Notice to Navigators: Eastern U.S. Rivers

NOTICE TO MARINERS
Eastern U.S. Rivers

LNM 52-21

 

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).

 

****NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – NORTH CAROLINA CUT - PROPOSED BRIDGE****

All interested parties are notified that an application dated October 1, 2021, has been received from the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, NC by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, for approval of the location and plans for replacement of an existing highway drawbridge over a navigable waterway of the United States. WATERWAY AND LOCATION: Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 240.6, between Camp Lejeune and Onslow County, NC. CHARACTER OF WORK: The proposed project is to construct a new Onslow Beach bascule bridge 300 feet northeast of the existing Onslow Beach swing bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Onslow Beach Road. The project will replace the existing Onslow Beach swing bridge and construct a new bascule bridge, roadway approaches and abutments to the northeast. Additional work includes, but is not limited to, construction of a bridge deck, guard rail and railing, lighting, asphalt pavement, pavement marking and signs, earthwork, grading, and incidental related work. Demolition of the existing bridge will occur after construction of the new bridge is complete and open to traffic. The purpose of the project is to replace the existing bridge after incurring damage from Hurricane Florence. The existing drawbridge has a horizontal clearance of 80 feet and a vertical clearance of 12 feet above mean high water in the closed position and unlimited vertical clearance in the open position}. The replacement bridge will be a drawbridge with a horizontal clearance of 90 feet and a vertical clearance of 16.17 feet above mean high water in the closed position and 65 feet vertical clearance in the open position. A copy of Public Notice D05PN-05-2021, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6422 or by viewing at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the address in the notice no later than 04 FEB 2022.

****NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER - PROPOSED BRIDGE****

All interested parties are notified that the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District has received a proposal from the City of Wilmington with plans for construction of two new railroad drawbridges over a navigable waterway of the United States. WATERWAY AND LOCATION: Cape Fear River, one immediately south of the US74/76 (Cape Fear Memorial Bridge), mile 26.8, and one between mile 30.2 and mile 30.3, at Wilmington, NC. CHARACTER OF WORK: The proposed project is to construct two new railroad bridges to bypass the existing freight rail route between the railyard in Navassa, NC (Davis Yard) and the Port which will eliminate 32 at-grade crossings. The purpose of the project is to improve safety, regional mobility and freight rail operations, while also improving the resiliency, reliability, and operational fluidity of the sole freight rail route connecting southeastern North Carolina with the Port of Wilmington. The two new bridges will be drawbridges. The bridge at mile 26.8 will have a horizontal clearance of 250 feet and a vertical clearance above mean high water of 20 feet in the closed position, 135 feet in the open position, and 40 feet in the partial open position (when not open or closed). The bridge between mile 30.2 and mile 30.3 will have a horizontal clearance of 102 feet and a vertical clearance of 9 feet above mean high water in the closed position and unlimited vertical clearance in the open position. A copy of Preliminary Public Notice D05PPN-04-2021, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6422 or by viewing at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the address in the notice no later than 04 FEB 2022. 

 

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

 

****NJ – SEACOAST – OFFSHORE SUBSEA CABLE REPAIR OPERATIONS****

Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has been contracted to carry out a Subsea Telecom Cable Repair activities of the SEABRAS-1 cable system in the Territorial Waters of USA New Jersey. SEABRAS-1 is a submarine repeated telecom cable system between USA and Brazil. Landing site in USA is located in Avon by the Sea in New Jersey. The fault location is approximately 10NM from shore (close to Avon by the Sea) at position:

Latitude 40° 06.27882974’ N, Longitude 073° 48.54265551’ W.

The repair operations are due to commence on 30 December 2021, utilizing the vessel PETER FABER and will last approximately 10 days. The exact start and finish date will be dependent on the prevailing weather conditions and work progress. It is requested that all vessels operating within this area keep their distance, maintaining at least a 500 m exclusion zone, and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.

The vessel PETER FABER will:

- Locate the fault and cut the cable.
- Recover one cable end and joint with spare cable.
- Deploy spare cable and recover other cable end left on seabed.
- Joint spare to cable end and perform cable integrity check.
- Redeploy and burry cable in seabed.

These operations will be conducted on an ongoing 24-hour basis. A listening watch will be maintained on VHF Channel 16, and the vessel will actively transmit an AIS signal.

C/S PETER FABER will operate in operational area defined below:

40°09.58532819'N, 073°49.77786082'W
40°08.78618709'N, 073°48.26008328'W
40°08.22502531'N, 073°47.75914350'W
40°03.88050978'N, 073°45.49849685'W
40°02.89683104'N, 073°48.46610310'W
40°07.08905719'N, 073°50.66067975'W
40°07.48758864'N, 073°51.48902478'W

PETER FABER Contact Information

Call Sign: FLEV
MMSI Number: 228 308 600
IMO: 8027781
Contact VHF Channel 16
Email: master@peterfaber.lda.fr
V-SAT Captain: +47 2367 4843
V-SAT Bridge: +47 2367 4842
GSM: +33 6 07 98 41 66

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.

****NC – ICW – CAMP LEJEUNE - GPS TESTING****

The GPS Navigation Signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems. Systems that rely on GPS, such as e-911, AIS and DSC, may be affected at an approximate Testing Center Point, Camp Lejeune, NC 34°36'09.1"N, 77°24’54.5"W, with a possible impact radius of 29 NM at 50 feet above ground level from Testing Center Point. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted on 05 to 09 January 2022. More information is available at the Coast Guard Navigation Center web site www.navcen.uscg.gov. During this period, GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they experience to the Navigation Information Service by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN web site to submit a GPS problem report. For additional information, you may contact the Navigation Information Service watch stander at (703) 313-5900.

****NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND - BANKS CHANNEL – BRIDGE MAINTENANCE****

Mariners are advised that a construction company, on behalf of North Carolina Department of Transportation, will be performing repairs on the South Bank Channel Bridge over Banks Channel at Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County, NC from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days a week, from January 3, 2022, through August 17, 2022. During the repair period, a work platform will be located underneath the bridge, which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge to approximately 4 feet above mean high water. Vessel traffic will need use an alternate route. Work vessels may be reached on VHF-FM channel 13 and 16.

 

SECTOR SOUTHEAST NEW ENGLAND GENERAL ARTICLES
Cape and the Islands, Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island See also Summary of Dredging

MA-BUZZARDS BAY-NEW BEDFORD HARBOR
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct repairs and dive operations on the gates of the New Bedford / Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier starting on Tuesday January 4th 2022. The work is expected to last approximately two weeks. The highest level of activity is expected on Thursday January 6th and/or Friday January 7th. The Barrier will remain open to vessel traffic during this period, but the available width of the 150 foot navigation opening will be reduced while the dive support vessel is operating in the channel. Mariners may contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Bedford /Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier on Channel 13 VHF to coordinate vessel movements or obtain current information on repairs and dive operations. Mariners are advised to transit with minimal speed and wake and proceed with extreme caution through the New Bedford / Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier while the repairs and dive operations are being conducted.

MA-CAPE COD BAY-BARNSTABLE HARBOR
The Robert B. Our Co. will be conducting dredging operations in the Barnstable Harbor Outer Channel from 27 December 2021 to 17 January 2022, 7 days a week, 6:00am – 6:00pm local. Equipment on scene will be the TYRONE Barge, Bobby Jr Scow, an 80T crawler crane, the Tug REALIST, the Pushboats MR. MAGOO and MR. BOJANGLES. The vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge.

 

SECTOR NEW YORK GENERAL ARTICLES
New York including Hudson River and Northern New Jersey See also Summary of Dredging

NY-EAST RIVER, HARLEM RIVER, NEWTOWN CREEK
Bud South, LLC. will be conducting Riprap shoreline maintenance and outfall pipe installation within Newtown Creek, shoreline of property at 55-01 2nd Street (AKA 2-20 Malt Drive), NY in approximate position 40-44-20N 073-57-32W. Work will be conducted from 28 December 2021 – 31 December 2022, from 7:30am – 5:30pm. Equipment on scene will be a turbidity curtain, steel sheeting, conctete outfall, an Eco-Mat, a Robovive Hammer, 2 excavator, front end loader, and a pile driver. No vessels will be used in the water. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when in the vicinity.

NY-LONG ISLAND SOUND to BEACON WIND LEASE OCS-A 0520
MMT Sweden AB will be conducting Marine geophysical, environmental sampling and geotechnical sampling in Long Island Sound from 29 December 2021 to 1 February 2022, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Equipment on scene will be the survey vessels DEEP HELDER and DANIELLE MILL. During the survey the vessels will be deploying subsurface survey equipment along the Export Cable Route corridor and in the Beacon Wind Lease Area (OCS-A 0520) and will be restricted in their ability to maneuver. Approaching vessels are requested to pass at a safe speed and distance. The vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16 continuously throughout the survey.

NY-SOUTHEAST OF NEW YORK-RIGHT WHALE SLOW ZONE
NOAA Fisheries announces that a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone under the Right Whale Slow Zone Program is currently in effect SE New York City, NY to protect an aggregation of Right Whales. The South of Nantucket Isl. Right Whale Slow Zone is in effect through January 5, 2022. NOAA requests mariners to route around this zone or transit through it at ten knots or less. The Southeast of New York City Slow Zone Area is bounded by: 40 degrees 35 minutes North, 39 degrees 56 minutes North, 072 degrees 47 minutes West, 073 degrees 40 minutes West. Information about voluntary vessel speed restrictions can also be found at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/endangered-speciesconservation/reducing-vessel-strikes-north-atlantic-right-whales.

 

SUMMARY OF ONGOING DREDGING AND MARINE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

****MD – PATAPSCO RIVER – NABBS CREEK – TIDAL WETLAND SHORELINE STABILIZATION PROJECT****
Century Engineering Inc., on behalf of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) will begin a wetland and shore stabilization project on Nabbs Creek behind the Chestnut Hill Cove residential community, beginning January 17, 2022 and continuing into Fall 2022. All work will be conducted from shore via an access road. For more information, contact Century Engineering at 443-589-2400.

****VA – HAMPTON ROADS – NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL – DREDGING****
Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia advises that the Dredge Lexington will be performing dredging in Norfolk International Terminal South Entrance Channel, east of NIT South Channel Buoy 2S (LLNR 9555. Work will be performed between December 27, 2021 and December 31, 2021. The dredge Lexington monitors VHF channels 13 and 6. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tender boats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging operations will be conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crab pots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work, a slow NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing.

****NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND - BANKS CHANNEL – BRIDGE MAINTENANCE****
Mariners are advised that a construction company, on behalf of North Carolina Department of Transportation, will be performing repairs on the South Bank Channel Bridge over Banks Channel at Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County, NC from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days a week, from January 3, 2022, through August 17, 2022. During the repair period, a work platform will be located underneath the bridge, which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge to approximately 4 feet above mean high water. Vessel traffic will need use an alternate route. Work vessels may be reached on VHF-FM channel 13 and 16.

MASSACHUSETTS
MA-CAPE COD BAY-BARNSTABLE HARBOR
The Robert B. Our Co. will be conducting dredging operations in the Barnstable Harbor Outer Channel from 27 December 2021 to 17 January 2022, 7 days a week, 6:00am – 6:00pm local. Equipment on scene will be the TYRONE Barge, Bobby Jr Scow, an 80T crawler crane, the Tug REALIST, the Pushboats MR. MAGOO and MR. BOJANGLES. The vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge. 

MA-BUZZARDS BAY-NEW BEDFORD HARBOR
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct repairs and dive operations on the gates of the New Bedford / Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier starting on Tuesday January 4th 2022. The work is expected to last approximately two weeks. The highest level of activity is expected on Thursday January 6th and/or Friday January 7th.

The Barrier will remain open to vessel traffic during this period, but the available width of the 150 foot navigation opening will be reduced while the dive support vessel is operating in the channel.

Mariners may contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Bedford /Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier on Channel 13 VHF to coordinate vessel movements or obtain current information on repairs and dive operations.

Mariners are advised to transit with minimal speed and wake and proceed with extreme caution through the New Bedford / Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier while the repairs and dive operations are being conducted.

NEW YORK
NY-EAST RIVER, HARLEM RIVER, NEWTOWN CREEK
Bud South, LLC. will be conducting Riprap shoreline maintenance and outfall pipe installation within Newtown Creek, shoreline of property at 55-01 2nd Street (AKA 2-20 Malt Drive), NY in approximate position 40-44-20N 073-57-32W. Work will be conducted from 28 December 2021 – 31 December 2022, from 7:30am – 5:30pm. Equipment on scene will be a turbidity curtain, steel sheeting, conctete outfall, an Eco-Mat, a Robovive Hammer, 2 excavator, front end loader, and a pile driver. No vessels will be used in the water. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when in the vicinity.

NEW JERSEY
NJ-NY HARBOR-BAYONNE-KILL VAN KULL-IMTT PIERS-Revised
Aquifer Drilling and Testing, Inc. will be conducting marine borings at IMTT, Bayonne at two locations (See below). Borings will be taken from 4 – 6 January, 2022, Mon through Fri, 6:00am – 7:00pm. Equipment on scene will be one 18x40 Lift Boat with track/truck mounted mount drill rig, one 25’ aluminum transport boat with (2) 75HP outboard motors. Vessels will be on scene monitoring CH 13 and 16.

 

BRIDGE DEVIATIONS, REPAIRS AND CONSTRUCTION

 

SECTOR SOUTHEAST NEW ENGLAND ONE TIME EVENTS

MA – NEW BEDFORD – NEW BEDFORD NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS – FIREWORKS
Mariners are advised that the New Bedford New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display is scheduled to be held on a barge in New Bedford Harbor, MA. The event will take place on December 31, 2021 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A safety zone will be in place from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. During this time the navigation channel will be closed to all vessel traffic, both commercial and recreational. Mariners are required to maintain a minimum distance of two hundred fifty (250) yards from the fireworks launching platform. Interested parties may contact the person in charge by phone at (603) 532-8324.

RI – NARRAGANSETT BAY – WARWICK NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS – FIREWORKS
Mariners are advised that the City of Warwick New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display is scheduled to be held in the vicinity of Rocky Point Park, Narragansett Bay, RI. The event will take place on December 31, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution and are requested to maintain a distance of at least two hundred fifty (250) yards from the fireworks launching platform. Mariners may contact the person in charge by marine radio VHF channel 16.

MA – CAPE COD BAY – PROVINCETOWN NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS – FIREWORKS
Mariners are advised that the Provincetown New Year’s Eve Fireworks Event is scheduled to be held in the vicinity of Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod Bay, Provincetown, MA. The event will take place on January 1, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution and are requested to maintain a distance of at least two hundred fifty (250) yards from the fireworks launching platform. Mariners may contact the person in charge by phone at (508) 494-1238.