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Subject:USCG UPDATE
Date:Friday, September 19, 2003
Priority:Normal
Notice:To all Exchange and Agents/Operators Committee members,

Following is the latest information from the Coast Guard regarding
Tropical Storm ISABEL. As you will see, condition YANKEE remains in
effect until the USCG conducts a post hurricane port assessment.

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


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 # 20-03]

September 19, 2003

NOTICE OF POST HURRICANE PORT ASSESSMENT


The Captain of the Port (COTP) Philadelphia is notifying
mariners that the Coast Guard is conducting a post hurricane port
assessment of the Delaware River and Bay, the Schuylkill River, the C&D
Canal to the Maryland-Delaware border, all the major tributaries of the
Delaware River and the coastal waters of Delaware and New Jersey following
the passage of Tropical Storm Isabel. Recreational boaters are advised to
remain at a safe mooring location and maintain extra lines and fenders.
Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed when gale force winds or
higher are present or expected. Because of uncertainty of flooding
conditions and possible bridge closures, mariners should use caution prior
to getting underway.

Port Hurricane Condition Yankee will remain in effect pending the
results of a post hurricane port assessment. Under Port Hurricane
Condition Yankee the following restrictions apply:

1. The anchorages on the Delaware Bay and
River north of the Big Stone Anchorage remain closed.
2. Bunkering and lightering operations are
not permitted. Cargo operations may continue.
3. The Port of Salem, New Jersey is closed to
all commercial vessels in excess of 200 gross tons.
4. All Delaware and New Jersey coastal inlets
are closed to departing traffic.

The C & D Canal is currently closed because local power
outages have resulted in the Summit Railroad Lift Bridge being unable to
lift from the down position.

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 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.