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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Monday, November 06, 2017

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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


642 AM EST Mon Nov 6 2017



 A cold front extended across the eastern Great Lakes and the Ohio

River Valley early this morning. The boundary will progress to the

southeast and it will pass through our region during the late

afternoon and early evening. Low pressure is forecast to be located

over the Tennessee River Valley early on Tuesday. The low is

expected to move eastward and it should pass off the Middle Atlantic

Coast on Tuesday evening. A cold front is forecast to approach from

the northwest on Thursday. It is expected to arrive on Thursday

night followed high pressure for Friday and Saturday. Low pressure

may build toward our region from the southwest on Sunday.


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

642 AM EST Mon Nov 6 2017




SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt late this

morning and early afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Mainly in E swell

with a dominant period of 9 seconds. A slight chance of showers

late this morning. A chance of showers early this afternoon, then

showers likely with isolated tstms late.


NW winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming N 15 to 20 kt in the

late evening and overnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 9 seconds. Showers

likely early in the evening, then a chance of showers late in the



NE winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to

5 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 9 seconds.

Rain likely in the afternoon.


NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas

4 to 6 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 9 seconds.

Rain likely.


NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to

7 ft. A chance of rain.


NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas

4 to 7 ft.


NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.


N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.


NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.


N winds around 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

 Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.

Notice posted on Monday, November 06, 2017

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.