Posted   02-23-2019 15:01  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Bellevue to Eddystone Deepening work (Per GLDD):

Please see the attached work plan for the Dredge 55 and Apache working 02/23/2019 to 02/24/2019 in the Delaware River.

DREDGE 55
The Dredge 55 is working in the Chester Range. The tug Captain Dann will be tending the Dredge 55 on Channel 07.

DRILLBOAT APACHE
Drilling and blasting operations are continuing on the green side of the upper Marcus Hook Range today. Tomorrow the Apache will stay into the Marcus Hook Range and continue drilling and blasting operations there. The channel will be closed from 15 minutes prior to blast until the all clear. The tug Bering Dawn will be tending the Apache on Channel 88A. Additional support vessels include Gannett, SeaMe (Security) and Integrity (biological monitoring).

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
30min 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.


Operations are also monitoring radio channels 13 and 16. Should any changes occur, a revision of notice will be distributed.
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Posted   02-22-2019 20:57  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook Maintenance Dredging (Per Norfolk Dredging):
Attached is the plot showing the Dredge Essex’s estimated position for today and tomorrow.

If there are questions, contact:
Bryan Miller
Norfolk Dredging Company
(757) 353-7950
bmiller@norfolkdredging.com
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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: peter.watson@prysmiangroup.com or John Lafferty: john.lafferty@prysmiangroup.com
Local questions can be directed to chairman@macdelriv.org.

Posted   02-13-2019 13:08  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook Maintenance Dredging (per NDC):
Attached is the plot showing the Dredge Essex’s estimated position for today and tomorrow.
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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.

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.