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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Priority:Normal
Notice:

Good Day from Moran Shipping Agencies in Port Philadelphia / Wilmington,

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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.

Local Marine Weather:

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634 AM EDT Tue Oct 24 2017

 .SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK

ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...

 A slow moving cold front will cross the area today and then move

offshore tonight. High pressure is expected to nose up from the

southwest and south for the second half of the work week. Another

cold front with possible low pressure is anticipated to arrive on

Sunday.

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Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-

634 AM EDT Tue Oct 24 2017

 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON

 TODAY

S winds 20 to 25 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas

6 to 9 ft. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant period of

7 seconds.  Showers this morning, then showers with a slight

chance of tstms this afternoon. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.

TONIGHT

S winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming SW 5 to 10 kt after

midnight, then becoming NW late. Seas 5 to 8 ft, subsiding to

4 to 6 ft after midnight. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant

period of 9 seconds.  Showers likely with scattered tstms early

in the evening, then a chance of showers in the late evening and

overnight. Patchy fog late. Vsby 1 to 3 NM early in the evening,

then 1 to 3 NM after midnight.

WED

NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt until late

afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant

period of 9 seconds.  A chance of showers early in the morning.

Patchy fog early in the morning with vsby 1 to 3 NM.

WED NIGHT

NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Mainly in SE

swell with a dominant period of 9 seconds.

THU

NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to

5 ft.

THU NIGHT

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

midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

FRI

SW winds around 5 kt, becoming S in the afternoon. Seas

3 to 4 ft.

FRI NIGHT

S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.

SAT

SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.

SAT NIGHT

SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 3 ft. A chance of

showers.

 Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.

Notice posted on Tuesday, October 24, 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.