Posted   01-26-2020 23:39  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook Deepening/rock removal(per GLDD): Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will be performing operations on the river on Sunday and Monday. See attached work plan for the Apache and Dredge New York working in the Delaware River for the next couple of days.

Drillboat Apache
The Drillboat Apache will be working on the green side of Marcus Hook range across from the Red 46 buoy on Sunday and Monday. The Apache’s working channel is 77. The Tug Bering Dawn is tending the Apache.

Dredge New York
The Dredge New York will be digging the heave from the Apache’s blast on the green side of the Marcus Hook range across from the Red buoy 46 through Sunday evening. The dredge will be digging nearby the Drillboat Apache on Monday. The Dredge New York’s working channel is 88A. The Tug Bering Dawn will be tending the Dredge New York through Sunday evening. The Tug Allie B will be towing through Sunday evening and will return to working with the New York on Monday afternoon.

Operations will also be monitoring radio channels 13 and 16 for vessel traffic. Should any changes occur, a revision of notice will be distributed.


Apache Wheelhouse phone: 630) 730-7689‬
Dredge New York phones:
DAY OPERATOR Chad Van Epps – (920) 903-4088
NIGHT OPERATOR David Limon – (956) 243-5908
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Posted   01-26-2020 23:38  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook Range Maintenance Dredging (per Norfolk Dredging): Norfolk Dredging is continuing to mobilize equipment to the Marcus Hook Range. The Dredge Essex and related barges, pontoon line, etc. are anchored 250 feet outside of the green toe of channel just south of the Green 47 Buoy.
The attached chart shows where the submerged pipeline has been placed.

The last of the submerged pipeline has been placed in the Marcus Hook Anchorage. The Dredge Essex will start dredging Monday morning. We plan on leaving the Didapper #9 on the head section over night so the pilots can see the location on AIS.. Please contact me should you have any questions.
The dredge can be reached on radio channels 05 & 13.
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Posted   01-22-2020 19:19  
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   12-22-2019 19:04  
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   12-09-2019 15:18  
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   12-06-2019 16:34  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Delaware City channel depth (per PBF): New channel depth for Delaware City is 35’-00” with a 1 foot under keel clearance included.

Posted   11-27-2019 15:16  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge truss and arch span maintenance work(per BCBC):
Arch Span:
1. The proposed reduction in clearance is three (3) feet.
2. Work is scheduled to commence on March 21, 2019 and be completed on January 2, 2020. However in order to provide the Contractor access to other waterway spans, the installed underdeck platforms shall remain in place until April 27, 2020.
3. The work above the deck is not listed since it has no effect upon the maritime community.

Palmyra Truss Spans:
1. The proposed reduction in clearance is four (4) feet.
2. Work is scheduled to commence on March 21, 2019 and be completed on November 6, 2019. However in order to provide the Contractor access to other waterway spans, the installed underdeck platforms shall remain in place until December 3, 2019.
3. As discussed on February 5, 2019, it is expected that there would be no actual impact to commercial maritime traffic for these specific spans.

Posted   11-27-2019 15:12  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Burlington County Bridge Commission- Project Status (per BCBC):
Please see attached file for current status of work projects underway on the Burlington-Bristol Bridge and Tacony-Palmyra Bridge
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Posted   11-13-2019 18:44  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Monroe Energy, Trainer Dock Soundings (per Monroe):
As of Tuesday 11/5/19, current depth/draft limits at facility berths are:

Ship Dock: Current depth at the ship dock, referenced to the MLLW datum, is 36’00” FW 10.97 m). The terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement. The maximum allowable FW draft is 35’ 00” (10.66 m).

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

Posted   10-29-2019 12:42  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
****NATIONWIDE - PROPOSAL TO TERMINATE NAVTEX BROADCASTS**** The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) USCG is soliciting comments through November 12, 2019, regarding the proposal to terminate medium frequency broadcasts of Navigation Telex (NAVTEX) and provide the same information over satellite. The Federal Register Notice, released by the USCG, can be found at the link below. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/11/2019-19675/proposed-termination-of-us-coast-guard-medium-frequency-mfbroadcast-of-navigational-telex-navtex

Posted   10-14-2019 22:30  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Schuylkill River dredging operations (per NDC):
The Dredge ESSEX along with support equipment, tender boats Pusher 10, Duke, Hilton Head and Pusher 12 will commence dredging operations at Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA on or about October 16, 2019. A floating pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Ft. Mifflin Disposal area, on the south side of the Schuylkill River between the I95 bridge & the mouth of the Schuylkill River. The project is expected to continue until approximately December 15, 2019.
The Dredge Operator will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For any emergencies the dredge operator can be reached at 757-373-5253.
All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating pipes, submerged pipelines, barges, derricks, floating anchor buoys and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment.
Owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tender boats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Since the project will be conducted twenty -four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crab pots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work.
Please see attached plot for current equipment location information.
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Posted   08-27-2019 18:44  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Penn Terminal Wharf Upgrades (per Agate Construction):
Please see attached PDF for details on pier construction/upgrades at Penn Terminal in Chester, PA from Sept 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
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Posted   07-23-2019 14:16  
By   JASON   [The Pilot`s Assoc]
 
Possible Obstructions on New Castle and Deepwater Ranges(per USACE):

Please see attached Chartlets showing six objects on New Castle Range as well as one object on Deepwater Point Range. These objects were located by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during our most recent exam survey collected July 2019.

Attached PDF contains Deepwater_Object, New_Castle_Objects_1-3, New_Castle_Objects_4-6
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Posted   07-23-2019 14:15  
By   JASON   [The Pilot`s Assoc]
 
Obstructions in Upper Delaware River Main Channel (per USACE):

Please see attached chartlets indicating recently located potential obstructions in the Upper Delaware. The USACE is putting together a contract for removal in the near future.

Attached PDF contains Object_on_Beverly, Object_on_Newbold, Two_objects_Mud_Island, Two_objects_on _Devlin, Two _objects_on_Edgewater, Two_objects_on_Torresdale, Two_objects_Roebling-Kinkora
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Posted   04-11-2019 14:46  
By   JASON   [The Pilot`s Assoc]
 
45` Channel Transition Update (per USACE):
The USACE has provided the attached surveys and informed the MAC that there are rock pinnacles that remain above the 45` depth on the green side of Marcus Hook Range. These rock pinnacles must be blasted to be removed. Hence, the phased transition plan (posted on MAC site) for utilization of the 45` channel will be paused until further notice at it`s current Stage One draft restrictions.

Environmental restrictions limit rock blasting activities to December 1 - March 15 on this area of the Delaware River. The USACE is working to obtain permits to allow earlier rock blasting. More details to follow as completion timeline information becomes available from USACE

EDIT:
2 additional pages added to attachment.
Attachment is 3 pages total.
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Posted   03-01-2019 16:21  
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.

Posted   12-03-2018 21:04  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Due to soundings for the Upper Delaware that were recently published by the the USACE, the MAC Transit Advisories will be amended to read as follows until further notice:

Upper Delaware River/Vessel Draft Inbound
1. Vessels less than 32`06" FW may transit on any stage of the tide or current.
2.
3. Vessels 32`06" FW or greater up to 38`06" FW in draft should arrive in Philadelphia Harbor no later than 8 hours and 15 minutes, or earlier than 5 hours and 45 minutes from slack flood current at Cape Henlopen.
4. Vessels 32`06" FW or greater up to 38`06" FW in draft shall avoid meeting outbound shipping traffic above the Delair Railroad Bridge.