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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Thursday, January 09, 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


704 AM EST Thu Jan 9 2020




 High pressure will move across the region Thursday, moving offshore

Thursday night. Meanwhile, surface low pressure will develop across

the southern plains and track into the Ohio Valley Saturday. The low

will then move into the Mid-Atlantic late Saturday with its

associated cold front crossing the area on Sunday and then stalling

to our south. High pressure will build down into the region from the

north for the start of the new week. Another system may impact the

region late Tuesday or Wednesday.



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-

704 AM EST Thu Jan 9 2020



N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, diminishing

to 5 to 10 kt early this afternoon, then becoming E late. Seas

around 3 ft early this morning, then 2 ft or less. Swell mainly

from the N with a dominant period of 5 seconds.



SE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S 10 to 15 kt after

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

dominant period of 6 seconds.



S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, then around 3 ft

early in the morning. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant

period of 4 seconds.



S winds around 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the late

evening and overnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Swell mainly from the S

with a dominant period of 4 seconds.  Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.



S winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to

6 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.



S winds 20 to 25 kt, increasing to 25 to 30 kt after

midnight. Gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft, building to 7 to

10 ft after midnight. Patchy fog. A chance of showers after

midnight. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.



SW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt, becoming W

15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt in the afternoon. Seas 6 to

9 ft. A chance of showers in the morning.



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

becoming NE 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft.



SE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming W in the afternoon. Seas

3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.



N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of



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Notice posted on Thursday, January 09, 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.