Mariners' Advisory Committee
for the Bay & River Delaware
Posted   03-20-2013 10:12    
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 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.