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PHILADELPHIA03/18/2009 Normal
PHILADELPHIA UPDATE03/16/2009 Normal
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Subject:PHILADELPHIA UPDATE--MARITIME EXCHANGE NOTICE
Date:Friday, March 06, 2009
Priority:Normal
Notice:

March 6, 2009
To: Maritime Exchange Operations Committee
Maritime Exchange Navigation Group


SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899


MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 11-09]

March 5, 2009

SPEED RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED TO PROTECT NORTH AMERICAN RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay advises all vessels
transiting the Mid-Atlantic Ocean that the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established regulations to
implement a 10-knot speed restriction for all vessels 65 ft (19.8 m) or
longer in certain locations along the east coast of the U.S. Atlantic
seaboard at certain times of the year. The purpose of the regulation is
to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered
North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships.

The 10-knot speed restriction will extend out to 20 nautical miles around
major mid-Atlantic ports. According to NOAA researchers, about 83
percent of right whale sightings in the mid-Atlantic region occur within
20 nautical miles of shore. The speed restriction also applies in waters
off New England and the southeastern U.S., where whales gather
seasonally.

The speed restrictions apply in the following approximate locations at
the following times; they are based on times whales are known to be in
these areas:

- Southeastern U.S. from St. Augustine, Fla. to Brunswick, Ga. from
Nov. 15 to April 15
- Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas from Rhode Island to Georgia from Nov. 1
to April 30
- Cape Cod Bay from Jan 1 to May 15
- Off Race Point at northern end of Cape Cod from March 1 to April
30
- Great South Channel of New England from April 1 to July 31

Specifically for vessels entering the Delaware Bay the restriction
applies in the following location: Within a 20-nm (37 km) radius (as
measured seaward from COLREGS delineated coast lines and the center point
of the port entrance) at the Delaware Bay (Ports of Philadelphia and
Wilmington): 38°52’27.4” N-075°01’32.1” W.

For more information about the speed restriction please visit the NOAA
website http://www.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay
Waterways Branch at (215) 271-4889.


D. L. SCOTT
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay


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Notice posted on Friday, March 06, 2009

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.