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Subject:MSA - PHL/WIL - Daily Port Update
Date:Thursday, July 29, 2021
Priority:Normal
Notice:

Good Day from Moran Shipping Agencies in Port Philadelphia / Wilmington, De. 

Port Marsec Level 1

Local Time – GMT -5

News –  

Covid -19 Virus

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 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.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-basics/faq

June 10,2021

 

TO:        Maritime Operations Committee

Maritime Exchange Navigation Group

 

The President issued Executive Order (13998), Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel requiring masks be worn on all “public maritime vessels, including ferries” to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Federal order, Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks while on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs, 29JAN2021 (the Order) requiring all persons travelling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask. Additionally, Executive Order 13998 directs the Coast Guard to implement public health measures consistent with CDC guidelines at sea ports (e.g., passenger terminals, cargo handling facilities, and other shoreside facilities that provide transportation of persons or cargo). On June 10, 2021, CDC announced that it will be amending the Order to no longer require people to wear a mask in outdoor areas of conveyances (if such outdoor areas exist on the conveyance) or while outdoors at transportation hubs. Relatedly, CDC announced that, until it can amend the Order, it will exercise its enforcement discretion to not require wearing a mask in outdoor areas of transportation conveyances or while outdoors at transportation hubs. Accordingly, mask wear in outdoor areas of maritime transportation conveyances and hubs is no longer required. Change-2 to this MSIB reflects updated enforcement of the mask requirement for commercial vessels and maritime transportation hubs.

Though the CDC is no longer requiring mask wear in outdoor areas, operators of conveyances and transportation hubs, at their discretion, may require masks to be worn in outdoor areas. An outdoor area on a vessel is a space that is permanently open to the weather on one or more sides and, if covered by a deck or canopy, any spot on the overhead is less than 15 feet from the nearest opening. This updated guidance does not supersede any federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations that still require the wearing of masks in outdoor areas of conveyances and while outdoors on transportation hubs.

Conveyance operators must continue to require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel, unless they are located in outdoor areas of the conveyance (if such outdoor areas exist on the conveyance). Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or while indoors on the premises of a transportation hub.

Vessel operators are reminded that operational limitations including vessel stability and egress requirements may limit the number of people on each deck. Masters and crew remain responsible for ensuring the vessel remains in compliance with the applicable requirements.

Operators of cruise ships subject to the Conditional Sailing Order must continue to follow the requirements of any technical instructions and the operations manual available on the Cruise Ship Guidance webpage.

Vessel and sea port operators are encouraged to monitor the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/ for the most up to date guidance. The CDC has published an updated list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that can be found at Public Transportation. The Coast Guard has also published additional guidance that can be found at the FAQ web page. This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only 2

 

The Order requires conveyance operators and transportation hub operators to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Vessels(Conveyances):Vessel operators must use best efforts to ensure that any person on the conveyance wears a mask when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel that is indoors. Depending on the circumstances, best efforts include:

 boarding only those persons who wear masks;

 instructing persons that Federal law requires wearing a mask on the conveyance and failure to comply constitutes a violation of Federal law;

 monitoring persons on board the conveyance for anyone who is not wearing a mask and seeking compliance from such persons;

 at the earliest opportunity, disembarking any person who refuses to comply or moving them to an outdoor area;

 providing persons with prominent and adequate notice to facilitate awareness and compliance of the requirement of this Order to wear a mask; best practices may include, if feasible, advanced notifications on digital platforms, such as on apps, websites, or email; posted signage in multiple languages with illustrations; printing the requirement on transit tickets; or other methods as appropriate.

 

Sea Ports (Maritime Transportation Hubs): Operators of sea ports must use best efforts to ensure that any person entering and when indoors on the premises of the port wears a mask. Best efforts include:

 allowing entry only to those persons who wear masks;

 instructing persons that Federal law requires wearing a mask in the transportation hub and failure to comply constitutes a violation of Federal law;

 monitoring persons on the premises or moving them to an outdoor area of the transportation hub for anyone who is not wearing a mask and seeking compliance from such persons;

 at the earliest opportunity, removing any person who refuses to comply from the premises of the transportation hub; and

 providing persons with prominent and adequate notice to facilitate awareness and compliance with the requirement of this Order to wear a mask; best practices may include, if feasible, advance notifications on digital platforms, such as on apps, websites, or email; posted signage in multiple languages with illustrations; printing the requirement on transit tickets; or other methods as appropriate.

 

The CDC Mask Order exempts the following categories of persons:

 A child under the age of 2 year;

 A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.);

 A person for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.

 

Vessel or facility operators, owners, or companies should provide clear guidance as to when wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace, health, safety or job duty for crew members and facility personnel. The company guidance should address specific tasks that cannot be accomplished safely while wearing a mask. A blanket policy cannot be issued to exempt all persons from wearing a mask at all times. Crew members and facility personnel may be exempt from wearing a mask only when actively performing the task and should immediately wear a mask when the task is complete. Since passengers should refrain from instances where wearing a mask may present a risk, this exemption does not extend to passengers. This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only 3

 

The requirement to wear a mask shall not apply under the following circumstances:

 While eating, drinking, or taking medication, for brief periods;

 While communicating with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;

 If, unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or feeling winded may temporarily remove the mask until able to resume normal breathing with the mask. Vomiting or other illness, may also require removal of the mask. Other medical conditions and equipment may interfere with the ability to wear a mask;

 When necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity such as during Transportation Security Administration screening or when asked to do so by a ticket or gate agent or any law enforcement official.

 

Under Title 42 of the United States Code section 268, the Coast Guard is charged with assisting in enforcement of CDC quarantine orders. Operators of vessels and sea ports that fail to implement appropriate public health measures, including the mask wearing order above, may be subject to civil or criminal penalties. Furthermore, based on the scientific determination of the CDC, the Coast Guard finds that failure to implement appropriate health measures creates an undue safety risk by increasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between passengers, the crew of the vessel, and port workers.

The Coast Guard has broad authority to control the movement and operations of a vessel based on a hazardous condition (see 33 CFR § 160.111). Vessels that have not implemented the mask requirement may be issued a Captain of the Port (COTP) order directing the vessel’s movement and operations; repeated failure to impose the mask mandate could result in civil and/or criminal enforcement action. Additionally, after taking into account operational considerations, the COTP may issue orders prohibiting vessels from mooring at a sea port that fails to implement the CDC guidelines or refer non-compliance with CDC’s guidelines for further civil or criminal enforcement action.

Persons that wish to report vessels or sea ports not operating in accordance with the Executive Order or CDC Order may email the Coast Guard at wearamask@uscg.mil. This shared email inbox is not monitored on a continuous basis. If there is an emergency, it should be reported through proper emergency channels to local authorities not this inbox.

State, local, Tribal, and territorial laws or rules imposing public health measures that are more protective of public health than, or equal to those required by the CDC are an acceptable equivalency for these requirements. Operators of vessels and sea ports who believe local mask wearing requirements fit this exemption should contact the local COTP.

Questions concerning this notice may be forwarded to Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, at wearamask@uscg.mil.

Richard V. Timme, RDML, U. S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends

 

 

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. <span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">

 

37’ - 40’ outbound from Packer Avenue including Beckett Street <span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">

- Use reference station Philadelphia. <span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">

- Vessels may sail 3 hours before low water and up until 1.5 hours after low water at Philadelphia. <span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">

37’ - 40’ outbound from Paulsboro

- Please use reference station Marcus Hook. <span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">

- Vessels may sail from Paulsboro 1 hour before low water up until 3 hours after low water at Marcus Hook. <span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">

37’ - 40’ outbound from Marcus Hook (anchorage or berth)
- Please use reference station Marcus Hook.

 

Marine Weather

 

ANZ400-292300-

704 AM EDT Thu Jul 29 2021

.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK

ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...

A warm front is forecast to lift into our region today as high

pressure slides out to sea. A cold front will approach from the

Great Lakes today and tonight and it should pass through eastern

Pennsylvania, eastern Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey early

on Friday. High pressure is anticipated to follow for Friday and

Saturday. Another cold front from the northwest is expected to

move toward and through our region on Sunday and Sunday night.

High pressure should briefly influence our weather on Monday

before low pressure passes off the Middle Atlantic coast on

Tuesday or Wednesday.

ANZ454-292300-

Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-

704 AM EDT Thu Jul 29 2021

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON

THROUGH THIS EVENING

TODAY

S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 25 kt this afternoon.

Seas around 3 ft. A chance of tstms this morning. A slight chance

of tstms early this afternoon, then showers and tstms likely late

with vsby 1 to 3 NM. Swell mainly from the SE with a dominant

period of 7 seconds.

TONIGHT

SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to

4 ft. Showers and tstms early in the evening, then tstms likely

late in the evening. Vsby 1 to 3 NM in the evening. Swell mainly

from the S with a dominant period of 7 seconds.

FRI

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

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

7 seconds, becoming mainly from the NW with a dominant period of

7 seconds in the afternoon.

FRI NIGHT

N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas

around 3 ft. Swell mainly from the N with a dominant period of

5 seconds.

SAT

N winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming W 5 to 10 kt in the

afternoon. Seas around 3 ft.

SAT NIGHT

S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.

SUN

S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon.

Seas 2 ft or less, then around 3 ft in the afternoon. A chance of

showers in the morning, then a chance of tstms in the afternoon.

Light swell in the morning.

SUN NIGHT

SW winds around 10 kt, becoming NW after midnight.

Seas around 3 ft. A chance of tstms.

MON

N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.

MON NIGHT

SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, then around

3 ft after midnight.

Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.

 

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John Weidenbacher - Agent

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Notice posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Disclaimer
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.