East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
4/10/2014


Attention Snowbirds

More NC AICW Dredging of Problem Spots:
       The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations at Mason Inlet Crossing (34-14-59.481N, 077-46-56.297W) from 04 April until 20 April, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 78. A floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse southeasterly from the AIWW to upland Disposal Area DA-241. Pipeline, vessels and established crossings will be visibly lighted and marked with floating buoys in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with dredge plant. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014) NOTE: This is in the vicinity of Buoy 121, between the Figure Eight Island Bridge and the Wrightsville Beach Bridge)*

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

Morehead City High Rise Nighttime Bridge Work:
       Mariners are advised that concrete and shotcrete repairs will be conducted at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge (34.720105°-76.693624°), at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC beginning April 14, 2014 and continue through July 14, 2014, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. A temporary snooper crane/work platform shall be suspended at various locations from atop the bridge along with a barge in the waterway. The waterway shall remain open. We advise mariners to check for future notices on this project and should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014) NOTE: The horizontal clearance of the bridge is narrow and the current swift. There is a usually open Railroad Bridge adjacent. With a barge in the channel as stated above, extra care should be exercised in passing through the bridge.

Old Gilmerton Bridge Demolition Update:
USCG BULLETIN NO: 14/006
DATE: March 21, 2014
Channel Restriction at the Gilmerton Bridge Update
Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
From 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily until August 3, 2014, two barges will occupy the entire channel at the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) for demolition work leaving no clearance for safe passage of vessels. Mariners needing to pass must provide a two-hour advanced notice by calling the bridge tender at (757)485-5488 or via VHF channel 13. Additionally, the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate per 33 Code of Federal Regulations 117.997(j) for mariners needing a bridge opening. The fender system work at the Gilmerton Bridge scheduled from March 24 until June 20, 2014 that was advertised on the previous Marine Safety Information Bulletin number 14/005 has been delayed. It is anticipated that the work may begin during the week of April 7, 2014 and last three months long. A notification will be distributed via e-mail with an updated Marine Safety Information Bulletin and via a Broadcast Notice to Mariners on VHF channel 13 as soon as a firm date is identified. Moreover, an environmental containment cell around the pier and its fender system will be in place until the project's conclusion on or about August 3, 2014 to facilitate additional demolition work. The containment cell is rigidly connected to the existing bridge fender with its own fender system consisting of 8 inch x 8 inch timber bumpers with recessed connections, thereby reducing the bridge's horizontal clearance from approximately 125 feet to 124 feet.

General Announcements

All Aboard Florida Updates:
       It seems that the original enthusiasm for the All Aboard Florida passenger train service from Miami to Orlando with 16 round trips daily is waning in light of the realization of what a mess it would make for boats passing through railroad bridges and for vehicles waiting for crossings at highways and bridges, noise pollution, and the list goes on. It's getting to the "not in my backyard" stage. A few recent articles are referenced below.  Consider, for example, Ft. Lauderdale's New River Problem.
articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-02-07/news/fl-railroad-drawbridge-boats-20140209_1_freight-trains-more-trains-passenger
www.masstransitmag.com/news/11388502/indian-river-county-officials-hire-engineering-consultant-to-review-all-aboard-floridas-impact-statement
www.veronews.com/news/indian_river_county/traffic/county-vero-beach-raise-concerns-about-all-aboard-florida/article_3d54f83e-ba10-11e3-87b7-001a4bcf6878.html
www.palmbeachpost.com/news/business/federal-rail-official-blasts-all-aboard-floridas-s/nfS39/

Launch Hazard, SE Coast:
       Eastern Range OP # X5953 FALCON-CRS-3 will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2836N 8038W
TO 3014N 7833W
TO 3009N 7826W
TO 2833N 8019W
TO 2826N 8033W To Beginning
B: From 3142N 7726W
TO 3219N 7652W
TO 3245N 7609W
TO 3220N 7517W
TO 3109N 7601W
TO 3133N 7727W To Beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary Launch: 14 / 2058Z thru 14 / 2130Z Apr 14. T-0 is 2058Z
Backup Launch: 18 / 1925Z thru 18 / 1957Z Apr 14. T-0 is 1925Z (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)

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:
http://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.

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

Charleston Race Week Regulated Areas:
       The Captain of the Port Charleston is establishing Special Local Regulations during Charleston Race Week 2014. Approximately 300 sailboats will be racing on three race courses in the Charleston Harbor.
(1) Race Course #1. All waters encompassed within an 800 yard radius of position 32°46'23N, 79°55'11W.
(2) Race Course #2. All waters encompassed within a 900 yard radius of position 32°45'54N, 79°54'41W.
(3) Race Course #3. All waters encompassed within a 900 yard radius of position 32°46'09N, 79°53'52W.
       The regulated areas will be enforced daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on 11-13 April, 2014. All persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated areas unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or a designated representative. Persons and vessels desiring to enter the regulated area may contact the Captain of the Port Charleston (843) 740-7050, or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16, to seek authorization. For more information about the event, please contact Mr. Randy Draftz of the Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) at: (843) 557-6082. For Coast Guard related issues contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division (843) 740-3188 or the 24-hour Command Center Line (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Charleston Dredging:
       Cottrell contracting Corp will commence dredge operations approximately March 31, 2014 in the Odfjell Terminal on the west side and adjacent to the Cooper River at Cooper River LB 54A (LLNR 2875) (32-52-45.332N, 079-57-54.883W) and approximately 1200ft north of LB 55 (LLNR 2897) and 1600ft south of LB 56 (LLNR 2900). The Dredge LEXINGTON will be on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 & 16. Project POC: Shannon Wolf (757) 547-9611. (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)
       Cottrell contracting Corp will commence dredge operations in the Lower Charleston Harbor in Shem Creek (32.788597°-79.886721°) beginning 1300ft south of Mount Pleasant DBN 1 (LLNR 3510) and DBN 2 (3515) and progressing northward to the Coleman Blvd Bridge. Associated dredge pipeline operations will be present west of Wando River DBN 23 (3390) and DBN 23 (LLNR 3405) on the Mount Pleasant Range, Rebellion Reach and South Channel of the Lower Charleston Harbor. The work will continue until approximately April 30, 2014. (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)

Brunswick, GA Dredging:
       Dredge Operations will be conducted from St Simons Ent LB 13 (LLNR 6095) (31-06-52.470N, 081-21-37.852W) and LB 14 (LLNR 6100) to Turtle River LB 1 (LLNR 6315) and LB 2 (LLNR 6320). Operations will be 24/7 until approximately April 17, 2014. For on-scene coordination, communication and passing arrangements contact the Tug "Mr. Chester" and Trawler "Margaret Webb" can be reached on marine VHF radio channels 13 or 16. Further information contact USCG MSU Savannah (912) 247-0073. (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Kings Bay Dredging Complete, Pipeline Remains:
       Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company completed dredging operations 29 March in Kings Bay Entrance Channel (30.791223° -81.496719°). Demobilization operations have ceased until late May, 2014. All remaining pipeline, approximately 4500ft, has been stored and secured outside of the red side of the navigation channel, SW of Cumberland Sound Island. All pipe line is lit in accordance with USCG regulations. Demobilization operations may begin as early as 15 May. Two assist tugs, derrick barge, and supply barge will be working between Cumberland Island and Amelia Island to raft pipeline and prep for tow. Project POC: Bryan Dast 630-699-9995 or Katherine Mason 630-207-7437. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System Installation off Jacksonville:
       Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) of Greenwich, London (UK) will install the marine part of the PCCS submarine cable system in the USA.
       The Segment 1 Separate Shore End cable, landing in Jacksonville (Florida), which is ~7.0 km long, will be installed in the US territorial waters by the dedicated cable ship "LLE DE BATZ". The cable ship "LLE DE BREHOT will arrive later and lay the remaining section in US waters. The cable ship "LLE DE BATZ" will also be in charge of performing some Route Clearance (RC) operations in the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on 1 Out-Of-Service (OOS) Telegraph cable crossing the PCCS Segment 1 planned cable route around KP 322.473 in 822 m water depth. The objective of the operation is to remove old out-of-service cables and lay new ones. The vessels will issue daily Navtex warnings and will establish radio contact with any nearby vessels to ensure they are aware of the vessels limited maneuverability constraints. During installation operations, she will be linked to the bottom by the cable and will have poor maneuverability capacities. All vessels are requested to keep a clear distance from the vessel of 1/2 mile. Operations will last approximately until mid-late May 2014. (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)

St. Lucie Inlet Dredging Update, Peck Lake Anchorage NOT an Anchorage:
       Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will continue dredge operations with Dredge "CAPTAIN AJ FOURNIER" in the channel at St Lucie Inlet and the adjoining impoundment basin to their authorized depths. Material will be loaded into hopper barges and transported approximately 5.5 miles south of the inlet, down the Intracoastal Waterway, to Pecks Lake (27.117365° -80.144243°), where the barge unloader "Bean 20" will be moored. The dredge material will then be pumped onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The dredging activities will extend approximately 300 feet eastward and approximately 2,300' westward from the entrance of the jetties. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel "Cape Elizabeth". All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Operations will wrap up on or about 01 May 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 08/2014)
       Temporarily Relocated due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 44/13
St Lucie Inlet B5 (LLNR 10125 relocated to position 27-09-05.194N/080-09-08.576W
St Lucie Inlet B7 (LLNR 10135) relocated to position 27-09-58.691N/080-09-33.568W (7th District LNM Week 12/2014)
       Temporarily Discontinued due to Dredge Operations:
St Lucie Inlet B 6 (LLNR 10130) (7th District LNM Week 12/2014)
**UPDATE: 03/14/2014** Cashman Dredge Company will be establishing a temporary special purpose lighted buoy outside of the St. Lucie Inlet Channel in position 27-10-03.589N/080-09-01.613W. The LB is yellow with a FL Y 4s light characteristic. The LB will be on station until 30 April 2014. (7th District LNM Week 12/2014)
NEW, LNM 14: The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the St Lucie Inlet on the green side of the channel between St Lucie Inlet Buoy 5 (LLNR 10125) and St Lucie Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 10135). Water depths at 5 feet have been reported. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On April 9, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.44 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.38 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.58 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

Okeechobee Waterway, Ft. Denaud Bridge Manual Operation Schedule:
       The Fort Denaud Swing Bridge (26.744880° -81.510466°), Ft Denaud, Hendry County, Florida has an equipment failure and is operating manually. Starting 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 through May 15, 2014, the bridge will open once an hour on the top of the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. From 8:01 p.m. to 7:59 a.m. the bridge will open if at least three hours advance notice if given to 863-673-2974. (7th District LNM Week 10/2014)

Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project POC Update:
       Odebrecht Construction, Inc. is replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Moore Haven (Culverts 1 and 1A) (26.839980°-81.082719°) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction consists of the steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self contained work area. The waterway will be restricted and may be intermittently obstructed during the installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing the culverts. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Alvin L Ward park boat ramps and Uncle Joe's Fish Camp boat ramps. Flagmen will be present as needed to signal vessels to stop or to proceed with caution. The controlling width through Culvert 1A project area is 20ft minimum, limited by a controlling depth of 6ft when the lake is at elevation +11.0ft Mean Sea Level. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2015. The Project point of contact is Robert Waltman at 504-952-0860 or rwaltman@odebrecht.com. (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)

Navy Ops off Lake Worth:
       The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will conduct operations in an area offshore Lake Worth, Florida for the planting of inert targets. The R/V HUGH SHARP operated by University of Delaware and a Dive Team working off of an Industrial Divers Corp Dive barge, will be conducting surface maneuvers and planting inert targets in the water immediately east and south of Lake Worth Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0600 hrs 15 April to 2400 hrs on 24 April 2014. The vessel will be working between 50 and 650 feet of water approximately .5NM to 3.5 NM off shore, and from 1/2NM – 9NM south of the Lake Worth Inlet. The targets will be planted in the following area bounded by the following coordinates. After deployment an ROV will be deployed to survey the field.
RMS OP AREA
26 42.00N 080 02.00W
26 42.00N 079 58.00W
26 33.00N 080 02 00W
26 33 00N 079 58.00W
The vessel will be working in water depths ranging from 50 - 650 feet and will be under direct Navy charter. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the R/V and the dive barge during the target installation operations. (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)

Four More Navy Ops off Ft. Lauderdale:
       The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the R/V HUGH SHARP operated by the University of Delaware will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0600 hrs 10 April to 2400 hrs on 13 April 2014. The R/V will be working between 450 - 550 feet of water approximately 2NM to 2.5NM off shore, and from 1/2NM – 1.5NM (26.085396°-80.097828°) south of Port Everglades Inlet. The R/V will be recovering cables on the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The cables will be re-deployed from the surface after repairs are made and will be planted on the sea floor. At the conclusion of the deployment, a ROV will be deployed for survey of the cables and surrounding area. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the R/V during the deployment operations. (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)
       The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the R/V HUGH SHARP operated by the University of Delaware will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0600 hrs 12 April to 2400 hrs on 14 April 2014. The vessel will be working between 450 - 600 feet of water approximately 2NM to 2.5 NM off shore, and from 1NM to 2.6NM south of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°). The R/V will be recovering equipment that will be cabled to the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The equipment is to be repaired and re-deployed to the sea floor. At the conclusion of the deployment, a ROV will be deployed for survey of the equipment. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the R/V during these recovery and deployment operations. (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)
       The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the R/V HUGH SHARP operated by the University of Delaware will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0600 hrs 22 April to 2400 hrs on 27 April 2014. The R/V will be working between 200 – 400 feet of water and approximately 1.5NM to 2.5NMoff shore, and from 2NM – 3NM south of Port Everglades Inlet. The R/V will be recovering equipment on the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The equipment will be redeployed from the surface after modifications are made and will be planted on the sea floor. At the conclusion of the deployment, a ROV will be deployed for survey of the cables and surrounding area. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the R/V during the deployment operations. The survey area will be bounded by a box of the following coordinates:
CY OP AREA
26 02.780N 080 04.640W
26 02.240N 080 04.640W
26 02.780N 080 04.280W
26 02.240N 080 04.280W (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)

Major Florida Keys Lights Updates:
       The following changes have been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida. It has been recommended that the following aid be disestablished:
REBECCA SHOAL LIGHT (LLNR 1090) (24-34-44.484N, 082-35-06.776W)
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Rebecca Shoal Light as the subject line and be received by 31 May 2014. Comments can also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg, Miami, FL. 33131 (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)
       Carysfort Reef Light (LLNR 945) (25-13-18.735N, 080-12-41.106W) optic to be permanently discontinued from Carysfort Reef Light and a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern installed onto the adjacent structure erected in the vicinity of Carysfort Light. The RACON will be permanently discontinued. The Carysfort Reef Lighthouse is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service to the light on the existing lighthouse due to safety concerns. (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)
       The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida. Sand Key Light (LLNR 1055) (24-27-14.180N, 081-52-39.016W) optic and RACON to be permanently discontinued from Sand Key Light. A more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern has been installed onto the adjacent structure erected in the vicinity of Sand Key Light. The RACON will be permanently discontinued. The Sand Key Lighthouse is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service to the light on the existing lighthouse due to safety concerns. (7th District LNM Week 11/2014)

Gordon Pass Shoal Light to be Disestablished:
       The following changes have been proposed to the aids to navigation system in Gordon Pass (26.090658° -81.802440°) into Naples Florida. It has been recommended that the following aid be disestablished:
GORDON PASS SHOAL LIGHT (LLNR 1240/17450)
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Gordon Pass Proposed Changes as the subject line and be received by 31 May 2014. Comments can also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg, Miami, FL. 33131 (7th District LNM Week 13/2014)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       Great Pocket Shoal DBN (LLNR 45920) (27-09-52.483N, 080-10-46.946W) marking a shoal is destroyed. The remains of the destroyed DBN have been removed. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)
Peck Lake Light 19 (LLNR 46050) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB "WR19", Fl Q G in position 27-06-51.983N/080-08-40.355W is 6 yards channelward of the destroyed LT. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 14/2014:
       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.
       Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, UPDATE: 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 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, 04/07/14 –04/12/14, between the hours of 9am and 4pm due to repairs being made on the towers near the lift span. 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.
       US 192 Bridge: M&J Construction Company will be repairing and painting the SR 500 (US 192) Bridge (28.082960° -80.591610°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida (this bridge is actually the Melbourne Causeway Bridge between Melbourne and Indiatlantic). The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by five feet slightly more than one-half the channel from September 3, 2013 through September 1, 2014. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Currently the contractor is working on the west side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
       Hobe Sound Bridge: Martin County, the bridge owner, of the Hobe Sound Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Hobe Sound, Martin Country, Florida, has advised the Coast Guard that they are planning on painting this bridge starting in May 2014. This work will include a reduction of vertical clearance by 5 feet on half the channel and may include single-leaf operations with a two hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening. There may be a barge located under the down leaf; but that determination has not been made at this time. This work in anticipated to start in May 2014 and is projected to end on August 2014.
       East Las Olas Bridge, Update: The East Las Olas Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida is being repaired. The bridge is on the same operating schedule; but there may be short delays when equipment and personnel need to removed from the bridge for an opening. This work is expected to continue until May 1, 2014. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company, the East Las Olas Bridge (26.119285° -80.109001°), mile 1064 at Fort Lauderdale shall open a single-leaf on the quarter-hour only 24 hours a day, unless a four hour notice is provided to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. You may contact the bridge tender be calling 954-463-0842. The East Las Olas Bridge provides a vertical clearance of 24 ft in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 40 feet with one-leaf in the down position. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company has advised that they will have a barge under the down span during these repairs. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 45 feet with one leaf open, a horizontal clearance of 60 feet with both leaves open and the barge in the channel and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet with all floating equipment removed from the waterway. Please advise the bridge tender if you need to have all floating equipment removed from the waterway when requesting a double-leaf opening.
       South Fork, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: I-95 Bridge: Seminole Equipment is working on the I-95 Bridge (26.096434° -80.169002°) across the South Fork of the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Due to painting operations the vertical clearance will be reduced by 5 feet from January 7, 2014 through June 2014. The containment system can be retracted by two feet if 24 hours notice is provided to the contractor.
       V&M Erectors will be working on another section of the I-95 Bridge across the New River. This work will close the navigation channel at night from 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily, April 6 through September 1, 2014. Mariners  requesting passage at night should call 954-290-1877 and provide a two hour advance notice. V&M Erectors may be working on the bridge during daylight hours; but the floating equipment will be placed outside the channel limits. Mariners are request to use caution when transiting through this area as there are currently three projects on going in this congested area.
       CSX Railroad Bridge:T he contractor working on the CSX Railroad Bridge (26.096456° -80.169348°) replacement across the South Fork of the New River mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has requested to temporarily change the regulation governing the existing CSX Railroad Bridge. This temporary regulation change has been approved and has placed this bridge to an on demand schedule whereas the bridge will be placed in the closed to navigation position during certain portions of the construction operations with an open on demand schedule.
       Mariners are requested to contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM channel 9 for opening and passing information.
       The pile driving operation is scheduled to begin on February 14, 2014 on the north side of the channel with completion scheduled for June 3, 2014. The pile driving operation on the south side is scheduled to begin in August 2014.
       The horizontal clearance of the CSX Railroad Bascule Bridge across the New River (South Fork) mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has been temporarily reduced to 56 feet.
       The Coast Guard has approved a temporary schedule change for the CSX Railroad Bridge across the South Fork of the New River. From 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the railroad bridge may be down in the closed to navigation position for up to 20 minutes at a time. The bridge will open on demand if not undergoing testing.
       SE 17th Causeway Bridge: Coastal Marine Construction Inc, has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation to replace the power/submarine cable of the SE 17th Street Causeway (E Clay Shaw) Bridge (26° 6'1.83"N, 80° 7'7.33"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. Due to the cable installation, the SE 17th Street Causeway will be placed on single-leaf opening during regularly scheduled opening with a three hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday between April 14 and August 30, 2014.
       Mariners are advised that from April 14 through April 18, 2014 during daylight hours, there will be divers in the water in the channel in the vicinity of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge.
       Broad Causeway Bridge: The Broad Causeway Bridge  (25.887207° -80.142448°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida is on singe-leaf operations at the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour until further notice. A double-leaf opening is available if two hours advance notice is provided to the bridge tender at 305-891-2221. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 33 feet with one leaf in the closed position.
       Cortez Bridge: Quinn Construction will be performing work on the Cortez Bridge (27.467865°-82.693661°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Sarasota County, Florida from April 28, 2014 through January 22, 2015. From May 10 2014 through November 23, 2014, the bridge will be on a single-leaf opening schedule. A double-leaf opening will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender or by calling 941-722-7722. There will be floating equipment in and around the channel throughout the repairs.
       Blackburn Point Bridge: Due to bridge repairs, the Blackburn Point Swingbridge (27.179649° -82.494375°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Osprey, Sarasota County, Florida will be closed to navigation for several nights between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during the week of June 23, 2014. An opening is available during these closure periods, if two hours advance notice is provided to the bridge tender.

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

Rt. 87 Atlantic City Bridge Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that conduit installation will be performed at the Route 87 Bridge (39.385157° -74.421731°), at mile 0.6, across Absecon Inlet connecting Atlantic City with Brigantine City, in Atlantic County, NJ beginning March 10, 2014 through May 31, 2014. The work will consist of mounting a conduit along the north side of the roadway. Three conduits will be installed in the first bay between stringers S1 and S2, with the remaining three conduits placed in the 2nd bay between stringers S2 and S3. Conduits will be installed through the abutment back walls to tie into proposed manholes with the bridge approaches. The existing bridge geometry (horizontal and vertical clearances) will remain unchanged. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)

JFK Memorial Bridge Repairs Extended:
       Mariners are advised that due to inclement weather conditions, repairs of the superstructure and piles are extended at the JFK Memorial Bridge (39.315156°-74.528436°), at mile 1.1, over Risley Channel in Borough of Longport, NJ through July 1, 2014. Safety netting and snooper cranes reduce the available vertical clearance to approximately 20 feet, above MHW. In addition, barges restrict and reduce the available horizontal clearance to approximately 50 feet. However, the navigable channel shall remain open with these restrictions. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)

Barnegat Inlet Jetty Construction Safety Zone:
       The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has contracted with Agate Construction to repair the Barnegat Inlet North Jetty (39.762116° -74.094546°) that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. These repairs will be starting on or about April 14, 2014 and could continue through November 2014. In order to maintain the safety of the boating public and the Agate Construction workers a safety zone may be established that encompasses the entire Barnegat Inlet. Within the Safety Zone No swimming, diving, fishing, mooring, nor anchoring are permitted. Vessels may only transit the zone one vessel at a time at minimum speed necessary to maintain steerage. Passing or overtaking other transiting vessels is not permitted. Mariners wanting to transit the safety zone with more than one vessel at a time must contact the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center 36 hours prior to the intended transit time at (215) 271-4807. Vessels needing to contact the on scene work barges can contact them on VHF Channel 16. Vessels should monitor VHF channel 16 for updated information on the operation. 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. (Fifth District LNM Week 12/2014)

Severn and Bohemia River Bridge Inspections:
       Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Maryland State Highway Authority, will conduct underwater inspections during the period from April 15 through May 31, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the following bridges:
A. US 50/301 Bridge across Severn River, at mile 4.3, at Annapolis, MD (39.004435° -76.504468°); and
B. MD-213 Bridge across Bohemia River, at mile 4.0, at Cayots, MD (39.460541° -75.869687°)
       The actual onsite days will be dependent on the weather, channel conditions and the availability of the dive crew. A 25-foot boat, with an outboard motor, will be used during the inspection process. Inspection personnel and equipment will be in proximity to the navigable channels, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and we will relocate from the navigable channels upon request for passage from any waterborne vessel. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the areas. (Fifth District LNM Week 11/2014)

Brewerton Channel Dredging:
       The Clamshell Dredge GL51 will be dredging the Brewerton Channel (39.180929° -76.447772°) from 04 March until 30 June, 2014. The dredges will be working on spuds and will be attended by the Tug TAFT BEACH. The Dredge will be accompanied by the scows GL401 and GL402. The scows will be transited to and from the dredging locations and the Cox Creek disposal site by Tug CAPTAIN DAN. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arraignments have been made. Under no circumstances should mariners attempt to pass between the towing tug and scow while underway as the towing cable may not always be visible above the water. The Clamshell Dredge 51 may be reached on VHF-FM channels 16, 13 &10. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Underwater Inspections:
       Mariners are advised that engineering firms, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Administration (MDTA), will perform underwater inspections at the William P. Lane Jr. (38.975975° -76.375666°), Memorial (East Suspension) across Chesapeake Bay, at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. Beginning February 17, 2014 through June 1, 2014, the inspections will be performed at the Eastbound Bay Bridge piers, take place from a 26-foot or 41-foot work vessel that will be tied-off to the bridge piers, be in the channel from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and have a 3-6 person dive crew. The inspection team boat will work with vessel traffic so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)

Bridge Inspections Spa Creek and Patuxent River Update:
       Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of Maryland State Highway Administration, have revised the scheduled for inspection of the structural, mechanical and electrical systems on movable bridges on the following new schedules:
1) MD-181 Bridge  (38.972566° -76.485514°), at mile 0.4 across Spa Creek in Annapolis – in progress through 30 APR 2014 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and
2) MD-231 Bridge (38°30'45.37"N, 76°40'11.50"W), at mile 24.4, across Patuxent River in Benedict – the new schedule begins 27 MAR through 30 APR 2014 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
       Inspection personnel and equipment will be in proximity to the navigable channels, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and will relocate upon request for passage from any waterborne vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the areas. (Fifth District LNM Week 12/2014)

Severn River Shoreline Construction:
       Mariners are advised that a living shoreline construction project is scheduled to occur within the Severn River in Anne Arundel County, MD, from April 21, 2014, through September 1, 2014. The work will be conducted 7 days per week, during daylight hours only, if required. The work activity will be located on the south side of the Severn River, just north of the Severn River (US-50) Bridge, at Cove Point Road in Annapolis, MD, in approximate position latitude 39° 00' 21.96" N, longitude 76° 30' 25.37" W. Marine equipment on scene will include a 25-foot tender, two 60-foot barges, a 24-foot crew boat, and a 110-foot materials barge. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG Regulations. Interested mariners may contact the Central Marine Construction, Inc. tender PUSHERMAN on marine band radio channel 16 or 13 VHF/FM. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Washington Channel Construction Update:
       The first phase of construction comprises (in sequential order) Capital Yacht Club, District Pier, Transit Pier, Market Pier and Docks and the associated dock demolition and bulkhead repairs. The second phase of construction is anticipated to commence soon after completion of the first phase and comprises Mooring Field and East Potomac Day Dock, 7th Street Pier, Gangplank Marina, Pier 3, Pier 4 and the associated dock demolition and bulkhead repairs.
Type of operation: Construction
Location of operation: Washington Channel, Washington, D.C.
A. Phase 1 North Boundary: 38 52 51.40N, 077 01 39.09W to 38 52 48.67N/, 077 01 45.77W.
B. Phase 1 / 2 Boundary: 38 52 41.54N, 077 01 26.47W to 38 52 38.21N, 077 01 30.76W.
C. Phase 2 South Boundary: 38 52 24.22N, 077 01 20.53W to 38 52 27.44N, 077 01 14.53W
Duration of operation:
A. Phase 1 - Mar. 2014 to Dec. 2016;
B. Phase 2 - Jan. 2017 to Dec. 2020
Vessels involved in the operation: Work barges with cranes (2)
VHF-FM Radio Frequencies monitored by vessels on scene: 13 and 16
Point of Contact and 24 hour phone number: Aric Dreher, Cianbro, (443) 677-2021. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Ocean City, MD, Ocean Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that dredging operations are expected to occur in the Atlantic Ocean at Ocean City, MD near the Ocean City Inlet (38.324889°-75.092268°) entrance during April 9-23, 2014, during daylight hours. The work conducted outside the entrance will be located southeast of the Inlet entrance. Additional work may occur outside Ocean City Harbor within the federal navigation channel. Interested mariners may contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge MURDEN via marine band radio VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Pocomoke River Bridge Construction, Reduced Vertical Clearance, Barges at Docks:
       Mariners are advised that the rehabilitation of dual steel beam bridges are planned at the US 13 (Ocean Highway) (38.078721° -75.571658°) over Pocomoke River, at mile 15.8, in Pocomoke City, MD. Beginning April 2014 until December 2014, the first element in the project will install a suspended platform beneath the bridge reducing the available vertical clearance by two feet to approximately 33 feet, above mean high water. The second element involves repairs to the existing wooden fender system on the east side of the main channel at piers 12 and 13. To facilitate this work, two barges, measuring 20 feet X 10 feet, will be staged alongside the piers during construction, and then be moored alongside the downstream dock on the southeast shoreline. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Tangier Island Channel and Harbor Dredging:
       The Dredge BOVIDAE will be conducting dredging operations in the Tangier Island Channels (37.829251°-75.992282°) and Harbor Basin from 05 March until 30 April, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse northerly along the west shore line of the island and thru Tom's Gut to the Upland Placement Area. (5th District LNM Week 09/2014)

Indian River Inlet, DE, Bridge Work, in Channel:
       Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Delaware Department of Transportation, will perform inspections at the DE-1 highway Bridge (38.607946°-75.063576°), at mile 0.2, over Indian River Inlet at Rehoboth Beach, DE from April 16 – May 9, 2014, daylight hours from 0730 hrs to 1530 hrs (Monday through Saturday). Between April 21 and April 25 only, work in the channel will take place from a 30-foot outrigger equipped bucket boat, using a three-man team consisting of two bridge Inspectors and a tender. The team will work with vessel traffic so as not to impede the waterway. Additional inspection work throughout the project duration will be performed on top of the bridge or from the ground outside the channel, with access achieved by man lifts, rope access techniques and an under-bridge inspection unit (if necessary). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)

VIP, Great Machipongo Inlet Nav Aid Change:
       On or about 15 May, 2014 the following aids to navigation changes will occur:
A. Great Machipongo Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy GM (LLNR 330) (37-23-36.000N, 075-39-06.000W) will be discontinued.
B. Great Machipongo Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 6605) will be relocated to approximate position 37-21-48.000N, 075-42-43.000W.
C. Great Machipongo Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 6610) will be relocated to approximate position 37-21-41.000N, 075-42-43.000W.
D. Great Machipongo Inlet Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 6840) will be changed to Buoy 8. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)

Rudee Inlet Shoaling Update:
       The City of Virginia Beach Survey of Rudee Inlet (36.829481° -75.967382°), dated March 24, 2014, indicates shoaling to a least depth of 7.2 feet, MLLW, in the inbound channel approximate 150 ft East of East ends the jetties. (5th District LNM Week 13/2014)

Newport News Shipyard and Dominion Terminals Dredging:
       The Dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations at the Newport News Shipyard (36.994293° -76.446817°) waterfront until further notice. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)
       The Dredge VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations at the Newport News Dominion Terminal (36.965515° -76.423560°) from 09 April until 01 May, 2014. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and it is requested that all vessels contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage. Dredge material will be transported to the Craney Island Rehandling Basin via tug and scow. (5th District LNM Week 14/2014)

North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
       The following are a few of the continuing areas of shoaling in NC AICW waters. The first three are included in the most recent USCG 5th District LNM Week 06/2014, except as noted; the fourth is an area reported by cruisers. Check the USACE surveys at the sites given above and local sources for updated information.
1. To 3.4' IVO New River/Cape Fear River Buoy 121 685-13 (Mason Inlet, between the Figure Eight Island Bridge and the Wrightsville Beach Bridge) (34-14-59.481N, 077-46-56.297W) Currently being dredged, see above.
2. 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.

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

New Bedford Dredging:
       Dredging is being done in New Bedford Upper Harbor until approximately November 30, 2014. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Three dredge control systems consisting of steel piles and multiple wire rope cables are being deployed and will be maintained in the upper harbor of New Bedford Harbor. Three floating dredges will be operating within the perimeter of the pilings. The northern-most system is across the entire width of the Acushnet River at approximately (lat, long) -70.916, 41.676 to -70.915, 41.667). The southern-most system is across the entire width of the Acushnet River at approximately (lat, long) -70.918, 41656 to -70.915, 41.656. These dredge areas are north of the Route 195 and Coggeshall Street Bridges. At high tide, the traverse cable system will be nominally 1ft above the water's surface. A floating white oil boom is attached to piling as well as blinking lights (after dark) located at the top of several pilings. The dredges are connected to a booster pump station on the west side of the Acushnet River via floating 10 and 12 inch pipelines. The dredge line continues south and crosses Pierce Mill Cove (Coffin Cove) blocking access to the cove. The dredge lines are nominally submerged at the water surface and marked  approximately every 500ft with buoys. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in this area and if transit is desired, hail on VHF Channel 77 or contact the dredges on VHF Channel 13/16 to coordinate the passage and proceed with caution after passage arrangements have been made with the dredges. (First District LNM Week 12/2014)

Right Whale DMA Update:
       NOAA Fisheries announces that a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) has been established south of Nantucket to protect an aggregation of 7 right whales sighted in this area on April 7, 2014. This DMA is in effect immediately through April 22, 2014. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.
VOLUNTARY DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT AREAS (DMAs)
       Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas where persistent aggregations of right whales have been sighted. Please visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike for a graphic depicting this area.
North of Nantucket DMA -- in effect through April 22, 2014
41 55N
41 11N
070 21W
069 21W
South of Nantucket DMA -- in effect through April 17, 2014
41 12N
40 29N
070 41W
069 45W
ACTIVE SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS (SMAs)
Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:
Cape Cod Bay SMA -- in effect through May 15, 2014
Off Race Point SMA -- in effect through April 30, 2014
Great South Channel SMA -- in effect through July 31, 2014
Mid-Atlantic SMAs -- in effect through April 30, 2014
Southeast SMAs -- in effect through April 15, 2014
FOR RECENT RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS, VISIT:
www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/surveys/SAS.html (First District LNM Week 14/2014)

Emergency Power Transmission Cable Repair Update:
       A contractor for NSTAR electric utility, Caldwell Marine, will be conducing emergency submarine power transmission cable repair operations from approximately April 1 to April 20, 2014, in Vineyard Sound in the vicinity of 41° 29.21N /070° 36.37W and 41° 32.076N/070° 37.36W, an area between West Chop, Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth, MA. Operations will be conducted seven days per week, 24 hours per day, during this period. The vessels on location will be the tugs NAVIGATOR and PATRICK HUNT, the cable installation barge Rockland, also known as the Caldwell Cable Layer (AIS ID), and a 160 foot dive barge. The dive barge will be set on a four-point mooring with white surface buoys set out approximately 1/2 NM from the barge. The Caldwell Cable Layer will first conduct route clearance through the cable right of way, towing sets of grapnels and clearing the sea floor of debris. On or about April 6, 2014, the installation barge Caldwell Cable Layer will commence the cable install between West Chop, Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth, MA. The operations will be carried out on a 24-hour schedule. The barges, mooring buoys and the tugs will be properly lit for nighttime operations. During the operation the barges will be unable to move from their respective moorings under normal circumstances. All passing vessels are requested to maintain a minimum separation of 1/2 NM from the barges and tugs NAVIGATOR and PATRICK HUNT. Tugs NAVIGATOR and PATRICK HUNT will be monitoring VHF channels 16 and 13. The on-scene 24-hour point of contact is Paul Larrabee of Caldwell Marine who may be reached at 732-620-3938. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of Vineyard Sound between West Chop, Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth, MA, during this submarine power transmission cable infrastructure installation. (First District LNM Week 13/2014).

Damage to Key Aid to Navigation in Nantucket Sound:
       CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING IN VICINITY OF BUOY 17 (NOAA DATA BUOY 44020) Recent repeated damage to buoy 17 (NOAA data buoy 44020) (41.443 N 70.186 W) in Nantucket Sound has made this key aid unavailable for extended periods of time, reducing navigation safety. Mariners are asked to be particularly vigilant when navigating in the vicinity of buoy 17 in Nantucket Sound. Buoy 17 is a key aid to navigation in Nantucket Sound. It sits approximately halfway between Nantucket Sound and Hyannis, and marks the southern boundary of the Main Channel. Perhaps most importantly it hosts a suite of electronic instruments that provide real-time weather data readily accessible to all mariners. In recent months the buoy has been badly damaged twice, apparently hit by unidentified vessels passing by. In each case the metrological instruments were seriously damaged and stopped working for weeks or months until technicians could be scheduled. And in each instance expensive and labor-intensive repairs were required. All mariners should use extreme caution when operating in the vicinity of buoy 17 in Nantucket Sound. (First District LNM Week 11/2014)

Rowing Courses Set for the Summer, Old Greenwich Cove:
       Two 1000 meter long courses for a rowing event and subsequent training will be in place In Old Greenwich Cove (41.015111° -73.576097°) from April 15 - November 15, 2014. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
       1. NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout the area of Fisher Island Sound and Block Island Sound from 28 April 2014 through 15 August 2014.
       2. NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound from 1 April 2014 through 30 September 2013.
       Thomas Jeffersonis a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels carry 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 and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver.... Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)

Waterway Analyses, Comments Requested:
       The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Hudson River with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment by filling out the Hudson River WAMS Survey located at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/28WRHTL  (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
       The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Raritan River with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment by filling out the Raritan River WAMS Survey located at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2K2QPNV (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
       The Coast Guard will be conducting an analysis of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Inlet with the intent of optimizing the waterway and the aids to navigation therein. Mariners and other concerned parties are encouraged to comment by filling out the Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Inlet WAMS Survey located at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQ5VPW2 (First District LNM Week 11/2014)
Coast Guard Sector New York, Waterways Management Division, will be accepting comments until 01 August 2014, Contact BM1 Chris Hudak at 1-718-354-4354, or Christopher.K.Hudak@uscg.mil with any questions.

Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Work, NY Harbor:
       Inspection work on the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline is being done, at 40 31 24.605N 73 51 39.916W, until approximately April 30, 2014. The work is being done 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the DSV JOSEPH BISSO that is monitoring VHF FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
       Maintenance on the Lower New York Bay lateral pipeline for Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company is being done, at 40 31 24.605N 73 51 39.916W, until April 30, 2014. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the DSV JOSEPH BISSO that is monitoring VHF FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)

Other NY Harbor Work:
       Installation of North & South monopiles are being done at the World Trade Center Ferry Terminal (40.712728° -74.011918°) until approximately May 23, 2014. On scene are barges that are alongside the BPC Esplanade, blocking access to the north/south side of the terminal during monopile installation. The work is being done Monday - Friday, 6:00 am 4:00 pm. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
       Dredging will be done at various locations at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal (40.768192°-73.996439°) from April 12 - May 22, 2014. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge WEEKS 506, tugs SHELBY, CATHERIN & ROBERT and scows. The dredge and tugs will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 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. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
       The HUDSON BEAVER (50' workboat) and a 20' aluminum workboat will be located at the east face of the bulkhead of the United Nations school (40.735492° -73.972609°) conducting underwater repairs. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0800-1700 through Apr 30, 2014. Mariners are requested to transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)

Hudson River Tower Work:
       Crew and material to do work on two towers will be done from April 8 - June 16, 2014. The work will done in the following positions: Athens Tower: Lat 42.15.128 N Long 073.49.097 W and Hudson Tower: Lat 42.14.902 N Long 073.48.895 W. The hours of operation will be Monday -Saturday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene will be the tug BENJAMIN ELLIOT and barge that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)

 


 

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