East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Okeechobee Waterway, Ft. Denaud Bridge Manual Operation Schedule:
The Fort Denaud Swing Bridge (26.744880° -81.510466°), Ft Denaud, Hendry County, Florida has an equipment failure and is operating manually. Starting 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 through May 15, 2014, the bridge will open once an hour on the top of the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. From 8:01 p.m. to 7:59 a.m. the bridge will open if at least three hours advance notice if given to 863-673-2974. (7th District LNM Week 10/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Dismal Swamp Canal Closed, Opening Delayed:
AICW – Alternate Route – Great Dismal Swamp Canal - Great Dismal Swamp Canal (swing) Bridge (36.505130° -76.355537°) - Closed to vessels until further notice due to emergency hydraulic repairs. There is zero vertical clearance in the closed-to- navigation position. The alternate route for vessels transiting is the AICW....(AICW Route 1: The Virginia Cut, through the Great Bridge Lock, North Landing River, Coinjock, North River to reach the Albemarle Sound)(5th District LNM Week 09/2014). Note that this bridge being repaired is the newly constructed removable pedestrian bridge at the Dismal Swamp State Park.
From the Dismal Swamp State Park: On Monday, March 10, 2014, The Hydraulic Corporation informed park staff that between Tuesday and Wednesday they will come out and remove the hydraulic frame, take it back to their corporation, rebuild the hydraulic plate. Return on Thursday or Friday, reinstall the rebuilt hydraulic plate, run a test on the installed equipment and the canal should be open no later than Friday afternoon. Both jobs to remove the old hydraulic frame and to reinstall the new one will take a day each.
From the Dismal Swamp State Park, Thursday, March 13, 2010: The hydraulic company has once again delayed start of the bridge repair. They have given us a completion date of Wednesday March 19th. Once again, please accept our apologies for all of the inconvenience.
All Aboard Florida:
The proposed addition of 16 daily round trip train runs by "All Aboard Florida" (private service owned and operated by FECI, Florida East Coast Industries) between Miami and Orlando has the local tourism boards very excited and boaters' groups upset. It would utilize the current FEC tracks (with improvements) between Miami and Cocoa, with new tracks from there to Orlando International Airport. Stations would be in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. With 32 additional daily train crossings of busy waterways there will be waiting boats backing and filling in already congested areas while the trains cross. The three places where FEC bridges cross waterways are the busy New River in Ft. Lauderdale with its steady stream of all sizes of boats and strong current through narrow concrete banks, the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and the St. Lucie River at the east end of the Okeechobee Waterway in Stuart. For information concerning boaters, check articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-02-07/news/fl-railroad-drawbridge-boats-20140209_1_freight-trains-more-trains-passenger and articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-11-22/news/fl-all-aboard-lauderdale-station-20131122_1_aboard-florida-orlando-international-airport-passenger
Right Whale VOLUNTARY DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT AREAS (DMAs):
Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas where persistent aggregations of right whales have been sighted. Please visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike for a graphic depicting this area.
Nantucket DMA -- in effect through March 16, 2014
41 13 N 070 36W
40 33N 069 44W
ACTIVE SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS (SMAs)
Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:
Cape Cod Bay SMA -- in effect through May 15, 2014
Off Race Point SMA -- in effect through April 30, 2014
Mid-Atlantic SMAs -- in effect through April 30, 2014
Southeast SMAs -- in effect through April 15, 2014
FOR RECENT RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS, VISIT: www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/surveys/SAS.html
(First District LNM Week 09/2014)
Falcon CRS-3 Launch Hazard:
Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas.
A: From 2835N 8036W
TO 2840N 8033W
TO 3119N 7731W
TO 3116N 7727W
TO 2838N 8014W
TO 2829N 8027W
TO 2832N 8036W To Beginning
B: From 3145N 7703W
TO 3207N 7645W
TO 3233N 7612W
TO 3238N 7553W
TO 3233N 7548W
TO 3210N 7559W
TO 3140N 7630W
TO 3133N 7653W
TO 3137N 7704W To Beginning
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day;
Primary launch day: 16 / 0841Z THRU 16 / 0908Z Mar 14. T-0 IS 0841Z.
Backup launch day: 17 / 0819Z THRU 17 / 0846Z Mar 14. T-0 IS 0819Z (7th District LNM Week 10/.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:
Wilmington, NC District:
Charleston, SC District:
Savannah, GA District:
Jacksonville, FL District:
Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: (xx.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx°) for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
New Bridge Construction, Socastee Area:
This is already a congested area, so approach with care. This is the third bridge within about a mile. One is the ancient Socastee Swing Bridge which breaks down often and in our experience frequently has openings delayed for periods up to fifteen minutes or more. The existing high level bridge has a vertical clearance of as little as 63.5 ft posted at higher water. There is a launching ramp, community marina and a jet ski rental operation also in the area.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has hired Flatiron Constructors Inc. who has started building the SC 31, Carolina Bays Parkway (33.680933° -79.014272°), Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina. This project is anticipated to be completed by May 17, 2017 and will involve some waterway restrictions/closures. These restrictions/closures are anticipated between April and October 2014 and will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution transiting through this area as various floating equipment will be in the vicinity throughout the project. (7th District LNM Week 07/2014)
Snowbirds: South Carolina Shoaling Reminder:
The following three areas of AICW shoaling continue to be included in the latest USCG 7th District LNM Week 010/2014. Check the websites given above as well as local sources for updated information.
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW South of McClellanville, South Carolina. This area of severe shoaling is most significant between and near Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 35A (LLNR 34237) (33-04-35.030N, 079-27-43.780W) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 37 (LLNR 34240). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at www.sac.usace.army.mil. The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW between Charleston Harbor and Winyah Bay near Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island in South Carolina. An area of severe shoaling exists between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 117A (LLNR 34510.5) (32-47-11.483N, 079-48-33.268W) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 119 (LLNR 34520). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina had just finished an official survey of the AICW from Charleston, SC to Beaufort. Two patches of severe shoaling exist; the first appearing at the northeastern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff near Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O LT 177 (LLNR 35195) (32-31-27.381N, 080-28-56.149W). The other area is at the southwestern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O between Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 180 (LLNR 35195.3) and Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 185 (LLNR 35205.2). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at www.sac.usace.army.mil. The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 46/2013)
Dredging in Kings Bay, GA/FL:
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will be conducting dredging operations February 15 through March 30, 2014 in Kings Bay Entrance Channel. The project consist of excavating material from the entrance channel and disposing at both Fernandina Ocean Disposal site and pumping material ashore to north Fernandina Beach. Dredges Terrapin Island and Liberty Island along with Survey Vessel East River will be on scene monitoring Marine VHF Channels 13 & 16. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Material will be excavated from Kings Bay Entrance Channel at STA 170+00 to 200+00 and STA 242+00 to 325+00. Material removed from STA 170+00 to 200+00, between St Marys Entrance LB 16 (LLNR 6600) and LB 14 (LLNR 6590) will be placed at North Beach Disposal Area, through floating hoses, and submerged pipeline. Material removed from STA 242+00 to 325+00, between St Marys Entrance LB 8 (LLNR 6560) and LB 12 (LLNR 6580) will be transported and bottom dumped at the Fernandina Ocean Disposal Area. Project POC: Bryan Dast, Project Manager 630-699- 9995. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
The following aids have been repositioned to facilitate dredging:
St Marys Entrance LB 10 (6570) relocated to 30-42-44.448N/081-21-33.552W
St Marys Entrance LB 11 (6575) relocated to 30-42-37.947N/081-21-33.278W
St Marys Entrance LB 12 (6580) relocated to 30-42-42.923N/081-22-23.203W
St Marys Entrance LB 13 (6585) relocated to 30-42-35.969N/081-22-23.155W (7th District LNM Week 03/2014)
St. Augustine Buoy to be Disestablished:
Many of us check the National Data Buoy Center website at www.ndbc.noaa.gov to get onsite local weather conditions, such as wind direction and speed, wave height and period and a host of other information. The weather buoy 40 miles off St. Augustine, FL, known as the St. Augustine Buoy (NDBC Buoy 41012 at coordinates 30.042 North, 80.534 West) has been disestablished and retrieved after losing its funding. Having spent a lot of time in the area, we know how important this information has been to the many sport and commercial fishermen, pleasure boaters and, of course, the many surfers.www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=41012
National Service Change Notices are online at: www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm
Also check local reaction at www.roffs.com/2014/02/removal-st-augustine-buoy-worries-fishermen-surfers-ocean-rescuers
St. Lucie Inlet Dredging Update, Peck Lake Anchorage NOT an Anchorage:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will continue dredge operations with Dredge "CAPTAIN AJ FOURNIER" in the channel at St Lucie Inlet and the adjoining impoundment basin to their authorized depths. Material will be loaded into hopper barges and transported approximately 5.5 miles south of the inlet, down the Intracoastal Waterway, to Pecks Lake (27.117365° -80.144243°), where the barge unloader "Bean 20" will be moored. The dredge material will then be pumped onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The dredging activities will extend approximately 300 feet eastward and approximately 2,300' westward from the entrance of the jetties. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel "Cape Elizabeth". All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Operations will wrap up on or about 01 May 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 08/2014)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On March 12, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.82 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.76 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.96 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 w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html
Jupiter Inlet Dredging:
Cavache, Inc will commence dredge operations in the sand trap in the Jupiter Inlet (26.944197° -80.072873°), Palm beach County, Florida, on or about February 21, 2014. The area is located west of the rock jetties in the center of the channel. The Dredge "MAYA CAELYN" will dispose of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines south of the jetties on approximately 3,300 LF of the Jupiter Beach County Park Beach area. Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The pipeline will be sunk where it crosses the channel to the southern jetty. The remaining pipeline will run on top of the southern jetty and on the beach. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangement have been made. The dredge can be reached on VHF channels 7A, 13 and 16. Operations will run until approximately 01 April 2014. For further information contact Cavache Inc at (954) 568-0007 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (7th District LNM Week 08/2014)
Remotely Operated Vehicle and Other Ops off Dania Beach:
Florida Atlantic University's Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering will deploy an autonomous/remotely operated vehicle. The system will be deployed via the R/V Oceaneer using diver assistance. The system includes a lighted buoy and cable line, landing platform and a target for the system. The only component that will remain above the surface is a 36 inch diameter orange buoy with Fl Y 2.5s characteristics. The orange lighted buoy will be connected to a steel cable line leading down to an anchor on the seafloor. Approximately 10 feet away the landing platform will be anchored, another 10 feet away from the platform will be (2) 1x1 foot PVC squares sitting on the seafloor with a hockey puck like object as the target. The system will remain in place for a period of three weeks from approximately March 14 – April 4, 2014. The site location will be set up in a 20ft x 20ft square in approximate position 26-07-12.36N/080-05.34.22W as the center point for the area used. During the 3-week testing phase the AUV/ROV will be retrieved multiple times from the water and guided back to the R/V Oceaneer via diver assistance. Mariners are to avoid close proximity or any other interference of the lighted buoy, its surrounding area and the R/V at all times. The R/V can be reached on VHF Channels 16, 9 and 14. The Project POC is Kate Daniels 386-785-8019. (7th District LNM Week 09/2014)
Florida Atlantic University's Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering will deploy in an area offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida a temporary small self-contained vessel weighing approximately 1,000lbs and is six feet long, three feet wide and drafts three feet. The vessel is yellow with Fl Y 2.5s characteristic and will be moored approximately 2NM southeast of Port Everglades Inlet in approximate position 26-01-32.980N/ 080-05-28.670W. The vessel will be collecting oceanographic data and will be moored in approximately 60 feet of water 1.25NM offshore from approximately March 17 – April 3, 2014. Mariners are to avoid close proximity or any other interference of the vessel and its surrounding area. (7th District LNM Week 09/2014)
Bakers Haulover AICW Dredging Update:
Southwind Construction Corp. will commence dredging in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet (25-54-11.963N, 080-07-47.682W) beginning on or about 10-11 March, 2014. The Dredge JENNIE LEA II and workboats Ann Kay & Viper will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Operations will continue 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with completion anticipated March 31, 2014. . Submerged pipeline will be in designated areas then turn southerly toward the Bal-Harbor Beach placement site. Further information contact the Project Manager, Devon Carlock at (812) 867-7220. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (7th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Tug Tilly Saga:
Below is the only mention of the sinking of the Tug Tilly off Key West in the latest 7th District LNM. For background, check out the Miami Herald article and the youtube links below. It has been reportedly estimated that the salvage bill could be around a half million dollars.
From the 7th District LNM Week 09/2014: The following aid has been temporarily established to navigate around the sunken M/V TUG TILLY. A temporary Lighted Buoy with Fl Q R characteristics, 3NM in position 24-31-13.199N/081-49-50.819W is marking the Tug. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (Key West Main Channel)
Tampa Bay Nav Aids Change:
Tampa Bay Cut B Channel Inbound Range Front Light (LLNR 22480/60490) will be rebuilt as a tower on a single pile structure. The focal plane height will be lowered to 18 feet and the optic upgraded to a more reliable Day/Night LED combination. The range boards will also be removed. The new light will only be visible 1.5 degrees on either side of the range line, but will have the same published characteristics. This rebuild will begin on 05 March and should be completed by 07 March, 2014.
Tampa Bay Cut B Channel Inbound Range Rear Light (LLNR 22485/60495) will have an optic upgrade to a more reliable Day/Night LED combination and the range boards removed from the structure. The new light will be visible 1.5 degrees on either side of the range line, but have the same published characteristics. This change is expected to be completed by 07 March, 2014. (7th District LNM Week 09/2014)
Florida Hazards to Navigation:
Indian River (South Section) Light 209 (LLNR 45375) is destroyed. TRLB, WR209, Fl Q G, in position 27-19-17.463N/080-15-20.717W was set 5.1yds channelward of wreckage. The remains of the steel pile structure poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Elbow Reef LT 6 (LLNR 950) (25-08-40.362N, 080-15-29.864W) is missing the south daymark. The structure is considered unsafe due to severe deterioration. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 09/2014)
The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken S/V with a mast sticking out of the water in approximate position 24-30.55N/081-50.455W (Key West Main Channel area). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 10/2014:
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.
JAX FEC RR Bridge: The Florida East Coast (FEC) Railroad Bridge (30.322433°-81.665564°) across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, will be closed to navigation: from 7:00 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, Thursday, April 3, Monday April 7, Wednesday, April 9 and possibly Friday, April 11, 2014 for repairs.
Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, UPDATE: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge (30.322626° -81.658613°)across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening. During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.
UPDATE: There are no scheduled restrictions for this week, 3/10/14 – 3/15/14.
Please note these dates may change or be added due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
US 192 Bridge: M&J Construction Company will be repairing and painting the SR 500 (US 192) Bridge (28.082960° -80.591610°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida (this bridge is actually the Melbourne Causeway Bridge between Melbourne and Indiatlantic). The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by five feet slightly more than one-half the channel from September 3, 2013 through September 1, 2014. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Currently the contractor is working on the west side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
Hobe Sound Bridge: 1. Martin County, the bridge owner, of the Hobe Sound Bridge (27.064118° -80.122470°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Hobe Sound, Martin Country, Florida, has advised the Coast Guard that they will be conducing bridge repairs starting in March 18, 2014 for approximately three weeks. The work is scheduled between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. This work will include a reduction of vertical clearance by 5 feet on half the channel and will include single-leaf operations with a two hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening. There may be floating equipment in the vicinity of the down span. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution.
2. Martin County, the bridge owner, of the Hobe Sound Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Hobe Sound, Martin Country, Florida, has advised the Coast Guard that they are planning on painting this bridge starting in May 2014. This work will include a reduction of vertical clearance by 5 feet on half the channel and may include single-leaf operations with a two hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening. There may be a barge located under the down leaf; but that determination has not been made at this time. This work in anticipated to start in May 2014 and is projected to end on August 2014.
Flagler Memorial Bridge (AICW Mile 1021.8): Update: Additional work is being performed on the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718169° -80.047089°).
The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.
Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed starting November 25, 2013, to once an hour on the 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 bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies.
While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies: If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge (26.705949°-80.045181°)will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (NOT on the AICW): Due to repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261229° -80.083250°), this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 and from 12:01 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a two week period. This work will be completed after Easter and before July 4th, 2015. Comments on this bridge closure should be directed Mr. Michael Lieberum at email@example.com. The times may be changed based on comments received; however there is a need for the two 4 hour closures to allow these repairs to be completed within the two week time period. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. The roadway will be closed to the vehicle traffic completely for 19 days in additional to the above two weeks two four hours closure periods. The Florida Department of Transportation will be issuing a separate press release on this restriction.
East Sunrise Bridge, Middle River (Not on the AICW): Dragados USA, Inc has been contracted by the Florida Department of Transportation to replace the East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge (26.137611°-80.118167°) across, Middle River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This work is expected to be completed in January 2016.
East Las Olas Bridge, Update: The East Las Olas Bridge (26.119285° -80.109001°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida is being repaired. The bridge is on the same operating schedule; but there may be short delays when equipment and personnel need to removed from the bridge for an opening. This work is expected to continue until April 1, 2014. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company, the East Las Olas Bridge, mile 1064 at Fort Lauderdale shall open a single-leaf on the quarter-hour only 24 hours a day, unless a four hour notice is provided to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. You may contact the bridge tender be calling 954-463-0842. The East Las Olas Bridge provides a vertical clearance of 24 ft in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 40 feet with one-leaf in the down position. Kiewit Infrastructure South Company has advised that they will have a barge under the down span during these repairs. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 45 feet with one leaf open, a horizontal clearance of 60 feet with both leaves open and the barge in the channel and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet with all floating equipment removed from the waterway. Please advise the bridge tender if you need to have all floating equipment removed from the waterway when requesting a double-leaf opening.
South Fork, New River, Ft. Lauderdale: I-95 Bridge:Seminole Equipment is working on the I-95 Bridge (26.096434° -80.169002°) across the South Fork of the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Due to painting operations the vertical clearance will be reduced by 5 feet from January 7, 2014 through April 2014. The containment system can be retracted by two feet if 24 hours notice is provided to the contractor.
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 is scheduled to begin on February 14, 2014 on the north side of the channel with completion scheduled for June 3, 2014. The pile driving operation on the south side is scheduled to begin in August 2014.
The horizontal clearance of the CSX Railroad Bascule Bridge across the New River (South Fork) mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has been temporarily reduced to 56 feet.
SE 17th Causeway Bridge: Coastal Marine Construction Inc, has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation to replace the power/submarine cable of the SE 17th Street Causeway (E Clay Shaw) Bridge (26° 6'1.83"N, 80° 7'7.33"W) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. Due to the cable installation, the SE 17th Street Causeway will be placed on single-leaf opening during regularly scheduled opening with a three hour advance notice for a double-leaf opening from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday between April 14 and August 30, 2014.
Ravenswood Road Bridge, Dania Cut-Off Canal: The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice (PN) regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to replace the Ravenswood Road Bridge (26.067957°-80.168714°) across the Dania Cut-Off Canal, mile 3.8, at Dania Beach, Broward County, Florida. You may access PN 04- 14 dated 10 March 2014 which solicits comments through 10 April 2014 at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=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.
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Rt. 87 Atlantic City Bridge Repairs:
Mariners are advised that conduit installation will be performed at the Route 87 Bridge (39.385157° -74.421731°), at mile 0.6, across Absecon Inlet connecting Atlantic City with Brigantine City, in Atlantic County, NJ beginning March 10, 2014 through May 31, 2014. The work will consist of mounting a conduit along the north side of the roadway. Three conduits will be installed in the first bay between stringers S1 and S2, with the remaining three conduits placed in the 2nd bay between stringers S2 and S3. Conduits will be installed through the abutment back walls to tie into proposed manholes with the bridge approaches. The existing bridge geometry (horizontal and vertical clearances) will remain unchanged. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
JFK Memorial Bridge Repairs Extended:
Mariners are advised that due to inclement weather conditions, repairs of the superstructure and piles are extended at the JFK Memorial Bridge (39.315156°-74.528436°), at mile 1.1, over Risley Channel in Borough of Longport, NJ through July 1, 2014. Safety netting and snooper cranes reduce the available vertical clearance to approximately 20 feet, above MHW. In addition, barges restrict and reduce the available horizontal clearance to approximately 50 feet. However, the navigable channel shall remain open with these restrictions. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)
ENC Correction, Upper Delaware River:
ENC position in error. Relocate to 40-02-21.652N, 074-59-16.779W to coincide with aid's new AP. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Dredging in Delaware River, C&D Canal Area:
Mariners are advised that Norfolk Dredging Company will be conducting dredging operations in New Castle Range in the Delaware River until April 22, 2014. The Dredge ESSEX will be operating between Pea Patch Island and the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal Entrance (39.560930° -75.548677°). For the duration of the dredging project, a temporary safety zone is in effect around Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5. This will close the anchorage to vessels until the dredging project is complete. In addition, a temporary safety zone will be placed in effect for the upper portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage No. 3 as the dredging project progresses south towards the C & D Canal Entrance. This will allow vessel traffic entering the C & D Canal from the south to safely bypass the dredging equipment. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
Ocean City Dredging, New Lights:
In association with dredging at the Ocean City Fishing Center, the following temporary lighted piles will be established. The piles are to stabilize the dredge pipeline from the marina entrance, northward under the route 50 bridge, to the disposal site at Skimmer Island. Isle Of Wight Bay:
Warning Light SG A 38 19 55.38N, 075 05 43.14W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
Warning Light SG B 38 19 56.64N, 075 05 42.78W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
Warning Light SG C 38 19 58.14N, 075 05 42.36W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
Warning Light NG A 38 20 02.82N, 075 05 40.38W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
Warning Light NG B 38 20 04.56N, 075 05 39.78W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile.
Warning Light NG C 38 20 06.72N, 075 05 39.48W, Fl W 4s, NW on pile. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)
US 50 Bridge, Ocean City, MD, Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of Maryland State Highway Administration, will be performing biennial inspections at the US 50 Bridge (38°19'56.00"N, 38°19'56.00"N), at mile 0.5, across Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay) at Ocean City, MD. All inspections will be performed, each day, during the week of March 31 through April 4, 2014 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The underside of the bridge will be accessed from the top of the bridge utilizing a snooper (specialized truck-mounted bridge inspection equipment). Additional testing of the movable span will be performed and will include multiple openings. A safety boat will also be used to perform channel depth measurement at the bridge. Inspection personnel and equipment will be working at the bridge during this period and will be in proximity to the navigable channel, do not anticipate any disruption to navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigation channel upon request for vessel passage. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 09/2014)
Brewerton Channel Dredging:
The Clamshell Dredge GL51 will be dredging the Brewerton Channel (39.180929° -76.447772°) from 04 March until 30 June, 2014. The dredges will be working on spuds and will be attended by the Tug TAFT BEACH. The Dredge will be accompanied by the scows GL401 and GL402. The scows will be transited to and from the dredging locations and the Cox Creek disposal site by Tug CAPTAIN DAN. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arraignments have been made. Under no circumstances should mariners attempt to pass between the towing tug and scow while underway as the towing cable may not always be visible above the water. The Clamshell Dredge 51 may be reached on VHF-FM channels 16, 13 &10. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
New Bridge Proposed for Choptank River:
An application has been received by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, from the Maryland State Highway Administration for the proposed construction of a new MD Route 331/Dover Bridge at mile 35.3, across the Choptank River in Talbot and Caroline Counties, Maryland. The new bridge would have a vertical clearance of 48.5 feet, above mean high water, and a horizontal clearance with two separate 80-foot channels between face of pilings. The proposed project would consist of construction of a new fixed single span concrete bridge, adjacent to the existing swing bridge. The existing swing bridge will be retained for historic purposes and placed in the open position to navigation. The proposed steel and pre-stressed concrete girder bridge will be supported by two piers within the waterway. There will be no fender system on the new bridge but the piers in the water will be designed to withstand the force of a barge impact. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, an Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address NO LATER THAN 07 April, 2014:. A copy of Public Notice 5-1325, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757)398-6587 or by viewing at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName+pnBridges. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)
New Bay Bridge Buoys:
The following lighted anchor buoys have been established in association with a Chesapeake Bay Bridge painting project. Buoys have a flashing four second yellow light (Fl Y 4s) and will be located approximately 800 ft (directional) from the lighted paint barge; ( NW, NE, SE and SW). The paint barge location is 38 59 46.56N, 076 23 21.54W; west of Tower-Pier 29 and 30. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Underwater Inspections:
Mariners are advised that engineering firms, on behalf of the Maryland Transportation Administration (MDTA), will perform underwater inspections at the William P. Lane Jr. (38.975975° -76.375666°), Memorial (East Suspension) across Chesapeake Bay, at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island MD. Beginning February 17, 2014 through June 1, 2014, the inspections will be performed at the Eastbound Bay Bridge piers, take place from a 26-foot or 41-foot work vessel that will be tied-off to the bridge piers, be in the channel from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and have a 3-6 person dive crew. The inspection team boat will work with vessel traffic so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)
Safety At Sea Seminar Regulated Navigation Area in Severn River:
Mariners are advised that the U.S. Naval Academy will sponsor its annual Safety-at-Sea Seminar in the Severn River adjacent to the U.S. Naval Academy, between the Naval Academy (SR-450) Bridge and Triton Light (LLNR 19780), on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. The event includes on-water activities involving small boats and other vessels, a low-flying helicopter and pyrotechnics demonstrations. As described in 33 CFR Sec. 100.501, a regulated area is established for all waters of the Severn River, from shoreline to shoreline, bounded to the northwest by the Naval Academy (SR-450) Bridge and bounded to the southeast by a line drawn from the Naval Academy Light at latitude 38°58'39.5- N, longitude 076°28'49- W thence easterly to Carr Point, MD at latitude 38°58'58- N, longitude 076°27'41- W. The regulated area will be enforced from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 29, 2014. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic on certain waters of the Severn River. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander may forbid and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. Coast Guard vessels enforcing this regulated area can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16 or 22A. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol vessel, a vessel in the area shall immediately comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both. Mariners are urged to schedule their transits on this waterway beyond the enforcement times. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
Repairs at Naval Academy Waterfront:
Waterfront repairs and commercial diving operations are scheduled on the U.S. Naval Academy waterfront (38.978613° 38.978613°) through 30 April, 2014. Barges will be moored on site 24/7 and will be lighted IAW USCG regulations. Mariners are requested to remain clear of the construction site and provide a NO WAKE transit. The tug SPIRIT may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 15. Chart: 12278. (5th District LNM Week 03/2014)
Tangier Island Channel and Harbor Dredging:
The Dredge BOVIDAE will be conducting dredging operations in the Tangier Island Channels (37.829251°-75.992282°) and Harbor Basin from 05 March until 30 April, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse northerly along the west shore line of the island and thru Tom's Gut to the Upland Placement Area. (5th District LNM Week 09/2014)
Gwynns Island Bridge Work and Restrictions:
NEW: Mariners are advised, to facilitate mechanical repairs, the State Route 223 Bridge (37.495024° -76.308216°) across Milford Haven Inlet, mile 0.1, at Hudgins, VA will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening on two weekends in March, from 4 a.m., on Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday. The dates of the closures are March 15-16 and March 29-30. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is reduced to approximately 12 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Milford Haven – SR 223/Gwynn's Island (swing) Bridge – Closed to vessels, each night from 1800 to 0400, beginning 24 FEB 2014 until 31 MAR 2014 to facilitate painting. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is reduced to approximately 12 feet above MHW. For more information, please call (540) 656-0923 or (804) 690-4574.
Camp Pendleton, Virginia Beach, Live Fire:
The Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation Live Fire Small Arms Range described as all of the waters seaward of the mean high water shore line within a sector between radial lines extending 13,500 yards seaward and bearing 070 degrees true and 150 degrees true, respectively, from a point on shore at 36- 48- 58.3N, 075- 57- 59.0W. All vessel operators are reminded to review Navigation Regulations as described in paragraph 334.380 of Chapter 2, of U.S. Coast Pilot 4, Atlantic Coast: Cape Henry to Key West (45th) Edition when operating south of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Firing will take place only during daylight hours and red flags will be displayed at conspicuous locations on the beach at the facility. Vessels shall proceed through the area with caution and shall remain in the area no longer than necessary for transit.
The Camp Pendleton Live Fire Range will be active during the following periods:
DATE UNIT WEPS HOURS
21-22 Mar 203rd Red Horse 9mm 0600-1600
25-27 Mar 350th Civil Affairs 5.56 0800-1600
26-27 Apr 203rd Red Horse 5.56 0600-1600
17 May 203rd Red Horse 5.56 0600-1600
6-7 Sep 203rd Red Horse 5.56 0600-1600 (5th District LNM Week 07/2014)
Thimble Shoal Channel/Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Survey Work:
A geotechnical survey will be conducted in the Thimble Shoal Channel (36-57-09.332N, 076-01-21.202W) portion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from 17 March until 27 March, 2014. Operations include temporarily moored barges relocated as necessary during the 24/7 survey period. Assisting vessels may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
Marine boring operations will be conducted in the Thimble Shoal Channel portion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from 24 March until 24 April, 2014. Survey vessels will operate 24/7 and will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 for concerned traffic. (5th District LNM Week 08/2014)
Norfolk and Southern #5 RR Bridge Closures (NOT on the AICW):
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Lift Bridge (36.839407°-76.274878°), at mile 1.1, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, near Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA will now be closed to vessels requiring an opening on the following revised dates and times to facilitate structural repairs:
02 Apr: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1630
03 Apr: 0800 to 1130 & 1300 to 1630 (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)
Bonner Bridge Work:
Mariners are advised that work will continue through May 31, 2014 for scour, bridge bent, and deck repairs at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (35-46-24.955N, 075-31-58.714W)across Oregon Inlet, at mile 0.9 in Dare County, NC. A mobile hydra lift platform will be utilized from the top of the bridge in various locations and will temporarily reduce the vertical clearance outside the navigable channel by approximately 5 feet. Small sectional barges and a small crane will be utilized north of the navigational channel for scour protection measures between bents 162 to 166. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 10/2014)
Beaufort Inlet Dredging:
The Dredge C. R. McCASKILL will be conducting dredging operations in Beaufort Inlet (34.722170°-76.669451°) from 14 February until 14 April, 2014. Dredge material will be transported to the beach at Atlantic Beach through a combination of submerged and floating pipeline. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)
Cape Fear River Bridge Inspection:
Mariners are advised that the Cape Fear Memorial (vertical-lift) Bridge (34.227053° -77.952125°), at mile 26.8, across Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC will be maintained in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening each day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning March 17, 2014 until March 28, 2014, to facilitate biannual inspections; however, vessel openings will be provided if at least a two-hour advance notice is given to the bridge tender at (910) 251-5773 or via marine radio on channel 13 VHF. The drawbridge will be able to open in the event of an emergency. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.822. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart: 11537. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)
Lockwoods Folly Crossing Dredging:
The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations at the Lockwoods Folly Crossing (33.920577°-78.237017°) on the AIWW from 11 February until 23 March, 2015 (sic. We assume that the completion date will be in 2014). The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 06/2014)l
North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
The following are a few of the continuing areas of shoaling in NC AICW waters. The first three are included in the most recent USCG 5th District LNM Week 06/2014, except as noted; the fourth is an area reported by cruisers. Check the USACE surveys at the sites given above and local sources for updated information.
1. To 2.7' IVO Cape Fear River/Little River Buoy 81 781-12 (Shallotte Inlet Crossing) (33.907229°-78.383899°)
2. To 3.4' IVO New River/Cape Fear River Buoy 121 685-13 (Mason Inlet, between the Figure Eight Island Bridge and the Wrightsville Beach Bridge) (34-14-59.481N, 077-46-56.297W)
3. Browns Inlet Crossing, North of the Onslow Beach Bridge, (34.598523°-77.241191°) Mile 238. Shoaling, shifting channel and often different markers than charted. This is a good example of many problem areas where an inlet, creek or river flows into or across the AICW causing frequent shoaling and changes.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Ice Breaking in Kennebec River:
The Coast Guard is tentatively planning ice breaking operations in the Kennebec River from Chops Point to Gardiner (44.224742°-69.767379°) during the week of March 17, 2014. Persons with ice fishing shacks should remove them from the river before ice breaking operations begin, and proceed with caution in areas where Coast Guard ice breaking operations are taking place. (First District LNM Week 09/2014)
UUV in Narragansett Bay:
Unmanned underwater vehicle operations are being done from March 17 - 21, 2014. The work will be done just north of Gould Island in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay and will be contained within the following four points:
NW Point: 41°33.555'N 71°20.958'W
SW Point: 41°32.786'N 71°20.958'W
NE Point: 41°32.555'N 71°19.423'W
SE Point: 41°32.795'N 71°19.751'W
Alternate area of operations will be in Narragansett Bay, West of Jamestown and North of the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge. The alternate test site will be contained within the following four points:
NW: 41°34.531'N 71°24.396'W
NE: 41°34.531'N 71°23.304'W
SW: 41°33.520'N 71°24.425'W
SE: 41°33.516'N 71°23.298'W
The hours of operation will be 7 days a week from 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. On scene will be UUV and research vessel DISCOVERY that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 09/2014)
First District Dredging Projects and Nav Aid Changes:
There have been a number of dredging projects announced in recent First District USCG Local Notice to Mariners. Check the list of current projects in the Summary of General Projects Still in Effect in LNM Week 10/2014. The LNM beginning date is given in the last column and the actual finish date in the next to the last. Recreational boaters should not be inconvenienced by these, as would be boaters in warmer climates of the Fifth and Seventh Districts. When the weather is good for boating again, there should be a lot of deeper water around in the First District.
Check LNM Week 08/2014, pages 15-19, for the list of changes or proposed change to Aids To Navigation in the First District. It is too long to include here. The types of changes involve removal of sound signals such as bells and gongs, changes in nominal range as a result of the change to LED lighting and the change in fog signals of some major aids to MRASS (Marine Radio Activated Sound Signals.
This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to this use.