Posted   02-20-2018 20:26  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook Range Dredging Work(per NDC):
Commencing 2/21 late morning, The Dredge Essex will perform work on the RED side of the channel on Marcus Hook Range with the Charleston sub-line, which is on the green side. This means we will be blocking the channel with float line. This work will only last approximately 12-18 hours. We are requesting that traffic passes thru the anchorage during this time. We will be able to swing the dredge toward the center line to open up about 150ft of the RED side if necessary. As always, please contact the dredge with as much notice as possible.

Posted   02-20-2018 19:44  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Dredging Work (per NDC):
The Dredge ESSEX is currently working on the green side of the channel in the Marcus Hook Range and pumping through the Charleston pipeline as defined by the cyan line on the attached Norfolk Dredging Pipeline Map. The ESSEX submerged pipe remains outside of the MH Anchorage "A" buoy on the red side and is inactive at this time. Dredge location/progress map attached.
The Dredge ATLANTIC is working outbound on the red side of the main channel, in CHESTER RANGE just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge. 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 Tug Amy E. Hebert are continues to tow loaded mud scows.

Posted   02-20-2018 16:54  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Drilling & Blasting Operations (per GLDD):
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
20-FEB-18 – Estimated time: 1030 (Top of Marcus Hook Range on RED side), 1500 (Bottom of Marcus Hook Range on RED side)
21-FEB-18 – Estimated time: 0730 (Top of Marcus Hook Range on RED 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
Vessels working the Dredge New York include the Indian Dawn, Ivory Coast, Scow 501 and Scow 502.

20-FEB-18 – Working lower Chester Range on the GREEN side
21-FEB-18 – Working lower Chester Range on the GREEN side

Dredging – Clamshell Dredge 54
Vessels working the Dredge 54 include the Anne Jarrett, Julie Anne, Scow 601 and Scow 701.

20-FEB-18 – Relocating from the top of Eddystone Range on the GREEN side to working the top of Marcus Hook Range on the RED side
21-FEB-18 – Working in lower Marcus Hook Range on the RED side

Posted   01-28-2018 16:33  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
MHA Pipeline removal ops (per Commerce Construction):
Saturday 1.27.2018 thru 1.29.2018 – New Jersey side of anchorage, working at 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
View Attachment (.PDF)

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’
View Attachment (.PDF)

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   11-15-2017 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   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.
View Attachment (.PDF)

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 - 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.