Posted   09-21-2020 13:40  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook Dredging (per NDC):
The Dredge Essex is digging inbound on the Red side of the channel in the Marcus Hook Range starting at Station 124+500 and continuing through Station 122+000.

The NDC Equipment barges are currently secured outside the channel at Green Buoy #47 in the Marcus Hook Range.

See the attached chart for details of the NDC equipment locations.
Contact the dredge Essex on VHF ch 13 or at 757-353-0455 with questions.
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Posted   09-17-2020 08:12  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
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   09-16-2020 10:14  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Upper Delaware River dredging (per Resilient Seas Dredging):
Pending weather conditions, Resilient Seas plans to start mobilizing equipment (pipeline, boats, etc) to the jobsites Friday 9/18/20. Dredging operations are estimated to begin in approximately 7 to 10 days with a late startup being the end of September.
Both dredges will be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Dredge Bering Sea – 20 in hydraulic cutter suction dredge
Dredge Sevenson – 14 in hydraulic cutter suction dredge
Dredging limits for the entirety of the project are as follows based on the stationing in the plans drawings attached.
Acceptance Section 1 – Station 97+700 to 102+178
Acceptance Section 2 – Station 107+500 to 112+431
Acceptance Section 3 – Station 112+431 to 119+401
Acceptance Section 4 – Station 119+401 to 122+000
Acceptance Section 5 - Station 122+000 to 123+000
The Dredge Bering Sea will be starting in Acceptance Section 1(Florence Bend) and the Dredge Sevenson will be starting in Acceptance Section 2.(Florence Range/Roebling Range)


Personnel contact information
Jason Faria – (774) 406-7881
Joe McManus – (508) 962-8812
Meghan Clifford – (781)801-2295
Meghan Barrett – (978) 587-1663
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Posted   09-09-2020 07:50  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
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   09-01-2020 16:33  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Delaware City (Bulkhead Shoal Channel) survey: New channel depth for Del City is now 30’-1” with a 1 foot under keel clearance included.

Posted   08-31-2020 12:05  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Offshore Wind Energy Area survey activities (per Orsted):
Please see attached PDF for current survey activity in Skipjack Wind Farm and Ocean Wind Farm.
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Posted   08-17-2020 14:36  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
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   08-10-2020 15:44  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
NOAA Right Whale Slow Zones (per NOAA):
Today, NOAA Fisheries announces a new “Right Whale Slow Zones” campaign asking all vessel operators to reduce the risk of vessel strike to critically endangered North Atlantic right whales by slowing down or avoiding areas where right whales have been detected.

Complementary to other NOAA vessel strike reduction efforts, the “Right Whale Slow Zones”campaign brings together sighting information, from NOAA’s Dynamic Management Area program, with new acoustic detection information to help vessels of all sizes slow down in areas where right whales have been detected.

We would like to thank our North Atlantic right whale Northeast U.S. Implementation Team (NEIT), our partners and advisers on right whale recovery activities from Maine through Virginia, who identified this opportunity to enhance vessel strike reduction efforts using acoustic information.

If we’ve learned anything this year – it’s that working together we can make a difference - and that’s true for reducing vessel strike to right whales as well. Read more about our new campaign in our web story (link to story and will include the RW zone graphic in the email).

Questions?
Media: Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, 978-281-9103
Inquiries about the right whale SLOW Zone program: Peter Kelliher, Protected Resources Division 978-282-8474


Further Slow Zone details https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/help-endangered-whales-slow-down-slow-zones

Reducing Ship Strike https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/endangered-species-conservation/reducing-ship-strikes-north-atlantic-right-whales

Posted   08-08-2020 09:07  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Monroe Energy, Trainer Dock Soundings (per Monroe):
Soundings were performed 7/30/20:

Ship Dock: Current depth at the ship dock, referenced to the MLLW datum, is 39’00” (11.88 m). The terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement. The maximum allowable FW draft is 38’ 00” (11.58 m).

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

Posted   04-15-2020 16:55  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Deep draft vessel arrival/departure times (per Pilots` Association): Based on existing shoaling on New Castle and Deepwater Point Ranges and the progress towards completion of maintenance dredging of those shoaled areas, sailing times for deep-draft ships and arrival time limitations will be temporarily adjusted per the attached document. As this is a temporary change, the MAC Transit Advisories will not be modified at this time.
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Posted   03-17-2020 12:09  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Please find the attached document from Captain Kemmerley, Pilots` Association President, regarding requested protective measures on board vessels.
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Posted   03-02-2020 10:02  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
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   01-22-2020 14:19  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Skipjack Wind Farm Meteorological Buoy Deployment(per Ørsted): please see attached notice for Skipjack Wind Farm buoy deployment.
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Posted   12-09-2019 10:18  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
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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Posted   03-01-2019 11:21  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Pier 80 South (per Philaport): PIER 80 STILL IN USE, WITH PRECAUTIONS AS FOLLOWS:
Philaport has identified a section of the seawall that appears to be losing some fill material through a gap on southeast corner of Pier 80 south. We currently have Hudson Engineering looking into the situation and plan on having a dive team on site Saturday to conduct a more through investigation. In the meantime, Hudson Engineers has recommended not utilizing the south east corner for berthing operations until we can identify the problem. 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.