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Subject:PHILADELPHIA PORT UPDATE
Date:Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Priority:Normal
Notice:TO: All Maritime Exchange member steamship agents, tug operators, barge
operators and pilots.


The following text is from the USCG:

SECTOR COMMANDER

U.S. COAST GUARD

SECTOR DELAWARE BAY

1 WASHINGTON AVE

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147

TEL: (215) 271-4800

FAX: (215) 271-4899


UPDATED

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 17-06]

December 28, 2006

UPRIVER ANCHORAGE RESTRICTIONS


The U.S. Coast Guard is extending the timeframe for the safety zone, in
the Delaware River, Marcus Hook Range, thru January 17, 2007. The ACOE
will be conducting dredging operations in the channel and vessels
transiting the Marcus Hook Range will be diverted from the main shipping
channel through Anchorage 7. Vessels must operate at the minimum safe
speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake. All vessels are
requested to contact the dredge company if there is any confusion
regarding the redirection of vessel traffic.

During this time period vessels desiring to use Marcus Hook
Anchorage/Anchorage 7, must obtain permission from the Captain of the
Port, Delaware Bay, at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The
COTP will only permit one vessel at a time to anchor in Anchorage 7.
Permission to anchor will be granted on a "first-come, first-serve" basis.
Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage for more than 12 hrs.

Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek (#9) and Deepwater Point (#6)
Anchorage. Vessels 700 ft or greater in length must request permission to
anchor at these anchorages and:

· 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 and shall contact
the dredge operator on channel 13 or 16 VHF, for passing information. For
further information see Federal Register, Volume 70, No. 135, July 15,
2005.




D. L. SCOTT

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard

Captain of the Port Delaware Bay
Notice posted on Wednesday, January 03, 2007

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.