 082-27-56.10W
27-06-46.26N, 082-27-55.23W
27-06-49.01N, 082-27-52.52W
       Operations will run seven-days a week and 24 hours per day. Dredge operations are scheduled to be complete by 14 June and demobilization of marine equipment by 17 June, 2015. Further information contact Site manager, Jack Winn (630) 418-6259. (7th District LNM Week 22/2015)

Matanzas Pass Shoaling:
       There is a report of a shoaling between Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 18087) and Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 18095) shoaling is on the south side of the channel and gets as low as 1.7 feet MLLW. The following aid was temporarily established to mark SHOALING into the channel: Matanzas Pass Channel TEMP BUOY 2A in position 26-27-52.620N / 081-58-10.620W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Link to the survey www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Navigation/hydro_surveys/14-101.pdf (7th District LNM Week 20/2015)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Melbourne Channel Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 43235) is reported destroyed and leaning, The aid poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)
       Loxahatchee River Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 46280) is destroyed and partially submerged. The private aid poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)
       There is shoaling from Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 17453) to Naples Bay Channel Light 20 (LLNR 17540). It is strongly advised that all mariners should obtain local knowledge of the channel conditions before attempting passage. (7th District LNM Week 22/2015)
       The Coast Guard received a report on Private aid South Estero Daybeacon 94 (LLNR 19755) is destroyed and partially submerged. The remains pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)
       The Coast Guard has received a report of a 4ft x 3ft Speed Zone marker knocked over showing approximately 1ft above the waterline. The wreckage is located in approximate position 26-49-673N/082-16.36W between Gasparilla Sound Channel Light 23 (LLNR 57030) and Daybeacon 24 (LLNR 57035) just north of the Boca Grande Swing Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 22/2015)
       Update, May 22, 2015: There is significant shoaling in the entrance to Clearwarter Marina Channel between Light 2 (LLNR 25730) and Light 6 (LLNR 25755). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly shifting and changing. (7th District LNM Week 21/2015)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 22/2015:
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 Mile 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) Update: PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will start work on the repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge 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.
Approved Bridge Restriction Schedule:

- From June 3 through June 5, 2015 this bridge will have quarterly openings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 12:15 a.m. to 1 00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- On June 6, 2015, the bridge will open at 7:15 a.m. and will be on the normal quarter hour schedule for the rest of the day.
- On June 7, 2015, the bridge will be closed to navigation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:15 a.m. the next day.
- From June 8 through June 11, 2015, the bridge will have quarterly openings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 12:15 a.m. to 1 00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- On June 12, 2015 this bridge will have quarterly openings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 12:15 a.m. to 1 00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. through the remained of the day.
- On June 13, 2015, the bridge will be on the normal quarter hour schedule.
- On June 14, 2015, the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.
- On June 15 and 16, 2015, the bridge will have quarterly openings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 12:15 a.m. to 1 00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- From June 17 through June 20, 2015, the bridge will be on the normal quarter hour schedule.
- From June 21 through June 25,, 2015, the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.
- From June 26 through June 28, 2015, the bridge will be on the normal quarter hour schedule.
- On June 28, 2015, the bridge will be closed to navigation each evening from 7:30 p.m. through 7:30 a.m. A bridge opening is available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender.

After June 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.
       The roadway will be closed to the vehicle traffic completely for 19 days in addition to the above two weeks two four hours closure periods. The Florida Department of Transportation will be issuing a separate press release on this restriction. CG File: 3014 (7th District LNM Week 20/2015)*
       Boca Inlet Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be inspecting the Boca Raton Inlet (Ocean Avenue – A-1-A) Bridge across Boca Raton Inlet during daylight hour on June 17 and 18, 2015. Mariners may expect temporary delayed openings and a vertical clearance reduction while the snooper truck is removed to allow the mariner to pass. Mariners are requested to contact the bridge tender to reduce delays.
       Countdown Railroad Bridge, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: 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. For background information check  the Soundings Trade Only article at www.tradeonlytoday.com/2015/04/railroad-posts-tender-fort-lauderdale-drawbridge/
       Broward Blvd (SR 842), North Fork, New River Bridge: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing an application from the Florida Department of Transportation, District Four, for the approval of location and plans for replacing the existing Broward Blvd/SR-842 vehicular bridge spanning the North Fork of the New River at mile 1.9 at Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, Latitude: 26.121901°N, Longitude: 80.163114°W. This public notice PN 03-15 which solicits comments for a 30 day period may viewed and printed by accessing web site www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7, or by calling the Coast Guard Project Manager, Mr. Gwin Tate at (305) 415-6747. Chart: 11467 CG File: 3924
       Venetian Causeway Bridges, East and West: Temporary Final Rule. The East Venetian Bridge is closed to navigation until further notice. The Coast Guard has been advised that the planned 9 month operation to repair the West Venetian Bridge approaches has been delayed until June 1, 2015; the West Venetian Bridge  (25.789555°, -80.181524°) will remain open to all marine traffic and the East Venetian Bridge in the closed to navigation position. Docket Number USCG-2014-0719
       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.

General Announcements

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

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.