East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
11/20/2014


Attention Snowbirds

Fields Cut Shoaling Reminder:
       There is shoaling directly in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway in Fields Cut and is blocking 3/4 of the waterway and poses a serious hazard to navigation during low-tide. A depth of 2ft has been reported in approximate position 32-05.185N/080-56.022W. Fields Cut Temp LB 48A has been established in position 32-05-10.319N/080-56-00.740W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)*

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

General Announcements

Right Whale Season Again:
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES WARNING - ENDANGERED NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES
       From November to April the coastal waters between Altamaha Sound, GA, and Sebastian Inlet, FL, are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Critically endangered right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 m) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. east coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See enclosed compliance guide for the right whale ship strike reduction rule for specific times, areas, and exceptions to this law. Intentionally approaching within 500 yards of right whales is prohibited and is a violation of U.S. law. A minimum distance of 500 yards must be maintained from a sighted right whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend that operators assume that any whale sighting is a right whale unless confirmed otherwise. NOAA also recommends speeds of 10 knots or less in areas used by right whales and outside of seasonally managed areas when consistent with safety of navigation. NOAA also recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. Please report all right whale sightings and collisions to877-WHALE-HELP, or to the Coast Guard via channel 16. WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area is active from November 15 to April 16. For more information, consult the U.S. Coast Pilot. MSR arrival reports can be sent via TELEX number 48156090 or email to rightwhale.msr@noaa.gov. (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)

US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports
       Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE, in our opinion, does a really good job at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). They may not be able to dredge every little shoal, but at least they let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. Some areas in North Carolina are currently being dredged or are scheduled to be dredged soon. So, before you get too excited about the shallow depths reported by some fellow cruisers, check out the latest surveys at the following:
Norfolk, VA District:
www.nao.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/AIWW.aspx
Wilmington, NC District:
www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx
Charleston, SC District:
www.sac.usace.army.mil/missions/navigation/hydrographicmaps
Savannah, GA District:
www.sas.usace.army.mil/Portals/61/docs/OPS/ChannelConditionSurveys/OtherProjectSurveys/Aiww-2013-07.pdf
Jacksonville, FL District:
www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/HydroSurveys.aspx

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

Drilling Surveys, St Johns River:
       The Captain of the Port advises all mariners that the R/V ARTEMIS will be conducting Geotechnical Drilling Investigations and Surveys on the St. Johns River from Brills Cut to the Mayport Entrance Channel (30-23-51.106N, 081-23-34.703W). The projected completion date for the operation is mid-December 2014. Work is expected to proceed from Brills Cut to the entrance channel. The operator of the R/V ARTEMIS will monitor VHF-FM channel 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the R/V ARTEMIS while they are conducting operations. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with "Rules of the Road" when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from the vessel. The point of contact for the R/V ARTEMIS is Terrence Cake at (352) 538-1556. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Mrs. Rebecca Lee-Duffel at (904) 232-2585. (7th District LNM Week 43/2014)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On November 19, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.56 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.50 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.70 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N)
       You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

Dredging in Indian River Lagoon:
       Cavache Inc. will commence dredge operations on or about December 1, 2014 with Dredge MICHELLE in the Indian River Lagoon, including Sebastian Inlet south to the Wabasso Causeway. The dredge will dispose of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines. The disposal area is located east of US Highway 1 and west of the AICW in Indian River County. The portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The pipeline will be sunk along the shoreline. Mariners are urged to maintain a safe distance from the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 16 and 79. Operations will be 24/7 and will continue until on or about March 31, 2015. Mariners are advised to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For further information contact Cavache at (954) 568-0007. (7th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Offshore Testing, Palm Beach, Manned and Unmanned Submersibles:
       Lockheed Martin – Palm Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will conduct off shore testing from 10/27/2014 – 5/31/2015 with (1) Manned and piloted submersible vehicle. Testing will occur 24 hours daily 1-5 miles off shore from LakeWorth Inlet to the Breakers. Lockheed Martin will supply (2) RHIB Boats supporting the manned submersible vehicle, and can be reached on VHF channel 16 for any concerned traffic. Mariners are asked to stay clear of the RHIB boats and the submersible vehicle by 200 yards. Mandatory diving operations will take place around this submersible, again mariners are advised to transit 200 yards from all dive flags, Float Balls, and RHIB boats. When transiting in this Operation area please transit with caution.
North to South, starting at 26 45.763 N, 80 01.558W The Box is:
NE 26 45.138N, 80 00.170W
NW 26 45.139N, 80 01.703W
SE 26 43.262N, 80 00.170W
SW 26 43.262N, 80 01.650W (7th District LNM Week 43/2014)
       Lockheed Martin – Palm Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will be conducting offshore testing of two unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicles, the testing will range from 1-5 miles off shore from Lake Worth Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet. Operations will take place beginning 5/28/2014 and ending 12/31/2014. Hours of ops will mostly be during daylight hours but at various times throughout the year they will be operating at night. The Lockheed Martin RHIB Boats and Sea Tow RHIB Boats will support the semi-submersibles in all operations, both RHIB boats will be in constant radio contact with the Operations crew, and will be equipped with a remote kill switch. The RHIB Boats will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the RHIB boats and the Semi-submersible vehicle by 200 yards. In addition, there will be some diving operations mariners are advised to stay at least 200 yards from the posted dive flags, and float balls. (7th District LNM Week 43/2014)

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)

Lake Worth Staging Area for Dredge Equipment:
       Weeks Marine, Inc. starting approximately 20 November 2014, will be mobilizing pipeline, support equipment and attendant plant into the Lake Worth Lagoon, all equipment and pipeline will be anchored to the east of the Lake Worth Lagoon Staging Area. Pipeline will be prepared in the staging area and then relocated offshore of Jupiter Island and submerged between Lat 26° 56' 13N/80° and 26° 56' 17N/80° 03' 28W. A single point mooring/discharge connection will be approximately 3,800 LF off the shore of the renourishment site. On the seaward end of the discharge connection will be a ball connection attached to 300 feet of floating rubber discharge hose that will be attached to the submerged pipeline. The floating hose will be lighted and the entire connection and assembly will be out of the navigation channel.
Dredge R.N. WEEKS and B.E. LINDHOLM will arrive approximately December 1, 2014. Dredged material will be transported from the borrow area located at 26° 49' 26N/80° 01' 24W west by the dredges to a discharge location within the limits of the above mentioned sub line locations, to be pumped to the beach through a combination of floating and submerged pipelines extending approximately 2,500 LF from the shoreline. Dredging operations will continue twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven days per week basis. The Dredges will monitor marine VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. Dredging will occur from approximately December 5-14, 2014. The submerged pipeline will be removed at the completion of dredging activities. Further information contact Miguel Cruz (985) 875-2500 or macruz@weeksmarine.com. (7th District LNM Week 46/2014)

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

Miami Dredging Update:
       The following aids have been temporarily repositioned to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
Miami Main Ch LB 1 (LLNR 10470) temporarily relocated to 25-45-48.107N/080-05-19.908W
Miami Main Ch LB 2 (LLNR 10475) temporarily relocated to 25-45-46.865N/080-05-46.823W
Miami Main Ch LB 3 (LLNR 10480) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.370N/080-05-43.728W
Miami Main Ch LB 4 (LLNR 10485) temporarily relocated to 25-45-32.731N/080-06-28.583W
Miami Main Ch LB 11 (LLNR 10530) temporarily relocated to 25-45-34.248N080-07-31.548W
Miami Main Ch LB 12 (LLNR 10535) temporarily relocated to 25-45-41.058N/080-07-29.068W
       The following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with a TRLB until further notice:
Miami Main Ch LB 14 (LLNR 10545) to TRLB, Fl R 2.5s
Miami Main Ch LB 16 (LLNR 10555) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
Miami Main Ch LB 18 (LLNR 10575) to TRLB, Fl R 4s
       For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids have been temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550) to TRLB, Fl G 2.5s
Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655) to TRLB, FL G 6s
Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660) to TRLB, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665) to TRLB, Fl G 6s
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) to TRLB 9A, Fl G 2.5s
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light B (LLNR 10680) to TRLB 9B, Fl G 4s
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) to TRLB 9E, Fl G 4s
Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685) to TRLB, Fl Q G
       For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. (7th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Key  West Hazard:
       Private aid Lake Passage Channel Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 15295) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.

Tampa Harbor Dredging Update:
       Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC will commence maintenance dredge operations in Tampa Harbor: 45-Foot Egmont Channel Cuts 1 and 2, 43-Foot Mullet Key Channel in Hillsborough County, Florida. The work consists of dredging designated area in the channel and pumping out the material onto Egmont Key. Submerged pipeline on the sea floor, and installing the dredge hookup hoses will begin the week of 03 November; weather permitting.
       The DODGE ISLAND is scheduled to arrive on site on 10 November. The PADRE ISLAND is scheduled to arrive in mid-December. For the duration of project, the following equipment will be utilized for excavating of material, beach fill placement, and survey operations, TSHD: DODGE ISLAND and PADRE ISLAND, Tugs: Jack Newman and Free State, Derrick Barge GL63, Anchor Barge GL112, and Crew Boat St. Louis River. Dredging and beach fill operations will commence upon dredge arrival and continue through January 2015. The pipeline length is approximately 1,150 feet, including the floating line. The submerged pipeline lands on the north end of Egmont Key at 27 36' 11.09844N, 082 45' 45.08061W with the offshore dredge hookup end to the north towards the Egmont Cut Channel at 27 36' 19.81249" N, 082 45' 45.05645"W. 240' of floating line with a 360 degree swing radius from the hookup location, as well as the submerged pipeline will remain in place for the duration of project. Communications: Marine VHF Channels 13, 16 and 7. The Dredges will be sailing between the floating pipeline and the Egmont Cut Channel and Mullet Key Channel.
27 35' 33.07826N0/82 59' 0.00372W
27 36' 10.65136N/082 44' 17.24744W
27 35' 26.19182N/082 58' 59.12209W
27 36' 21.35164N/082 44' 34.14692W
27 36' 47.78977N/082 46' 39.18047W
27 36' 19.64573N/082 43' 56.46398W
27 36' 38.83493N/082 46' 58.96142W
27 36' 45.30739N/082 40' 14.9335W
27 36' 36.76675N/082 46' 20.73028W
27 36' 52.63032N/082 40' 18.37198W
       The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredging operation:
Egmont Channel LB 7 (LLNR 22260) to 27-36-05.062N/082-53-56.365W
Egmont Channel LBB 8 (LLNR 22265) to 27-35-56.617N/082-53-51.663W
Egmont Channel LB 9 (LLNR 22270) to 27-36-16.476N/082-52-03.401W
Egmont Channel LB 10(LLNR 22275) to 27-36-07.071N/082-52-09.210W
Egmont Channel LB 11 (LLNR 22295) to 27-36-25.886N/082-50-26.271W
Egmont Channel LB 12 (LLNR 22300) to 27-36-17.081N/082-50-25.588W
Egmont Channel LB 13 (LLNR 22305) to 27-36-36.109N/082-48-43.969W
Egmont Channel LB 14 (LLNR 22310) to 27-36-27.355N/082-48-42.373W
Egmont Channel LB 17 (LLNR 22325) to 27-36-33.607N/082-45-28.223W
Mullet Key Channel LBB 20 (LLNR 22350) to 27-36-10.407N/082-44-21.045W
Mullet Key Channel LB 23 (LLNR 22375) to 27-36-39.919N/082-41-42.128W
Mullet Key Channel LB 24 (LLNR 22380) to 27-36-31.998N/082-41-40.958W
Mullet Key Channel LB 25 (LLNR 22390) to 27-36-49.858N/082-40-32.242W
       Further information contact Project Manager, Manny Vianzon (630) 209-6848 and/or Site Managers Ken Lynn (630)730-4248 and/or Kate Mason (630)207-7437.
       The Army Corps, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center will add more instruments to the array at Egmont Key prior to the dredging (Great Lakes Dock & Dredge.) Several temporary gauges, sensors and a mix of pipes and buoys with navigation lights flashing white every 3-5seconds and mounted on PVC pipes will be placed all around Egmont Key, near the entrance to Tampa Bay. When temp aids are deployed approximately 06 November locations will be advertised. Majority of the monitoring devices will remain in place in approximately March 2015 none of the equipment will not interfere with navigation. Early November 2014, beach nourishment will take place on Egmont Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay using material dredged from the Tampa Harbor Entrance. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of the equipment. For further information contact Katherine E. Brutsché, Ph.D., U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (601) 634-4174. For US Coast Guard related issues contact US Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg (813) 228-2191. See enclosure section for map layout.
       Small aluminum pipes vertical with white flashing lights and placed in shallow water.
PIPE #1: 27-35-47.28N/082-45-48.87W
PIPE #2: 27-34-58.80N/082-45-49.50W
PIPE #2B: 27.58134N/082.763209W
PIPE #3: 27-36-09.20N/082-45-35.55W
PIPE #3B: 27.7605N/082.62691W
PIPE #4: 27-34-49.32N/082-45.30.68W
PIPE #5: 27.57746N/082.76038W
PIPE #6: 27.57518N/082.75732W
Cam #1B: 27.60134N/082.76634W
N Shoal A: 27.60288N/082.76611W
N Shoal B: 27.60322N/082.76723W
       The following are current meters and a wave gauge attached to a small buoy:
Current 2: 27.60135N/082.7661W
Current 3: 27.59642N/082.7659W
Current 4: 27.59282N/082.7734W
Current 5: 27.58275N/082.76536W
Current 6: 27.57484N/082.76336W
Wave Gauge: 27.59286N/082.77277W (7th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 46/2014:
       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.
       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 RR Bridge, Jacksonville:  Due to major repairs to the mechanical equipment within the bridge, the bridge owner will be placing this bridge in the closed to navigation position from 08:00 a.m. on November 14 through 5:00 p.m. on November 21, 2014. This closure will allow the owner to complete the emergency repairs, which will allow the bridge to be fully functional, with no further restrictions. ( 7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
       Veterans Memorial Bridge, Daytona: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from Volusia County, Florida for the approval of location and plans for the construction of a new bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 830.6 (29.210135°-81.011298°), also known as the Halifax River. Public Notice 15-14 provides details of the proposed new bridge and solicits comments concerning the project. The public notice is available at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge Update: Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
       The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.
       The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule will be changed starting November 1, 2014, to once an hour on the quarter-hour. Starting Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in addition to the once an hour schedule, the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be allowed to not open at 8:15 a.m. and at 4:15. p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays to allow for rush hour traffic. The bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park and Southern Blvd Bridges will return to their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117.261:
(v) Royal Park (SR 704) bridge, mile 1022.6, at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the hour and half-hour.
(w) Southern Boulevard (SR 700/80) bridge, mile 1024.7 at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the quarter and three- quarter hour.
       While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies: If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
       Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge.
       The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position.
       Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
Caloosahatchee River Bridge: The de Moya Group, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be setting the new bridge girders across the Caloosahatchee River (26.650326° -81.877938°). During main girder installation the waterway will need to be closed to navigation for the protection of the workers as well as the vessel operators passing under this location. There will be intermittent interruptions to boat traffic passing through the main channel on Tuesday - Saturday during the weeks of Dec. 8th and Dec. 13th (12/8 - 12/13 and 12/15-12/20). Marine patrol will be utilized. There will be no work or disruption scheduled between Dec. 24th - Jan. 5th.

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

NJ Dredging:
       Mariners are advised that Mobile Dredging and Pumping Company will be conducting dredging operations in Princeton Harbor, in Avalon, NJ from November 15, 2014 until January 21, 2014. The dredge can be contacted on VHF channel 13 or 16. The dredge will operate 24 hours Monday through Saturday for the duration of the project. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. (5th District LNM Week 45/2014)

Data Buoys off Ocean City:
       On or about November 20, 2014 John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab will establish; until May 20, 2015, four (4) Lighted Data Buoys approximately 19.2Nm Southeast of Ocean City Inlet. POC: Robert Schuyler: (443) 778-4571.
Atlantic Ocean:
John Hopkins-
Lighted Data Buoy A 38 10 00.0N—74 45 00.0W Fl Y 5s Yellow.
Lighted Data Buoy B 38 10 00.0N—74 45 19.2W Fl Y 5s Yellow.
Lighted Data Buoy C 38 10 00.0N—74 45 38.2W Fl Y 5s Yellow.
Lighted Data buoy D 38 10 00.0N—74 45 56.9W Fl Y 5s Yellow. (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)

AIS Synthetic ATON Marking Proposed:
       AIS is an internationally adopted radio communication protocol that enables the autonomous and continuous exchange of navigation safety related messages amongst vessels, lifeboats, aircraft, shore stations, and aids to navigation (AIS ATON). AIS ATON stations broadcast their presence, identity (9-digit Marine Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number), position, and status at least every three minutes or as needed. These broadcasts can originate from an AIS station located on an existing physical aid to navigation (Real AIS ATON) or from another location (i.e., AIS Base Station). An AIS Base Station signal broadcasted to coincide with an existing physical aid to navigation is known as a Synthetic AIS ATON. An electronically charted, but non-existent as a physical aid to navigation, is identified as a Virtual AIS ATON. The latter two can be used to depict an existing aid to navigation that is off station or not watching properly or to convey an aid to navigation that has yet to be charted. (5th District LNM Week 45/2014, Enclosure)
       The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to add AIS Synthetic ATON mark to the following aids:
Delaware Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy CH (LLNR 1485) at position 38-46-13.977N / 075-01-19.524W
DELAWARE RIVER (DELAWARE AND NEW JERSEY) – SMYRNA RIVER TO WILMINGTON - DELAWARE RIVER (MAIN CHANNEL) – NEW CASTLE RANGE
New Castle Range Lighted Buoy 1N (LLNR 2720) at position 39-33-06.467N / 075-32-36.904W
DELAWARE RIVER (DELAWARE AND NEW JERSEY) – SMYRNA RIVER TO WILMINGTON - DELAWARE RIVER (MAIN CHANNEL) – NEW CASTLE RANGE
New Castle Range Lighted Gong Buoy 3N (LLNR 2740) at position 39-34-08.663N / 075-33-05.702W
DELAWARE RIVER (DELAWARE AND NEW JERSEY) – SYRNA RIVER TO WILMINGTON – CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Junction Lighted Buoy CD (LLNR 2745) at position 39-33-51.773N / 075-33-17.564W
       Synthetic AIS ATON's signal can be received by any existing AIS mobile device, but they would require an external system for their portrayal (i.e., AIS message 21 capable ECDIS, ECS, radar, PC). How they are portrayed currently varies by manufacturer, but the future intention is for the portrayal to be in accordance with forthcoming International Standards (i.e., IEC 62288 (Ed. 2), IHO S-4 (Ed. 4.4.0)).
       Mariners and other waterway stakeholders are encouraged providing feedback using the USCG Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet. Refer to Project Number 05-15-027. All comment will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 01 December 2014 to complete the process.
       The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to add AIS Synthetic ATON mark to the following aids:
CHESAPEAKE BAY (VIRGINIA) – CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE – CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 13 (LLNR 7105) at position 37-02-26.000N / 076-04-17.000W
CHESAPEAKE BAY (VIRGINIA) – CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE – CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 14 (LLNR 7110) at position 37-02-31.001N / 076-04-02.876W
SEACOAST (VIRGINIA) – OCEAN CITY INLET TO CAPE HATTERAS
Chesapeake Bay Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy CH (LLNR 405) at position 36-56-08.329N / 075-57-26.543W
SEACOAST (VIRGINIA) – OCEAN CITY INLET TO CAPE HATTERAS – CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTHERN APPROACH
Chesapeake Bay Southern Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy CB (LLNR 410) at position 36-48-59.743N / 075-45-36.013W
CHESAPEAKE BAY (VIRGINIA) – CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE – CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 40 (LLNR 7240) at position 37-21-49.490N / 076-04-27.768W
CHESAPEAKE BAY (MARYLAND) – COVE POINT TO SANDY POINT – CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 78A (LLNR 7682) at position 38-34-42.000N / 076-25-53.000W
       Refer to Project Number 05-15-026. All comment will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 01 December 2014 to complete the process.
       The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to add AIS Synthetic ATON mark to the following aids:
CHESAPEAKE BAY (MARYLAND) – SANDY POINT TO SUSQUEHANNA RIVER – UPPER CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 45 (LLNR 8870) at position 39-22-10.839N / 076-07-45.462W
CHESAPEAKE BAY (MARYLAND) – SANDY POINT TO SUSQUEHANNA RIVER – UPPER CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 46 (LLNR 8875) at position 39-22-05.831N / 076-07-41.366W
CHESAPEAKE BAY (MARYLAND) – SANDY POINT TO SUSQUEHANNA RIVER – UPPER CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 47 (LLNR 8895) at position 39-22-50.744N / 076-06-10.205W
CHESAPEAKE BAY (MARYLAND) – SANDY POINT TO SUSQUEHANNA RIVER – UPPER CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 48 (LLNR 8900) at position 39-22-45.337N / 076-06-07.068W
CHESAPEAKE BAY (MARYLAND) – SANDY POINT TO SUSQUEHANNA RIVER – ELK RIVER CHANNEL
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 1ER (LLNR 8925) at position 39-23-51.238N / 076-03-16.828W
       Refer to Project Number 05-15-025. All comment will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 01 December 2014 to complete the process.
       Comments on these proposals in writing, either personally or through their organization, may be sent to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Or email to: CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 45/2014)

LIDAR Buoy for Offshore Wind Energy Project:
       On or about December 1, 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy will establish; until January 1, 2016, an offshore LIDAR Buoy in association with offshore wind energy. The lighted yellow buoy will be approximately 25.07Nm. East-SE of Cape Henry Lighthouse and 10.80Nm East-SE of Chesapeake Light. Buoy position is 36 52 00.48N 75 29 31.92W. (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Rudee Inlet Shoaling Report:
       The City of Virginia Beach Survey of Rudee Inlet, dated November 5, 2014 indicates a least depth of 8.4 feet, MLLW, across the channel from the approximate East ends of the jetties extending out eastward approximately 270 feet. (5th District LNM Week 45/2014)

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

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 Trial Maneuvering Ops:
       SKW Constructors will conduct trial maneuvering operations for the Midtown Tunnel construction project from 17-21 and 24-26 NOV 2014. These operations will involve equipment that will impact the available width of the federal channel. The trial maneuvering operations will occur on the Portsmouth side of the channel, between the edge of the channel and the Portsmouth shoreline. Operations will take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. During the maneuvering 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 KENNY O lay barge, as well as 2 assist tug boats. Vessels on scene will be monitoring VHF Channels 13 and 16 at all times. Information about this project was released as a Broadcast Notice to Mariners on November 12, 2014. Chart 12253
The primary field point of contact for this work is Terry Cronk, (757) 434-2625, 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 46/2014)

Heavy Lift Ops off Norfolk Naval Shipyard:
Mariners are advised that the Military Sealift Command will be conducting heavy lift operations with the tug RIO BRAVO and barge BIG MAX on the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of Norfolk Naval Yard in Portsmouth, VA. Operations will occur during daylight hours only beginning on November 18, 2014 through November 21, 2014. Additional operations are scheduled for November 22, 2014 through November 26, 2014. Mariners should stay well clear of the tug and barge and onscene equipment. The tug RIO BRAVO will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Great Bridge Bridge Closure for Christmas Parade:
       To accommodate the annual Christmas Parade Event, mariners are advised that the S168 Bridge, at AICW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake (Great Bridge), VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, 6 December, 2014. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating requlations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997 (g). In the closed position to vessels, this lift type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 8.5 feet above mean high water. (5th District LNM Week 45/2014)

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

Morehead City Channel Shoaling:
       Areas of shoaling less than the charted depth of 40 ft have been identified in the Cutoff Channel of the Morehead City Harbor Entrance (34.711536° -76.693806°) of North Carolina. The location of greatest concern is an estimated 2400 ft area on the east side of the federal Cutoff Channel extending out an estimated 200 ft from Red Channel Lighted Buoy 16 to Red Channel Lighted Buoy 16A in the Cutoff Channel of the Morehead City Harbor Entrance. The worst shoaling is 8 ft at mean low water at the extreme eastern side of the federal Cutoff Channel. Depths are reported at 37 ft in the center at mean low water. Deep draft vessels in the vicinity of this shoaled area are discouraged from meeting or overtaking one another in-between Green Lighted Buoy 19 (LLNR 9310) and Red Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 29387). Mariners, particularly those without local knowledge, are urged to use caution when transiting this area. 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. (5th District LNM Week 43/2014)

Topsail Inlet Area Shoaling:
       Significant shoaling noted on the most recent US Army Corps of Engineers survey has indicated depths of less than 3ft across the entire entrance to Banks Slough Channel. Due to the significant shoaling the Coast Guard is proposing to temporarily discontinue the below listed Aids to Navigation on or about 03 December 2014: Chart 11541
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 2BS (LLNR 30048)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 3 (LLNR 30048.02)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 30048.04)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 5 (LLNR 30048.06)
Banks Slough Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 30048.08)
       Mariners and other waterway stakeholders are encouraged providing feedback using the Waterway Data Sheet in Section VI of this publication. Refer to Project Number 05-15-028 (D). (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)

Topsail Inlet Dredging:
       The Dredge CHARLESTON will commence dredging operations in the Topsail Inlet area on or about November 22, 2014. The project includes dredging in Topsail Inlet. A pipeline will be placed from the inlet to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until approximately December 15, 2014. The Dredge CHESAPEAKE will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of Topsail Inlet, Topsail Creek, and Banks Channel on or about December 10th. The pipeline will be placed from the dredging location to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until March 15th, 2015. The Dredge Operators will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. (5th District LNM Week 46/2014)

No More Wilmington Shortcut:
       On or about 05 November 2014, the Coast Guard will discontinue the following Aids to Navigation due to shoaling:
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 39785) (34-03-12.659N, 077-55-15.787W)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 39790)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 39795)
Wilmington Shortcut Light 5 (LLNR 39800)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 39805)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 9 (LLNR 39810)
Wilmington Shortcut Light 10 (LLNR 39815)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 39820) (5th District LNM Week 44/2014)

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

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

New Bedford Dredging:
       Dredging and surveying of New Bedford Lower Harbor CAD Cell will be done from November 24, 2014 - January 31, 2015. CAD Cell will be totally enclosed with orange and black silt boom secured with wood piles. The work will be done Monday - Saturday, sunrise to sunset. On scene will be the dredges F. BELESIMO & TRIPP 87, barges TMC-140, JOE VERROCHI, MIGHTY QUINN, EDDIE CARROLL & M. E. R. C. SHEVLIN, tug LUCINDA SMITH CO and crew boat REW $ and survey boat SURVEY 2 that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 and 16. The dredges will be working on VHF-FM channel 77 and tugs on 76. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, keep clear of the dredges and tugboats, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 46/2014)

Mystic River Work:
       Dredging, dragging and surveying of the Federal Navigation Channel will be done from December 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015. The hours of operations will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredges FJ BELESIMO, 385-62 & SENNEBOGEN, scows JOE VERROCHI, MIGHTY QUINN & M. E. R. C. SHEVLIN & 3 hopper scows, tugs LUCINDA, WASHINGTON & TURNING POINT and crew boat CREW 4 & survey boat SURVEY 2 that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. The dredge 385-62 will be working VHF-FM channel 67, BELESIMO channel 77, transloader channel 67 and everyone else on channel 62. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, keep clear of the dredges, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 46/2014)

Guilford Harbor Dredging:
       Dredging will be done in Guildford Harbor from November 25, 2014 - January 31, 2015. The work will be done in the following (PA) 41° 16' 15.27" N, 72° 39' 50.66" W, 24 hours a day. On scene will be barges #389 & 480, tug boats OCEAN KING & BULL DOZER and scows #117 & & 562 that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 45/2014)

Connecticut Dredging:
       Dredging will be done from November 15, 2014 - January 15, 2015 from station 0+00 to station 56&50 to include north west of Sandy Point Island. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a dredge that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 63. (First District LNM Week 45/2014)

Fire Island Line Placement and Beach Fill:
       Subline placement and beach fill will be done from November 24 - December 15, 2014 in the following locations:
Beach Fill Mid Point @ LAT 40 44 01.2945 N LONG 072 49 12.2834
Borrow Site Location – Corners @: LAT 40 47 41.8132 N LONG 072 36 09.5416
LAT 40 48 21.8979 N LONG 072 33 51.6185
LAT 40 48 00.5033 N LONG 072 33 43.3703
LAT 40 47 23.3101 N LONG 072 35 59.1808.
On scene will be the dredge STUYVESANT, a tug and two work boats that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 45/2014)

Moriches Bay Dredging:
       Dredging will be in the Intracoastal waterway from November 15, 2014 - January 15, 2015. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge ELLICOTT 307, a barge, a work boat and skiff that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. (First District LNM Week 45/2014)

Submerged Pilings, Rikers Island:
       Submerged pilings have been reported at Hunts Point, north of Rikers Island, in (pa) 40-48-02"N, 073-52-22"W, where the New York City Dept of Sanitation Marine Transfer Station was located. (First District LNM Week 46/2014)

Flushing Creek, NY Harbor, Dredging:
       Dredging will be done in Flushing Creek from December 1, 2014 - January 15, 2015. The work is being done in (PA) N 40 45 54.8638/ W 73 50 34.0100. The hours of operation will be Monday - Saturday, 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. On scene will be a dredge, barges & scows that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 63, 13, 16 and working channel 65. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made (2 hours notice is needed). (First District LNM Week 46/2014)

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


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