Notice to Navigators: Gulf and Intracoastal Waterways

NOTICE TO MARINERS
GULF AND INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS

LNM 03-22

 

SECTION VII – GENERAL

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

 

FL - GULF OF MEXICO - PENSACOLA - PANAMA CITY - TALLAHASSEE - Hazardous Operations - UPDATE

Mariners making plans to transit offshore Tallahassee, Panama City and Pensacola, Florida, are advised of frequent rocket activity and associated hazardous areas which may include free falling debris and/or descending vehicles or vehicle components under various means of control. Offshore Pensacola, bound by the following approximate positions:

  • 29-55-48.0N 087-38-34.8W,
  • 29-55-48.0N 087-21-25.2W,
  • 29-40-12.0N 087-38-34.8W and,
  • 29-40-12.0N 087-21-25.2W.

Offshore Panama City, bound by the following approximate positions:

  • 29-50-45.6N 086-19-33.6W,
  • 29-50-45.6N 086-02-24.0W,
  • 29-35-09.6N 086-19-33.6W and,
  • 29-35-09.6N 086-02-24.0W.

Offshore Tallahassee, bound by the following approximate positions:

  • 29-24-46.8N 084-20-31.2W,
  • 29-24-46.8N 084-03-28.8W,
  • 29-09-10.8N 084-20-31.2W and
  • 29-09-10.8N 084-03-28.8W.

Mariners should contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile at (251) 441-5940, for more information. Specific scheduled information and Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB) can be found at the following website https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/jacksonville. Upcoming information and Hazardous Areas are also posted on the following Patrick Air Force Base website https://www.patrick.af.mil/ or can be obtained by calling 1 (800) 470-7232.

 

FL - ST. GEORGE SOUND - Vessel Aground

The 43-foot S/V LADY CATHERINE has been reported aground in the vicinity of St. George Island, FL., in approximate position 29-40-18.72N 084-49- 44.64W, on January 15, 2022. S/V LADY CATHERINE is scheduled to be salvaged on January 25, 2022. Mariners are urged to avoid this area.

 

LA - GULF OF MEXICO - Natural Gas Release – UPDATE

An unsecured natural gas release and oil spill has been reported in the vicinity of a platform in West Delta Block 80, in approximate position 28-58- 08.4N 089-30-01.3W. Mariners are advised to maintain a 1 nautical mile safe distance, until further notice.

 

LA - GULF OF MEXICO - Natural Gas Leak

A natural gas leak has been reported in the Gulf of Mexico, South Timbalier Block 41. The observed gas bubbles were reported to be about 5 feet in diameter and in approximate position 28-56-24.0N 090-11-15.0W. Mariners are urged to transit this area with caution and report any sightings to the U.S. Coast Guard unit.

 

LA - SPANISH PASS - Dredge Operation – UPDATE

Attached as an enclosure to this LNM, notification from Weeks Marine, Inc., Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project No. BA-0203 Spanish Pass Increment, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

 

LA - GIWW 14.7, EHL - Salvage Operations

Continuing until further notice, from 7:00 a.m., until 5:00 p.m., each day, salvage operations are being conducted to remove a sunken hopper barge, at approximate position 30-00-33.912N 089-55-09.228W, on the GIWW, at Mile 14.7, EHL, along the southern side of the channel. Operations are expected to obstruct a portion of the navigational channel. Mariners are urged to give the operation a wide berth and transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. M/V MAC ANDREW MCKINNEY will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 88A.

 

LA - GIWW - ALGIERS ALTERNATE ROUTE - MILE 3.7, SR 23 BELLE CHASSE HIGHWAY - Drawbridge Closure

The State Road 23 Belle Chasse Highway drawbridge across the Algiers Canal, Mile 3.7, Belle Chasse, LA., will be in the closed to navigation position, from 1:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on March 19, 2022 and 20, 2022. The bridge is being closed to increase the flow of car traffic off the Naval Air Station during special events on these dates.

 

LA - ATCHAFALAYA RIVER - Submerged Obstruction

A submerged rock pile has been reported on the Atchafalaya River, at Mile 109.8, approximately 70 feet off the LDB. The submerged rock pile is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to not stop at Mile 109.8 and are urged to transit this area with caution. For further information, mariners can contact Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay, at (985) 380-5370.

 

LA - TERREBONNE BAY - Submerged Obstruction

A submerged steel obstruction has been reported in the vicinity of in Terrebonne Bay, in approximate position 29-11-11.0N 090-34-46.0W. The submerged steel obstruction is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to avoid this area.

 

LA - HOUMA NAVIGATIONAL CANAL - Dredge Operation – UPDATE

The U.S. Government Contract Cutterhead Dredge E.W. ELLEFSEN has completed dredging operations in Houma Terrebonne Bay, from approximately Mile 0.0, to approximately Mile 11.5.

 

LA - HOUMA NAVIGATION CANAL - CAT ISLAND PASS - Dredge Operation

n preparations for the upcoming dredging operations, Weeks Marine is installing submerged lines just west of Cat Island Pass. Commencing approximately January 22, 2022 and continuing until approximately April 10, 2022, Hydraulic Dredge E.W. ELLEFSEN and attendant plant will perform maintenance dredging in the Cat Island Pass, between Mile 0.0 and Mile -4.0. A combination of floating and submerged line will be used to transport the dredged material to a discharge point along and adjacent to the right descending side (west) of the channel. The proposed pipeline corridor for disposal area(s) and floating/submerged lines in the Cat Island Pass, will be bound by the following approximate positions: Submerged lines in the vicinity of Houma Navigation Canal Mile 0.0 through Mile 11.5, are located between the following approximate positions:

PL Corridor 1:

  • 29-13-03.59N 090-39-06.66W,
  • 29-12-35.87N 090-39-32.61W,
  • 29-10-51.63N 090-37-12.48W,
  • 29-10-19.73N 090-36-59.44W,
  • 29-10-32.38N 090-36-19.44W and
  • 29-11-16.59N 090-36-40.57W.

PL Corridor 2:

  • 29-08-06.17N 090-36-04.88W,
  • 29-08-18.00N 090-35-26.07W,
  • 29-06-15.78N 090-34-36.55W and
  • 29-06-02.81N 090-35-15.89W.

Pipeline corridor for disposal area(s) and floating/submerged lines in the vicinity of Cat Island Pass will be bound by the following approximate positions:

  • 29-05-38.04N 090-35-14.45W,
  • 29-05-30.65N 090-34-49.96W,
  • 29-04-31.51N 090-35-10.61W,
  • 29-02-27.26N 090-34-30.07W, 2
  • 9-02-19.54N 090-34-54.68W and
  • 29-04-38.37N 090-35-41.25W.

Dredging operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The dredge, tugs and attendant plant will have all required U.S. Coast Guard lighting for night operations. The dredge and tugs will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made.

 

LA - ATCHAFALAYA RIVER, MILE 113.0 TO MILE 116.0 - Channel Conditions, COTP Restrictions

All mariners are advised of extensive shoaling and narrow channel width in the vicinity of Stouts Pass, from Atchafalaya River Mile 113.0 to Mile 116.0. The channel conditions have contributed to an influx of groundings. Therefore, the COTP has implemented the following restrictions between Mile 113.0 to Mile 116.0:

  1. Vessels shall not meet or overtake between these mile markers.
  2. All tows are required to have a draft no greater than 10 feet.
  3. All tows shall have a maximum length of 600 feet and maximum width of 70 feet.
  4. Any tows with a length greater than 400 feet are strongly advised to have an assist vessel while transiting this area.
  5. Vessels are highly recommended to use the Alternate Port Allen Route.

All mariners must check in with Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay, at Mile 110.0, on the Atchafalaya River. The U.S. Coast Guard sets advisories based on the information obtained on the hydrographic surveys conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers. These surveys should be considered during voyage planning and can be found here: https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/ under missions > navigation > channel surveys. One buoy is in place marking known shoaling but be advised that shoaling in this area changes daily. All mariners transiting Morgan City should report any hazards to navigation to U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay, at (985) 380-5370. Vessels failing to comply with these measures may be subject to a civil penalty in the amount of up to $25,000. For further information, mariners can contact Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay, at (985) 380-5370.

 

LA - ATCHAFALAYA RIVER - BERWICK BAY - Bridge Repair – UPDATE

Continuing through February 28, 2022, the U.S. 90 Bridge across the Atchafalaya River, Berwick Bay, Mile 121.1, Morgan City, Louisiana, is being repaired and repainted. A containment system has been placed underneath the bridge which will reduce the bridge vertical clearance by 3 feet. Mariners should contact Vessel Traffic Services Berwick Bay via VHF-FM Channel 11 or at (985) 380-5374, for updated information.

 

LA - ATCHAFALAYA RIVER - BERWICK BAY - Intermittent Power Outages on Highway 182 and Highway 90 Bridges

Intermittent light outages have been reported on the Highway 182 and Highway 90 Bridges due to power failures. Mariners should transit the area with caution. For more information, mariners can contact Vessel Traffic Services Berwick Bay via VHF-FM Channel 11 or at (985) 380-5374.

 

LA - CALCASIEU RIVER - Dredge Operation

Commencing February 4, 2022 and continuing until approximately February 8, 2022, Dredge MIKE HOOKS will be performing dredging operations in the Calcasieu River, Port of Lake Charles, Berth BT-1. The project is immediately below the 210 bridge on the RDB. A combination of submerged and floating pipeline will transport the discharge material to PA-6. Dredged material will be transported through a 27-inch discharge line that connects to a shore connection leading into PA 6, north of the project site on the RDB. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The Dredge MIKE HOOKS can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 12 and 67. The field point of contact for Mike Hooks, Inc., is Mr. Ricky Domingue and can be contacted , at (337) 802-3323. Alternate point of contact for the dredge is the Quality Control Manager, Jason Menard, at (337) 515-3658. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution.

 

LA - CALCASIEU RIVER - Debris Removal Operation

Continuing until approximately April 1, 2022, debris removal operations are being conducted by Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The debris removal operations will be near the bank of the Calcasieu River bound by the following approximate positions:

  • 30-24-10.6N 093-20-01.9W,
  • 30-21-25.8N 093-17-47.8W,
  • 30-23-18.6N 093-17-43.8W,
  • 30-18-42.4N 093-24-16.2W and
  • 30-23-34.9N 093-22-55.9W.

Unnamed small work boats will be on-scene. Work will be conducted during daylight hours only. Vessels will not be equipped with VHF-FM capabilities. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.

 

LA - CONTRABAND BAYOU - CALCASIEU River - Dredge Operation

Commencing January 22, 2022, Dredge MIKE HOOKS will be laying pipeline. Commencing January 26, 2022 and continuing until approximately February 3, 2022, Dredge MIKE HOOKS will be performing dredging operations in the Contraband Bayou, at the Port of Lake Charles Berth 8. The project between Calcasieu River Pier 7 Light and Calcasieu River Light 120 (LLNR- 22145) and at the intersection of Contraband Bayou and Calcasieu River. A combination of submerged and floating pipeline will transport the discharge material to CDF 3. There will be a submerged line at the intersection of Calcasieu River and Contraband Bayou and also at the Clooney Loop Light 2 (LLNR-22170). Dredged material will be transported through a 27-inch discharge line that connects to a shore connection leading into PA 1. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The Dredge MIKE HOOKS can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 12 and 67. The field point of contact for Mike Hooks, Inc., is Mr. Ricky Domingue and can be contacted, at (337) 802-3323. Alternate point of contact for the dredge is the Quality Control Manager, Jason Menard, at (337) 515-3658. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution.

 

TX - NECHES RIVER - Dredge Operation

Commencing January 25, 2022 and continuing until approximately February 5, 2022, DREDGE 32 is performing dredging operations in the Neches River Channel. The dredge is located on the LDB, along the dock face of the Jefferson Rail Terminal directly north of the Port of Beaumont Navigation District Carroll Street Wharves. The dredge pipeline will extend down the LDB and cross over via a submerged crossing between Sabine[1]Neches Canal Light 56 (LLNR-22925) and Sabine-Neches Canal Light 58 (LLNR-22930). Mariners are urged to use extra caution around this area. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. DREDGE 32 will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16 or can be contacted by cell phone, at (337) 244-3911. The field point of contact for Mike Hooks, Inc., is Captain Ricky Stelly, at (337) 515-6390. The alternate point of contact is David Hudson, at (337) 515-4038. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution through this area.

 

TX - CEDAR BAYOU - Pipe Excavation Operations

Continuing through approximately February 4, 2022, Orion Construction is conducting pipe excavation operations in Cedar Bayou, from approximate position 29-45-08.13N 094-55-41.70W to approximate position 29-45-04.81N 094-55-40.09W, between 6:30 a.m., and 6:00 p.m., 7-days a week. Equipment on-scene will consist of one crane barge and one material barge with a tug boat made up to the barges. Work vessels will monitor VHF[1]FM Channels 13 and 68 and may also be reached via phone, at (281) 658-0569 or (713) 203-9753. Excavation barges will be shifted to the side at night and as needed for traffic. Mariners transiting the area are requested to contact Orion one-hour prior to arrival at the work area and are urged to use caution when transiting the area.