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February 24, 2019
TO: Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group
The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB from the U.S. Coast Guard for your information.
MSIB 05-19 NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the beginning on the afternoon of Sunday, February 24,
2019 and continuing through Monday February 25, 2019. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay .
The COTP has determined the region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 wind; 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 self-assessment for high winds 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.
CBP requirement for vessels lightering to extinction at Bigstone anchorage below
As you might be aware, due to the construction at Fort Mifflin, a number of vessels will be lightering to extinction in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port zone without going to berth. CBP has provided agents and vessels options
immigration requirements. If one of your vessels encounters this situation and chooses to disembark the crewmembers from the vessel to complete their clearance checks with CBP, the USCG requests the vessel submit a plan to our office containing the following
1. A list of crew members and positions for those that will be absent from the vessel at the same time.
2. The estimated length of time the crewmembers will be ashore.
3. Will the vessel be conducting cargo or lightering operations in conjunction with sending crewmembers ashore?
4. A statement from the Master stating the vessel's plan is in accordance with the vessel's company policies, the Safety Management System, Work/Rest Hour Requirements, 33 CFR 164.19 Requirements for Vessels at Anchor, and STCW including,
but not limited to, STCW A-VIII/2, Part 4, paragraph 51 and STCW-A VIII/5.
Please submit all plans to
firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review the plans as quickly as possible, however, please note that this could take some time so please submit them as soon as possible. Once the plan has been reviewed, a member of my staff will email you back
with our response.
Maintaining the safety of the crew, the safety of the vessel and the safety of the port is the USCG's top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Port State Control Branch at (215) 271-4887
during normal business hours or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807. Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well.
LCDR Jennifer Doherty
Chief, Inspections Division
Sector Delaware Bay
1 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Office: (215) 271 4852
CBPO George Amadio
Port of Philadelphia
8506 Essington Ave, BLDG C2
Second Floor, Suite 17
Essington, PA 19153
December 10, 2018
SEASONAL ICE ALERT
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay has set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Canal, Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Mariners observing
any ice conditions are asked to report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is:
Mariners can also report conditions to the CG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center on VHF Channel 16 or call (215) 271-4807.
If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889.
February 15, 2019
Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group
The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB from the U.S. Coast Guarton Whd for your information.
MSIB 01-19 (Update 2) PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT (UPDATE
**UPDATED INFORMATION IN BOLD**
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project has completed dredging operations in the Marcus Hook Range. Dredging operations have commenced within the southern
portion of Anchorage No. 7 and will continue through May 31, 2019. Traffic patterns within Marcus Hook Range have returned to normal, however, the below safety zones remain in effect.
Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range, New Castle Range and Deepwater Point Range. Vessels are advised to ensure
safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX 1 hour prior to arrival. 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 is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage No. 7, near Marcus Hook Range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is
prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the COTP or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).
Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP 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. While the dredge ESSEX is working in the southernmost portion of Marcus Hook anchorage,
only the northernmost portion of the anchorage may be utilized. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.
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.
922 AM EST Sun Feb 24 2019
.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...
Weak low pressure will pass east of New Jersey this morning as
a bigger area of low pressure over the Great Lakes moves into
eastern Canada. The low will intensify as it moves into the
Canadian Maritimes on Monday as high pressure over western
Canada builds into the Northern Plains states. The high builds
into the Great Lakes on Tuesday, then passes north of the region
on Wednesday. Weak low pressure may affect the area late this
week, followed by another storm system this weekend.
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-
922 AM EST Sun Feb 24 2019
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE
STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY
REST OF TODAY
SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt,
increasing to 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 35 kt this afternoon.
Seas 4 to 6 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period
of 9 seconds. Patchy fog late this morning. Rain late this
morning, then a chance of rain early this afternoon. A slight
chance of showers late. Vsby 1 to 3 NM late this morning.
W winds 20 to 25 kt, increasing to 25 to 30 kt in the
late evening and overnight. Gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
W winds 25 to 30 kt. Gusts up to 50 kt, decreasing to
40 kt late. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a
dominant period of 8 seconds.
NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt,
diminishing to 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 35 kt in the late
evening and overnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from the S
with a dominant period of 8 seconds.
NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to
4 ft in the morning, then 2 ft or less.
N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
N winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming W in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft
NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
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