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Subject:PHILADELPHIA DAILY UPDATE
Date:Thursday, September 18, 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 0810/2032
LOW 0238/1436


USCG:
PLS SEE BELOW UPDATE UPRIVER DREDGING/ANCHORAGE RESTRICTIONS


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


****USCG ADV ANTICIPATE SETTING HURRICANE CONDITION YANKEE A.M. SEPT 18TH
DUE HURRICANE ISABEL****

PILOTS:
NO ADVISORY

Hazardous weather condition(s):


Flood Watch
Non Precipitation Statement
Tropical Storm Warning


. Inland tropical storm wind warning for this afternoon into Friday
morning.
. Flood watch for tonight into Friday.
Today. Mostly cloudy. Showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the
afternoon. Breezy with highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15
mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight. Rain with scattered thunderstorms. The rain may be heavy at
times. Windy with lows in the upper 60s. East winds 20 to 30 mph with
gusts to 45 mph.

Friday. Rain early in the morning with scattered thunderstorms. Then
showers likely. The rain may be heavy at times early in the morning.
Breezy with highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 20 to 35 mph becoming
southwest in the afternoon.

Friday night. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the evening. Then
partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

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

Saturday night. Mostly clear. Lows near 60.

Sunday. Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 70s.

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

Tuesday. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows
near 60 and highs near 80.

Wednesday. Partly cloudy. Lows near 60 and highs in the mid 70s.

Philadelphia International Airport
Last Update on Sep 18, 3:54 am EDT


Overcast

66°F
(19°C) Humidity: 78 %
Wind Speed: NE 14 MPH
Barometer: 30.22" (1023.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 59°F (15°C)
Heat Index: 71°F (22°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
940 PM EDT WED SEP 17 2003

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

ANZ452>455-181000-
COASTAL WATERS FROM LITTLE EGG INLET NJ TO FENWICK IS DE OUT 20 NM-
940 PM EDT WED SEP 17 2003


TROPICAL STORM WARNING

SMALL CRAFT SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT

OVERNIGHT
NE WINDS 25 TO 30 KT. SEAS 10 TO 14 FT.

THU
NE WINDS 25 TO 35 KT BECOMING E 35 TO 45 KT. SEAS BUILDING TO
18 TO 25 FT. RAIN DEVELOPING...POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE
AFTERNOON...REDUCING VSBY TO 1 NM OR LESS. TSTMS POSSIBLE.

THU NIGHT
E WINDS 35 TO 45 KT BECOMING SE 30 TO 35 KT. SEAS 18 TO
25 FT. RAIN...HEAVY AT TIMES...REDUCING VSBY TO 1 NM OR LESS. TSTMS
POSSIBLE.

FRI
SE WINDS 30 TO 35 KT BECOMING S 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS SUBSIDING
TO 10 TO 14 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY...ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING.

FRI NIGHT
S WINDS 20 TO 30 KT BECOMING SW 15 KT. SEAS SUBSIDING
TO 5 TO 8 FT. A CHANCE OF EVENING SHOWERS.

SAT
SW WINDS 15 KT BECOMING W 10 KT. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT.

SUN
NW WINDS 10 KT BECOMING NE 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FT.

MON
NE WINDS 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FT.


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Notice posted on Thursday, September 18, 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.