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August 22, 2017
TO: Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group
The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB from the United States Coast Guard for your information:
MSIB 18-17 Safety Zones for Dredging in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage, Bellevue Range, Chester Range, and Eddystone Range
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the deepening of the main navigational channel in the Delaware River on or about August 30, 2017 through March
15, 2018. During this time, the dredges ESSEX and CHARLESTON will be dredging in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage, Bellevue Range, Chester Range, and Eddystone Range.
Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and CHARLESTON, including all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX and CHARLESTON, on VHF
channel 13 or 16, 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. At least one side of the main navigational channel will be kept clear for safe passage of vessels in the vicinity of the safety zones. At no time will the main navigational channel be closed
to vessel traffic. Vessels should approach meetings in these areas, where one side of the main navigational channel is open, and proceed per this MSIB and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E). This safety zone will be in place for the duration of
the dredging project.
Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ESSEX and/or CHARLESTON
is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook Anchorage during the enforcement of safety zone two must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807.
The COTP will permit two vessels at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that
require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia
Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.
All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge
and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked
by buoys on each side of the channel.
Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant
equipment will be navigating. Since the project will be conducted twenty -four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work.
If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
September 15, 2017
TO: Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group
The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB from the United States Coast Guard for your information.
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential for tropical storm Jose to impact Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware in the next 72 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions
can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.
The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will potentially experience heavy rains, tropical storm force winds, increased seas, surf, and tidal surge. Members of the port community should
take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan. In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:
• Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high winds; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this requirement.
• Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
• Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained winds exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a pre-storm self assessment and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcasted on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, all notifications will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard
will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing the port condition. Please refer to Homeport for additional information.
Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.
Local Marine Weather:
.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...
Hurricane Jose will continue moving northward off the Mid Atlantic
coastline over the next couple of days. By Wednesday, it will begin
to weaken and move slowly northeastward near southeastern New
England through the remainder of the week. A ridge of high pressure
will also become established to our north through the mid and late
week time period.
Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
623 AM EDT Mon Sep 18 2017
TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT
NE winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt this
afternoon. Seas 7 to 8 ft. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant
period of 14 seconds. A slight chance of showers this afternoon.
Tropical storm conditions possible. NE winds 20 to
25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, increasing to 25 to 30 kt with
gusts up to 40 kt after midnight. Seas around 10 ft, building to
13 ft after midnight. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant period
of 14 seconds. A chance of showers until early morning, then
showers likely late.
Tropical storm conditions possible. N winds 25 to 30 kt
with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas around 15 ft. Mainly in E swell with
a dominant period of 13 seconds. Showers.
Tropical storm conditions possible. NW winds 25 to
30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt, diminishing to 20 to 25 kt with
gusts up to 30 kt after midnight. Seas around 15 ft, subsiding to
12 ft after midnight. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of
12 seconds. Showers.
NW winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt in the
afternoon. Seas around 10 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant
period of 12 seconds in the morning.
NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas
around 10 ft, subsiding to 7 ft after midnight.
NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around
N winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt after
midnight. Seas 5 to 6 ft.
N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around
N winds 10 to 15 kt, diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after
midnight. Seas around 6 ft.