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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

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Notifications –  

TO:         Maritime Exchange Navigation Group

The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following from the Mariners' Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware for your information.

Navigation Notices 2017/2018 Blasting Season Begins: (Per GLDD)

Blasting - The drill boat Apache is mobilized to site and is positioned OUTSIDE of the channel in Marcus Hook Range on the green side (see attached map). The Apache will remain in this location until 30-November, when it will move onto station and begin drilling operations on the red side of the channel in Lower Marcus Hook Range. The Apache is being tended by the Atlantic Dawn currently. Initial detonation of the season will be on the morning of 1-DEC-2017. Additional support equipment working with the Apache: Bering Dawn, Weeks 231, Gannett, Security Boat SeaMe.

Dredging - Backhoe Dredge New York The dredge New York and associated tending equipment are scheduled to commence dredging operations on 1-December-2017. A dump scow is moored OUTSIDE the channel above the Commodore Barry Bridge on the RED side (see attached map). The scow will remain moored outside the channel until planned commencement of the New York dredging operations on 1-December-2017 (see location on attached map). Vessels operating with the NY: Indian Dawn, Ivory Coast, Scow 501, Scow 502.

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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.

FURTHER:  USCG is limiting Marcus Hook anchorage to only 1 vessel at a time for 12 hours only – Only vessels of 700 ft or less are permitted at anchorage

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


622 AM EST Wed Dec 13 2017



 High pressure will slide across to the south of the region today. A

clipper system will cross the region late tonight into Thursday.

High pressure will return for Thursday night and Friday. A low

pressure system will move up the Mid Atlantic coast on Friday,

remaining well offshore. A brief return to high pressure is expected

for the weekend. Another system will affect the region early next



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-

622 AM EST Wed Dec 13 2017



W winds 30 to 35 kt with gusts up to 40 kt, diminishing

to 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 35 kt this afternoon. Seas 4 to

7 ft dominant period 5 seconds, subsiding to 3 to 5 ft dominant

period 5 seconds late.


SW winds 15 to 20 kt, increasing to 20 to 25 kt after

midnight. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Mainly in SW swell

with a dominant period of 6 seconds.  A chance of rain and snow

in the late evening and early morning.


W winds 20 to 25 kt, becoming NW 15 to 20 kt late. Gusts

up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, subsiding to 3 to 4 ft late. Mainly

in S swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds.


NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt,

becoming N 5 to 10 kt late. Seas 3 to 4 ft until early morning,

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

7 seconds.


N winds around 5 kt in the morning, becoming variable less

than 5 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. A chance of rain and snow showers

in the afternoon.


NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt,

increasing to 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt after midnight.

Seas 2 ft or less, then 3 to 4 ft after midnight. A chance of

rain and snow showers in the evening.


NW winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.


NW winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to around 5 kt

after midnight. Seas around 3 ft in the evening, then 2 ft or



SW winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the

afternoon. Seas 2 ft or less, then 3 to 4 ft in the afternoon. A

chance of showers in the afternoon.


SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of


Best Regards,


Norman J Theckston - Operations Manager

Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.

1950 Old Cuthbert Rd., Suite “L”

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

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Notice posted on Wednesday, December 13, 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.