Posted   07-28-2021 17:47  
By   DJH  
 
Delaware City. As of 7/28 the new channel draft for Delaware City is now 29’-1” MHW with a 1 foot under keel clearance included.

Posted   07-24-2021 15:20  
By   DJH  
 
(Per USCG): The upper half of Reedy Point Anchorage will be closed to vessel traffic until Wednesday, July 28th, due to the Dredge ESSEX working on lower New Castle Range. All mariners requesting to anchor in the upper half of Reedy Point Anchorage must contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

Posted   07-06-2021 13:15  
By   DJH  
 
(Per Norfolk Dredging):
The Dredge Essex will commence dredging operations this evening on New Castle Range. Please contact the dredge on VHF Channel 13, 45 minutes prior to transiting the area. The Dredge Essex can also be reached at 757-353-0455.

Posted   06-30-2021 15:33  
By   DJH  
 
Delaware City. Bulkhead Shoal Channel. As of 6/30 - The new channel depth for Del City is now 29’-7” MHW with a 1’ under keel clearance included.

Posted   06-21-2021 17:26  
By   DJH  
 
(Per USACE): Please see attached chartlet calling out a potential obstruction above grade on Enterprise Range located by USACE surveys. This object was first found on a survey collected 16June, and confirmed today, 21June.
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Posted   06-18-2021 16:44  
By   DJH  
 
Monroe Energy Trainer. As of 6/9/21.
Ship Dock: Current depth at the ship dock, referenced to the MLLW datum, is revised to 38’00” (11.58 m). The terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement. The maximum allowable FW draft is 37’ 00” (11.27 m).


Barge Dock: Current depth at the barge dock, referenced to the MLLW datum , is unchanged at 30’00”. The terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement. The maximum allowable FW draft is 29’ 00”.

Posted   06-11-2021 14:22  
By   DJH  
 
POSSIBLE OBSTRUCTION- Mantua Creek Anchorage(per USACE):
USACE performed a confirmatory survey of the area on June 11 and determined that this area is clear of any obstructions.
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Posted   06-07-2021 15:41  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Skipjack/GSOE Offshore Wind survey activities(per Ørsted):
Site investigation survey operations are underway for the 2021 season in our mid-Atlantic lease areas. Please see the attached Mariners Briefing for vessel activities. These updates will be posted to our website (https://us.orsted.com/mariners) for the duration of the survey season. Please note the updated graphics for each project area.
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Posted   06-03-2021 16:09  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Delaware City (Bulkhead Shoal Channel) survey: Channel draft for Delaware City is now 29’-11” at Mean High Water with a 1 foot under keel clearance included.
Depth for #2 dock is 30’-00” MLW.

Posted   06-01-2021 13:06  
By   DJH  
 
Object removal work (per USACE): The USACE barge ELIZABETH is working in the C&D Canal June 1 through June 9. The following locations will addressed. The Elizabeth will be spudded down and requests 30 minutes notice prior to transiting the area. They kindly request a call on VHF Channel 13.

North Bank
Summit West 39.541671, -75.748737
Saint Georges 39.555326, -75.645431
Biddle`s Point 39.554044, -75.618858
West of Summit Mar 39.543475, -75.719518

South Bank
Joy Run 4 39.541364, -75.689929
Saint Georges West 39.544393, -75.665454
East of Reedy Bridge 39.558073, -75.579432
East of Overhead lines 39.536807, -75.7640415


The direct cell number for the Elizabeth is (757) 477-3786.

Posted   05-25-2021 19:23  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Survey Activities in Maryland Offshore Wind Lease Area (per US Wind):
please see the attached document for more information
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Posted   05-25-2021 19:18  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Maryland Wind Energy Area LIDAR Buoy deployment(per US Wind):
US Wind deployed a meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) buoy in the Maryland offshore lease area on May 19, 2021, to collect wind and marine life data off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. The Floating Light Detection and Ranging (“LiDAR”) buoy uses an eye-safe, continuous wave laser to measure wind speeds and direction across the turbine height. These measurements, along with surface meteorology and ocean condition observations will help inform US Wind’s energy production estimates and project design.
The buoy was deployed in position 38°21`10.74"N 74°45`12.66"W. It will allow US Wind to collect an array of advanced environmental and wildlife data through sensors that enable the monitoring of bats, birds, fish, and other marine mammals to determine the presence, frequency, and distribution within the lease area. Subsets of the metocean observations will be posted publicly on US Wind’s website. Cleanly powered by solar panels and wind turbines, along with an onboard fuel cell and battery back-up system, the buoy will be deployed within the lease area for two years.
Please see the attached chart for buoy location information.
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Posted   04-15-2021 10:22  
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Commodore Barry Bridge work(per USCG):Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of Delaware River Port Authority, will be performing maintenance on the US 322 (Commodore Barry) Bridge, over Delaware River, mile 81.2, between Chester, PA and Bridgeport, NJ. The maintenance will be conducted from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday-Friday; from 6 a.m. on April 29, 2021, through 4 p.m. on December 17, 2021. Several work boats will be located around the vicinity of the bridge. During the maintenance period, work platforms will be located on both bridge piers inside the navigational channel, these work platforms will reduce the horizontal clearance of the bridge by approximately 6 feet (approximately 3 feet per pier) to approximately 1594 feet. Vessels that can safely transit through the bridge during periods with a reduced horizontal clearance may do so at any time. Maintenance personnel and vessels will relocate from the navigable channel, upon request. Work vessels may be reached on VHF-FM channel 13 and 16. The project foreman can be reached at (609) 707-7439 or (856) 472-5714. Mariners should notify the work foreman no less than thirty minutes prior to transiting through the bridge. Mariners should use caution navigating through the area.

Posted   04-12-2021 17:27  
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NJ/DE Bay PARS proposal(per USCG D5): MAC stakeholder participation and input has helped inform the PARS process. Following a stakeholder discussion on March 8, the Coast Guard has developed the attached proposal to address routing measures in the approach to the Delaware Bay and a fairway proposal for commercial traffic along the New Jersey Seacoast.
We request feedback by April 20 on the draft illustration in support of our Port Access Route Study.
We appreciate your assistance and thank you for your thoughts.
This will be included on the Sector Delaware Bay Homeport site under NJ PARS Information sublink of the Waterways Management link.
Direct feedback can be sent to CAPT Maureen Kallgren at: Maureen.R.Kallgren@uscg.mil.
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Posted   04-07-2021 14:38  
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Skipjack Wind Energy Area FLiDAR buoy deployment(per Ørsted): An F250 Floating Lidar(FLiDAR) buoy has been deployed in the Skipjack WEA in position 38° 40’ 50.556” N 74° 45’ 56.088” W. Please see attached document for more information.
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Posted   03-31-2021 16:38  
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Maryland Wind Energy Area Survey Ops(per US Wind): Survey operations will occur in the Maryland WEA from April 1 through July 31, 2021. Please see the attached document for more information on planned operations.
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Posted   03-22-2021 12:07  
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Wilmington Harbor Dredging Submerged Pipeline Route (per Norfolk Dredging): Wilmington Harbor maintenance dredging was completed on 15 March, but the submerged pipeline will remain in place until approximately late May/early June 2021 when Norfolk Dredging mobilizes for the next phase of maintenance dredging. See attached diagram of submerged pipeline route across Cherry Island Range for Wilmington Harbor Dredging. The blue line indicates the route from Pedricktown South Disposal Area to the entrance of Wilmington Harbor.
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Posted   03-15-2021 08:58  
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Monroe Energy, Trainer Dock Soundings (per Monroe):
Hydrographic depth surveys were carried out and the corresponding reports were issued on 3/10/21.

Based on these reports, the current minimum depths referenced to the MLLW datum have been updated as follows:

· Ship Dock - Minimum depth at MLLW: 40’ 00” (12.19 m)

As the terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement, the maximum allowable FW draft is 39’ 00” (11.89 m)

· Barge Dock - Minimum depth at MLLW: 30’ 00” (9.14 m)

As the terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement, the maximum allowable FW draft is 29’ 00” (8.84 m)

Posted   03-09-2021 07:34  
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Obstruction on lower Marcus Hook Range (per USACE): Please find attached chartlet calling out a potential obstruction above grade located by USACE. We have confirmed this object as stationary.

The obstruction consists of multiple “boulder like” objects within a small radius(30’) with two of the objects sitting above grade. One of which is at 43’ MLLW while the other is at 44.5’ MLLW.
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Posted   01-28-2021 20:02  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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Pier 80 South (per Philaport): PIER 80 STILL IN USE, WITH PRECAUTIONS AS FOLLOWS:
Philaport recommends not utilizing the south east corner for berthing operations until repairs are complete. Like the situation recently at Pier 84 we would ask that you remain clear of the corner while docking and undocking vessels at Pier 80 south. Philaport will provide updates when appropriate.

Pier 80 South refurbishment contractor currently working at Pier 80 is Atlantic Subsea and they will be working Monday-Friday 0700-1600 through March. Workers will often be at water level and on floats. Slow bell/no wake requested during working hours for safety of workers.

Posted   01-28-2021 19:48  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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Packer Avenue bulkhead work(per Philaport):
Ongoing bulkhead/pier refurbishment at Packer Avenue Terminal includes workers working on small floats and at water level along the river`s edge of the wharf. The contractor at Packer Avenue is South State and they will be working on the floating stages and or jon boats during daylight hours during low tide for the foreseeable future. They do have a marine radio and have agreed to monitor it on channel 16 while working on the water. Slow bell/no wake requested for safety of workers.

Posted   09-17-2020 08:12  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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Ben Franklin Bridge air gap reporting/vessel orders (per Pilots` Association):
The Pilots’ Association is requiring all vessels calling on ports above the Ben Franklin Bridge to provide air draft and deep draft seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival and sailing. When giving the arrival air draft and deep draft, please also provide the departure air draft and deep draft as well. This should help reduce delays due to the 48-hour window required by Skanska to raise the scaffolding.
This will be in effect for the next four (4) years while the Ben Franklin Bridge project is under rehab.
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Posted   09-09-2020 07:50  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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Ben Franklin Bridge PORTS Air Gap Sensor (per NOAA):
Due to a long-term construction/rehabilitation project on the Ben Franklin Bridge, bridge air gap data in the NOAA products are being reduced by two feet – effective 9/3/2020.

Please see attached document for more information.
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Posted   08-17-2020 14:36  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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Ben Franklin Bridge project info/docs (per Skanska):
Commencing in August 2020, a rehabilitation project will be conducted on the Ben Franklin Bridge which will last until approximately August 2024. During the project, scaffolding will be in place under the bridge for the duration of the project, based on the following plan:
The federal navigation project channel , as well as almost 600` to the east of the channel (1000` total from the Pennsylvania bank of the river) will have its regular air gap restricted by 24". The remainder of the bridge will have its regular air gap restricted by 36".

The main area designated for passage of higher air draft vessels runs from the centerline of the federal project channel east for 400`. This main designated passage area is able to be raised to an air gap reduction of 10.5" with 48 hour advance notice to Skanska personnel per the attached communications protocol. Once all project scaffolding is in place, the main designated passage area will be lit per standard lighting of all federal channels under bridges, with a red light on the east and west edge of the moveable section and a green light on centerline.

Please refer to all attached project docs including schematics, lighting plan, communication protocols, etc. for complete project details .
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Posted   03-02-2020 10:02  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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Commodore Barry Bridge work (per DRPA): To facilitate painting, work will continue until 2022. Work platforms will be installed 3 feet beneath the bridge in various locations reducing the vertical clearance to 178 ft. above mean high water at the edge of the navigable channel (187 ft. center of channel). Phase 1 – NJ approach girder and deck truss spans has been completed. Phase 2 – PA approach girder and deck truss spans, has been completed. Phase 3 – Cantilever truss span, scheduled to commence in early 2020 and conclude in 2022. Mariners should exercise caution.

Posted   12-09-2019 10:18  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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Girard Point/ Point Breeze draft limitations (Per PES):
Attached please find the latest Draft Limits at Girard Point and Point Breeze.
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