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Subject:PHILADELPHIA DAILY UPDATE
Date:Friday, August 22, 2003
Priority:Normal
Notice:DRAFTS:
DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL: 40 00 FT FW
BIGSTONE ANCHORAGE: 55 00 FT SW
MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE: 40 00 FT FW

TIDES:

HIGH 1040/2303
LOW 0502/1703

USCG:
To all agents/operators/pilots:

The Captain of the Port, MSO/Group Philadelphia has issued the
following Marine Safety Information Bulletin:

MSIB # 11-03
August 12, 2003

Notification on Restrictions on Upriver Anchorages

The U.S. Coast Guard is notifying mariners of restrictions,
established by a safety zone, that are placed on upriver anchorages due to
dredging operations in the Marcus Hook Ship Channel. The U. S. Army Corps
Of Engineers (ACOE) will be conducting annual dredging of the Delaware
River from September 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003. The dredging
operations within the Marcus Hook Ship Channel will cause vessel traffic
to be diverted through Marcus Hook Anchorage.

From September 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003 agents for
vessels that wish to anchor in Anchorage 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage),
Anchorage 9 (Mantua Creek Anchorage), and Anchorage 6 (Deepwater Point
Anchorage) must reserve space at least 24 hours in advance by contacting
the vessel arrival staff at (215) 271-4807. Permission to anchor will be
granted on a "first-come, first-serve" basis.

The following restrictions apply:
ANCHORAGE SEVEN (Marcus Hook):
* All vessels shall obtain permission at least 24 hrs in advance.
* Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage for more
than 12 hrs.
* Anchorage will be occupied by only one vessel at any one time.
ANCHORAGE NINE AND SIX:
* All vessels shall obtain permission at least 24 hrs in advance.
* Vessels 700-750' in length shall have one tug alongside at all
times while at anchor.
* Vessels greater than 750'in length shall have two tugs alongside
at all times while at anchor.
* Tugs required for vessels at anchor must be of sufficient
horsepower to assist with necessary maneuvers to remain clear of the
navigation channel.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as
directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port.


PILOTS:
NO ADVISORY

WEATHER:
Hazardous weather condition(s):


Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Heat Advisory
Special Weather Statement


. Severe thunderstorm watch until 800 pm edt.
Tonight. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening. Some
thunderstorms possibly severe. Otherwise partly cloudy. Lows in the upper
60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest late this evening.
Chance of rain 50 percent.

Saturday. Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday night. Mostly clear. Lows near 60. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

Sunday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s.

Monday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

Monday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s.

Tuesday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s.

Wednesday. Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in
the lower 70s and highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday. Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in
the afternoon and evening. Lows in the mid 60s and highs near 80.

Friday. Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the
afternoon and evening. Lows in the lower 60s and highs in the upper 70s.

Philadelphia International Airport
Last Update on Aug 22, 2:54 pm EDT


Mostly Cloudy with Haze

92°F
(33°C) Humidity: 56 %
Wind Speed: W 15 MPH
Barometer: 29.83" (1010.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 74°F (23°C)
Heat Index: 102°F (39°C)
Visibility: 4.00 mi.

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
120 PM EDT FRI AUG 22 2003

SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE TO 20 NM OFFSHORE AND DELAWARE
BAY

ANZ450>455-222200-
COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM-
120 PM EDT FRI AUG 22 2003


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT

THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...WITH STRONGER
GUSTS NEAR TSTMS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS LATE
WITH VSBY LOCALLY BELOW 2 NM.

TONIGHT
WINDS BECOMING NW 10 TO 15 KT BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4
FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS MAINLY DURING THE EVENING. VSBY
LOCALLY BELOW 2 NM IN TSTMS.

SAT
N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

SAT NIGHT
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

SUN
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

SUN NIGHT
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

MON AND TUE
SW WINDS AROUND 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 3 FT.
Notice posted on Friday, August 22, 2003

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.