Notice to Navigators: Gulf and Intracoastal Waterways

NOTICE TO MARINERS
GULF AND INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS

LNM 06-22

 

SECTION I - SPECIAL NOTICES

This section contains information of special concern to the Mariner.

 

Coast Pilot 5 - New Edition

PUBLICATION–National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Coast Pilot 5, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands, 50th Edition, 2022, has been issued and is ready for free download and weekly updates at https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/coast-pilot/index.html. Only Print-on-Demand (POD) bound copies are available for purchase; visit nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/print-agents.html#coast-pilot. The 2022 Edition cancels the preceding 2021 Edition, and incorporates all previous corrections.

 

U.S. COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER TO TRANSITION THE NAVIGATION CENTER WEBSITE

The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center is going to transition the Navigation Center website to a new, enhanced version in the first quarter of 2022. As part of this transition, URLs will be updated across the site including URLs linked to PDFs. Therefore, once the transition is complete, legacy site URLS will no longer function, including bookmarked URLs and URLs used in automatic downloading of data and/or products. Outdated URLs will automatically redirect to the home page of the site, and from there you will be able to easily navigate to your preferred page.

Below are a few of the “old”/new URL pairs listed for your convenience. Please note that the new URLs will not be active until we launch the new website. Of course, once it is launched, the new URLs will be available for re-bookmarking. As a reminder, these are top level URLs that may contain additional links that you use. This notice will be updated when the final launch date is determined, and another notice will be issued to notify you when the site goes live. Questions/concerns may be directed to the NAVCENWebTEAM@uscg.mil. Local Notices to Mariners (LNMs) Current URLs: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/local-notices-to-mariners-by-cg-district

Light Lists Annual Publication Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/light-list-annual-publication

Light List - Weekly Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/weekly-light-lists

Light List - Corrections Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/light-list-summary-of-corrections

 

FL - ST. ANDREWS, WEST AND NORTH BAYS, GRAND LAGOON, FANNIN AND ALLIGATOR BAYOUS - Waterways Analysis and Management System Study

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of St. Andrews, West and North Bays, Grand Lagoon, Fannin and Alligator Bayous. The study focuses on the areas aids to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, routine and emergency communication capabilities, and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide comments or participate in a user survey should contact: Officer in Charge U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team 1700 Thomas Drive Panama City, FL. 32408 Attn: WAMS officer telephone: (251) 214-9613

 

2022 COAST PILOT VOLUME V GULF OF MEXICO - NEW EDITION

PUBLICATION–National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)–U.S. Coast Pilot 5, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands, 50th Edition, 2022, has been issued and is ready for free download and weekly updates at https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/coast[1]pilot/index.html. Only Print-on-Demand (POD) bound copies are available for purchase; visit nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/print[1]agents.html#coast-pilot. The 2022 Edition cancels the preceding 2021 Edition, and incorporates all previous corrections

 

SECTION V - ADVANCE NOTICES

This section contains advance notice of approved projects, changes to aids to navigation, or upcoming temporary changes such as dredging, etc. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.

 

LA – LAKES PONTCHARTRAIN AND MAUREPAS – Tchefuncte River

In order to provide a more efficient and effective Aid to Navigation signal, the Coast Guard will be making the following change after April 5, 2022: Change Tchefuncte River Range Front Light (LLNR-11320) in approximate position 30-22-42.559N/090-10-10.199W, showing Q W, Visible all around; higher intensity on range line to showing Q W, Visible all around.

 

LA – LAKES PONTCHARTRAIN AND MAUREPAS – Amite River

The Coast Guard will be making the following change after April 5, 2022: Change Amite River Entrance Light (LLNR-11650) from approximate position 30-17-49.907N/090-33-28.641W, showing Fl W 4s, focal height 25, NW on skeleton tower to approximate position 30-17-49.559N/090-33-28.755W showing Fl W 4s, focal height 20, NW on piles.

 

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).

 

TX – CALCASIEU PASS TO SABINE PASS – Sabine Bank Channel

In order to provide a more efficient and effective Aid to Navigation signal, the Coast Guard is proposing converting the following navigational range to Day and Night optics and removing the KRW range boards: Change Sabine Pass Outer A Range Front Light (LLNR-22410) in approximate position 29-39-18.940N/093-49-51.045W, from showing Q G (night only), to showing Q G (Night) Q W (Day), lighted throughout 24-hours. Change Sabine Pass Outer A Range Rear Light (LLNR-22415) in approximate position 29-39-46.450N/093-50-04.090W, from showing F G (night only), to showing F G (Night) F W (Day), lighted throughout 24-hours. Comments will be taken until April 5, 2022. Please email comments regarding this proposal to: D08-SMB-District-LocalNoticeFeedback@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.

 

FL - GULF OF MEXICO - DESTIN - Dive Operations/Safety Zone

Continuing until March 20, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard has established a temporary Safety Zone extending 500 yards in every direction from approximate position 30-18-22.5N 086-36-13.24W. The Safety Zone is for dive operations taking place on the Screw Steamer THOMAS HEYWARD artificial reef. This temporary Safety Zone will restrict transit into, through and within the regulated area unless specifically authorized by the COTP Sector Mobile or a designated representative.

 

FL - GULF OF MEXICO - Navy Testing

Commencing February 10, 2022, and continuing through February 24, 2022, the U.S. Navy will be conducting Test Operations in two areas south of Panama City, Florida, aboard primary vessels PSC-8 and Support Craft HOS BAYOU or from suitable alternative platform. Primary test areas are in the vicinity of Panama City within 1,093 yards centered around Area W151 (4A), in approximate position 29-49-11.4N 085-33-18.4W and Area W151 (8A), in approximate position 29-33-57.0N 085-39-42.4W. It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least one nautical mile from Test Vessels working in these areas as they are likely to be under restricted maneuverability conditions during test events. PSC-8, HOS BAYOU or suitable alternative platform will be on station in these areas during test events scheduled through February 24, 2022, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Mariners should contact the support vessel on VHF-FM Channel 16, heed all instruction given and stay a minimum of one nautical mile from vessels on station in any of these operational areas. Additionally, it is requested that all trawler operations within one nautical miles of the operational area positions given, be avoided at all times as U.S. Navy equipment has been deployed in these areas and will remain in these areas through the duration of the test event.

 

FL - GIWW - WEST BAY - Shoaling – UPDATE

Dredging has been completed and shoaling has been reportedly removed on the south side of the channel, in the West Bay Land Cut of the GIWW, near Mile 267.7, EHL, at Boar Hog Branch, in Bay County, Florida. West Bay Buoy 39A has been removed and disestablished.

 

FL - SANTA ROSA ISLAND - Submerged Pile

A submerged pile has been reported approximately 150 feet offshore of Hurlburt Field, in approximate position 30-24-26.9N 086-42-15.6W. The submerged pile is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. For further information, mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976.

 

MS - GULF OF MEXICO - Instrument Deployment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have deployed instruments to monitor the performance of the Ship Island Restoration Project. The instruments are attached to stainless steel mounts that are attached to stainless steel pipes approximately 3 feet off of the bottom, in approximate positions 30-21-37.230N 088-59-37.200W, 30-16-20.870N 088-56-38.130W and 30-11-52.960N 088-54-02.290W. Mariners are requested to use caution while transiting the area.

 

LA - HOUMA NAVIGATIONAL CANAL - Dredge Operation

Continuing through July 31, 2022, Coastal Dredging Company, Inc., is conducting dredging operations in the Houma Navigation Canal, near Mile 20.0, in approximate position 29-19-54.0N 090-43-52.0W. Dredging operations will facilitate phase one of the construction of the Houma Navigation Canal Lock Complex near the Bubba Dove Floodgate. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. On-scene vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 06, 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake.

 

LA - GIWW - MORGAN CITY - PORT ALLEN ALTERNATE ROUTE - Lock Guidewall Contruction/Lock Closure

Continuing through February 28, 2023, a U.S. Government Contractor will be working on the construction of the southwest guidewall and dolphin at Bayou Sorrel Lock. The demolition work is scheduled through March 3, 2022. The lock will be intermittently closed during this time. Mariners are urged to be cautious and should enter along the north side of the lock and avoid making contact with the southwest side of the guidewall. The M/V EFFIE CLARE is on-scene to assist with the contractors Crane Barge and will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Upon the completion of the demolition work, the dolphin and guidewall construction will begin. The lock will be closed Mondays through Fridays, from 6:30 a.m., to 5:00 p.m. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the Lockmaster, Brad Blanchard, at (225) 659-2581. The points of contact with the USACE New Orleans District are Tim Connell, at (504) 862-2360 and Anh Nguyen, at (504) 862-2153.

 

LA - MORGAN CITY TO PORT ALLEN - BAYOU CHENE FLOODGATE - Vessel Restrictions

The COTP Houma has updated vessel traffic for the Bayou Chene construction site. The Bayou Chene Floodgate located at approximate position 29-37-20.2N 091-05-22.9W, is nearing completion and is scheduled to install barge gate and ancillary systems equipment required for safe operations. Because the construction site is congested with construction equipment and in order to safely and effectively install the barge gate, the Bayou Chene Floodgate will be closed to all marine traffic beginning on February 13, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., until February 19, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. Mariners are advised that all restrictions imposed by Marine Safety Information Bulletin 038-21, will remain in effect until such time the COTP deems the navigational channel safe for vessel traffic. For further information on this advisory, mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Morgan City Waterways Management, at (985) 397-3289.

 

TX - GIWW – SABINE-NECHES CANAL - Overhead Clearance Reduction

Continuing until further notice, the vertical clearance under the power lines on the GIWW, at Mile 254.0, WHL, in approximate position 30-03-34.0N 093-31-22.0W, is reduced from 93 feet to approximately 77 feet. The utility company is engaged and working to rectify the situation. Concerned traffic can contact Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur for status updates. Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur can be reached by email at vtspasup@uscg.mil or by phone, at (409) 719-5070.

 

TX - CORPUS CHRISTI BAY - Dredge Operation

Commencing February 14, 2022, and continuing until July 5, 2022, Callan Marine will be dredging in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Lower Bay Reach, in Corpus Christi Bay, bound by the following approximate positions:

  • 27-48-54.7033N 097-15-51.8405W,
  • 27-48-27.0480N 097-15-52.1447W,
  • 27-50-41.1430N 097-04-15.3614W and
  • 27-50-19.9246N 097-04-11.1226W.

Dredge GENERAL MACARTHUR, in addition to support vessels, spud barges, anchor barges, supply barges, Tug CONSTITUTION II, Tug DUSTIN, Tug CALVARY SCOUT, Tug SEA OAK, Tug MR. ROLAND and Tug SEA TIGER, will be on-scene and will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 73. Callan Marine is requesting mariners minimize wake in vicinity of their work and give a one-hour notice before transiting this area.