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Subject:PHILADELPHIA DAILY UPDATE
Date:Friday, September 19, 2003
Priority:Normal
Notice:"USCG STILL HAS HURRICANE CONDITION YANKEE IN EFFECT"

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

TIDES:

HIGH 0907/2128
LOW 0331/1528

USCG:
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






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):


Flood Watch
Special Weather Statement
Tropical Storm Warning


. Inland tropical storm wind warning today.
. Flood watch today.
Today. Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Breezy with
highs near 80. Southeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph this
morning becoming south.

Tonight. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening. Otherwise
partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 20 mph becoming west
toward dawn. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Saturday. Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds around 15 mph.

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

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

Sunday night. Mostly clear. Lows near 60.

Monday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

Tuesday. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in
the mid 60s and highs in the upper 70s.

Wednesday. Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows near 60 and
highs in the mid 70s.

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




Philadelphia International Airport
Last Update on Sep 19, 8:54 am EDT


Mostly Cloudy and Breezy

78°F
(26°C) Humidity: 74 %
Wind Speed: SE 21 G 31 MPH
Barometer: 29.89" (1012.1 mb)
Dewpoint: 69°F (21°C)
Heat Index: 80°F (27°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.


COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
445 AM EDT FRI SEP 19 2003

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

ANZ452>455-191500-
COASTAL WATERS FROM LITTLE EGG INLET NJ TO FENWICK IS DE OUT 20 NM-
445 AM EDT FRI SEP 19 2003


TROPICAL STORM WARNING

SMALL CRAFT SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT


TODAY
SE WINDS 30 TO 35 KT BECOMING S 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS SUBSIDING
TO 10 TO 14 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY THIS MORNING BECOMING SCATTERED THIS
AFTERNOON. A TSTM IS POSSIBLE.

TONIGHT
S WINDS 20 TO 30 KT BECOMING SW 15 KT. SEAS SUBSIDING TO
5 TO 8 FT. A CHANCE OF EVENING SHOWERS AND TSTMS THIS EVENING.

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

SAT NIGHT
W WINDS 10 KT BECOMING NW. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

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

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

TUE
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.


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Notice posted on Friday, September 19, 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.