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Subject:SEE USCG NOTICE
Date:Thursday, September 18, 2003
Priority:Normal
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 is
considering setting condition YANKEE this morning because of the potential
for the hurricane to to pass near (or impact) the New Jersey and Delaware
shorelines in the next 24 to 36 hours.

Per USCG instructions relayed to the port community at a meeting on
Tuesday 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
site:
http://www.maritimedelriv.com/Port_Security/USCG/USCG_Port_Security.htm

In addition, the Coast Guard Hurricane Checklists for vessels and
facilities have also been posted.


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 # 17-03]

September 17, 2003

NOTICE OF PREPARATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HURRICANE IMPACT


The Captain of the Port 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 24 to 36
hours. We anticipate setting hurricane condition YANKEE in the morning on
September 18, 2003. The possibility exists that the Captain of the Port
Philadelphia zone and surrounding areas will experience high winds, severe
thunderstorms, and increased seas and surf. All vessels, facilities,
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, as well as their
individual Heavy Weather Plan. All vessels, facilities, and marinas are
urged to monitor hurricane ISABEL and track the movement of the storm to
prepare for any possible impact.

Masters, owners and operators of all commercial vessels in excess
of 200 gross tons desiring to remain within the Delaware River and Bay
port complex must locate an appropriate berth, and must request permission
from the Captain of the Port. Requests must be submitted in writing prior
to 2000, 17 September. At condition Yankee, vessels will not be permitted
to anchor north of the Big Stone Anchorage. Commercial vessel interests
should call (215) 271-4807 for details.

The COTP will broadcast notification in the event any limitations
or restrictions are imposed on the zone of the COTP Philadelphia. 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 and are aware of the requirements for each
hurricane condition.

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

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.