East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Attention! All Boaters with Present or Future Interest in Florida Anchoring:
NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatUS Press Room at www.BoatUS.com/pressroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2014
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Boaters Urged to Attend Anchoring Meetings Sept. 3 and 4 Regarding the Future of Anchoring in Florida
WHAT: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting two public workshops on possible changes to Florida's anchoring laws. If you are a boater or sailor and having a full range of anchoring and mooring options is an important part of your cruising in Florida, consider attending one of these meetings. Active, responsible cruising boaters need to let the state know what works and what doesn't when it comes to anchoring in Florida.
Option 1: Attend a meeting:
WHEN: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Indian River County Administration Complex
1801 27th Street, Building A
Vero Beach, FL 32960 (phone: 772-567-8000)
WHEN: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Manatee County Commission Chambers
1112 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205 (phone: 941-748-4501)
Option 2: Send your comment:
FWC will be accepting written comments following these meetings. To be notified when this option is available, go here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/subscriber/new
WHY: In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous anchoring restrictions on anchoring. During the 2014 Florida legislative session Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) saw attempts to repeal part of this prohibition. While these changes were defeated, there will likely be new legislation introduced next year. The Florida Wildlife Commission is holding these two workshops to hear from the public about possibly granting some authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on state waters.
A discussion draft of possible changes is here:
To learn more about the overall issue from FWC's perspective here:
Additional information on anchoring in Florida:
WHO: Boat Owners Association of The United States fights against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners and works with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense. www.BoatUS.com
Gilmerton Bridge Update: MSIB: USCG Sector Hampton Roads:
From 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays until December 31, 2014, two barges with cranes will occupy the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) to conclude demolition operations and install the bridge's new fendering system. The barges will occupy the entire channel, leaving no clearance for the safe passage of other vessels.
Between the release of the instant Marine Safety Information Bulletin until August 31, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, all vessels transiting through the area, regardless of size, shall provide two hours advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13.
Between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, any vessel requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance shall provide two hours advance notice; vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 24 hours advance notice as set forth above.
Between January 1, 2015 until the project concludes on or before February 28, 2015, one barge will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice as set forth above. Vessels requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance need not provide advance notice.
Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate in accordance with the schedule set forth in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 117.997(c).*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Wrightsville Beach Bridge Nighttime Closures, Reduced Vertical Clearance:
Mariners are advised that maintenance will be performed at the S.R. 74 Bridge (34.216103° -77.812750°) across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC, beginning September 7, 2014 through September 19, 2014 each night, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. To facilitate repairs, a hydro-platform system will be positioned under the draw spans reducing the available vertical clearance, by approximately five feet, from 20 feet to 15 feet above MHW. The removal of this platform only takes a matter of minutes, so the drawbridge will operate as normally scheduled in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (6). Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open for emergencies. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Shoaling Reported in Fields Cut:
There is shoaling directly in the middle of the AICW in Fields Cut. A depth of 2FT was reported in approximate position 32-05.185N/080-56.022W during low-tide and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014) NOTE: This location is just inside Fields Cut at the northern entrance. This place gets dredged frequently and fills in quickly. It is also a very narrow area of deeper water when it is dredged. Seek local knowledge of present conditions, follow the marked channel which is sometimes difficult in the strong currents flowing here, and try to time your passage through Fields Cut at mid-tide and rising.
Third Time this Summer, Potential Discharge in Same NY No Discharge Zones:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate a section of West Harbor (within Oyster Bay Harbor) (40.881262° -73.525729°); all of the Sand Hole within Caumsett State Park, on Lloyd Neck; and a section of Port Jefferson Harbor including the area known as the Narrows, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish from sunrise on Saturday, August 30, 2014 through Wednesday, September 3, 2014, both dates inclusive. The harvest of shellfish is prohibited during the period these areas are designated as uncertified. This designation is necessary to protect public health and is required due to the potential for sewage discharges from marine sanitation devices on the large number of transient vessels which will anchor and remain overnight in these areas over the holiday period. A recorded message describing any temporary shellfish closures that may be in effect in New York is accessible 24 hours a day by calling (631) 444-0480. NYSDEC's website provides detailed information, including map images, about the closed areas.
Following is a description of the areas that are affected by this temporary closure: (1) All the waters of West Harbor, within Oyster Bay Harbor, lying west of Centre Island and east of a line extending northerly from the northwesternmost point of land approximately 600 yards north of Brickyard Point (on Centre Island) to the westernmost point of the beach pavilion at Centre Island Beach. (2) The Sand Hole, within Caumsett State Park, located near Lloyd Point. (3) All the normally certified area of the Port Jefferson Harbor Complex, including Pirate's Cove and the Narrows, which links Port Jefferson Harbor to Conscience Bay.
Town owned pump-out facilities will be available in or near the restricted areas at no cost to boaters; town pump out boats can be hailed on marine radio VHF channel 9 in the Towns of Oyster Bay and Huntington and on marine radio VHF channel 73 in Port Jefferson Harbor. (First District LNM Week 34/2014)
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 First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Right Whale Buoy:
A Right whale passive acoustic auto buoy is deployed off of Race Point until approximately November 11, 2014. The Buoy is located in (PA) 40 06 00.000N, 70 16 60.000W and will be operating 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The buoy is 8 feet, flashes amber every 4s and has a radar reflector on it. (First District LNM Week 32/2014)
Deepwater Ports Regulations:
In accordance with 33 CRF 165.117: Regulated Navigation Areas, Safety and Security Zones: Deepwater Ports, First Coast Guard District:
(a) Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port: 42-23-38N, 070-35-31W and 42-23-56N, 070-37-00W (NAD 83).
(b) Neptune Deepwater Port: 42-29-12.3N, 70-36-29.7W and 42-27-20.5N, 70-36-07.3W. (NAD 83).
(c) No vessel may anchor, engage in diving operations, or commercial fishing using nets, dredges, traps (pots), or use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) within 1000 meters of the above listed deepwater ports.
(d) No vessel may enter into or transit within 500 meters of the above deepwater ports unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Boston.
All mariners are urged to plan accordingly and to comply with the above restricted areas. This will remain in effect until October 1, 2014. (First District LNM Week 32/2014)
NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations, Ship Thomas Jefferson:
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (S222) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations throughout Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound from 1 April 2014 through 30 September 2013.
Thomas Jefferson is a 208-foot, white survey vessel and deploys two 31-foot, aluminum survey launches; survey vessels carry NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship and from 0730 through 1800 with survey launches. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Thomas Jefferson will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. ... Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: 757-647-0187 or 808-434-2706; or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (First District LNM Week 13/2014)
NOAA Hydrographic Survey Operations, Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting intermittent hydrographic survey operations in the approaches to Portsmouth, NH from approximately 14 April 2014 through 30 September 2014. (First District LNM Week 19/2014)
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the area of Rhode Island Sound from approximately 26 September 2014 through 30 November 2014. (First District LNM Week 32/2014)
Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: email@example.com.
Dredging in East Rockaway Inlet:
Dredging will be done in East Rockaway Inlet (40.591494°-73.750132°) from September 2 - October 15, 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge C. R. MCCASKILL and tugs that will be monitoring g VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 34/2014)
Dredging at Manhattan Cruise Terminal 711:
Maintenance dredging will be done at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal 711 (40.768192° -73.996439°) from approximately September 2 - November 6, 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a dredge, tugs PAUL ANDREW & MARY ALICE & crew boat MICHAEL WARREN that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 14 and working channel 78. (First District LNM Week 34/2014)
NJDEP Clam Survey:
The NJDEP Bureau of Shellfisheries will be conducting a hard clam survey in Raritan and Sandy Hook Bays (40.435695° -74.019024°) using a hydraulic clam dredge beginning on or about August 25, 2014. Work is expected to continue through October 31, 2014. The work will be done Monday - Friday from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. Mariners are advised to keep distance from the research vessel at all times as underwater fishing gear will be at a significant distance from the vessel. Mariners are also advised that vessel maneuverability is extremely limited. Fishermen are advised to have all gear clearly and appropriately marked to avoid potential entanglements. (First District Week 33/2014)
Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers Dredging:
Dredging is being done in the Federal Channel starting at Shrewsbury River Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 35750) (40-24-56.653N, 074-00-12.125W) up to Shrewsbury River Channel Buoy 14 (LLNR 35820)and Navesink River, NJ Federal Channel between Navesink River Buoy 2 (LLNR 35980) and Navesink River Channel Buoy 16 (LLNR 36057). The work will be completed on or about September 30, 2014. The hours of operation are 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is the dredge CURRITUCK that is monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (First District Week 33/2014)
Tri State Dredging, Inc. (TSD) will start hydraulic dredging operations in Keansburg NJ (40.441102° -74.130526°), inside and outside of the floodgate starting August 18, 2014 and continuing to October 31, 2014. The dredge "Caroline" will be onsite along with three small support vessels. Dredging will occur from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM seven days per week. TSD will monitor VHF radio channels 16 & 21. Dredge anchors will be marked with yellow float balls, pipeline (12" HDPE) will be marked with orange float balls and yellow flashing lights. (First District LNM Week 32/2014)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Cofferdam off Atlantic City:
Starting approximately 25 August, 2014 and continuing until approximately 30 November, 2014 Weeks Marine, Inc. will have a steel sheeting cofferdam extending out in the ocean three hundred feet from the high water mark. The structure will be located off of North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey (39.345623° -74.443999°). Height of the structure will be two and one half feet above mean high water and will be lighted on the offshore end with two flashing white lights positioned six feet above mean high water. Mariners can contact (985) 875-2500 for any concerns or questions. (5th District LNM Week 34/2014)
Atlantic City Dredging:
Mobile Dredging will commence dredging within St. Georges Thorofare (Brigantine, NJ, 39.409147° -74.366291°) on or about 02 September, 2014 with an expected completion date on or about 31 October, 2014. The dredge D-40 will be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week, along with work boats WB-33 and WB-34. The dredge can be contacted on Channels 06 and 13 VHF-FM. Onsite point of contact is Mr. Mark Whitehurst (610) 721-8042. (5th District LNM Week 34/2014)
Underwater Ops, Cape May Canal:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vessel SNELL will be conducting underwater operations to extract sediment cores in the Western entrance of the Cape May Canal (38-58-03.684N, 074-57-59.690W) from 0600 to 1800 August 30th through September 1st, 2014. All vessels are requested to give a slow pass and no wake. Contact the SNELL on channels 13 or 16 VHF-FM for more information or to make passing arrangements. Any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. (5th District LNM Week 34/2014)
Data Buoy SE of Ocean City, MD:
On September 2, 2014 John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab establish; until September 9, 2014, a Lighted Data Buoy and auxiliary surface monitor 22.9Nm Southeast of Ocean City Inlet. The auxiliary surface monitor will be approximately 15 feet from the data buoy and have a lower intensity flashing white light; Fl W 5s. POC: Robert Schuyler: (443) 778-4571.
Atlantic Ocean: John Hopkins-Lighted Data Buoy C 38 05 07.224—74 47 25.480W Fl Y 2.5s Yellow. (5th District LNM Week 34/2014)
Walt Whitman Bridge Repairs Continue:
Mariners are advised that additional structural repairs continue at the Walt Whitman Bridge (39.904806° -75.129973°), at mile 96.8, across Delaware River, connecting Philadelphia, PA and Gloucester, NJ through September 15, 2014. To facilitate repairs, temporary work platforms are installed 700 feet east of Philadelphia Tower over navigable channel and 340 feet west of the Gloucester Tower beneath sections of the bridge, reducing the vertical clearance by approximately 5 feet 2 inches. Quick flashing red lights are positioned on all corners, to mark the bottom of the work platforms under the bridge so as to draw the mariner's attention to the fact that the vertical clearance has been reduced. A safety boat is stationed so as to have unimpeded view of both upstream and downstream access to the waterway area thereby assuring that all workmen can be alerted of a vessel's approach via marine radio on channel 13 VHF or by appropriate mechanical means, such as an air horn. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Data Buoy off Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel First Island:
On or about September 3, 2014, NOAA will establish a lighted data buoy until October 22, 2014 approximately 0.31Nm West of Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel-First Island and 0.51Nm South of the Thimble Shoal Channel NOAA Lighted Data Buoy A 36 57 55.3170N—76 07 13.133W Fl (2)Y 8s Yellow. (5th District LNM Week 34/2014)
Wind Turbines Proposed off Virginia Coast:
Dominion Virginia Power has submitted a permit application for the construction and operation of Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP). The project includes two 6-MW turbines on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), about 24 nautical miles east of Virginia Beach. The Research Activities Plan (RAP) and appendix data will be on the web site (5th District LNM 31/2014), ED. Note: The "Plan" on this website contains very detailed information. Also check www.nao.usace.army.mil/Media/PublicNotices/tabid/3060/Article/489108/nao-2013-0418.aspx for a summary with attachments. Basically, the two turbines will be 547 ft above mean sea level (MSL) at the rotor tip (visible by a man from 28.7 miles) and the hubs will be 328 ft above MSL (visible from 22.2 miles). The 4-inch transmission line would go ashore at Virginia Beach. They will be located off the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and in between the busiest most southern and northern traffic lanes for large ships (those equipped with AIS).
Midtown Tunnel Construction Buoys and Barges:
SKW constructors will deploy four markers buoys to moor their screed barges to as part of the midtown tunnel replacement project from 18 August, 2014 until approximately 31 December, 2014. The buoys will be painted yellow and have a Fl Y 4s characteristic. The approximate positions of the marker buoys are: Buoy A 36-51-29.100N 076-18-56.900W, Buoy B 36-51-27.2N 076-18-53.900W, Buoy C 36-51-24.200N 076-18-58.700W, Bouy D 36-51-25.100N 076-18-59.900W. (5th District LNM Week 33/2014)
I-64 High Rise Bridge (AICW Mile 7.1) Inspections:
Mariners are advised that VDOT will be performing maintenance inspections on the I-64 (High Rise) Bascule Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Chesapeake VA. The inspection will be conducted during daylight hours from September 15, 2014 through September 19, 2014. The work will utilize a bucket boat in the water near the navigable channel. The inspection should not disrupt navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigational channel upon request for vessel passage. The bucket boat can be contacted on VHF channel 16 or through the bridge tender. The bridge will continue to operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(e). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Construction Progresses at Steel Bridge (Dominion Blvd):
Mariners are advised that contractors have installed the permanent beam and the new fixed height is currently at 95 feet, above MHW, for the replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 (Lift) Bridge across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at AIWW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA (commonly known as the Steel Bridge) and its approaches on essentially the same alignment. (Latitude 36o 44' 10" N, Longitude 76o 17' 40" W). The existing drawbridge remains operable and the available vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position isapproximately 12 feet, above MHW. Construction work continues through March 2017. The operation requires the construction of the new bridge, removal and replacement of the bridge fender system, demolition of the existing bridge, along with in-water work involving pile driving, concrete pier construction and girder erection. Tugboats are being used and monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for updates on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Bridge Work, AICW Morehead City, Horizontal Clearance Restricted:
Mariners are advised that maintenance and repairs will be in progress at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8 (34.720105°-76.693624°), across Newport River in Morehead City, NC from July 19, 2014 through April 25, 2015. To facilitate maintenance and repairs, the contractor will utilize a 40-foot X 60-foot barge as a work platform for equipment staging that will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel. A two-hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 40 feet of horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The work supervisor can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (910) 772-2212, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Beaufort/Morehead City Ranges to be Replaced:
On or about 28 August 2014, the Coast Guard will begin the demolition and reconstruction of the three visual, centerline ranges serving Beaufort/Morehead City. The demolition/reconstruction of the range structures will be performed by USCGC KENNEBEC and USCGC SMILAX and will result in any or all three ranges being unavailable for navigational use during the construction period. Both units will be monitoring CH16 and 13 VHF-FM and will be restricted in their ability to maneuver. No wake is requested for passing vessels. The Coast Guard anticipates completing the projects on or about 30 September, where upon completion, the following changes will be in effect:
Beaufort Inlet Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 29335) to posn: 34-41-47.467N,
076-39-53.000W, Q W (DAY), no change in nighttime characteristic, 23ft (DAY), 20ft (NIGHT)
Beaufort Inlet Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 29340) to posn: 34-42-45.743N,
076-39-39.016W, no change in characteristics, 68ft (DAY), 71ft (NIGHT)
Morehead City Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 29430) to posn: 34-41-38.240N, 076-39-59.902W, no change in characteristics, 23ft (DAY), 20ft (NIGHT)
Morehead City Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 29435) to posn: 34-41-33.481N, 076-39-52.311W, no change in characteristics, 37ft (DAY), 40ft (NIGHT)
Fort Macon Reach Range Front Light (LLNR 29395) to posn: 34-42-04.915N, 076-40-22.472W, no change in characteristics, 23ft
Fort Macon Reach Range Rear Light (LLNR 29400) to posn: 34-42-11.754N, 076-40-25.458W, no change in characteristics, 34ft (5th District LNM Week 33/2014)
North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
Browns Inlet Crossing, North of the Onslow Beach Bridge, (34.598523°-77.241191°) Mile 238. Shoaling, shifting channel and often different markers than charted. This is a good example of many problem areas where an inlet, creek or river flows into or across the AICW causing frequent shoaling and changes.
Shoaling to 2.6 feet is reported in the vicinity of green can 99A at Black Mud Creek (34.354514°-77.681862°), New Topsail Inlet area, approximately AICW Mile 270.5.
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
South Island Ferry Crossing (AICW Mile 411.5) to be Rebuilt:
Cape Romain Contractors will be rebuilding the Ferry Crossing to South Island (33.250559°-79.268874°) on the Intracoastal Waterway approximately 1 mile south of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor LT 2 (LLNR 34115) from September 15, 2014 to approximately January 15, 2015. Construction will not impede normal marine traffic. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications contact Cape Romain Contactors on VHF FM channels 16 or Cape Romain site manager Horry Parker (843) 514-1269. For navigation safety related issues, contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division (843) 740-3188 or the 24-hour Command Center Line (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014) (This is in the Estherville-Minum Creek Canal south of Georgetown, SC)
Old Ashley River Bridge (US 17) Repairs:
South Carolina Department of Transportation has advised the Coast Guard that they need to make emergency repairs to the Old Ashley River (SC 17) Bridges (32.780381° -79.962095°) across Ashley River, Charleston, South Carolina. The work is planned to start on August 18, 2014 and should be completed by December 8, 2014. The bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operation only during this time period as they need to work on each individual span at a time. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution through this area. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Jacksonville, St. Johns River, Geotechnical Drilling:
1. Mariners navigating Jacksonville Harbor/St. Johns River from the Mayport Entrance Channel (30-23-51.106N, 081-23-34.703W) to the Broward PT Turn are advised that the R/V Polly will be conducting Geotechnical Drilling Investigations and Surveys commencing on or about 5 August 2014 with a projected completion date of mid-January 2015. Work is expected to proceed from the entrance channel and proceed upriver to the vicinity of the Broward PT Turn.
2. The vessel operator will monitor channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the R/V Polly while they are conducting operations. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with "Rules of the Road" when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from the vessel.
3. POC for the vessel R/V Polly will be John Markov (912-661-4650) or Graham Johnston (912-547-9523).
4. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Stephen R. Myers at Stephen.R.Myers@usace.army.mil or at 904-232-3914. (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)
Sebastian Inlet Area Hazard to Navigation:
Private Aid Sebastian Inlet DBN 24 (LLNR 9810.8) (27-50-52.475N, 080-28-07.171W) is reported destroyed. The remains of the structure is sitting 1ft above the water and poses a hazard to navigation. (7th District LNM Week 34/2014)
New Canaveral Lock Width Restriction:
Notice is given that Canaveral Lock (28.408777°-80.637077°) will be conducting gate repairs 25 August to 17 September 2014. Before and during scheduled repairs Canaveral lockoperations will be restricted to vessels 40 feet wide or less. Vessels greater than 40 feet wide will not be allowed lock passage. For up to date Canaveral Lock operational information contact the shift operator at 312-783-5421 between 0600-2130. (USACE Notice to Navigation Interests/7th District LNM Week 34/2014)
Reef Construction in Palm Beach Area:
Ferreira Construction will commence reef construction and pier demolition on or about September 15, 2014. Reef Construction will take place 1 mile north of the Blue Heron Bridge (26.782765°-80.045876°) in Riviera Beach on the east side of the channel. The pier demolition will be at (2) locations. The first will be at the southwest side of US1 Jupiter Bridge (26.947028°-80.084999°) the second location will be at the southeast side of the AIA Bridge (26.946957°-80.090583°) at the Loxahatchee River. Both of these locations are outside of the channel. Tugs "Lady Alexander" and "Randy Girl" and a Barge will be on scene and all vessels will monitor VHF Channels 10/16. Operations will occur (6-days per week) Monday through Saturday from Sunrise to Sunset until approximately September 14, 2015. For further information POC contact for Ferreira Construction John Ciabattari (772) 286-5123. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Navy Operations off Port Everglades:
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will conduct operations in an area offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A Naval asset will conduct surface and submerged maneuvers in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°). The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 1200hrs 28 August to 1600hrs on 07 September, 2014.
The vessel will be working between 60ft and 600ft of water approximately ¾ NM to 4 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°) to 2.5 NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The naval asset will have restricted maneuverability. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the naval vessel. Broward Sheriff's Office and Tow Boat US small craft will provide escort for the naval ship while operating on the surface. Ships entering PEV are requested to enter from the northeast thereby avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations, all vessel traffic transiting the area is requested to stay 5 NM east of PEV. (7th District LNM Week 32/2014)
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Tuesday, 02 September, 2014 0000hrs to 0600hrs a Naval Vessel will conduct restricted maneuvers on the surface 2.5 NM east of the coast and from the PEV (26.085396°-80.097828°) channel south 2.5 NM. The Naval asset will be escorted by Broward Sherriff Office chase boats and TBUS chase boats. All PEV Traffic is advised to stay NORTH of the channel on approach within 5NM of the coast. Pilots and PEV OPS will notify Commercial traffic of the hazard. (7th District LNM Week 32/2014)
The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will conduct operations in an area offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The M/V Richard L. Becker operated by Tow Boat US will be deploying and recovering subsurface buoys in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0700hrs 01 September to 1800hrs on 06 September 2014. The M/V Richard L. Becker will be deploying submerged buoys approximately 200ft from the surface. The buoys will be moored in 450ft of water approximately 2.1 NM off shore, and 1 NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet (26.085396°-80.097828°). They buoys will be left in the water and recovered NLT 12 September 2014. All vessels are advised to stay well clear of the M/V Becker and Tow Boat US RHIB boats during deployment and recovery operations. (7th District LNM Week 32/2014)
Megayacht Marina Construction at Watson Island, Miami Beach:
Ebsary Foundation Company will commence work on or about August 15 on the west side of Watson Island until April 30th, 2015. There will be (2) barges the 1st Barge will be a 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100 Ton crane mounted on it. The 2nd barge will be 40ft x 80ft deck barge with a 50 Ton crane mounted on it. Both barges will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm. The barges will be located in the construction area 24/7.
COORDINATES FOR THE WORK SITE:
25°47'46.00N/80°10'40.25W SE CORNER
25°46'58.02N/80°10'42.82W SW CORNER
25°47'13.47N/80°10'45.62W NE CORNER
25°47'13.33N/80°10'52.69W NW CORNER
....Red marks on the drawing (in the LNM) are 24" steel pipe pilings that will be embedded into the ground. The pipes will be sticking out of the water approximately 6ft and will have a Flashing White Beacon located on the top of each piling. The yellow lines are turbidity curtains that will be placed in the water and attached to the pilings. Further information contact the Project POC Brent Huffman (305) 325-0530 ext 113. (7th District LNM Week 34/2014)
New Ranges for Miami Main Channel Entrance:
Shoreline Foundation, Inc. will begin construction of new range structures for the Miami Main Channel Entrance Ranges and Government Cut Ranges, followed by the removal of the existing ranges and temporary range structures on or about July 02, 2014. Construction operations will be conducted approximately 3 to 6 NM's off the coast of Key Biscayne, FL, on the perimeter of the Miami Main Channel and Government Cut. Operations will normally take place Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm, but may periodically change due to weather conditions. The project will involve commercial divers, the Tug "MARK" and a 160 foot crane barge that will be supported by a 31 foot crew boat. All vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. The project is scheduled to be completed on or about November 14, 2014. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake to ensure the safety of the workers. Contact the Project Superintendent, Sal Daher for further information 305-345-3278.
Removal of existing Ranges, TRLT's and Rebuilds:
-Miami Main Ch Ent RFL (LLNR 10460) (25-45-06.159N, 080-07-38.683W) and TRLT Miami Main Ch Ent RFL
-Miami Main Ch Ent RRL (LLNR 10465) (25-44-59.259N, 080-07-59.244W) and TRLT Miami Main Ch Ent RRL
-Government Cut RFL (LLNR 10505) (25-45-11.048N, 080-06-28.821W)
-Government Cut RRL (LLNR 10510) (25-45-01.289N, 080-06-05.360W) (7th District LNM Week 30/2014)
Changes Approved to Numerous Florida Keys ATONs:
The following changes have been approved to the aids to navigation system in the Straits of Florida:
PACIFIC REEF LIGHT (LLNR 935) ( 25-22-15.547N, 080-08-31.414W) optic to be upgraded to a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern and the nominal range reduced to 7NM.
DIXIE SHOAL BUOY 8 (LLNR 955) (25-04-39.563N, 080-18-43.110W) will be permanently discontinued.
CONCH REEF BUOY 12 (LLNR 965) (24-56-58.475N, 080-27-26.208W) will be permanently discontinued.
CROCKER REEF BUOY16 (LLNR 975) (24-54-29.771N, 080-31-28.335W) will be permanently discontinued.
ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT (LLNR 980) (24-51-06.435N, 080-37-07.857W) optic to be permanently discontinued and a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern installed onto a new adjacent structure to be erected in the vicinity of the current aid. The sector light will also be changed to an all around white light with the same flash characteristics and the nominal range reduced to 7NM. The RACON will be permanently discontinued. Alligator Reef Light is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service to the light on the existing structure due to safety concerns.
TENNESSEE REEF EAST LIGHTED BUOY18 (LLNR 985) (24-47-32.496N, 080-41-36.228W) will be permanently discontinued.
TENNESSEE REEF LIGHT (LLNR 990) optic to be upgraded to a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern and the nominal range reduced to 7NM.
SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT (LLNR 1000) (24-37-40.240N, 081-06-38.927W) optic to be permanently discontinued and a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern installed onto a new adjacent structure to be erected in the vicinity of the current aid. The sector light will also be changed to an all around white light with the same flash characteristics and the nominal range reduced to 7NM. The RACON will be permanently discontinued. Sombrero Key Light is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service to the light on the existing structure due to safety concerns.
AMERICAN SHOAL LIGHT (LLNR 1015) (24-31-30.422N, 081-31-09.898W) optic to be permanently discontinued and a more reliable LED (Light-emitting diode) lantern installed onto a new adjacent structure to be erected in the vicinity of the current aid. The sector light will also be changed to an all around white light with the same flash characteristics and the nominal range reduced to seven nautical miles. The RACON will be permanently discontinued. American Shoal Light is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service to the light on the existing structure due to safety concerns.
COALBIN ROCK BUOY CB (LLNR 1065) (24-27-03.518N, 082-05-17.751W) will be permanently discontinued.
MARQUESAS ROCK BUOY MR (LLNR 1075) (24-27-29.751N, 082-12-27.962W) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY SW (LLNR 15105) (24-26-38.547N, 081-58-47.341W) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY A (LLNR 15110) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY B (LLNR 15115) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY C (LLNR 15120) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 2 (LLNR 15125) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 3 (LLNR 15130) will be permanently discontinued.
KEY WEST SOUTHWEST CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 4 (LLNR 15135) will be permanently discontinued. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 34/2014:
NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can "Search" a bridge name for previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current. Bridges that have vertical height reduced (or other severe restriction) will remain on this list until the restriction is removed.
Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Genesis CEI Services, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that due to painting operations on the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) (30.323251°-81.438770°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (San Pablo Creek) mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida. The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by four feet slightly more than one-half the channel from April 10, 2014 through April 10, 2015. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge (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. During the concrete pour operation the Main Street Bridge will need to close for 72 hours on two separate occasions. The date for the first 72 hour closure has been set for September 5, 2014.
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.
Flagler Memorial Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
Due to a concrete pumping operation over the Flagler Memorial Bridge, the vertical clearance over the waterway will be limited to 64 ft during the operation. Vessels requiring more than 64 ft of vertical clearance should contact the bridge tender at least four hours in advance to schedule the removal of the pipe over the waterway. This operation will be conducted at least 2 or 3 times a week from Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. starting May 27, 2014 and ending on October 31, 2014. Mariners are requested to contact Primary - 813 235 3056 (Ricardo Baraybar) Secondary - 561 253 6995 (PCL Office) to make arrangements to have the vertical clearance restriction removed.
With the Flagler Memorial Bridge left in the open to navigation position from May 12, 2014 until October 31, 2014, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges south of this structure. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour (open once an hour on the quarter past the hour) from 6:16 a.m. until 8:14 p.m. Monday through Friday, except that from 7:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. At all other time including Federal Holidays this bridge will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 7:31 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and from 4:01 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. (Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays), this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
PCL Construction will be working on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge and will have floating equipment in the vicinity of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Any and all channel restrictions/closures in support of this new structure will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This bridge construction is anticipated to be completed by September 1, 2016.
Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge.
The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position.
Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
Sheridan Street Bridge: Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the Sheridan Street Bridge (26.034016°-80.117363°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Hollywood, Broward County, Florida from September 8, 2014 through October 10, 2014. There will be numerous testing operations ongoing throughout the project, mariners please ensure that you contact the bridge tender if the bridge is open before proceeding. From 10:00 p.m. to 12 midnight and from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily, between October 6 through October 10, 2014, the bridge will be closed to navigation.
Pinellas Bayway Structure E Bridge: The Coast Guard has published a Notice to Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register Volume 79, Number 154, dated August 11, 2014, pages 46740 – 46742. This NPRM would change the existing regulation of the Pinellas Bayway "Structure E" (27.693357°-82.718047°) Bridge by extending the current half-hour schedule to 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The existing regulation is from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Comments on this proposed change should be submitted on-line at www.regulations.gov search for proposed rulemaking USCG-2014-0436. Ref: Docket #USCG-2014-0436 Chart: 11411
Treasure Island Causeway Bridge: Commencing September 1, 2014, the regulation governing the operation of the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge (27.769018° -82.754298°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 119.0 will be permanently changed to: the bridge shall open on signal except that from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. the draw need open on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour Monday through Friday and on the quarter hour and three quarter-hour on Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays. Docket number USCG-2013-0319 can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov.
Park Boulevard Bridge: Pinellas County has hired Seacoast to repair the Park Boulevard Bridge (27.843500° -82.838270°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas County, Florida. From September 28 through October 29, 2014, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position as the machinery will be removed and the bridge will be unable to function. During this time the contractor will be repairing/painting portions of the bridge from a work barge in the waterway. From October 29 through December 12, 2014, the Park Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operations. A double-leaf operation will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 727-319-7088 or via VHF-FM channel 9.
Once the Park Boulevard Bridge is placed in the open to navigation position, the vehicle traffic will need to be detoured to Indian Rocks Beach (27.843500° -82.845383°) to the north and Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway (27.806633° -82.795032°) to the south. For this reason, the Coast Guard is considering placing opening restrictions on both of these bridges to assist the local communities. A coordinated effort between the Local School Board, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the best times to leave these bridges closed to navigation during the heaviest periods of rush hour traffic and school bus traffic.
For the reasons stated above the Indian Rocks Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Indian Rocks, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge will open on signal per 33 CFR 117.5.
The Tom Stuart/SR 666 Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 122.8, Madeira Beach, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge shall open on signal; except that, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays, the draw need be opened only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(h).
Gasparilla Island Swingbridge (26.826814° -82.270217°): Construction Update: During the month of September 2014, pier caps will be cast on Pier 2, Pier 5, Pier 6, Center Pivot Pier 4 and Pier 3 columns, in that order. GLF Construction will continue to install a "CAUTION CHANNEL CLOSED SIGN" on the appropriate channel when our equipment obstructs that channel.
HURRICANE INFORMATION (Update 7th District LNM 22):
The hurricane season extends from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
(a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
(b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
(c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
(d) Review of storm center evasion procedures;
(e) Knowledge of nearest hurricane shelter or port; and
(f) Constant radio watches on channel 16 VHF-FM and frequent monitoring of weather broadcasts.
The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory (TCP) is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life.
Four alerts are issued:
(a) TROPICAL STORM WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(b) TROPICAL STORM WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
(c) HURRICANE WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
(d) HURRICANE WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force. (Ed: Our Bold, New as of Superstorm Sandy)
Additional information of interest to mariners is included in the Tropical Cyclone Forecast/Advisory (TCM) and the Tropical Cyclone Surface Wind Speed Probabilities (PWS) products. The TCM provides current and forecast storm positions, intensities, and wind fields out to 120 hours. The PWS provides probabilities of sustained wind speeds equal to or exceeding 34-, 50-, and 64-kt wind speed thresholds for select coastal and offshore locations.
Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished, or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricanes and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set up by the COTP and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as a storm approaches a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP-specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under the Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
Condition 4 – Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June–30 November; port status: open.
Condition Whiskey – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
Condition X-Ray – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
Condition Yankee – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
Condition Zulu – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds. (7th District LNM 22/2014)
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.