|Subject:||PHILADELPHIA DAILY UPDATE|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 19, 2005|
DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL: 40 00 FT FW
BIGSTONE ANCHORAGE: 55 00 FT SW
MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE: 40 00 FT FW
To: Agents/Operators Committee
The U.S. Coast Guard has forwarded the following for your information.
This notice and other MSIBs can also be found on the Exchange's web site:
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 # 03-05]
January 18, 2005
SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
(ICE CONDITION THREE)
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Philadelphia is notifying mariners that
Ice Condition Three has been set. All masters, ship agents, and owners
and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review
and adhere to the seasonal ice procedures listed below. These criteria
were developed in partnership with the Mariners’ Advisory Committee (MAC)
for the Bay and River Delaware. No Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) will be
imposed for the COTP Philadelphia zone this season. Ship agents should
generally act as liaison between the Coast Guard and their vessels.
-When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a
propulsion system with a minimum of 1000 horsepower, and be able to
maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back and ram
-When ice is present in the C&D canal, only steel-hulled vessels whose
propulsion systems are in excess of 1000 horsepower may transit the canal.
-Vessel convoys will not be directed for ice or ice build of less than 2
inches, provided vessels can maintain headway. For ice conditions of 2
inches or greater, the COTP, in conjunction with the MAC, will consider
implementing a plan that includes directing vessel convoys.
-Vessel moorings should be checked with frequently to ensure the vessel is
-Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
-Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at
-Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and
precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
-The COTP Philadelphia may establish additional requirements for specific
geographic areas of the COTP Zone (e.g. in the vicinity of
Bordentown/Trenton areas) if conditions warrant such restrictions.
If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or
expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact LTJG Sligh or LTJG
Munsch of my staff at (215) 271-4889.
J. D. Sarubbi
Captain, U. S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port
Hazardous weather condition(s):
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Special Weather Statement
Today...Becoming mainly cloudy. A chance of some light snow this
morning...Then light snow likely this afternoon. Snow accumulation around
an inch. Highs in the mid to upper 20s. Light and variable
winds...Becoming south around 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Tonight...Mostly cloudy in the evening with a few flurries possible...Then
becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of flurries. Highs in the
mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy and colder. Lows around 15. North winds 10
to 15 mph.
Friday...Partly cloudy and very cold. Highs in the lower 20s. North winds
10 to 15 mph. Wind chill values zero to 15 above zero.
Friday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...Then becoming mostly cloudy
late. Lows around 10 above.
Saturday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the mid 20s.
Saturday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows around 20.
Sunday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the mid 20s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows around
Monday...Partly sunny. Highs around 30.
Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 20.
Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.
COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
400 AM EST WED JAN 19 2005
SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE TO 20 NM OFFSHORE AND DELAWARE BAY
COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK TO MANASQUAN INLET NJ OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM MANASQUAN INLET TO LITTLE EGG INLET NJ OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM LITTLE EGG INLET TO GREAT EGG INLET NJ OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM GREAT EGG INLET TO CAPE MAY NJ OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE MAY NJ TO CAPE HENLOPEN DE OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE HENLOPEN TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM-
400 AM EST WED JAN 19 2005
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SW 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP
TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 4 FT.
LIGHT SNOW LIKELY...ESPECIALLY NORTH OF LITTLE EGG INLET.
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING
TO 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 3
FT. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW OR FLURRIES IN THE EVENING.
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS
UP TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 3 TO
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 3 TO 6 FT.
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT...DECREASING
TO 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. A CHANCE OF SNOW.
NE WINDS 25 TO 35 KT BECOMING N. SEAS 5 TO 9 FT. A CHANCE OF
|Notice posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2005|
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.