NOTICE TO MARINERS
GULF AND INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS
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 - U.S. Navy Operations
Commencing March 14, 2022 and continuing until March 28, 2022, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division will be conducting surface and subsurface testing operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Operations Area; 3A, bound by the following positions:
- 30-09-08.800N 085-47-13.700W,
- 30-08-39.000N 085-46-40.200W,
- 30-08-39.900N 085-47-48.800W and
- 30-08-09.200N 085-47-14.800W.
Testing will result in restricted maneuverability and should be considered a hazard to navigation. The vessel will display the appropriate day shapes per the International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), while the operations are being conducted. The main surface craft supporting these test/operations and serving as the surface vessel is the M/V PATRIOT. Mariners are requested to maintain at least a one nautical mile closest point of approach of the M/V PATRIOT while operations are in progress. All U.S. Navy support craft will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16.
FL - ST. ANDREW BAY - Partially Submerged Wreck – UPDATE
A barge approximately 60-foot in length has been reported partially submerged, in the vicinity of ST. Andrew Bay, approximately 500 yards east of Shell Island, in approximate position 30-06-40.7N 085-42-18.7W. The barge rests in approximately 6 feet of water. At high tide the barge sits just below the waterline with only a makeshift shack visible. Approximately 8 inches of the barge freeboard is visible at low tide. The wreck is reportedly not adrift and is marked with a white buoy displaying a flashing 2.5 second light at night. Mariners are urged to avoid this area.
FL - SANTA ROSA SOUND - LAFITTE COVE CHANNEL - LITTLE SABINE BAY - Dredge Operation
Continuing until approximately March 18, 2022, dredging operations will be conducted in approximate position 30-19-44.28N 087-10-00.00W, from 7:00 a.m., until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dredge materials will be placed northeast of Little Sabine Bay, at approximate position 30-20- 19.86N 087-08-50.40W. Vessels needing to navigate in the channel should contact the Dredge GULF MARINE via VHF-FM Channel 16 or at (850) 313-5398. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution.
LA - GIWW - 16.6, EHL - Salvage Operations
Continuing through approximately February 21, 2022, McKinney Salvage, LLC., is conducting salvage operations on the GIWW, at Mile 16.6, EHL. M/V MAC ANDREW MCKINNEY will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 67 and 88A. 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. For additional information, mariners can contact (225) 454-4984.
LA - BARATARIA WATERWAY - Dredge Operation – UPDATE
Continuing until approximately April 15, 2022, the Bucket Dredge J.C. DEVILLE and Dredge WEEKS 226 are operating in the vicinity of Bayou Dupont Marsh Creation Areas, Jefferson Parish, LA. Work limits will be bound by the following approximate positions:
- 29-38-50.27N 090-05-50.56W,
- 29-38-26.62N 090-03-02.32W,
- 29-37-06.95N 090-02-01.01W and
- 29-36-03.21N 090-04-15.30W.
Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The dredge and attendant plant will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 and 67. 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. The bucket dredge and attendant plant will each have all required U.S. Coast Guard lighting for night operations.
LA - GIWW - MILE 49.8, WHL - BOURG - Bridge Repair/Closure – UPDATE
The LA 316 drawbridge across GIWW, Mile 49.8, WHL, (Bayou Blue Drawbridge) is being repaired. Continuing until May 25, 2022, the bridge will not open to vessels, from 6:30 a.m., until 7:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m., until 5:30 p.m., each day. The bridge will open to vessels during emergencies.
LA - TERREBONNE BAY - Submerged Obstruction – UPDATE
The submerged steel obstruction previously reported in the vicinity of Terrebonne Bay, in approximate position 29-11-11.0N 090-34-46.0W, has been repotedly recovered. The temporary red lighted buoy in position 29-11-10.965N 090-34-46.835W, has been discontinued.
LA - PORT OF IBERIA - Jetting Operations
Commencing February 21, 2022 and continuing until March 19, 2022, jetting operations will be conducted in the vicinity of the Iberia Canal and waterways inside the Port of Iberia. Operations will be conducted during daylight hours only, 7-days a week. Tug MISS AUDREY, Spud Barge BAYMASTER III and Spud Barge STALLION I will be on-scene and will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13. When jetting operations are taking place, no traffic will be able to pass. Mariners are urged to transit this area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
LA - GRAND CHENIER - Hydrographic Surveys/Dredge Operation – UPDATE
Continuing until approximately July 1, 2022, Weeks Marine is running land and hydrographic surveys and mobilizing dredge pipelines and equipment for the South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation, in Cameron Parish, LA. Staging area and work limits in the vicinity of the Crain Brothers Laydown Yard Area will be bound by the following approximate positions:
- 29-46-16.61N 093-01-51.00W,
- 29-46-09.53N 093-00-14.49W,
- 29-43-18.93N 093-00-04.05W and
- 29-43-22.38N 093-01-41.01W.
Work limits in the vicinity of Hog Bayou Area (located just south of Hwy 82), will be bound by the following approximate positions:
- 29-43-49.50N 092-49-14.24W,
- 29-45-04.35N 092-54-21.47W,
- 29-39-26.48N 092-49-14.03W and
- 29-42-01.62N 092-55-54.46W.
Private Aids to Navigation: An enclosure to this Local Notice to Mariners is a list of proposed lighted buoy locations along the dredge submerged line and borrow area limits. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Tugs, dredge pipelines and equipment will have all required U.S. Coast Guard lighting for night operations. Tugs and barges will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 and 67. 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 - CALCASIEU RIVER - Mile 1.5 - Jetty Stone Placement Operations
Continuing through approximately March 31, 2022, a U.S. Government Contractor is placing jetty stone along both the East and West Jetties of the Calcasieu River, from approximate Mile 1.5, to the Gulf of Mexico. The contractor will work 7-days a week, 12-hours a day, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The plant will include an anchor barge with hydraulic backhoe. An office barge and various material barges will be on-site, staged along the river at this location. The M/V BLUE DIAMOND can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 9, 16 and 68. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. The point of contact with the USACE New Orleans District is John Page, at (337) 291-3015.
LA - CALCASIEU RIVER - Dredge Operation
Continuing until approximately March 5, 2022, Dredge MIKE HOOKS is performing dredging operations on the Calcasieu River, near Mile 3.5, working on the north side of the Cameron Loop. The pipeline will run along the LDB, adjacent to the shoreline and will make a shore connection, near Mile 5.5. There will be submerged line crossings at the Cameron Ferry and at the entrance to the east fork of Calcasieu Pass. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Dredge MIKE HOOKS can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 or at (337) 489-6793. The field point of contact for Mike Hooks, LLC., is Captain Ricky Domingue, at (337) 802-3323. The alternate point of contact is Jason Menard, at (337) 349- 7262. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.
TX - SAN BERNARD RIVER, MILE 10.5, BAY COUNTY - Bridge Construction
The San Bernard River, at Mile 10.5, in Bay County, TX., will close to vessel traffic from 6:00 p.m., on February 17, 2022, to 9:00 a.m., on February 18, 2022 and from 6:00 p.m., on February 18, 2022, to 9:00 a.m., on February 19, 2022. Barges will be working in the channel to install girders for the new bridge.