This information is taken from the 1st Coast Guard District’s Local Notice to Mariners alerting boaters to navigational changes or hazards. The list here is not an official Coast Guard statement but edited excerpts from recent notices. The notices also are available online at www.navcen.uscg.gov .
Compiled by Steven Marks
REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated the following nautical charts:
• chart 12354, 42nd ed. — Long Island Sound, Eastern part,
• chart 12370, 20th ed. — North Shore of Long Island Sound, HousatonicRiver.
The new editions are available through NOAA sales agents. A free list of authorized sales agents is available by contacting the National Ocean Service, Distribution Division (N/ACC3), 6501 Lafayette Ave., Riverdale, Md.20737.
HUDSON RIVER, MANHATTAN, PIER 64, N.Y.
Weeks Marine will be demolishing and rebuilding Pier 64 through July 31. Work hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weeks crane barges 529 and 541, deck barge 46, and debris scows will be on scene. White mooring buoys with all-around white lights will be deployed as part of this project. (NOAA chart 12335)
NEW YORK HARBOR, N.Y.
The Coast Guard was scheduled to change the range of the following aids from a nominal range of four nautical miles to three nautical miles using a light emitting diode (LED) lantern in this waterway in January:
• change Ambrose channel entrance lighted bell buoy 2 (LL 34805),
• change Ambrose channel lighted buoy 4 (LL 34825),
• change Ambrose channel lighted gong buoy 5 (LL 34835),
• change Ambrose channel lighted bell buoy 6 (LL 34840),
• change Ambrose channel lighted buoy 8 (LL 34860),
• change Ambrose channel lighted gong buoy 9 (LL 34865),
• change Ambrose channel lighted bell buoy 10 (LL 34870),
• change Ambrose channel lighted buoy 11 (LL 34875),
• change Ambrose channel lighted buoy 12 (LL 34880),
• change Ambrose channel lighted gong buoy 13 (LL 34885),
• change Ambrose channel lighted bell buoy 14 (LL 34890),
• change Ambrose channel lighted buoy “AC” (LL 34895),
• change Ambrose channel lighted buoy 18 (LL 34903),
• change Ambrose channel lighted gong buoy 19 (LL 34905),
• change Ambrose channel lighted bell buoy 20 (LL 34785),
• change Chapel Hill South channel lighted gong buoy 5 (LL 35215),
• change Chapel Hill South channel lighted bell buoy 10 (LL 35235),
• change Chapel HillNorth channel lighted buoy 15 (LL 35260),
• change Chapel HillNorth channel lighted bell buoy 17 (LL 35265),
• change RaritanBay channel lighted bell buoy 6 (LL 36120),
• change RaritanBay channel lighted buoy 9 (LL 36130),
• change RaritanBay channel lighted bell buoy 10 (LL 36135),
• change RaritanBay channel lighted bell buoy 14 (LL 36145).
(NOAA chart 12327)
UPPER NEW YORK BAY, N.Y.and N.J.
Donjon Marine will be dredging in Anchorage Channel in the vicinity of Gowanus Flats lighted bell buoys 22 and 24 until around Jan. 22, 2009. Dredging operations will occur 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Dredges Delaware Bay, Michigan, NewarkBay, or J.P. Boisseau will be spudded down at various locations throughout the channel during this project. Tug Paul Andrew, launch Matthew Scott, and various hopper scows will also be on scene. The project area will remain open to navigation and all vessels/dredges will move on demand. Dredges and support equipment will report their movements and positions to Vessel Traffic Service New York on channel 14. VTSNY will provide dredge location information in relation to known navigational marks (i.e. buoys, anchorage grounds, landmarks, etc.). Dredges will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to contact the dredges on channel 13 to make any necessary navigational arrangements. The assist tug will be AIS- equipped and alongside the dredge at all times. The vessels can move within 15 minutes. Blasting operations are not anticipated for this project. (NOAA chart 12334)
ARTHUR KILL, N.Y. and N.J.
Spearin, Preston & Burrows will be replacing the wave screen at Elizabeth Marina through June 30. One derrick crane barge and two material barges will be anchored on scene. The anchors will be marked by buoys and a steady burning white light. The work area will encroach about 60 feet into the navigable channel. Mariners are requested to transit the area with extreme caution at the safest minimum speed. (NOAA chart 12333)
BAYONNE TERMINAL CHANNEL, N.Y. and N.J.
The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to this waterway in January:
• delete Bayonne Terminal channel south buoy 5 (LL 37150),
• delete Bayonne Terminal channel south buoy 7 (LL 37155),
• delete Bayonne Terminal channel south buoy 9 (LL 37160),
• delete Bayonne Terminal channel south buoy 11 (LL 37165).
(NOAA charts 12327, 12334)
BROOKLYN NY, BAY RIDGE CHANNEL, N.Y. and N.J.
Construction of a new ferry terminal for BatteryParkCity at 39th Street Pier in Brooklyn is under way and will continue until August. The hours of operation are seven days a week, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. There is a 30-foot-by-90-foot scow and barge, JackBob, with a cherry picker on top. In about one month a crane barge and several material barges will be on scene also. Any concerns contact tug George Burros on VHF channel 13 or Patrick Cumiskey at (917) 335-7571. Mariners are required to proceed with caution and cause no wake.
AMBROSE CHANNEL OUTBOUND, N.Y. and N.J.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock will continue dredging south of the VerrazanoNarrowsBridge until around Nov. 30, 2007. Hopper dredges Liberty Island and Padre Island, and survey vessel St. Johns River will be on scene. Dredging will operate on a 24-hour/seven-days per week basis. The area will not be closed to navigation and dredges will move on demand. Dredges and support equipment are required to report their movements and positions to VTC-NY on channel 14. Dredges are monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to contact dredges on VHF channel 13 to make any necessary navigational arrangements. (NOAA chart 12327)
NJICW, LITTLE EGG INLET TO
ABSECON INLET, N.J.
Shoaling to a depth of 3 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of NJICW daybeacon 156 (LL 35360) and NJICW daybeacon 162 (LL 35650). (NOAA chart 12316)