East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
12/18/2014


Attention Snowbirds

Pungo Ferry Bridge Emergency Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that emergency fender repair work has commenced and will continue through January 2015 for the SR 604 Bridge across the North Landing River, at AICW mile 28.4, in Virginia Beach, VA (commonly known as the Pungo Ferry Bridge) ( 36.614141° -76.059110°). The operation will consist of debris removal and repair of the bridge fender system, with in-water work involving pile driving, lighted barges in and near the channel, and divers.  Mariners should check for future notices on this emergency repair fender project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)*

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

Hillsboro Inlet Bridge Repairs and Closure Schedule Announced (NOT on the AICW):
       PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will start work on the repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261229° -80.083250°) on January 5, 2015. This project is anticipated to be completed by November 14, 2015. There will be various bridge restrictions and closures throughout this project. The contractor will be working closely with the marine interests to ensure impacts to navigation will be at a minimum.
       Starting on January 5, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. the bridge will be closed to navigation nightly through April 30, 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.
       From 7:30 p.m. on January 20 through 7:30 a.m. on January 21, 2015, the bridge will be closed to navigation, as the bridge control house will be moved during this time period and will be unable to open.
       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 restrictions previously published below are being re-evaluated. Updates will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners:
       Due to repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge, this waterway will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 12:01 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a two week period. This work will be completed after Easter and before July 4th, 2015. Comments on this waterway closure should be directed to LT Arthur Loughran at Arthur.f.loughran@uscg.mil and/or Mr. Michael Lieberum at michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil. The times may be changed based on comments received; however there is a need for the two 4 hour closures to allow these repairs to be completed within the two week time period. The roadway will be closed to the vehicle traffic completely for 19 days in additional 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. (7th District LNM Week 50/2014)

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.

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

Mayport Basin Dredging:
       Weeks Marine will commence dredge operations on about 03 January, 2015 and continuing until approximately 31 May, 2015 the Clamshell Dredge WEEKS #551, Tender Tug "Robert", Towing Tug "Katherine", two scow barges Weeks #257 and #264 and Crew Boat "Dan-G" will be performing maintenance dredging in the U.S. Navy Entrance Channel & Turning Basin. All dredge material will be towed and deposited offshore to USACE Jacksonville ODMDS. Once underway, operations will continue 24/7. The dredge and boats will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. For further information contact Miguel Cruz at Weeks Marine macruz@weeksmarine.com or (985) 875-2564.
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Mayport Basin Channel LB 1 (LLNR 7170) temporarily relocated to 30-23-50.235N/081-23-39.474W.
Mayport Basin Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 7175) temporarily relocated to 30-23-46.276N/081-23-54.627W.
Mayport Basin Channel Buoy LB 4 (LLNR 7185) temporarily relocated to 30-23-49.995N/081-24-07.702W.
St Johns River Entrance LB 4 (LLNR 7130) temporarily relocated to 30-23-54.916N/081-21-35.777W.
St Johns River LB 10 (LLNR 7190) temporarily relocated to 30-24-09.472N/081-24-09.619W.
St Johns River LB 11 (LLNR 7195) temporarily relocated to 30-24-05.705N/081-25-03.956W. (7th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Falcon-9 Launch Danger Area:
TO 3029N 7757W
TO 3032N 7825W To beginning
D: From 3148N 7741W
TO 3245N 7615W
TO 3217N 7542W
TO 3059N 7700W To beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch and backup launch:
Primary: 19 / 1822Z thru 19 / 1851Z Dec 14. T-0 IS 1822Z.
Backup: 20 / 1759Z thru 20 / 1828Z Dec 14. T-0 IS 1759Z. (7th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Dredging in Indian River Lagoon:
       Cavache Inc. will commence dredge operations on or about December 1, 2014 with Dredge MICHELLE in the Indian River Lagoon, including Sebastian Inlet (27.853976°-80.454920°) south to the Wabasso Causeway. The dredge will dispose of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines. The disposal area is located east of US Highway 1 and west of the AICW in Indian River County. The portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The pipeline will be sunk along the shoreline. Mariners are urged to maintain a safe distance from the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 16 and 79. Operations will be 24/7 and will continue until on or about March 31, 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. For further information contact Cavache at (954) 568-0007. (7th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Fort Pierce City Marina Marker Hazard:
       The USCG received a report of Private aid Fort Pierce City Marina Channel Daybeacon 11 (LLNR 9986.1) is destroyed. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Manatee Pocket Hazard:
       Private aid Manatee Pocket Channel Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 50678.5) is destroyed and partially submerged. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On December 17, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.32 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.26 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.46 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 Work:
       Ebsary Foundation will commence work on or about December 3, 2014. The duration of the project will take approximately 2 months; partially blocking the channel (there will be access for boats during the operation). The channel will be completely blocked for ONE-DAY only either December 8th or 9th. A sectional barge named (Ebsary/Shakerton) will remain onsite for the duration either on the north or south of the canal. The barge is 80'x40' with a 70 Ton crane mounted on it. In addition, there will be occasional divers in the area as needed. Hours of operations are from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, the barge will be located in the construction area 24/7. No weekend work is expected. Project POC's Superintendent: Rick Varney (305) 898-3965 and Project Manager: Yosmel Milian (305) 967-3977.
Project Location:
SE Corner: 26° 4'3.08N 80°11'51.51W
SW Corner: 26° 4'3.02N 80°11'52.81W
NE Corner: 26° 4'4.09N 80°11'51.53W
NW Corner: 26° 4'4.06N 80°11'52.82W (7th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Dodge Island Construction Completion Date Update:
       Ebsary Foundation Company will commence seawall construction at the Port of Miami (Dodge Island) on or about April 21 until December 31, 2014. Operations will occur from 0700 to 1800 Monday through Friday. A barge will be working adjacent to the south side of Dodge Island. The barge is 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100Ton crane mounted on it. The barge will remain in the construction position 24/7. For further information contact Matthew Shiring at 305-325-0530 ext 108. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
Work Site Coordinates and Staging Area:
25-46-18.86N 80-10-23.21W SE Corner
25-46-20.10N 80-10-22.42W NE Corner
25-46-22.64N 80-10-28.18W NW Corner
25-46-20.83N 80-10-28.31W SW Corner (7th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Wiggins Pass Hazard:
       Private aid Wiggins Pass Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 17780) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Boca Ciego Bay Sunken Boat Hazard:
       The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken vessel approximately 30ft in the Anchorage Area of Boca Ciega Bay. The vessel is approximately 3ft underwater and marked by an unlit white buoy in approximate position 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 50/2014:
       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.
       Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Genesis CEI Services, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that due to painting operations on the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) (30.323251°-81.438770°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (San Pablo Creek) mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida. The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by four feet slightly more than one-half the channel from April 10, 2014 through April 10, 2015. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
       Main Street Bridge, JAX: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge (30.322626° -81.658613°) across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through April 30, 2015, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191.
       Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening. The project completion date is April 30, 2015. During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet.
       Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.
Update:
       Please note these dates may change or be added due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
       Scheduled bridge closure to navigation:
9pm Dec 19, 2014 – 9pm Dec 22, 2014. This is the 72 hour lockdown required to place the sidewalk concrete for the west side of the span. (7th District LNM Week 49/2014)
       Veterans Memorial Bridge, Daytona: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from Volusia County, Florida for the approval of location and plans for the construction of a new bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 830.6 (29.210135°-81.011298°), also known as the Halifax River. Public Notice 15-14 provides details of the proposed new bridge and solicits comments concerning the project. The public notice is available at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7.
       Haulover Canal Bridge: Freck Enterprises, Inc. will be repairing the fender system of the Haulover Canal Bridge (28.734706° -80.755544°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Florida from December 15 through December 24, 2014. This work is not expected to impact navigation; but there will be floating equipment in the vicinity of the bridge. Mariners should proceed with caution and minimum wake.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge Update: Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
       The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.
       The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule will be changed starting November 1, 2014, to once an hour on the quarter-hour. Starting Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in addition to the once an hour schedule, the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be allowed to not open at 8:15 a.m. and at 4:15. p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays to allow for rush hour traffic. The bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park and Southern Blvd Bridges will return to their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117.261:
(v) Royal Park (SR 704) bridge, mile 1022.6, at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the hour and half-hour.
(w) Southern Boulevard (SR 700/80) bridge, mile 1024.7 at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the quarter and three- quarter hour.
       While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies: If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
       Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge.
       The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position.
       Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
       Caloosahatchee River Bridge: The de Moya Group, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be setting the new bridge girders across the Caloosahatchee River (26.650326° -81.877938°). During main girder installation the waterway will need to be closed to navigation for the protection of the workers as well as the vessel operators passing under this location. There will be intermittent interruptions to boat traffic passing through the main channel on Tuesday - Saturday during the week of 12/15-12/20. Marine patrol will be utilized. There will be no work or disruption scheduled between Dec. 24th - Jan. 5th.
       Treasure Island Bridge: Southern Road and Bridge Company will be working on the Treasure Island Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Treasure Island, Pinellas County, Florida from January 5 through February 6, 2015. The Treasure Island Bridge will be on single-leaf operations with double-leaf available with a half-hour notice to the bridge tender. There will be a work platform under the down leaf. Mariners should proceed with caution.

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

USCG Analysis of Use of Some Aids to Navigation:
       The Coast Guard Fifth District is conducting an analysis to determine the degree to which mariners utilize the Aids to Navigation listed below. With the proliferation of GPS, charting software, AIS, and other systems, seacoast buoys, while often convenient references, are becoming increasingly redundant. The analysis of the seacoast buoys listed below could lead to alterations of technical aspects of the aids, such as a change to advertized characteristics or buoy sizes, change to positions, or discontinuation.
Barnegat Offshore Lighted Gong Buoy 2 (LLNR 15)
Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLNR 35)
Brigantine Inlet Lighted Wreck Buoy 2 (LLNR 40)
Great Egg Harbor Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy GE (LLNR 70)
Avalon Shoal LBB 2 (LLNR 85)
Five Fathom Bank NE LBB 2FB (LLNR 100)
Five Fathom Bank NW LGB 3FB (LLNR 105)
Five Fathom Bank South LB 4FB (LLNR 115)
Five Fathom Bank Traffic Lane LB FA (LLNR 125)
Delaware Traffic Lane Lighted Buoy DB (LLNR 175)
Fenwick Shoal LB 1FS (LLNR 210)
Great Gull Bank LB 4 (LLNR 220)
Ocean City Inlet Lighted Bell Buoy 2 (LLNR 240)
Little Gull Bank Buoy LG (LLNR 250)
Winter Quarter Shoal LB 6 (LLNR 270)
Chincoteague Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy CI (LLNR 5270)
Wachapregue Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy W (LLNR 305)
Parramore Bank LB 12 (LLNR 315)
Quinby Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy Q (LLNR 320)
Hog Island LB 12 (LLNR 335)
Cape Charles LBB 14 (LLNR 345)
False Cape LB 4A (LLNR 545)
Northern Chesapeake Entrance Lighted Gong Buoy NCB (LLNR 390)
Northern Chesapeake Entrance Lighted Gong Buoy NCD (LLNR 400)
Currituck LB 6 (LLNR 560)
Bodie Island LB 8 (LLNR 565)
Wimble Shoals LB 10 (LLNR 620)
       Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts that modifying or discontinuing any of the aids above would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet available at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D5_LNM_2014_Special_Notice_Waterway_Proposal_Feedback_Form.pdf.
       All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 13 January 2015 to be considered in the analysis. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, email can be sent to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 48/2014)

More Aids Changes Proposed:
       The Coast Guard Fifth District is conducting an analysis to determine the degree to which mariners utilize the Aids to Navigation listed below. With the proliferation of GPS, charting software, AIS, and other systems, seacoast buoys, while often convenient references, are becoming increasingly redundant. The analysis of the seacoast buoys listed below could lead to alterations of technical aspects of the aids, such as a change to advertized characteristics or buoy sizes, change to positions, or discontinuation.
Hatteras Inlet Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy HI (LLNR 650)
Ocracoke Inlet Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy OC (LLNR 665)
Cape Lookout Shoals Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 695)
New River Inlet Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy NR (LLNR 790)
New Topsail Inlet Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy NT (LLNR 795)
Masonboro Inlet Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy A (LLNR 800)
Carolina Beach Inlet Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy CB (LLNR 805)
Lockwoods Folly Inlet Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy LW (LLNR 865)
Shallotee Inlet Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy SH (LLNR 870)
       Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts that modifying or discontinuing any of the aids above would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D5_LNM_2014_Special_Notice_Waterway_Proposal_Feedback_Form.pdf. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 13 January 2015 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number 05-15- 035. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, email can be sent to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Barnegat Inlet Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that the army corps of engineers will be conducting dredging operations at the entrance of the Barnegat Bay Inlet (39.762116° -74.094546°), in Barnegat Light, NJ from December 06, 2014 until January 16, 2015. The dredge Murden 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 49/2014)

Cape May Ferry Terminal Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that Barnegat Bay Dredge Company will be conducting dredging operations near the ferry terminal (38.967913° -74.959948°) in the Cape May canal, in Cape May, NJ from December 03 until December 31, 2014. The dredge can be contacted on vhf channel 13 or 16. The dredge 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. 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 49/2014)

Ocean City Inlet Hazard:
       Mariners are advised that the Army Corps of Engineers has reported finding a submerged object in Ocean City Inlet, located between Ocean City inlet Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 4745) and Ocean City Inlet Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 4750), in approx posit 38-19-24.9N 075-05-29.4W, in approx 10 ft of water at mllw. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Baltimore Harbor Construction:
       Mariners are advised that a pier repair project is scheduled to occur in Baltimore Harbor from December 13, 2014 until January 10, 2015. The project involves repairs to the fuel pier fender system, located at the NuStar Pipeline Operations Terminal, 1800 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore, MD. The work will occur from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days per week. A dive barge and tender boat will be used at the site. Divers will be working in the water. Interested mariners may contact the Corman Marine Construction, Inc. dive supervisor at telephone 412-432-6266. (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)
       Mariners are advised that aids to navigation construction operations are scheduled to occur in the Patapsco River from on or about December 20, 2014 through February 28, 2015. The work will be located southeast of Hawkins Point, Baltimore, MD, in approximate position latitude 39°12.3183- N, longitude 076°31.4291- W. The work will include diving operations and pile driving from spud barges and material barges. All marine equipment will be marked and lighted as required by U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Mariners are requested to proceed at a no-wake speed in this area. Interested mariners can contact the tug "Jezebel" on marine band radio VHF-FM channels 16 and 13, or via telephone at 410-258-7932. Should additional information be required, contact the Marine Technologies, Inc. main office at 410-355-2000. (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Barge Moored Near Channel off Alexandria:
       McLean Contracting in association with their City Marina Project will moor a moored barge, until March 1, 2015, just outside of the channel and approximately 1200' Southeast of Upper Potomac River Alexander Channel Buoy 4 (LL 18615). Alexandria Channel:
Moored Barge 38 48 18.0N—77 02 16.2W. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Safety Zone for Kent Island Bridge Repair:
       Mariners are advised that to facilitate planned bridge repairs to the Kent Island (MD-18B) Draw Bridge, a Coast Guard safety zone will be established in Kent Island Narrows from December 15, 2014 through on February 16, 2015. The work involves the removal and replacement of the bascule span bracing members and retrofit the bascule span stringers located over the federal navigation channel. The safety zone includes all waters of Kent Island Narrows, within an area bounded by position latitude 38°58'14.5"N, longitude 076°14'50.2"W; thence easterly to position latitude 38°58'14.1"N, longitude 076°14'48.4"W; thence southerly to position latitude 38°58'12.3"N, longitude 076°14'49.0"W; thence westerly to position latitude 38°58'12.8"N, longitude 076°14'50.8"W; thence northerly to the position of origin, located in Queen Anne's County, MD (reference Datum NAD 1983). This area, which applies to the entire width of the federal navigation channel, allows for the placement of marine equipment that will remain in the federal navigation channel 24 hours per day for the 63-day period. This safety zone will be enforced from 6 a.m. on December 15, 2014 through 6 a.m. on February 16, 2015. With the exception of Maryland State Highways Administration support vessels, entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. Persons desiring to transit the area of the safety zone must first obtain authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative, which can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM channel 16. Vessels and persons transiting Kent Island Narrows outside the safety zone do so at their discretion. It is crucial mariners operating near the work site eliminate wakes. During the period of the bridge repair project, USCG bridge opening regulations for the draw bridge will remain unaffected. Interested mariners can contact the Kent Narrows Bridge Tender via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 13 or at telephone (410) 643-5963. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division can be contacted at telephone (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693. (5th District LNM Week 48/2014)

Kent Narrows Bridge Repair Update:
       Mariners are advised that the Maryland State Highways Administration has scheduled bridge repairs to the Kent Narrows (MD-18B) Draw Bridge (38.970455° -76.247430°), across Kent Island Narrows in Queen Anne's County, MD, from 6 a.m. on December 15, 2014 through 6 a.m. on February 16, 2015. During this period, the Coast Guard will establish a safety zone in the area of the work site. Equipment on scene includes work barges and tender boats. The barges will be located within the fed ral navigation channel, moored to the bridge structure, and will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Mariners e should plan their voyages accordingly. Interested mariners can contact the Covington Marine and Welding vessel "Covington Tug" via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 13. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore can be contacted at telephone (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Oyster Reef Construction, MD Eastern Shore:
       Mariners are advised that oyster reef restoration operations are scheduled to occur in both Harris Creek and the Tred Avon River from December 8, 2014 until April 1, 2015. The work will occur 7 days per week, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The project site in Harris Creek is located between approximate position latitude 38°42'58.69" N, longitude 076°19'10.76" W, and approximate position latitude 38°40'22.97" N, longitude 076°17'66.92" W. The project site in the Tred Avon River is located between approximate position latitude 38°42'12.66" N, longitude 076°09'28.05" W, and approximate position latitude 38°44'17.33" N, longitude 076°17'19.18" W. Interested mariners may contact the Corman Marine Construction, Inc. tugs "Christi" and "Artie" via marine band radio VHF-FM channels 16 and 13, or the attending plant vessels "Xavier" and "2400" via marine band radio VHF channels 13 and 08. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

Norfolk Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that the dredge ROCKBRIDGE is conducting dredging operations in the Elizabeth River (36.842709°-76.300259°), in Norfolk Harbor Reach and Craney Island Reach. Operations will occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The work extends between the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 9485) and the Elizabeth Channel lighted buoy 25 (LLNR 9710) until approximately January 31, 2015. Mariners should stay clear of the dredge and on-scene equipment. Concerned traffic should contact the dredge ROCKBRIDGE on VHF channel 13 or 16. (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Fort Norfolk (USACE Building Area) Bulkhead Demolition and Repair:
       Mariners are advised that Crofton diving corporation will be conducting demolition and repair operations on the Fort Norfolk bulkhead, located adjacent to the Corp of Engineers building (36.857433°-76.308895°), on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA. Operations will occur November 17, 2014 through April 29, 2015, between 7 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Mariners should stay clear of the fort Norfolk bulkhead and on-scene equipment. Crofton diving corporation will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 45/2014)

Barge in Channel at Gilmerton Bridge:
       Beginning Wednesday December 10, 2014, mariners are advised that PCL Civil constructors will have one working barge occupying the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, in support of construction operations involving driving piles until approximately January 20, 2015. All vessels needing more than 65 feet of horizontal clearance to pass shall provide at least 2 hours advance notice to the bridge tender at 757-485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 49/2014)

North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
       Browns Inlet Crossing, North of the Onslow Beach Bridge, (34.598523°-77.241191°) Mile 238. Shoaling, shifting channel and often different markers than charted. This is a good example of many problem areas where an inlet, creek or river flows into or across the AICW causing frequent shoaling and changes.

Topsail Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge CHARLESTON will commence dredging operations offshore of North Topsail Beach (34.498307° -77.429678°) on or about December 1, 2014. The borrow source will be located approximately 1 – 1-1/2 miles offshore. Multiple pipelines will be placed from the borrow source to North Topsail Beach. Dredging support equipment will be anchored near and within New River Inlet. Dredging operations are expected to be completed on or about April 30, 2015. Operations are expected to take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Dredge operators will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 47/2014)

Banks Slough Markers Discontinued for Shoaling:
       On or about 17 Dec 2014, the Coast Guard will temporarily discontinue the following Aids to Navigation due to significant shoaling with depths of less than 3 feet:
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 2BS (LLNR 30048)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 3 (LLNR 30048.02)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 30048.04)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 5 (LLNR 30048.06)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 30048.08) (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Surf City Bridge Repairs:
       Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the NC Route 50-210 Highway Bridge (34.430397°-77.549562°), located on AICW, mile 260.7, in Surf City, NC. Work crews and barges may be in the waterway conducting repairs to submarine cables and terminals. To facilitate the necessary repairs the bridge will be closed to navigation from 6 p.m. on February 22, 2015 to 6 p.m. February 24, 2015, except for two openings at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The channel shall remain open to navigation for vessels that can clear the 12 feet of vertical clearance in the closed position. (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)

Bald Head Area Dredging Ops:
       Mariners are advised that the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Bald Head Shoal Reach 2 Channel thru Smith Island Channel (33.876716° -78.006522°) in Wilmington, North Carolina commencing on or about December 16, 2014 and ending approximately April 30, 2015. Dredging will be conducted twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge ALASKA, dredge tenders, derrick barge, pipeline rafts and operating wires about the dredge. Mariners are requested to use caution and bare steerage while transiting this area. Concerned traffic should contact the dredge ALASKA or dredge tenders via VHF channels 13 and 16. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management Staff, (910) 772-2212, or at ncmarineevents@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 50/2014)

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

Gulf of Maine Surveys:
       NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the Gulf of Maine in the vicinity of Saco Bay and Cape Porpoise intermittently from January through February of 2015. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: ops.ferdinand.hassler@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 44/2014)

Sandy Hook Bay Dredging:
       Dredging will be done in the Navigational channel in Sandy Hook Bay from November 10 - December 31, 2014.. The work will be done in following (PA) positions: 40-25-26.9N 074-03-38.3W; 40-25-28.3W 074-03-38.3W; 40-25-48.8N 074-03-21.4W; 40-25-48.0N 074-03-19.8W & 40-25- 26.9N 074-03-37.2W. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a barge and scows that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 44/2014)

General Announcements

Right Whale Season Again:
       NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES WARNING - ENDANGERED NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES
From November to April the coastal waters between Altamaha Sound, GA, and Sebastian Inlet, FL, are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Critically endangered right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 m) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. east coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See enclosed compliance guide for the right whale ship strike reduction rule for specific times, areas, and exceptions to this law. Intentionally approaching within 500 yards of right whales is prohibited and is a violation of U.S. law. A minimum distance of 500 yards must be maintained from a sighted right whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend that operators assume that any whale sighting is a right whale unless confirmed otherwise. NOAA also recommends speeds of 10 knots or less in areas used by right whales and outside of seasonally managed areas when consistent with safety of navigation. NOAA also recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. Please report all right whale sightings and collisions to 877-WHALE-HELP, or to the Coast Guard via channel 16. WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area is active from November 15 to April 16. For more information, consult the U.S. Coast Pilot. MSR arrival reports can be sent via TELEX number 48156090 or email to rightwhale.msr@noaa.gov. (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)

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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