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Covid -19 Virus
Maritime commerce is vital to the U.S. economy and the Coast Guard has the responsibility to safely enable the uninterrupted flow of Maritime Commerce.
Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to the countries noted above or embarked crewmembers from the countries noted above within the last 14 days, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal
operations, provided that crewmembers remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargo or provisioning operations.
Presidential Proclamations have placed entry restrictions from persons arriving from or through the following countries: Iran, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), the European states within the Schengen Area (Austria, B elgium, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), United Kingdom and Republic
of Ireland, and the Federative Republic of Brazil.
CBP will Not board vessels where crew is detained due to above.
Entrances and clearance are being permitted electronically as long as the vessel has called Philadelphia within the last 6 months
With the current conditions “Normal immigration’” does not occur and all crew may be detained on board for the duration. Flights are also problematic at this time simply based on PHL being nearly closed to international traffic outside
All of the above is subject to change; potentially easier with more flight patterns opening up, or more complicated with further restrictions being implemented.
Marcus Hook anchorage restrictions
August 25, 2020
TO: Maritime Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Distribution
The Maritime Exchange is forwarding the following MSIB from the U.S. Coast Guard for your information.
MSIB 23-20 Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook
Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from August 26, 2020 through October 15, 2020.
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).
Vessels wishing to transit through safety zones one and/or 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.
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 up to two vessels greater than 650’ in overall length, one in the extreme
northern portion, and one in the extreme southern portion of the anchorage, at a time on a “first-come, first-served” basis. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage via subsequent
updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.
Normally, Marcus Hook Anchorage 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 (No.
9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (No. 10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (No. 6) as alternatives.
If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.
Further received from CBP regarding crew changes
Crewmembers will now be allowed to locate and depart via air from surrounding POE’s if no direct flights available from PHL. Agents will determine if there are any flights departing BWI, IAD , EWR or JFK if needed. Crewmember requesting
departure must have either direct flight to foreign country and/or valid visa in order to transit through another country. No domestic flights will be allowed (no PHL-IAD then IAD to foreign country). If the agent was able to locate a departing flight for
the requesting crewmember(s), they will be transported by Agent or transportation company to airport. Approvals will be decided on a case by case basis and all approvals must go up the PHL CBP chain of command.
Terminals in port have not provided written restrictions with regards to COVID- 19
Monroe Terminal Trainer, Pa. will not permit Vetting inspections while alongside
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From Delaware River Pilots association:
After discussions with the president of the Pilots’ Association and the chairman of the Mariners’ Advisory Committee, we have decided on the following temporary guidelines for outbound deep draft vessels (37’-40’). These windows are
intended to maximize the use of the available water when transiting the New Castle and Deepwater ranges. Following the completion of maintenance dredging, these temporary guidelines will be re-evaluated and changes will be made as necessary.
37’ - 40’ outbound from Packer Avenue including Beckett Street
- Use reference station Philadelphia.
- Vessels may sail 3 hours before low water and up until 1.5 hours after low water at Philadelphia.
37’ - 40’ outbound from Paulsboro
- Please use reference station Marcus Hook.
- Vessels may sail from Paulsboro 1 hour before low water up until 3 hours after low water at Marcus Hook.
37’ - 40’ outbound from Marcus Hook (anchorage or berth)
- Please use reference station Marcus Hook.
702 AM EDT Mon Aug 31 2020
.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...
High pressure will become centered off the New England coast today
then up into the Canadian Maritimes tonight, however it will still
extend into our area. Meanwhile, weak low pressure develops off the
Carolina coast today then moves out to sea through Tuesday. A warm
front lifts across our area Tuesday night and Wednesday. A cold
front arrives later Wednesday into Thursday before weakening, then
another cold front moves through Thursday night into Friday. High
pressure builds in for the weekend.
Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
702 AM EDT Mon Aug 31 2020
E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. A slight chance
of showers late. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period
of 14 seconds.
E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 3 ft. A chance of
showers late. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant period of
E winds around 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon.
Seas around 3 ft. Showers likely until late afternoon, then a
chance of showers late. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant
period of 9 seconds.
SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 3 ft. A chance of
showers early in the evening. Swell mainly from the SE with a
dominant period of 6 seconds.
SE winds around 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
W winds around 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft. A chance of tstms
in the afternoon.
NW winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming N 10 to 15 kt after
midnight. Seas around 3 ft. A chance of tstms in the evening.
Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
High/Low Tide Prediction Data Listing
Station Name: Philadelphia, PA
Action: Data Only
Product: Tide Predictions
Start Date & Time: 2020/8/1 12:00 AM
End Date & Time: 2020/8/31 11:59 PM
Prediction Type: Harmonic
Height Units: Feet
Time Zone: LST/LDT
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