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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Monday, November 20, 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


848 AM EST Mon Nov 20 2017



 High pressure over the southern Mississippi River Valley will build

east, then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast tonight. A cold front

will approach Tuesday night and pass through the area on Wednesday.

At the same time, low pressure over the southeast portion of the

country will approach the Mid-Atlantic and move out to sea. High

pressure will build through the area by the end of the work week.

A cold front is expected to pass through on Saturday, with high

pressure gradually building east early next week.


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

Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-

848 AM EST Mon Nov 20 2017



NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, becoming W

15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt late this morning and

afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft.


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


SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to

5 ft. Mainly in SW swell with a dominant period of 12 seconds.


S winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming SW 10 to 15 kt after

midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft until early morning,

then 2 ft or less. Mainly in S swell with a dominant period of

11 seconds.  A chance of rain after midnight. Rain likely late.


NW winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt in the

afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of rain.


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

3 to 5 ft.


N winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming NW 5 to 10 kt in the

afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft.


NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.


NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.


W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

Best Regards,


Norman J Theckston - Operations Manager

Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.

1950 Old Cuthbert Rd., Suite “L”

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

Tel: 856-456-6848 Fax: 856-456-6869 Mbl: 609-374-4163


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Notice posted on Monday, November 20, 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.