Posted   11-27-2020 19:03  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Upper Delaware River Dredging/ Dredge Bering Sea (per Resilient Seas):
Dredge Bering Sea – Working on GREEN side of Roebling Range near G69, moving inbound.

Dredge working 24/7.

Please refer to attached PDF for detailed dredge/pipeline location info.

Personnel contact information
Jason Faria – (774) 406-7881
Joe McManus – (508) 962-8812
Meghan Clifford – (781)801-2295
Meghan Barrett – (978) 587-1663
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Posted   10-28-2020 15:13  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Delaware City (Bulkhead Shoal Channel) survey: New channel depth for Delaware City is now 30’-2” MHW with a 1 foot under keel clearance included.

Posted   10-25-2020 17:15  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Monroe Energy, Trainer Dock Soundings (per Monroe):
Soundings were performed at the ship and barge docks on Friday 10/02/20. Below are the dock depths after review of the sounding results. Ship dock depth a revision.

Ship Dock: Current depth at the ship dock, referenced to the MLLW datum, is revised to 38’00” (11.68 m). The terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement. The maximum allowable FW draft is 37’ 00” (11.37 m).

Barge Dock: Current depth at the barge dock, referenced to the MLLW datum , is unchanged at 30’00”. The terminal has a 1-foot minimum UKC requirement. The maximum allowable FW draft is 29’ 00”.

Posted   10-13-2020 10:49  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
USCG Port Access Route Study and Anchorage Grounds public meetings (per USCG):
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it is hosting two virtual public meetings to discuss its notice of study entitled “Port Access Route Study: Seacoast of New Jersey including the offshore approaches to the Delaware Bay, Delaware” that was published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2020, (USCG-2020-0172) and its notice of inquiry entitled “Anchorage Grounds; Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Delaware” that was published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2019, (USCG-2019-0822). The public meetings will be held on 29 October and 4 November. 85 Fed. Reg. 64507 (10/13/20) [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-13/pdf/2020-22540.pdf].

Posted   09-17-2020 08:12  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Ben Franklin Bridge air gap reporting/vessel orders (per Pilots` Association):
The Pilots’ Association is requiring all vessels calling on ports above the Ben Franklin Bridge to provide air draft and deep draft seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival and sailing. When giving the arrival air draft and deep draft, please also provide the departure air draft and deep draft as well. This should help reduce delays due to the 48-hour window required by Skanska to raise the scaffolding.
This will be in effect for the next four (4) years while the Ben Franklin Bridge project is under rehab.
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Posted   09-09-2020 07:50  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Ben Franklin Bridge PORTS Air Gap Sensor (per NOAA):
Due to a long-term construction/rehabilitation project on the Ben Franklin Bridge, bridge air gap data in the NOAA products are being reduced by two feet – effective 9/3/2020.

Please see attached document for more information.
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Posted   08-17-2020 14:36  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Ben Franklin Bridge project info/docs (per Skanska):
Commencing in August 2020, a rehabilitation project will be conducted on the Ben Franklin Bridge which will last until approximately August 2024. During the project, scaffolding will be in place under the bridge for the duration of the project, based on the following plan:
The federal navigation project channel , as well as almost 600` to the east of the channel (1000` total from the Pennsylvania bank of the river) will have its regular air gap restricted by 24". The remainder of the bridge will have its regular air gap restricted by 36".

The main area designated for passage of higher air draft vessels runs from the centerline of the federal project channel east for 400`. This main designated passage area is able to be raised to an air gap reduction of 10.5" with 48 hour advance notice to Skanska personnel per the attached communications protocol. Once all project scaffolding is in place, the main designated passage area will be lit per standard lighting of all federal channels under bridges, with a red light on the east and west edge of the moveable section and a green light on centerline.

Please refer to all attached project docs including schematics, lighting plan, communication protocols, etc. for complete project details .
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Posted   04-15-2020 16:55  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Deep draft vessel arrival/departure times (per Pilots` Association): Based on existing shoaling on New Castle and Deepwater Point Ranges and the progress towards completion of maintenance dredging of those shoaled areas, sailing times for deep-draft ships and arrival time limitations will be temporarily adjusted per the attached document. As this is a temporary change, the MAC Transit Advisories will not be modified at this time.
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Posted   03-17-2020 12:09  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Please find the attached document from Captain Kemmerley, Pilots` Association President, regarding requested protective measures on board vessels.
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Posted   03-02-2020 10:02  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Commodore Barry Bridge work (per DRPA): To facilitate painting, work will continue until 2022. 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 has been completed. Phase 2 – PA approach girder and deck truss spans, has been completed. Phase 3 – Cantilever truss span, scheduled to commence in early 2020 and conclude in 2022. Mariners should exercise caution.

Posted   01-22-2020 14:19  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Skipjack Wind Farm Meteorological Buoy Deployment(per Ørsted): please see attached notice for Skipjack Wind Farm buoy deployment.
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Posted   12-09-2019 10:18  
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.
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Posted   03-01-2019 11:21  
By   JSG   [Pilots` Association for the Bay and River DE]
 
Pier 80 South (per Philaport): PIER 80 STILL IN USE, WITH PRECAUTIONS AS FOLLOWS:
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.