Marcus Hook Anchorage voluntary restrictions:
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Annual maintenance dredging for the Delaware River has been delayed this year. As a result, significant shoaling has occurred in the Marcus Hook Range. The Mariners’ Advisory Committee is recommending a voluntary port-wide restriction on the use of Marcus Hook Anchorage (MHA). The intent of this voluntary restriction is to allow deep draft vessels to use a portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage for their transit in order to avoid the area of most severe shoaling on Marcus Hook Range.
Until further notice, vessels should avoid anchoring in the center portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage. See chartlet below for more information.
Remaining space in the anchorage should be allocated on a first come, first served basis:
-Only one ship should anchor in the extreme lower end of the anchorage at a time.
-Only one ship or one tug/barge unit should anchor in the extreme upper end of the anchorage at a time.
-Mariners are reminded that anchoring at MHA is limited to 24 hours maximum.
-Upon anchoring at MHA, vessels are requested to contact Philadelphia Maritime Exchange on VHF channel 14 and communicate their intended date/time of departure from the anchorage, as well as updating the Maritime Exchange with any changes to the intended date/time of departure.
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