East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
6/18/2015


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Attention Boaters:

Great Bridge Lock Closures:
       The Great Bridge Lock, Located at Mile Marker 12.2 on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal will be temporarily closed to vessel traffic. ... 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.

North Carolina Inlet Shoaling (NOT on the AICW):
       Mariners are advised that shoaling conditions exist at the following North Carolina inlets:
Oregon Inlet Hatteras Inlet
Ocracoke Inlet Barden Inlet
Beaufort Inlet Bogue Inlet
New River Inlet Topsail Inlet
Masonboro Inlet Carolina Beach Inlet
Lockwoods Folly Inlet Shallotte Inlet
       Shoaling conditions increase the potential for groundings. These inlets are subject to continual and sometimes rapid environmental changes. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent USACE Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at: www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys.aspx
       Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating in these areas and passage through the inlets is not recommended without local knowledge of the area. The aids to navigation in these inlets may not be charted and may not be marking best water due to continually shifting shoals. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation.
       To report any aids to navigation discrepancies (missing, damaged, off station, extinguished lights), shoaling, hazards to navigation, or discrepancies on bridge lighting, please contact Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-2200. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)

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

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)

Rhode Island Sound – NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
       UPDATED: Rhode Island Sound – NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations
NEW SURVEY EXTENTS: NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in Rhode Island Sound, south of 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 23/2015)

Offshore Research Buoys:
       Eight research buoys will be deployed at the Hudson Canyon between Barnegat to Ambrose Traffic Lane and Ambrose to Hudson Traffic Lane. The buoys and locations are as follows:
Ocean Power Technologies Buoy, Fl (4) Y 20s 40-06-20.001N 073-34-00.001W
Surface Auxiliary Float, Fl (2) Y 20s 40-06-22.082N 073-33-56.711W
Surface Auxiliary Float, Fl (2) Y 20s 40-06-21.128N 073-34-04.004W
Surface Auxiliary Float, Fl (2) Y 20s 40-06-16.870N 073-33-59.266W
Anchor Marker, Fl (2) Y 20s 40-06-26.258N 073-33-50.198W
Anchor Marker, Fl (2) Y 20s 40-06-23.332N 073-34-11.953W
Anchor Marker, Fl (2) Y 20s 40-06-10.487N 073-33-57.790W
Wave Measuring Buoy, Fl (2) Y 20s 40-06-17.608N 070-33-46.41W
       The buoys will be deployed between June 15-30, 2015, but will remain on scene 6-12 months. The deployments will be done during daylight hours. A barge and tug will be on scene and monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. (First District LNM Week 23/2015)

Hudson River NYC Seawall Repair:
       Seawall repairs, rip rap placement and repointing will be done along the seawall between 86th and 89th street off of the Henry Hudson Parkway, from June 22-December 31, 2015. The work is beginning at 40-47'-27. 54N 73-58-54.24 W and ending at 40-47-33.54N 73- 58-50.03 W. The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 24 hours a day depending on the tide. On scene is a barge and tug. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 23/2015)

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)

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)

Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Update:
       Steel bridge sections are being transported by barge from the Port of Coeymans to the Tappan Zee Bridge.. The work in being done until approximately October 31, 2016. The hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 7:00 am-6:00 pm. On scene are a barge and tug OCEAN TOWER that is monitoring VHF-FM 19A. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution and to monitor their wake while traveling through the Port of Coeymans during this time period. (First District LNM Week 23/2015)

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)

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

Research off Long Beach, NJ:
       Mariners are advised that the research vessel MARCUS G. LANGSETH will be conducting a scientific seismic survey in the Atlantic Ocean, bounded by 39-36N 73-42W, 39-42N 73-38W, 39-27N 73-09W, and 39-22N 73-13W, near Long Beach, NJ from June 1 until July 6, 2015. The vessel will be limited in ability to maneuver. There will be instrumentation extending up to 2 nautical miles from the vessel stern and 270 yards on both port and starboard of the vessel and will be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the duration of the project. The vessel can be contacted on VHF Channel 13 or 16. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)

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)

Maryland Bridges Reduced Clearance for Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that minor repairs, sand blasting and painting on the MD 370 bridge, at mile 10.0, over the Miles River are scheduled between 19 June and 30 August 2015. During the maintenance period, the horizontal clearance of the bridge will be reduced to 33 feet from a normal horizontal clearance of 40 feet. The reduced clearance will be taken on the bascule side of the bridge. The vertical clearance shoreward of the bascule will be reduced by 4 feet. Red lights will be installed on the platform on the bascule side of the bridge and warning signs will be posted on both sides of the bridge. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area during the scheduled maintenance period. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)
       Mariners are advised that minor repairs, sand blasting and painting on the MD 213 bridge, at mile 10.0, over the Sassafras River are scheduled between 15 August and 15 October 2015. During the maintenance period, the horizontal clearance of the bridge will be reduced to 34 feet from a normal horizontal clearance of 40 feet. The reduced clearance will be taken on the bascule side of the bridge. Red lights will be installed on the platform on the bascule side of the bridge and warning signs will be posted on both sides of the bridge. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area during the scheduled maintenance period. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)

Dredging in Wicomico River, MD:
       Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, VA dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations within the Wicomico River in the vicinity of Wicomico River Channel Light 43 (LLNR 23915) and one mile North of Wicomico River Light 57 (LLNR 23960). Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 15 June, 2015 through 20 August, 2015. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)

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)

Chesapeake Bay Entrance Channel Dredging:
       The dredge TERRIPAN ISLAND conducting dredging operations in the Chesapeake Channel between Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 13 (LLNR 7105) and Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 37 (LLNR 7225). Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until or about 22 August, 2015. Concerned mariners may contact the dredge on VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 24/2015)

Geophysical Survey off VA Coast:
       The U.S. Geological Survey will be conducting a geophysical survey aboard the M/V SCARLETT ISABELLA offshore of Virginia from 9 June to 17 July, 2015. The SCARLETT ISABELLA is a 132 foot, black, cargo vessel; the ship can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF Channels 13 & 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24 hours a day. When acoustic instrumentation is deployed, the vessel will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (617) 778-3588 or via email at: sisabella@bostonharborcruises.com. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)

James River Bridge Area Construction:
       W.F. Corporation will begin replacing the fender system protecting the Dominion Towers just west of the James River Bridge with the work continuing until 01 October, 2015. A work barge will be channelward of the old fender system, but will remain clear of the federal channel. Concerned mariners may contact the support tug on VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)

James River Dredging:
       The dredge TANGIER SOUND is currently conducting dredging operations in conjunction with oyster restoration in the James River, North of Hog Island Wildlife Management Area, in Williamsburg, VA until or about 31 August, 2015. (5th District LNM Week 24/2015)

Reef Warning Daybeacon, Elizabeth River:
       On or about June 16, 2015 Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) will establish a warning daybeacon to mark their newly established reef. Elizabeth River: Lamberts Point Warning Daybeacon 36 53 07.8N—76 19 12.6W NW on pile. (5th District LNM Week 23/2015)

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)

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)

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)

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

Drag Races in Bucksport, SC:
        The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Charleston will establish a Special Local Regulation for the Grand National Drag Boat Races in Bucksport, SC from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on June 20 and June 21, 2015. The Special Local Regulation will be enforced to protect participants and spectators from the hazards associated with this event. Provisions will be made for marine traffic to transit between races. The regulated area will be bounded by the following coordinates:
33° 39' 11.46"N 079° 05' 36.78W 33° 38' 39.48"N 079° 05' 37.44W
33° 39' 12.18"N 079° 05' 47.76W 33° 38' 42.30"N 079° 05' 30.60W
       No one shall enter, transit through, anchor in or remain within the regulated area unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. All persons requesting to transit through the regulated area must contact the Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16 or call (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)

Charleston Moving Safety Zone:
       The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Charleston will establish a moving Safety Zone June 22, 2015 at approximately 0400 to accommodate the transit of the barge MEMPHIS from the Wando Welch Terminal to North Charleston Terminal. The transit is expected to last up to eight hours. The MEMPHIS is transporting a Morris Gantry crane that will be 400ft x 346ft with an air draft of 159ft. The moving Safety zone will extend 200 yards fore and aft and either side of the barge at all times; and will encompass all waters of the Wando and Cooper Rivers during the transit to North Charleston Terminal. Due to the tow size, no vessels will be allowed to meet or pass the MEMPHIS within the confines of the federally maintained channel. As the MEMPHIS proceeds in transit, vessels may resume normal waterway activity after it has cleared their location.
       For more information about the transit plans, contact Stevens Towing at: (843) 751-4025, or via VHF-FM radio channels 13 and 16. Persons and vessels desiring to enter the regulated area may contact the Captain of the Port Charleston via telephone at (843) 740-7050, or a designated representative via VHF radio channel 16, to seek authorization. (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)

GPS Testing, Offshore Charleston:
Geographic Location: Offshore Charleston, SC
Testing date/times: 24, 28 JUN 15 1400Z-2000Z
Frequencies: GPS L1/L2
Center Point: 32 50.00N 78 35.00W
Impact radius: 128NM of center point
For additional information, contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) watch stander at (703) 313-5900. (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)

Savannah River Dredging:
       Marinex Construction will commence dredge operations with Dredge HAMPTON ROADS on or about 15 June 2015 in the Savannah River, Savannah, GA. Dredge ops will be from Marsh Island Turning Basin to Kings Island Turning Basin. The Dredge will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately 15 August 2015. The Dredge will monitor VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to exercise caution and transit at their slowest safe speed while transiting this area. For further information, contact Marinex Construction at (843) 722-9083. (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)

Cable Laying, St. Johns River Entrance:
       L-3 Maripro and Logan Diving Services will be laying/burying a fiber optic cable from July 10 through July 18, 2015 in the vicinity South of the St. Johns River Entrance, Florida. The 240ft black hulled Hornbeck DPII Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV), HOS SWEET WATER will lay the cable, followed by a diver operated trencher from a small barge during daylight hours. A guard boat will be on duty 24 hours a day. Mariners are advised not to anchor or fish near the cable corridor, and to use caution when transiting the area. "LOGAN GUARD BOAT", or "HOS SWEET WATER, call sign WDE8276" may be contacted on VHF CH 16. For further details contact Geoffrey Ball at (805) 886-3626. Coordinates of the Cable Corridor: 30° 23.366' N / 81° 23.000' W to 30° 22.343' N / 80° 17.115' W (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)

St. Johns River Naval Ops:
       The Navy will be offloading the USNS LUMMUS from 10-22 August, 2015 in the vicinity of 30.25N/81.22W anchorage areas in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Florida. There will be increased Navy craft operating in the Mayport operations area to include the Saint Johns River to Blount Island during this time from 0600 till 2400 daily. Mariners are advised to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of these operations. (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)

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)

Ponce Inlet Dredging Reminder:
       The Army Corps of Engineers (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 24/2015)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On June 17, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 12.56 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 6.50 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 4.70 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)

Offshore Testing of Manned and Piloted Submersible Vehicle:
       Lockheed Martin, Palm Beach in conjunction with General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation, MOBRO Marine Tug Boat Cheetah, along with a 150' MOBRO 1700 Barge USCG Document #1136162 and Crane American 9353, will conduct off shore testing from 6/15/2015 - 12/31/2015 with (1) Manned and piloted submersible vehicle. Testing will occur 24 hours daily 1-5 miles off shore from Lake Worth Inlet to the Breakers. A Lockheed Martin RHIB Boat , and Tug Boat Cheetah will be supporting the Manned and piloted submersible vehicle, with support from Sea Tow Palm Beach, and or TowBoatUS who will supply (1) additional RHIB Boat to support with the manned submersible vehicle, all support boats can be reached on VHF-Channel 16. MANDATORY DIVE OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AROUND THE SUBMERISBLE VEHCILE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO STAY CLEAR OF THE RHIB BOATS, SUBMERSIBLE VEHICLE, DIVE FLAGS AND FLOAT BALLS BY 200 YARDS. (7th District LNM Week 23/2015)

Miami Harbor Dredging Update, June 6, 2015:
       Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will commence dredge operations moving along Lummus Island Cut, Lummus Island Turning Basin and Dodge Island Cut utilizing a variety of dredges, tugs, and barges. Operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, weather permitting. Some buoys may be temporarily relocated. The dredge TEXAS will have restricted maneuverability and can be hailed on VHF channels 13 and 16. Throughout the daily dredging cycle, barges will be transiting to and from the permitted disposal site, located approximately 3NM southeast of the Outer Bar Cut Channel. Approximate completion date end of July 2015.
**MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO TRANSIT THE AREA AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE**
       Points of contact for the project: Project Manager, Mr. Chris Pomfret (239) 250-0974, Site Operations Manager, Mr. Kevin Zimmerman (561) 704-4845. For Coast Guard related issues contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division.
       FOLLOWING AIDS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY REPOSITIONED TO FACILITATE DREDGE OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
-Miami Main Channel LB 1 (LLNR 10470) temporarily relocated to 25-45-48.107N/080-05-19.908W
-Miami Main Channel LB 2 (LLNR 10475) temporarily relocated to 25-45-46.865N/080-05-46.823W
-Miami Main Channel LB 3 (LLNR 10480) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.370N/080-05-43.728W
-Miami Main Channel LB 4 (LLNR 10485) temporarily relocated to 25-45-32.731N/080-06-28.583W
-Miami Main Channel LB 11 (LLNR 10530) temporarily relocated to 25-45-34.248N080-07-31.548W
-Miami Main Channel LB 12 (LLNR 10535) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.058N/080-07-29.068W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 15 (LLNR 10550) temporarily relocated to 25-45-51.280N/080-08-10.407W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 16 (LLNR 10555) temporarily relocated to 25-45-57.766N/080-08-14.845W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 18 (LLNR 10575) temporarily relocated to 25-46-06.522N/080-08-38.447W
-Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) temporarily discontinued Ref: LNM 19/15, 21/15.
-Fishermans Channel (TRLB) 5 (LLNR 10655) temporarily relocated to 25-45-52.417N/080-09-00.451W
-Fishermans Channel (TRLB) 9 (LLNR 10665) temporarily relocated to 25-45-53.815N/080-09-32.951W (Ref: LNM 18/15)
-Fishermans Channel (TRLB) 11 (LLNR 10685) temporarily relocated to 25-46-10.393N/080-10-13.827W (Ref: LNM 22/15)
       THE FOLLOWING AID HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISESTABLISHED TO FACILITATE DREDGE OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
-Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E TRLB 9E (LLNR 10680.7) Fl G 4s
-Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A TRLB 9A (LLNR 10675) Fl G 4s
       THE FOLLOWING AIDS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY DISESTABLISHED AND REPLACED WITH A TEMPORARY LIGHTED BUOY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
-Miami Main Channel LB 14 (LLNR 10545) to TRLB, Fl R 2.5s
-Miami Main Channel LT 15 (LLNR 10550) to TRLB, Fl G 2.5s
-Miami Main Channel LB 16 (LLNR 10555) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
-Miami Main Channel LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
-Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655) to TRLB, FL G 6s
-Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665) to TRLB, Fl G 6s
-Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685) to TRLB, Fl Q G, nominal range reduced from 5NM to 4NM (7th District LNM Week 23/2015)

Waterway Analysis for Tampa Bay Entrance:
       The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Tampa Bay Main Ship Channel: including the Tampa Bay Entrance Channel, Egmont Channel, and Mullet Key Channel, Florida. These will be the only areas subject to the survey. The study focuses on the area's aids to navigation, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, routing and emergency communication capabilities, and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide recommendations on existing or additional aids to navigation in this area should be received no later than 17 July, 2015 to be considered.
Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
Attn: CWO Darren Pauly
Prevention Department
Waterways Management
155 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 228-2191 ext. 8184
Email: Darren.A.Pauly@uscg.mil (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 13 (LLNR 43270) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRUB is marking the hazard. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)
       Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 216 (LLNR 45465) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 23/2015)
       Hollywood Beach Light 36 (LLNR 47585) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile are below the waterline and pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB WR36, Fl Q R, 4M and set 4 yards channelward in position 26-02-41.673N/080-06-56.843W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 24/2015)
       The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling between Cedar Keys Main Channel Daybeacon 19 (LLNR 29805) 29-06-42.737N/083-02-42.411W and Cedar Keys Main Channel Light 21 (LLNR 2981) 29-06-50.837N/083-02-25.131W with depths as low as 3 ft at low tide. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 23/2015)
Cedar Keys Main Channel Daybeacon 36 (LLNR 29870) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile are 3-4ft below the waterline and are a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, WR36 Fl Q R, 4M and set 5 yards channelward in position 29-07-50.675N/083-02-02.196W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 23/2015)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 24/2015:
       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)
       Fort Pierce North Bridge: Seminole Equipment will be repairing the Fort Pierce North (A-1-A) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Pierce, Florida. Due to the repairs this bridge will be placed on a single-leaf operation on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour with a two hour notice required for a double-leaf opening. The vertical clearance of the down leaf will be reduced by up to 5 feet. This work will start on June 8 and will be completed by August 2, 2015.
       Southern Boulevard Bridge Replacement (AICW Mile 1024.7): The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice announcing a permit application from AECOM requesting approval of the location and plans for the replacement of the Southern Boulevard Bascule Bridge and the construction of a Temporary Lift Bridge across the AICW, mile 1024.7, in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL. Latitude 26°40'32.50"N & Longitude 80°02'49.61"W. Public Notice 07-15 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be viewed at: www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1®ion=7. The Project Manager is Ms. Jennifer Zercher at jennifer.n.zercher@uscg.mil.
       Southern Boulevard Replacement, Lake Worth Lagoon: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from AECOM requesting approval of the location and plans for the replacement of a low-level fixed bridge (Southern Boulevard) across the Lake Worth Lagoon, in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL. Latitude 26°40'33.85"N & Longitude 80°02'25.72"W. Public Notice 08-15 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be viewed at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The Project Manager is Ms. Jennifer Zercher at jennifer.n.zercher@uscg.mil.
       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 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)*
       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 atwww.tradeonlytoday.com/2015/04/railroad-posts-tender-fort-lauderdale-drawbridge/
       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
       Gasparilla Swingbridge: Due to the mechanical failure of the Gasparilla Island Swingbridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Watery, Gasparilla, Florida, this bridge has been placed on an hourly schedule and will only open on the top of the hour at all times except that from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the bridge will be allowed to open every two hours. Therefore, this bridge will open hourly except that openings will only be allowed at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Starting at 9:00 p.m. the bridge will be opening at the top of the hour only. The bridge owner has advised the Coast Guard that they will need to continue this schedule until the end of August 2015; whereas the new bridge will be opened to vehicle traffic and the old bridge will be left in the open to navigation position.

General Announcements

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.

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


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