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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Wednesday, March 13, 2019
River Transit advisories - Feb 2019.pdf    

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

Local Time – GMT -4              

News – –

Attached please note attached  Amended River Transit Advisories received from Delaware River Pilots office

February 24, 2019

TO:        Maritime Operations Committee

Maritime Exchange Navigation Group

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 information:

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 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.

Thank you.

Best Regards,


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

Vessel Central

8506 Essington Ave, BLDG C2

Second Floor, Suite 17

Essington, PA 19153


December 10, 2018


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. 



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.

Marine Weather


626 AM EDT Wed Mar 13 2019




 High pressure across the area will move offshore today and

tonight. A strong surface low will move from the central plains

on Wednesday night to southeast Canada by Friday, with an

attendant cold front set to move across the Mid-Atlantic Friday

and Friday night. High pressure returns for the weekend. A weak

system may affect the area early next week, followed by more

high pressure through midweek.

 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-

626 AM EDT Wed Mar 13 2019



SE winds around 5 kt, increasing to 5 to 10 kt late.

Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period

of 9 seconds.



S winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly

from the SE with a dominant period of 9 seconds.



S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 ft or

less, then around 3 ft in the afternoon. Swell mainly from the S

with a dominant period of 4 seconds.



S winds 15 to 20 kt. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to

6 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of

5 seconds.  Areas of fog after midnight with vsby 1 to 3 NM.



S winds around 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to

6 ft. Showers likely in the morning, then showers with a chance

of tstms in the afternoon. Areas of fog. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.



SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt,

becoming W 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt after midnight.

Seas 4 to 7 ft. Areas of fog in the evening. Showers with a

chance of tstms in the evening, then showers after midnight. Vsby

1 to 3 NM in the evening.



NW winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to

5 ft. A chance of showers in the morning.



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

around 3 ft.



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

to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft or less.



SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.

 Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.


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Notice posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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.