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Subject:USCG CONDITION YANKEE****
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. The Coast Guard will set condition
YANKEE effective 12:00pm today, Thursday, September 18.

Per USCG instructions relayed to the port community at a meeting on
Tuesday at MSO/Group Philadelphia:

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 # 18-03]

September 18, 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 and the Delaware River
and Bay in the next 24 hours. COTP Philadelphia will set hurricane
condition YANKEE at 1200 on September 18, 2003. The possibility exists
that the COTP Philadelphia area of responsibility 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.

The following restrictions apply under Port Hurricane Condition
YANKEE:

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, at condition Yankee,
vessels will not be permitted to anchor north of the Big Stone Anchorage.
Commercial interests should call (215) 271-4807 for details.

Bunkering and lightering operations must cease, however cargo
operations may continue until the setting of condition ZULU.

The Port of Salem, NJ is closed. Commercial vessels greater than
200 gross tons must depart Salem immediately.

All Delaware and New Jersey coastal inlets are closed to departing
traffic.

At condition YANKEE, the waters of the COTP Philadelphia zone are
not closed to traffic; however, they may be closed at any time. The COTP
will broadcast notification in the event any additional 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.