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    • Eastern Florida Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

      PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!
      Below you will discover extracts the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has copied from the Local Notice to Mariners, that concern Eastern Florida waters. The choice of what to extract is based on our appraisal of news that is of primary interest to the cruising community, and should not in any way be considered a comprehensive relisting of all the information that is available in the Local Notice to Mariners’ various editions.
      Also, please note that LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

    • LNM: Debris Blocking AICW Statute Mile 1088, Miami, FL


      This ICW channel blocking debris is between G45 and G47 just north of the West Venetian Causeway in Miami Harbor.

      FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY: Hazard to Navigation
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of marine debris in approximate position 25° 47.918’ N 80° 10.691’ W that is presenting a hazard to navigation. The debris is temporary marked with a buoy. Miami-Dade County will be removing the debris in the near future. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11467 LNM 04/19

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    • LNM: USACE 2019 Manual for Locking Procedures

      Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this record length Local Notice. This information is essential for safely locking through, especially during storms and emergencies, and should be kept near your steering station.

      Notice to Navigation 2019-001 Guidance for Canaveral and Okeechobee Waterway Locks (EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LOCK PROCEDURES!)

      All, please share widely with other interested parties, including our post of Facebook https://twitter.com/JaxStrong and on Twitter @JaxStrong.

      Reminder:
      If you lock through Canaveral or the Okeechobee Waterway, please put the numbers for the Corps locks into your phone. Remember to listen to any direction offered by the lock operator to ensure everyone’s safety as you lock through!

      W.P. Franklin Lock 239-694-5451
      Ortona Lock 863-675-0616
      Moore Haven Lock 863-946-0414
      Port Mayaca Lock 561-924-2858
      St. Lucie Lock 772-287-2665
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
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      Notice to Navigation
      Notice to Navigation: 2019-001 Guidance for Canaveral and Okeechobee Waterway Locks
      Read the NTN: https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/Notice-to-Navigation-2019-001-Guidance-about-Canaveral-and-Okeechobee-Waterway-Lock-procedures/
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      Notice to Navigation: GENERAL:
      Reference revised Regulations, 33 C.F.R. 207.300, and their tributaries; use, administration, and navigation, and 33
      C.F.R. 207.800, Collection of navigation statistics.

      The following information is furnished in addition to the above-referenced regulations to provide guidance about the procedures, control, and management of the locks on the Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor Lock. Suggested towboat operations are also included that will enhance safety and reduce damage to Government structures, commercial vessels, and recreational craft.

      SAFETY:

      1. Vessels shall not pass under dam or spillway gates when they are out of the water and the river is flowing freely through the gate openings.

      2. Lockage of leaking, listing vessels or overloaded vessels may be refused. Leaking, listing vessels or overloaded vessels shall be moored in a location outside of the channel and outside of the Arrival Point so as not to interfere with passing navigation.

      3. All craft and tows approaching a lock, within a distance of 200 feet of the upper or lower lock gates, shall proceed at a speed not greater than two miles per hour (rate of a slow walk) during normal flow conditions.

      4. All tows entering the lock shall be properly aligned with the guide or lock wall.

      5. It is the responsibility of the vessel operator to provide adequate mooring lines. The lock operator may require mooring lines to be replaced with satisfactory lines before lockage is made if the lines appear to be of such quality, size, or condition that would make safe lockage questionable.

      6. All towboat crews, while locking or moving a tow into or out of a lock chamber, must station themselves to preclude the possibility of being injured by the parting of a cable or line under strain. Single part lines only will be used to check a moving tow. Working lines shall be kept dry and in good working condition to allow lines to be worked properly and to prevent injury to personnel.

      7. Towboat crewmembers shall not jump between moving tows and lock or guide walls while preparing for lockage, locking, or departing lock

      8. Tabulated below are the minimum numbers of vessel personnel required for handling lines during lockages. The captain/pilot cannot act as a deckhand.

      9. All vessels, when in the locks, shall be moored and/or moved as directed by the lock operator.

      10. Commercial towing companies shall ensure that vessel operators and boat crew members have received orientation and training in all aspects of deck work and lockage procedures to ensure the safety of personnel, floating plant, and structures.

      11. All cylinders or containers holding gases or liquids under pressure or any other chemical or substance shall be securely fastened to the hull of the vessel to prevent their rolling overboard into the lock chamber.

      12. All containers holding paint, gasoline, or other volatile materials shall be securely fastened with tight fitting covers.

      13. The sides of all vessels passing through the locks shall be free from projections that may damage lock structures or Manatee Protection System sensors. Suitable fenders shall be used with all commercial tows passing through the locks to prevent damage to the lock walls and structures. Fenders shall be cylindrical in shape and no less than 6 inches in diameter. The fenders shall be used on guide walls and lock chambers to protect the structures. The fenders shall be manufactured or fabricated for the purpose of fendering, using woven rope; laminated, molded reinforced, natural, or synthetic rubber, or other suitable material. Single, double, or triple strands of mooring line, with or without knots, and old tires will not be considered as suitable fenders. Lock operators may refuse lockage to all commercial and recreational vessels and/or tows not conforming to the above.

      OPERATIONAL ASPECTS:

      PART A. RECREATIONAL CRAFT

      1. Commercial fishing craft and Vessel Delivery craft are included in the classification “recreational craft” when considering the precedent at the locks. Operators of recreational craft and their passengers are required to wear Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage. All vessels will be required to turn off engines during lockages to include bow thrusters.

      2. Personal watercraft of the “sit-down” variety, (those you sit on and ride), will be accepted for lockage. The “stand-up” variety, (those that require the vessel to be moving for the operator to be out of the water), will not be accepted for lockage unless the craft is tied off to and locked through with an approved vessel, and the operator of the “stand-up” craft boards the approved vessel. Operators of personal watercraft and their passengers are required to wear Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage.

      3. Kayaks and canoes will be locked without other vessels in the chamber for safety reason. Operators and their passengers are required to wear Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage.

      4. Paddleboards, sailboards and surfboards will not be locked.

      5. Lock operators may refuse lockage to all commercial and recreational vessels and/or tows not conforming to the above.

      PART B. COMMERCIAL TOWS

      1. Lock Personnel will monitor the Marine Channel 13. All tows awaiting lockage shall monitor the appropriate lock channel at all times.

      2. Radio communications between a lock and an approaching tow are required at all times. All tows shall have a positive two-way voice communication between the pilot and the head of the tow to facilitate proper and safe approach to the lock guide wall and subsequent entrance into the lock chamber. All tows that decide to switch to another channel during the locking process for communication with their deckhands will be required to inform the lock personnel as to what channel they are changing to. Prior to beginning each lockage, procedural aspects of the lockage will be coordinated between the lock and vessel operators in an effort to insure a mutual and thorough understanding of the locking procedure.

      3. At no time will a tow or barge be left unattended. Tows will not tie off to mooring dolphins overnight or any unnecessary length of time during hours of operation.

      4. Under normal conditions, tows that can be arranged to avoid a double lockage shall be rearranged prior to approaching the lock. Non-compliance will result in not being assigned a lock turn, until tow has been rearranged to comply or until no other vessel awaits lockage. In a knockout lockage, the towboat shall be placed in the hole alongside the rear barges and should be located sufficiently forward to allow for ample clearance between its stern and the gates. While exiting from any lockage, the towboat shall proceed slowly to reduce backwash action and possible damage to lock gates.

      5. Towboats, when entering a lock, must remain fully attached to the barges until the tow has been stopped and properly moored. Barges within the tow configuration must be properly cabled. Lockage may be refused if lock operator considers barge couplings inadequate.

      6. When leaving the lock in down bound movement, rearrangement of tows in motion will be permitted while passing out of the lock at the discretion of the lockmaster. If there is a floating plant, bridges, or other structure located immediately downstream from the lock, these procedures shall not be used.

      7. Lockage lengths in excess of 230 feet, but not more than 245 feet, will be permitted in a 250 foot chamber with the following conditions:
      a. The vessel operator shall inform the lock operator by radio, prior to arrival, as to the precise overall length of an integrated tow (single lockage) or the cut lengths of a multiple lockage, the number of barges in the tow, cargo type, and tonnage. Failure to provide all information may result in refusal of lockage.
      b. The pilot shall be in the pilothouse and be in constant radio contact with lock personnel during the entire lockage procedure.
      c. Experienced deck personnel shall be stationed at each end of the tow to monitor movement.

      8. When requested, the pilot of the towboat shall provide an accurate description of the contents of any covered or tank barge in their tow. Transiting of the locks with unknown cargos will not be permitted. All towboat pilots are required to provide accurate, detailed information concerning commodity classification and tonnage. Lockage turn may be forfeited if tow pilots do not provide this data.

      9. All deck barges loaded with rock, scrap material, construction equipment and other material shall be loaded to allow for safe passage of crew members along the edge of the barges. A minimum of 2 feet of clear space shall be maintained along the edge of all of the barges. To protect the lock walls and equipment, nothing loaded on the barge shall extend beyond this 2-foot clear space from the edge of the barge. The barges shall be loaded such that the material does not move or fall into the 2-foot wide clear space while moving or transporting the barges. Additionally, material shall be loaded on barges such that it will not become dislodged or moved during the locking process, possibly falling off the barge into the lock chamber or coming to rest protruding off the edge of the barge. Lock operators may refuse lockage to all commercial tows not conforming to the above.

      10. When moving or making up tows prior to leaving the lock in an upbound movement, towboat operators are required to keep all barges secured to the lock or guide wall. Generally, the deckhand will not release snubbing and holding lines from the lock or guide walls until the towboat is properly secured to the tow. For a single lockage, with a towboat only set over, deviating from this procedure will be allowed if the immediate situation will permit

      safe departure under power and a lock operator walks a line out with the tow until the towboat is again adequately secured to the tow. However, when moving barges from the lock chamber, it is the responsibility of the vessel master to assure that adequate lines and personnel are available for safe handling and mooring of the tow or sections to the lock or guide walls. Sufficient personnel shall remain with the other sections to assure its security.

      11. It is the responsibility of the Vessel Master to ensure that deckhands that are assisting with lockages are familiar with the location and proper use of life saving devices or rescue equipment such as safety blocks and ring buoys and are wearing Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage.

      12. Outdraft warning signs are not used on the Okeechobee waterway or at Canaveral Harbor Lock. All tow boat operators upon request when calling a lock system will be provided with the Dam Gate opening, if applicable and available, the upper and lower river gages and the current river predictions as provided by the National Weather Service. All Decisions concerning the existence of an outdraft and the effect of said outdraft will have upon their tows will be made by each vessel operator.

      13. Waterways Action Plans provides the marine industry, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), States and local governments with a plan for facilitating the safe and orderly movement of traffic during extreme conditions on the inland rivers.

      14. Barges will be moored to the lock wall at all times during the lockage cycle. On all lockages, deckhands will not remove mooring lines until signaled to do so by the lock operator. This will be done by use of a whistle or by verbal command. On knockout single cut lockages, once the deckhand has been signaled to remove the mooring lines, the tow boat may proceed out of the chamber and the tow boat may face back up to the tow as the tow moves forward. If requested by the deckhand, the lock operator will assist to moor the tow to the lock wall once the tow has moved a sufficient distance along the wall so that the tow boat can face up to the tow. On all set-over lockages, the tow will move far enough along the wall to provide room to set the barges back over and face up to the rest of the tow. The tow will then be moored to the wall until the face up process is completed. The lock operator will then remove the mooring lines at the request of the deckhand. On all multiple cut lockages, the cut will be pulled from the chamber using the assistance from a helper boat. The tow will then be moored to the wall outside of the chamber until the remaining cuts of the tow have been faced up to the first cut. Once the tow is faced up and ready to depart, the mooring lines will be removed by the lock operator at the request of the deckhand.

      15. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains an eight foot channel depth. Draft of vessels: No vessel shall attempt to enter a lock unless its draft is at least three (3) inches less than the least depth of water over the gate sills. Information concerning control depth over sills can be obtained from the District Navigation Charts. For general purpose information Route 1 has a maximum recommended of 8 feet @ 14.00 ft NGVD 1929. Route 2 has a maximum recommended draft of 6 feet @14.00 ft NGVD 1929

      PART C: LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS, HURRICANES AND HIGH WATER EVENTS

      Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 7 AM to 10 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended. No mooring will be allowed at any lock, approach walls or dolphins during a storm event.

      For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
      1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
      2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.

      After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.

      Operations during high water and floods in designated vulnerable areas: Vessels operating on these waters during periods when water stages exceed the level of “ordinary high water,” as designated on Corps of Engineers’ navigation charts, shall exercise reasonable care to minimize the effects of their bow waves and propeller washes on river banks; submerged or partially submerged structures or habitations; terrestrial growth such as trees and bushes; and man-made amenities that may be present. Vessels shall operate carefully when passing close to levees and other flood control structures and shall observe minimum distances from banks which may be prescribed from time to time in Notices to Navigation Interests. Pilots should exercise particular care not to direct propeller wash at river banks, levees, revetments, structures or other appurtenances subject to damage from wave action.

      Lock operators have no means of pulling tows from the chamber An assist tow will be required of sufficient size to maintain safe control of the tow in any wind or current condition.

      Lock hours are based on USACE Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) Standard Levels of Service.

      Canaveral Harbor:
      Canaveral Lock 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 9:00PM)

      Okeechobee Waterway:
      St Lucie Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) Port Mayaca Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) Moore Haven Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) Ortona Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) WP Franklin Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM)

      PART D: USEFUL INFORMATION

      Lake Okeechobee water level can be viewed on the Corps of Engineers web site at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml

      Maximum vessel width and lengths are listed below for each lock. Vessels larger than the maximum dimensions will be refused lockage.

      Canaveral Harbor
      Canaveral Lock maximum vessel size 85′ X 585′

      Okeechobee Waterway
      St Lucie, Moore Haven and Ortona Locks maximum vessel size 45′ X 235′ Port Mayaca and W.P. Franklin Locks maximum vessel size 51′ X 385′

      REPAIR SCHEDULE FOR 2019

      It is anticipated that maintenance and repairs will be performed at the following locations during Calendar Year 2019. This notice may require periodic revision. It is given so that industrial waterway users may have a general knowledge of the lock outages and can plan their operations accordingly. Factors, which may affect this schedule, are the delivery of materials, repairs required but not anticipated, emergency repairs as a result of accidents, and funding.

      All interested parties should review the maintenance schedule for impact. Additional notices furnishing specific information and operating requirements will be published approximately two weeks in advance of commencing the work items listed.

      Canaveral Harbor:
      Canaveral Lock Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD

      Okeechobee Waterway:
      St Lucie Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      Port Mayaca Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      Moore Haven Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      Ortona Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD

      For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7 AM to 5 PM at:

      W.P. Franklin Lock 239-694-5451
      Ortona Lock 863-675-0616
      Moore Haven Lock 863-946-0414
      Port Mayaca Lock 561-924-2858
      St. Lucie Lock 772-287-2665
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421

      Point of contact is Gary Hipkins at 863-983-8101.

      //signed//
      Gary L.Hipkins
      Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
      South Florida Operations

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      Thanks for helping to get the word out!
      Erica

      Erica Skolte
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
      Palm Beach Gardens
      NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
      Cell: 561-801-5734
      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
      Twitter @JaxStrong
      Jacksonville District Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
      Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better
      “Keep Calm and Essayons”

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    • LNM: West Venetian Causeway ICW Bridge Closure for Miami Marathon, January 27, FL AICW Statute Mile 1088.5


      With 12ft closed vertical clearance, the West Venetian Causeway Bridge crosses the Waterway in the Port of Miami.

      FLORIDA – EAST COAST – MIAMI HARBOR – MIAMI RIVER – SOUTH MIAMI AVENUE/EAST AND WEST VENETIAN BRIDGES:
      Bridge Closures

      The following are the times the bridges will be closed for the Annual Miami Marathon event on Sunday January 27, 2019.
      The South Miami Avenue Bridge across the Miami River, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
      The East Venetian Causeway Bridge across Miami Beach Channel, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
      The West Venetian Causeway Bridge across Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Ref: LNM 03/19 Chart: 11468

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Venetian Causeway Bridge

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Venetian Causeway Bridge

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    • LNM: Construction Underway, Miami Marine Stadium Basin, FL AICW Statute Mile 1091.5


      The Marina Stadium Anchorage is a large cove indenting the northwestern banks of Virgina Key, lying opposite the city of Miami on the eastern flank of Biscayne Bay. The basin and onshore facilities are the site of the annual Miami International Boat Show.

      FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY – VIRGINA KEY: Marine Stadium Basin
      Construction.

      Dock and Marine Construction have begun construction on the temporary marina in the basin at Miami Marine Stadium located on Virginia Key. There will be a variety of changing configurations of the floating docks as they build the layout in the plan. There are lights on and around the floating structures as well as barges and cranes on site. Approximate completion is expected around April 2019. For further information contact USCG Sector Miami, Waterways Management Division at (305) 535-4307 or Dock and Marine Construction, John Korvick at (305) 751-9911.
      Chart 11467 LNM 52/18

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Marine Stadium Anchorage

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    • LNM: MSIB 60 -18 Right Whale Migration

      Our thanks to Officer Justin Heck for this reminder and update.


      NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE MIGRATION 2018/2019
      Sector Charleston AOR

      The critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters of South Carolina and Georgia. Right whales are slow-moving and difficult to detect and are therefore at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. Vessel operators are reminded to use caution and proceed at safe speeds in areas used by right whales.

      Compliance with Ship Speed Restriction Rule (50 CFR 224.105)
      Annual mandatory speed restrictions of 10 kts or less are in effect for vessels of 65 feet in length or greater from November 1st through April 30th in the Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Area and November 15th through April 15th in the Southeast Seasonal Management Area (see National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) compliance guide for geographic areas). When operating in active SMAs, in addition to reducing speed to a maximum of 10 kts, vessels should post lookouts trained in spotting right whales, maneuver around whales, and, if practicable, avoid transits in reduced visibility. Federal law prohibits approaching within 500 yards of a right whale (see additional information below). A vessel may operate at a speed necessary to maintain a safe maneuvering speed instead of the required 10 knots only if justified because the vessel is in an area where oceanographic, hydrographic, and/or meteorological conditions severely restrict vessel maneuverability and the need to operate at such speed is confined by the pilot on board or, when a vessel is not carrying a pilot, the master of the vessel. If a deviation is necessary, the following information must be entered in the vessel’s logbook: Reasons for deviation; speed at which vessel operated; latitude and longitude at time of deviation; and time and duration of deviation. The vessel’s Master must attest to the accuracy of the logbook entry by signing and dating it. For information regarding speed restriction areas see “Compliance Guide for Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule” at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/.

      NOAA Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement investigates reported violations of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act and violations can be prosecuted either civilly or criminally.

      WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area
      Commercial ships displacing 300 gross tons and greater are required to report when they enter the WHALESSOUTH Reporting Area. The WHALESSOUTH area extends from the shoreline east to longitude 80°51.6’W with the southern and northern boundaries at latitude 30°00’N and 31°27’N, respectively (See NOAA Chart #11480). The WHALESSOUTH reporting system is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to protect endangered North Atlantic Right Whales by eliminating collisions between the species and large commercial traffic. Since July 1999, the Coast Guard has taken an aggressive approach in educating vessel owners, operators and crews on the proper reporting procedures that must be followed when entering the WHALESSOUTH mandatory reporting area. Agents and masters of vessels entering the ports in the reporting area are encouraged to ensure their vessels make the required notifications. Failure to report the required information may result in civil penalties. Vessels shall make reports in accordance with the format in IMO Resolution A.648 (16) General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/webdam/download/70711138.

      500 Yard Minimum Approach Regulation.
      The Minimum Approach Rule, found at 50 CPR 224.104(c), prohibits approaching or remaining within 500 yards of a right whale. If within 500 yards of a right whale, vessels must steer a course away from the whale and immediately leave the area at a slow safe speed. An exception to this rule is if compliance with the rule would create an imminent threat to a person or vessel. For more information on reducing ship strikes to North Atlantic right whales, go to
      http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/.

      Method for Reporting Strikes, Carcasses, Entanglements, and Sightings:
      Any whale sightings or accidental collisions with a whale should be reported immediately to the Coast Guard on Channel 16 VHF-FM and to NOAA at 877-WHALE-HELP. The following information should be provided:
      1. Location
      2. Date and Time
      3. Speed of the Vessel
      4. Size of the Vessel
      5. Water Depth
      6. Wind Speed and Direction
      7. Description of the Impact
      8. Fate of the Animal
      9. Size, if known

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    • LNM: Safety Zone around SpaceX Rocket, east of Canaveral, FL

      This two-mile radius safety zone is east of Cape Canaveral.

      Coast Guard issues safety broadcast after SpaceX rocket lands in water


      U.S. Coast Guard stock photo

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast (SMIB) Wednesday after the SpaceX rocket “Falcon 9” landed in the water off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

      The SMIB instructs all mariners to remain a minimum of two nautical miles away from the rocket.

      A Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew is on scene monitoring while SpaceX is implementing their response plan.

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    • LNM: Dredging Underway, Fort Pierce Harbor, FL AICW Statute Mile 966


      Fort Pierce City Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR and the site of this dredging project, is located west of the Waterway, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

      FLORIDA – FORT PIERCE HARBOR – FORT PIERCE INLET INNER HARBOR – FORT PIERCE CITY MARINA CHANNEL: Dredge Operations.
      Gator Dredging has commenced dredge operations November 28, 2018 until approximately April 30, 2019 in Fort Pierce within and directly adjacent to the Fort Pierce City Marina and leading into the AICW. Operations will run 24/7 and the Dredge GATOR SWINGING DRAGON will monitor CHF channels 16 & 68. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Floating and submerged high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline associated with the hydraulic dredging operations of the marina and channel will be utilized. Pipeline, work vessels, temporary mooring piles, and buoys will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations and will be in the area until all work is complete and can change configuration daily. PORTIONS OF THE FORT PIERCE CITY BOAT RAMP WILL BE CLOSED AND UNAVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE DURING THIS PROJECT as it will be used as a staging site for the dredging operations. For futher information contact Bret Sapp, Project Manager at (727) 798-0238 or Keith Ayers, Project Superintendent at (815) 315-3255. Chart 475 LNM 49/18

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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    • LNM: Waterway Dredging to begin, Sawpit Creek, FL AICW Statute Mile 730


      This section of the Waterway south of Fernandina Beach, FL through Sawpit Creek is frequently shoaled and was last dredged in November of 2013. As noted below, keep a close watch for dredging equipment as you cruise through Sawpit Creek and be sure to proceed along at idle speed!

      FLORIDA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – SAWPIT CREEK: 12- Foot Dredge Project
      Southwind Construction will commence dredge operations November 26, 2018 until approximately April 1, 2019 in the AICW Nassau-Duval Counties, Cuts 24, 25, 26, 27, 27A and 27C with fill placement to F.I.N.D. Upland Disposal Area DMMA DU-2 and Amelia Island. Submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted. While working in
      Cuts 27A, & 27C, submerged pipeline will be positioned from the active dredging area along the east shoreline of the AICW to the Amelia Island Beach Fill Placement Area. In all other locations, the submerged pipeline will traverse along the landward edges of Sawpit Creek to upland placement area DMMA DU-2 in addition to the Amelia Island Beach Fill Placement Area. DMMA DU-2 is located immediately adjacent to Sawpit Creek at Black Hammock Island. Operations will run 24/7the Dredge WILKO and workboats PROUD MARY and MISS LEANNE will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16, working channel 78. See enclosure section for pipeline route and beach disposal area. For more information contact David Lynn (812) 455-1770, Jim Jones (662) 614-6564 or Southwind (812) 867-7220 Chart 11489
      LNM 47/18

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    • LNM: Phone Numbers for Florida Lock Operators

      If you lock through Canaveral or the Okeechobee Waterway, please put the numbers for the Corps locks into your phone. Remember to listen to any direction offered by the lock operator to ensure everyone’s safety as you lock through! Our thanks to Officer Erica Skolte for this information and advice.

      W.P. Franklin Lock 239-694-5451
      Ortona Lock 863-675-0616
      Moore Haven Lock 863-946-0414
      Port Mayaca Lock 561-924-2858
      St. Lucie Lock 772-287-2665
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421

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    • LNM: Temporary Variation, North Fort Pierce Bridge, Fort Pierce, FL, AICW Statute Mile 965


      With a closed vertical clearance of 26ft, the Fort Pierce North Bridge crosses the Waterway in Fort Pierce.

      FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER – FORT PIERCE
      NORTH CAUSEWAY A1A (BANTY SAUDERS) BRIDGE: Rulemaking.
      The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 964.8 at Fort Pierce, St Lucie County FL. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. This deviation will allow the bridge to remain in the closed to navigation position from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the AICW, mile 964.8 in Fort Pierce, St Lucie County, FL is a bascule bridge. It has a vertical clearance of 26 feet at mean high water in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet. The bridge currently operates under CFR 117.5. There has been a large increase in vehicular traffic over the bridge in recent years due to large areas along the beach being developed for residential homes. This test deviation would provide for the bridge to operate on an advertised schedule for openings. The draw shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, the draw will open three times per hour: on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour. Vessels in distress, public vessels of the United States, and tugs with tows must be passed at any time. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on September 1, 2018 to 7 a.m. on February 28, 2019. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2018-0729 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If you have questions on this test deviation, call or e-mail LT Samuel Rodrigues-Gonzalez, Sector Miami Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 305-535-4307, e-mail Samuel.Rodriguez-Gonzalez@uscg.mil. Ref: LNM 35-18 through 08-19 Chart: 11485

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    • LNM: Okeechobee Lock Procedures in Hurricane Conditions

      Let’s hope we never need this information, but it should definitely be included in your Hurricane Procedures folder.

      OKEECHOBEE AND CANAVERAL LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES: EFFECTIVE:08/26/2018 00:00 thru 12/31/2018 24:00 EST (REFERENCES: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
      Notice to Navigation – 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and Drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured as passage across the waterway suspended.
      For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
      1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
      2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.
      After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.
      For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at;
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
      St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
      Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
      Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
      Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 WP
      Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
      Chart 11428 11478 LNM 35/18

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    • LNM: Schedule Variation, North Fort Pierce Bridge, Fort Pierce, FL, AICW Statute Mile 965


      With a closed vertical clearance of 25ft, the Fort Pierce North Bridge crosses the Waterway in Fort Pierce.

      FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER – FORT PIERCE
      NORTH CAUSEWAY A1A (BANTY SAUDERS) BRIDGE: Rule Making.

      The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 964.8 at Fort Pierce, St Lucie County FL. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. This deviation will allow the bridge to remain in the closed to navigation position from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the AICW, mile 964.8 in Fort Pierce, St Lucie County, FL is a bascule bridge. It has a vertical clearance of 26 feet at mean high water in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet. The bridge currently operates under CFR 117.5. There has been a large increase in vehicular traffic over the bridge in recent years due to
      large areas along the beach being developed for residential homes. This test deviation would provide for the bridge to operate on an advertised schedule for openings. The draw shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, the draw will open three times per hour: on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour. Vessels in distress, public vessels of the United States, and tugs with tows must be passed at any time. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on September 1, 2018 to 7 a.m. on February 28, 2019. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2018-0729 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If you have questions on this test deviation, call or e-mail LT Samuel Rodrigues-Gonzalez, Sector Miami Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 305-535-4307, e-mail Samuel.Rodriguez-Gonzalez@uscg.mil. Chart 11485 LNM 35/18

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    • LNM: ICW Shoaling Reported, South Amelia River, AICW Statute Mile 726


      ICW Buoy 34 sits on the northern shoulder of the Waterway at the southern end of a narrow channel of the South Amelia River.

      FLORIDA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – SOUTH AMELIA RIVER: Shoaling
      The U.S. Coast Guard has observed shoaling in South Amelia River in the vicinity of South Amelia River Daybeacon 34 (LLNR 38100) in position 30-34-15.435N / 081-28-00.227W (30°34.2572N / 081°28.0038W, 30.570954 / -81.466730) . The shoal has extended southwest in the channel.
      Chart 11489 LNM 33/18

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    • LNM: Reminder of Indian River Shoaling at AICW Statute Mile 967


      This Week 29 Local Notice serves as a reminder of shoaling that has been around and reported for several years, see https://cruisersnet.net/157095.

      FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Temporary Aid Established to Mark Shoal.
      Indian River (South Section) Temp Lighted Buoy 188A has been established to mark an encroaching shoal from the west. The channel depth is approximately 2 feet MLW. The TRLB in position 27-26-57.691N / 080-18-53.059W (27°26.9615N / 080°18.8843W, 27.449359 / -80.314739) is displaying Fl Q R, 3M characteristic. Chart 11472 LNM 29/18

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    • LNM: Dredging to Begin, Ponce de Leon Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 839


      The “Ponce” is a popular, heavily traveled inlet which intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843. This long-term dredging project in this inlet is always welcomed.

      FLORIDA – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – PONCE DE LEON INLET: Dredge Operations
      Cavache Inc. will commence dredge operations just over four miles in the AICW in the vicinity of Ponce De Leon Inlet in Volusia County, Florida. The operation will include the discharge of sediments into an off shore disposal area approximately two miles south of the inlet and approximately 1000 foot off shore. Mobilization of equipment and pipeline set up is expected to begin in the July 10, 2018 and dredging approximately August 2018. The dredge will be disposing of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines at an off shore disposal area, as well as, the USACE District owned MSA 434 Site. Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The remaining pipeline will run on the beach or will be submerged. Mariners are urged to stay clear of the area between the beach and the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. Mariners are also urged to take caution around working vessels and keep wake to a minimum. The dredge MAYA CAELYN will monitor VHF channels 16, 79 and 13. Project approximate completion May 20, 2019. For further information contact Cavache at (954) 943-8550. See enclosure section for the project limits. Chart 11485 LNM 25/18

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    • LNM: Repairs on East Camino Real Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1048, Boca Raton, FL


      Our thanks to Chris for this notice. The repairs are projected to be completed by October 9. Stay tuned for further updates. With a closed vertical clearance of 9ft, East Camino Real Bridge-crosses the ICW south of flashing daybeacon #67.

      The bridge is having maintenance done, will be stuck in the up position, any vessel over 40 ft in length or wider than 15 ft will need to contact the project manager for the bridge to arrange passage. As of 4-24-2018 they are requiring 6 hours notice to relocate the barge during business hours. 0900-1800
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      And here is the related Local Notice projecting an April 2019 completion date:

      FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BOCA CLUB, CAMINO REAL BRIDGE:
      Bridge Repair.

      Construction on the Boca Club, Camino Real Bridge mile 1048.2 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Boca Raton, Florida will begin April 12th, 2018. This work is scheduled to be completed April 12th, 2019. Onsite work will be performed Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm, with no work on Sunday. This work will consist of the following:
      1.) Repairs to the existing structural steel members.
      2.) Demolition of the Approach Spans to the East and West of the Bridge.
      3.) Reconstruction of the Existing Fender System
      4.) Demolition of the existing tender house. Reconstruction of a new tender house on the north-east side of the bridge.
      Impacts to Mariners will include a limited horizontal clearance through the bridge. The main channel will be reduced from approximately 85’ to 40’ due to construction equipment within the main channel. Mariners should maintain a slow speed and minimum wake through this construction area. For waterways questions, call or e-mail LT Ruth Sadowitz, Coast Guard Sector Miami, FL, Waterways Management Division, telephone 305-535-4307, email ruth.a.sadowitz@uscg.mil.

      UPDATE:
      The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Camino Real (Boca Club) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1048.2, at Boca Raton, FL. The deviation is necessary to facilitate the bridge rehabilitation project. This deviation allows the bridge single-leaf operations with advanced notice for a full bridge opening. This deviation is effective without actual notice from April 24, 2018 through 7 p.m. on October 9, 2018. Infrastructure South Co., on behalf of the bridge owner, Palm Beach County, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulation that governs the Camino Real (Boca Club) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1048.2, at Boca Raton, FL. The deviation is necessary to facilitate the bridge rehabilitation project. The existing bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge with a vertical clearance of 10 feet at mean high water in the closed to navigation position and a horizontal clearance of 83 feet between the fender system. The existing bridge operating regulation is set out in 33 CFR 117.261(aa-1). Under this temporary deviation, on April 23, 2018 through October 9, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the bridge will operate on single-leaf openings with a 6-hour advanced notice for a full opening. During non-working hours, the bridge will operate per the normal bridge operating schedule. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is used by a variety of vessels including U.S. government vessels, small commercial vessels, recreational vessels and tugs and barge traffic. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the restrictions with waterway users in publishing this temporary deviation. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The bridge will not be able to provide a full opening for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. The docket for this deviation, USCG-2018-0356 is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH”. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or e-mail LT Ruth Sadowitz, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, Waterways Management Division; telephone 305-535-4307, email; ruth.a.sadowitz@uscg.mil.
      Ref: LNM 14-18 through 17-18 Chart: 11467

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported, Matanzas River, north of Matanzas Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 792


      FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Shoaling
      Shoaling is protruding into the channel approximately 100 yards from the east to the west between Matanzas River Buoy 81A (LLNR 39535 [29°43.1379N / 081°14.7468W, 29.718965 / -81.245780]) and Matanzas River Buoy 81C (LLNR 39539 [29°42.8826N / 081°14.8003W, 29.714710 / -81.246672]). Aids have been relocated and re-established to shift the channel to the west to mark 8 feet at MLW.
      -Matanzas River Buoy 81A (LLNR 39535 [29°43.1379N / 081°14.7468W, 29.718965 / -81.245780]) relocated to position 29-43-05.621N / 081-14-47.006W (29°43.0937N / 081°14.7835W, 29.718228 / -81.246391)
      -Matanzas River Buoy 81B (LLNR 39537 [29°42.9289N / 081°14.7680W, 29.715482 / -81.246133]) relocated to position 29-42-58.118N / 081-14-49.107W (29°42.9686N / 081°14.8184W, 29.716144 / -81.246974)
      -Matanzas River Buoy 81C (LLNR 39539 [29°42.8826N / 081°14.8003W, 29.714710 / -81.246672]) re-established and relocated to position 29-42-52.526N / 081-14-45.797W (29°42.8755N / 081°14.7633W, 29.714591 / -81.246055)
      -Matanzas River Buoy 81D (LLNR 39540 [29°42.8174N / 081°14.7373W, 29.713623 / -81.245622]) remains temporarily discontinued (LNM 16/17)
      Chart 11485 LNM 15/18

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    • LNM: Severe AICW Shoaling, west of Bakers Haulover Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 1080, 8/9/2017


      This severe shoaling in the Waterway channel immediately west of Bakers Haulover Inlet.

      FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY: Severe Shoaling
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of severe shoaling in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824 [25°54.1120N / 080°7.8605W, 25.901867 / -80.131009]) reducing the width of the channel to 20 yards. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHANNEL CONDITIONS IS RECOMMENDED BEFORE ATTEMPTING PASSAGE. Chart 11467 LNM 32/17

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    • LNM: SHOALING, Sisters Creek, AICW Statute Mile 735


      This area of shoaling is between Fernandina and St. Johns River at the intersection of the Waterway and Ft. George River.

      FLORIDA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – GUNNISON CUT AND SISTERS CREEK
      Shoaling has been reported between Gunnison Cut Light 72 (LLNR 38265 [30°26.9647N / 081°26.8891W, 30.449411 / -81.448152]) 30-26-57.881N, 081-26-53.346W (30°26.9647N / 081°26.8891W, 30.449411 / -81.448152) and Sisters Creek Light 75 (LLNR 38305 [30°26.3090N / 081°27.2400W, 30.438483 / -81.454000]) 30-26-18.540N, 081-27-14.400W (30°26.3090N / 081°27.2400W, 30.438483 / -81.454000) (30°26.309N / 081°27.24W, 30.438483 / -81.454) . Estimated depth was 5.5ft at mean lower low tide. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11489 LNM 18/17

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