NOTICE TO MARINERS
GULF AND INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS
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).
LA – CALCASIEU RIVER AND LAKE – Calcasieu Channel
The Coast Guard is proposing the following Aid to Navigation Change: Change Calcasieu Channel A Range Front Light (LLNR-21325) in approximate position 29-47-07.549N/093-21-01.508W, from showing, Fl W 2.5s to showing Q W. Comments will be taken until December 14, 2021. Please email comments regarding this proposal to: D08-SMB-DistrictLocalNoticeFeedback@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 - GIWW - WEST BAY – Shoaling
Recent significant rainfall in the area created a shoal 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. The south side of channel is blocked, and the north half of the channel has depth restrictions of approximately 8.5 feet. The USACE is assessing the condition. A temporary unlit can buoy (39A) was established to mark the shoal area, in approximate position 30-19-07.390N 085-55-35.030W. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. For further information, mariners can contact Mr. Waylon Register, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Panama City Site Office, at (850) 784-9780.
FL - GIWW, CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY - WEST BAY - MILE 265.2, EHL – Shoaling
Shoaling has been reported near GIWW, Mile 265.2, EHL, between Choctawhatchee Bay and West Bay. The shoaling is reportedly not marked. The area is still passable on the north/red buoy side with depths of approximately 10-11 feet. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.
MS - BAY ST. LOUIS - WOLF RIVER - Reef Construction and Breakwater Construction Operations – UPDATE
Continuing until approximately November 3, 2021, Rigid Constructors are conducting reef construction/breakwater construction operations on the Wolf River, in Bay St. Louis, MS., at approximate position 30-21-08.86N 089-17-25.29W. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The on-scene vessels can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 9, 16 and 68. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution. For further information mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441- 5976.
LA - GULF OF MEXICO - Dive Operations
Dive operations are being conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, in the vicinity of in West Cameron Area Blocks 144 and 181 areas, approximately 50 nautical miles offshore West Cameron, in approximate position 29-25-20.824N 093-11-46.696W. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.
LA - BAYOU RIGAUD - Dredge Operation
Continuing until approximately November 11, 2021, a U.S. Government Contractor is bucket dredging in Bayou Rigaud from approximately Mile 0.3 to Mile 1.0. The bucket dredge will work during daylight hours, 7-days a week. Dredged material will be placed adjacent to the channel. The Tugs M/V HELEN and M/V LIL EMI will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 70 and 71. 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 Raymond Newman, at (504) 862-2050.
LA - GIWW - MILE 18.0, WHL - MILE 35.0, WHL - Dredge Operation – UPDATE
Continuing until approximately October 31, 2021, Hydraulic Dredge CAPTAIN FRANK and attending plant are conducting dredge operations in the GIWW, between Mile 18.0, WHL and Mile 35.0, WHL. Continuing until approximately October 31, 2021, Weeks Marine Dredge BORINQUEN and attendant plant will perform maintenance dredging in the GIWW, between Mile 30.0, WHL and Mile 34.5, WHL. Operations will be conducted 24- hours a day, 7-days a week. On-scene vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and transit utilizing slowest safe speed to minimize wake after passing arrangements are made. For additional information, mariners can contact Miguel Cruz, at (985) 875-2564.
LA - GIWW - MILE 21.0, WHL - MILE 33.0, WHL - Channel Closure/Dredge Operation
The GIWW is closed from Mile 21.0, WHL, to Mile 33.0, WHL, due to shoaling and dredging operations. The dredging is under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and is projected to be completed on October 31, 2021. Mariners are advised that the Port Allen Alternate Route is open to marine traffic. Additional information on closures can be found on the Marine Safety Unit Houma COTP, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 037-21.
LA - GIWW - BERWICK HARBOR - Shoaling – UPDATE
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of the Rio Fuel Dock, Mile 1.0, LDB, Morgan City-Port Allen Alternate Route. The shoaling is marked with two temporary unlit red nun buoys. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. For further information, mariners can contact Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay, at (985) 380-5370.
LA - ATCHAFALAYA RIVER BAR CHANNEL, MILE 152.0 TO MILE 167.0 - Dredge Operation – UPDATE
Continuing until approximately November 7, 2021, the U.S. Government Contract Hopper Dredge NEWPORT is working between Mile 152.0 and Mile 167.0, of the Atchafalaya River Bar Channel. The Dredge will work 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The dredge will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 and 72. 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 Tim Connell, at (504) 862-2630 or Anh Nguyen, at (504) 862-2153. For further information, mariners can contact Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay, at (985) 380-5370.
LA - GIWW - MORGAN CITY - PORT ALLEN ALTERNATE ROUTE - Lock Closure
Commencing Friday, October 22, 2021 and continuing through approximately Monday, November 1, 2021, Bayou Sorrel Lock will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m., to 6:00 p.m., for necessary emergency repairs to the guidewalls and chamberwalls being performed by a U.S. Government Hired Labor Unit. For up-to-date information, mariners can call 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 - VERMILION RIVER - Debris Removal Operations
Commencing November 1, 2021 and continuing until approximately February 1, 2022, Rigid Construction will be conducting debris removal operations in the Vermilion River, starting in Milton, LA., approximate position 30-06-10.0N 092-04-44.0W and ending in Lafayette, LA., at approximate position 30-12-39.0N 091-58-34.0W. On-scene equipment will include an excavator on a spud barge for the duration of the project. Crew boats will be in the vicinity of the work area for inspections and quality control purposes. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.
LA - CALCASIEU RIVER - Debris Removal Operation
Continuing until approximately November 8, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Government will be conducting cleanout work of storm debris on the Calcasieu River bound by the following approximate positions:
- Mile 25.5 30-07-50.4N 093-19-25.2W to 30-07-54.9N 093-15-26.9W.
- Bayou Arceneaux 30-19-15.0N 093-04-44.7W to 30-19-01.4N 093-01-50.3W.
- Bayou Serpent 30-18-24.3N 093-06-41.9W to 30-21-12.6N 093-01-52.0W. Mile 33.0 30-12-37.4N 093-15-25.4W to 30-10-47.4N 093-10-27.5W.
- Kayouche Coulee 30-15-52.3N 093-10-18.6W to 30-10-52.8N 093-04-50.7W.
- Whiskey Chitto Creek 30-15-00.3N 093-07-24.0W to 30-15-43.6N 093-03-37.0W.
- English Bayou 30-16-04.8N 093-11-26.3W to 30-12-33.1N 092-59-34.0W.
- Prien Lake 30-11-14.0N 093-16-14.6W to 30-10-07.2N 093-16-31.4W. Mile 32.0 30-11-48.6N 093-16-08.2W to 30-11-01.0N 093-15-13.1W.
- Prien Lake 30-09-55.6N 093-17-52.4W to 30-09-57.1N 093-15-16.9W.
Unnamed small work boats will be on-scene. Work will be conducted during daylight hours only. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.
TX - GALVESTON BAY - Pipe Laying Operations
Commencing November 1, 2021 and continuing through approximately March 22, 2022, pipe laying operations will be conducted in Galveston Bay, from approximate position 29-39-45.0230N 094-53-55.5962W to approximate position 29-34-27.4800N 094-50-19.5507W, from 6:00 a.m., until 8:00 p.m., 7-days a week. Equipment on scene will consist of tugs, crane barges, a pipe lay barge and spud barges with drilling and drill support equipment. Work vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 16 and 19. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.
TX - GALVESTON BAY - Dredge Operation
Commencing November 1, 2021 and continuing through approximately December 31, 2021, dredging operations will be conducted in Galveston Bay, from approximate position 29-25-32.0804N 094-50-06.6411W, going west to the Texas City shoreline. Operations will be conducted 24-hours each day, 7-days a week. Equipment on scene will be a dredge and a spud barge with excavator. On-scene vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 17. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.
TX - MATAGORDA SHIP CHANNEL - POINT COMFORT - Dredge Operation
Continuing until approximately November 6, 2021, the Dredge HERIBERTO CORDOVA is dredging the mouth of the turning basin near Point Comfort, TX., between approximate position 28-37-54.35N 096-33-56.03W and position 28-38-33.37N 096-33-13.86W. Operations are being conducted 24- hours a day, 7-days a week. The dredge has approximately 15,000 feet of combined steel and plastic pipeline. The floating plant consists of three tender boats, two anchor barges and a supply barge. Dredge HERIBERTO CORDOVA requests one-hour advance notice of passing on VHF-FM Channels 3 or 12.
TX - CORPUS CHRISTI SHIP CHANNEL - Dredge Operation
Attached as an enclosure to this LNM, is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. LLC., notification regarding dredging operations in the vicinity of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Upper Bay Reach deepening project, Corpus Christi, TX.
TX - CORPUS CHRISTI BAY - Pipeline Removal Operations
Aquatranquillo Marine, LLC., is conducting dredge pipeline removal operations through October 29, 2021. Boundaries of where work will take place in the navigable waters of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in a rectangular zone bound by the following approximate positions;
- 27-49-09.00N 097-11-10.80W,
- 27-49-09.00N 097-11-10.80W,
- 27-49-06.00N 097-11-04.20W and
- 27-49-10.20N, 097-11-05.40W.
TUG BROWNWATER V., will monitor VHF-FM Channels 12 and 16. TUG BROWNWATER V., requests a 1-hour notice and slow bell when passing through this area. Concerned parties with urgent concerns can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector/ Air Station Corpus Christi Command Center, at (361) 939-0450 or for non-urgent questions and concerns, email CCWATERWAYS@USCG.MIL.
TX - LAGUNA MADRE - Submerged Obstruction
A submerged metal pole has been reported in approximate position 26-12-04.0N 097-15-40.0W, inside the Laguna Madre. The submerged pole is marked with a red lighted buoy, showing a red quick flashing light at night. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.
TX - GIWW - LAGUNA MADRE - CORPUS CHRISTI - HARLINGEN - PORT ISABEL – Shoaling
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of GIWW, Mile 656.3, WHL. The shoaling is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.