East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
5/21/2015


Attention Boaters:

Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (NOT on the AICW) Construction 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:

- On June 4 and June 2, 2015, the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.

- 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)*

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

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

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

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

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)

Racoon Key Spit Light Destroyed, St. Andrew Sound/Satilla River, GA:
       Raccoon Key Spit Light 2 (LLNR 6435) is destroyed. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB, WR2, Fl Q R in position 31-00-21.089N/081-26-12.696W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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)

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

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)

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

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On May 20, 2015 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.17 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.11 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.31 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

Dania Cut-off Canal Electrical Line Work:
       Florida Power and Light (FPL) has advised the Coast Guard that they will be relocating the power lines in the vicinity of Ravenswood Road/Anglers Avenue across the Dania Cut-off Canal (26.063941°-80.116356°), Broward County, Florida. There are no anticipated waterway restrictions during this work. The project is scheduled from May 14 through June 30, 2015. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting this area. (7th District LNM Week 16/2015)

Miami Entrance/Government Cut Range Construction UPDATE May 15, 2015:
       THE MIAMI MAIN ENTRANCE CHANNEL RANGE FRONT, RANGE REAR AND GOVERNMENT CUT FRONT AND REAR RANGES HAVE BEEN REBUILT:
-MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL ENTRANCE RANGE FRONT LIGHT (LLNR 10460) in position 25-45-06.159N/080-07-38.683W, displaying Fl Q W (Day/Night) with an all around Passing Light displaying Fl Q W (Night)
-MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL ENTRANCE RANGE REAR LIGHT (LLNR 10465) in position 25-44-59.259N/080-07-59.244W, Displaying ISO W 6s (Day/Night)
-MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL ENTRANCE RANGE REAR PASSING LIGHT (LLNR 10466) located on the NW and SE corners of the RR platform displaying Fl W 4s (Night)
The old Miami Main Channel Entrance Temporary lights have been discontinued, however the Miami Main Channel Range Rear Light (TRLT) structure remains and is marked by a Passing Light displaying Fl W 4s.
-GOVERNMENT CUT RANGE FRONT LIGHT (LLNR 10505) in position 25-45-11.048N/080-06-28.821W, displaying Fl W 2.5s (Day) and Fl G 2.5s (Night) with an all around Passing Light Fl G 2.5s (Night)
-GOVERNMENT CUT RANGE REAR LIGHT (LLNR 10510) in position 25-45-01.289N/ 080-06-05.380W, displaying ISO W 6s (Day) and ISO G 6s (Night) with an all around Passing Light Fl W 2.5s (Night)
-GOVERNMENT CUT RANGE REAR PASSING LIGHT (LLNR 10511) located on the NW and SE corners of the lower RR platform displaying Fl W 2.5s (Night)
       The old Government Cut Range Rear Light has been discontinued however the structure remains and is marked by a passing light displaying Fl W 4s. The old Government Cut Range Front Light has been discontinued. The structure has been designated as a Private Aid to Navigation named Bent Range and is displaying four non-lateral red dayboards marked with the letter B with Fl W 4s light. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. ((7th District LNM Week 20/2015)

Miami Harbor Dredging Update, May 7, 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.
**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 at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720.
       THE FOLLOWING AIDS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY REPOSITIONED TO FACILITATE DREDGE OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
-Miami Main Channel LB 1 (LLNR 10470) temporarily relocated to 25-45-48.107N/080-05-19.908W
-Miami Main Channel LB 2 (LLNR 10475) temporarily relocated to 25-45-46.865N/080-05-46.823W
-Miami Main Channel LB 3 (LLNR 10480) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.370N/080-05-43.728W
-Miami Main Channel LB 4 (LLNR 10485) temporarily relocated to 25-45-32.731N/080-06-28.583W
-Miami Main Channel LB 11 (LLNR 10530) temporarily relocated to 25-45-34.248N080-07-31.548W
-Miami Main Channel LB 12 (LLNR 10535) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.058N/080-07-29.068W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 15 (LLNR 10550) temporarily relocated to 25-45-51.280N/080-08-10.407W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 16 (LLNR 10555) temporarily relocated to 25-45-57.766N/080-08-14.845W
-Miami Main Channel (TRLB) 18 (LLNR 10575) temporarily relocated to 25-46-06.522N/080-08-38.447W
-Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) temporarily relocated to 25-46-02.057N/080-08-38.239W Ref: LNM 19/15
-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)
       THE FOLLOWING AIDS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY DISESTABLISHED AND REPLACED WITH A TEMPORARY LIGHTED BUOY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
-Miami Main Channel LB 14 (LLNR 10545) to TRLB, Fl R 2.5s
-Miami Main Channel LT 15 (LLNR 10550) to TRLB, Fl G 2.5s
-Miami Main Channel LB 16 (LLNR 10555) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
-Miami Main Channel LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
-Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655) to TRLB, FL G 6s
-Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665) to TRLB, Fl G 6s
-Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) to TRLB 9E, Fl G 4s
-Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685) to TRLB, Fl Q G, nominal range reduced from 5NM to 4NM (7th District LNM Week 20/2015)

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)

Venice Beach Dredging Update and Shoaling:
       Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has completed dredge operations for the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project - Venice Beach Renourishment. However, the mound of sand reported in an earlier notice may still pose a hazard to navigation. **The Coast Guard has received a report that water depth has been reported to be approximately 8ft where a mound of sand has built up due to dredging operations. The hazard is marked by a small unlit buoy approximately 2NM SW of Venice Inlet in position 27-05.2N/082-30.1W in the vicinity of the offshore booster pump. Further information contact Site manager, Jack Winn (630) 418-6259. (7th District LNM Week 20/2015)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 20/2015:
       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)
       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.

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

Frances Scott Key Bridge Painting and Repair Work Extended:
       Mariners are advised that the Maryland State Highway Administration will be extending the painting, and steel repairs at the I-695/Francis Scott Key Bridge, at mile 6.0, across the South Branch of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, MD until 01 August, 2015. To facilitate the steel repairs, a small barge will be utilized to reach the lower portions of the bridge and for safety when working over the over waterway. Inspection personnel and equipment will be working at the bridge during this period and will be in proximity to the navigable channel, but do not anticipate any disruption to navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigation channel upon request for vessel passage. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

Aquaculture in Chester River:
       On or about June 1, 2015, Scott Budden of Orchard Point Oyster Co. will begin his aquaculture activates, placing 12" cages in his authorized site in the Chester River, approximately 0.50Nm North of Chester River Light 15 (LL 26647) and 600' off the shore. Corners marked in accordance with MD DNR requirements:
Corner A: 39 03 40.8N—76 12 25.8W
Corner B: 39 03 45.8N—76 12 34.6W
Corner C: 39 03 48.7N—76 12 36.0W
Corner D: 39 03 40.9N—76 12 22.9W. (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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 DISCOVERY and research vessel SHEARWATER a minimum distance of 1 nautical mile when passing. (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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)

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

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)

York River Mooring Balls:
       Coastal Design and Construction will establish four (4) mooring buoys, until August 1, 2015, in association with their shoreline protection project for the National Park Service. Buoys are approximately 1500 feet North of Indian Field Creek and 3265 feet West of York River Light 3 (LL 1370). All buoys are white with blue band.
CDC Temporary York River:
Mooring Buoy A 37 16 28.0N—76 33 27.0W White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy B 37 16 20.0N—76 33 32.0W White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy C 37 16 20.0N—76 33 30.0W White with blue band.
Mooring Buoy D 37 16 20.0N—76 33 27.0W White with blue band.
Point of contact is Mr. Jim Gunn, 804-693-4158. (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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)

Dominion Power Tower Repair, James River:
       On or about June 1, 2015 Dominion Virginia Power will start a rebuild/refurbishment project on the fender system protecting their East/West Towers just NE of the James River Bridge. The new fender system will have three lights each; Upstream, Center and Downstream with all having an four second amber (Yellow) flash characteristic; Fl Y 4s. Position provided is the Center Light James River:
11315 -Dominion Power West 37 00 10.049N Fl Y 4s 9 Private aid.
Tower Fender Lights (3) 76 28 15.083W
11320 -Dominion Power East 37 00 15.740N Fl Y 4s 9 Private aid.
ower Fender Lights (3) 76 28 07.925W (5th District LNM Week 20/2015)

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)

Fort Norfolk Bulkhead Demolition and Repair Continues:
       Crofton Diving Corporation continues demolition and repair operations on the Fort Norfolk Bulkhead, located adjacent to the Corp of Engineers Building, on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk. Operations are expected to continue until 31 May, 2015, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Work vessels maybe contacted on VHF Channels 13 & 16. Mariners are requested to transit the work zone at no wake. (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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

Hatteras Inlet Buoys Discontinued for Shoaling:
       On or about 20 May 2015 the Coast Guard will temporarily discontinue the below listed Aids to Navigation due to shoaling. Recent surveys have indicated significant shoaling exist in the Hatteras Inlet between Buoy 9 and Buoy 13. The current Aids to Navigation within this section of the waterway have become misleading due to limited water depths and channel width. Mariners are advised the preferred alternate route to/from the ocean inlet is the Barney Slough Channel and South Ferry Channel. Additionally, due to potential for increased shoaling and frequent changes in channel depths and widths in the Hatteras Inlet Channel region local knowledge is highly recommended.
Hatteras Inlet Channel
28669 - Buoy 9
28670 - Buoy 9A
28724 - Lighted Buoy 9B
28726 - Lighted Buoy 10
28726.1 - Buoy 10A
28726.2 - Lighted Buoy 10B
28729 - Lighted Buoy 11
28730.1 - Channel Lighted Buoy 11A
28730.15 Channel Buoy 11AA
28730.2 - Channel Lighted Buoy 11B
28733 - Channel Lighted Buoy 12AA
28733.1 - Channel Lighted Buoy 12B
28733.2 - Channel Lighted Buoy 12C
28735.2 - Channel Lighted Buoy 13  (5th District LNM Week 19/2015)

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)

Shoaling in NC AICW Reminder: Reported in New River Inlet AICW Crossing, Recent Surveys of Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing, Browns Inlet Crossing, and Topsail Inlet Crossing Area:
       Hazard to navigation - shoaling has been reported to a depth of 3 feet between the Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72A (LLNR 39300) (34.553901°-77.349136°) and Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72B (LLNR 393003) and depth of 4 feet at Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 74 (LLNR 39305) on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (5th District LNM Week 05/2015)
UPDATE: Check the Wilmington USACE link at the end of the Alerts for the latest survey (February 26, 2015) of the area which confirms this report. Also check out the recent surveys for Browns Inlet Crossing (34-35-54.684N, 077-14-28.289W) (www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW/BFTCFR.aspx) and for Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing (33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) (www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx) And check for the April, 2015 Survey of the shoaling at Topsail Inlet AICW Crossing especially at buoys 99A and 99B (34.354934°-77.681700°) www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/InletsCrossings.aspx.

Bald Head Island Construction: Jetty and Groin:
       Mariners are advised that the Orion Construction Inc. will be commencing construction of a jetty at the Bald Head Island Entrance Channel at Bald Head Island, North Carolina commencing on or about March 20, 2015 and ending approximately November 15, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the construction barges, tugs and work boats. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Orion Construction Inc. monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. Construction will be conducted Monday through Friday during daylight hours. (5th District LNM Week 11/2015)
       Mariners are advised that the Orion Construction Inc. will be commencing construction of a terminal groin at the southerly side of Bald Head Island, North Carolina in position latitude 33°51'55.99" N, longitude 078°00'42.62" W commencing on or about April 1, 2015 and ending approximately November 15, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the construction barges, tugs and work boats. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Orion Construction Inc. monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. Construction will be conducted Monday through Friday during daylight hours. (5th District LNM Week 11/2015)

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

Ice Damage Warning:
       With the severe ice conditions we've experienced this winter in First Coast Guard District waterways, aids to navigation may not be operating according to the Light List specifications. There will also be delays in returning year-round buoys and characteristics to their stations according to dates specified in the Light List. Please refer to the weekly notice to mariners for current discrepancies, corrections and temporary changes. The Local Notice to Mariners is available online at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=1(First District LNM Week 11/2015)

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)

Marblehead Area Marine Construction:
       Update: Dredging and pipeline installation is being done until approximately August 1, 2015 in the following positions from 42-31-31.380N 070-52- 31.380W to 42-31.33.840N 070-52-16.980W to 42-30-41.040N 070-52-11.880W to 42-30-57.960N 070-51-57.920W. The hours of operations are up to 24 hours per day – marine assets will stay on location during operational and non-operational periods. Spoil piles exist adjacent to the above defined dredging route except in the buoyed Salem Navigation Channel; these piles reduce the water depth to significantly below the values charted – mariners are advised that a risk of grounding exists at all states of tide. On scene are the barges 4080, 825, LINDA & 395, tug AUSTIN and two skiffs that are monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channels 72 & 77. Floating pipe may extend for distances of up to 600 feet ahead and astern of the pipe lay barge. Barges engaged in dredging and trench backfill activities will be surrounded by orange colored floating turbidity curtains. Mariners are requested to proceed with extreme caution, provide a wide berth, operate at a slow speed and keep strictly to the buoyed Salem Navigation Channel while transiting in this area. (First District LNM Week 19/2015)

NOAA GPS Buoy:
       NOAA will be deploying a GPS water level buoy, from May 27 - September 2, 2015, in the following position 40-19-30N 070-35-20W. The buoy will be active 24 hours a day and will provide tide information in support of the survey operations of both the NOAA Ship FERDINAND R. HASSLER and THOMAS JEFFERSON working in tha area. The buoy is a spherical Yellow plastic buoy with a Amber Q (5) 20s light source, 1NM in range, 2ft. diameter and wave rider design. (First District LNM Week 19/2015)

Newburyport Harbor Jetty Repair:
       Repairs to the Newburyport Harbor jetties (north and south) are being done until approximately May 1, 2016. The work is being done in an area surrounding 42-49-11.14N. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene are barges and push boats that are monitoring VHF-FM channel 6. (First District LNM Week 19/2015)

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)

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

General Announcements

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
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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