NOTICE TO MARINERS
SECTION I - SPECIAL NOTICES
This section contains information of special concern to the Mariner.
WASHINGTON – PUGET SOUND – SEATTLE TO BREMERTON – DUWAMISH WATERWAY – Spokane Street Bridge deviation
The Coast Guard intends to approve a temporary deviation for the Spokane Street Bridge (LLNR 16870.1) across the Duwamish Waterway, mile 0.3, in Seattle, WA, from 03 Jun – 27 Aug 2022. This deviation will support multiple events to make repairs and upgrades for the subject bridge. Mariners expect a construction crew to be present at any time beginning 30 May 22, but from 13 Jun 22 to 19 Aug 22 personnel will only be on site from 2300 to 0700. The work will begin with assembling scaffolding, and followed by installing scaffolding with the use of a barge and UBIT truck. A 60 ft wide X 200 ft long crane barge will be used during the first two weeks of June lifting scaffolding up to the bridge and during the last two weeks of August to remove the scaffolding. A second service barge will be on site but outside of the channel. Two service tugs will be on site as well. The tugs and barges can be hailed using VHF channel 13. 82 of the 250 feet of horizontal clearance will be reduced while installing and removing scaffolding on the east and west side. After the platform has been installed, a total of 24 feet (11 ft west side and 13 ft east side) of horizontal clearance will be reduced. Scaffolding will be lighted with amber flashing lights. The vertical clearance will be reduced from 44 feet to 27 feet on the sides of the Spokane Street Bridge. The center vertical clearance will not be reduced during this deviation period. Vertical and horizontal clearances are referenced to mean high-water elevation. The horizontal and vertical clearances will only be impacted while the bridge is in the closed-to-navigation position. Mariners transiting the construction area are advised to not put out any wake, and fall hazards will be present. The Coast Guard will be approving a safety zone for the Duwamish Waterway in the vicinity of the Spokane Street Bridge. Vessels able to pass through the subject bridge in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at any time. No alternate route is available on the Duwamish Waterway.
The following are the deviation dates and times:
2300 on 03 Jun 22 – 0700 on 04 Jun 22 (cannot open for emergency response);
2300 on 10 Jun 22 – 0700 on 11 Jun 22 (cannot open for emergency response);
2300 on 13 Jun 22 – 0700 on 19 Aug 22 (two hour minimum notice for bridge opening, 20 minute notice for emergency response);
2300 on 19 Aug 22 – 0700 on 20 Aug 22 (cannot open for emergency response);
2300 on 26 Aug 22 – 0700 on 27 Aug 22 (cannot open for emergency response);
If any mariner cannot support the dates and times for this temporary bridge deviation, please submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 May 22.
WASHINGTON – HOOD CANAL – DABOB BAY – Submersible Vehicle testing
The US Navy will be conducting submersible vehicle and free-floating scientific instrument testing in the Dabob Bay military operating area and extending south into Hood Canal as far as the Hamma Hamma River from 16 – 28 May 2022. Operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Operations will involve semisubmersible and submersible vehicles and scientific instrument buoys tended by M/V Seahorse, M/V Jack Robertson and small naval craft with a flashing red light. The craft will monitor VHF-FM channels 12 and 16. The call sign for the small craft will be “Range security craft”. M/V Seahorse is a large powered barge with a crane and the M/V Jack Robertson is a 50ft white vessel. Two lighted surface buoys will be free floating in vicinity of the testing craft. The buoys will have a white flashing light. All craft transiting the area are requested to exercise caution and maintain a sharp lookout for possible semi-submerged vehicles. Questions should be directed to the Pacific Northwest Range Management and Ops Division, Range Control Branch, at (360) 396-2313.
WASHINGTON – LAKE WASHINGTON SHIP CANAL – UNION BAY REACH – Windermere Cup
The Coast Guard will enforce special local regulations in support of the 2022 Windermere Cup in the Montlake and Union Bay Reach between Portage Bay and Webster Point. This regulated area will be enforced from 0800 to 1200 on 07 May 2022, unless canceled sooner by the Captain of the Port (COTP). Under the provisions of 33 CFR 100.1311, entry into, transiting through, mooring or anchoring within the specified area is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP or his Designated Representative. In addition, the regulation requires all vessels to obtain permission for entry during the enforcement period by contacting the on-scene patrol commander on VHF Channel 13 or 16, or the Sector Puget Sound Joint Harbor Operations Center at (206) 217-6001. All mariners will be able to identify participating vessels as those flying the Coast Guard Ensign.
OREGON – WASHINGTON – IDAHO – US Coast Guard Navigation Center website transition
The US Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) is going to transition their website to a new, enhanced version early in 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. 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 or concerns may be directed to the NAVCEN using this email address: NAVCENWebTEAM@uscg.mil.
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:
Local Notices to Mariners (LNMs)
Current URLs: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain
Light Lists Annual Publication
Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists
Light List - Weekly
Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates
Light List - Corrections
Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections
COLUMBIA RIVER – VANCOUVER TO BONNEVILLE – Washougal Upper and Reed Island Federal Channel change
Due to shoaling extending north into Gary Island Channel and south into the Reed Island Channel to the south of Reed Island, USACE is proposing to change the alignment of the Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel between RM 123 to RM 128 to improve navigational safety by realigning the channel toward the north, or Washington, side near RM 124 and toward the south, or Oregon, side near RM 126. A graphical depiction of the proposed change is included in this LNM as Enclosure (4). The proposed channel realignment is consistent with the proposed changes to the aids to navigation. Mariners are encouraged to share comments on the proposed federal channel realignment. Please direct your comments to USACE Project Manager Jessica Stokke by 01 Jun 22 at (503) 808-4352 or Jessica.B.Stokke@usace.army.mil.
WASHINGTON – COWLITZ RIVER – Bridge notice
Utility work will be performed on State Route 411 Castle Rock Bridge located in Castle Rock, WA, across the Cowlitz River at river mile 17.4. Cable replacement will take place from 01 Jun - 01 Aug 22, Monday through Friday between 0700 – 1700 daily. The cable replacement will be performed using an under-bridge inspection truck (UBIT) that occupies a portion of the roadway on the subject bridge. The UBIT will be the give way vessel, but mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area and not transit directly underneath the UBIT. The SR-411 Bridge has a vertical clearance of 8.6 feet at high tide. The UBIT requires 5 to 10 feet of vertical clearance under the bridge at high tide, therefore mariners should expect no clearance in the vicinity of the UBIT. The subject bridge provides 28 feet of vertical clearance at low tide. The UBIT can lower the vertical clearance to 18 feet at low tide. The UBIT will be equipped with a flashing amber light. For additional information, contact Mark Guz at (360) 518-4464 or email@example.com.
WASHINGTON – LAKE WASHINGTON SHIP CANAL – LAKE WASHINGTON – Outfall pipe
Mariners should be aware of a new, permanent outfall pipe that has been installed at The Boeing Company’s Renton manufacturing facility at the southern end of Lake Washington. The terminus of the outfall extends approximately 52 feet into the lake at the northeast corner of the Boeing property at an approximate position of 47-30-12.0 N and 122-12-25.2 W. The water depth from the top of the outfall varies from 7.5 to 9.2 feet below low lake level. For additional information about this outfall and its location, contact Mark Clement (425) 229-4279 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WASHINGTON – EVERETT HARBOR – SNOHOMISH RIVER – Bridge Inspection
WSDOT will be inspecting the SR 529 Bridges (LLNR 18591.2 south bound, and LLNR 18591.3 north bound) across the Snohomish River at river mile 3.7 near Everett, WA. The inspections will take place between 0800 – 1500 daily on 18 – 22 Jul 22, and 25 – 28 Jul 22. The bridges will be inspected using an under-bridge inspection truck (UBIT) that occupies a portion of the roadway and extends a boom under the bridge. There is no fixed impact to navigational clearance from this operation (~10 ft. reduction to clearance while bucket is under the bridge, however the UBIT will promptly give way to tall marine vessels). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. The UBIT bucket will have a flashing amber light on the bottom and a safety lookout will be on the bridge. Bridge openings will not be impacted. For additional information, contact Alan Kuper, P.E. at (360) 701-0556 or email@example.com.
WASHINGTON – EVERETT HARBOR – STEAMBOAT SLOUGH – Bridge Inspection
WSDOT will be inspecting the SR 529 Bridges (LLNR 18594.9 south bound, and LLNR 18594.11 north bound) across Steamboat Slough at river mile 1.1 and 1.2 near Marysville, WA. The inspections will take place between 0800 – 1500 daily on 18 – 22 Jul 22, and 25 – 28 Jul 22. The bridges will be inspected using an under-bridge inspection truck (UBIT) that occupies a portion of the roadway and extends a boom under the bridge. There is no fixed impact to navigational clearance from this operation (~10 ft. reduction to clearance while bucket is under the bridge, however the UBIT will promptly give way to tall marine vessels). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. The UBIT bucket will have a flashing amber light on the bottom and a safety lookout will be on the bridge. Bridge openings will not be impacted. For additional information, contact Alan Kuper, P.E. at (360) 701-0556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
COLUMBIA RIVER - WILLAPA BAY - GRAYS HARBOR – PUGET SOUND – Replacement of incandescent Lights with LED lanterns The U.S. Coast Guard is replacing 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-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 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.
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.
Long Island Junction Light (LLNR 15435) the high intensity beam has been removed and the intensity of the light has been increased.
Aberdeen Harbor Light 3 (LLNR 15900) the high intensity beam has been removed and the intensity of the light has been increased.
Johns River Entrance Light 8 (LLNR 15955) the high intensity beams have been removed and the intensity of the light has been increased.
The change in light characteristics will be advertised by a Broadcast Notice to Mariners and Light List corrections in the Local Notice to Mariners. 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.
WASHINGTON – WILLAPA BAY - Disestablishment of Willapa Bay Lighted Buoy “C” and Buoy “D” (Revised from LNM 16/22)
The U.S. Coast Guard has permanently disestablished Willapa Bay Entrance Lighted Buoy “C” (LLNR 15186) and Willapa Bay Entrance Buoy “D” (LLNR 15167) as the constantly shifting bar at the entrance to Willapa Bay prevents these buoys from marking the navigable channel, and surf conditions make the placement, retrieval and servicing of these buoys hazardous. There are currently no plans by the US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge or maintain the entrance channel into Willapa Bay. Virtual AIS (V-AIS) signals will be established in place of these buoys. The projected approximate locations are:
Willapa Bay V-AIS “A”, a special purpose AIS marking good water at 46-44-18.4 124-06-21.9W
Willapa Bay V-AIS “B”, a special purpose AIS marking good water at 46-43-34.4N 124-03-52.7W
Mariners are encouraged to share comments on the performance and operation of aids to navigation All comments should be sent to the email address of D13-SMB-D13-LNM@uscg.mil. Any discrepancy for Aids to Navigation should continue to be reported to US Coast Guard Sector Columbia River.
SECTION VII - GENERAL
This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-DELTA & RIVERS-MOKELUMNE RIVER-BRIDGE
MOKELUMNE RIVER (CA ROUTE 12) BRIDGE-
In order for Caltrans to conduct inspections of the bridge’s mechanical and electrical components, the swing span of the bridge will open on signal if at least 4-hours notice is given to the bridge tender from 8am to 4pm on 23, 24, 25 and 26 May, 2022. Please provide comments to the Coast Guard Bridge Office at Carl.T.Hausner@uscg.mil or by telephone at 510-437-3516 by COB on 12 May, 2022.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-DELTA & RIVERS-OLD RIVER-BRIDGE
BNSF RAILROAD DRAWBRIDGE-
From 01 July through 30 September, 2022, Monday through Friday, 6:00am to 6:30pm, BNSFs’ contractor will be replacing the fenders at piers 2 and 3. One 60’ X 80’ flexi float barge and one 35’ X 110’ material barge will be spudded down at the piers (See BNSF_OldRiver_Barge_Lighting.pdf in the enclosure section). During work hours the barges will be in the main navigation span of the bridge and can be moved for the safety of navigation with one hour advanced notice to the contractor. After working hours the unmanned barges will be moved behind the wingwall of the pier protection out of the navigation span. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For further information contact the Coast Guard Bridge Office at 510-437-3515.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-DELTA & RIVERS-SACRAMENTO RIVER-BRIDGE
RIO VISTA DRAWBRIDGE-
Caltrans is completing the installation of a back-up drive system to ensure reliable operation of the span. The final stage of the installation is the testing of the system. In order to complete the installation, Caltrans is requesting to secure the lift span of the bridge on the following dates and times:
8 pm on 25 May, 2022 to 8 am on 26 May, 2022,
8 pm on 26 May, 2022 to 8 am on 27 May, 2022,
8 pm on 27 May, 2022 to 8 am on 28 May, 2022.
In the event of an emergency during the above dates and times, the drawspan can open with 1-hour notice.
Please provide comments to the Coast Guard Bridge Office at Carl.T.Hausner@uscg.mil or by telephone at 510-437-3516 by COB on 12 May, 2022.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO - VOLUNTARY VESSEL SPEED REDUCTION
NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency request that all vessels 300 gross registered tons (GRT) or larger reduce speeds to 10 knots or less when transiting the San Francisco Traffic Separation Scheme (SF TSS) and within Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries from May 1 to December 15, 2022 to protect endangered blue, humpback and fin whales; see enclosure NOAA VSR 2022.pdf. These areas contain populations of endangered blue, humpback, and fin whales that are federally protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act (16 USC 1538 et seq.), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 USC 1361 et seq.), and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 USC 1431 et seq). Please report any collisions with whales or any observed injured or dead whales to the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16. NOAA is asking for the public’s help in tracking whales. Please report sightings through Whale Alert, a free application available at http://westcoast.whalealert.org/.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-TRINIDAD-OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
Cal Poly Humboldt will be conducting oceanographic research from 07-13 May, 2022 at 41-03-50N 124-16-00W. R/V CORAL SEA will be monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 16. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Tamara Barriquand at 707-5999395.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-CERRITOS CHANNEL-BRIDGE
HENRY FORD RAILROAD BRIDGE-
The lift span of the bridge will be secured in the closed-to-navigation position from 6am to 6pm on 31 May, 02 June, 06 June, and 08 June, 2022. For further information contact the Coast Guard Bridge Office at 510-437-3516.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-DANA POINT TO POINT ARGUELLO-VOLUNTARY VESSEL SPEED REDUCTION
NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency request that all vessels 300 gross registered tons (GRT) or larger reduce speeds to 10 knots or less when transiting in the Vessel Speed Reduction from Dana Point to Pt. Arguello from May 1 to December 15, 2022 to protect endangered whales; see enclosure NOAA VSR 2022.pdf. These areas contain populations of endangered blue, humpback, and fin whales that are federally protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act (16 USC 1538 et seq.), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (to protect endangered whales 16 USC 1361 et seq.), and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 USC 1431 et seq.). Vessels already transiting south of the northern Channel Islands are also encouraged to transit outside of the voluntary Extended Area To Be Avoided to reduce the overlap of ships and endangered whales. Please report any collisions with whales or any observed injured or dead whales to the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16. NOAA is asking for the public’s help in tracking whales. Please report sightings through Whale Alert, a free application available at http://westcoast.whalealert.org/.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES HARBOR-DREDGE OPERATIONS
Manson Construction Co. is conducting dredge operations of the Port of Los Angeles berths 404 and 405 at 33-43-43N 118-15-28W from 09-20 May, 2022. Operations will be conducted 24hrs a day, Monday through Friday. DB VALHALLA, will be assisted by TB JEFFREY M, Survey boat WAHOO and 03 dump scows. All vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 13 and 16. Dredged materials will be disposed of within disposal site LA-2 at 33-3706N 118-17-24W. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Sergio Covarrubias at 562-9832397.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-MARNIA DEL RAY-SEDIMENT SAMPLING
Kinnetic Environmental, Inc. will conduct sediment core sampling in the vicinity of the Federal Channel within the entrance channel to Marina Del Rey Harbor from 16-20 May, 2022, between 7:00am until 7:00pm.
Operations will be bounded within the following locations:
R/V DW HOOD and a skiff will be utilized during operations and will monitor VHF-FM Chan. 16. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Ken Kronschnabl at 831-457-3950.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-MORRO BAY-DREDGE OPERATIONS
The Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting dredging operations in the entrance channel at Morro Bay Harbor from 6 May, 2022 until 7 June, 2022, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. DB YAQUINA (call sign AEPD) will be monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 13 and 16.
The following buoys will be removed until the dredging project is complete.
Morro Bay Channel Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 3855)
Morro Bay Channel Lighted Buoy 4A (LLNR 3856)
Morro Bay Channel Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 3860)
Morro Bay Channel Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 3865)
Morro Bay Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 3870)
Morro Bay Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 3875)
Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact the Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District at 213452-4026.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE SAN DIEGO-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS
The U.S. Navy will be conducting hazardous operations from 1:00pm on 16 May, 2022, until 2:00am on 21 May, 2022. Operations will be bounded by the following coordinates:
A Range Support Craft (RSC-1) will be on scene and monitoring VHF-FM Chan. 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the area during the operation. For more details or comments contact the RSC-1 at 619-330-6072.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-PORT OF SAN DIEGO-MARINE CONSTRUCTION
The Port of San Diego will be conducting marine construction until 01 June, 2022. Construction will consist of the replacement of pump out stations at the following locations:
Shelter Island Harbor Police Dock: 32-42-32N 117-14-06W
Shelter Island Transient Dock: 32-43-37N 117-10-33W
Pepper Park Dock: 32-38-58N 117-06-36W
Chula Vista Bayfront Dock: 32-37-17N 117-06-10W
Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Tim Barrett at 319-686-6544.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO BAY-FIREWORKS
Fireworks America will sponsor the San Diego Symphony Night Shows 2022 fireworks displays from 9:00pm to 10:00pm on 24-25 June, 3, 8-10 July, 6, 13, 19, 26-27 August, and 10-11 September, 2022. There will be a tug and barge combination located off of South Embarcadero Marina Park at 32-42-11N 117-10-04W. Mariners are advised to avoid the area and use due caution when transiting in the vicinity of the barge. For more details or comments contact Julie Andrews at 619-938-8277.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO BAY-ZUNIGA POINT-SUNKEN VESSEL
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 40-foot sunken vessel IVO Zuniga Point at approximately 32-40-41N 117-11-35W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Coast Guard Sector San Diego at 619-278-7031.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL-OCEANOGRAPHIC OPERATIONS
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography research vessel ROBERT GORDON SPROUL (Call Sign WSQ-2674) will conduct 24-hour surface to floor oceanographic operations from 12-14 May, 2022, including the recovery and deployment surface drifters in the vicinity of 34-19-00N 120-00-00W and 33-19-00N 119-53-00W. During over-the-side operations, R/V ROBERT GORDON SPROUL will be restricted in ability to maneuver. R/V ROBERT GORDON SPROUL will be monitoring VHF-FM chan. 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more comments or details contact Wes Hill at 858-534-5568.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-VANDENBERG AFB-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS
Hazardous operations will be conducted from Vandenberg AFB, CA starting at 3:36pm on 10 May, 2022 until 4:39pm on 14 May, 2022. Hazardous operation areas are bounded by the following coordinates:
Hazard Area 1:
Hazard Area 2:
Mariners are advised to remain clear of these areas for the duration of operations. For more details or comments contact Vandenberg AFB at 805606-8825.
OREGON - WASHINGTON - IDAHO - MONTANA - Summary of Bridge Lighting Discrepancies and Corrections
OREGON - WASHINGTON - COLUMBIA RIVER - Summary of Dredging Operations
OREGON - WASHINGTON - COLUMBIA RIVER - Summary of Marine Events
2022 Voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction Zone- San Francisco Bay Region; Southern California