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   04-24-2018 19:21    
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

Posted   04-06-2018 17:37    
MSIB 22-18

Garden State Parkway Bridge Construction

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that bridge maintenance will occur on the Garden State Parkway (Northbound) Bridge across the Great Egg Harbor Bay, at mile 3.5, between Beesley’s Point, NJ and Somers Point, NJ.

Maintenance on the Garden State Parkway Bridge started on April 1, 2018 and will continue through September 30, 2018.

Vessels and barges up to 120 feet in width will be working in the vicinity of the bridge. Bridge maintenance work will reduce the horizontal clearance in the navigation span of the bridge as follows:

• Reduced to approximately 110 feet from April 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018, Monday through Friday.
• Reduced to approximately 70 feet from May 1, 2018, through September 30, 2018, Monday through Friday.

The navigation span of the bridge will be closed for approximately one week, Monday through Friday, to facilitate the erection of new steel girders at some point during the project. Necessary waterway closures will be scheduled via separate notice and broadcast notice to mariners.

Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

Questions regarding the content of this bulletin should be directed to the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 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   04-06-2018 17:36    
MSIB 21-18

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2017-2018 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially ended.

The COTP, Delaware Bay would like to thank all maritime partners who provided ice reports throughout the ice season. The ice reports we received from waterfront facilities, vessels and bridges made it possible for the Coast Guard to make sound decisions regarding ice breaking operations and navigational restrictions. Together we were able to mitigate impacts to commerce and maintain the safe operation of the port.

Questions regarding the content of this bulletin should be directed to the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 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   04-02-2018 17:53    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 197-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12213)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT BRIDGE MAINTENANCE AT THE WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE ACROSS THE DELAWARE RIVER WILL CONTINUE UNTIL OCTOBER 2, 2018. BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 5 P.M., DAILY. A WORK PLATFORM EXTENDING 3 FEET BENEATH THE LOWER PORTION OF THE BRIDGE WILL REMAIN INSTALLED OVER THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE BRIDGE. THE VERTICAL CLEARANCE OF THE BRIDGE HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 3 FEET TO APPROXIMATELY 136 FEET ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER. MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   03-29-2018 18:56    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 191-18
A. DE – ATLANTIC OCEAN (CHART 13003)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED OF A LOST ANCHOR AT APPROXIMATE LOCATION 38 DEGREES 28.81 MINUTES NORTH LATITUDE, 074 DEGREES 37.60 MINUTES WEST LONGITUDE. WATER DEPTH MAY BE REDUCED AT THIS LOCATION. CHARTED WATER DEPTH IN THIS AREA IS 69 TO 83 FEET. VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION.

Posted   03-14-2018 18:40    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SEC DB BNM 167-18
A. PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA TO TRENTON (CHART 12314)

2. FRANKFORD UPPER RANGE REAR PASSING LIGHTS (2) (LLNR 3719) IS
DESTROYED.
WRECKAGE IS APPROX 10 YARDS N OF ASSIGNED POSITION. STRUCTURE MARKED
WITH FL Q WHITE LIGHT.

Posted   03-09-2018 13:33    
MSIB 15-18

DUTRA DREDGING OPERATION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that Dutra Dredging will be performing dredging operations in Miah Maull Range, Elbow of Cross Ledge Range, and Liston Range, within the Delaware Bay and River, from March 10, 2018 through approximately June 31, 2018.

The clam shell dredge PAULA LEE will be dredging the main navigational channel beginning on the red side of the channel working north and then continue south on the green side of the channel.


• Dredging area is between LAT/LONG 39°22`14.18"N, 75°27`40.56"W and 39° 5`3.08"N, 75°11`10.84"W.

• The dredge will be able to move for vessel traffic.

• Vessels are requested to contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to arrival to make safe passing arrangements.

• The dredge PAULA LEE can be contacted on VHF-FM channel 14 and 82.

• There will be an assist vessel and a crew boat working with the dredge PAULA LEE.

• Mariners are advised to proceed with 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   03-08-2018 20:42    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 161-18
A. DE/NJ – DELAWARE BAY AND RIVER (CHART 12304)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE DUTRA DREDGE PAULA LEE WILL BE PERFORMING DREDGING OPERATIONS BEGINNING IN MIAH MAULL WORKING NORTH IN LISTON RANGE, IN THE DELAWARE BAY AND RIVER, FROM MARCH 10, 2018 THROUGH APPROXIMATELY JUNE 31, 2018. THE CLAM SHELL DREDGE WILL BE DREDGING THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL BEGINNING ON THE RED SIDE OF THE CHANNEL WORKING NORTH AND THEN CONTINUE SOUTH ON THE GREEN SIDE OF THE CHANNEL. THE DREDGE PAULA LEE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE FOR VESSEL TRAFFIC. VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TO MAKE SAFE PASSING ARRANGEMENTS. THE DREDGE PALUA LEE CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 14 AND 82. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//222000Z MAR 18//

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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Posted   02-06-2018 16:35    
MSIB 06-18 Ice Conditions Definition

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners of regulatory changes to the definitions of ice conditions. Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550 has established four safety zones in the Delaware Bay COTP Zone and also defined the ice condition thresholds and provided restrictions for each ice condition.

The safety zones are defined as follows:

Northern Delaware River
• The Delaware River and its tributaries north of the Betsy Ross Bridge.
Delaware River
• South of the Betsy Ross Bridge to a line drawn from Liston Point to Hope Creek Jetty. Includes all tributaries, most notably the Salem, Schuylkill, and Christina Rivers.
Delaware Bay
• South of a line drawn from Liston Point to Hope Creek Jetty to a line drawn from Cape May Light to the tip of Cape Henlopen. Includes all tributaries.
NJ and DE Coast and ICW
• Along the coast, including the ICW, tributaries, rivers and bays, south from Long Branch, New Jersey to the Maryland/Delaware State Border.

Ice Conditions are defined as follows:

Vessels not equipped with steel hulls are prohibited from entering or transiting within the above safety zones without permission from the COTP or District Commander if they encounter ice with a thickness of ½ inch or greater.

Ice Condition One
• Greater than or equal to 30% of a safety zone is covered with ice whose thickness is approximately 1 to 3 inches.
• Steel hull construction is required.
Ice Condition Two
• Between 30% and 90% of a safety zone is covered with ice whose thickness is approximately 3-9 inches
• Steel hull construction and 1,500 shaft horse power required.
• Engine cooling system that prevents blockage from ice is required.
Ice Condition Three
• 90% or more of a safety zone is covered with ice whose thickness is approximately 9 inches or thicker.
• Steel hull construction and 1,500 shaft horse power required.
• Engine cooling system that prevents blockage from ice is required.
• Vessel convoys required.
• Daylight only transit.


Supplementary Information:
• Each zone will be assessed individually and there may be different ice conditions in effect for each zone.
• Vessels prohibited from entering a zone due to ice conditions may request permission from the COTP in writing. Requests can be submitted via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaywwm@uscg.mil.
• The COTP may modify the waterway restrictions listed above, for the entirety or a portion of an individual zone, in order to maintain the safety of navigation within the waterway.
• Unless otherwise specified, vessels meeting the requirements for each ice condition may transit within a zone without requesting permission from the COTP.
• When the COTP sets ice conditions for a particular zone, an announcement will be made via Broadcast Notice to Mariners and Marine Safety Information Bulletin.
• Vessels working to facilitate ice breaking operations and protect infrastructure and property are exempt from these requirements.

To report the presence of ice, use the “Ice Reports Form” located on the Sector Delaware Bay website at: http://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-5/District-Units/Sector-Delaware-Bay/. Mariners can also contact the CG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center on VHF Channel 16 or call (215) 271-4807 to report ice.

Please refer to our internet website for current ice condition information by visit https://homeport.uscg.mil/ and choosing Delaware Bay from the Port Directory drop down. Ice condition updates will be located in the Safety Notifications section under Safety Alerts.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the COTP, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-06-2018 14:49    
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 098-18

A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PBF LOGISTICS (CHART 12312)

2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT COMMERCE CONSTRUCTION WILL BE PERFORMING DOCK
REPAIRS AT PBF LOGISTICS, IN PAULSBORO, NJ FROM FEBRUARY 5, 2018 THROUGH
APPROXIMATLEY APRIL 30, 2018. WORK WILL NOT IMPEADE THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL
CHANNEL. WORK HOURS ARE FROM 5AM TO 6PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. MARINERS IN
THE AREA OF THE DOCK ARE CAUTIONED TO STAY CLEAR OF THE CRANE BARGES,
OPERATING WIRES, ANCHORS, BUOYS, SMALL BOATS, TENDERS, AND DIVERS ASSOCIATED
WITH THE MARINE ACTIVITIES. OPERATORS OF VESSELS OF ALL TYPES SHOULD BE
AWARE THAT MEN WILL BE WORKING ON FLOATING EQUIPMENT AND WITHIN THE WATER
AROUND THE CRANE BARGE. A VESSEL`S WAKE IS A HAZARD. MARINERS ARE CAUTIONED
TO STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THE INLAND RULES OF THE ROAD WHEN APPROACHING,
PASSING, AND LEAVING THE AREAS OF OPERATIONS, AND REMAIN A SAFE DISTANCE
FROM THE CRANE BARGES, BARGES, BUOYS, AND RELATED EQUIPMENT. THE CRANE BARGE
WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED
WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA

Posted   10-31-2017 15:17    
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 Nov. 15 to April 15
- Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas from Brunswick, GA to Rhode Island 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 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
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