Posted   03-26-2020 15:52  
By   JASON   [The Pilot`s Assoc]
 
New Castle Range Maintenance Dredging (per Norfolk Dredging):
Norfolk dredging is commencing demobilization of the Dredge Essex in the Christina River and shifting the Essex, pipelines, and all related equipment to New Castle Range for setup and dredging work per the following tentative schedule:
(please see attached plot for location of submerged line crossing channel near Pea Patch Island)

03/26- Install 3,480` of submerged pipeline off of Killcohook.
03/27- Install 3,220` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/28- Remove 1,440` of submerged pipeline across Cherry Island Range and sink North of General Anchorage #5 New Castle Range.
03/29- Install 3,860` of submerged pipeline along New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/30- Remove plastic off of Pedricktown Disposal area & place it on the Killcohook Disposal Area.
03/31- Install 1,440` of submerged pipeline across New Castle Range and sink along the Green side just south of Pea Patch Island.
04/01- Install 2,240` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Green Side.
04/02- Install 1,860` of submerged pipeline at Deep Water Range off of Killcohook Disposal Area. *Potential Start Up*

We will shift barges, floating pipeline & the Dredge Essex during demob of the pipeline as well. Mariners are asked to exercise caution when transiting the area due to the presence of personnel and equipment actively working near the main channel.
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Posted   03-26-2020 14:42  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
New Castle Range Maintenance Dredging (per Norfolk Dredging):
Norfolk dredging is commencing demobilization of the Dredge Essex in the Christina River and shifting the Essex, pipelines, and all related equipment to New Castle Range for setup and dredging work per the following tentative schedule:
(please see attached plot for location of submerged line crossing channel near Pea Patch Island)

03/26- Install 3,480` of submerged pipeline off of Killcohook.
03/27- Install 3,220` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/28- Remove 1,440` of submerged pipeline across Cherry Island Range and sink North of General Anchorage #5 New Castle Range.
03/29- Install 3,860` of submerged pipeline along New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/30- Remove plastic off of Pedricktown Disposal area & place it on the Killcohook Disposal Area.
03/31- Install 1,440` of submerged pipeline across New Castle Range and sink along the Green side just south of Pea Patch Island.
04/01- Install 2,240` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Green Side.
04/02- Install 1,860` of submerged pipeline at Deep Water Range off of Killcohook Disposal Area. *Potential Start Up*

We will shift barges, floating pipeline & the Dredge Essex during demob of the pipeline as well. Mariners are asked to exercise caution when transiting the area due to the presence of personnel and equipment actively working near the main channel.
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   03-26-2020 14:40  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
New Castle Range Maintenance Dredging (per Norfolk Dredging):
Norfolk dredging is commencing demobilization of the Dredge Essex in the Christina River and shifting the Essex, pipelines, and all related equipment to New Castle Range for setup and dredging work per the following tentative schedule:
(please see attached plot for location of submerged line crossing channel near Pea Patch Island)

03/26- Install 3,480` of submerged pipeline off of Killcohook.
03/27- Install 3,220` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/28- Remove 1,440` of submerged pipeline across Cherry Island Range and sink North of General Anchorage #5 New Castle Range.
03/29- Install 3,860` of submerged pipeline along New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/30- Remove plastic off of Pedricktown Disposal area & place it on the Killcohook Disposal Area.
03/31- Install 1,440` of submerged pipeline across New Castle Range and sink along the Green side just south of Pea Patch Island.
04/01- Install 2,240` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Green Side.
04/02- Install 1,860` of submerged pipeline at Deep Water Range off of Killcohook Disposal Area. *Potential Start Up*

We will shift barges, floating pipeline & the Dredge Essex during demob of the pipeline as well. Mariners are asked to exercise caution when transiting the area due to the presence of personnel and equipment actively working near the main channel.
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   03-26-2020 14:25  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
New Castle Range Maintenance Dredging (per Norfolk Dredging):
Norfolk dredging is commencing demobilization of the Dredge Essex in the Christina River and shifting the Essex, pipelines, and all related equipment to New Castle Range for setup and dredging work per the following tentative schedule:
(please see attached plot for location of submerged line crossing channel near Pea Patch Island)

03/26- Install 3,480` of submerged pipeline off of Killcohook.
03/27- Install 3,220` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/28- Remove 1,440` of submerged pipeline across Cherry Island Range and sink North of General Anchorage #5 New Castle Range.
03/29- Install 3,860` of submerged pipeline along New Castle Range Red side of Channel.
03/30- Remove plastic off of Pedricktown Disposal area & place it on the Killcohook Disposal Area.
03/31- Install 1,440` of submerged pipeline across New Castle Range and sink along the Green side just south of Pea Patch Island.
04/01- Install 2,240` of submerged pipeline along the New Castle Range Green Side.
04/02- Install 1,860` of submerged pipeline at Deep Water Range off of Killcohook Disposal Area. *Potential Start Up*

We will shift barges, floating pipeline & the Dredge Essex during demob of the pipeline as well. Mariners are asked to exercise caution when transiting the area due to the presence of personnel and equipment actively working near the main channel.
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   03-17-2020 16:09  
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   03-13-2020 15:23  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Monroe Energy, Trainer Dock Soundings (per Monroe):
Post – Dredge Soundings were performed at the ship and barge dock on Saturday 03/07/20. Below are the changes to the depths based on review of the sounding results.

Ship Dock: Current depth at the ship dock, referenced to the MLLW datum, is 40’00” FW (12.19 m). The terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement. The maximum allowable FW draft is 39’ 00” (11.88 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   03-02-2020 15:02  
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   03-01-2020 21:23  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Delaware City channel depth (per PBF): New Delaware City Channel depth is now 34’-7” MHW with a 1 foot under keel clearance included.

Pier #2: 35’-1” MLW
Pier #3: 30’-8” MLW

Posted   03-01-2020 21:15  
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   02-17-2020 20:13  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Advanced Notice Required(per BCBC): Two hour advance notice is now required for all openings of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, through April 8, 2020. Please see the attached document for more project details.
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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   12-09-2019 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   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   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.