Posted   04-25-2019 16:06  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
Maintenance dredging, New Castle Range (per NDC):

The equipment is secured on the east side of General Anchorage #5. The Dredge Essex is digging outbound from station 229+000 to 235+500. Please see the attached updated dredge position plot.
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Posted   04-15-2019 15:04  
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. 2 berth is now 29’ 06”, and 10 berth is 28’06” MLLW.

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

2 additional pages added to attachment.
Attachment is 3 pages total.
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Posted   03-27-2019 16:04  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
New channel sounding for Delaware City Main Channel is 28’-7” with a 1’ under keel clearance included (no change from last month).

Posted   03-01-2019 16:21  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
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   02-13-2019 18:52  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
Silver Run Cable Project(per Prysmian): Early plans are taking shape for the summer 2019 installation of (seven) 230kV cables across the Delaware River main channel in the Baker Range. The project will include up to (four) 3.2 hour complete channel closures for each of the seven cables to be installed and will last over two months, with disruptions requiring advance notice to transit lasting approximately eleven hours during each cable laying run. On the right sidebar of the MAC homepage, click on "Silver Run Cable Project" to see the anchor diagram and draft work plan/schedule for the project. Please bear in mind that the work plan is tentative and intended to show the flow of the schedule, but not specific dates. Due to fisheries restrictions, the earliest that cable ops can begin on Baker Range is July 1, 2019. The cable will be water-jetted to a depth of 25 feet below the river bottom. Prysmian (cable laying contractor) will attend the March 14 MAC Meeting to present on the project and answer questions. In the meantime, queries about the project can be directed to Prysmian reps Peter Watson: or John Lafferty:
Local questions can be directed to

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.
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.

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.