East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
7/17/2014


Special Announcements

Bridge Work, AICW Morehead City, Horizontal Clearance Restricted:
       Mariners are advised that maintenance and repairs will be in progress at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC from July 19, 2014 through April 25, 2015. To facilitate maintenance and repairs, the contractor will utilize a 40-foot X 60-foot barge as a work platform for equipment staging that will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel. A two-hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 40 feet of horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The work supervisor can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (910) 772-2212, or at ncmarineevents@uscg.mil. (5th District Bridge Branch)*

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

Again, Second Time This Summer: Possible Boater Sewage Discharge Alert in NY No Discharge Zones:
       The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate all of Three Mile Harbor (41.018030° -72.187491°), including the inlet and tributaries, in Town of East Hampton, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish, before, during and after the scheduled fireworks event to be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The closure will begin at sunrise on Saturday, July 19, and continue through Wednesday, July 23, 2014, both dates inclusive. The harvest of shellfish from UNCERTIFIED water is prohibited. This designation is necessary to protect public health and is required due to the potential for sewage discharges from marine sanitation devices aboard the large number of transient vessels that will anchor and remain overnight in Three Mile Harbor. Boaters should be aware that all the waters in the Peconic-Gardiners Bay estuary, including Three Mile Harbor, are designated as "No Discharge Zones." Boaters in these areas are required to use pump out facilities when they empty their holding tanks. The East Hampton Town Trustees will operate two pump out boats and the Town Harbormaster's office at Gann Road has a self-serve facility, both at no fee for the boater. The town's pump out boats can be contacted using marine radio VHF channel 73. The Three Mile Harbor fireworks display is scheduled for the evening of July 19. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 20. Further information is available during normal working hours by calling the NYSDEC Shellfisheries Section at (631) 444-0492. After hours, a recorded message describing any temporary shellfishing closures that may be in effect in New York is accessible 24 hours a day by calling (631) 444-0480. This information is also available from the Town of East Hampton at (631) 324-6393.
       Following is a description of the area that is affected by this temporary closure: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Three Mile Harbor, including tributaries, located south of a line extending due east from the western jetty at the inlet of Three Mile Harbor, to the eastern jetty, on the eastern side of said inlet. This also includes the entrance channel of said harbor. (First District LNM Week 28/2014)

General Announcements

HURRICANE INFORMATION (Update 7th District LNM 22):
       The hurricane season extends from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
(a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
(b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
(c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
(d) Review of storm center evasion procedures;
(e) Knowledge of nearest hurricane shelter or port; and
(f) Constant radio watches on channel 16 VHF-FM and frequent monitoring of weather broadcasts.
       The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory (TCP) is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life.
Four alerts are issued:
(a) TROPICAL STORM WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(b) TROPICAL STORM WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(c) HURRICANE WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
(d) HURRICANE WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force. (Ed: Our Bold, New as of Superstorm Sandy)
       Additional information of interest to mariners is included in the Tropical Cyclone Forecast/Advisory (TCM) and the Tropical Cyclone Surface Wind Speed Probabilities (PWS) products. The TCM provides current and forecast storm positions, intensities, and wind fields out to 120 hours. The PWS provides probabilities of sustained wind speeds equal to or exceeding 34-, 50-, and 64-kt wind speed thresholds for select coastal and offshore locations.
       Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished, or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricanes and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set up by the COTP and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as a storm approaches a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP-specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under the Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
Condition 4 – Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June–30 November; port status: open.
Condition Whiskey – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
Condition X-Ray – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
Condition Yankee – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
Condition Zulu – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
       Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds. (7th District LNM 22/2014)

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

Bridge Construction, Barrington RI:
       The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RI DOT) is replacing the Massasoit Avenue Bridge (41.749016° -71.317546°) that spans the Barrington River at Barrington, RI.
       1. Phase 1 Substructure Construction – 5 July 2014 through 6 October 2014. Work hours between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. each business day (not weekends or holidays). Work will consist of installing driven pier piles and constructing new pier caps. This work will be complete on the north side of the existing structure with a crane on a barge. The barge will be moved to, and placed at, various locations alongside the bridge as required. The barge will be spudded for anchorage and will have white lights illuminated on all corners at night when in the channel. At least one channel of approximately 30 feet width will be navigable at any time. Boaters should be aware of equipment hoisting, where loads may be swung over the channel as well as the barge which may be spudded into position in the channel during work hours.
       2. Phase 1 Bridge Superstructure Erection – 7 Oct 2014 – 30 Nov 2014. Work hours between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. each business day (not weekends or holidays). Work will consist of installing new bridge beams on the newly constructed piers. This work will be complete on the north side of the existing structure with a crane on a barge. The barge will be moved to, and placed at, various locations alongside the bridge as required. The barge will be spudded for anchorage and will have white lights illuminated on all corners at night when in the channel. At least one channel of approximately 30 feet width will be navigable at any time. Boaters should be aware of equipment hoisting, where loads may be swung over the channel as well as the barge which may be spudded into position in the channel during work hours.
       3. Work after 30 November 2014. Work that may affect navigation of the river will be the second phase of the project which includes demolition of the remaining south portion of the old structure and the construction of the south portion of the new structure. This work will be detailed as the plans are developed and will be published in future Local Notices to Mariners.
       A navigation channel of approximately 30 feet will be maintained at all times. Vertical clearance will not be affected. In addition to the barges mentioned above, mariners should be aware of crane picks along the bridge abutments and should stay to the center of the channel to avoid hazards. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution while navigating in the vicinity of the Massasoit Avenue Bridge, Barrington, RI, during this period. Any or all of the dates listed above may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Monitor weekly Local Notice to Mariners for any changes. RI DOT's project engineer is Mr. Michael Swift who can be contacted at 401-265-5281. RI DOT's contractor for this project is Cardi Corporation. The contractor's on-scene workboats monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mr. Steven Morin, project superintendent for Cardi Corporation, can be reached by cellular telephone at 401-641-8876. Questions or concerns regarding navigation issues associated with these operations may be addressed to Mr. Edward G. LeBlanc at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, 401-435-2351. (First District LNM Week 26/2014)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations, Ship Thomas Jefferson:
       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 Jefferson is 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)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations, Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler:
       1. NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting intermittent hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to Portsmouth, NH from approximately 14 April 2014 through 30 September 2014. (First District LNM Week 19/2014)
       2. NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the area of Rhode Island Sound from approximately 4 June 2014 through 15 August 2014. (First District LNM 23/2014)
       Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: ops.ferdinand.hassler@noaa.gov.

New Channel Markers, Hudson River at Piermont:
       On or about July 15 - September 15, 2018 Lighted Buoys will be placed in Piermont, north of the Piermont Pier, to mark the channel. There will be (6) markers to delineate boundary of designated "access channel" for the use of mariners navigating to/from the marinas, docks and launches in the Piermont area of the Hudson River, north of Ferry Road. The buoys will be lighted green with a flash every 2.5 seconds and in the following positions:
Channel Marker #1 (SE channel marker): 41° 2' 38.868" N/ 73° 53' 46.320" W
Channel Marker #2 (NE channel marker): 41° 2' 41.352" N/ 73° 53' 48.588" W
Channel Marker #3 (S middle marker): 41° 2' 37.932" N/ 73° 53' 53.700" W
Channel Marker #4 (N middle marker): 41° 2' 40.416" N/ 73° 53' 55.068" W
Channel Marker #5 (SW channel marker): 41° 2' 35.844" N/ 73° 54' 9.756" W
Channel Marker #6 (NW channel marker): 41° 2' 38.220" N/ 73° 54' 11.484" W. (First District LNM Week 27/2014)

Newark Marine Construction:
       Marine construction, wharf demolition and replacement is being done at Berth 14, Port Newark -Inshore Reach until approximately November 2015. The hours of operation are 7 days week, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. On scene are the barges RANDY R, SEI 150-1, MARCY C, HUGHES 757 & 73 that are monitoring VHF-FM channel 78. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements (1 hour notice to move) have been made. (First District LNM Week 27/2014)

Roosevelt Island Construction Activity:
       Maintenance work (on 3 Private aids to navigation) and equipment retrieval will be done in and around the Verdant Power Rossevelt Island Tidal Energy project on July 21 - 23, 2014. The work will be done in the following (PA) 40-45-51.500N 073-56-44.000W from 6:00 - 6:00 pm. On scene will be the work boat LYNNE, tug DURHAM, support boat GABRIELLE and barge EILEEN. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 27/2014)

Update: Subsea Construction off Rockaway Peninsula:
       Subsea construction, including diving operations, will be done approximately 2.7 miles south of the Rockaway Peninsula in the following positions: 40-31-24.623N 073-51-39.861W and 40-33-11.837N 073-52-26.650W. The work will be done from June 1, - September 1, 2014, 7 days week and 24 hours a day. On scene will be the DB BOAZ that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. The WEEK'S 571 will be on scene from June 1 - June 15; the WEEK'S 751will be on scene from June 13 - August 27 and the SUPER CHIEF will there from July 7 - November 4. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made on Channel 13. (First District LNM Week 27/2014)

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

More Dredging in NJ Inlets:
       Mariners are advised that the U.S. Army Corp Dredge CURRITUCK will be conducting dredging operations in Manasquan Inlet (40.101934°-74.034788°), in Manasquan, NJ, from July 14 until July 19, 2014, in Barnegat Inlet (39.762116° -74.094546°), in Barnegat, NJ, from July 19 until July 29, 2014, and in Cape May Inlet (38.937080°-74.864377°), in Cape May, NJ, from July 29 to August 3, 2014. The dredge can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16. The dredge will operate 24 hours a day. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Atlantic City Bridges to Close for Event:
       Mariners are advised that, to accommodate pedestrians and vehicles for the Two Beach Country Concerts, the Route 30 (Absecon Boulevard) Bridge (39.375885° -74.452215°), at ICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare and the US40-322 (Albany Avenue) Bridge (39.353463° -74.456732°), at ICW mile 70.0, across Inside Thorofare both in Atlantic City, NJ will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Thursday, July 31, 2014 and again from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Sunday, August 3, 2014. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.733 (e) and (f). The available vertical clearances in the closed position are approximately 20 feet and 10 feet above mean high water, respectively. Mariners able to pass under the closed spans may do so and use caution when transiting the areas. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

Walt Whitman Bridge Urgent Repairs:
       Mariners are advised that urgent structural repairs will be conducted at the Walt Whitman Bridge (39.904806° -75.129973°), at mile 96.8, across Delaware River, connecting Philadelphia, PA and Gloucester, NJ beginning the week of June 16, 2014 through July 31, 2014. To facilitate repairs, a work platform will be installed beneath a section of the bridge east of the Philadelphia tower, reducing the vertical clearance by approximately four feet. Quick flashing red lights will be positioned on all corners, to mark the bottom of the work platform under the bridge so as to draw the mariner's attention to the fact that the vertical clearance has been reduced. A safety boat will be stationed so as to have unimpeded view of both upstream and downstream access to the waterway area thereby assuring that all workmen can be alerted of a vessel's approach via marine radio on channel 13 VHF or by appropriate mechanical means, such as an air horn. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 24/2014)

Data Buoys off Ocean City:
       On or about July 25, 2014 John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab will establish; until October 31, 2014, two Lighted Data Buoys approximately 18.4Nm Southeast of Ocean City Inlet.
POC: Robert Schuyler: (443) 778-4571.
Atlantic Ocean:
John Hopkins-
Lighted Data Buoy OC A 38 10 00.00N — 74 45 19.20W Fl Y 5s Yellow.
Lighted Data Buoy OC B 38 10 00.00N — 74 45 00.00W Fl Y 5s Yellow. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

Solomons Harbor Bulkhead Construction:
       Mariners are advised that a bulkhead replacement project is scheduled to occur in Solomons Harbor from July 7, 2014 through October 31, 2014, Monday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The project is located along the University of Maryland Biological Laboratory Research Fleet Operations bulkhead at Solomons Island, MD. Two work barges will be placed abreast along the northeast side of the bulkhead, in approximate position latitude 38°19'12.84" N, longitude 076°27'05.70" W. The barges will remain in position at all times and will be lighted at night. The waterway is expected to be restricted approximately 100 feet. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 26/2014)

Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Bridge Inspection:
       Mariners are advised that the Virginia Department of Transportation will be performing in-water inspection and maintenance activities on both the north and south bridge approaches of the I-64/US 60 Hampton Road Bridge Tunnel (36.990058° -76.307691°), at mile 0.0, across Hampton Roads between Norfolk and Hampton, VA. Beginning July 21, 2014 through October 31, 2014, all work will be confined between the shore and the islands of the tunnel. A SeaArk aluminum hull boat and a pontoon boat will be used throughout the activities. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

Lesner Bridge Construction: Lynnhaven Inlet:
       Mariners are advised that construction work is in progress, by McLean Contracting Inc., through June 30, 2017 for the John A. Lesner Bridge (36.906575°-76.092033°) Replacement Project, at mile 0.0, over Lynnhaven Inlet along US 60/Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, VA. The new bridge will have a vertical clearance of 45 feet, above mean high water, along with a horizontal clearance of 150 feet between face of the fenders. A dredge material placement site will be located southwest of the existing bridge, adjacent to the boat ramp facility and used as a staging area. The contractor will access the lay down and staging area via the waterway through a proposed temporary bulkhead. In the event that mariners need to contact the contractor, tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor channel 13 VHF. For the duration of the project, the waterway and the highway shall remain open. Mariners should check for future notices on this bridge replacement project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 23/2014)

Lost Mine Destructors:
       Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Mine destructors were lost in danger area 334.390 (w-50) on the evening of 30 June 2014. The inert mine destructors are part of the airborne mine neutralization system (AMNS). The mine destructors are silver and orange colored, made of an aluminum case with electronics located within, and are clearly marked as U.S. government property with contact information printed along the sides. The mine destructors are approximately 3 feet long, 6 inches in diameter, and weigh approximately 2 pounds in water and 35 pounds in air. The last known positions of the mine destructors were: 36.5947140N 075.7659970W and 36.59506N 075.7665410W. The items were lost in approximately 70 feet of water. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) personnel believe the mine destructors sank to the bottom near those locations. However, the mine destructors are near neutral buoyancy and could be floating in the water column or even at the water's surface. If found, please contact the U.S. Coast Guard per the instructions located on the side of the mine destructors. (5th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Southern Branch, Elizabeth River Construction:
       Luck Stone Corporation will begin construction a concrete open pile dock adjacent to their facility located at 4608 Bainbridge Boulevard situated along the Elizabeth River – Southern Branch (36.767179°-76.297155°) beginning 14 July, 2014. The project involves replacing the existing dock, a floating barge (285 feet by 45 feet) with a concrete open pile dock (60 feet by 40 feet), supported by 18 concrete piles. W. F. Magann Corporation will stage all marine equipment and vessels outside the federal channel limits. It is planned that during the construction one crane barge (140x70), one material barge (180 x 40) and a tug boat. All vessels will monitor VHF Channels 13/16. Work hours will be from sunrise to sunset Monday through Saturday. The project is expected to be completed by 17 May, 2017. (5th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Old Gilmerton Bridge Demolition:
       At the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°): Currently, from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily until August 3, 2014, two barges are occupying the entire channel at the Gilmerton Bridge 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.
       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.

Bridge Construction, Beaufort NC:
       Mariners are advised that work is in progress through May 31, 2015 for the replacement of the US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge (34.722364° -76.669315° ) across Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, relocated between Radio Island and Michael J Field, in Carteret County, NC. When completed, the new high-level fixed bridge will have a vertical clearance of 65 feet, above mean high water, along with a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between pile bents. The construction operation will include in-water work involving pile driving, concrete placement, girder setting, and concrete deck installation with post tensioning. Tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor channel 13 VHF, in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Waterway closures are being planned. We advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Masonboro Inlet Jetty Construction:
       Mariners are advised that Precon Marine Inc. will be completing south jetty rock repairs at Masonboro Inlet (34.179519° -77.806746°). The project will begin 7/15/2014 and run until 8/30/2014. Mariners should use extreme caution and maintain no wake while transiting the work area. Precon will have the tugs BETTY JO, DOTTI J, and SAVANNAH working in the area with crane barge KS 1355 and material barge JMC-120. All Tugs can be reached on VHF 13, 16 and 06. Work is planned for day light hours only. Temporary mooring buoys will be placed in Banks Channel and will have a single white light. Moorings will be removed upon project completion. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

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

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

Little River Swingbridge Fender Repair:
       Mariners are advised that R. L. Morrison and Sons, Inc will be working on the Little River Swingbridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (33.851550°-78.656357°), fender system starting May 27, 2014. R. L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. will have a work barge in the waterway between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With the barge in the waterway, a 30 ft wide channel will be available at all times. Vessels requiring more than 30 ft of horizontal clearance should contact the on-scene tug and make arrangements for passage. The work will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays until August 23, 2014. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 24/2014)

Increased Naval Craft Ops in St. Johns River/ Mayport:
       The Navy will be offloading the USNS SEAY from 31 July through 15 August, 2014 in the vicinity of 81.22N/30.25W anchorage areas in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Florida. There will be increased Navy craft operating in the Mayport operations area to include the Saint Johns River to Blount Island during this time from 0600 till 2400 daily. Mariners are advised to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of these operations. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

St. Johns Sea Buoy Change:
       ST JOHNS LIGHTED BUOY STJ (570/7110) (30-23-35.368N, 081-19-08.398W) permanently discontinue the RACON. This aid has been recommended to have an AIS Synthetic ATON mark broadcasted at the buoys assigned position. All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with St Johns Lighted Buoy STJ Proposed Changes as the subject line and be received by 19 August 2014. Comments may also be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg, Miami, FL 33131. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
       On July 16, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.51 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.45 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.65 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

Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Update:
       Thalle Construction Company, Inc. is replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Belle Glade, FL (Culverts 12) and Pahokee, FL (Culvert 10) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project (26.839980°-81.082719°) 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 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 when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Paul Rardin park boat ramps location (N 878,122.07; E 759,069.20) and just north of Palm Beach Glades Airport location (N 895,943.18; E 755,262.20). Four (4) obstruction buoys with solar powered lights, reflectorized hazard warning and symbol will be placed at the outermost edge of cofferdams obstructing the waterway to delineate the cofferdam location and guide boaters through the work zone area. Also, two (2) obstruction buoys will be placed in the vicinity of boat ramps. 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 2016. The Project point of contact is Tim Pernsteiner at 919-282-4674 or tpernsteiner@thalle.com. (5th District LNM Week 28/2014)

Government Cut Rock Hazard:
       The USCG received a report of a rock formation in approximate position 25-45-54.12N/080-08-03.00W, in Government Cut outside of the navigable channel. The obstruction sits about 3ft below the surface at low-tide. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution and to stay within the navigable waterway. (7th District LNM Week 24/2014)

Fowey Rocks Light Change Proposed:
       FOWEY ROCKS LIGHT (LLNR 920) (25-35-26.249N, 080-05-48.242W) optic will be upgraded to a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern. The sector light will be changed to an all around white light with the same flash characteristics and the nominal range reduced to 7NM. The RACON will be permanently discontinued.
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Fowey Rocks Light Proposed Changes as the subject line and be received by 01 September 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 27/2014)

Florida Straits Proposed Nav Aids Changes:
       The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida:
PACIFIC REEF LIGHT (LLNR 935)( 25-22-15.547N, 080-08-31.414W) optic to be upgraded to a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern and the nominal range reduced to 7NM.
       The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in Grecian Rocks:
DIXIE SHOAL BUOY 8 (LLNR 955) (25-04-39.563N, 080-18-43.110W) will be permanently discontinued.
       The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in Conch Reef:
CONCH REEF BUOY 12 (LLNR 965) (24-56-58.475N, 080-27-26.208W) will be permanently discontinued.
       The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in Davis Reef:
CROCKER REEF BUOY16 (LLNR 975) (24-54-29.771N, 080-31-28.335W) will be permanently discontinued.
       The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida:
TENNESSEE REEF EAST LIGHTED BUOY18 (LLNR 985) (24-47-32.496N, 080-41-36.228W) will be permanently discontinued. TENNESSEE REEF LIGHT (LLNR 990) (24-44-45.880N, 080-46-56.473W) optic to be upgraded to a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern and the nominal range reduced to 7NM.
       The following change has been proposed to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida:
COALBIN ROCK BUOY CB (LLNR 1065) (24-27-03.518N, 082-05-17.751W) will be permanently discontinued.
MARQUESAS ROCK BUOY MR (LLNR 1075) (24-27-29.751N, 082-12-27.962W) will be permanently discontinued.
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with the aids name as the subject line and be received by 01 August 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 27/2014)

Key West Proposed Aids Change:
       The following changes have been proposed to the aids to navigation system in Key West Southwest Channel:
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY SW (LLNR 15105) (24-26-38.547N, 081-58-47.341W) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY A (LLNR 15110) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY B (LLNR 15115) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY C (LLNR 15120) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 2 (LLNR 15125) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 3 (LLNR 15130) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 4 (LLNR 15135) (24-29-32.649N, 081-53-25.646W) will be permanently discontinued.
       All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Key West Southwest Channel as the subject line and be received by 01 August 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. Direct POC: OIC BMC Jeffrey Hunter, U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Key West Phone: (305) 292-8748 (7th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Big Carlos Pass Dredging:
       Orion Marine Construction Inc. will be performing hydraulic dredging operations in Big Carlos Pass until approximately October 15, 2014. All Barges/Dredges/Tugs/Crew Boats will operate and monitor on working Channel 78 and VHF Channel 16. Hydraulic operations areas and explanations are listed below:
       The Dredge JERI-B will dredge in Big Carlos Pass Beach (26.403138°-81.882866°), Bonita Beach and Lovers Key State Park (26.389904° -81.879446°). Orion Marine Group personnel will be performing crew transfers at Weeks Fish Camp and Lovers Key State Park boat ramp in Estero Bay. While dredging the vessels will be displaying lights and dayboards and may temporally impede the flow of traffic through the channel. The Dredge JERI-B will work on Channel 78 and monitor VHF Channel 16. The JERI-B will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A submerged pipeline will be utilized from the dredge to the overboard dredge material discharge area. The path of the pipeline will be properly marked IAW USCG 33 CFR 88.15. Buoys with "Caution Submerged Pipeline" will mark the submerged line. For further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498, Mr. Richard Goodman Safety Officer (904) 502-3716 and/or the Superintendent Mr. Jared Rackley (813) 367-6598. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Florida Hazards to Navigation:
       ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT (LLNR 980) (24-51-06.435N, 080-37-07.857W) is extinguished. The structure is unstable and considered unsafe. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 27/2014)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 28/2014:
       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.
       Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from the Florida Department of Transportation, District Two for the approval of location and plans for the construction of a new bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 739.2, also known as Sister's Creek (30.393797° -81.460001°) approximately 0.3 miles north of the confluence with the St. Johns River, at Jacksonville, FL. Public Notice 08-14 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.
       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 (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.
       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 Update: Worth Contracting has starting working on the Hobe Sound Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 996, Hobe Sound, Martin Country, Florida, as of July 7, 2014. This work will reduce the horizontal clearance by one-half the channel (45 feet) by placing a barge under the down leaf with a tarp covering the down leaf to the barge. For the reason, the Hobe Sound Bridge will be on single-leaf operations with a two hour advance notice to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. This work is projected to end in October 2014.
       Indiantown Road/SR 706 Bridge (AICW Mile 1006.2): The Indiantown Road/SR 706 Bridge (26.933648° -80.084072°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1006.2, Palm Beach County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 8:00 p.m. on August 12 to 6:00 a.m. on August 13, 2014 to replace the hydrolytic fluid. This bridge provides a vertical clearance of 35 feet in the closed position. Vessels not requiring an opening may pass at any time.
       Flagler Memorial Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
       Due to a concrete pumping operation over the Flagler Memorial Bridge, the vertical clearance over the waterway will be limited to 64 ft during the operation. Vessels requiring more than 64 ft of vertical clearance should contact the bridge tender at least four hours in advance to schedule the removal of the pipe over the waterway. This operation will be conducted at least 2 or 3 times a week from Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. starting May 27, 2014 and ending on October 31, 2014. Mariners are requested to contact Primary - 813 235 3056 (Ricardo Baraybar) Secondary - 561 253 6995 (PCL Office) to make arrangements to have the vertical clearance restriction removed.
       With the Flagler Memorial Bridge left in the open to navigation position from May 12, 2014 until October 31, 2014, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges south of this structure. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour (open once an hour on the quarter past the hour) from 6:16 a.m. until 8:14 p.m. Monday through Friday, except that from 7:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. At all other time including Federal Holidays this bridge will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 7:31 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and from 4:01 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. (Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays), this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
PCL Construction will be working on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge and will have floating equipment in the vicinity of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Any and all channel restrictions/closures in support of this new structure will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This bridge construction is anticipated to be completed by September 1, 2016.
       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 July 31, 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: The 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 on the south side is scheduled to begin in August 2014. The Coast Guard has approved a temporary schedule change for the CSX Railroad Bridge across the South Fork of the New River. The pile driving operation began on February 14, 2014 on the north side of the channel with completion scheduled for July 30, 2014. The pile driving operation on the south side is scheduled to begin in September 2014. The estimated completion date for this project is June 2016.
       SE 17th Street 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.


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