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Subject:PHILADELPHIA DAILY UPDATE
Date:Thursday, September 04, 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 0849/2121
LOW 0338/1545


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):


Special Weather Statement


Today. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may contain
strong gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest
winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Tonight. Showers likely until around 3 am. A chance of evening
thunderstorms. Partial clearing toward morning. Lows in the mid to upper
60s. Southwest winds 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of
rain 60 percent.

Friday. Mostly sunny. Highs near 80. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

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

Saturday. Mostly sunny. Highs near 80.

Saturday night. Mostly clear. Lows near 60.

Sunday. Mostly clear. Highs near 80.

Monday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s and highs in the upper 70s.

Tuesday. Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s and highs in the mid 70s.

Wednesday. Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s and highs in the mid 70s.

Philadelphia International Airport
Last Update on Sep 4, 8:54 am EDT

Fog/Mist

76°F
(24°C) Humidity: 91 %
Wind Speed: SW 8 MPH
Barometer: 29.85" (1010.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 73°F (23°C)
Heat Index: 76°F (24°C)
Visibility: 6.00 mi.

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
405 AM EDT THU SEP 4 2003

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

ANZ450>455-041500-
COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM-
405 AM EDT THU SEP 4 2003


SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY

TODAY
SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KT BY THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. SHOWERS AND TSTMS LIKELY WITH VSBY
1 NM AT TIMES.

TONIGHT
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT BECOMING NW 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7
FT. TSTMS LIKELY AND HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE EVENING...THEN A CHANCE
OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRI
N WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KT LATE IN
THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT.

FRI NIGHT
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT.

SAT
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT.

SAT NIGHT
N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT.

SUN
NW WINDS LESS THAN 10 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT.

MON
NE WINDS AROUND 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.


Notice posted on Thursday, September 04, 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.