East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Great Bridge Lock to Close for Three Days:
The Great Bridge Lock (36.723681°-76.247636°), located in Chesapeake, Virginia will be closed to navigation between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm for 3 days from 18 – 20 November, 2014. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed to through vessel traffic during the time period. Closure is required to facilitate diving and crane operations to isolate on the lock valve chambers. Vessels desiring to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure may use the Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2. The controlling depth of the canal is 6.0 feet. The Dismal Swamp Canal locking hours are 8:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Vessel operator may contact Mr. Joel Scussel at (757) 201-7642 regarding the Dismal Swamp Canal latest project conditions or the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Closure. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13 VHF-FM. (5th District LNM Week 44/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
FEC/Acosta RR Bridge, Jacksonville, to Close for a Full Week:
The Captain of the Port Jacksonville advises all mariners that the FEC Railroad Bridge (30.322433°-81.665564°), mile 24.9, St. Johns River, Jacksonville is undergoing bridge repairs. The bridge will be open to navigational traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. At all other times the bridge will be closed to navigational traffic. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at anytime. Clearance is restricted to five feet above mean high water when the bridge is in the closed-down position.
Update: Due to major repairs to the mechanical equipment within the bridge, the bridge owner will be placing this bridge in the closed to navigation position from 08:00 a.m. on November 14 through 5:00 p.m. on November 21, 2014. This closure will allow the owner to complete the emergency repairs, which will allow the bridge to be fully functional, with no further restrictions.(7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
"All Aboard Florida" Update:
Follow-up to our September 11 and 25, 2014, Alerts: The 7th District Coast Guard has now rescheduled the three public meetings to discuss the impact of "All Aboard Florida" project's increased number of openings at three FEC railroad bridges in the busy South Florida waterways. Dates, times and locations:
1. New River RR Bridge (Countdown RR Bridge): Nov. 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood.
2. St. Lucie River RR Bridge: 5:30-8:00 p.m., Nov. 13, John F. Armstrong Wing Auditorium of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart
3. Loxahatchee River RR Bridge: 5:30-8:00 p.m., Nov. 14, Jupiter Council Chambers, 210 Military Trail, Jupiter
Information had not been updated as of this Alert at the Coast Guard Navigation information page. Continue to check http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1 Click on 7th District and then click on one of the names of the three RR Bridges. Also, check the following Alert regarding repairs to these bridges.
Repairs Cause Minor Delays at Three FEC RR Bridges, South Florida:
The Florida East Coast Railroad has advised the Coast Guard that during the week of November 11, 2014 they will performing maintenance on the Loxahatchee River Railroad Bridge, the New River Railroad Bridge and the St Lucie River, Roosevelt Railroad Bridge. There will be times that the bridges will be down for longer than 8 minutes; but will be available to open on demand. Mariners are requested to signal the maintenance workers at each of the bridges as needed. (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
Camp Lejeune AICW Safety Zones:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) adjacent to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which encompasses the navigable waters of the AICW between Mile Hammock Bay (34.550671° -77.324784°) and Bear Creek Point (34.667673° -77.136057°) in support of military training operations on:
November 6, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
November 7, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
November 9, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
This action is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during this military training operation. It is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to protect mariners from the hazards associated with military training operations. Persons or vessels requiring entry into, or passage through, any portion of the safety zone during the above temporary closures must first request authorization from the Captain of the Port or on scene designated representatives on board U.S. Navy safety vessels. The Captain of the Port can be contacted via telephone at (910) 343-3882 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. On scene U.S. Navy safety vessels can be contacted via telephone at (910) 451-9577 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 40/2014)
Right Whale Season Again:
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES WARNING - ENDANGERED NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES
From November to April the coastal waters between Altamaha Sound, GA, and Sebastian Inlet, FL, are used as calving grounds by the critically endangered right whale. Critically endangered right whales, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters. Right whales are slow moving and at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. U.S. law (50 CFR 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 m) or greater in excess of 10 knots in specific managed locations along the U.S. east coast during times when right whales are likely to be present. See enclosed compliance guide for the right whale ship strike reduction rule for specific times, areas, and exceptions to this law. Intentionally approaching within 500 yards of right whales is prohibited and is a violation of U.S. law. A minimum distance of 500 yards must be maintained from a sighted right whale unless hazardous to the vessel or its occupants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend that operators assume that any whale sighting is a right whale unless confirmed otherwise. NOAA also recommends speeds of 10 knots or less in areas used by right whales and outside of seasonally managed areas when consistent with safety of navigation. NOAA also recommends operators use two-way whale avoidance routes within the WHALESSOUTH MSR area. Please report all right whale sightings and collisions to877-WHALE-HELP, or to the Coast Guard via channel 16. WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area is active from November 15 to April 16. For more information, consult the U.S. Coast Pilot. MSR arrival reports can be sent via TELEX number 48156090 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports
Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE, in our opinion, does a really good job at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). They may not be able to dredge every little shoal, but at least they let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. Some areas in North Carolina are currently being dredged or are scheduled to be dredged soon. So, before you get too excited about the shallow depths reported by some fellow cruisers, check out the latest surveys at the following:
Norfolk, VA District:
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
Drilling Surveys, St Johns River:
The Captain of the Port advises all mariners that the R/V ARTEMIS will be conducting Geotechnical Drilling Investigations and Surveys on the St. Johns River from Brills Cut to the Mayport Entrance Channel (30-23-51.106N, 081-23-34.703W). The projected completion date for the operation is mid-December 2014. Work is expected to proceed from Brills Cut to the entrance channel. The operator of the R/V ARTEMIS will monitor VHF-FM channel 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the R/V ARTEMIS while they are conducting operations. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with "Rules of the Road" when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from the vessel. The point of contact for the R/V ARTEMIS is Terrence Cake at (352) 538-1556. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers point of contact is Mrs. Rebecca Lee-Duffel at (904) 232-2585. (7th District LNM Week 43/2014)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On November 5, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 15.68 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 9.62 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 7.82 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N)
You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html
Offshore Testing, Palm Beach, Manned and Unmanned Submersibles:
Lockheed Martin – Palm Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will conduct off shore testing from 10/27/2014 – 5/31/2015 with (1) Manned and piloted submersible vehicle. Testing will occur 24 hours daily 1-5 miles off shore from Lake Worth Inlet to the Breakers. Lockheed Martin will supply (2) RHIB Boats supporting the manned submersible vehicle, and can be reached on VHF channel 16 for any concerned traffic. Mariners are asked to stay clear of the RHIB boats and the submersible vehicle by 200 yards. Mandatory diving operations will take place around this submersible, again mariners are advised to transit 200 yards from all dive flags, Float Balls, and RHIB boats. When transiting in this Operation area please transit with caution.
North to South, starting at 26 45.763 N, 80 01.558W The Box is:
NE 26 45.138N, 80 00.170W
NW 26 45.139N, 80 01.703W
SE 26 43.262N, 80 00.170W
SW 26 43.262N, 80 01.650W (7th District LNM Week 43/2014)
Lockheed Martin – Palm Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will be conducting offshore testing of two unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicles, the testing will range from 1-5 miles off shore from Lake Worth Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet. Operations will take place beginning 5/28/2014 and ending 12/31/2014. Hours of ops will mostly be during daylight hours but at various times throughout the year they will be operating at night. The Lockheed Martin RHIB Boats and Sea Tow RHIB Boats will support the semi-submersibles in all operations, both RHIB boats will be in constant radio contact with the Operations crew, and will be equipped with a remote kill switch. The RHIB Boats will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the RHIB boats and the Semi-submersible vehicle by 200 yards. In addition, there will be some diving operations mariners are advised to stay at least 200 yards from the posted dive flags, and float balls. (7th District LNM Week 43/2014)
Dredging for Beaches, Delray:
Marinex Construction Inc. will commence dredging operations with the Dredge "Savannah" on or about 1 November 2014 in the vicinity of Palm Beach County. The work area will be in the vicinity of Ocean Ridge, Delray Beach, and North Boca Raton, 26-22-20.683N/080-03-32.526W. The Lake Worth Lagoon will be utilized as the dredge staging are. The Dredge will continue operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until approximately 20 December 2014. The dredge may be contacted on channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. For further information contact 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM Week 42/2014)
Megayacht Marina Construction at Watson Island, Miami Beach: UPDATE:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting will commence work on or about September 20, 2014 until February of 2015. The scope of work is to include dredging of the Island Garden Harbor, located on the west side of Watson Island (25°47'08.00"N/80°10'46.00"W) and placement of the dredge spoils at two recipient mitigation sites, Seagrass (25°48'59.00"N/80°09'06.00"W) and Sponge (25°48'46.00"N/80°08'42.00"W), located in Biscayne Bay just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway next to the Great Lakes Dock and Dredge mitigation site. Four material transport barges, ranging in sizes up to 130'x52' will be traveling between the dredge site and mitigation sites daily for offloading dredge spoils. Two push boats will be used to transfer these barges between sites. The dredge and mitigation sites will be enclosed by steel turbidity pipe pile and curtain upon the commencement of dredging. The turbidity piles will be sticking out of the water approximately 6ft and will have a flashing white beacons located on each of the pile heads. The floating yellow turbidity curtains will be deployed along the pile lines and will designate the three work areas. All Mariners are urged to use extreme caution around Watson Island, MacArthur Causeway, Venetian Causeway and Julia Tuttle Causeway. All barges and tugs will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. For further information contact the Project POC Marty Kenealy (941) 704-8328. MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL LT 20 (LLNR 10745) temporarily disestablished to facilitate dredge operations. (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
Dodge Island Construction UPDATE:
Ebsary Foundation Company will commence seawall construction at the Port of Miami (Dodge Island) on or about April 21 until December 31, 2014. Operations will occur from 0700 to 1800 Monday through Friday. A barge will be working adjacent to the south side of Dodge Island. The barge is 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100Ton crane mounted on it. The barge will remain in the construction position 24/7. For further information contact Matthew Shiring at 305-325-0530 ext 108. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
Work Site Coordinates and Staging Area:
25-46-18.86N 80-10-23.21W SE Corner
25-46-20.10N 80-10-22.42W NE Corner
25-46-22.64N 80-10-28.18W NW Corner
25-46-20.83N 80-10-28.31W SW Corner (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
Tampa Harbor Dredging Update:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC will commence maintenance dredge operations in Tampa Harbor: 45-Foot Egmont Channel Cuts 1 and 2, 43-Foot Mullet Key Channel in Hillsborough County, Florida. The work consists of dredging designated area in the channel and pumping out the material onto Egmont Key. Submerged pipeline on the sea floor, and installing the dredge hookup hoses will begin the week of 03 November; weather permitting. The DODGE ISLAND is scheduled to arrive on site on 10 November. The PADRE ISLAND is scheduled to arrive in mid-December. For the duration of project, the following equipment will be utilized for excavating of material, beach fill placement, and survey operations, TSHD: DODGE ISLAND and PADRE ISLAND, Tugs: Jack Newman and Free State, Derrick Barge GL63, Anchor Barge GL112, and Crew Boat St. Louis River. Dredging and beach fill operations will commence upon dredge arrival and continue through January 2015. The pipeline length is approximately 1,150 feet, including the floating line. The submerged pipeline lands on the north end of Egmont Key at 27 36' 11.09844N, 082 45' 45.08061W with the offshore dredge hookup end to the north towards the Egmont Cut Channel at 27 36' 19.81249" N, 082 45' 45.05645"W. 240' of floating line with a 360 degree swing radius from the hookup location, as well as the submerged pipeline will remain in place for the duration of project. Communications: Marine VHF Channels 13, 16 and 7. The Dredges will be sailing between the floating pipeline and the Egmont Cut Channel and Mullet Key Channel.
27 35' 33.07826 N, 82 59' 0.00372W
27 36' 10.65136N, 82 44' 17.24744W
27 35' 26.19182N, 82 58' 59.12209W
27 36' 21.35164N, 82 44' 34.14692W
27 36' 47.78977N, 82 46' 39.18047W
27 36' 19.64573N, 82 43' 56.46398W
27 36' 38.83493N, 82 46' 58.96142W
27 36' 45.30739N, 82 40' 14.9335W
27 36' 36.76675N, 82 46' 20.73028W
27 36' 52.63032N, 82 40' 18.37198W
Further information contact Project Manager, Manny Vianzon (630) 209-6848 and/or Site Managers Ken Lynn (630) 730-4248 and/or Kate Mason (630) 207-7437. (630) 207-7437. (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
The Army Corps, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center will add more instruments to the array at Egmont Key prior to the dredging (Great Lakes Dock & Dredge.) Several temporary gauges, sensors and a mix of pipes and buoys with navigation lights flashing white every 3-5seconds and mounted on PVC pipes will be placed all around Egmont Key, near the entrance to Tampa Bay. When temp aids are deployed approximately 06 November locations will be advertised. Majority of the monitoring devices will remain in place in approximately March 2015 none of the equipment will not interfere with navigation. Early November 2014, beach nourishment will take place on Egmont Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay using material dredged from the Tampa Harbor Entrance. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of the equipment. For further information contact Katherine E. Brutsché, Ph.D., U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (601) 634-4174. For US Coast Guard related issues contact US Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg (813) 228-2191. See enclosure section for map layout. Previous deployed four small aluminum pipes vertical with white flashing lights and placed in shallow water. Equipment will not interfere with navigation.
PIPE #1 27-35-47.28N/082-45-48.87W
PIPE #2 27-34-58.80N/082-45-49.50W
PIPE #3 27-36-09.20N/082-45-35.55W
PIPE #4 27-34-49.32N/082-45.30.68W (7th District LNM Week 44/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 44/2014:
NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can "Search" a bridge name for previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current. Bridges that have vertical height reduced (or other severe restriction) will remain on this list until the restriction is removed.
Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Genesis CEI Services, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that due to painting operations on the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) (30.323251°-81.438770°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (San Pablo Creek) mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida. The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by four feet slightly more than one-half the channel from April 10, 2014 through April 10, 2015. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening. During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.
Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
There are two 72 hour bridge closures anticipated with this project. The next one will be in November to fix the cables and the other is for the concrete pour which is tentatively scheduled to start on December 19, 2014.
Main Street Bridge, Daytona: Volusia County, the bridge owner, of the Main Street Bridge (29.222452°-81.019019°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 829.7, Daytona, Florida has advised the Coast Guard that the bridge has malfunctioned and they are currently on single-leaf operations. A manual double-leaf opening is available by contacting the bridge tender. No estimated time of repair has been provided.
Veterans Memorial Bridge, Daytona: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from Volusia County, Florida for the approval of location and plans for the construction of a new bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 830.6 (29.210135°-81.011298°), also known as the Halifax River. Public Notice 15-14 provides details of the proposed new bridge and solicits comments concerning the project. The public notice is available at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1®ion=7.
Flagler Memorial Bridge Update: Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.
The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule will be changed starting November 1, 2014, to once an hour on the quarter-hour. Starting Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in addition to the once an hour schedule, the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be allowed to not open at 8:15 a.m. and at 4:15. p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays to allow for rush hour traffic. The bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park and Southern Blvd Bridges will return to their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117.261:
(v) Royal Park (SR 704) bridge, mile 1022.6, at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the hour and half-hour.
(w) Southern Boulevard (SR 700/80) bridge, mile 1024.7 at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the quarter and three- quarter hour.
While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies: If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge.
The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position.
Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
Caloosahatchee River Bridge: The de Moya Group, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be setting the new bridge girders across the Caloosahatchee River (26.650326° -81.877938°). During main girder installation the waterway will need to be closed to navigation for the protection of the workers as well as the vessel operators passing under this location. The tentative schedule for waterway closures are Saturday, November 21, 2014, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and Saturday, January 10, 2015. The exact dates and times will be published in future Notice to Mariners, due to possible weather delays.
Hatchett Creek Bridge: Per 33 CFR 117.287 – The draw of the Hatchett Creek (US-41) bridge (27.102429°-82.444393°), mile 56.9 at Venice, shall open on signal, except that, from 7 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the draw need open only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour and except between 4:25 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. when the draw need not open. On Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the draw need open only on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour, and three quarter-hour. This bridge need not open to navigation on the second Sunday of November annually, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to facilitate the Iron Man Triathlon event.
Longboat Pass Bridge: The Longboat Pass Bridge (27.333357°-82.582452°) across Longboat Pass, Longboat, Manatee County, Florida has been repaired and is fully operational. Both the Longboat Pass and New Pass Bridges have returned to their normal operating schedules. Due to the problem with the bridge, the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation, will be making some emergency repairs to the bridge. They do not anticipate requesting any navigation restrictions during these repairs. As it will take some time to initiate this emergency repair action, the Longboat Pass Bridge may malfunction which could cause this bridge to be stuck in either the open or closed position. If the bridge is closed to navigation the bridge tender will notify any vessels in the vicinity of the bridge of this issue immediately and will request that they transit either north or south to avoid this bridge. The Coast Guard upon notification will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners and the New Pass Bridge will operate on a 24 hour a day schedule until repairs are made to the Longboat Pass Bridge.
Pinellas Bayway Structure E Bridge: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to change the operating schedule that governs the Pinellas Bayway Structure "E" (SR 679) Bridge (27.693357°-82.718047°), Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 113.0, St. Petersburg Beach, FL. This proposal would extend the time period when the bridge is subject to periodic openings. During this extended time period the bridge will not open on demand.
Docket No. USCG–2014–0436]
DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before November 10, 2014.
A. Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided.
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 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).
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
5th District Provides Form to Simplify Feedback on Waterway Changes:
Waterway users within the 5th Coast Guard District can now provide feedback on proposed changes to waterways by filling out the District 5 Waterway Proposals data/feedback form, located at the NAVCEN D5 LNM website: www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict®ion=5
The website link can also be found in Section VI Proposed Changes of the Local Notice to Mariners. (5th District LNM Week 44/4014)
Reedy Point Safety Zone:
Mariners are advised that a safety zone for the northern portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage is in effect. The safety zone encompasses the northern portion of the anchorage from a line drawn between 39-33 7.5N, 75-33 2.0W and 39-33 8.8N, 75-32 31.8W. No vessels are permitted to anchor in this area. Vessels transiting through the Chesapeake and Delaware canal may use this area for transit. The safety zone will remain in effect until November 15, 2014. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. (5th District LNMN Week 42/2014)
Potomac River Surveys and Diving Ops, Nice Bridge Area:
Mariners are advised that hydrographic and geophysical surveys are scheduled to occur in the Potomac River from on or about November 3, 2014 through November 17, 2014. The work will consist of tethered scuba diving and will be conducted on either side of the Harry W. Nice (U.S.-301) Bridge (38.357817° -76.998105°), located between Newburg, MD and Dahlgren, VA, extending 1,000 feet upstream and 1000 feet downstream, including the navigation channel, as well as shoal area to the east and west. Vessels on scene include a 17-foot green open cockpit boat and a 28-foot gray SeaArk survey boat. Mariners are requested to transit the area with extreme caution, operate at minimal wake and provide a wide berth to the survey vessels. Interested mariners may contact these vessels via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16 or at telephone (401) 439-1031. (5th District LNM Week 43/2014)
Nanticoke River RR Bridge Closed Four Months:
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern Railway Bridge (38.637445°-75.613910°), at mile 39.4, across Nanticoke River in Seaford DE is closed for emergency repairs. There is zero vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels. Repairs are being made with due speed to the operating machinery and normal operating schedule should be resumed by March 31, 2015. (5th District LNM Week 43/2014)
Transmission Line Replacement/New Lesner Bridge Construction:
Waff Contracting will provide marine based equipment for the removal/replacement of two pile foundations and support T & D Solutions with the removal and replacement of transmission lines crossing Lynnhaven Inlet. The overhead lines run south of and parallel to the existing Lesner Hwy 60 Bridge approximately 900' across the Inlet. Approximate landfall coordinates are (east side) 36-54-26N, 76-05-25W and (west side) 36:54:26N, 76:05:35 W. Work will be completed using a barge mounted crane, barge mounted line trucks and material barges. At all times Waff will provide and position boats to keep general boating traffic well clear of the work area. During the actual line pulling work, Waff will position additional boats along the length of the pull to exclude boat traffic and prevent the possibility of line impact hazard to general boating traffic. Each pull will include work that will affect the navigable channel and boats will be positioned to warn and stop boating traffic over a three day period but only for approximately one hour that each line is actually being pulled. Tentative schedule start is October 27th. All tower & line work to be complete by mid December. Work vessels will monitor Channels 13 & 16 VHF-FM. Work site/Barge Contact is Chris Jenkins (252) 337-4003. (5th District LNM Week 43/2014)
Lower Chesapeake Buoys for Naval Testing:
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Combatant Craft Division, Naval Station Norfolk; has established three; one green, one red and one yellow, (5'x5') buoys to be used for daytime Autonomous testing. A 36" diameter white buoy will be placed on each station at night. Test area 3.50Nm. Southwest of the York River Entrance Channel, 3.65Nm. North of the Thimble Shoals Channel and 4.25Nm. Northwest of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. An assist vessel will be monitoring channel 16. Testing will be completed on or about 1 December, 2014.
Chesapeake Bay NSWCCD Buoys:
Red 37 03 21.54N—76 10 07.56W
Green 37 03 18.00N—76 10 11.58W
Yellow 37 03 17.40N—76 10 07.20W (5th District LNM Week 43/2014)
Mariners are advised that the dredge ROCKBRIDGE is conducting dredging operations in the Elizabeth River, in Norfolk Harbor Reach and Craney Island Reach (36.919320° -76.370177°). The work extends between Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 9485) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9710) until approximately December 15, 2014. Concerned traffic should contact the dredge ROCKBRIDGE on VHF Channel 13 or 16. Mariners shall use caution when transiting the area and minimize wake. (5th District LNM Week 39/2014)
Great Bridge "Free Dock", No Dockage:
Flint Construction Company has commenced demolition and reconstruction work at the City of Chesapeake Pier in the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal in the vicinity of the Great Bridge Locks (36.723681°-76.247636°). Work is expected to take place from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Monday through Saturday, with a completion date of 24 November, 2014. The crane barge can be contacted on Channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area and proceed with no wake. (5th District LNM Week 42/2014) NOTE: This is one of two "free docks" at Great Bridge. The first one encountered southbound on the west side of the bridge is open. The dock on the east side of the bridge, across from Atlantic Yacht Basin, is the one that is being demolished and rebuilt.*
AICW Dredging, Old Topsail Creek, NC, Area:
The dredge SNELL will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Old Topsail Creek and Howards Channel in the Intracoastal Waterway (34.354514°-77.681862°) from 22 - 28 October and 05 – 11 November, 2014. Operations are expected to take place from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. The dredge can be contacted on Channels 13 & 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 42/2014) NOTE: Hopefully this dredging will remove the shoaling referred to below at green can 99A at Black Mud Creek (AKA Howard's Channel).
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.
Mariners are advised that the dredge MURDEN will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinty Ocracoke Inlet (35° 8'2.33"N, 76° 0'31.93"W) and Teaches Hole Channel from October 30, 2014 until November 14, 2014. Dredging operations are scheduled from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The dredge can be contacted on Channels 13 & 16 VHF-FM. (5th District LNM Week 44/2014)
Harkers Island Swing Bridge in Closed to Navigation Position:
Mariners are advised that the route 70 Harkers Island Swing Bridge (34.717482° -76.576952°), at mile 0.6, across the straights, in Harkers Island NC, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position until 24 Dec 2014 for emergency repairs to the main drive gear. The available vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position is approximately 14 feet, above MHW. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so and should adjust their transits accordingly. Alternate routes may be available. (5th District LNM Week 44/2014)
Morehead City Channel Shoaling:
Areas of shoaling less than the charted depth of 40 ft have been identified in the Cutoff Channel of the Morehead City Harbor Entrance (34.711536° -76.693806°) of North Carolina. The location of greatest concern is an estimated 2400 ft area on the east side of the federal Cutoff Channel extending out an estimated 200 ft from Red Channel Lighted Buoy 16 to Red Channel Lighted Buoy 16A in the Cutoff Channel of the Morehead City Harbor Entrance. The worst shoaling is 8 ft at mean low water at the extreme eastern side of the federal Cutoff Channel. Depths are reported at 37 ft in the center at mean low water. Deep draft vessels in the vicinity of this shoaled area are discouraged from meeting or overtaking one another in-between Green Lighted Buoy 19 (LLNR 9310) and Red Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 29387). Mariners, particularly those without local knowledge, are urged to use caution when transiting this area. The Captain of the Port can be contacted via telephone at (910) 343-3882 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM Week 43/2014)
No More Wilmington Shortcut:
On or about 05 November 2014, the Coast Guard will discontinue the following Aids to Navigation due to shoaling:
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 39785) (34-03-12.659N, 077-55-15.787W)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 39790)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 39795)
Wilmington Shortcut Light 5 (LLNR 39800)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 39805)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 9 (LLNR 39810)
Wilmington Shortcut Light 10 (LLNR 39815)
Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 39820) (5th District LNM Week 44/2014)
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Gulf of Maine Surveys:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S250) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in the Gulf of Maine in the vicinity of Saco Bay and Cape Porpoise intermittently from January through February of 2015. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a 124-foot, white, twin-hulled survey vessel; the ship has NOAA markings, can be identified on AIS, and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Survey operations will be conducted 24-hrs a day from the ship. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the operational area. When towed hydrographic instrumentation is deployed, Ferdinand R. Hassler will be restricted in her ability to maneuver. An overview of the survey area is shown below. Questions or concerns can be addressed to the ship's Field Operations Officer via phone at: (603) 812-8748 or via email at: email@example.com. (First District LNM Week 44/2014)
Fall River, MA, Diving Ops:
Mariners are advised that diving operations are scheduled to take place in the channel under the Brightman Street Bridge (41.723911°-71.155931°), on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 and Thursday, November 13, 2014. The work will be conducted between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on both days. Divers will be conducting repairs under the bridge with up to three support vessels in the project vicinity. Mariners are requested to use extreme caution when transiting the area. Interested mariners may contact the person in charge at 860-532-8732. (First District LNM Week 44/2014)
Woods Hole Jetty Repair:
Jetty repairs will be done on the ACOE Jetty, behind the NOAA Fisheries Building (41.523099°-70.672408°), from November 3 - December, 2014. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 7:00 am 5:00 pm. On scene will be a barge, push & work boat. (First District LNM Week 42/2014)
Dredging at USCG Academy:
Dredging will be done at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in (PA) 41-22-20.11N 072-05-43.90W, from November 8 - December 8, 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be barge #389, dump scow #117 and tug OCEAN KING that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 43/2014)
Clinton, CT Dredging:
Dredging will be done at the Clinton Yacht Haven from November 1 - February 1, 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge KATHLEEN P and tug MARGIE G that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 42/2014)
Sandy Hook Bay Dredging:
Dredging will be done in the Navigational channel in Sandy Hook Bay from November 10 - December 31, 2014.. The work will be done in following (PA) positions: 40-25-26.9N 074-03-38.3W; 40-25-28.3W 074-03-38.3W; 40-25-48.8N 074-03-21.4W; 40-25-48.0N 074-03-19.8W & 40-25- 26.9N 074-03-37.2W. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a barge and scows that will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 44/2014)
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