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Subject:PHILADELPHIA DAILY UPDATE
Date:Monday, September 15, 2003
Priority:Normal
Notice:PLS SEE BELOW UPDATE UPRIVER DREDGING/ANCHORAGE RESTRICTIONS

DRAFTS:
DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL: 40 00 FT FW
BIGSTONE ANCHORAGE: 55 00 FT SW
MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE: 40 00 FT FW

TIDES:

HIGH 0534/1758
LOW 0016/1227


USCG:

To all Exchange members and agents/ops committee members,

The Coast Guard has issued the following Marine Safety Information
Bulletin to announce restrictions on upriver anchorages due to dredging at
Marcus Hook:


COMMANDING OFFICER
U.S. COAST GUARD
MARINE SAFETY OFFICE/GROUP PHILADELPHIA
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
[MSIB # 14-03]
September 8, 2003

NOTIFICATION OF 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 Weeks 312 dredge
under contract with the U. S. Army Corps Of Engineers (ACOE) will be
conducting annual dredging of the Delaware River on or about September 19,
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 19, 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.

The Coast Guard will notify mariners when the Week 312 will begin
dredging via Safety Marine Information radio broadcast upon commencement
of dredging operations.


L. J. SLEIN
Commander, U.S. Coast rd
Acting Captain of the Port

PILOTS:
NO ADVISORY


WEATHER:

Hazardous weather condition(s):


Special Weather Statement


Today. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower
80s. Light south winds increasing late this morning to 15 mph. Chance of
rain 60 percent.

Tonight. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms this
evening. Then gradual clearing. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15
mph becoming west toward dawn and decreasing to 5 mph. Chance of rain 50
percent.

Tuesday. Mostly sunny. Highs near 80. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

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

Wednesday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

Wednesday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mainly after noon. Rain may be
heavy at times. Becoming very windy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Friday. Rain likely. Heavy at times into the morning. Very windy. Lows in
the mid 60s and highs in the mid 70s.

Saturday. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s
and highs in the mid 70s.

Sunday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s and highs in the mid 70s.


Philadelphia International Airport
Last Update on Sep 15, 9:54 am EDT

Overcast

78°F
(26°C) Humidity: 82 %
Wind Speed: SE 10 MPH
Barometer: 30.10" (1019.3 mb)
Dewpoint: 72°F (22°C)
Heat Index: 80°F (27°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
350 AM EDT MON SEP 15 2003

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

ANZ452>455-151500-
COASTAL WATERS FROM LITTLE EGG INLET NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20
NM-
350 AM EDT MON SEP 15 2003


SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR SEAS

TODAY
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS BUILDING TO 3 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE
OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS WITH VSBY LOCALLY 2 NM.

TONIGHT
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT BECOMING SW TOWARD DAYBREAK. SEAS 4
TO 7 FT. A CHANCE OF EVENING SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

TUE
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT BECOMING N. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT.

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

WED
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 KT AT NIGHT. SEAS
5 TO 8 FT BUILDING TO 8 TO 12 FT AT NIGHT.

THU INTO FRI
HURRICANE CONDITIONS POSSIBLE.













Notice posted on Monday, September 15, 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.