Good Day from Moran Shipping Agencies in Port Philadelphia / Wilmington, De.
Port Marsec Level 1
Local Time – GMT -5
January 24, 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 2 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***
Beginning Saturday, January 25, 2020, 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 one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook
anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. 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.
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.
628 AM EST Thu Jan 30 2020
.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...
High pressure will build across eastern Canada and into the
Northeast before moving offshore Friday night. A developing area of
low pressure will move from the Southeast and track off the Mid-
Atlantic coast Saturday before rapid intensification occurs near the
Canadian Maritimes Sunday. High pressure will build across the
eastern U.S. Monday and Tuesday before an area of low pressure
shifts eastward along a slow-moving frontal boundary Wednesday into
Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
628 AM EST Thu Jan 30 2020
NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the E with a dominant period of 5 seconds.
NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the E with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly from
the E with a dominant period of 6 seconds.
NE 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 6 seconds. A chance of rain in the evening, then rain likely
N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Rain likely.
NW winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt after
midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of rain.
NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to
W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas
3 to 5 ft.
W winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the morning.
Seas 3 to 4 ft.
SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
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