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Subject:PHILADELPHIA DAILY UPDATE
Date:Friday, September 26, 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 0217/1444
LOW 0932/2154

USCG:
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 # 24-03]
September 24, 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 26,
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 26, 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.



J. D. SARUBBI
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port



PILOTS:
NO ADVISORY


WEATHER:
This afternoon. Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Light south winds
increasing late this afternoon to 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds.

Saturday. Partly sunny. Highs near 80. South winds increasing to 10 to 15
mph.

Saturday night. Mostly cloudy with rain and thunderstorms likely. Lows in
the mid 60s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Sunday. Rain and thunderstorms likely in the morning. Then partly sunny.
Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Sunday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.

Monday. Mostly clear. Highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s and highs near 70.

Wednesday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s and highs in the lower 70s.

Thursday. Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s and highs in the upper 60s.


Philadelphia International Airport
Last Update on Sep 26, 10:54 am EDT


Overcast

69°F
(21°C) Humidity: 84 %
Wind Speed: SE 3 MPH
Barometer: 30.05" (1017.4 mb)
Dewpoint: 64°F (18°C)
Heat Index: 69°F (21°C)
Visibility: 8.00 mi.

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
1000 AM EDT FRI SEP 26 2003

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

ANZ450>455-262100-
COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM-
1000 AM EDT FRI SEP 26 2003


SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED BEGINNING SAT NIGHT

THIS AFTERNOON
S WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

TONIGHT
SE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
SE WINDS 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT NIGHT
SE WINDS INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS BUILDING TO 3
TO 6 FT. RAIN AND TSTMS LIKELY WITH VSBY 2 NM.

SUN
S WINDS 20 TO 25 KT BECOMING W 15 TO 20 KT BY AFTERNOON.
SEAS 3 TO 6 FT. MORNING RAIN AND TSTMS LIKELY WITH VSBY 2 NM.

SUN NIGHT
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.

MON
W WINDS 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.

TUE
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.


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Notice posted on Friday, September 26, 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.