Posted   01-21-2018 21:50  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Drilling & Blasting Operations (per GLDD):
The Drillboat Apache and Weeks 231 are currently located in the lower end of the Marcus Hook range on the GREEN side.

Additional support equipment working with the Apache: Bering Dawn, Weeks 231 (w/ Larry J Hebert), Gannett, SeaMe (Security vessel), Integrity (biological monitoring).
Group Working Channel: 64A

Tentatively Planned Blasting Schedule
21-JAN-18 – Estimated times: 0800 (Marcus Hook Range GREEN SIDE)
22-JAN-18 – Estimated times: 0930 (Marcus Hook Range GREEN SIDE), 1300 (Marcus Hook Range GREEN SIDE)

Note:
- The APACHE is NOT able to relocate for traffic. During blasting operations, there will be a temporary channel closure, all traffic will receive notification of blasting operations on VHF 13 & 16.
- The GREEN side of the channel is closed in the vicinity of the Apache for traffic while dredging and blasting operations are being performed. In the process of dredging / blasting, rocks may be overturned creating shoal areas which are a hazard to navigation.

VHF notification calls will be made as follows:
2hr pre-blast notification on 13 & 16
1hr pre-blast notification on 13 & 16
15min pre-blast notification on 13 & 16 – full channel will be shut down (1,500ft radius of blast zone)
5 min pre-blast notification on 13 & 16 – full channel remains closed (1,500ft radius of blast zone)
1 min pre-blast notification on 13 & 16 – full channel remains closed (1,500ft radius of blast zone)
Blast count down 10 to 1 on 13 & 16 – full channel remains closed (1,500ft radius of blast zone)
All clear call from Apache on 13 & 16 – channel navigation can resume*
*in areas where blasting occurs near centerline, channel closure will remain until survey verifies there is no hazard to navigation – notification of any obstructions will be given before re-opening of the channel. This review process could take up to an hour after centerline shots. These areas will be identified in the daily notifications to give advance warning. Normal channel closures for blasting not requiring survey typically last 30 minutes.

Dredging – Backhoe Dredge New York
The dredge New York is working in lower Chester Range on the GREEN side. Vessels working the Dredge New York include the Indian Dawn, Ivory Coast, Scow 501 and Scow 502.

21-JAN-18 – working in the Chester Range on the GREEN side
22-JAN-18 – working in the Chester Range on the GREEN side

Posted   01-21-2018 21:49  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Dredging Work (per NDC):
The Dredge ESSEX is working in the Anchorage of the MARCUS HOOK RANGE, digging Inbound. Sometime this afternoon, they will be turning the dredge to begin digging Outbound. The ESSEX head section/up and down pipe is outside of the channel on the red side, with float line running from the head section to the stern of the dredge. Their location and estimated progress is shown on the attached map.
The Dredge CHARLESTON is working in the main channel on the green side of the MARCUS HOOK RANGE, digging Inbound. Their location and estimated progress is shown on the attached map.
The Dredge Atlantic is working on the red side of the main channel digging outbound. They are located at the intersection of EDDYSTONE and TINICUM RANGES, near Red Buoys 54 and 56. The estimated progress is shown on the attached map.
NOTE: The ATLANTIC operates on anchors and will need a minimum of 30 minute notice from passing traffic; especially while working in channel bends.
The Dredge VIRGINIAN is working on the red side of the main channel, in the southern end of the MARCUS HOOK RANGE, digging Inbound. Their location and estimated progress is shown on the attached map.
The Tug Miss Gloria, Kendall J. Hebert and Amy E. Hebert are continuing to tow loaded mud scows.

Posted   01-20-2018 13:05  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
MHA Pipeline removal ops (per Commerce Construction):
Commerce Projected Work Plan:
Saturday 1.20.2018 thru 1.27.2018 – New Jersey side of anchorage, working at Segments 3 and MHWDA *** No Work will be performed in the channel***
Notes:
All Daily operations will include hardhat divers working in the immediate vicinity of the KELLY/JOKER to facility removal of the pipeline with crane barge to remove the pipe sections. The tug JOKER will remain with the KELLY crane barge at all times, should the event arise to move the dive spread. Crane barge “KELLY” will be spudded down during operations
PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Commerce Project Manager: Chris Spence 856-373-8595
cms@commerceconstruction.com
Commerce Crane Barge “KELLY”:
Dive Superintendent: Eric Czechowski 609-352-8820 Crane Barge Foreman: Len Maiocco 856-371-4670
Tug “JOKER” 610-800-5326 alternate number 610-656-3737 ***JOKER and KELLY will be monitoring VHF Channels 13 and 80***
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Posted   01-12-2018 21:00  
By   AMANDA N BOONE -- USCG MIL   [USCG]
 
Activation of Synthetic Aids

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners to proceed with caution while operating in the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and the NJ and DE coasts. Due to inclement weather and significant ice conditions, many aids to navigation are off station and not watching properly. Synthetic aids to navigation will be temporarily placed in the river until ice and weather permit repositioning and correction.

Synthetic aids to navigation have been established to assist mariners transiting the channel. A synthetic aid is Automated Identification System (AIS) aid to navigation message broadcast (typically from shore) to an assigned position where a corresponding buoy/beacon should be located. The following aids are broadcasting with an AIS signal:

• Delaware River Lighted Bell Buoy 6 (LLNR 2575) MMSI: 993672681
• Delaware River Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 2595) MMSI: 993672682
• Delaware River Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 2725) MMSI: 993672683
• Delaware River Lighted Buoy 13 (LLNR 2740) MMSI: 993672078
• Delaware River Lighted Buoy 18 (LLNR 2875) MMSI: 993672684
• Delaware River Lighted Buoy 21 (LLNR 2920) MMSI: 993672685
• Delaware River Lighted Buoy 22 (LLNR 2925) MMSI: 993672686
• Delaware River Lighted Buoy 27 (LLNR 2965) MMSI: 993672687

Mariners are encouraged to report any off-station aids to navigation or other unsafe conditions immediately to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center may be contacted at (215) 271-4995.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the COTP, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   12-20-2017 14:05  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Obstruction near Reedy Point UPDATED POSITION (per USACE):
The obstruction reported yesterday off the entrance to the C&D Canal had incorrect latitude/longitude information provided with it. Please take note of the corrected information below and the updated chart. (Attached PDF)

Object 19 Dec 2017
Latitude: 39 33.84125 N
Longitude: 075 32.975193 W
Minimum Depth: 34 ‘ MLLW
Approximate Dimensions: 7’ x 10’
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Posted   12-15-2017 13:32  
By   SECDELBAYWWM -- USCG MIL  
 
***MSIB 42-17 Update 3***
***UPDATED PIPELINE LOCATION***
***UPDATED VESSEL SIZE REQUIREMENTS***


Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 3

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage, hereinafter referred to as “the anchorage.”

• MSIB 37-17 updated the restrictions on the anchorage due to temporary safety zones.

• MSIB 40-17 further restricted the use of the anchorage due to a temporary safety zone.

• These safety zones have been established in order to facilitate the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project as well as pipeline removal operations required for the aforementioned project.

This bulletin summarizes the current safety zones which cause restrictions on the anchorage and provides updates on the location of the pipeline and the types of vessels that can use the anchorage (updates in bold).

• A pipeline has been placed across the anchorage from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 27.80”N, 075° 24’ 02.53”W. This pipeline is marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels may not pass over the submerged pipeline. Please see MSIB 37-17 for more details regarding this submerged pipeline and other restrictions.

• A safety zone has been established within 250 yards of the towing vessel JOKER and crane barge KELLY. Currently, these vessels are conducting dive operations and pipeline removal operations within the southern portion of the anchorage. These operations, and the established safety zone, result in restrictions on the use of the southern portion of the anchorage as the safety zone encompasses this portion of the anchorage in its entirety. Please see page two of MSIB 40-17 for a chartlet showing working areas.

• The portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline may be used by vessels greater than 750 feet overall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, that obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay at least 24 hours in advance at (215) 271-4807. Permission will be granted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Mariners are encouraged to check for updates to this bulletin on the Sector Delaware Bay Homeport website at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay prior to calling with a reservation request.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   12-03-2017 13:52  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Dredge telephone numbers:

Apache 630-730-7689
New York 630-408-7652
Illinois 443-831-4677
Essex 757-353-0455
Virginian 757-675-1004
Atlantic 757-286-3484

Posted   11-17-2017 03:14  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook Range: An object has been found just outside the GREEN edge of MH range, below 9M with minimum depth of 35` MLLW. See attached chart for details. (per USACE)
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Posted   11-15-2017 21:22  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Information regarding USCG ATON discrepancies, temporary changes, etc. can be found at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5

Posted   11-15-2017 21:15  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Weeks crane barge conducting pipeline removal ops on Ft. Mifflin off lower end of Ft. Mifflin dock. Grape Ape assisting. 1hr notice requested. (per Weeks Marine)

Posted   11-15-2017 21:14  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Closures: See attached document for detail on upcoming bridge work at Tacony-Palmyra which will cause several multi-day bridge closures. (Per Burlington County Bridge Commission)
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Posted   05-05-2017 16:01  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
USACE Survey Section identified a potential object in the lower part of Marcus Hook Range during a survey conducted 04 May 2017. The minimum depth of the object is 39.5 MLLW.

LATITUDE: 39 47.196871 N
LONGITUDE: 075 27.309784 W
APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS: 4` Diameter, 3` Height, Min Depth 39.5`, 75` from PA side of channel.

See attached chartlet for details.
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Posted   04-13-2017 17:54  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
The USACE has identified a "potential rock mound" on Chester Range in position 39deg 49.56336 N 075 deg 22.66362 W. The obstruction is located 40` inside the green edge of the channel and is approximately 0.2nm above buoy 1C.

Posted   09-28-2016 16:05  
By   JCK  
 
Delaware River - Walt Whitman Bridge

Painting of the suspension spans and towers will be conducted from October 19, 2015 to March 31, 2018, between 0700 and 1500 daily. A work platform extending 3 feet beneath the lower portion of the bridge will be installed over the entire length of the bridge. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 3 feet to approximately 136 feet above MHW.

Posted   09-28-2016 16:04  
By   JCK  
 
Delaware River - PA Turnpike Bridge

Repainting and miscellaneous improvements will be performed from mid-November 2015 through December 31, 2017. All work on the bridge superstructure will be performed 7 am to 7 pm during the week and 6 am to 6 pm on the weekends. The overhead work will never occupy more than 55% of the channel and will reduce the vertical clearance by 5 ft. The construction company can be contacted at 856-429-3400.

Posted   09-28-2016 16:04  
By   JCK  
 
Delaware River - Commodore Barry Bridge

To facilitate painting, work will continue until 2019. 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 due completion in September 2016. Phase 2 – PA approach girder and deck truss spans, scheduled to commence fall of 2016. Phase 3 – Cantilever truss span, scheduled to commence in 2017 and conclude in 2019. Mariners should exercise caution.

Posted   11-16-2015 15:26  
By   AMANDA N BOONE -- USCG MIL   [USCG]
 
NJ/DE - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12314)

MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT REPAINTING AND MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE PERFORMED FROM MID NOVEMBER, 2015 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017 AT THE INTERSTATE 276/DELAWARE RIVER TURNPIKE BRIDGE ACROSS DELAWARE RIVER, AT MILE 121.2, IN BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, PA AND BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ. ALL WORK ON THE BRIDGE SUPERSTRUCTURE WILL BE PERFORMED 7 AM TO 7 PM DURING THE WEEK AND 6 AM TO 6 PM ON THE WEEKENDS. THE OVERHEAD WORK WILL NEVER OCCUPY MORE THAN 55% OF THE CHANNEL AND WILL REDUCE THE VERTICAL CLEARANCE BY 5 FT. THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CAN BE CONTACTED AT 856-429-3400. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.