East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing Shoaling Again:
Shoaling to a depth of 3.0 feet MLW has been reported between Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 47A (LLNR 40230) (33-55-13.022N, 078-14-15.049W) and Cape Fear River to Little River Buoy 48 (LLNR 40235). Shoaling extends across the navigable channel. (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Shoaling Shortcut from Snows Cut to Cape Fear River, Not on the AICW:
Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 39785) (34-03-12.659N, 077-55-15.787W). Shoaling is encroaching into the navigable channel. (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
St Lucie Crossroads to be Dredged:
Southwind Construction Corp will commence hydraulic dredging operations on or about June 28, 2013 in the crossroads ICWW & OWW Cuts 1, 4, 5 & 6 Crossroads (27.166942° -80.180178°) near St. Lucie Inlet, Martin County, Florida. The Dredge WILKO and workboats Miss Leanne and Proud Mary will monitor channel 78 for passing arrangements or dredge cell (812-480-6761). There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned in the vicinity of the ICWW traversing southerly along the easternmost shoreline and outside of Seagrass areas to upland disposal site M5-DMMA. Operations will continue Monday through Sunday, 7 Days per Week, 24 Hours per Day until July 31, 2013. Land contact Mr. David Lynn (Foreman) Cell: 812-455- 1770 or Mr. Richard Lassen (CQC Manager) Cell: 812-480-1740. For Further Information Contact: Mr. Darrell Stewart, Southwind Construction Corporation 812-867-7220. (7th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Now Three Bridges for Socastee, SC (AICW Mile 372.3):
The Coast Guard has issued a public notice regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to construct a new high level fixed bridge (Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge, SC 31 Extension) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 372.3 (33.680933° -79.014272°) (1 mile south of present high level bridge at Socastee which is 0.3 miles south of the historic antique swing bridge at Socastee), near Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina. You may access PN 09-13 dated 12 June 2013 which solicits comments through 28 June 2013 at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Activ e=1& amp; amp; amp;region=7. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and comments may be expressed by telephone at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil.(7th District LNM Week 24/2013)
Southern Blvd Bridge Replacement Proposed (AICW Mile 1024.7):
The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice (PN) regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to replace the Southern Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Lake Worth Lagoon), mile 1024.7 (26.675234° -80.046876°), Between the City of West Palm Beach and the Town of Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida. You may access PN 08-13 dated 6 June 2013 which solicits com comments through 11 July 2013 at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Activ e=1®ion=7. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and comments may be expressed by telephone at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil. (7th District LNM Week 24/2013)
July 4 Celebrations:
There are far too many fireworks displays and other holiday associated activities to include in the Alerts. Be aware of local events in your areas, expect waterways to be restricted or closed and plan for opening bridges to remain closed for periods before and after the displays to alleviate vehicular traffic congestion. Please: obey the local laws and the Inland Rules, wear properly fitting and safe PFDs, don't overload your boats, have designated drivers, navigators and boat handlers, and be safe.
No More Coast Guard on SSB 2182 kHz:
Effective August 1, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard will terminate its radio guard of the international voice distress, safety, and calling frequency 2182 kHz and the international digital selective calling (DSC) distress and safety frequency 2187.5 kHz. Additionally, marine information and weather broadcasts transmitted on 2670 kHz will terminate concurrently. The Coast Guard continues to maintain a continuous watch on VHF FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz) and on existing voice and DSC frequencies in the 4/6/8/12 MHz bands as described in the Coast Guard Navigation Center website http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=cgcommsCall. (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Hurricane Season Information from USCG 7th District:
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 Advisory message 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. Two levels of warnings are employed:
(a) HURRICANE WATCH - a preliminary alert that a hurricane MAY threaten a specified portion of the coast. It is issued 36 hours before landfall may occur; and
(b) HURRICANE WARNING - which indicate that hurricane conditions are EXPECTED along a specified portion of the coast. It is issued 24 hours before landfall. To provide additional information for maritime interests, a Marine Advisory is also issued which provides storm position forecasts for up to 72 hours in advance of a storm, and probabilities of hurricane strikes for coastal locations and offshore coordinates. 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 hurricane 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 by the COTP (USCG Captain of the Port) and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as storm(s) approach a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under 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 Week 21/2013)
Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: (xx.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx°) for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.
Note: For the Summer Season, we are changing the order of the Alerts to a North to South orientation, with the First District first, the Seventh District last. The first section of the Alerts continues the posting of specific alerts that we consider to be the most important new information for boaters in all districts; the General Announcements section contains information of a general nature also relevant to boaters in all areas.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations:
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout Penobscot Bay, ME from 1 May 2013 through 31 July 2013, and Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound from 1 August 2013 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. 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: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (First District LNM Week 11, 2013)
Lake Champlain Research:
Hydrodynamic research is being done in Missisquoi Bay (45.000041° -73.182906°) until approximately 15 November 2015. The hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On scene is a bottom mounted current meter and a yellow buoy with a night time flashing light marking the meter. (First District LNM Week 24/2013)
Hydrographic Surveys in NH:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to Portsmouth, NH from approximately 1 August 2013 through 30 September 2013. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel and deploys a 25-foot survey launch; survey vessels have 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 during daylight hours with the survey launch. 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....Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship¡¯s Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: email@example.com. (First District LNM Week 20/2013)
Plymouth Light Temporary Change for Maintenance:
The Coast Guard will be temporarily disestablishing the following aid for approximately two (2) weeks on or about 7 June 2013 while maintenance is conducted.
PLYMOUTH LIGHT (LLNR 12545) (42-00-13.394N, 070-36-02.167W)
The Sound Signal and the Red sector from 323° to 352°, covers Mary Ann Rocks will also be temporarily disestablished.
A temporary light of lesser intensity with a flash characteristic of Fl (3) W 30s will be established on the light. (First District LNM Week 21/2013)
MRASS for Cape Cod Canal:
The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway:
CHANGE Cape Cod Canal Breakwater Light 6 (LLNR 13050) (41-46-47.220N, 070-29-23.280W) fog signal to radio activated by the mariner. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175Mhz. By keying their microphone, 5 times consecutively, while on channel 83A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes. Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 28 June 2013 to complete the process. Refer to Project No. 01-13-079. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291. (First District LNM Week 23/2013)
New Bedford Construction:
Marine construction operations (41.623313°-70.906478°) will be begin on or about 17 June until approximately October 2013. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be crane barges WEEKS 196, 266 & 572; tugs EDDIE R & LUCINDA SMITH and support barges that will be monitoring VHF - marine channels 16, 13 & 67. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 24/2013)
Wave Glider Update:
Liquid Robotics, Inc. will continue 24/7 autonomous, unmanned maritime vehicle (www.liquidr.com ) operations from 4-Feb through 31-Aug-2013. Vehicle deployed 4-Feb-2013 in the vicinity of 40° 12.26N, 70° 51.53W to conduct scientific data collection operations. Operations consist of surveying this region and 39° 29.72N, 71° 25.79W for 2-3 week intervals making best speed while transitioning between them prior to recovery. Wave Glider is remotely operated, propelled under its own power, remotely attended from our Wave Glider Operations Center (WGOC), moving at speeds of ~1kt, and designed to "lose" should a conflict occur with any vessel. They are approximately 6.5' x 2' (surfboard size), black in color, with a contact plaque and mast extending 1 meter above the water surface supporting a flag. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. For further information, authorities and mariners can contact Liquid Robotics 24/7 WGOC Operations at +1 408.636.4205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries. (First District LNM Week 24/2013)
Temporary Bridge Replacement at Tappan Zee Underway:
Work to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge (41.068388° -73.895171°) across the Hudson River at mile 27.7 is in progress. On or about 6 May 2013 work to construct the temporary trestle and cofferdam will commence. Temporary trestle is approx.1,040 ft west from the Westchester shoreline of the Hudson River and north of the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Numerous floating work equipments will be operating in and out of waterway north of the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the main channel, reduce wake and exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12343 LNM 23/13 (First District LNM Week 23/2013)
Rockaway Inlet Construction Update:
Caldwell Marine will be installing concrete mats and conducting dive operations near the charted sewer outfall and pipeline between Rockaway Inlet Buoy 13 (LLNR 34255) and Sheepshead Bay Approach LB 4 (LLNR 34345). Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0600-1900, through Oct 15, 2013. Barges and small vessels will be on scene. Work vessels will be moored southwest of Rockaway Inlet Lighted Buoy 20 (LLNR 34270) during this time in an area bound by 40-34.121¡¯N, 073-54.122¡¯W; 40-34.155¡¯N, 073-53.955¡¯W; 40-34.041¡¯N, 073-53.868¡¯W; and 40-34.007¡¯N, 073-54.035¡¯W. A reported least depth of 25 feet is available in this area. Mariners are requested to transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (First District LNM Week 25/2013)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
New Bridge Construction at Rt. 72 Bridge (NJICW Mile 37.4):
Mariners are advised that construction work by Schiavone Construction Company will commence from July 1, 2013 through November 2015 at the south side of the existing Route 72 Bridge (39.664211°-74.210296°) over Manahawkin Bay, at NJICW mile 37.4, in Ship Bottom, Ocean County, NJ. The work will be along the southern side and within 100 feet of the existing bridge. The existing navigation channel will remain clear. The new bridge will have a 55 feet vertical clearance above mean high water (MHW) over the navigational channel and a 100 feet Horizontal clearance between fender systems when complete. The construction operation will include in-water work involving steel bulkhead sheeting, installation of work trestles, and steel sheeting cofferdam installation. Tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for future notices on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)
Absecon Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge R.S. WEEKS will be conducting dredging operations from Absecon Inlet to Ventnor City oceanfront from 01 June until 30 September, 2013. Dredging will include Absecon Inlet Channel (39.372518° -74.409876°). Dredge material will be transported through a combination of floating and submerged pipeline to the beach area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM CH 13 A and 16. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)
Fender Repair, Route 87 Bridge, Absecon Inlet:
Mariners are advised that fender repairs will be conducted at the Route 87 Bridge (39.385157° -74.421731°) , at mile 0.6, across Absecon Inlet, in Atlantic City, NJ during daylight hours beginning June 24, 2013 through August 30, 2013. To facilitate repairs, two flexi-floats, measuring 11 feet X 40 feet and two 17-foot Carolina skiffs will be operating in the navigable channel. This will be a movable operation as not to impede vessel traffic. Mariners should use exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)
Atlantic City Bridge to Close for Air Show:
Mariners are advised that, to accommodate the Atlantic City Air Show, 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 on Wednesday June 26, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon, and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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 Bridge Branch)
Hereford Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge CHARLESTON will be conducting dredging operations in Hereford Inlet (39.010019° -74.783726°) from 06 June until 30 July, 2013. A submerged pipeline will run from the Hereford Inlet Borrow Area to the beach at Stone Harbor Beach. On or about 6 June the pipeline will be transferred to the Wildwood Beach and then back to the Stone Harbor Beach on or about 15 June. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)
NJICW Maintenance Dredging:
The Dredge FULLERTON will be conducting maintenance dredging from NJICW Daybeacon 147 (LLNR 35595) (39-28-45.517N, 074-22-45.527W) to NJICW Light 163 (LLNR 35655) from 04 June until 15 July, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)
MRASS for Ocean City, MD, Inlet:
On or about July 1, 2013, the sound signal (Horn) at Ocean City Inlet Jetty Light (LLNR 225) (38-19-27.042N, 075-05-05.581W) will be converted to a Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). Once converted, the sound signal (Horn) may be activated by the mariner by following the steps listed below. Following activation the MRASS will provide a Sound Signal for approximately 30 minutes and then automatically secure. To activate the Sound Signal mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times when within a range of 1nm. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the characteristic signal as advertised in the Light List, Volume II, Atlantic Coast. In your comments, please address the impact this proposed change may impose on your operation. Also include, in your correspondence the means by which you are using to navigate this waterway and any electronic sensors used while transiting the area. Send comments to: Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA. 23704, Attn.: Albert Grimes, Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)
Stony Creek Bridge Rehabilitation:
Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of Maryland State Highway Administration, will be performing a rehabilitation project on the MD-173 Bridge over Stony Creek (39.163013°-76.525248°), at mile 0.9, in Riviera, MD until 30 January, 2014. The draw span over navigable channel shall remain open during the entire project. Safety cables and scaffolding will be positioned four feet beneath the bridge outside the navigable channel. Mariners should take extreme caution when approaching the bridge and a barge will be in the waterway adjacent to the bridge but will not block the navigable channel. (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
Dredging in Baltimore Harbor:
The Dredge CMC-2400 will be conducting dredging operations at the CNX Terminal, Pier 2 (39.257037° -76.561100°) West and East berth from 24 June until 31 July, 3012. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 8 and 13. Dredge material will be moved by the tugs JULIA B and GEORGETOWN and barge to the Masonville Dredge Material Containment Facility (DMCF). The tugs will utilize the Fort McHenry to Ferry Bar Channels to transit to the DMCF. (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Underwater Inspections at Busy MD Bridges:
Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of Maryland State Highway, will be performing underwater inspections from July 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the following bridge structures:
MD 173 Bridge (39.162681° -76.525088°), at mile 0.9, across Stony Creek, in Riviera Beach;
1) MD-181 Bridge (38.972566° -76.485514°), at mile 0.4 across Spa Creek in Annapolis;
2) MD-450 Bridge (38.992021° -76.487539°), at mile 3.0, across Severn River in Annapolis; and
3) MD-231 Bridge (38.510610° -76.670114°), at mile 24.4, across Patuxent River in Benedict;
The actual onsite days will be dependent on the weather, channel conditions and the availability of the dive crew. A 25-foot boat with outboard motor will be used during the inspections. Inspection personnel and equipment will be in proximity to the navigable channels, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and will relocate upon request for passage from any waterborne vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)
Artificial Reef Construction, Cambridge Area:
Mariners are advised that artificial reef construction operations are scheduled to occur in the Choptank River on July 10 and 11, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Artificial Reef Program, will deploy up to three hundred ¡°Reef Ball¡± structures at a permitted underwater site located between the Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr., Memorial (US-50) Bridge and the Bill Burton Fishing Pier (southern), within the 300-foot long charted fish haven near the Dorchester County shoreline, in approximate position latitude 38° 34¡¯ 38.4¡± N, longitude 076° 03¡¯ 28.3¡± W. Interested mariners may contact the on-scene Chesapeake Bay Foundation research vessel PATRICIA CAMPBELL via marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 16. (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Reagan Airport Shoreline Work:
Archer Western Contractors will be conducting shoreline recovery operations at the water terminus of the Reagan Airport runway (38.849718° -77.031082°) from 08 July until 15 December, 2014. Work will include sand and stone placement within a turbidity curtain extending into the Potomac River. A material barge, a 120¡¯x50¡¯ crane and equipment barges will be on scene. Site supervisor may be contacted at 202-321-7022. Three mooring buoys showing a slow flashing lights have been established within the work site. (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
Thimble Shoals Channel Dredging:
The Hopper Dredges R.N. WEEKS and B. E. LINDHOLM will be conducting dredging operations in the Thimble Shoal Channel between Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 9210) and Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 9230). Dredge material will be transported to the Virginia Beach oceanfront by a submerged pipeline running along the shore line from 36-50-36.76N, 075-58-17.58W to 36-53-46.21N, 075-59-10.89W. The submerged pipeline will be present from the water¡¯s edge extending 4,200 feet seaward. Operations will continue until 15 August, 2013. (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
VIP Shoaling, Comments Requested on Aids to be Discontinued:
Due to the dynamic shoaling conditions in the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP),referred to by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Waterway on the Coast of Virginia (WCV), the Coast Guard can no longer access the VIP with its aids to navigation servicing vessels. Coupled with the lack of sufficient U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging maintenance funds the Coast Guard is evaluating the aids to Navigation system to determine whether the conditions for which this system was established has changed. Due to these dynamics shoaling conditions the Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the following VIP aids to navigation :
A. VIP Warning Daybeacon AA (LLNR 5520) (37-53-56.053N, 075-25-05.767W) to VIP Daybeacon 121 (LLNR 5990).
B. VIP Light 128 (LLNR 6020 ) (37-35-47.985N, 075-41-12.385W) to VIP Daybeacon 184 (LLNR 6220).
C. Great Machipongo Inlet Junction Light NC (LLNR 6875) (37-27-18.912N, 075-46-32.850W) .
D. VIP Daybeacon 189 (LLNR 6237) (37-30-26.286N, 075-42-02.532W) to VIP Light 230 (LLNR 6390).
E. Virginia Inside Passage Junction Light GV (LLNR 6835) (37-22-04.614N, 075-45-19.422W).
F. Quinby Inlet Entrance Warning Daybeacon A (LLNR 6730) (37-27-49.734N, 075-40-11.604W) to Quinby Inlet Channel Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 6743).
G. Sand Shoal Channel Light 1 (LLNR 6990) (37-17-52.962N, 075-48-02.694W) to Sand Shoal Light 10 (LLNR 6996).
In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also include in your correspondence the means by which you are navigating this waterway and any electronic sensors used while transiting the VIP. Send comments NO LATER THAN 05 AUGUST, 2013 to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
439 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004
Attn: Albert Grimes Or Email: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
North Channel, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Restricted Channel Width:
Precon Marine will be performing work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the North Channel (37.076364° -76.014265°) from 17 June, 2013 until 31August, 2013. The work will consist of the removal and replacement of the fender systems. A crane barge and material barge will be in the channel on spuds and anchors and will reduce the available channel width from 300 feet to approximately 220 feet. Work will take place 24/7 weather permitting. All concerned traffic should contact the on scene tug BETTY JOE on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to make passing arrangements or obtain further information. (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
VA Beach and Chesapeake Bay Entrance Surveys for VOWTAP:
The survey vessel TIKI XIV will be conducting hydrographic and geophysical survey work offshore from Virginia Beach from 27 May to 30 June 2013. The survey vessel will also be conducting surveys to and from the entrance of Chesapeake Bay . The survey area is a box within the following coordinates:
A. NW 36-59-40.951N, 075-29-07.985W.
B. NE 36-59-44.316N, 075-12-56.928W.
C. SW 36-49-18.646N, 075-29-03.818W.
D. SE 36-49-20.959N, 075-12-54.213W. (5th District LNM Week 22/2013)
Elizabeth River Railroad Bridge (NOT on the AICW) July Closures:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Bridge (36.839407°-76.274878°), at mile 1.1, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, near Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to facilitate rail welding work. The following closure period has been authorized: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on July 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16, 2013. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5 Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District LNM Week 21/2013)
Gilmerton Bridge Construction Restriction Update:
AICW ¨C Elizabeth River Southern Branch ¨C Through 1700 on 10 JUL 2013, the new Gilmerton (vertical-lift) Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°)will continue to operate per 33 CFR 117.997(j) for mariners requiring a bridge opening with a vertical clearance of no more than 100 feet above mean high water. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should use caution when transiting the area; the available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 35 feet above mean high water. Mariners requiring a bridge opening greater than 100 feet above mean high water must provide a 24-hour advance notice for on-demand opening by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488.
AICW ¨C Elizabeth River Southern Branch ¨C Gilmerton (vertical-lift) Bridge - the removal of the bascule pier on the east side of the former drawbridge requires the placement of an environmental containment cell around the pier and its fender system. The containment cell will reduce the horizontal clearance from 125 feet to approximately 124 feet for a period of approximately until 5 AUG 2013. During installation and removal phases, there will be a barge with a 60-feet beam in the channel. Contractor will move the barge to facilitate the safe transit of larger vessels with a 1-hour advanced notice. (5th District LNM Week 24/2013)
Beaufort Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge SAVANNAH will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Beaufort Inlet (34.692298° -76.668356°) and Morehead City Channel from 02 June until 31 July, 2013. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage. (5th District LNM Week 23/2013)
NC AICW Bridge Work:
NOTE: While most of this is old news, we keep it active because it will affect Snowbirds and local boaters in these very busy waterways.
Wrightsville Beach Bridge, UPDATE:
1. Bridge rehabilitation on the US 74/76 Bascule Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) at mile 283.1 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has been extended until March 1, 2014.
2. To facilitate repairs a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 90 feet to 50 feet. A one hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 50 feet horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The US 74/76 bascule bridge tender can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel.
3. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds.
4. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (252) 247-4525, or at email@example.com (5th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Bridge fender repairs will be in progress from December 20, 2012 until October 31, 2013 on the US 421 Fixed Bridge (Snows Cut) (34.055532° -77.899558°) at mile 295.6 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. To facilitate repairs a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 100 feet to 60 feet. A one hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 50 feet 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, (252) 247-4525, or at firstname.lastname@example.org (5th District LNM Week 49/2012)
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Hurricane Information from USCG Charleston:
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB 17©\13), 2013 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
In addition to the hurricane information given in General Announcements, highlights of MSIB 17-13 from USCG Charleston relating to pleasure boaters in South Carolina include the following:
All vessels, waterfront facilities, and marinas should review their heavy weather plans. When planning for vessel evacuations, please take into account that drawbridges may not be operating when sustained wind speeds reach 25 mph. Also, if the Governor of South Carolina orders a land evacuation, you should anticipate that drawbridges will not open for vessel traffic. Furthermore, services from pilot associations and commercial tug companies may not be immediately available to assist during port evacuations. Your heavy weather plan should account for these factors to facilitate timely and decisive actions prior to the onset of threatening winds.
The COTP Charleston Hurricane Port Plan is available at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/charleston and is filed under ¡°Local Contingency Plans¡±. For additional information on contingency preparedness issues, please contact the Sector Charleston 24©\hour Command Center line at: (843) 740©\7050.
Folly River Shoaling:
Due to shoaling the following Aton was relocated was relocated and reclassified to mark best water. Folly River Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 3750.7) was converted to Buoy 16 and set in position 32-38-52.754N/079-58-15.513W. Folly River Buoy 15 (LLNR 3750.6) was disestablished due to shoaling. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 24/2013)
More Ranges Disappearing from AICW in Georgia:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at Old Teakettle Creek.
Old Teakettle Creek Range A Front Daybeacon (LLNR 36710) (31-28-59.695N, 081-19-06.496W) will be permanently discontinued.
Old Teakettle Creek Range A Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 36715) will be permanently discontinue.
Old Teakettle Creek Range Front Daybeacon B (LLNR 36755) will be permanently discontinued.
Old Teakettle Creek Range Rear Daybeacon B (LLNR 36760) will be permanently discontinued.
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Rockdedundy River.
Rockdedundy River Range Front Daybeacon A (LLNR 36840) (31-22-33.900N, 081-20-06.060W) will be permanently discontinued.
Rockdedundy River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 36845) will be permanently discontinued.
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in Little Mud River.
Little Mud River Range Front Daybeacon A (LLNR 36855) (31-22-05.100N, 081-19-56.220W) will be permanently discontinued.
Little Mud River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 36860) will be permanently discontinued.
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at Buttermilk Sound.
Buttermilk Sound Range B Front Daybeacon 218A (LLNR 37020) (31-18-08.820N, 081-24-02.700W) will be changed to Light 218A displaying Quick Red and TR-TY on a pile.
Buttermilk Sound Range B Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 37025) will be permanently discontinued.
As part of these projects, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed, additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area. These actions are scheduled for the week of June 24, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 24/2013)
AICW Dredging, Ponce De Leon Inlet Area:
Cavache Inc will commence dredging operations on or around June 17, 2013 in the vicinity of Ponce De Leon Inlet; just over four miles of the ICWW (29.092396°-80.949043°). The Dredge "MAYA CAELYN" will be disposing of material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines at the district owned MSA 434 site. Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The remaining pipeline will run on the beach or sunk to allow boating traffic to enter the channels. Mariners are urged to stay clear of the area between the beach and the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. Operations are expected to be completed on or about November 14, 2013. The "MAYA CAELYN" can be reached on VHF channels 7A, 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further questions or additional information contact Mr. Anthony Cavo at (954) 347-8788. (7th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Canaveral Lock Restrictions Update:
Summarized from a letter from the USACE Jacksonville:
The Locks (28.408777°-80.637077°) regular operation will be impacted on the following dates and hours:
Thursday, June 20: 10:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs
Friday, June 21: 11:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs
Monday, June 24: 13:30 hrs to 16:00 hrs
Tuesday, June 25: 14:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs
Wednesday, June 26: 16:00 hrs to 17:30 hrs
Thursday, June 27: 07:00 hrs to 10:00 hrs
Friday, June 28: 07:00 hrs to 10:00 hrs
Artificial Reef Construction off Ft. Pierce:
Center Marine Contracting will commence Artificial Reef Construction on or about June 5, 2013. Reef Construction will take place at the Blind Creek and Oceans Bay sites located south of the Fort Pierce inlet (27.468620° -80.299096°) approximately 5 and 11 miles respectively. Reefs will be constructed at depths of 13 feet and within 250 yards of shore. Operations will occur Monday through Sunday (7 Days per Week) daylight hours only. The Tug Mark and ABS Bargo MoBro 1210 will monitor VHF-FM channel 16 the project completion date is July 30, 2013. For Further Information Contact Mr. Bob Dove (Project Manager), Cell Phone: 407-474-1274. (7th District LNM Week 24/2013)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
June 19, 2013 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.89 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.83 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.03 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
Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway, Restriction:
USACE Jacksonville, Notice to Navigation Interests, 5 June 2013
1. Vessels locking through Ortona Lock located at (LAT/LONG 26°47'21.25"N / 81°18'17.13"W) on the Okeechobee Waterway (OWW) are hereby restricted to 24 feet in beam width due to unexpected maintenance issues with the northeast lock chamber gate. The lock remains fully operational in the event of a weather event or other emergency event.
2. Restrictions are anticipated to remain in place from 5 June 2013 to 27 June 2013 while repairs are completed. For additional information regarding this issue and others may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation /NoticestoNavigation.aspx US Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Mr. Robert Schnell at 863-8101 ext 236 or by email at Robert.J.Schnell@usace.army.mil .
In reply refer to:
P.O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, Fl 32232-0019
Drilling in Lake Worth and Inlet Areas:
AMEC and subcontractors (Amdrill) will begin work on Monday, June 17, 2013. Operations will include SPT drilling and rock coring on a platform barge at 24 locations within the area of the Lake Worth Inlet (26-46-16.320N, 080-02-37.185W), east of the Port of Palm Beach, south of Peanut Island, extending through the channel and approximately 1000 feet past the jetties into open waters. Operations should take approximately 31 calendar days to complete. Work will be performed 7 days a week during the hours of 0700 in the morning to 1900 at night. The platform barge will be stationed at Peanut Island for overnight mooring. For the 7 Borings previously identified (3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 24) as potentially impeding ship traffic flow to the Port of Palm Beach, AMEC will coordinate with the Pilots on CH14 or by phone (561) 845-2628 to notify their presence at least 24 hours before work will begin in that area. AMEC will also to their best to schedule work in these areas between the hours of 0900 to 1630 to reduce the hindering of ship traffic. If a large vessel is to require the entire channel for navigation, AMEC requires a minimum of a 24 hour notification to move their vessel as well as adjust their schedule as needed. If there are any other scheduling or operations questions, contact Mr. Brian Schiessle, EI Staff Geotechnical Engineer, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure at (904) 391-3718. (7th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Key West Nav Aids Change:
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system at Sand Key and Southwest Channel.
Sand Key Preferred Channel Buoy (LLNR 15100) (24-30-34.736N, 081-50-25.433W) will be permanently discontinued.
Key West South West Channel Buoy D (LLNR 15140) (24-30-25.537N, 081-52-22.835W) will be permanently discontinued.
Key West South West Channel Buoy E (LLNR 15145) (24-31-11.534N, 081-51-02.333W) will be permanently discontinued.
Key West South West Channel Buoy F (LLNR 15150) (24-32-01.533N, 081-49-46.832W) will be permanently discontinued.
This action is scheduled to be completed the week of June 24, 2013. (7th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Withlacoochee River Entrance LT 1 (LLNR 29370) (28-58-08.379N, 082-49-43.298W) is destroyed with 1ft of the pile remaining above the waterline. A TRLB ¡°WR1¡± with Fl Q G characteristics was set 5 yards channelward of the remains of the old structure in position 28-58-08.433N 082-49-43.134W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area as the remains pose a hazard to navigation. (7th District LNM Week 25/2013)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 25/2013:
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.
Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6) Update: Quinn Construction will be working on the Crescent Beach Bridge (29.768299°-81.258256°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida from January 7 through August 31, 2013. The Crescent Beach Bridge will be on single-leaf operations from January 7 through August 31, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender....Please contact Quinn Construction 941-722-7722 for additional information.
Haulover Bridge (AICW Mile 869.2): Royal Bridge Incorporated is currently working on the Allenhurst (Haulover Canal) SR 3Bridge (28.736198°-80.754710°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile, 869.2, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Starting May 7, 2013, The Allenhurst (Haulover Canal) Bridge will be on single-leaf operations until July 1, 2013. A double-leaf is available with a three hour notice to the bridge tender or call Emmanuel Chrysakis 727-934-6042 or 727- 278-4891. When the contractor is not working on the bridge leaves they will be left in the open to navigation position.
Addison Point Bridge (AICW Mile 885), Update: Starting May 9, 2013, the curfew period for the John F. Kennedy Space Center bridge (28.527151° -80.765469°), mile 885 at Addison Point will be extended to read:
....NASA, the bridge owner, has advised that they will be scheduling work on this bridge that may require single-leaf operations from Monday 13 May through Tuesday 2 July 2013. Starting May 9, 2013, the curfew period for the John F. Kennedy Space Center bridge, mile 885 at Addison Point will be extended to read: The draw shall open a single-leaf on signal; except that, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open. A double-leaf opening is available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender.
Lantana Bridge (AICW Mile 1031) Update: GLF Construction Corporation has advised this office that the demolition and replacement of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge (26.583375°-80.046117°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1031, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida will start on March 20, 2012 and will continue until November 15, 2013.
From June 17, 2013 through August 18, 2013, the east bascule leaf will be erected which will allow 60 feet of horizontal clearance on the west side of the AICW. If your vessel needs more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance for safe passage, please provide GLF a twenty four hour notice by contacting the tug "Miss Thelma" on marine channel 16 or by calling (954) 829-2781. The contractor may have a barge in the waterway, under the structural steel leaf between these dates, for safety reasons, maintaining the horizontal clearance of 60 feet anytime a bascule leaf is in the down position.
Boynton Beach Bridge (Not on the AICW): Due to a bridge inspection, the SR A1A (Boynton Beach) Bridge (26.545321° -80.043387°) across Boynton Inlet, West Palm Beach, Florida will have the vertical clearance reduced by up to 8 feet from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 9, 2013. Mariners are requested to contact the snooper bucket on VHF-FM channel 16 for passing information.
Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Update: Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8) Night Time Restriction Change and Current Regulations:
From an email from the USCG 7th District Bridge Branch, 06/06/2013:
FLORIDA - ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.
The Florida Department of Transportation contractor Archer Western has been authorized to limit the horizontal navigational clearance to 25 feet at night and 70 feet during the day, for the emergency repairs of the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1021.8, Palm Beach, Florida, starting in June 2013. Night time restrictions will limit horizontal clearance to 25 feet between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily for up to three month. The Flagler Memorial Bridge will be left in the open to navigation position between these hours.
The full 70 feet of horizontal clearance will be made available with a four hour notice to the on-scene tug.
The temporary waterway restriction limiting horizontal clearance to 70 feet will remain in effect at the existing Flagler Memorial Bridge until the replacement bridge is complete. Mariners are advised that changes to navigational clearance may be necessary as repair conditions develop.
The temporary regulations for the Flagler Memorial and Royal Park Bridges ((26.705949°-80.045181°) will remain as follows: Flagler Memorial Bridge schedule will remain on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m., The Royal Park Bridge will remain on the hour and hour-hour schedule except that from 8:01 a.m. to 8:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:29 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation, Monday through Friday until the repairs are completed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge.
Archer Western Inc has advised the bridge owner that they will have divers around the structure in and around the navigable channel Mariners are reminded to avoid diving flags at all times and if the waterway is too restrictive due to this operation to come to all stop until the divers have moved outside the navigable channel. The Coast Guard is working with the bridge owner to address additional safety concerns created by this diving operation.
Due to the unusual circumstances associated with the bridge structure, the bridge owner has requested an emergency back-up plan in case the repairs are unable to be accomplished as anticipated. If the Flagler Memorial Bridge malfunctions and is left in the open to navigation position, the Royal Park and Southern Boulevard Bridges will be placed on restricted schedules to accommodate increased vehicular traffic.
If an emergency occurs, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter after the 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.
Additional waterway restrictions will be promulgated once the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction commences.
East Las Olas and 17th Street Causeway Bridges: The East Las Olas Bridge (26.119285° -80.109001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be allowed to open once an hour on the quarter hour from 9:15 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. on June 22, 2013. If this hourly test is successful, this same schedule will be implemented on Thursday July 4th, 2013.
In order to assist with vehicular traffic after the firework show, the SE 17th Street Causeway (26.100082° -80.118807°) and East Las Olas Bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 9:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th, 2013.
Bear Cut Bridge (Not on the AICW): Kiewit Infrastructure South Company will be working on soil borings next to the Bear Cut Bridge (25.729193° -80.158923°) across Bear Cut, Virginia Key, Miami-Dade County, Florida, until July 20, 2013. This work will be conducted from the bridge structure with equipment hanging down into the water. Mariners are requested to maintain minimum wake/slow speed throughout this area.
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