Good Day from Moran Shipping Agencies in Port Philadelphia / Wilmington, De.
Port Marsec Level 1
Local Time – GMT -5
January 21, 2020
TO: Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group
The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB update from the U.S. Coast Guard for your information.
MSIB 03-20 Update 1 PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance and Deepening Projects. These operations will be conducted
in the Delaware River from January 12, 2020 through March 15, 2020. Operations will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7).
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.
Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8).
Safety zone three includes all waters of the Delaware River within 500 yards of the drill boat APACHE and the dredge NEW YORK.
Vessels wishing to transit through safety zones one and two may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E
via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.
***SAFETY ZONE TWO HAS BEEN ACTIVATED***
Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 is normally a 48 hour anchorage; however, in anticipation of full enforcement for safety zone two, any vessel wishing to anchor within Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 will only be permitted to anchor for 24 hours.
Vessels wishing to transit through safety zone three may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations
Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.
Rock blasting will be conducted via explosive detonations by the drill boat APACHE intermittently from sunrise through sunset, daily. No vessels may transit through safety zone three during times of explosive detonation. During rock
blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation,
as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation, a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming
when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through safety zone three shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the COTP and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.
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.
If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.
1233 PM EST Tue Jan 21 2020
.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...
High pressure across the Ohio River Valley today will build
eastward across the Mid Atlantic and northeast states Wednesday
through Thursday. This high will weaken and retreat to the
northeast Friday before a storm system moves across the Mid
Atlantic and northeast states late in the week and into the
weekend. This low will strengthen as it moves into the Canadian
Maritimes early next week while high pressure builds to our
Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
1233 PM EST Tue Jan 21 2020
N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt.
Seas around 3 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period
of 6 seconds.
N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to
4 ft. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of
N winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt early in the
morning. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly from the NE with a
dominant period of 6 seconds.
NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the NE with a dominant period of 6 seconds.
NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
E winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt after
midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A chance of rain.
E winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming SE in the afternoon. Gusts
up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft. Rain likely.
W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas
4 to 7 ft. A chance of snow. Rain likely, mainly in the evening.
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