|Subject:||PHILADELPHIA DAILY REPORT SEE USCG NOTICE|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 17, 2003|
|Notice:||To all Exchange and Agents/Operators Committee members,|
Following is the latest information from the Coast Guard regarding the
preparations for Hurricane ISABEL. As you will see, the Coast Guard has
has set condition X-RAY.
Per USCG instructions relayed to the port community at a meeting this
morning at MSO/Group Philadelphia:
If Condition YANKEE is set, all Delaware River-anchorages will be
cleared. Only the two Delaware Bay anchorages will remain available. All
vessels would need to make arrangements with USCG and the Pilots to either
stay at berth or to move to Delaware Bay.
If Condition ZULU is set, a port-wide Safety Zone will be implemented. No
cargo transfers or vessel movements would be permitted. A pilot would be
placed on board each ship anchored in Delaware Bay.
The Exchange will continue to post updates as it receives them to our web
In addition, the Coast Guard Hurricane Checklists for vessels and
facilities have also been posted.
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 # 16-03]
September 16, 2003
NOTICE OF PREPARATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HURRICANE IMPACT
The Captain of the Port (COTP) Philadelphia is notifying mariners
that projections indicate the potential for hurricane ISABEL to pass near
(or impact) the New Jersey and Delaware shorelines in the next 48 hours.
Hurricane condition X-RAY has been set and the possibility exists that the
Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will experience high winds,
severe thunderstorms, and increased seas and surf. All vessels,
facilities, and marinas are asked to take adequate precautions and follow
the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan dated May 9, 1997 which should
incorporate issued changes dated June 18, 1998 and June 1, 2000 in their
individual Heavy Weather Plan. An updated Port Hurricane Contingency Plan
can be found at: htt://www.uscg.mil/d5/mso/philadephia/Huracan.htm. All
vessels, facilities, and marinas are urged to monitor hurricane ISABEL and
track the movement of the storm to prepare for any possible impact. There
are currently no restrictions in the Captain of the Port Philadelphia area
Masters, owners, and operators of all vessels in excess of 200
gross tons desiring to remain in port during the hurricane MUST request
permission from the Captain of the Port. This request must be submitted
prior to setting CONDITION YANKEE. Requests shall include the information
from section 406.03.01 (page 400-9) of the Port Hurricane Contingency
The COTP will broadcast notification in the event any limitations
or restrictions are imposed in the COTP Philadelphia area of
responsibility. This notification will be broadcasted using VHF-FM radio,
fax to the Maritime Exchange, and as per specific requests. The U.S.
Coast Guard will provide the best possible advance notification before
changing port operational status. Ship's agents shall ensure their ships
are provided a copy of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan. Enclosed is a
copy of the Storm Preparation Checklist for Vessels and Minimum
Recommended Precautionary Measures for Ships and Barges.
If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or
expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.
J. D. SARUBBI
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Philadelphia
|Notice posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003|
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.