Posted   10-18-2018 18:24    
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SECDB BNM 469-18
A. PA/NJ - PHILADELPHIA AND CAMDEN WATERFRONTS(CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED A SAFETY ZONE FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE IN PLACE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER ADJACENT TO PENNS LANDING,PHILADELPHIA, PA ON OCTOBER 19, 2018 FROM 11:45 PM UNTIL 12:15 AM ON OCTOBER 20, 2018. THE SAFETY ZONE WILL INCLUDE AT WATERS WITHIN A 500 FOOT RADIUS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION 39°57`05.26" N, 075°08`10.85 W FOR THE DURATION OF THE DISPLAY. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE CONTACTED VIA VHF CH 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//200600Z OCT 18//

Posted   10-17-2018 17:43    
MSIB 38-18
SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port, 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. These regulations are designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing the likelihood of collisions between ships and whales.

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, FL. to Brunswick, GA from November 15 to April 15
- Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas from Brunswick, GA to Rhode Island from November 1 to April 30
- Cape Cod Bay from January 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 lines) of the center point of the entrance to 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.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.





S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay









This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   10-17-2018 17:42    
MSIB 39-18
DELAIR DRAW BRIDGE TEMPORARY DEVIATION

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation authorizing the DELAIR Memorial Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River, mile 104.6, in Delair, NJ, to be remotely operated from the Conrail South Jersey dispatch center in Mount Laurel, NJ, from 8 a.m. on October 16, 2018, to 7:59 a.m. on December 15, 2018.

The remote operation system of the bridge incorporates a dedicated telephone line (856) 231-2301 for bridge operations, a push-to-talk (PTT) opening signal of 5 clicks on VHF-FM channel 13, and an automated identification system (AIS) transmitter to provide real-time bridge status. AIS bridge status is provided via the name transmitted by the private aids to navigation as: DELAIR BRG-OPEN (fully open and locked position, channel light green), DELAIR BRG-CLOSED (other than fully open, not inoperative), or DELAIR BRG-INOP (other than fully open, inoperative). The AIS transmitter is assigned maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number 993663001 and has been installed on the New Jersey side of the bridge at the bridge and land intersection in approximate position 39 degrees, 58 minutes, 50.52 seconds North (39.9807 N), 75 degrees, 03 minutes, 58.75 seconds West (-75.06632 W).




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-12-2018 13:50    
RETURN TO HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of the return to Hurricane Seasonal Alert for the Delaware Bay COTP zone. There are no navigational restrictions.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-11-2018 16:09    
MSIB Number: 36-18
October 11, 2018

NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential for Hurricane Michael to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 72 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay.

The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience heavy rains, tropical storm force winds, increased seas, surf, and tidal surge. Members of the port community should take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan. In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:

• Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this requirement.
• Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
• Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained winds reach 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a pre-storm self assessment and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcasted on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, all notifications will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing the port condition. Please refer to Homeport for additional information.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-10-2018 19:18    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 458-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – EDDYSTONE RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. BEGINNING OCTOBER 10 THROUGH OCTOBER 14, 2018 CARGO CRANES WILL BE INTERMITTENTLY MAINTAINED IN THE DOWN POSITION AT PENN TERMINAL. WHILE THE CRANES ARE BEING INSTALLED, AND DURING TESTING, THEY WILL BE MOVED FROM THE UP TO THE DOWN POSITION INTERMITTENTLY AND EXTEND APPROXIMATELY 150 FEET FROM THE SHORELINE. WHILE THIS OPERATION WILL TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   10-09-2018 19:18    
OBJECTS IN MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE (Update 1)
**UPDATED INFORMATION IN BOLD**

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of two objects reported within the boundaries of Mantua Creek Anchorage #9 on the Delaware River. **Please see page 2 for chartlet**

• Object 1 is a lost anchor reported lost at approximate position 39° 52.023’ North Latitude, 75° 13.004’ West Longitude.
o Suspected lost anchor dimensions 6.5 feet in width and 9 feet in height.

• Object 2 is located at approximately 39° 51.931’ North Latitude, 75° 13.095’ West Longitude.
o Marked with buoy “WR 62 Red”
o WR 62 Synthetic AIS-ATON has been created with MMSI 993672632
o Submerged pipe approximately 10”-16” in diameter.
o Located approximately 540 feet from channel centerline towards New Jersey shoreline in Mantua Creek Anchorage.
o Reduced depth at mean low low water is 29.9 feet.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of Mantua Creek Anchorage as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation.

Vessels drafting over 30 feet should avoid this area and transit around the objects.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814/4889 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.





S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-09-2018 13:24    
1. SECDB BNM 457-18
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE (CHART 12312)
2. A SUBMERGED OBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE AT APPROXIMATE LOCATION 39 DEGREES 51.931 MINUTES NORTH, 75 DEGREES 13.094 WEST. THE OBJECT LOCATION HAS BEEN MARKED WITH A WRECK BUOY. VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN CLEAR AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   10-03-2018 20:15    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 453-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – MIFFLIN RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. A LOST ANCHOR HAS BEEN REPORTED IN MIFFLIN RANGE AT APPROXIMATE LOCATION 39 DEGREES 52.023 MINUTES NORTH LATITUDE, 75 DEGREES 13.004 WEST LONGITUDE. THE ANCHOR IS EXPECTED TO BE LOCATED ON THE RED SIDE OF THE CHANNEL APPROXIMATELY HALF WAY DOWN THE MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE. VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN CLEAR OF THE AREA UNTIL THE LOCATION OF THE LOST ANCHOR HAS BEEN LOCATED AND RETRIEVAL HAS BEEN COMPLETED. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

See attached chart for preliminary approximate anchor position as reported by vessel crew.
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Posted   09-18-2018 15:02    
LNM Article:

Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the Burlington County Bridge Commission, will be repairing the fender system on the SR 73 (Tacony-Palmyra) Bridge across the Delaware River, mile 107.2, in between Tacony, PA, and Palmyra, NJ. The repairs will be conducted from September 17, 2018, to November 23, 2018, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A crane barge will be located south of pier F, outside of the navigation channel. The Project Foreman can be reached at (215) 421-2880 or VHF/FM Ch. 13. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area.

Posted   09-14-2018 12:45    
RETURN TO HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of the return to Hurricane Seasonal Alert for the Delaware Bay COTP zone. There are no navigational restrictions.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-17-2018 19:01    
MSIB 30-18 (Attachment can be found at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/my-homeport/safety-Notifications/MSIB?cotpid=40&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay)


Potential Interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception

The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment).

Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps was found to create potential safety hazards. For example, the maritime rescue coordination center in one port was unable to contact a ship involved in a traffic separation scheme incident by VHF radio. That ship also experienced very poor AIS reception. Other ships in different ports have experienced degradation of the VHF receivers, including AIS, caused by their LED navigation lights.

You can find more information about this issue, the procedures to test for the presence of LED interference, and how to report problems with LED interference by reading Safety Alert 13-18 (attached to this MSIB) or by visiting the webpage below.

https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Inspections-Compliance-CG-5PC-/Office-of-Investigations-Casualty-Analysis/Safety-Alerts/



S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-03-2018 18:14    
RESTRICTION ON IMPLEMENTING TWIC BIOMETRIC READERS RULE

The President of the United States signed into law the Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (HR.5729). This prohibits the U.S. Coast Guard from implementing the rule requiring electronic inspections of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials until after the Department of Homeland Security has submitted an assessment of the TWIC program to Congress.

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) will provide additional information regarding the impacts of this law, the current lawsuit, and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the near future.

If you have further questions or concerns they should be directed to the Sector Delaware Bay Facilities Branch at (215) 271-4864.



S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-30-2018 16:50    
Hurricane Seasonal Alert

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert will remain in effect through November 30, 2018, unless otherwise established. All vessels, facilities, and marinas are asked to take adequate precautions and review the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, dated April 2016, and their individual Heavy Weather Plans. For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay planning at 215-271-4908 or log onto the CG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab and select Sector Delaware Bay from the drop down menu. From the Sector Delaware Bay page, scroll down and click “COTP Delaware Bay Port Hurricane Contingency Plan” under Local Contingency Plans.

Facility managers and ship agents are requested to ensure that vessels are provided with the contents of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan and made aware of their responsibilities regarding safety of the port in the event of a hurricane. Agents should generally act as liaisons between the Coast Guard and vessels. Agents should ensure that vessels frequenting Sector Delaware Bay receive a copy of the following applicable attachments, all of which are available on the homeport website:

1. Storm Preparation Checklist for Vessels.
2. Storm Preparation Checklist for Facilities.
3. Minimum Recommended Precautionary Measures for Ships.
4. Minimum Recommended Precautionary Measures for Barges.
5. Remaining in Port Checklist for Oceangoing Barges w/ Tugs and Oceangoing Vessels.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management Division at (215) 271-4851 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. For after-hours inquiries, contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-30-2018 20:55    
MSIB 25-18

Burlington Bristol Bridge (SR 413) Deviation and Clearance Reduction

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that maintenance work will be conducted on the Burlington Bristol Bridge (SR 413), over the Delaware River beginning May 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018.

During this time, a maintenance platform, suspended from the navigation span, will occupy the entire main navigational channel reducing the vertical clearance to approximately 58 feet above mean high water while closed, and 132 feet above mean high water while open.

• Work will be conducted 7 am through 7 pm Monday through Friday and 6 am through 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

• During working hours the bridge will require notification 2 hours, via VHF-FM channel 13 or 16, prior to arrival in order to safely open. The bridge will operate normally outside of these working hours.

• The bridge will NOT be able to open for emergencies during working hours.

• Any vessel able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time.

Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-24-2018 20:33    
DELAIR DRAW BRIDGE TEST DEVIATION

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation authorizing the DELAIR Memorial Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River, mile 104.6, in Delair, NJ, to be remotely operated from the Conrail South Jersey dispatch center in Mount Laurel, NJ, from 8 a.m. on April 19, 2018, to 7:59 a.m. on October 16, 2018.

The remote operation system of the bridge incorporates a dedicated telephone line (856) 231-2301 for bridge operations, a push-to-talk (PTT) opening signal of 5 clicks on VHF-FM channel 13, and an automated identification system (AIS) transmitter to provide real-time bridge status. AIS bridge status is provided via the name transmitted by the private aids to navigation as: DELAIR BRG-OPEN (fully open and locked position, channel light green), DELAIR BRG-CLOSED (other than fully open, not inoperative), or DELAIR BRG-INOP (other than fully open, inoperative). The AIS transmitter is assigned maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number 993663001 and has been installed on the New Jersey side of the bridge at the bridge and land intersection in approximate position 39 degrees, 58 minutes, 50.52 seconds North (39.9807 N), 75 degrees, 03 minutes, 58.75 seconds West (-75.06632 W).

The Coast Guard is encouraging public participation and requesting comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before August 17, 2018. Please access the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov to view docket number USCG-2016-0257 for additional details and to provide comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-01-2018 15:53    
MSIB 11-18

INITIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION ISSUANCE FOR SUBCHAPTER M VESSELS UTILIZING THE TOWING SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OPTION

This MSIB is issued to address the issuance of an initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) for 46 CFR Subchapter M inspected towing vessels that utilize the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option. Those seeking an initial COI by utilizing the Coast Guard option will be addressed in a future MSIB.

Those companies choosing the TSMS option must have a Coast Guard approved third party organization (TPO) conduct independent verifications to assess whether their TSMS complies with the requirements of subchapter M. Sector Delaware Bay will be issuing COIs in accordance with this MSIB effective immediately.

Owners and operators electing to utilize the TSMS option may submit requests for COIs to the local Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections (OCMI) along with the below required information, as outlined in 46 CFR 136.210. NOTE: Priority will be given to vessels that have a valid Uninspected Towing Vessel (UTV) decal.

Submission requests must include the following to initiate the COI process:

1. Thirty days prior to the vessel undergoing the initial inspection for certification, owners and managing operators must submit Form CG-3752, "Application for Inspection of U.S. Vessel," to the cognizant OCMI where the inspection will take place.
2. Vessel Particulars, including length, beam, depth, hull construction, etc.
3. A manning proposal.
4. Vessel route and operating conditions.
5. TSMS Certificate issued by a TPO at least six months prior to the scheduled initial COI issuance date. Compliance with ISM may also be used IAW CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-02 dated May 24, 2017, "Use Of Existing Safety Management Systems To Obtain An Initial Certificate Of Inspection Under 46 CFR Subchapter M."
6. Objective evidence of compliance with the TSMS certificate.
7. A report in accordance with 46 CFR 137.135 and 137.202(a) stating the vessel`s structure, stability, and essential systems comply with Subchapter M, including a statement that the vessel is fit for the intended route and service.
8. A valid Certificate of Documentation.
9. If applicable, Fresh Water Intent Letter for hull exam intervals as per 46 CFR 137.300 (a).

NOTE: Objective evidence may include, but is not limited to, summaries of TPO independent verifications, audit findings, marine surveyor reports, and/or professional engineer certification.

At OCMI discretion, towing vessels possessing a valid UTV decal issued in the Sector Delaware Bay zone may not require Coast Guard Marine Inspectors to physically attend the vessel prior to COI issuance.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or to schedule a Subchapter M Vessel inspection, please contact the Inspections staff at (215) 908-9827 or domesticvessels@uscg.mil.


S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections
Sector Delaware Bay
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