Posted   12-13-2017 21:19  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Drilling & Blasting Operations (per GLDD)

Drilling & Blasting Operations
The drill boat Apache is currently drilling and blasting in lower Chester Range on the GREEN side. The Apache and 231 are expected to remain in this area for the next several weeks.

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

Tentatively Planned Blasting Schedule
13-DEC-17 – Estimated times: 0745 (Bottom Chester Range GREEN SIDE), 1530 (Bottom Chester Range GREEN SIDE)
14-DEC-17 – Estimated times: 0745 (Bottom Chester Range GREEN SIDE – Near centerline), 1530 (Bottom Chester Range GREEN SIDE – Near centerline)


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 and associated tending equipment continue dredging operations along the red side of the channel in lower Marcus Hook Range. A dump scow is moored OUTSIDE the channel above the Commodore Barry Bridge on the RED side (see attached map). The scow mooring will continue to be utilized to hold light barges during dredging operations(see location on attached map). Vessels operating with the NY: Indian Dawn, Atlantic Coast, Scow 501, Scow 502.
Group Working Channel: 88A

13-DEC-17 – The Dredge NY will continue dredging in Lower Marcus Hook Range on the RED side.
14-DEC-17 – The Dredge NY will continue dredging in Lower Marcus Hook Range on the RED side.

Note:
- The NEW YORK is NOT able to relocate for traffic.
- The RED side of the channel is closed 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.

Posted   12-13-2017 20:42  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Deepening ops (per NDC):

The Dredge ESSEX is currently working in the MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE, operating outbound. The ESSEX head section/up and down pipe is outside of the channel on the red side. Their submerged line runs across the anchorage as shown; TRAFFIC SHOULD NOT TRANSIT OVER THE SUBMERGED LINE. The estimated progress is shown on the attached map.
The Dredge VIRGINIAN is outside the main channel on the red side of EDDYSTONE RANGE, continuing to work on repairs for today. Once repairs are complete sometime late tonight or tomorrow morning, the Dredge VIRGINIAN will now be shifting south 2500 ft in EDDYSTONE RANGE, working outbound in the main channel on the red side. The estimated progress is shown on the attached map.
· The Dredge ATLANTIC is working in the main channel on the green side at the intersection of EDDYSTONE and TINICUM RANGES, working outbound, near Red Buoys 54 and 56. The estimated progress is shown on the attached map.
o NOTE: The ATLANTIC operates on anchors and will need a minimum of 1 hour notice from passing traffic; especially while working in channel bends.
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Posted   12-12-2017 16:39  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Marcus Hook pipeline removal ops (per Commerce Construction):
Monday 12.11.2017- No Work In channel or anchorage receive and mobilize larger water jetting
equipment.

Tuesday 12.12.2017 – Work in Channel on Green Side in vicinity of Marcus Hook Complex Docks at Pipe
Segment 1. Red side will be unobstructed by Commerce
Wednesday 12.13.2017- Work in Channel on Green Side in vicinity of Marcus Hook Complex Docks at
Pipe Segment 1. Red side will be unobstructed by Commerce
Thursday 12.14.2017- Work in Channel on Green Side in vicinity of Marcus Hook Complex Docks at Pipe
Segment 1. Red side will be unobstructed by Commerce
Friday 12.15.2017- – Work in Channel on Green Side in vicinity of Marcus Hook Complex Docks at Pipe
Segment 1. Red side will be unobstructed by Commerce
Daily operations will be conducted from approx. 06:00 to 18:00 hours.
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
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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   11-15-2017 21:12  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
(Per NDC) Attached PDF shows location of Norfolk Dredging submerged pipeline in Marcus Hook Anchorage.
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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   03-24-2017 19:12  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Per PRPA: Work barges currently moored on pier faces (directly abutting channel) of piers 82 and 84 in harbor. Barge will be at 82 until approx mid-April. Barge will be at 84 until fall of 2017.

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.