NOTICE TO MARINERS
SECTION I - SPECIAL NOTICES
This section contains information of special concern to the Mariner
IDAHO – LAKE COEUR D’ALENE – LAKE PEND OREILLE – BNSF Railroad Bridge construction update
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) is continuing construction on the new BNSF Railroad Bridge 3.9 (LLNR 20087) located over Lake Pend Oreille (LPO) Mile 2.7, located approximately at 48-16-20 N, 116-32-39 W, in Sandpoint, ID from the start of LPO winter draw-down levels as of 01 Oct 2021 through the start of LPO summer fill-up beginning 01 May 2022. This notice reflects updates to the next project phase work activities required due to the seasonal fluctuation of LPO water levels. Work barges will be staged along the work corridor with support from upland staging areas, primarily from the south shore of LPO, near East Algoma along the BNSF right-of-way (ROW). Hours of construction activities will generally be 0730 to 1600, Monday to Saturday. An Ames-owned tugboat, Audrey B, will position barges and provide other on-water support within the BNSF 200’ ROW west of the existing BNSF Bridge 3.9 in varying linear work zone foot prints. The Audrey B can be hailed on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. One of the two published navigation channels at the existing BNSF Bridge 3.9 spans 67 and 68 and half of the existing spans 2 and 3; 14 through 17; 27 through 30; 40 through 43; 53 through 56; 84; and 95 through 97 will remain unobstructed during all work activities. Vertical clearance of the existing bridge will be unchanged. The temporary work trestles and work barges will have navigation lights and work zone buoys in accordance with the Navigation Rules (COLREGS-Inland). Enclosure (5) of this LNM displays the project vicinity, locations of high and low-water work areas, for this phase of the work activities. Changes to the work locations and activities will be updated by a subsequent LNM in the Spring of 2022. During all phases and locations, the noted navigational buoy-safety lighting for the work areas will be in place. The point of contact for the bridge contractor, Ames Construction, Inc. is Mike Pamperin at (612) 741-6535; MikePamperin@amesco.com. For additional information contact the BNSF Project Manager, Ryan Kopera at (913) 284-3467; Ryan.Kopera@BNSF.com.
SECTION VII - GENERAL
This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.
COLUMBIA RIVER SYSTEM AND WASHINGTON - Testing of prototype plastic buoys
The U.S. Coast Guard is testing various prototype plastic buoys to observe their station keeping ability and visual and radar detection capabilities. Buoys are being placed at the following locations for evaluation:
On the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers:
Columbia River Entrance Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 9911)
Desdemona Sands Lighted Buoy 22 (LLNR 9990)
Hood River Lighted Buoy 36 (LLNR 11932), set on 12/14/2021
Bonneville Pool Lighted Buoy 69 (LLNR 12130)
Lake Celilo Buoy 45 (LLNR 12360), set on 9/28/2021
Lake Wallula Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 12815), set on 10/04/2021
Snake River Buoy 14 (LLNR 13195), set on 9/30/2021
Elk Rock Buoy 10 (LLNR 15005), set on 12/06/2021
In Grays Harbor and Admiralty Inlet Washington:
Point Chehalis Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 15990)
Point Wilson Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 16470), set on 12/16/2021
While the buoys performance is being studied, the US Coast Guard is soliciting comments from the maritime community transiting this waterway. Mariners are requested to respond in writing to the Coast Guard District office with any comments on this change at D13-SMB-D13-LNM@uscg.mil. Any discrepancy for these or other Aids to Navigation should continue to be reported to US Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-MOSS LANDING-WAVEGLIDER DATA COLLECTION
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is conducting 24 hours per day 7 days a week autonomous, unmanned maritime vehicle operations of two Liquid Robotics, Inc. Wavegliders from 03 January, 2022 until 31 December, 2022. Vehicles will be deployed in the vicinity of Moss Landing that will operate continuously between latitudes 35-07-14N and 37-12-00N and will extend shoreward as far West as 122-58-35W. Operations consist of scientific ocean data collection. The Waveglider carries no fuel, lubricants or hydrocarbons. It is wave powered and remotely attended from MBARI, moving at speeds of 1kt, and designed to give way or part if encountered by a vessel. It is approximately 8' x 2' (surfboard size), yellow in color, with a contact plaque and mast extending 3' above the water surface, supporting a flag. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact MBARI at 831-775-1700, firstname.lastname@example.org or Liquid Robotics 24/7 WGOC Operations at 888-574-4574.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE HALF MOON BAY-OCEANOGRAPHIC OPERATIONS
Sofar Ocean Technologies will be conducting oceanographic operations from 05 January, 2022 until 05 July, 2022, offshore Half Moon Bay at 37-30- 00N 122-31-57W. Operations will consist of the testing of oceanographic buoy systems by a 19 foot C-Dory and they will be monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 16. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Cameron Dunning at 415-912-6858.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE SAN FRANCISCO-OCEANOGRAPHIC OPERATIONS
Sofar Ocean Technologies will be conducting oceanographic operations until 15 May, 2022. A 19 foot C-Dory will be conducting operations between 37-43-58N 122-33-12W and 37-43-29N 122-32-52W. Operations will consist of the testing of oceanographic buoy systems. The C-Dory will be monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 16. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Cameron Dunning at 415-912-6858.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO BAY-BRIDGE
RICHMOND/SAN RAFAEL BRIDGE-
The south side red pier lights have been reported extinguished on piers 35 and 36, the east side of the west navigation span. Estimated time of repair is unknown. For further information please contact the Coast Guard Bridge Office at 510-219-4366.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO BAY-LOCH LOMOND MARINA-DREDGE OPERATIONS
Salt River Construction Corporation is conducting dredge operations in Loch Lomond Marina at 37-58-06N 122-29-00W until 30 January, 2022. Dredge barge DB1, DB4, PC-1000 and Tug P CAY will be conducting operations and monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 13, 14 and 77. There will be a 5 foot anchor buoy with characteristics of Fl Y Q at 37-57-30N 122-27-53W. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Rick Moseley at 415-435-1024.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-SANTA BARBARA HARBOR-DREDGE OPERATIONS
Pacific Dredge Company is conducting dredge operations in Santa Barbara Harbor at 34-24-33N 119-41-01W. Operations will be conducted 24 hrs. a day starting 26 December, 2021 until 31 January, 2022. Dredging will take place within Stearns Wharf, the Jetty, West Beach and Marina 1. DB SANDPIPER and Anchor Boat KATHLEEN will be utilizing a floating pipeline up to 1000 feet long and a high voltage power cable will connect the dredge to shore. All vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 06 and 16. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution and use caution when anchoring in the area. For more details or comments contact Gary Foster at 805-331-2995.