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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update USCG Port Condition Whiskey
Date:Monday, September 18, 2017
Priority:Normal
Notice:

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Notifications –  

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.

 ANZ454-182215-

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

TODAY

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.

TONIGHT

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.

TUE

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.

TUE NIGHT

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.

WED

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.

WED NIGHT

NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas

around 10 ft, subsiding to 7 ft after midnight.

THU

NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around

4 ft.

THU NIGHT

N winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt after

midnight. Seas 5 to 6 ft.

FRI

N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around

6 ft.

FRI NIGHT

N winds 10 to 15 kt, diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after

midnight. Seas around 6 ft.

Notice posted on Monday, September 18, 2017

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.