Notice to Navigators: Pacific Rivers

NOTICE TO MARINERS
PACIFIC NW BASIN

LNM 04-22

 

SECTION I - SPECIAL NOTICES

This section contains information of special concern to the Marine

 

WASHINGTON – IDAHO – 2022 Light List now available

The 2022 edition of the Light List is now available on the USCG Navigation Center's website at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists. Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public. Local Notice to Mariners will continue to advise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections. Complete versions of the 2022 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates. A summary of weekly 2022 Light List corrections are available at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections.

 

OREGON - WILLAMETTE RIVER – PORT OF PORTLAND – Bridge notice

The Coast Guard intends to approve a temporary deviation to the operating schedule that governs the Broadway Bridge (LLNR 14955.2), mile 11.7, and Hawthorne Bridge (LLNR 14955.6), mile 13.1, crossing the Willamette River at Portland, OR. This deviation is necessary to accommodate the Bridge to Brews event. This deviation allows the bridges to remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow safe and timely movement of event participants from 0730 until 1100 on 10 Apr 22. The Broadway Bridge provides 69 feet and the Hawthorne Bridge provides 49 feet of vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position; all clearances are referenced to the vertical clearance above Columbia River Datum 0.0. Vessels which do not require a bridge opening may continue to transit beneath the bridge during this closure period. The bridges will be able to open for emergencies, and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridges must return to their regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation. If any mariner or marine business cannot support this closure period, please comment by 16 Feb 22 at d13-smb-d13-bridges@uscg.mil.

 

COLUMBIA RIVER – BONNEVILLE TO THE DALLES – Dive operations at Bonneville Lock and Dam

In preparation for the annual lock maintenance outage, diving operations will occur in both the upstream and downstream sills at the Bonneville Lock and Dam on 11 Feb 2022 from 0700 – 1600. Vessels may experience delays in lockage times during that time period.

 

COLUMBIA RIVER – BONNEVILLE TO THE DALLES – Bridge demolition activities

Advanced American Construction (AAC) will be conducting bridge pier demolition in the Columbia River at the mouth of Little White Salmon River / Drano Lake, at Columbia River mile 162, at the BNSF Little White Salmon River Railroad Bridge. Onsite work is expected to occur from 31 Jan – 15 Apr 2022. AAC’s Derrick Barge AAC Millennium and work barges will be on station and monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 during the working hours of 0700 through 1700, Monday through Saturday. The floating equipment will remain on-station during non-working hours and will be illuminated at night by fixed white lights on all corners. A navigation channel will be maintained at all times, but mariners are asked to transit the area with caution and minimize wake. Please contact Scott Miller at (503) 568-4313 or ScottM@CallAAC.com with questions.

 

COLUMBIA RIVER – BLALOCK ISLAND TO MCNARY DAM – Scheduled lock closure at McNary Lock and Dam

The navigation lock at McNary Lock and Dam, located at Columbia River Mile 292, will be out of service from 0900 – 1630 on 10 Feb 2022. During this time, divers will clear debris and sediment from the downstream sill to facilitate placement of stop logs in preparation for the upcoming annual maintenance closure. For additional information contact the McNary Chief Operator at 541-922-2231, Call Sign: WUJ41 or NWW Operations Division at (509) 527-7364.

 

SNAKE RIVER – LAKE BRYAN – Little Goose Lock floating guide wall repairs (Revised from LNM 50/21)

All repair work is now completed on the floating guide wall at the Little Goose Lock and Dam at Snake River Mile 70.3, and approaches to the navigation lock are clear of work barges. The Little Goose navigation lock is now returned to full service.

 

WASHINGTON – PUGET SOUND – HOOD CANAL – Small boat operations

Naval Base Kitsap will be conducting Force Protection exercises on 03 Feb 2022 from 0700-1500, on the waterfront adjacent to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in the Hood Canal, and will occur in an area bound by the following positions:

  • 47-44-28 N / 122-45-51 W
  • 47-44-20 N / 122-44-32 W
  • 47-43-55 N / 122-45-16 W
  • 47-43-47 N / 122-44-56 W

Mariners are requested to remain at least 500 yards away from the area outlined, as well as the grey-hull Navy Security vessels conducting the exercises. Navy Security vessels will be operating at high speeds and utilizing blank ammunition during firing exercises. The Navy Security vessels can be reached on VHF-FM channels 72, 88A, and 16. For more information on the exercise, please contact Aaron Rossiter, Antiterrorism Officer, Naval Base Kitsap at (360) 396-9275, or aaron.m.rossiter1@navy.mil.

 

WASHINGTON – PUGET SOUND – SEATTLE TO BREMERTON – SINCLAIR INLET – Small boat operations

Naval Base Kitsap will be conducting Force Protection exercises on 04 Feb 2022 from 0700 – 1500 on the waters of Sinclair Inlet along the southern side of U.S. Naval Base Bremerton, and will occur in an area bound by the following positions:

1) 47-32-56N / 122-39-00W

2) 47-32-56N / 122-38-20W

3) 47-33-06N / 122-38-20W

4) 47-33-04N / 122-39-00W

Mariners are requested to remain at least 500 yards away from the area outlined, as well as the grey-hull Navy Security vessels conducting the exercises. Navy Security vessels will be operating at high speeds and utilizing blank ammunition during firing exercises. The Navy Security vessels can be reached on VHF-FM 72, 12, and 16. For more information, on the exercise, please contact Aaron Rossiter, Antiterrorism Officer, Naval Base Kitsap at (360) 396-9275, or aaron.m.rossiter1@navy.mil.

 

WASHINGTON – LAKE WASHINGTON SHIP CANAL – SHILSHOLE BAY – Salmon Bay Railroad Bridge notice

The Coast Guard has approved a temporary deviation from the operating schedule of the BNSF Salmon Bay Railroad Bridge (Bridge 6.3) (LLNR 18169), mile 0.1, across the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle, Washington. This deviation authorizes the subject bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow safe rail maintenance from 0900 to 1600 on 7 – 10 Feb 22. Bridge 6.3 will be able to open for emergencies with a 30 minute notice by contacting the bridge at (206) 784-2976 or VHF Ch. 13, and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. Bridge 6.3 provides 43 feet above mean high water of vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position. Vessels which do not require a bridge opening may continue to transit beneath the bridge during this closure period. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation. For more information contact Jeff Swanson at (425) 304-6663.

 

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.

 

WASHINGTON – WILLAPA BAY – Construction of fixed Aids to Navigation

The U.S. Coast Guard is rebuilding the wooden and damaged aids to navigation in Willapa Bay during the winter of 2021. The following aids to navigation are being rebuilt:

 

  • Willapa Bay Entrance Light 11 (LLNR 15205), being rebuilt at 46-43-07.216N 124-02-25.872W (WGS84)
  • Willapa River Channel Light 56 (LLNR 15380), being rebuilt at 46-40-39.562N 123-46-48.572W (WGS84)
  • South Willapa Bay Light 3 (LLNR 15400), being rebuilt at 46-41-21.901N 124-00-58.860W (WGS84) and changing to Willapa River Junction Light (LLNR 15210), showing a Red Light flashing twice then once every 6 seconds (Fl R (2+1) 6s) with a range of 4 NM and displaying red and green triangular dayboards. Nahcotta Channel Daybeacon 11 (LLNR 15425), being rebuilt at 46-33-44.918N 123-57-39.321W (WGS84)
  • Nahcotta Channel Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 15430, being rebuilt at 46-32-45.638N 123-59-09.751W (WGS84)
  • Long Island Junction Light (LLNR 15435), being rebuilt at 46-32-09.564N 123-58-35.489W (WGS84)
  • Nahcotta Channel Daybeacon 13 (LLNR 154440, being rebuilt at 46-30-39.899N 124-00-20.082W (WGS84)
  • Nahcotta Mooring Basin Light 2 (LLNR 15445), being rebuilt at 46-30-05.844N 124-01-25.796W (WGS84)
  • Stanley Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 15475), being rebuilt at 46-31-11.371N 123-58-34.646W (WGS84)
  • Stanley Channel Light 4 (LLNR 15480), being rebuilt at 46-29-01.814N 123-57-55.284W (WGS84)
  • Stanley Point Junction Daybeacon (LLNR 15485), being rebuilt at 46-27-40.341N 123-56-14.743W (WGS84) and changing to Stanley Point Junction Light (LLNR 15485) showing a Red Light flashing twice then once every 6 seconds (Fl R (2+1) 6s) with a range of 4 NM and displaying red and green triangular dayboards.

The following aids to navigation have been rebuilt:

  • Willapa River Channel Light 59 (LLNR 15385) rebuilt at 46-40-45.530N 123-45-57.681W (WGS84)
  • South Willapa Bay Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 15415), being rebuilt at 46-35-42.431N 123-58-53.484W (WGS84)
  • Nemah River Channel Entrance Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 15490), being rebuilt at 46-34-44.738N 123-57-06.465W (WGS84)
  • Bay Center Channel Light 11 (LLNR 15515), rebuilt at 46-38-53.664N 123-57-05.526W (WGS84)
  • Palix River Channel Light 15 (LLNR 15525) rebuilt at 46-37-53.926N 123-56-36.602W (WGS84)

Mariners are encouraged to share comments on the performance and operation of these aids to navigation. All comments should be sent to the email address 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.

 

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).

 

COLUMBIA RIVER - WILLAPA BAY -GRAYS HARBOR –PUGET SOUND – Replacement of incandescent Lights with LED lanterns

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to replace the following incandescent lantern with LED lanterns at sites on the Columbia River, Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor, Bellingham Channel and Eagle Harbor. These current incandescent lanterns have a single or dual beam of high intensity, with an all[1]around light of reduced intensity. The change to a LED lantern will remove the high intensity beams, but significantly increase the intensity of the all-around light. The proposed sites are:

  • Svensen Island Light 12 (LLNR 14775) the high intensity beam will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.
  • Willapa River Light 39 (LLNR 15340) the high intensity beams will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.
  • South Willapa Bay Light 7 (LLNR 15410) the high intensity beam will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.
  • Long Island Junction Light (LLNR 15435) the high intensity beam will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.
  • Aberdeen Harbor Light 3 (LLNR 15900) the high intensity beam will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.
  • Johns River Entrance Light 8 (LLNR 15955) the high intensity beams will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.
  • Eagle Harbor Light 4 (LLNR 18010) the high intensity beam will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.
  • Bellingham Channel Light 5 (LLNR 19175) the high intensity beams will be removed and the intensity of the light will be increased.

Mariners are encouraged to share comments on the performance and operation of these lights as aids to navigation. All comments should be sent to the email address D13-PF-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.

 

SECTION VII - GENERAL

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

 

SUMMARY OF BRIDGE LIGHTING DISCREPANCIES AND CORRECTIONS

The summary of Bridge Lighting Discrepancies and Corrections is listed as Enclosure (1) of this Local Notice to Mariners.

 

SUMMARY OF DREDGING OPERATIONS

The summary of Dredging Operations is listed as Enclosure (2) of this Local Notice to Mariners.

 

SUMMARY OF MARINE EVENTS

The summary of Marine Events is listed as Enclosure (3) of this Local Notice to Mariners.

 

SNAKE RIVER – LAKE SACAJAWEA AND LAKE HERBERT G. WEST – Upstream floating guidewall restrictions (Revised from LNM 10/21)

Repairs at the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam and the Little Goose Lock and Dam upstream floating guide walls are now completed, so all restrictions regarding the use of the floating guide wall are now lifted. However, restrictions still apply at the following project: - Lower Monumental Lock and Dam, Snake River Mile 41.6, vessels may not tie up to or rub against the floating guidewall when approaching or leaving the lock, nor should they use the guidewall as a pivot point for entering the lock. These restrictions will remain in place until more substantial repairs can be made to the locks’ floating guidewall cables. For additional information on this work, contact the NWW Operations Division at (509) 527-7364.