Posted   12-06-2017 15:41    
The 2018 Pilots` Association Tide Book is available for digital download:

http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook/

New for 2018 all tide & current predictions ARE corrected for Daylight Saving Time.


See the attached PDF for instructions on how to store the tide book on your smart-phone.

Attachment: http://www.macdelriv.org/a/1418740839.PDF

Posted   11-29-2017 14:39    
The next meeting of the Mariners` Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday, December 14th @ 1100 hours. LaVeranda- Penn`s Landing.

Posted   11-21-2017 16:59    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday December 14th at 1100 hours. La Veranda, Penn`s Landing. Phila, PA
We hope to see you all there.

Posted   11-15-2017 21:44    
It is with much regret that the Mariners` Advisory Committee informs you of the passing of Captain H. Hickman Rowland on the evening of November 12th.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew`s School, 350 Noxontown Road, Middletown, DE 19709. Burial will be private.

View obituary here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/obituary.aspx?n=h-hickman-rowland&pid=187241595&fhid=7884

Cards and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to:
Carey Rowland
120 The Strand
New Castle, DE
19720

Posted   06-23-2017 13:18    
The Minutes from the June 7th, 2017 Mariners` Advisory Committee meeting have been posted to the MAC website: www.macdelriv.org

Posted   03-21-2017 12:54    
The next quarterly MAC meeting is on Thursday, June 8th 2017 at 1100 at Ristorante La Veranda on Columbus Boulevard. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Posted   02-21-2017 19:30    
Emergency MAC Meeting: An emergency MAC Meeting has been scheduled for this Friday, February 24th at 1300 in the Ward Room at USCG Sector HQ at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia. The topics for the meeting include scheduled blasting work in the Chester to Tinicum area that will impact navigation beyond levels previously experienced and also shoaling at Marcus Hook. Port partners that should most be concerned with these topics include agents with large, deep draft transits scheduled during the first 10 days of March, tug and vessel operators, etc.

Additional parking for the USCG facility can be found in the Sheet Metal Worker`s Union building next door on Columbus Blvd. Allow extra time for security/sign-in upon entry to building.

Posted   02-15-2017 16:41    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday March 9th, 2017 @ 1100 hours; La Veranda, Penn`s Landing. Phila, PA.

We look for forward to seeing you all there.

Posted   01-12-2017 20:11    
The Minutes from the December 2016 MAC meeting have been posted to the MAC website: www.macdelriv.org.

Posted   12-20-2016 13:27    
MAC Notices
The 2017 Pilots` Association Tide Book is available for digital download: http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook/

See the attached PDF for instructions on how to store the tide book on your smart-phone.

Attachment: http://www.macdelriv.org/a/1418740839.PDF

Posted   11-09-2016 17:43    
The next meeting on the Mariners` Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th 2016 at 1100 hours at La Veranda, Penn`s Landing.

Posted   06-06-2016 19:47    
The MAC meeting will take place this Thursday June 9th, 2016 @ 1100 hours. Location: LaVeranda in Penn`s Landing. The Minutes from the March meeting and the agenda for this upcoming meeting can be found on our website www.macdelriv.org.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Posted   05-12-2016 12:48    
The next scheduled meeting of the Mariners` Advisory Committee is Thursday June 9th 2016 at 1100 hours. The meeting and luncheon will take place at La Veranda, Penn`s Landing. Philadelphia PA. We hope to see you all there.

Posted   03-09-2016 22:40    
MAC Meeting: Thursday March 10, 2016 Parking issue.

The management of LaVeranda has informed us that parking for tomorrow`s (Thursday) meeting will be difficult due to pre-booked spots for the Flower Show.

If the "Great Plaza" parking lot is as full as it usually is, there is parking next to the Hilton on Delaware Avenue called CitiPark Parking Garage that`s available. This is just south of the Museum and not too far for a walk on what should be a beautiful day.

Valet parking may still be available but at $21 vs $10 if available at all.

There are only a handful of parking spots out front and there is 2-hour metered parking across the street.

The management of LaVeranda apologies for any inconvenience.

Good luck to all.

Scott

Posted   02-19-2016 17:15    
The next meeting of the Mariners Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday March 10th at 1100 hours. LaVeranda Penn`s Lading. We hope to see you all there.

Posted   01-15-2016 16:31    
NOAA is currently investigating reports of discrepancies for current predictions based on the new Delaware Bay Entrance reference station. A revised & updated 2016 Pilots’ Association Tide Book replacing current predictions for this station and subordinate stations with the historic Delaware Bay Entrance current reference station is available for download from the Mariners Advisory Committee home page:

http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook

Posted   12-29-2015 20:13    
The 2016 Pilots` Association Tide Book is available for digital download at: http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook/

See the attached PDF for instructions on how to store the tide book on your smart-phone.
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-02-2015 15:01    
The next meeting of the Mariners Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday December 10th 2016 @1100 hours at LaVeranda, Penn`s Landing- Philadelphia. The Minutes from the previous meeting and the Agenda for December`s meeting have been posted to the MAC website- www.macdelriv.org
We look forward to seeing you all there. Thank you.

Posted   11-13-2015 18:20    
The next scheduled meeting of the MAC is Thursday December 10th at 1100 hours - LaVeranda, Penn`s Landing. Phila. PA.

Posted   08-13-2015 15:17    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday September 10th, 2015 at LaVeranda, Penn`s Landing, Phila, at 1100 hours.

Posted   05-12-2015 19:21    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday June 11th 2015 at 1100 hours. La Veranda, Penn`s Landing. Phila. PA.

Posted   03-11-2015 17:53    
Contrary to the note on the prediction pages, tide & current times in the 2015 Pilots` Association tide book are adjusted for Daylight Saving Time. A new version with updated DST notices is available for digital download: http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook/

Posted   03-06-2015 16:16    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday March 12th, 2015. LaVeranda, Penn`s Landing 1100 hours. The Agenda and Minutes from the December meeting have now been posted to www.macdelriv.org.

Posted   01-02-2015 00:53    
NOAA Navigation Services

The Office of Coast Survey has published a Federal Register Notice to request public comment on changes in the Nautical Chart Catalog Formats. The Office of Coast Survey is transitioning its nautical products to a wide range of digital formats and web mapping services to enable more frequent updating and allow easier uptake by users. With the end of lithographic printing of NOAA paper nautical charts in April 2014, we also stopped production of the five printed nautical chart catalogs which are created in the large paper format (35 inches by 55 inches).

We have now transformed the chart catalogs into letter-sized documents that users can print at home. Downloads of the “print-at-home” chart catalog in PDF format are free from the Coast Survey Web site (www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/catalog/). An interactive chart catalog is also available on the Coast Survey Web site (nauticalcharts.noaa.gov) for users who prefer to point, click, and download their charts from online. Coast Survey will consider making the front page of the large-format chart catalog. (We consider the reverse side, which lists chart agents, as obsolete and will not continue it.)

Before making the decision, Coast Survey wants to know if demand remains for the large-format chart catalogs, and if users are willing to purchase these from commercial providers, such as NOAA-certified printing companies. Coast Survey invites written comments about: (1) Maintaining the large-format paper catalog (with no reverse side) if they are available for purchase from commercial provider; (2) the new free “print-at-home” PDF chart catalog; and (3) the online interactive chart catalog on the homepage of the nauticalcharts.noaa.gov Web site.

Written, faxed, or emailed comments are due by midnight, April 30, 2015.

Email comments to frank.powers@noaa.gov, or fax to 301-713-9312. Written comments may be mailed to Frank Powers, Office of Coast Survey, 1315 East-West Highway, #6254, Silver Spring MD 20906.

Posted   01-02-2015 00:49    
NOAA Office of Coast Survey - Request for Public Comment

Posted   01-02-2015 00:49    
NOAA Office of Coast Survey - Request for Public Comment

Posted   01-02-2015 00:49    
NOAA Office of Coast Survey - Request for Public Comment

Posted   01-02-2015 00:42    
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Posted   12-19-2014 13:41    
STEVE -- SAME WITH THIS ONE -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST. CAN DO YOU STILL HAVE THE ISSUE WITH THIS ONE? (You might with this one, hopefully not the last one.)


SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #47-14]

December 16, 2014

Delaware River Safety Zone – New Years Fireworks

To mitigate the risks associated with a fireworks display, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The safety zone will be effective on December 31, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39-56.18N, 075-08.30W to 39-56.17N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by the Ben Franklin bridge. Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the safety zone is active. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port’s representative will be on scene and can be contacted on VHF channel 16. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   12-19-2014 13:40    
STEVE -- THIS IS A TEST ONLY TO YOU. CAN YOU LET ME KNOW IF YOU STILL SEE THE CUT-OFF ISSUE? THANKS - JASON


Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
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Posted   12-19-2014 13:38    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
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Posted   12-19-2014 13:36    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:36    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:33    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:33    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:33    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:33    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:33    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:32    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-19-2014 13:31    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   12-18-2014 22:13    
Dear Friends of our Port Community,

How many of us have sailed past a dredge on the Delaware in the middle of winter and thought from inside our warm wheelhouse, I’m really glad I’m not out on that pipeline, all the while knowing just how essential this rigorous and often dangerous work is to the vitality of our port? For me personally, too many times to count.

You may also have had thoughts of gratitude when everything seems to come together each day and you make it home safely to your family after your hitch. Sadly, on the evening of December 2nd, this scenario was not to play out for three men and their families. A derrick barge working in support of the Dredge Essex capsized in the Christina River. While two of the men were saved, a 28 year-old single father of a little girl, Emanuel Gatling, was unable to escape the enclosure and drowned. The emotional toll that this tragic accident has and will continue to take on Emanuel’s family, friends and colleagues will only be made more difficult during this holiday season. And the financial hardship placed on his family to raise his daughter without him, will no doubt affect them for years to come.

The Mariners Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Seamens Center of Wilmington, is sponsoring a fund to help Emanuel’s family in their time of sorrow and need. We are asking that when you are considering your holiday giving, to please remember the Gatling family and let them know that our port family cares.

Checks can be made out to EGMF, Emanuel Gatling Memorial Fund, and mailed to:

EGMF
c/o Seamens Center of Wilmington
P. O. Box 405
Wilmington, DE 19899

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,
Sincerely,
Capt. Stephen Roberts
Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware
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Posted   12-16-2014 14:41    
The 2015 Pilots` Association Tide Book is available for digital download: http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook/

See the attached PDF for instructions on how to store the tide book on your smart-phone.
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Posted   12-09-2014 19:55    
The next scheduled meeting of the MAC is Thursday December 11th 2014 @ 1100 hours, La Veranda, Phila, PA. The meeting agenda has been posted on the MAC website for your review: www.macdelriv.org

Posted   10-30-2014 14:46    
The following is forwarded for your information on behalf of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
To all Concerned Parties,

Beginning November 2, all arriving vessels calling the area of responsibility of Customs and Border Protection/ Port of Wilmington (1103), will need to coordinate the Entrance, Clearance, Boarding, and Scheduling with Port of Wilmington Vessel Central. Below you will find telephonic contact information, and an email address for Notice of Arrivals, 3171s, 408s, and any other pertinent information. Beginning November 2, any arrival information inadvertently sent to Philadelphia Vessel Central will be returned, in order to complete correct routing. Thanks in advance for your co-operation, and please feel free to ask any questions to assist in making this transition.

VESSELCENTRALWILM@CBP.DHS.GOV
302-326-0600 EXTENSION 119

Posted   10-03-2014 15:26    
SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE
24th Annual Fall Event
Friday, October 17, 2014

For tickets call 215 940 9900 x 106 or email Ronnie at barlow@sciphiladelphia.org

Ticket prices begin at $250 each.

Place: Adventure Aquarium, Currents Ballroom, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

Theme: “Giving Thanks for the Bounty of the Delaware River”

Honoree: The Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad

Sponsorships: Sponsors will be thanked in the Program Book, plus your sponsorship including Company Name, Color Logo and dedication/message.

TIMES:
6:00 pm - Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres - Cocktail Hour Music by the Alan Segal Quartet
7:00 pm – Welcome, Dinner and Dancing – Music by the Jazz Sanctuary, Inc.
8:15 pm - Short Program and Raffle Drawing
8:30 -10pm – Dancing and viewing various exhibits

The Currents Ballroom offers the view of the Philadelphia skyline and movie-screen-sized windows highlighting the 550,000 gallon Shark Realm. The walls & ceiling embrace the underwater feeling with etched wave décor and tranquil colors.
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Posted   09-09-2014 19:10    
The Minutes from the June 2014 MAC meeting is attached.
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Posted   09-02-2014 17:10    
The next meeting of the Mariners` Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday September 11th 2014 at 1100 hours.
Place: LaVeranda, at Penn`s Landing, Phila, PA.
We look forward to your attendance.

Posted   08-13-2014 20:01    
MAC 50th Anniversary Celebration

We hope you will join us from 6-9 pm on Tuesday night (rain or shine) for the Port of Philadelphia’s Mariners Advisory Committee’s 50th Anniversary on the Tall Ship Moshulu, the world`s oldest and largest four-masted tall ship still afloat, a 5-minute walk from the Hyatt. Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes for strolling this historic vessel’s tented and open-air upper decks while enjoying Chef Anthony Bonett’s Contemporary American Cuisine amidst views of Philadelphia’s waterfront and skyline. Eight different passed hot and cold hors-d’ouevres, appetizer stations, dessert and a full bar (2 drink tickets each, cash thereafter) are included in your admission price for this one-of-a-kind gourmet “Philly Style” event. This $95.00 per person value costs just $70 as a MAC member.

If you have not yet purchased your ticket(s), please do so on the party website http://nhscsocialevent.com/ , or notify Capt. Steve Roberts ( s.a.roberts@macdelriv.org ) of your intention to purchase your ticket(s) by Monday, August 18th. There will be a limited number of tickets available after this date at the conference. For more information on the Moshulu, please visit http://www.moshulu.com/ .

We look forward to seeing you there!

Captain Stephen A. Roberts
Mariners Advisory Committee
Chairman, 2014 Joint AMSC/NHSC Conference
(302) 542-6677
s.a.roberts@macdelriv.org
www.macdelriv.org
www.TRB.org/Conferences/HSCAMSC2014.aspx

Posted   07-15-2014 15:20    
REMINDER: NATIONAL HARBOR SAFETY CONFERENCE

The 2014 Joint AMSC/NHS Conference will be held in Philly at the Hyatt at Penn`s Landing from August 25th through the 27th. Session subjects include PORTS, port resiliency, offshore wind development, The Future of Navigation and many others that may have direct impact on our port`s operations. Please go to the conference website for details and registration: http://www.cvent.com/events/15th-biennial-harbor-safety-committee-and-area-maritime-security-committee-conference-partnering-for/event-summary-551957cf52364b6da5184aa5498d6fe3.aspx

Posted   06-30-2014 13:29    
SUNOCO LOGISTICS
AWARENESS MEMORANDUM

Purpose: To provide information as a reminder about alarms and warning signals in the Marcus Hook berthing areas to all who transit past Marcus Hook Industrial Complex including but not limited to, Pilots, tug/barge companies, assist tug companies, and the marine community through the Mariners Advisory Committee.

Objective: Thankfully there has not been an emergency in quite some time and as a result certain warning signals may be misconstrued when those who transit the river are not reminded from time to time. Basically the objective is safety awareness. Please give a wide berth or avoid the area altogether if the warning signal is seen/heard as much as safe navigation will allow. Note: testing before each vessel arrival at MHIC will only be approximately 30 seconds.

Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters
PART 127—WATERFRONT FACILITIES HANDLING LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS AND LIQUEFIED HAZARDOUS GAS
Subpart C—Waterfront Facilities Handling Liquefied Hazardous Gas
________________________________________
§127.1207 Warning alarms.
(a) Each marine transfer area for LHG must have a rotating or flashing amber light that is visible for at least 1,600 meters (1 mile) from the transfer connection in all directions.
(b) Each marine transfer area for LHG must also have a siren that is audible for at least 1,600 meters (1 mile) from the transfer connection in all directions.
(c) Each light and siren required by this section must be located so as to minimize obstructions. If any obstruction will prevent any of these alarms from meeting paragraph (a) or (b) of this section, the operator of the waterfront facility handling LHG shall propose for approval by the local COTP additional or alternative warning devices that provide an equivalent level of safety.

Respectfully submitted,
Captain Michael P Nesbitt
Marine Operations Manager
Twin Oaks Facility
4041 Market Street
Aston, PA 19014
610-859-5426 office
215-962-5126 mobile
mpnesbitt@sunocologistics.com

Posted   05-14-2014 15:18    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday June 12th at 1100 hours. LaVeranda, Penn`s Landing, Phila, PA.

Posted   05-13-2014 17:02    
FUTURE OF NAVIGATION 21st CENTURY WATERWAYS LISTENING SESSIONS

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are co-sponsoring Future of Navigation - 21st Century Waterways public listening sessions. The listening sessions, which will be held in several locations across the country, are designed to provide a venue for open communications between various Federal agencies and U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) stakeholders to discuss the joint Federal agency initiative to use modern technology to support a safer, more efficient, more secure, and environmentally sound MTS. These listening sessions will provide MTS users and stakeholders an opportunity, beyond traditional venues, to express their emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems necessary to improve safety and efficiency of transits on the Nation`s waterways.
A listening session is scheduled to be held on May 22, 2014 at 5 pm at the Renaissance Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center in Portsmouth, VA. The intended outcome of these listening sessions is the development of a portfolio supported by multiple Federal agencies that will provide coordinated and timely delivery of navigational information and services to promote safety and efficiency on the MTS.

For further information, you may contact Mr. John Walters at John.R.Walters@uscg.mil or (757) 398-6230, LCDR Denise Gruccio at
Denise.Gruccio@noaa.gov or (571) 305-0995, or Mr. Mike Anderson at Michael.L.Anderson@usace.army.mil or (757) 201-7584.

Posted   05-08-2014 13:52    
The next meeting of the Mariners Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday June 12th 1100 hours. La Veranda, Penn`s Landing. Phila.

Posted   03-13-2014 05:06    
The 2014 National Harbor Safety Conference will be held at the Hyatt, Penn`s Land August 25-27. On Tuesday, August 26 from 6PM to 9 PM there will be a social event held on the Moshulu celebrating the MAC`s 50th Anniversary. For details and registration go to:

http://nhscsocialevent.com

http://www.cvent.com/events/15th-biennial-harbor-safety-committee-and-area-maritime-security-committee-conference-partnering-for/event-summary-551957cf52364b6da5184aa5498d6fe3.aspx

Posted   12-14-2013 14:53    
To all of my friends and partners at the MAC:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the very rousing send off at our last meeting. It truly has been a privilege working with you and representing the MAC. I deeply appreciate your trust and support.

Please note my new email addresses: s.a.roberts@macdelriv.org for the National Harbor Safety Conference and MAC; s.a.roberts@delpilots.com for everything else.

Best wishes for the Holiday Season,
Steve Roberts

Posted   12-09-2013 15:58    
The 2014 Pilots` Association Tide Book is available for digital download at: http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook/

See the attached PDF for instructions on how to store the tide book on your smart-phone.
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Posted   11-23-2013 14:40    
The next meeting of the Mariners Advisory Committee is scheduled for Thursday December 12th 2013 @ 1100 hours. LaVeranda, Penn`s Landing. PA

Posted   11-21-2013 15:02    
The DRPA will be conducting maintenance on the Ben Franklin Bridge on Thursday November 21, 2013, from approximately 1000 until 1400. During this time the under bridge clearance will be reduced by 20 feet. Please contact Nick at 856-381-9220 with any questions.

Posted   11-20-2013 13:59    
The DRPA will be conducting maintenance on the Ben Franklin Bridge on Wednesday November 20, 2013, from approximately 1000 until 1400. During this time the under bridge clearance will be reduced by 20 feet. Please contact Nick at 856-381-9220 with any questions.

Posted   06-19-2013 13:12    
COAST GUARD TERMINATION OF ITS 2 MHZ DISTRESS WATCHKEEPING SERVICE

Effective 01 August, 2013, the U. S. Coast Guard will terminate its radio guard of the international voice distress, safety and calling frequency 2182 kHz and the international digital selective calling (DSC) distress and safety frequency 2187.5 kHz. Additionally, marine information and weather broadcasts transmitted on 2670 kHz will terminate concurrently.

The Coast Guard will continue to maintain a continuous watch on VHF FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz) and on existing voice and DSC frequencies in the 4/6/8/12 MHz bands as described in the Coast Guard Navigation Center website

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=cgcommsCall

This safety alert is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational or material requirement. Developed by the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Policy Division (COMDT CG-652), USCG Headquarters, Washington, D.C.. Questions may be addressed to Ms. Sonia Kendall Sonia.L.Kendall@uscg.mil.
This alert was published by the USCG’s Homeport Webpage. http://homeport.uscg.mil To receive these alerts, register for an account and sign up for specific types of alerts, as offered on the various pages on Homeport.

Posted   06-15-2013 14:51    
NOAA is seeking comments on its plan to extend the Right Whale Speed Restrictions on the East Coast. If these restrictions impact your business or operations, NOAA encourages you to express your concerns. Please go to http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/ to post a comment.

Posted   06-12-2013 17:10    
Mariners` Advisory Committee: The next MAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday June 13th 2013 at 1100 hours. LaVeranda, Penns Landing. Phila, PA. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Posted   05-24-2013 17:23    
Mariners` Advisory Committee: The next MAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday June 13th 2013 at 1100 hours. LaVeranda, Penns Landing. Phila, PA. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Posted   03-20-2013 14:12    
The NOAA P.O.R.T.S. program that we have come to rely on for real time tide, current and weather information will be defunded in the near future. Many mariners use this data as a critical part of their go-no go matrix when deciding to initiate a river passage. Many other entities such as the University of Delaware and local municipalities use the data for studying beach erosion issues.

P.O.R.T.S. on the Delaware Bay costs approximately $250,000 per year to maintain. When that money is gone, so will be the most critical safety system on the river. The MAC encourages you to write to your representatives and/or the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and explain to them the impact of losing P.O.R.T.S. to region and your business. To aid you, we have included a sample letter and template. Please go to the MAC drop down box at the top of the right column and select letters templates. Note that this page will only be visible if you are logged into www.macdelriv.org with your username and password.

Thank you for taking a small amount of your time to help preserve the premier port safety system on the Delaware.

Posted   03-11-2013 19:07    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday March 14, 2013 at LaVeranda, Penn`s Landing, Phila, PA 1100 hours.
The AGENDA is attached here. The December 2012 Minutes are available for review from the MAC website: www.macdelriv.org
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Posted   02-20-2013 16:05    
MARINERS ADVISORY COMMITEE meeting notice

The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday March 14th 1100 hours at La Veranda - Penn`s Landing.

Please note that the Minutes from the last meeting are available for your review on the MAC website:

www.macdelriv.org

We`d like to wrap up any outstanding dues by the meeting date. So for those that have not yet paid their dues please send a check in the amount of $400 to:

Mariner`s Adsisory Committe
c/o Maritime Exchange
240 Cherry St.
Phila, PA 19106

Attn: Scott Anderson

or you may bring your check to the meeting and give to me, MAC Chairman Captain Roberts or to MAC Treasurer Captain Iuliucci. Thank you.

Scott

Posted   12-30-2012 19:04    
As provided by the USCG today at 1416 hours. 12/19/2012

As a result of the widening of the channel at Horseshoe Bend some changes are being made to the aids to facilitate safe navigation in that turn. Enclosed is the Broadcast Notice to Mariners just released. The USCGC WILLIAM TATE will be doing the work on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
v/r,
LT Veronica Smith
USCG Sector Delaware Bay
Waterways Management and Facilities/Containers Inspections Branch
(215)271-4851

P 191642Z DEC 12
FM CCGDFIVE PORTSMOUTH VA//DPW//
TO COGARD CAMSLANT CHESAPEAKE VA
AIG 8916
BT
UNCLAS //N16502//
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS//A//
BROADCAST AT N
CCGD5 BNM 645-12
PA - NJ - PHILADELPHIA AND CAMDEN WATERFRONTS - DELAWARE RIVER
(CHART 12313)
1. ON OR ABOUT 21 DEC 2012 THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO AIDS TO
NAVIGATION WILL OCCUR IN THE DELAWARE RIVER.
A. HORSESHOE LIGHTED BUOY 37 (LLNR 3520) WILL BE REESTABLISHED
IN APPROX POSIT 39-53-08.590N 075-08-35.450W.
B. HORSESHOE LOWER LIGHTED BUOY 33 (LLNR 3509) WILL BE ESTABLISHED
IN APPROX POSIT 39-52-56.340N 075-09-05.370W, SHOWING A Q G
CHARACTERISTIC.
C. HORSESHOE LOWER LIGHTED BUOY 35 (LLNR 3510) WILL BE RELOCATED
TO APPROX POSIT 39-53-00.660N 075-08-49.690W, SHOWING A FL G 2.5S
CHARACTERISTIC.
BT
NNNN

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Posted   12-10-2012 20:13    
The 2013 Pilots` Association Tide Book is available for digital download at: http://www.macdelriv.org/tidebook/

See the attached PDF for instructions on how to store the tide book on your smart-phone.
View Attachment (.PDF)

Posted   11-15-2012 15:12    
The Next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday December 13th 2012 at 1100 hours at La Veranda, Penn`s Landing, Philadelphia.

Posted   10-30-2012 17:39    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
HURRICANE SANDY

[MSIB # 18-12]

October 30, 2012

UPDATE OF HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION ZULU

The Captain of the Port is notifying port partners that the port will remain in a modified Hurricane Condition ZULU until further notice. This Marine Safety Information Bulletin is an update to MSIB #17-12, dated October 28, 2012.

• Tug and barge movement is authorized to and from anchorages. River anchorages are open to tug and barge traffic only.

• Cargo transfer operations may resume following facility assessments and facility reporting to the USCG.

• Lightering is not permitted.

• Bunkering is not permitted in the anchorage areas of the lower Delaware Bay.

• Mariners are directed to exercise extreme caution as aids to navigation may be off station and not watching properly.

• Big Stone Anchorage is open to vessels arriving from sea and departing to sea.

• Dredging operations will resume as soon as practicable. All previous navigation restrictions related to dredging are in effect. Mariners are requested to call dredges 2 hours prior to passing.


As it is determined that conditions are safe for navigation, the port will incrementally return to normal operations. Additional restrictions may continue depending on the severity of the hurricane’s impact. The Coast Guard asks for a collaborative effort from port members in reporting any hazardous conditions, off-station aids to navigation or breakaway of vessels.

Posted   10-09-2012 21:22    
***REMINDER***
Special MAC Meeting regarding proposed fender construction on Tacony-Palmyra Bridge
Wednesday, 10/10 3:30PM
Philadelphia Pilot Office
800 S. Columbus BLVD (enter from Catherine ST)

Posted   10-09-2012 20:20    
MSIB 13-12 UPDATE #1 MHA Safery Zone

Received October 9, 2012:
The US Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the Dredge ESSEX which will be in effect as early as Friday, October 12, 2012 while it operates within Marcus Hook Anchorage preparing for annual maintenance dredging operations within the range (33CFR165.555).

During this time period the upper portion of the anchorage shall be closed to all vessel traffic while the dredge lays submerged pipeline within the anchorage. Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807 [33CFR110.157(b)(11)(i)]. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX by phone at 757-353-0455 or on channel 13 or 16 VHF for passing information.

Posted   10-05-2012 19:22    
Forwarding the following from the United States Coast Guard:

Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Delaware River, Between Burlington, NJ and Bristol, PA

The Burlington-Bristol Bridge will be closed to navigation and unable to open on signal each day from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on October 30, 2012 and November 1, 2012.Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a drawbridge opening may do so at all times.

The Coast Guard has coordinated this replacement work with the Mariners` Advisory Committee for the Bay & River Delaware, and will inform the other users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the closure periods for the bridge so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. The bridge will not be able to open in an emergency during lift cable tension adjustments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Terrance Knowles, Environmental Protection Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard District; telephone 757-398-6587, email Terrance.A.Knowles@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

Posted   09-26-2012 18:54    
***UPDATE***
Corrected date

There will be an emergency meeting of the MAC on 10/10 at 1530 at the Philadelphia Pilot Office, 800 South Columbus BLVD, to discuss a potential construction project on the piers adjacent to the channel on the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. This project has the potential to reduce the horizontal clearance by approximately 16 feet. Those mariners and terminal operators who may be affected are encouraged to attend.

Posted   09-13-2012 12:47    
As reported by the Delaware River Port Authority today at 0815 hours

Navigation Notice

NJ & PA - (PHILADELPHIA AND CAMDEN WATERFRONTS) - DELAWARE RIVER

There is a 15-foot air draft reduction under the Ben Franklin Bridge today from 0900 hours until 1600 hours.

Mariners are asked to contact the DRPA on VHF Channel 16 upon approach.

Posted   09-07-2012 03:40    
Great Lakes Dredging and Drydock company has been awarded the deepening project contract that will commence this Sunday or Monday.
The dredge Illinois will be setting up over the next few days and begin dredging operations on Eagle Point Range just inbound of the Schuylkill River. They will be working between the Navy Yard and Hog Island over the next month. The dredge will have 2000 feet of floating pipeline secured to a fixed pipeline running to National Park disposal area in NJ. The dredge will provide an opening of "about 400 ft"  between itself and 5 anchor  buoys on the PA side. They are requesting about one hour notice for passage and can give a larger opening with at least 2 hours notice. The cell phone number on the dredge is (443)831-4677 and will be monitored once the dredge is working. They can also be reached on Ch 13 and 16.

Upon completion of this area (one month) the dredge will be replaced with another from Great Lakes. This will work through January 2013 in the area between Tinicum Island and Horseshoe Range. Details will follow for this operation as they are still being worked out.

Please review that attached file for more details.
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Posted   09-06-2012 13:07    
DRPA:
Today Thursday September 6, 2012

There is a 15-foot air draft reduction under the Ben Franklin Bridge today from 1000 hours until 1500 hours. Mariners are asked to contact the DRPA on VHF Channel 16 upon approach.

Posted   08-28-2012 19:32    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday September 13th, 2012 at 1100 hours. Please reply with the number of attendees. Thank you.

Posted   06-12-2012 21:25    
Buoy "1C" Cherry Island has been relocated to the center of the new widener as illustrated below.

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Posted   06-12-2012 20:45    
NJ & PA - (PHILADELPHIA AND CAMDEN WATERFRONTS) - DELAWARE RIVER

Mariners are advised that a diving company, on behalf of the Delaware River Port Authority, will be conducting underwater inspections at the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, at mile 100.2, across the Delaware River, in Philadelphia, PA, intermittently during daylight hours only, from June 19, 2012 to July 9, 2012. At no time during the inspection work will the waterway be closed to navigation and a safety boat will be provided. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.

Posted   06-12-2012 19:53    
***UPDATED***UPDATED***
NJ & PA – UPPER DELAWARE - DELAWARE RIVER – RANCOCAS CREEK

Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of the Burlington County Bridge Commission, will be performing underwater inspections, each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the following bridge sites:

1) SR 543 (Riverside-Delanco) Bridge, at mile 1.3, across Rancocas Creek, in Riverside NJ; from 18 – 22 June 2012;

2) Burlington-Bristol Bridge, at mile 117.8, across the Delaware River, between Burlington NJ and Bristol PA; from 25 – 29 June 2012; and

3) Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, at mile 107.2, across the Delaware River, between Tacony PA and Palmyra NJ; from 9 – 13 July 2012

The inspections will take place from a 26-foot aluminum work skiff and either anchor adjacent to the piers or will be temporarily moored to the piers. The dive team will work with vessel traffic and bridge operators so as not to impede the waterway. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

Posted   05-11-2012 18:43    
The next scheduled meeting of the MAC is Thursday June 14th 2012 at 1100 hours. LaVeranda- Penn`s Landing, Philadelphia.

Posted   05-05-2012 15:00    
Jim Matters jmatters@langenfeldermarine.com and Ren Persaud rpersaud@CormanConstruction.com from Corman Marine 410 320 7534 are reporting that beginning April 2nd,as part of the dredging project, they will be drilling 30 "test pits" in the area from the Ben Franklin Bridge to Eddystone Range over a 30 day period. Samples are being tested daily. Their tug, Julie B, will be standing by on Channel 13 during the period.

Posted   03-07-2012 15:47    
Please go to the MAC website: www.macdelriv.org and refer to MAC Notices for a link to the agenda.

Posted   03-06-2012 21:46    
Reminder: The quarterly MAC meeting will be held on Thursday, March 8th at 1100 at LaVeranda. The agenda is attached. Please review the minutes from the December meeting by click on the Minutes from Last Meeting above.
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Posted   03-01-2012 14:48    
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is currently seeking comments on the Maryland Wind Energy Area located adjacent to the entrance of the Delaware TSS. Please review the links listed below and consider making a comment. The BOEM has adjusted the area to no longer impede the TSS. Comments are due by March 21, 2012 and may be submitted online.

http://bit.ly/zN6V6g (boem.gov PDF), and

the Call for Information and Nomination:
http://bit.ly/wk6Otl (boem.gov PDF)

Posted   02-25-2012 14:47    
On Monday or Tuesday the William Tate will be relocating buoy "1C" to the edge of the new widener at Deepwater-Cherry Island. "1C" will be located at the center of the dogleg, 50` outside of the channel`s edge.

Posted   02-22-2012 15:22    
The next MAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 8th, 2012 at 1100 hours at La Veranda, Penn`s Landing, Philadelphia.

Posted   02-15-2012 14:28    
On or about 30 July, 2012, the Keystone Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 4020) and the Keystone Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 4025) will be temporarily discontinued for rebuild/relocation. Chart: 12314.

Posted   02-14-2012 19:18    
On February 7, the Coast Guard issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to change the regulations that govern the operation of the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridges over the Christina River at miles 4.1 and 4.2, both in Wilmington, DE. Since there have been no recorded requests for vessel openings in more than 20 years for either bridge, this proposal would change the current regulations by allowing the drawbridge, at mile 4.1, to be maintained in the closed position to navigation and the drawbridge, at mile 4.2, to be left in the open-to-navigation position.
Comments will be considered received before March 23, 2012.
The NPRM is available on the Maritime Exchange USCG web page.

Posted   02-08-2012 20:32    
The dredge Essex has completed operations at "1C" and is located outside of the channel on the green side. Buoy "1C" is not yet been replaced.

Posted   02-08-2012 20:07    
The dredge Essex has completed operations at "1C" and is located outside of the channel on the green side. Buoy "1C" is not yet been replaced.

Posted   01-24-2012 21:37    
NJ /PA – UPPER DELWARE RIVER – KEYSTONE RANGE – AIDS TO NAVIGATION NOTICE
On or about 30 July, 2012, the Keystone Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 4020) and the Keystone Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 4025) will be temporarily discontinued for rebuild/relocation. Chart: 12314.

Posted   01-22-2012 21:03    
The tug Kathleen or tug Virginia has requested a slow bell for the next 2 months(24 hrs a day) in the vicinity of the Salem Nuclear Power Plant.(Upper Liston, Baker,n Lower Reedy) The Kathleen monitors VHF channel 69&72 and Phone # 908-487-0214. Construction will be ongoing till the end of February in that area.

Posted   01-22-2012 20:43    
ESSEX dredging on the DE side right at the intersection of Deepwater and Cherry Island. Requests a 30 minute call.