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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Thursday, January 02, 2020

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">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


641 AM EST Thu Jan 2 2020




 High pressure will continue building to the south overnight then

will move offshore through Thursday. A warm front will lift north

into the forecast area on Friday then low pressure will cross the

region Saturday. A frontal system will cross the area on Sunday then

high pressure will build across the Southeast early next week with a

few weak systems forecast to impact our area.


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-

641 AM EST Thu Jan 2 2020



SW winds around 5 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with

gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, then 3 to 4 ft early this

afternoon. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of

8 seconds.



SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to

4 ft. Swell mainly from the N with a dominant period of

10 seconds.  Rain after midnight. Areas of fog after midnight.



SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt until late

afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a

dominant period of 8 seconds.  Areas of fog early in the morning.

Rain, mainly in the morning.



SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Swell mainly

from the S with a dominant period of 8 seconds.  Rain.



S winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts

up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Rain.



W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt, becoming

NW 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to

6 ft. Rain likely.



NW winds 25 to 30 kt, diminishing to 20 to 25 kt in the

afternoon. Gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft.



W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas

3 to 5 ft.



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

4 ft.



W winds 10 to 15 kt, diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after

midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas around 3 ft.


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Notice posted on Thursday, January 02, 2020

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.