East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
10/23/2014


Attention Snowbirds

Great Bridge "Free Dock", No Dockage:
       Flint Construction Company has commenced demolition and reconstruction work at the City of Chesapeake Pier in the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal in the vicinity of the Great Bridge Locks (36.723681°-76.247636°). Work is expected to take place from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Monday through Saturday, with a completion date of 24 November, 2014. The crane barge can be contacted on Channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area and proceed with no wake. (5th District LNM Week 42/2014) NOTE: This is one of two "free docks" at Great Bridge. The first one encountered southbound on the west side of the bridge is open. The dock on the east side of the bridge, across from Atlantic Yacht Basin, is the one that is being demolished and rebuilt.*

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

Camp Lejeune AICW Safety Zones:
       The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) adjacent to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which encompasses the navigable waters of the AICW between Mile Hammock Bay (34.550671° -77.324784°) and Bear Creek Point (34.667673° -77.136057°) in support of military training operations on:
October 28, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
October 29, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 4, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 5, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
November 6, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
November 7, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
November 9, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
       This action is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during this military training operation. It is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to protect mariners from the hazards associated with military training operations. Persons or vessels requiring entry into, or passage through, any portion of the safety zone during the above temporary closures must first request authorization from the Captain of the Port or on scene designated representatives on board U.S. Navy safety vessels. The Captain of the Port can be contacted via telephone at (910) 343-3882 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. On scene U.S. Navy safety vessels can be contacted via telephone at (910) 451-9577 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)

Morehead City RR Bridge Closure:
       Mariners are advised the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge (34.720105°-76.693624°) across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC will be closed-to-navigation from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon), and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., every day from November 3 through November 7, 2014 to facilitate maintenance and steel work. The drawbridge will be able to open each day, from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1 p.m., to accommodate vessel traffic during the closure period. The current operating regulations, under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5, require that the drawbridge shall open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given. However, the drawbridge is currently maintained in the open-to-navigation position at all other times and closes for passing trains. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 4 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 41)

General Announcements

Just a Reminder, Offshore Sailing (Power Boating Too):
USCG: January 9, 2014 Alert 01-14
Washington, DC
Offshore Sailing
You must be prepared.
       In a recent offshore regatta, numerous sailboats experienced steering system and other failures which required assistance and/or rescue by the U. S. Coast Guard when a weather system stalled offshore creating higher than expected sea states and winds. The Coast Guard responded using an array of assets to render assistance. Offshore sailing requires special knowledge, skills, and abilities. Vessel equipment and components must be thoroughly checked before getting underway and periodically while at sea. The offshore domain's remoteness adds a negative dynamic to survivability concerns. Preparation is key to minimizing misfortune. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that owner/operators of offshore sailboats ensure proper maintenance and repair of their critical mechanical systems to reduce the possibility of failure during stressed operating conditions.

• Operational limitations of the systems must be understood.
• Sailors should have the repair manuals associated with their important propulsion and steering systems onboard and be able to detect oncoming failures and perform emergency repairs.
• Adequate tools, hardware, and an array of fasteners should be kept onboard.
• Common spare parts that are known to fail on a particular system should be kept onboard.
• If mechanical ability is lacking, additional training should be taken to provide minimum skill sets.
• Regular inspection and prompt corrective action of all steering gear components including linkages, ram assemblies, controls and cables, in addition to engine systems, should be part of getting underway and day-to-day operations.
• Equipment should be tested before getting underway, noting variations in movement, feel, sound, and resistance.
• Flooding and damage control kits should be kept onboard.
• Sailors should contemplate and envision ways to fabricate a temporary emergency rudder using components (table tops, cabinet doors, spinnaker poles, etc.) already onboard.
• Make sure all EPIRBs, PLBs, are registered, operational and available. Ensure your VHF radio is fully functional.
• Lastly, always file a float plan with family or friends ashore before getting underway. Float plans are simple tools that help rescuers locate stranded boaters in distress, and may be printed from the following site: www.floatplancentral.org/download/USCGFloatPlan.pdf

       This alert is for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational, or material requirement. Developed by the Fifth Coast Guard District, Portsmouth, VA. Questions may be addressed to LCDR Ken Morton, (757) 398-6284, or may be forwarded to D05-DG-Prevention-DPI-PFB-Staff@uscg.mil. (First District LNM Week 42/2014)

Right Whale Season Again:
       S- Atlantic Seacoast - Critically endangered right whales 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.
       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 whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that operators assume that any whale sighted 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. In the northeast, please report all right whale sightings, collisions, or entanglements to 866-755-6622 or to the Coast Guard via channel 16. WHALESNORTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area is active year-round. 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. (5th District LNM Week 41/2014)

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

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.
       NOTE: We have switched the order of the USCG Districts so that the Seventh District will be first, followed by the Fifth, then the First, as many boaters in the First District have put their vessels away for the winter. We will continue this order until late next spring.

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

South Island Ferry Crossing (AICW Mile 411.5) to be Rebuilt:
       Cape Romain Contractors will be rebuilding the Ferry Crossing to South Island (33.250559°-79.268874°) on the Intracoastal Waterway approximately 1 mile south of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor LT 2 (LLNR 34115) from September 15, 2014 to approximately January 15, 2015. Construction will not impede normal marine traffic. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications contact Cape Romain Contactors on VHF FM channels 16 or Cape Romain site manager Horry Parker (843) 514-1269. For navigation safety related issues, contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division (843) 740-3188 or the 24-hour Command Center Line (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014) (This is in the Estherville-Minum Creek Canal south of Georgetown, SC)

Canaveral Lock Closure:
       Canaveral Lock will have scheduled lock closures 2014 October to 31 October 2015, Monday through Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm. Scheduled closures are to support east and west lock approach guide wall construction. During construction Canaveral lock operations will be restricted to vessels 40 feet wide or less. Vessels greater than 40 feet may be allowed depending on the phase of construction and with prior lock operator approval. For up to date Canaveral Lock information contact the shift operator at 312-783-5421 between 0600-2130. USACOE Jacksonville District website: www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx (7th District LNM Week 42/2014)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On October 22, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 16.01 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.95 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 8.15 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.

Park Construction North of Indiantown (Road) Bridge:
       Ferreira Construction will commence construction of a park on or about October 1, 2014. Construction will take place 1/2 mile north of the Indiantown (Road) Bridge (26.933648° -80.084072°) on the west side of the channel, on Fullerton Island. Tugs "Lady Alexander" and "Randy Girl" and associated barges will be traversing the AICW between Burt Reynolds Park and Fullerton Island and all vessels will monitor VHF Channels 10/16. Operations will occur (6-days per week) Monday through Saturday from Sunrise to Sunset until approximately September 14, 2015. For further information POC contact for Ferreira Construction John Ciabattari (772) 286-5123. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)

Update: Artificial Reef, Juno Pier Site:
       Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management will begin an Artificial Reef Construction project at the Juno Pier Site in Palm Beach, Florida, south of Jupiter Inlet. Reef deployment will begin approximately July 29, 2014. Approximately 900 tons of limestone boulders and up to 400 tons of concrete ruble will be used during construction. Operations will be during daylight hours only. Equipment used will include a tug boat, a load line barge and an excavator for material deployment. A buoy will be in place at the deployment site prior to arrival of the barge (on the same day), anchor the barge on the site and deploy the material. Project POC Brock Stanaland (561) 233-2443.
       **Reef construction anticipated deployment date October 20, 2014 weather and equipment allowing. **
Site Corners:
1) 26-53.54N/80-03.16W
2) 26-54.02N/80-02.49W
3) 26-53.23N/80-03.04W
4) 26-53.31N/80-02.37W
Site Center:
26-53.43N/80-02.57W (7th District LNM Week 41/2014)

Shoaling in Lake Worth Entrance Channel:
       NOTE: While this shoaling may not be relevant to depths needed by pleasure vessels, it could impact boating in that shipping traffic may be heavier at certain times and large ships may have limited maneuverability in the channel. Severe Shoaling has been reported in the southern half of the Lake Worth Entrance channel (26-45-48.700N, 080-02-33.084W). Due to the shoaling, the Palm Beach Pilots have reduced the draft of inbound vessels to 28 feet at high water slack and 25 feet at low water slack. Outbound vessels are reduced to 29ft and 26ft respectively. Vessels over 90 foot beam are restricted to 27 ft maximum draft. Vessels arriving within 3ft of the maximum allowable draft for the Port of Palm Beach will be restricted to transiting at high water slack. All drafts are for salt water. Vessels carrying petroleum products are reduced to 27ft at low water slack. Single screw vesselsover 550 ft are advised to enter during daylight hours. These limitations are subject to change. All agents and ship owners are encouraged to keep in close contact with the Palm Beach Pilots prior to their arrival. (7th District LNM Week 42/2014)

Dredging for Beaches, Delray:
       Marinex Construction Inc. will commence dredging operations with the Dredge "Savannah" on or about 1 November 2014 in the vicinity of Palm Beach County. The work area will be in the vicinity of Ocean Ridge, Delray Beach, and North Boca Raton, 26-22-20.683N/080-03-32.526W. The Lake Worth Lagoon will be utilized as the dredge staging are. The Dredge will continue operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until approximately 20 December 2014. The dredge may be contacted on channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. For further information contact 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM Week 42/2014)

Megayacht Marina Construction at Watson Island, Miami Beach: UPDATE:
       Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting will commence work on or about September 20, 2014 until February of 2015. The scope of work is to include dredging of the Island Garden Harbor, located on the west side of Watson Island (25°47'08.00"N/80°10'46.00"W) and placement of the dredge spoils at two recipient mitigation sites, Seagrass (25°48'59.00"N/80°09'06.00"W) and Sponge (25°48'46.00"N/80°08'42.00"W), located in Biscayne Bay just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway next to the Great Lakes Dock and Dredge mitigation site. Four material transport barges, ranging in sizes up to 130'x52' will be traveling between the dredge site and mitigation sites daily for offloading dredge spoils. Two push boats will be used to transfer these barges between sites. The dredge and mitigation sites will be enclosed by steel turbidity pipe pile and curtain upon the commencement of dredging. The turbidity piles will be sticking out of the water approximately 6ft and will have a flashing white beacons located on each of the pile heads. The floating yellow turbidity curtains will be deployed along the pile lines and will designate the three work areas. All Mariners are urged to use extreme caution around Watson Island, MacArthur Causeway, Venetian Causeway and Julia Tuttle Causeway. All barges and tugs will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. For further information contact the Project POC Marty Kenealy (941) 704-8328.
       The light and dayboards on MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL LT 20 (LLNR 10745) have been temporarily removed. The aid is temporarily discontinued and the steel structure remains on its assigned position. The structure is within the turbidity curtains. (7th District LNM Week 40/2014)

WAMS for Charlotte Harbor:
       The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Charlotte Harbor, FL including the Peace and Myakka Rivers. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 30 January 2015 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
Att: 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 42/2014)

South Anclote Shoaling:
       Shoal exists with a depth of 2ft at high tide in approximate position 28-09-12.60N/082-50-12.00W shoal runs NW to SE between DBN 5 (LLNR 26085) and LT 7 (LLNR 26100) and extending across the channel. The Lateral Daymarks have been removed from Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 26085) and 6 (LLNR 26095) and replaced with Non-lateral White Daymarks "DANGER SHOAL". TRUB, 5 has established in position 28-09-04.908N/082-50-20.881W and TRUB, 5A established in position 28-09-16.279N/082-50-10.078W. (7th District LNM Week 42/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 42/2014:
       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, St. Johns River: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, 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. 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: The 2 hour notice for an opening will be in effect for next week, 10/20/14 –10/24/14, between the hours of 9am and 4pm due to repairs being made on the lift span. The advanced notice for an opening will also be in effect beginning at 9pm Friday night, 10/24/14 and ending at 6am Sunday morning, 10/26/14 due to repairs being made under a full bridge traffic detour. Between the hours of 6am and 7pm, a 2 hour notice is required, between the hours of 7pm to 6am a 4 hour notice is required. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding in this matter.
       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.
       There are two 72 hour bridge closures anticipated with this project. The next one will be in November to fix the cables and the other is for the concrete pour which is tentatively scheduled to start on December 19, 2014.
       FEC/Acosta Railroad Bridge: The Captain of the Port Jacksonville advises all mariners that the FEC Railroad Bridge, mile 24.9, St Johns River, Jacksonville, is undergoing bridge repairs. The bridge will be open to navigational traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the bridge will be open all day to navigational traffic on the following date...October 26th. At all other times the bridge will be closed to navigation. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at anytime. Clearance is restricted to five feet above mean high water.
       Main Street Bridge, Daytona: Volusia County, the bridge owner, of the Main Street Bridge (29.222452°-81.019019°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 829.7, Daytona, Florida has advised the Coast Guard that the bridge has malfunctioned and they are currently on single-leaf operations. A manual double-leaf opening is available by contacting the bridge tender. No estimated time of repair has been provided.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge Update: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge 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. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
       The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule will be changed starting November 1, 2014, to once an hour on the quarter-hour. 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.
       East Venetian Causeway: The Coast Guard has been advised that the planned 9 month operation to repair the West Venetian Bridge approaches has been delayed until the Spring of 2015. All comments received from this NPRM will be maintained and properly recorded. A separate NPRM will be issued once the appropriate dates are provided by the bridge owner, Miami-Dade County. NOTE: The NPRM concerns the planned opening schedule (referred to in the last East Coat Alerts) for the East Venetian Causeway (25.791045° -80.152154°).
       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. The tentative schedule for waterway closures are Saturday, November 21, 2014, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and Saturday, January 10, 2015. The exact dates and times will be published in future Notice to Mariners, due to possible weather delays.
       Pinellas Bayway Structure E Bridge: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to change the operating schedule that governs the Pinellas Bayway Structure "E" (SR 679) Bridge (27.693357°-82.718047°), Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 113.0, St. Petersburg Beach, FL. This proposal would extend the time period when the bridge is subject to periodic openings. During this extended time period the bridge will not open on demand.
Docket No. USCG–2014–0436]
DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before November 10, 2014.
A. Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, without change to www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided.
       Park Boulevard Bridge: Pinellas County has hired Seacoast to repair the Park Boulevard Bridge (27.843500° -82.838270°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas County, Florida. From September 28 through October 29, 2014, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position as the machinery will be removed and the bridge will be unable to function. During this time the contractor will be repairing/painting portions of the bridge from a work barge in the waterway. From October 29 through December 12, 2014, the Park Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operations. A double-leaf operation will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 727-319-7088 or via VHF-FM channel 9.
       Once the Park Boulevard Bridge is placed in the open to navigation position, the vehicle traffic will need to be detoured to Indian Rocks Beach (27.843500° -82.845383°) to the north and Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway (27.806633° -82.795032°) to the south. For this reason, the Coast Guard is considering placing opening restrictions on both of these bridges to assist the local communities. A coordinated effort between the Local School Board, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the best times to leave these bridges closed to navigation during the heaviest periods of rush hour traffic and school bus traffic.
       For the reasons stated above the Indian Rocks Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Indian Rocks, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge will open on signal per 33 CFR 117.5.
       The Tom Stuart/SR 666 Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 122.8, Madeira Beach, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge shall open on signal; except that, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays, the draw need be opened only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(h).

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

Manasquan RR Bridge Emergency Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that urgent superstructure and substructure repairs are in progress at the Monmouth County Brielle Road Lift Bridge, at mile 0.4, across Debbies Creek (Glimmer Glass), at Manasquan, NJ (40.101934°-74.034788°) through May 22, 2015. Portions of the existing fender system are deteriorated and require immediate replacement. The fender repairs will be performed from November 10, 2014 to November 18, 2014 using a barge with a work boat in the navigable channel. A work boat will assist with the fender repair effort; the crew will relocate from the movable span and channel upon request from vessels. Repairs on the spans over the non-navigable waterway will utilize a lighted barge. Excluding fender repair, the navigable channel remains open for vessel passage and the existing drawbridge opening procedures are being maintained in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.719. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)

Bridge Construction in Great Egg Harbor Bay:
       Mariners are advised that marine work consisting of several activities including but not limited to test pile installation, temporary cofferdam construction, pier substructure construction, superstructure erection and demolition are in progress through December 2015 for the replacement of the existing southbound bridges carrying the Garden State Parkway, at mile 3.5, over Great Egg Harbor Bay (GEHB) (39.293334° -74.622002°) located in Upper Township, Cape May County and the Township of Egg Harbor and at mile 3.5, over Drag Channel (39.294539° -74.621566°) located in the City of Somers Point in Atlantic County, NJ. In addition to replacing the southbound causeway, the project includes the demolition of the remaining portions of the Beesely's Point Bridge (US Route 9 over GEHB and Drag Channel). Daily hours of construction operations are Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with second shift and 24-hour operations scheduled for specific activities. It is anticipated that closure or reduced horizontal clearance of the navigational channels for GEHB and Drag Channel Bridges will be required. Mariners should check for future notices on these projects and use extreme caution when transiting the areas. (5th District LNMN Week 42/2014)

Navy Exercises Hazard:
       To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey. The Navy will begin staging equipment on October 7, 2014 in the areas listed below. All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day. The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.
       The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54'10"N, longitude 075°03'12"W thence north to latitude 39°02'24"N, longitude 075°02'38"W thence east to latitude 39°02'24"N, longitude 075°01'42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54'22"N, longitude 075°02'18"W thence west to point of origin.
       The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54'17"N, longitude 075°07'50"W thence northwest to latitude 39°04'06"N, longitude 075°13'54"W thence northeast to latitude 39°04'39"N, longitude 075°12'39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55'04"N, longitude 075°06'38"W thence southwest to point of origin.
       The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49'57"N, longitude 074°47'41"W thence northeast to latitude 38°54'28"N, longitude 074°43'15"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54'11"N, longitude 074°42'45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49'39"N, longitude 074°47'10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.
       Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced. 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 41/2014)

Reedy Point Safety Zone:
       Mariners are advised that a safety zone for the northern portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage is in effect. The safety zone encompasses the northern portion of the anchorage from a line drawn between 39-33 7.5N, 75-33 2.0W and 39-33 8.8N, 75-32 31.8W. No vessels are permitted to anchor in this area. Vessels transiting through the Chesapeake and Delaware canal may use this area for transit. The safety zone will remain in effect until November 15, 2014. 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 LNMN Week 42/2014)

Delaware River Wharf Construction:
       Starting on or about 10 November, 2014 Weeks Marine will begin constructing a new 850 foot wide concrete wharf structure on the Delaware River at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, Paulsboro, New Jersey (39.843479° -75.258510°). There will be approximately 1-4 floating crane barges, in addition to multiple deck barges, working in the vicinity of the site at any given time. Hours of operation will be 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday with occasional work on Saturday. Work is expected to be completed in January of 2016. The onsite work Boat the MARTY C can be contacted on Channels 16 & 65 VHF-FM. (5th District LNMN Week 42/2014)

Baltimore Harbor Dredging, Other Areas to Follow:
       Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Dredging Co. will be conducting mechanical dredging operations in the Baltimore Harbor and Channel Sections, specifically within the Craighill Angle and Cutoff Angle, to commence on November 1, 2014. Dredged material will be transported in scows to Poplar Island for placement within the Poplar Island containment facility. In early February 2015, the dredges will relocate to the Inland Waterway between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay channels. Dredging will then occur between Pooles Island and Reedy Point, with operations expected to continue until April 30, 2015. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. Mariners are urged to transit the areas at slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made at least 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredges, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredges. Barges are held in place by cables, attached to anchors that are located some distance away from the equipment and marked by buoys. Under no circumstances should mariners attempt to pass between the towing vessel and scow while they are underway, as the towing cable may not always be visible above the water. Mariners can contact the dredges "VIRGINIAN" and "ATLANTIC" on marine band radio VHF-FM channels 16 and 13. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)

Annapolis Boat Show Take-Down Time:
       Mariners are advised that Annapolis Boat Shows, Inc. will conduct in-water operations in support of the annual United States Sailboat and United States Powerboat Shows in Annapolis Harbor (38.975974° -76.484864°). ... In-water operations will continue at the mouth of Carr Creek during October 24-31, 2014. Information regarding special anchoring restrictions in the Harbor in the event of severe weather during the boat shows should be directed to the Annapolis City Harbormaster's Office on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 71 or telephone (410) 263-7973. (5th District LNM Week 37/2014)

Patuxent River Construction:
       IHI/KIEWIT will be constructing a temporary trestle for mooring barges and offloading equipment and materials in the Patuxent River (38.324392° -76.472878°) in conjunction with the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert County, Maryland. The length of the structure will be approximately 166 feet long from shore and at night will be lighted with a Fl Y 4s light. Construction is expected to take place during daylight hours beginning 13 October, 2014 with the trestle removal expected on or about 30 April, 2016. Point of Contact for this project is Rich Hallberg, Cove Point – Project Environmental Manager (PEM) FedEx & UPS - 13360 H.G. Trueman Road USPS – PO Box 1638Solomons, MD 20688 Cell – 404-386-1655. (5th District LNM Week 41/2014)
Bridge Closure, Milford Haven:
       Mariners are advised, to facilitate rehabilitation efforts, the State Route 223 Bridge (37.495024° -76.308216°) across Milford Haven Inlet, mile 0.1, at Hudgins, VA will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m., on October 1, 2014 to 7 a.m., on November 1, 2014. The bridge will open once a week at a time announced through a Broadcast Notice to Mariners. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 12 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)

Virginia Capes Hazardous Ops:
       "Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport, WA (NUWC DIV KPT) will be conducting hazardous operations in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas from 1-5 November 2014. Operations will occur within an area bounded by:
1. 35-30N / 074-56W
2. 35-33N / 075-00W
3. 36-00N / 075-00W
4. 36-00N / 074-35W
5. 35-30N / 074-35W
       The naval vessel "NAWC-38" will be coordinating the operations, which, will include naval vessels and other small craft in the vicinity of the area at all times. ALL vessels participating will monitor VHF Marine Band Channel 16. Mariners are requested to remain clear of the area. Vessels may be contacted by the Range Safety Officer onboard the NAWC-38 requesting intentions, or providing directions to safely maneuver around the operations area. (5th District LNMN Week 42/2014)

Cable Operations off VA Coast:
       The Cable Ship DECISIVE (Call sign V7D17) will conducting underwater cable operations off the coast of Virginia from 21 October to 30 October, 2014. The vessel is restricted in its ability to maneuver. The vessel may also deploy surface buoys which are yellow, 12 feet in circumference, marked with a radar reflector and strobes. Buoy s are clearly marked with the name of the ship and contact information. Vessels deploying other mobile bottom fishing gear are requested to remain at least 1 nautical mile from the cable ship to avoid damage to gear or their vessel. The cable ship DECISIVE will monitor Channels 13 & 16 VHF-FM. Positions of operations are as follows: 1. 36-37.6 N 075-22.8 W, 2. 36-32.2 N 074-57.0 W, 3. 36-30.2 N 074-57.0 W, 4. 36-35.6 N 075-22.8 W. (5th District LNMN Week 42/2014)

Norfolk Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that the dredge ROCKBRIDGE is conducting dredging operations in the Elizabeth River, in Norfolk Harbor Reach and Craney Island Reach (36.919320° -76.370177°). The work extends between Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 9485) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9710) until approximately December 15, 2014. Concerned traffic should contact the dredge ROCKBRIDGE on VHF Channel 13 or 16. Mariners shall use caution when transiting the area and minimize wake. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)

Midtown Tunnel (Norfolk/Portsmouth) Dredging:
       SKW Constructors have begun dredging operations for the Midtown Tunnel (36.859771°-76.311423°) construction project with equipment that will impact the available width of the federal channel. The dredging operations will occur on the Norfolk side of the channel, between the edge of the channel and the Norfolk shoreline. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until completion, which is estimated to be on or about October 31, 2014. During the dredging operations, equipment may block up to half the width of the federal channel. In the event a vessel needs more than half the width of the channel, the vessel shall provide at least 30 minutes notice to allow SKW to move its equipment. Vessels on scene include the Dredge Virginian, Dump Scows 6001/6002, BR8, and 4001/4002, as well as 3 smaller assist boats. Vessels on scene will be monitoring VHF Channel 13 and 16 at all times. Information about this project was released as a Broadcast Notice to Mariners on September 15, 2014. The primary field point of contact for this work is Carolina Palmer, (757) 999-3157, with secondary field contact Ron Meyer, (908) 4630-4418. For any other questions or information, contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Waterways Management Division, (757) 668-5580, email HamptonRoadsWaterway@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)

I-64 High Rise Bridge Closure:
       Mariners are advised that the I64 (High Rise) Lift Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Chesapeake VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening to facilitate maintenance of the moveable spans from 12:01 a.m., on Saturday November 1, 2014 through 12 p.m. (noon), on Sunday November 2, 2014.  The I64 Bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels of approximately 65 feet, above mean high water.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(e).  Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 41/2014)

AICW Dredging, Old Topsail Creek, NC, Area:
       The dredge SNELL will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Old Topsail Creek and Howards Channel in the Intracoastal Waterway (34.354514°-77.681862°) from 22 - 28 October and 05 – 11 November, 2014. Operations are expected to take place from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. The dredge can be contacted on Channels 13 & 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 42/2014) NOTE: Hopefully this dredging will remove the shoaling referred to below at green can 99A at Black Mud Creek (AKA Howard's Channel).

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.
       Shoaling to 2.6 feet is reported in the vicinity of green can 99A at Black Mud Creek (34.354514°-77.681862°), New Topsail Inlet area, approximately AICW Mile 270.5.

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

Scarborough River, ME, Shoaling:
       Shoaling has been reported in the Scarborough River (43.539949° -70.327192°) from the channel entrance to Scarborough River Buoy 5 (LLNR 7900). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 41/2014)

Woods Hole Hydrographic Surveys
       The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will be conducting hydrographic and marine meteorological surveys south of Martha's Vineyard until 15 December, 2014 using an Autonomous Surface Vehicle. The vehicle is a Liquid Robotics wave glider, consisting of an orange, 6 foot long surface float attached to a subsurface propulsion unit by a 20 foot tether. The vehicle will operate in the bounding box 20 km x 30 km in size south of Martha's Vineyard Ma, spanning water depths of 30-50 m. Bounding Box Coordinates are: north, 41deg 12min N; south, S 41deg 0 min N; east, 70deg 20 min W; west, 70deg 50 min W. The vehicle has an underway speed of ~1 knot and will transit the box in an irregular pattern during the deployment period. The vehicle contains an active X-band radar target enhancer as well as an AIS receiver. Remote operators will be monitoring AIS and actively alter course to avoid encounters with AIS-linked vessels transiting the area. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the project scientist, Anthony Kirincich via phone at: 508-289-2629 or via email at: akirincich@whoi.edu . (First District LNM Week 41/2014)

Woods Hole Jetty Repair:
       Jetty repairs will be done on the ACOE Jetty, behind the NOAA Fisheries Building, from November 3 - December, 2014. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 7:00 am 5:00 pm. On scene will be a barge, push & work boat. (First District LNM Week 42/2014)

Clinton, CT Dredging:
       Dredging will be done at the Clinton Yacht Haven from November 1 - February 1, 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge KATHLEEN P and tug MARGIE G that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 42/2014)

NOAA Survey, Rhode Island Sound:
       NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the area of Rhode Island Sound from approximately 26 September 2014 through 30 November 2014. 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 40/2014)

Staten Island Experimental Demo:
       Experimental demonstration of compact passive acoustic vessel detection/tracking buoys will be done on October 27, 2014. The work will be done from 10:30 am - 6:00 pm. The boys will be in the following locations: Buoy 1: 40° 36'21.10"N 74°3'11.49"W, Buoy 2: 40° 36' 16.11"N 74° 3' 3.85"W and Buoy 3 : 40° 36' 2.46"N 74° 3' 5.14" W.. On scene will be 3 Passive acoustic recording buoys consisting of a submerged frame on the bottom, and a white spar buoy marker with an orange band and a research vessel . (First District LNM Week 41/2014)

Hackensack River Dredging:
       Dredging and construction is being done in the Hackensack River, in (PA) 40 44 29.8603N 74 04 40.7127W, until approximately December 31, 2014. The work is being done 7 days a week, from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. On scene is a crane, barges & scows that are monitoring channels 63, 13, 16 and all relevant VTS channels. The working channel is 65. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after a passing arrangements (2 hours prior) have been made. (First District LNM Week 41/2014)


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