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COTP Delaware Bay Modifies Ice Condition II

Photo courtesy USCG

  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTIONS in the Delaware River. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts: * Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River north of the Betsy Ross Bridge, in the Salem River, and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal. * Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice. * Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored. * Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present. * Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear. * Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times. * Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.


Supreme Court to Determine NJ/Delaware Boundary

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the dispute between the states of New Jersey and Delaware regarding the boundary in the Delaware River. The dispute, which has been simmering for many years and is based on old colonial land grants, came to a head when Delaware asserted the right to block construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility on the New Jersey side of the river. (HK Law)


Maritrans: Missing Data = Flawed Study

Maritrans Operating Company L.P. said it believes the benefits of deepening the Delaware River to 45 ft. have been severely misstated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). The ACOE report, released in December 2002, concluded that the benefits to cost ratio of the deepening project was 1.18 to 1. The report states that the major benefit of this project is in the form of reduced lightering expenses for refineries along the Delaware River. Maritrans Operating Company L.P


ASA Responds to Delaware River Spill

Several members of the American Salvage Association (ASA) were contracted to assist in the case of the tanker Athos I, which began leaking oil as she entered a terminal off the Delaware River outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the evening of November 27, 2004. Three ASA General Members, along with an Associate Member, joined together to respond to the casualty. The ASA members provided salvage assistance, as well as the pumping, lightering and removal of the crude oil


Uwe Schulz Honored by SCI Philadelphia

Uwe Schulz, who has been active in the Delaware River maritime community for some 35 years, will be honored with the Spirit of the Port award by the Seamen's Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey at a industry-wide luncheon on April 10, 2008. Schulz is President of the Ports of the Delaware River Marine Trade Association (PMTA), an organization of steamship agents, ship owners and direct employers that negotiates labor contracts in the Ports of Philadelphia


Delaware Port Community Supports 'Sandy' Victims

Delaware River Port Community schedule a one-day donation drive. Organizers from private and public sector port businesses and agencies throughout the tri-state region have scheduled a one-day donation drive for Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 8:00am – 5:00pm, to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. There are drop-off locations at Philadelphia's Wholesale Produce Market, Gloucester's Marine Terminal, and Wilmington's Chase Center on the Riverfront.


Field Hearing On Delaware Oil Spill

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released a Schedule stating that the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a field hearing in Philadelphia on January 18. The hearing will examine circumstances surrounding the recent oil spill in the Delaware River. (HK Law)


Maritime Exchange Completes Enhanced Maritime Intelligence System

The Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a not for profit trade association representing the interests of maritime-related businesses in the tri-state region, announced the completion of a major project to convert its community based port information software to a new Internet-based platform. Known as Maritime On-Line (MOL), the system includes a collection of applications to assist maritime and law enforcement personnel with the day-to-day operations of vessel, cargo


Coast Guard Announces Interim Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard has published an interim rule that adjusts limits of liability for vessels and deepwater ports under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The interim rule, effective July 31, 2009, increases the current OPA 90 limits of liability for vessels and deepwater ports to reflect significant increases in the Consumer Price Index since the limits were amended by the Delaware River Protection Act of 2006. The rule also increases the current OPA 90 limit of liability for the Louisiana


New USACE Contract

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC., was awarded on Sept. 28, 2009 a $8,126,971 firm-fixed-price contract for the maintenance dredging, Station 99+000 to Station 250+440, inland waterway, Delaware River to Chesapeake Bay, Delaware and Maryland.  Work is to be performed in Chesapeake City, Md., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 20, 2010. Nine bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia, Pa


Bulk Carrier Runs Aground in Delaware River (Link to Video)

  Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is investigating a ship aground in the Delaware River near the Burlington Bristol Bridge, which connects Burlington, NJ and Bristol Township, PA.   The Liberian-flagged 600-foot bulk carrier, Agia Irini


Massive cargo ship runs aground in US

Photo courtesy of Burlington City Police Department

 A 33,044-ton cargo ship ran aground Wednesday in the Delaware River near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.   According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a 600-foot bulk carrier, Agia Irini, was headed southbound when it reportedly lost propulsion and ran


Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Delaware

Nord Explorer: Image by DS-Norden

 The 32,000-ton Nord Explorer Cargo ship ran aground in the Delaware River around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning near the Riverton Yacht Club. No injuries or river pollution were reported by a spokeswoman from the U.S. Coast Guard.   This is the second such accident in Delaware waters in the


Coast Guard Responds to Delaware River Grounding

The Coast Guard is overseeing salvage efforts Tuesday for a motor vessel aground on the Delaware River. The 328-foot Netherlands-flagged motor vessel, Bermuda Islander, lost power and propulsion Monday at approximately 9 p.m. before running aground near Salem, New Jersey.


Cape May-Lewes Ferry Celebrates 50th

Captain Billy Ray Phillips - Cape May-Lewes Ferry, 1964

In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was President; the Beatles first appeared on the Billboard Chart with I Want to Hold Your Hand; the World's Fair opened in New York and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry made its grand debut. On July 1, 1964, the very first ferry vessel departed the Lewes


Latest DoD Contracts

USS Hue City: Photo USN

Contracts have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, NASSCO-Mayport, Timken Gears & Services Inc., and Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. Details as follows: 1. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD- dredging contract


New Marine Terminal for Delaware River

Paulsboro in 1965: Photo Wiki CCL

Holt Logistics Corp. says it has entered into a partnership with the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art marine terminal in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Governor Chris Christie


Woods Hole Group Clinches Multi-Year O&M Contract

  Woods Hole Group will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services for the operation and maintenance of Physical Oceanographic Real Time System along the East Coast of the USA


Norfolk Dredging Awarded U.S. ACE Delaware River Contract

Dredging work: File Photo

The US Department of Defense informs that Norfolk Dredging Co., Chesapeake, Virginia, was awarded an $11,787,279 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance dredging of the inland waterway Delaware River to Chesapeake Bay, Delaware and Maryland.


Navy to Christen High Speed Vessel

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5)

The Navy will christen the future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Jan. 10 during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony in Mobile, Alabama.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Virginia Kamsky, chair and chief executive of Kamsky Associates, Inc


Cold Snap has European Traders Eyeing Diesel Exports to US

Diesel and heating oil exports will increase to the United States from Europe, traders said, reversing the usual flow, as refineries on the U.S. East Coast struggle against extreme cold that has partly frozen the Delaware River.   On Friday New York heating oil's premium to European gasoil


USCG Crews Work to Break Ice In Mid-Atlantic

Photo courtesy USCG

  The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock are working this winter to break ice and maintain navigable waterways from the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, down to Tangier Island, Virginia.


Tankers Idle at Big Stone, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery. What happened next was anything but routine


Oil Tankers Idle for Months off US, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery.   What happened next was anything but routine


Mariners Transiting Delaware River Cautioned

Delaware Bay

  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Upper Delaware River lighted buoy 33 (LLNR 3875) and Upper Delaware River lighted buoy 36 (LLNR 3920) are in the center line of the channel. Buoy 33 is 550 yards north of the charted position and currently located in






 
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