Posted   01-17-2022 13:52    
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION
MSIB 02-22 (Update 1)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has secured from Port Condition Whiskey and has returned to Normal Port Condition in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. (Winter Port Condition One remains in effect).

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.
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Posted   01-13-2022 18:24    
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 6)

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging Project has completed dredging operations in the Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage. Safety zone one and Safety zone two are hereby cancelled.
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Posted   01-11-2022 14:53    
MSIB 01-22: Winter Port Condition 1

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay has set Winter Port Condition 1 for navigation on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Canal, Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Winter Port Condition 1 means that the short-term forecast is favorable for the formation of ice on these waterways.

Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s homeport website. The web address is:

https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=64960&Source=/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=64960

Mariners can also report conditions to the CG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center on VHF Channel 16 or call (215) 271-4807.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889.
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Posted   12-30-2021 10:12    
Right Whale Slow Zone Program

NOAA Fisheries announces that a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone under the Right Whale Slow Zone Program is currently in effect southeast of Atlantic City, NJ to protect right whales. This Right Whale Slow Zone is in effect through January 13, 2022. NOAA requests mariners to route around this zone or transit through it at ten knots or less.

The southeast of Atlantic City Slow Zone Area is bounded by: 39 degrees 25 minutes North, 38 degrees 44 minutes North, 073 degrees 44 minutes West, 074 degrees 36 minutes West.

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Posted   12-16-2021 10:15    
SEASONAL ICE ALERT


The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay has set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Canal, Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s homeport website.


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Link to Ice Folder: https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=76018&Source=/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=76018

Direct link to reporting form: https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/Attachments/76018/Ice%20Report%20for%20Submission%20to%20CG.xls
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Posted   11-02-2021 16:46    
MSIB 14-21 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 establised regulations which implement a 10-knot speed restriction for all vessels 65 ft (19.8 m) or greater specified locations (called Seasonal Management Areas or SMAs) during certain times fo the year along the east coast of the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard. These regulations are designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing the likelihood of collisions between ships and whales.

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Posted   09-28-2021 14:36    
MSIB 13-21 REQUEST FOR COMMENTS – NJ PORT ACCESS ROUTE STUDY

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The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public regarding the New Jersey Port Access Route Study (PARS). On May 5, 2020, the Coast Guard published a notice of study and request for comments (85 FR 26695), announcing a PARS for the Seacoast of New Jersey Including Offshore Approaches to the Delaware Bay, Delaware. This notice announces the availability of a draft report for public review and comment. We seek your comments on the content, proposed routing measures, and development of the report. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemakings or appropriate international agreements.
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Posted   09-28-2021 14:34    
MSIB 12-21 DREDGING OPERATIONS WITHIN TORRESDALE RANGE

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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of submerged pipeline installation within the Torresdale Range on the Delaware River from September 29, 2021, to December 2021. Broadcasts will be issued providing the date and duration any time the main channel will be obstructed during this timeframe.
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Posted   09-28-2021 10:58    
MSIB 11-21 Submerged Object Removal Delaware River

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The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) operation to remove submerged objects within Newbold Range, Marcus Hook Range, Wilmington Harbor and Liston Range.
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Posted   09-23-2021 08:33    
Today`s dredge pipe placement operations in the Torresdale Range have been postponed due to weather.

Posted   09-13-2021 13:22    
PA-NJ-DELAWARE RIVER-PHILADELPHIA AND CAMDEN WATERFRONTS (CHART 12313)-SCHUYLKILL RIVER
1. SCHUYLKILL RIVER ENTRANCE RIVER BUOY 1 (LLNR 3410) REPORTED OFF STATION.
2.CANCEL AT TIME //252000Z SEP 21//
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Posted   09-09-2021 13:41    
VESSELS WISHING TO TRANSIT THROUGH THE CSX RAILROAD BRIDGE ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER SHOULD ONLY DO SO ON THE WESTERN NAVIGATIONAL SPAN OF THE BRIDGE. DUE TO STORM DAMAGE A TEMPORARY POWER CABLE HAS BEEN PLACED ACROSS THE WESTERN NAVIGATION SPAN OF THE BRIDGE RENDERING PASSAGE UNSAFE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO UTILIZE THE WESTERN NAVIGATIONAL SPAN AND PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   08-17-2021 15:25    
***NJ-Delaware River-Artificial Island Anchorage-Submerged Object***


A submerged object has been identified within Artificial Island Anchorage (#2) on the Delaware River. The object is located at approximately 39°
30.29678’ N, 075° 32.80685 W and is believed to be an anchor. Water depth at this location is approximately 30’ which may be reduced due to the
presence of this object. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution and avoid this location if possible

Posted   08-05-2021 09:30    
1. THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVIGATION HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED.
A. BROWN SHOAL LIGHTED BUOY 9 (LLNR 1533) IN APPROX POSN 38-55-16.41N, 075-05-56.927W IN 40FT MLW SHOWING FL G 2.5, LWP.
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Posted   07-30-2021 09:52    
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DREDGING OPERATIONS WITHIN NEW CASTLE RANGE


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of submerged pipeline installation south of the green “13” (LLNR 2740) buoy near the mouth of the C&D Canal to facilitate New Castle Range annual maintenance dredging. On June 27, 2021, submerged pipeline was installed outside the green edge of New Castle Range, extending south of the green “13” (LLNR 2740) buoy.
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Posted   07-29-2021 09:42    
MSIB 08-21 **SEE ATTACHMENT FOR FULL TEXT***

The Coast Guard is seeking comments regarding proposed changes to the Distribution of Scheduled Navigation
Safety Messages (Broadcast Notice to Mariners) by Mobile and Internet methods.
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Posted   04-21-2021 13:52   Edit  
CGHQ MSIB 13-20 Change 3

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The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both national security and national economic well-being. During this national emergency for COVID-19 it is paramount that the Coast Guard safeguards the continued operation of the MTS to ensure our domestic supply chain continues uninterrupted. The regulations outlined throughout 33 and 46 Code of Federal Regulations remain in force, and maritime operators are expected to continue to comply with these requirements. However, when compliance with these regulations cannot reasonably be met as a result of COVID-19, the Coast Guard will exercise flexibility to prevent undue delays. The following clarification is provided regarding the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®), which is jointly managed by the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA may grant a temporary exemption from certain requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 for the expiration of the TWIC for current cardholders. If this occurs the Coast Guard will take these exemptions into consideration.
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Posted   03-23-2021 08:05   Edit  
CGHQ MSIB 04-21

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COVID-19 Crew Change Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has significant impacts on the U.S. Marine Transportation System, the Global shipping industry and on seafarers themselves. Travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world have created significant hurdles to crew changes and repatriation of seafarers. The physical and mental fatigue of seafarers who are unable to leave the vessel at the end of their contracts has led to growing humanitarian concerns as well as concerns for the safety of seafarers and shipping. On January 25, 2021, the U.S. joined 53 other International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states in Circular Letter No.4204/Add.35/Rev.3 in pledging to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers.
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Posted   02-26-2021 13:04   Edit  
U.S. Coast Guard District Five has received several sets of data from the Coast Guard`s Navigation Center in support of the Port Access Route Study: Seacoast of NJ including approaches to the Delaware Bay (PARS) including an analysis of current anchoring practices. The data has been posted on Sector Delaware Bay`s homeport page under the Waterways Management link and sublink titled "NJ PARS Information".

There, interested parties will find 4 sets of data:
1. NJ PARS Traffic Summary
2. NJ PARS Traffic Summary (including Addendum 2: VMS Data Analysis, pgs 143-212)
3. NJ PARS Anchorage Analysis
4. NJ PARS Tug and Tow Analysis (Addendum 3 to the Traffic Analysis)

https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=65940&Source=/Lists/Content/DispForm.aspx?ID=65940

Any questions or comments on the data sets can be submitted to CAPT Maureen Kallgren, 757-398-6250 or Maureen.r.kallgren@uscg.mil

Thank you.

Posted   02-02-2021 08:45   Edit  
CGHQ MSIB 02-21

COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System

The President issued Executive Order (13998), Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel that requires masks be worn on all “public maritime vessels, including ferries” to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued order, Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks while on Transportation Hubs, 29JAN2021, requires all persons travelling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask.


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Posted   10-06-2020 11:23   Edit  
USCG HQ MSIB 19-20

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MALICIOUS EMAIL SPOOFING INCIDENTS

This Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) is intended to highlight several recent cyber events involving increasingly sophisticated malicious email spoofing techniques within the Marine Transportation System (MTS). The types of reported spoofing attacks included impersonating Coast Guard (uscg.mil) email addresses, and Coast Guard industry communications regarding Area Maritime Security Committee meetings. In one case, the opening of a malicious file caused a network compromise that resulted in additional spoofed emails that were sent to MTS port partners. These types of attacks have potential cascading consequences, and impacted organizations should immediately notify all affected stakeholders and local authorities. Coast Guard units along with Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities and vessels should be on high alert and remain vigilant for similar cyber threats within your areas of responsibility.
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Posted   07-31-2020 09:30   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 18-20

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UPDATED SECTOR DELAWARE BAY NAVIGATION SAFETY EQUIPMENT DEVIATION REQUEST FORM

In an effort to improve response times and align with other Captain of the Port (COTP) zones, an updated Sector Delaware Bay Navigation Safety Equipment Deviation Request form, otherwise known as a Letter of Deviation request, is being released for use within the Delaware Bay COTP zone. Mariners are asked to use this updated form when requesting a deviation from navigation safety equipment requirements, per 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §164.55. As a reminder, making such a request does not relieve the vessel of the requirement to report inoperable equipment on a Notice of Arrival per 33 CFR §160.206.
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Posted   03-02-2020 09:12   Edit  
USCG MSIB 05-20

Reporting Requirements for Vessels with Inoperable Navigation Equipment

U. S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay has noted an increase in the number of vessels failing to report inoperable navigation equipment prior to transiting through the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port (COTP) zone. As a reminder, all self-propelled vessels of 1600 or more gross tons when operating in the navigable waters of the United States are required to report inoperable navigation equipment as required by Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 164.

Non-operating equipment must be reported to each COTP zone which a vessel will transit through. For example, vessels transiting to and from Baltimore utilizing the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and passing through the Delaware Bay enroute to and from sea are required to report inoperable equipment to Sector Delaware Bay. A vessel is required to make this report regardless if they call upon a port or anchorage within the Delaware Bay or River. On a case-by-case basis, the COTP may impose restrictions (commonly known as a Letter of Deviation) on the vessel with inoperable equipment to ensure the safety of the port and vessel.

Submission of an Advanced Notice of Arrival (ANOA) does not meet the reporting requirement for inoperable equipment. Vessels are required per 33 CFR 164.53 to report inoperable navigation equipment including radar, radio navigation receivers, gyrocompass, echo depth sounding device, AIS, Electronic Position Fixing Device, ARPA, and primary steering gear.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or to submit a request, please contact the Sector Delaware Bay Port State Control Division at (215) 271-4887 or SecDelBay.PortState@uscg.mil.




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