Notice to Navigators: Eastern U.S. Rivers

NOTICE TO MARINERS
Eastern Rivers

LNM 51-21 

 

SECTION VI - PROPOSED CHANGES
Periodically, the Coast Guard evaluates its system of aids to navigation to determine whether the conditions for which the aids to navigation were established have changed. When changes occur, the feasibility of improving, relocating, replacing, or discontinuing aids are considered. This section contains notice(s) of non-approved, proposed projects open for comment. SPECIAL NOTE: Mariners are requested to respond in writing to the District office unless otherwise noted (see banner page for address).

****MD – MIDDLE RIVER - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE PROPOSAL****

The Coast Guard is proposing making the following changed to the aids to navigation marking Middle River: Change: Lighted Buoy 1MR (LLNR 27110) to Light 1MR in approximate position: 39 16 21.671N-76 20 10.726W with a 4nm nominal range quick flashing green light, optic height of 15’ and SG dayboards on multi-pile structure. Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D05 LNM 2015 Special Notice_Waterway_Proposal Feedback Form.pdf All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to February 14, 2022 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number 05-22-007(D).

Send comments to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil, or mail to:

U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District
Waterways Management (dpw)
431 Crawford Street, Room 100
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Attn: Albert Grimes
Portsmouth, VA 23704

NJ-SEACOAST-APPROACHES TO NEW YORK-NANTUCKET SHOALS TO FIVE FATHOM BANK (Chart 12300)

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to Aids to Navigation to this waterway: DISESTABLISH the following aids to navigation and replace them with AIS virtual aids; Fishing Grounds Obstruction Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 740) Fishing Grounds Obstruction Shoal Buoy 6 (LLNR 742) Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 11 February 2022 to complete the process. In order to most effectively consider your feedback and improve or data collection when responding to this proposal, please include size and type of vessel, recreational or commercial, and distance from aid that you start looking for it, and if and how you use the signal. Please do not call the Coast Guard via telephone or other means, only written responses to this proposal will be accepted. Refer to Project No. 01-21-089. E-mail can be sent to: D01-SMBDPWPublicComments@uscg.mil.

NY-LONG ISLAND SOUND-GREENWICH POINT TO NEW ROCHELLE (Chart 12367)-Milton Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to aids in Milton Harbor:

TEMPORARILY DISESTABLISH all the aids affected by the extreme shoaling in Milton Harbor until the channel has been dredged:

Buoy 3 (LLNR 25665)          Buoy 5 (LLNR 25670)
Buoy 8 (LLNR 25680)          Buoy 6 (LLNR 25675)
Buoy 10 (LLNR 25690)        Buoy 9 (LLNR 25685)
Buoy 12 (LLNR 25700         Buoy 11 (LLNR 25695)
Buoy 14 (LLNR 25710)        Buoy 13 (LLNR 25705)

Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 11 February 2022 to complete the process. In order to most effectively consider your feedback and improve or data collection when responding to this proposal, please include size and type of vessel, recreational or commercial, and distance from aid that you start looking for it, and if and how you use the signal. Please do not call the Coast Guard via telephone or other means, only written responses to this proposal will be accepted. Refer to Project No. 01-21-090. E-mail can be sent to: D01-SMBDPWPublicComments@uscg.mil.

 

SECTION VII – GENERAL
This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.

****NJ – LITTLE EGG INLET – TUCKERTON FEDERAL CHANNEL – DREDGING****

Sumco Eco Contracting will conduct dredging from December 21 2021 to December 31 2021 in the Tuckerton Federal Channel in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Dredge Celtic Sea, Pushboat Ainsley Ruth, and a small watercraft crew boat will be monitoring VHF-FM 16, CH 6, and CH 7. Operation will be conducted 24 hours a day and require 30 minutes notice to move out of channel. For more information, contact Heath Davis at 574-596- 0829.

****MD – ATLANTIC OCEAN - OFFSHORE CABLE SHIP TRIALS****

The SubCom cable ship C.S. Durable will be conducting remotely operated submersible vehicle trials between 26 Dec 21 and 07 Jan 20 at various sites between 60 and 135 nautical miles east of the Maryland coast. During this time the vessel will be operating 24 hours per day with restricted maneuverability while operating equipment subsea. Trials will take place within a 2 nautical mile radius of the following locations: 36-57-43.20N 74- 40-1.26W, 36-55-41.34N 73-57-30.30-W, 36-50-26.82N 73-20-13.68W, 37-40-51.30N 73-16-23.88W. C.S. Durable will monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 13. Mariners are asked to use caution and avoid approaching within 1 nautical mile of the vessel.

****MD - VA – ATLANTIC OCEAN – HAZOPS****

Hazardous operations to surface vessels will be conducted from January 1, 2022 to January 31, 2022 inside a circle with an 11 nautical mile radius centered around 37-55N and 074-04W. All units will monitor channels 13 and 16 for traffic concerns. Mariners should avoid this area and use caution when transiting the surrounding waters.

****VA - ATLANTIC OCEAN - WALLOPS ISLAND – ROCKET LAUNCH****

Mariners are advised the launch director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean within the existing danger zone off Wallops Island and Chincoteague Inlet (depicted in 33 CFR 334.130) as shown on Nautical Ocean Service chart 12210, will be hazardous to navigation because of a rocket launch during the periods and times stated below. The primary launch date is scheduled for Wallops Island, VA on; January 4, 2022 from 20:30 pm to January 5, 2022 04:15 am (Est), with the following back up dates and times:

January 5, 2022 from 20:30 pm to January 6, 04:15 am (Est).
January 6, 2022 from 20:30 pm to January 7, 04:15 am (Est).
January 7, 2022 from 20:30 pm to January 8, 04:15 am (Est).
January 8, 2022 from 20:30 pm to January 9, 04:15 am (Est).
January 9, 2022 from 20:30 pm to January 10, 04:15 am (Est).
January 10, 2022 from 20:30 pm to January 11, 04:15 am (Est).

The following 2 public ship avoidance areas will be in effect during these launch windows bound by: a 8 nautical mile hazard area approximately 7.56 nautical miles east of Wallops Island launch pad at center point of position 37-47.86N /75-19.79"W, and a 42 nautical mile hazard area approximately 105 nautical miles east of Wallops Island launch pad at center point position 37-11.74N /73-26.17"W. Mariners planning on operating in these areas are requested to contact "Wallops Plot" via VHF-FM Ch. 12 or Ch. 22 or via landline at (757) 824-1685. For any concerns contact surveillance coordinator Jordan West at (757) 824-2949 or launch director John Dickerson at (757) 894-2094.

****VA - ELIZABETH RIVER – NORFOLK SOUTHERN #7 BRIDGE – FENDER MAINTENANCE****

Fender maintenance will began on the Norfolk Southern, #7 Bridge, mile 5.8 on the Elizabeth River, on Saturday December 18, 2021, and is projected to be completed by January 31, 2022. The work will be located on the southeast embankment, positioned adjacent to the bridge pier to repair damage to the fender system. Bridge operation should not be impacted by this maintenance work. Maintenance vessels, when used, will be located just east of the navigable channel and south of the #7 bridge. Mariners are requested to proceed at a reasonable speed to make safe transit of the bridge while respecting work crew stability. The project Superintendent may be reached at (419) 944-5791. Mariners should use caution navigating through the area.

****VA – NORFOLK HARBOR AND ELIZABETH RIVER - BRIDGE DEVIATION****

Mariners are advised that Norfolk Southern Corporation will be replacing bascule span track and tread and bridge jacking to realign the location of the rolling span at the Norfolk Southern #7 railroad bridge across the South Branch of the Elizabeth River, river mile 5.8, at Chesapeake, VA. To facilitate bridge work, the bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position 7 p.m. on January 8, 2022, to 11 a.m. on January 11, 2022, 7 p.m. on January 22, 2022, to 11 a.m. on January 25, 2022, 7 p.m. on February 5, 2022, to 11 a.m. on February 8, 2022, 7 p.m. on February 19, 2022, to 11 a.m. on February 22, 2022, 7 p.m. on March 4, 2022, to 11 a.m. on March 7, 2022, and midnight to 6 p.m. on March 13, 2022, and March 20, 2022 . Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies during the maintenance period and the vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 7 feet above mean high water. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so, after receiving confirmation from the bridge tender that it is safe to transit through the bridge. The bridge will be maintained in the open-to-navigation position from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 11, 2022, January 25, 2022, February 8, 2022, and February 22, 2022. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d).

****VA – NEWPORT NEWS TO JAMESTOWN ISLAND – JAMES RIVER – SOIL BORING****

GET Solutions, Inc., on behalf AECOM and Hampton Road Sanitation District (HRSD) will be performing a soil boring exploration within the James River and the Newport News Federal Navigation Channel between the dates of December 27, 2021 and December 30, 2021. Work will take place between 0700 and 1800 Monday through Friday. The exploration consists of soil borings aligned parallel to the west side Monitor Merrimac Bridge from Newport News Point (CSX Pier 15), south to buoy “2NR”, south to Pigs Point. All equipment and vessels will be removed from the work area after each work day. Soil boring equipment will be housed on a 110’x32’ barge (BR110324) outfitted with power spuds and supported by a 25-foot push tug (Teddi C) owned and operated by Crofton Industries. The vessel master will issue a security call on VHF-FM channel 13 and channel 16 prior to mobilizing to the day’s work location and at the end of each work day once the vessel has safely moved from the work location. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16, and can be reached directly via cell phone by contacting Teddi C Captain Travis (TJ) Desling (757-807- 9928).

****NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – BRIDGE CLOSURE****

Mariners are advised that the owner and operator of the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC has requested a temporary deviation to replace the bridge’s new miter rail system. To facilitate the repairs, the bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. on January 4, 2022, to 7 p.m. on January 6, 2022, with alternative work dates from 7 a.m. on January 7, 2022, to 7 p.m. January 9, 2022. The bridge has vertical clearance of 4 feet above mean high water in the closed position. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.

****NC – NEW RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER – SNOWS CUT – DREDGING****

Southwind Construction Corp will conduct dredge operations starting on January 4, 2022 to February 8, 2022 in Snow’s Cut, New Hanover County North Carolina, Dredging Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Channel Sections 4 & 5, Tangents 1, 3, 4 & 4A with beach placement at Freeman Park south of Carolina Beach Inlet. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dredge: Andi Rae, Workboat: Ann Kay & Miss Leanne will monitor Channel 13 & 16, and Working Channel 79. Submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked pursuant to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned parallel along the left descending shoreline of the federal channel thence traversing easterly along Carolina Beach Inlet to Freeman Park. For more information, contact David Lynn (Superintendent) Cell: 812-455-1770, or Chris Barton (Night Shift Supt.) Cell: 812-454-7114.

 

SECTOR NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND GENERAL ARTICLES
Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire

NH-CAPE NEDDICK HARBOR TO ISLE OF SHOALS-PORTSMOUTH HARBOR

University of New Hampshire will be collecting oceanographic data east of New Castle Island, Portsmouth Harbor in position 43-04-07.0N 070-42- 28.0W in a depth of 10 meters from 20 December 2021 to 15 May 2022, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Equipment on scene will be a small instrumented tripod (2m tall, 0.85 sq.m footprint) on the seafloor.

 

SECTOR SOUTHEAST NEW ENGLAND GENERAL ARTICLES
Cape and the Islands, Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island

MA-BUZZARDS BAY-POCASSET RIVER

The Town of Bourne (MA) is conducting dredging operations in the Pocasset River until 31 January 2022. During this time period, the river will be closed from the entrance at Buzzards Bay (41-42-00.1N, 070-37-27.3W) to the Shore Road Bridge due to numerous hazards to navigation in the river from underwater cables and obstructions. All vessels are advised to stay clear until dredging operations are completed. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Bourne Harbormaster at 508-759-0600 x1312.

RI-NARRAGANSETT BAY-PROVIDENCE RIVER

New England Boring Contractors will be conducting test borings on the Providence River beginning 3 – 30 January 2022 from 6:30am – 4:30pm. Equipment on scene will be a Barge, a support boat and a drill rig. During operations with geotechnical equipment. The vessels will work toward edge of channel where possible. The time to move barge depends on the stage of drilling. Steel casing will extend 80+ feet below the mudline and cannot be removed quickly. Vessels can be contacted on VHF-FM ch 16. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution.

 

SECTOR LONG ISLAND SOUND GENERAL ARTICLES
Connecticut, Long Island and Eastern NY

CT-WESTBROOK-MENUNKETESUCK RIVER-PILOTS POINT MARINA

Patriot Marine will be conducting maintenance dredging activities in Pilots Point Marina, Menunketesuck River, Westbrook CT in position 41° 16’ 21.45”N, 72° 28’ 32.68”W with transport at CLDS from 20 December 2021 to 31 January 2022, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Equipment on scene will be the Tugs MISS ANNA, BAYOU BANDIT and Dredge 562. The vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 9 and 13 and will need a 10 minute warning to move. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge.

 

SECTOR NEW YORK GENERAL ARTICLES
New York including Hudson River and Northern New Jersey

NY-NY HARBOR-RARITAN BAY-ARTHUR KIL

TMS Waterfront will be collecting marine 25 geotechnical borings and 12 CPT probes in Arthur Kill, Outerbridge Reach, East Bank, to the North and East of Arthur Kill Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 36625), approximately 300 ft outboard of the Federal Navigational Channel beginning 20 December 2021 – 4 February 2022 from 5:00am – 6:00pm. Equipment on scene will be the Barge #1, Warren George Jackup 30x80, Tugboat: TIRRO and a Small Workboat. During operations with geotechnical equipment, The jackup and spud vessel require 4 hours notification to move. Vessels can be contacted on VHF-FM ch 16 and 72. 

SUMMARY OF SHOALING REPORTED IN THE FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT ENCLOSURE (1)

MARYLAND SHOALING
MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY - POCOMOKE AND TANGIER SOUNDS - POCOMOKE RIVER – SHOALING

Shoaling has been reported in the Pocomoke River between Pocomoke River Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 22540) and Pocomoke River Channel Buoy 8 (LLNR 22555), to reported depths less than 4.5 feet at MLW centerline, 2.3 feet on the red side of the channel, and 3.2 feet on the green side. MD-NCR BNM 299-21.

 

SUMMARY OF DREDGING/MARINE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS Enclosure (3)

****NJ – LITTLE EGG INLET – TUCKERTON FEDERAL CHANNEL – DREDGING****

Sumco Eco Contracting will conduct dredging from December 21 2021 to December 31 2021 in the Tuckerton Federal Channel in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Dredge Celtic Sea, Pushboat Ainsley Ruth, and a small watercraft crew boat will be monitoring VHF-FM 16, CH 6, and CH 7. Operation will be conducted 24 hours a day and require 30 minutes notice to move out of channel. For more information, contact Heath Davis at 574-596-0829. 

****VA - ELIZABETH RIVER – NORFOLK SOUTHERN #7 BRIDGE – FENDER REPAIR****

Fender maintenance will began on the Norfolk Southern, #7 Bridger, mile 5.8 on the Elizabeth River, on Saturday December 18, 2021, and is projected to be completed by January 31, 2022. The work will be located on the southeast embankment, positioned adjacent to the bridge pier to repair damage to the fender system. Bridge operation should not be impacted by this maintenance work. Maintenance vessels, when used, will be located just east of the navigable channel and south of the #7 bridge. Mariners are requested to proceed at a reasonable speed to make safe transit of the bridge while respecting work crew stability. The project Superintendent may be reached at (419) 944-5791. Mariners should use caution navigating through the area.

NC – ICW – BOGUE SOUND – NEW RIVER – DREDGING

Southwind Construction Corp will conduct dredge operations starting on November 17, 2021 to December 17, 2021. Dredging will be in Browns Inlet Crossing, Onslow County North Carolina, Dredging Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Channel Section 2 Tangent F with beach placement at Onslow Beach near Camp Lejeune, NC. Operations are currently complete and will begin demobilization on January 3, 2022. Dredge: Andi Rae, Workboat: Ann Kay & Miss Leanne will monitor Channel 13 & 16, and Working Channel 79. Submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked pursuant to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned parallel and adjacent to the shoreline of the federal channel thence traversing upland and southeast to the beach fill placement area on Onslow Beach. For more information, contact David Lynn (Superintendent) Cell: 812-455-1770, or Chris Barton (Night Shift Supt.) Cell: 812-454-7114.

****NC – NEW RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER – SNOWS CUT – DREDGING****

Southwind Construction Corp will conduct dredge operations starting on January 4, 2022 to February 8, 2022 Snow’s Cut, New Hanover County North Carolina, Dredging Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Channel Sections 4 & 5, Tangents 1, 3, 4 & 4A with beach placement at Freeman Park south of Carolina Beach Inlet. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dredge: Andi Rae, Workboat: Ann Kay & Miss Leanne will monitor Channel 13 & 16, and Working Channel 79. Submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked pursuant to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned parallel along the left descending shoreline of the federal channel thence traversing easterly along Carolina Beach Inlet to Freeman Park. For more information, contact David Lynn (Superintendent) Cell: 812-455-1770, or Chris Barton (Night Shift Supt.) Cell: 812-454-7114.

 

SUMMARY OF MARINE EVENTS AND FIREWORKS DISPLAYS IN THE FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT ENCLOSURE (4)

****MD – SEACOAST – FENWICK ISLAND TO CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND – ASSAWOMAN BAY – FIREWORKS DISPLAY****

Mariners are advised that an aerial fireworks display will be held along the Assawoman Bay at Ocean City, MD on December 31, 2020 (no rain date), at approximately 11:59 p.m. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, to keep a sharp lookout for other watercraft in the area, and are reminded to heed the directions of patrolling law enforcement and public safety officials. Absent specific guidance, mariners should remain 600 feet from the fireworks discharge site located at Northside Park, in approximate position latitude 38°25’54.72” N, longitude 075°03’53.11” W. For any comments or questions contact Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693.

****MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY – HEAD OF CHESAPEAKE BAY – SUSQUEHANNA RIVER – FIREWORKS DISPLAY****

An annual aerial fireworks display is scheduled to occur on the Susquehanna River at Havre de Grace, MD on December 31, 2021 at approximately 11:59 p.m. (rain date January 1, 2022 at approx. 9:30 p.m.). Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, reminded to heed the directions of patrolling law enforcement and public safety officials present, and absent specific guidance, should remain 420 feet from the fireworks barge located approximately 300 yards southeast of Concord Point, in approximate position latitude 39º32'19.0" N., longitude 076º04'58.3" W. Comments or questions should be directed to Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, Waterways Management Division, at telephone number (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693.