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Subject:RE: MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update USCG - Port condition Whiskey
Date:Friday, September 06, 2019

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

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<span-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:navy">September 3, 2019


<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB from the U.S. Coast Guard for your information. 


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential for Hurricane Dorian to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 72 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at:

<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black">The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience heavy rains, tropical storm force winds, increased seas, surf, and tidal surge. 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:

<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black">• 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 reach 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a pre-storm self assessment and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black">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.

<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black">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.



<span-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:navy">August 29, 2019


<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB from the U.S. Coast Guard for your information. 


The Coast Guard has established a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, in the vicinity of Baker Range, between Delaware and New Jersey (see page 2 for chartlet of the project area). The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 300 yards of the cable laying barge ULISSE while it is exhibiting lights or shapes indicating it is restricted in its ability to maneuver per § 83.27 of this Chapter during submarine cable laying operations in and around Baker Range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, his designated representative, or the barge ULISSE. Vessels may, without prior authorization from the COTP or COTP’s representative, transit the safety zone if they meet all of the following criteria:

<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black">• Vessel must contact the barge ULISSE and arrange for safe passage.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.
• Vessel may begin, and must complete, its transit through the safety zone only when ULISSE is not conducting cable laying operations within Baker Range Channel as depicted on U.S. Nautical Charts 12311 or US5DE13M. Cable laying operations within the channel will be announced via marine radio broadcasts by barge ULISSE, are expected to last approximately 4 hours at a time, and will be visually signaled by ULISSE displaying lights or shapes exhibiting restricted in ability to maneuver.

<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black">Operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The barge ULISSE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 14, & 16.

<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black">If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




Marine Weather


621 AM EDT Fri Sep 6 2019




 Hurricane Dorian is forecast to move northeastward, passing

well to the east of Delaware and New Jersey tonight. A cold

front from the northwest is expected to arrive on Saturday night

with high pressure building into our region for Sunday through

Tuesday. A warm front from the southwest is anticipated for

Wednesday, followed by another cold front from the northwest on




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-

621 AM EDT Fri Sep 6 2019




NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, increasing

to 30 to 35 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft dominant

period 12 seconds, building to 8 to 11 ft dominant period

16 seconds. Periods of rain with isolated tstms. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.



N winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt, becoming

NW 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 9 to 14 ft, subsiding

to 7 to 10 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of

12 seconds.  Periods of rain early in the evening, then scattered

showers late in the evening. Vsby 1 to 3 NM early in the evening.



NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, diminishing

to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 8 ft, subsiding to

4 to 6 ft early in the afternoon. Swell mainly from the E with a

dominant period of 10 seconds.



NW winds around 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft, subsiding to

3 to 4 ft late. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of

10 seconds.



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



S winds around 5 kt, becoming E around 5 kt after

midnight. Seas around 3 ft.



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



E winds around 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.



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



SE winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming S after midnight.

Seas 3 to 4 ft.

 Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.


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Notice posted on Friday, September 06, 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.