Posted   07-01-2022 10:25    
SMIB`s July 3rd- July 4th
New Jersey Shore/ Delaware Bay and Shore

MARINE EVENT: LOWER TOWNSHIP FIREWORKS (BARGE)
DATE: 03JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE BAY OFF TOWN BANK, NEW JERSEY. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9PM THROUGH 10PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 360 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°59′7″ N, LONGITUDE 074°57′49″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.


MARINE EVENT: BEACH HAVEN FIREWORKS (BARGE)
DATE: 04JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON LITTLE EGG HARBOR OFF BEACH HAVEN, NEW JERSEY. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9PM THROUGH 10PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°34′18″ N, LONGITUDE 074°14′43″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.


MARINE EVENT: BOROUGH OF AVALON FIREWORKS (BARGE)
DATE: 04JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IN THE VICINITY OF TOWNSENDS INLET, AVALON, NEW JERSEY. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9PM THROUGH 10PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°06′18″ N, LONGITUDE 074°42′05″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.


MARINE EVENT: CITY OF LEWES (BARGE)
DATE: 04JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE BAY IN LEWES DELAWARE. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9PM THROUGH 10PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 350 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 38°47′12″ N, LONGITUDE 075°07′47″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   07-01-2022 10:16    
SMIB`S July 1st - July 4th
***See Attached Chartlet with all Firework locations***

MARINE EVENT: WELCOME TO AMERICA FIREWORKS AT PENN’S LANDING (BARGE)
DATE: 01JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF PENN’S LANDING IN PHILADELPHIA. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9:15PM THROUGH 10:PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°56′52″ N, LONGITUDE 075°08′09″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 13. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.


MARINE EVENT: DRWC FIREWORKS (BARGE)
DATE: 02JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF PENN’S LANDING IN PHILADELPHIA. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9:15PM THROUGH 10PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°56′52″ N, LONGITUDE 075°08′09″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 13. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.


MARINE EVENT: RIVERS CASINO FIREWORKS (BARGE)
DATE: 03JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2045

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF RIVERS CASINO IN PHILADELPHIA. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 8:45PM THROUGH 9:30PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°57′39″ N, LONGITUDE 075°07′45″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 13. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.


MARINE EVENT: CAMDEN COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FIREWORKS (BARGE)
DATE: 04JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF THE CAMDEN WATEFRONT. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9PM THROUGH 9:45PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°56′37″ N, LONGITUDE 075°08′09″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL PATROL VESSELS THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 13. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.


MARINE EVENT: ONE RIVER ALLIANCE FIREWORKS (BARGE)
DATE: 04JUL
BROADCASTS: 2000 & 2100

A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF TORRESDALE, PHILADELPHIA. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS AT 9PM THROUGH 9:45PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 300 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 40°2′23″ N, LONGITUDE 074°59′22″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL PATROL VESSELS THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 13. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   06-13-2022 10:44    
SMIB

EVENT: DEEPWATER RANGE CLOSURE
DATE: 6/13/22 (1230-1400)
BROADCASTS/FREQ: 30 MIN STARTING AT 1200



1) CLOSURE

MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT DEEPWATER RANGE IS CLOSED TO VESSEL TRAFFIC DUE TO A SUMBERGED PIPELINE BEING INSTALLED FOR DREDGING OPERATIONS FROM 1230-1400 ON MONDAY, JUNE 13TH. DREDGE ESSEX WILL BE STANDING BY ON CHANNEL 13.

Posted   06-10-2022 15:15    
SMIB

EVENT: DEEPWATER RANGE CLOSURE
DATE: 6/11/22 (1000-1200)
BROADCASTS/FREQ: 30 MIN STARTING AT 0930



1) CLOSURE

MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT DEEPWATER RANGE IS CLOSED TO VESSEL TRAFFIC DUE TO A SUMBERGED PIPELINE BEING INSTALLED FOR DREDGING OPERATIONS FROM 10 AM – 12 PM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH. DREDGE ESSEX WILL BE STANDING BY ON CHANNEL 13.

Posted   06-06-2022 11:53    
Treasurer`s Report for 2nd Qtr. March2022-June @022
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Posted   06-06-2022 11:05    
SMIB
MARINE EVENT: DRWC FIREWORKS AT PENN’S LANDING (BARGE)
BROADCASTS: June 8, 2022 -2000 & 2030



A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF PENN’S LANDING IN PHILADELPHIA. THE SAFETY ZONE STARTS 8:30PM THROUGH 9:15PM AND INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°56′52″ N, LONGITUDE 075°08′09″ W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   06-06-2022 10:46    
SMIB REQUEST

EVENT: NEW CASTLE RANGE CLOSURE
DATE: 6/6/22 (1230-1430)
BROADCASTS/FREQ: 30 MIN STARTING AT 1200

1) CLOSURE

MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A PORTION OF NEW CASTLE RANGE SOUTH OF PEA PATCH ISLAND IS CLOSED TO VESSEL TRAFFIC DUE TO A SUMBERGED PIPELINE BEING INSTALLED FOR DREDGING OPERATIONS IN NEW CASTLE RANGE FROM 1230-1430. DREDGE CHARLESTON WILL BE NOTIFYING MARINERS VIA CHANNEL 16 OF THE CLOSURE AN HOUR, THEN 30 MIN BEFORE THE CLOSURE. REACH OUT TO THE DREDGE CHARLESTON ON CHANNEL 13 OR SECTOR DELAWARE BAY COMMAND CENTER AT 215-271-4807 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Posted   05-31-2022 09:43    
MSIB 14-22
Hurricane Seasonal Alert
***See attachment for full text***

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert on June 1, 2022. Seasonal Alert will remain in effect through November 30, 2022, 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, and their individual Heavy Weather Plans.

For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay office of Emergency Management Force Readiness 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 “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.
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Posted   05-27-2022 12:47    
Notice of Fireworks Safety Zones - Delaware River - Philadelphia

[Saturday 9:15PM-9:45PM]
A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF PENN’S LANDING IN PHILADELPHIA FROM APPROXIMATELY 9:15 TO 9:45 PM. THE SAFETY ZONE INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°56′52″ N, LONGITUDE 075°08′09″ W.

[Sunday 8:45PM-9:30PM]
A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF RIVERS CASINO IN PHILADELPHIA FROM 8:45 TO 9:30PM. THE SAFETY ZONE INCLUDES ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39°57′39″ N, LONGITUDE 075°07′45″ W.

MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREAS MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   05-16-2022 10:37    
Report of Lost Anchor in Big Stone Anchorage

Sector Delaware Bay received a report that the flukes portion of an anchor broke free at the following lat/long position in the upper end of Big Stone Anchorage:
38°59.72`N; 75°13.32`W

See attached chart. Mariners are advised to use caution when anchoring in the vicinity.

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Posted   05-13-2022 10:10    
MSIB 13-22 DREDGING OPERATIONS WITHIN NEW CASTLE RANGE
***Below to take effect starting May 15th***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that General Anchorage #5 located southeast of Pea Patch Island on the northeast side of the Channel along New Castle Range should not be used for anchoring in order to facilitate safe passage of vessels around the Dredge Charleston due to dredging operations in New Castle Range. This restriction will be in effect until the dredging in New Castle Range is complete on or about July 30, 2022.

See the chartlet attached for a visual depiction. The red area indicates General Anchorage #5 where vessels should NOT anchor.

Concerned vessel traffic should contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or (215) 271-4814.
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Posted   05-08-2022 15:22    
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

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

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.

Posted   05-06-2022 20:25    
MSIB 12-12 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning within the next 12 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   04-20-2022 09:02    
HQ MSIB 02-21 CH-5

COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System: Change-5
***see attachment for full text***

Update
On April 18, 2022, the US District Court, Middle District of Florida, vacated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandate for mask wear in airports, train stations, and other transportation hubs as well as on airplanes, buses, trains, and most other public conveyances in the United States, including vessels. Per this ruling, the CDC has declared that the mandate is no longer in effect. Federal agencies are reviewing the court’s decision. In the interim the Coast Guard will not enforce the directives requiring mask use on public transportation and in transportation hubs. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.
Vessel and sea port operators are encouraged to monitor the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/ for the most up to date guidance. The CDC has published an updated list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that can be found at Public Transportation. The Coast Guard has also published additional guidance that can be found at the FAQ web page.
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Posted   04-19-2022 19:28    
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

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

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   04-18-2022 14:52    
MSIB 11-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)
***see attachment for full text***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast
of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning within the next 12 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding,
tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or
concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   04-11-2022 11:49    
Hello Maritime Partners,

The USCG at Sector Delaware Bay will be activating a security zone on certain navigable waters of the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA. The security zone will be enforced intermittingly from 11 am through 5:30 pm on April 12, 2022. Hours are subject to fluctuations. The zone extends 350 yards from the Pennsylvania shoreline into the Delaware River from Christian Street southward to Pier 60S located in Philadelphia, PA. The security zone encompasses the totality of the charted navigational channel for that portion of the Delaware River.

All vessels intending to transit in vicinity of the security zone (regardless of intent to enter or not) are required to contact the Coast Guard on VHF-13 or 16 a minimum of 30 minutes prior to arriving in the area. You will be requested to provide the name of your vessel, cargo on board, your intended direction of travel, and your destination.

All vessels requiring access to the security zone for the purposes of use of the channel for safe navigation of the river MUST contact the Coast Guard a minimum 30 minutes prior to arrival to the security zone to request access and receive further directions. All vessels not constrained by draft are highly encouraged to conduct voyage planning which avoids passage through the security zone (which could result in transit delays).

The USCG can be reach on VHF CHs 13 and 16, or by phone at 215-271-4960.

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Posted   04-05-2022 11:37    
Bridge Inspection - Delaware Memorial Bridge

Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of Delaware River Port Authority, will be performing an underwater bridge inspection on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, over Delaware River, mile 68.9, at New Castle, DE. The inspection will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday-Saturday; from April 4, 2022, through April 15, 2022. The inspection will require a 28 foot dive boat around the navigable channel and diver to be working outside the navigable channel. Work vessels may be reached on VHF-FM channel 13 and 16. Mariners should use caution navigating through the area.

Posted   04-02-2022 07:36    
MSIB Number: 10-22 (Update 1)
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has secured from Port Condition Whiskey(Modified) and has returned to Normal Port Condition in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.
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Posted   04-01-2022 11:33    
***Update-see notification time change***

Hello Maritime Partners,

The USCG at Sector Delaware Bay will be activating a naval vessel protection zone (NVPZ) to support the inbound and outbound transits along with the commissioning of the USS Delaware. The NVPZ is expected to be active from 6:00AM March 29th through 6:00PM April 4th. Hours are subject to fluctuations. The zone extends 500 yards around the vessel at all times while moored at the Port of Wilmington along the Delaware River. While the vessel is transiting the river there is a 500 yard radius surrounding the vessel at all times. The NVPZ encompasses the totality of the charted navigational channel for that portion of the Delaware River located in Wilmington, DE.

All vessels intending to transit in vicinity of the NVPZ (regardless of intent to enter or not) are required to contact the Coast Guard Enforcement vessel on scene on VHF-13 or 16 a minimum of ***30 mins*** prior to arriving in the area. You will be requested to provide the name of your vessel, cargo on board, your intended direction of travel, and your destination.

All vessels requiring access to the NVPZ for the purposes of use of the channel for safe navigation of the river shall contact the Coast Guard Enforcement vessel on scene a minimum ***30 mins*** prior to arrival to the NVPZ to request access and receive further directions. All vessels not constrained by draft are highly encouraged to conduct voyage planning which avoids passage through the security zone (which could result in transit delays).

The USCG can be reach on VHF CHs 13 and 16, or by phone at 215-271-4960.

Posted   04-01-2022 11:25    
Notice of Security Zone
Wilmington, DE
Saturday, April 2nd

A SECURITY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR PORTIONS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER AND CHRISTINA RIVER NEAR WILMINGTON, DELAWARE. LAW ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WILL BE ENFORCING THE ZONE OF 1000 YARDS FROM THE PORT OF WILMINGTON AUTOPORT PIER AT APPROXIMATE POSITION 39°42`35.5" N 75°30`44.8"W. THE SECURITY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 10:00AM THROUGH 2:30PM. DURING THIS TIME, NO VESSEL MAY TRANSIT, ANCHOR, OR REMAIN WITHIN THE SECURITY ZONE.

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Posted   03-31-2022 10:43    
Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)
MSIB 10-22
***see attachment for full text***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning within the next 12 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.
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Posted   03-25-2022 11:45    
DREDGING OPERATIONS WITHIN WILMINGTON ANCHORAGE


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the upper end of Wilmington Anchorage located east of the entrance to the Christina River should not be used for anchoring in order to facilitate safe passage of vessels around the Dredge Essex and associated equipment. This restriction will be in effect until the dredging in Cherry Island Range is complete on or about April 15, 2022.

Any vessel seeking to anchor within Wilmington Anchorage should do so in the southern-most part of the anchorage. See the chartlet attached for a visual depiction. The red area indicates the portion of Wilmington Anchorage where vessels should NOT anchor.
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Posted   03-13-2022 09:56    
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

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.
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Posted   03-11-2022 12:35    
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning Saturday, March 12. 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.
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Posted   03-08-2022 13:58    
Hello Maritime Partners,

The USCG at Sector Delaware Bay will be activating a security zone in support of the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference. The security zone is expected to be active from 2:00PM March 9th through 4:00PM March 11th. Hours are subject to fluctuations. The zone extends 250 yards from the Pennsylvania side into the Delaware river from Chestnut Street southward to the southern extent of the Chart House Restaurant. The security zone encompasses the totality of the charted navigational channel for that portion of the Delaware River to include Penn’s Landing Marina.

All vessels intending to transit in vicinity of the security zone (regardless of intent to enter or not) are required to contact the Coast Guard Cutter CAPSTAN on VHF-13 or 16 a minimum of 1 hours’ time from arrival to the security zone(Penn’s Landing). You will be requested to provide the name of your vessel, cargo on board, your intended direction of travel, whether you require use of the main ship channel due to draft limitations, and your destination. All vessels not constrained by draft are highly encouraged to conduct voyage planning which avoids passage through the security zone. Also, vessels should make every effort to avoid a meeting situation while transiting through the zone (which could result in transit delays).

The USCG can be reach on VHF CHs 13 and 16, or by phone at 215-271-4960.

Posted   03-08-2022 10:56    
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

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.
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Posted   03-07-2022 12:15    
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 11 am Monday, March 7, 2022 and continuing through the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 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.

Posted   03-02-2022 12:47    
Update to the NOAA Right Whale Slow Zone Program in effect

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Posted   03-02-2022 10:25    
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION
AND END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has secured from Winter Port Condition One and has returned to Normal Port Condition in the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Canal, Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Ice formation is no longer favorable in the region. There are no navigational restrictions.

Additionally, the Ice Seasonal Alert is no longer in effect. Ice season has officially ended.
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Posted   02-20-2022 00:05    
MSIB 05-22 Update 1
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

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.


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-18-2022 13:58    
MSIB #05-22 NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED) remains in effect due to continued forecast of high winds. With wind conditions expected to improve Saturday evening or Sunday morning, weather will be continuously monitored for a return to normal port condition.

Posted   02-17-2022 14:49    
MSIB 05-22 NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)
***see attachment for full text***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 6 pm Thursday, February 17, 2022 and continuing through 1 pm Friday, February 18, 2022.

The COTP has determined the region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
•Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   02-03-2022 13:13    
RETURN TO WINTER PORT CONDITION ONE

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has secured from Winter Port Condition Two and has returned to Winter Port Condition One in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. The vessel steel hull restriction north of the Betsy Ross Bridge is no longer in effect

A steel hull restriction remains in place for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Any questions regarding this restriction can be directed to the Canal Project dispatcher at (410) 778-9707.
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Posted   01-31-2022 15:32    
WINTER PORT CONDITION TWO

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that ice of appreciable thickness and coverage has formed in navigable waters of the Delaware Bay and River, Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey Intercoastal Waterway.

All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the Seasonal Ice procedures, precautions, and/or restrictions below:
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Posted   01-29-2022 20:50    
MSIB 03-22 Update 1
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION


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. (Current Winter Port Condition 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   01-28-2022 14:13    
MSIB Number: 03-22
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)
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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast
of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 4pm Friday, January 28, 2022 and
continuing through the early morning hours of Sunday, January 30, 2022. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or
concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   01-24-2022 18:00    
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
SEC DB BNM 010-22
PHILADELPHIA TO TRENTON (Chart 12314)
USCG SECTOR DELAWARE BAY HAS RECEIVED REPORTS OF ICE ON THE NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER FROM THE TACONY-PALMYRA BRIDGE NORTH TO TRENTON, NJ. ALL MARINERS ARE URGED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION AND REPORT ANY OBSERVABLE ICE USING THE ICE REPORTING FORM FOUND ON THE SECTOR DELAWARE BAY HOMEPORT
PAGE. MARINERS ARE CAUTIONED THAT BUOYS MAY BECOME EXTINGUISHED OR DRAGGED OFF STATION AND MINOR LIGHTS AND DAYBEACONS MAY BECOME DESTROYED DUE TO ICE.
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY IS ADVISING MARINERS THERE IS A STEEL HULL RESTRICTION IN PLACE FOR THE WESTERN END OF THE C AND D CANAL. ALL MARINERS PLANNING TO TRANSIT THE CANAL SHOULD REACH OUT TO THE CANAL DISPATCH OR TO SECTOR MARYLAND NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION COMMAND CENTER AT 410-576-2693 FOR MORE INFORMATION
AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
CANCEL AT TIME //072100Z FEB 22//

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   01-16-2022 14:46    
MSIB Number: 02-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 5 pm Sunday, January 16, 2022 and continuing through approximately noon Monday, January 17, 2022. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


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Posted   01-16-2022 14:46    
MSIB Number: 02-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 5 pm Sunday, January 16, 2022 and continuing through approximately noon Monday, January 17, 2022. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


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Posted   01-16-2022 14:46    
MSIB Number: 02-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 5 pm Sunday, January 16, 2022 and continuing through approximately noon Monday, January 17, 2022. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


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Posted   01-16-2022 14:46    
MSIB Number: 02-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 5 pm Sunday, January 16, 2022 and continuing through approximately noon Monday, January 17, 2022. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


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Posted   01-16-2022 14:46    
MSIB Number: 02-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 5 pm Sunday, January 16, 2022 and continuing through approximately noon Monday, January 17, 2022. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


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Posted   01-16-2022 14:45    
MSIB Number: 02-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 5 pm Sunday, January 16, 2022 and continuing through approximately noon Monday, January 17, 2022. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


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Posted   01-16-2022 14:45    
MSIB Number: 02-22 Notice of Port Condition Whiskey (Modified)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning at 5 pm Sunday, January 16, 2022 and continuing through approximately noon Monday, January 17, 2022. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


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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   01-13-2022 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 10:33    
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 5)

***Anticipated completion date change***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through January 15, 2022.

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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   12-28-2021 12:46    
PA - NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – PHILADELPHIA – DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION NEW YEAR’S EVE & DAY FIREWORKS - SAFETY ZONE

Three aerial fireworks displays are scheduled to occur on the Delaware River adjacent to Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA, on December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022. A safety zone will be in effect for the duration of each display to include all navigable waters with a 500 yard radius of the fireworks barge located at approximate position latitude 39°56’50”N., longitude 75°08’12”W. Safety zone enforcement times are:

1 December 31st 5:45pm – 6:30pm

2 December 31st to January 1st 11:45pm – 12:30am

3 January 1st 5:45pm – 6:30pm

Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or official on-scene patrol. Mariners may contact official patrol on-scene via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16.

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   12-03-2021 11:05    
Fireworks Display Safety Zone | Friday, December 3rd | Delaware River at Penn`s Landing


A FIREWORKS SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA IN THE VICINTIY OF PENNS LANDING.
THE SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR THE LANDSIDE FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD FROM 7:25PM TO 7:45PM.
MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA DURING THIS TIME MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   11-18-2021 13:42    
MSIB 10-21 (Update 4)

***Anchorage location shifted to NORTHERN end of anchorage***


PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 4)


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

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Posted   11-18-2021 13:42    
MSIB 10-21 (Update 4)

***Anchorage location shifted to NORTHERN end of anchorage***


PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 4)


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

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Posted   11-18-2021 13:41    
MSIB 10-21 (Update 4)

***Anchorage location shifted to NORTHERN end of anchorage***


PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 4)


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

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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   11-02-2021 16:38    
MSIB 10-21 (Update 4)

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 4)

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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.


ANCHORAGE RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2021.
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Posted   10-15-2021 13:37    
“Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is planning to hold their annual Ice Season Operations Meeting on Thursday, December 2nd from 1000am-1200.

More details can be found in the invitation at the link below. If you would like to attend in-person or virtually please use RSVP form at the bottom of the invitation.

https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=619459&k=04604B0D7E5E

Thank you. – Sector DelBay WWM Team”

Posted   10-02-2021 08:09    
MSIB 10-21 (Update 2)

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 2)

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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through November 2, 2021.


Changes include shift from northern to southern portion of the anchorage unless otherwise directed.
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Posted   10-02-2021 08:09    
MSIB 10-21 (Update 2)

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING (UPDATE 2)

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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through November 2, 2021.


Changes include shift from northern to southern portion of the anchorage unless otherwise directed.
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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 18:39    
MSIB 10-21 Marcus Hook Maintenance Dredging (Update 1)

Update: Anchorage is now limited to one vessel in the northern portion of the anchorage.

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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through November 2, 2021.
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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   09-01-2021 10:55    
****SEE ATTACHMENT FOR FULL TEXT****

MSIB 10-21

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from 8 pm on September 1, 2021 through November 2, 2021.
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Posted   08-21-2021 12:17    
A WIRE AND DRUM HAS BEEN REPORTED WITHIN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. THE WIRE AND DRUM WERE PULLED UP ON AN ANCHOR, THEN FELL OFF THE ANCHOR DURING RETRIEVAL. THE WIRE AND DRUM ARE AT APPROXIMATE LOCATION 39 48.622 NORTH LATITUDE, 075 24.094 WEST LONGITUDE. WATER DEPTH AT THIS LOCATION MAY BE REDUCED FROM ITS CHARTED DEPTH OF 40’ AT THIS LOCATION. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING NEAR THIS LOCATION AND AVOID THE AREA IF POSSIBLE.

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   08-13-2021 08:48    
Dive operations will be conducted in an attempt to locate an identify a lost anchor within Artificial Island Anchorage (Anchorage #2) on the Delaware River today. Approximate location for dive operations is 39 30.182N 075 32.899W. Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Vessels transiting near these operations, or vessels displaying signals related to dive operations are requested to transit at the lowest speed possible to reduce wake and maintain steering.

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    
MSIB 09-21 ***Please see attachment for full text***

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   07-09-2021 10:10    
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. Port Condition Yankee (Modified) is lifted. There are no navigational restrictions at this time.
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Posted   07-07-2021 19:58    
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION YANKEE (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set modified Port Condition YANKEE throughout the port due to the potential for Tropical Storm ELSA to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 24 hours. Based on the current storm track, the COTP anticipates setting Port Condition Zulu at 0800 on July 8, 2021. 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.
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Posted   07-07-2021 09:15    
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential for Hurricane Elsa 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 .
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Posted   06-01-2021 11:22    
USCG MSIB 03-21

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Hurricane Seasonal Alert

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert on June 1, 2021. Seasonal Alert will remain in effect through November 30, 2021, 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 2021, and their individual Heavy Weather Plans.
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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   02-09-2021 13:25   Edit  
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT AN EXPLOSIVE LOADOUT WILL TAKE PLACE AT GREENWICH TERMINAL BERTHS 1 AND 2 ON FEBRUARY 9, 2021 FROM 7 PM TO 8 PM. THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL WILL NOT BE CLOSED DURING THIS EVOLUTION. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN THE AREA AND FOLLOW ALL ORDERS GIVEN BY THE ON SCENE COAST GUARD VESSELS.

Posted   02-08-2021 13:31   Edit  
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MSIB 01-21

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.
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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   01-24-2021 12:08   Edit  
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT AN EXPLOSIVE LOADOUT WILL TAKE PLACE AT GREENWICH TERMINAL BERTHS 4 AND 5 ON JANUARY 25, 2021 FROM 1 PM TO 3PM. THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL WILL NOT BE CLOSED DURING THIS EVOLUTION. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN THE AREA AND FOLLOW ALL ORDERS GIVEN BY THE ON SCENE COAST GUARD VESSELS.

Posted   01-22-2021 09:48   Edit  
A SUBMERGED OBJECT HAS BEEN REPORTED WITHIN KINKORA RANGE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER AT APPROXIMATELY 40 07.93 NORTH LATITUDE, 074 45.80 WEST LONGITUDE. WATER DEPTH IN THE AREA MAY BE REDUCED TO APPROXIMATELY 17.5 FEET AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND AVOID THIS LOCATION IF POSSIBLE.
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Posted   01-16-2021 17:43   Edit  
DREDGING OPERATIONS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10 AM AND 11 AM ON JANUARY 17, 2021 IN THE VICINITY OF WILMINGTON, DELAWARE. DREDGE PIPELINE WILL BE PLACED ACROSS THE CHANNEL JUST SOUTH OF THE GREEN 33 BUOY (LLNR 3035) WITHIN CHERRY ISLAND RANGE. PIPELINE WILL BE FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE RED AND GREEN BUOY LINES DURING THE EVOLUTION. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO PASS SHOULD CONTACT THE ON SCENE WORKING VESSELS VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 TO ARRANGE SAFE PASSAGE AND CONFIRM THE PRESENCE OF OBSTRUCTIONS.

Posted   01-08-2021 11:45   Edit  
THE AIS SIGNAL IN APPROX POSIT 38 50 00.000N, 075 04 45.780W. HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE OBSTRUCTION, AND THE PHYSICAL BUOY PREVIOUSLY STATIONED THERE, HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

Posted   12-15-2020 18:30   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay SMIB

MARINERS ARE ADVISED OF A SUNKEN VESSEL LOCATED AT APPROXIMATELY 38 50.010 NORTH LATITUDE, 075 04.763 WEST LONGITUDE. WATER DEPTH AT THIS LOCATION MAY BE REDUCED TO APPROXIMATELY 40 FEET AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER. VESSELS DRAFTING GREATER THAN 35 FEET ARE ADVISED TO TRANSIT AROUND THIS LOCATION. ALL VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA SHOULD PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION."

Posted   12-15-2020 13:44   Edit  
MSIB 29-20

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.

The web address is:

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

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Posted   12-15-2020 12:46   Edit  
SEC DB BNM 228-20
PA-NJ-Delaware River-Cherry Island Range
FOUR SUBMERGED OBJECTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AT APPROXIMATELY 39 43.65 NORTH
LATITUDE, 075 30.13 WEST LONGITUDE. WATER DEPTH IN THE AREA MAY BE REDUCED TO
43.8 FEET AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER. THE LARGEST OBJECT WAS REPORTED
APPROXIMATELY 130 FEET INSIDE THE CHANNELS RED TOE. ADDITIONAL OBJECTS ARE
WITHIN 100 FEET OF THE STATED LOCATION AND ARE ALL WITHIN 130 FEET OF THE
CHANNELS RED TOE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION WHEN
TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-14-2020 10:46   Edit  
MSIB 28-20

SUBMERGED OBJECT DELAWARE RIVER – DRAW RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a submerged object that has been reported in Draw Range in the vicinity of the Delair Railroad Bridge on the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Delaware River as depth at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Vessels drafting over 30 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

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Posted   12-14-2020 09:29   Edit  
MSIB 27-20

SUBMERGED OBJECT DELAWARE RIVER – CHERRY ISLAND RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a submerged object that has been reported in Cherry Island Range on the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Delaware River as depth at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Vessels drafting over 37 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

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Posted   10-30-2020 11:04   Edit  
MSIB 26-20

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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 which implement a 10-knot speed
restriction for all vessels 65 ft (19.8 m) or greater in specified locations (called Seasonal Management Areas or
SMAs) during certain times of 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   10-16-2020 19:55   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING
MSIB 23-20 UPDATE 2

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project has completed dredging operations in the Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage. Safety zone one and Safety zone two are hereby cancelled.

Traffic patterns are returned to normal. All restrictions related to dredging operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) have been removed.
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Posted   10-16-2020 08:59   Edit  
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
SEC DB BNM 198-20
PA-NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - MUD ISLAND RANGE
A SUBMERGED OBJECT HAS BEEN REPORTED AT APPROXIMATELY 40 3.165` NORTH LATITUDE, 074 57.964` WEST LONGITUDE. WATER DEPTH IN THE AREA MAY BE REDUCED TO 26.5 FEET AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER. OBJECT WAS REPORTED 30’ INSIDE THE RED TOE OF THE CHANNEL. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
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Posted   10-14-2020 09:08   Edit  
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

The Coast Guard is announcing two public meetings to discuss our notice of study entitled “Port Access Route Study: Seacoast of New Jersey including the offshore approaches to the Delaware Bay, Delaware” that was published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2020, (USCG-2020-0172) and our notice of inquiry entitled “Anchorage Grounds; Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Delaware” that was published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2019, (USCG-2019-0822). Because the public may have similar comments on both topics we have decided to hold joint public meetings to discuss both notices. To ensure adequate opportunity to address concerns raised at the meetings and any subsequent questions, the Coast Guard is reopening the comment period.

DATES:
Interested members of the public can attend either session, via teleconference, on Thursday October 29, 2020, from 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. or on Wednesday November 4, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before November 10, 2020. If you want your comments to be considered before the public meetings, comments must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 15, 2020.

ADDRESSES:
The public meeting will be held via a web-enabled interactive, online format and teleconference line. To join the web-based meeting and teleconference or to request special accommodations, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section no later than 1 p.m. on October 20, 2020, to obtain the needed information.

You may submit written comments identified by docket number USCG-2020-0172 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
If you have questions about this notice, call or email Captain Maureen Kallgren, Fifth Coast Guard District, Waterways Management Branch, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (757) 398-6250, email Maureen.R.Kallgren@uscg.mil or Mr. Jerry Barnes, Fifth Coast Guard District, Waterways Management Branch, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (757) 398-6230,email Jerry.R.Barnes@uscg.mil. If you encounter technical difficulties accessing the online meeting please call LTJG John Frank, (757) 398-6298.


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-08-2020 14:32   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay will be hosting the 2020-2021 Ice Season Kick-Off Meeting on Thursday, November 19th from 10am-12pm.

The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. An electronic calendar invite and agenda will be sent out separately from this notification.

If you plan to attend, please click the link below to RSVP so we have an accurate participant list.

Thank you,

-The USCG Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Team

https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/index.cfm?i=569891&k=07674B017256

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   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   10-01-2020 16:38   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA MAINTENANCE DREDGING
Update 1 ***Changes are in bold font***


The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from August 26, 2020 through October 15, 2020.
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Posted   09-25-2020 12:56   Edit  
SEC DB BNM 185-20
Delaware River-Marcus Hook, PA
A SUBMERGED OBJECT HAS BEEN REPORTED AT APPROXIMATELY 39 48.59 NORTH LATITUDE, 075 24.45 WEST LONGITUDE. WATER DEPTH IN THE AREA MAY BE REDUCED TO 33.1 FEET AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER. OBJECT WAS REPORTED APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET WEST OF CHANNEL CENTER LINE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   09-25-2020 08:51   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 24-20

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER MAINTENANCE DREDGING


The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of maintenance dredging projects that are scheduled
to occur in the upper Delaware River beginning September , 2020, through February 1, 2021. These dredging
operations will take place between Riverview Channel and Newbold Channel located on Navigational Chart
12314.
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Posted   09-17-2020 14:06   Edit  
SEC DB BNM 179-20
Delaware River
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT BOTH RED NAVIGATION LIGHTS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE DELAWARE MEMORIAL BRIDGE IN THE DELAWARE RIVER HAVE BEEN REPORTED EXTINGUISHED. VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA SHOULD PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Posted   09-15-2020 14:09   Edit  
A SECURITY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED ON PORTIONS OF THE DELAWARE AND SCHUYLKILL RIVERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. LAW ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WILL BE MONITORING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SECURITY ZONE. THE SPECIFICS OF THESE BOUNDARIES CAN BE FOUND IN 33 CFR 165.558. THE SECURITY ZONE WILL BE ENFORCED INTERMITTENTLY FROM 4 PM THROUGH 7 PM ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2020. ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS CAN BE CONTACATED VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 22. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND OBEY ALL COMMANDS FROM ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WHEN IN THE AREA.

Posted   09-10-2020 10:49   Edit  
NOTICE:

COAST GUARD SEEKS COMMENTS ON HOW TO IMPROVE OUR NATION’S SHALLOW DRAFT WATERWAYS ATON SYSTEM

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) Study on the Shallow Draft system (waters less than 12 feet).

The purpose of this study is to determine the navigational needs and requirements of vessels operating in shallow draft navigable waterways throughout the country. The study will focus on the existing shallow water Aids to Navigation (ATON) system, future development projects, waterborne commerce transiting these waters, and marine casualty information.

Waterway users, interested parties, and stakeholders are invited to provide comments or feedback via the tool posted at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShallowWaterWAMS. This link will remain available until November 1, 2020. Further questions or comments may be emailed to CGNAV@uscg.mil using the subject line: “Shallow Draft WAMS”.

Posted   08-26-2020 10:00   Edit  
USCG HQ MSIB 08-20 Change 3

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This update to MSIB 08-20 provides guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We are doing this in keeping with national guidance to meet the challenge of this disease and in response to a number of questions and concerns raised by the maritime industry and mariners. The provisions in this MSIB are consistent with the Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery issued on May 19, 2020.
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Posted   08-25-2020 16:09   Edit  
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MSIB 23-20

Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from August 26, 2020 through October 15, 2020.
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Posted   08-25-2020 16:09   Edit  
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MSIB 23-20

Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging. Maintenance dredging will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) on the Delaware River from August 26, 2020 through October 15, 2020.
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Posted   08-04-2020 18:59   Edit  
MSIB 22-20 Update 1

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. Port Condition ZULU is lifted. There are no navigational restrictions at this time.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-03-2020 17:40   Edit  
USCG MSIB 22-20

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NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION ZULU

The Captain of the Port (COTP) is notifying port partners that Hurricane Condition ZULU will be set throughout the port at 2100 on August 3, 2020, due to the potential for Tropical Storm ISAIAS to impact the Sector Delaware Bay COTP zone.
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Posted   08-03-2020 14:02   Edit  
USCG MSIB 21-20

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NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION YANKEE

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set Port Condition YANKEE throughout the port due to the potential for Hurricane ISAIAS to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 24 hours. Based on the current storm track, the COTP anticipates setting Port Condition Zulu at 2100 on August 3, 2020. 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.
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Posted   08-02-2020 11:04   Edit  
USCG MSIB 20-20

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NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION XRAY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition XRAY due to the potential for Hurricane ISAIAS to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 48 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.
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Posted   08-01-2020 11:28   Edit  
USCG MSIB 19-20

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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential
for Hurricane Isaias to 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 .
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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   07-23-2020 13:20   Edit  
For clarity, MSIBs relating to COVID-19 will be maintained at:

homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay

Under the "Marine Transportation MTS Recovery" heading you will find "CG Headquarters MSIBs"

The most recent versions of COVID-19 related MSIBs can be found under the "Marine Transportation MTS Recovery" heading in the "CG Headquarters MSIB" section.

Posted   07-13-2020 14:16   Edit  
MSIB 17-20 SHIPPING SAFETY FAIRWAYS ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

The Coast Guard has published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the possible establishment of shipping safety fairways along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. This potential system of fairways is intended to ensure that traditional navigation routes are kept free from obstructions that could impact navigation safety.

Section 70003 of Title 46 United States Code directs the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard resides to designate necessary fairways that provide safe access routes for vessels proceeding to and from U.S. ports. Designation as a fairway keeps an area free of fixed structures. This designation recognizes the generally paramount right of navigation over other uses in the designated areas. The Coast Guard is coordinating its possible establishment of fairways along the Atlantic Coast, as well as complementary port approaches and international entry and departure zones, with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to minimize the impact on offshore energy leases.

Comments and related material must be received on or before August 18, 2020.

For additional information, complete text of the ANPRM, and/or submission of comments you may visit either of the following websites:

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG_FRDOC_0001-8504

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/19/2020-12910/shipping-safety-fairways-along-the-atlantic-coast?utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list

The Coast Guard views public participation as essential to effective rulemaking and will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this potential rulemaking.


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-11-2020 09:26   Edit  
MSIB 16-20 UPDATE 1

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.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-09-2020 22:27   Edit  
MSIB 16-20 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 severe weather in the New Jersey and Delaware area in the next 24 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 Delaware shore, Delaware Bay, and New Jersey shore areas will likely experience heavy rains, gale force winds, increased seas, and surf. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities within potentially affected areas should 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.

Vessel and facility operators are encouraged to visit the Mariner Decision Support Tool for forecasts and current information. The decision support tool is located at www.weather.gov/phi/dss_port.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to the Sector Delaware Bay 24 hour Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-26-2020 19:47   Edit  
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SUBMERGED OBJECT DELAWARE RIVER – MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE
Update 1

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a submerged object that has been reported in Marcus Hook Anchorage on the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Delaware River as depth at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Vessels drafting over 30 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object. Object has moved approximately 550 feet upriver and may continue to do so. The previous location on June 24, 2020, and the new location as of June 26, 2020, are listed below.
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Posted   06-24-2020 15:27   Edit  
MSIB 15-20 ***See Attachment for Full Text***

SUBMERGED OBJECT DELAWARE RIVER – MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a submerged object that has been reported in Marcus Hook Anchorage on the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Delaware River as depth at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Vessels drafting over 30 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.
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Posted   06-15-2020 08:40   Edit  
MSIB 14-20

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SUBMERGED OBJECT REMOVAL OPERATIONS AND SAFETY ZONE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of the establishment of a safety zone for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) operation to remove submerged objects within the Delaware Bay and River. Beginning on June 15, 2020, the dredge KOKO VI, towing vessel GEORGETOWN, and deck barge BC 45 will begin submerged object removal operations on the Delaware Bay and River from Brandywine shoal to Eagle Point Range.
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Posted   06-03-2020 14:36   Edit  
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 10-20 (Update 1)

DREDGING OPERATIONS WITHIN NEW CASTLE RANGE - UPDATE 1
Annual maintenance dredging operations within New Castle Range have been completed. Vessels may return to normal traffic patterns within Reedy Point Anchorage and New Castle Range.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   06-02-2020 11:28   Edit  
CGHQ MSIB 02-20 Change 5.

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Novel Coronavirus - Update (Change 5)
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect mariners and maritime commerce. Vessel arriving to or traveling between any U.S. port or place must follow reporting and infection control measures to maintain the safety of personnel onboard vessels as well as within the port.
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Posted   05-29-2020 08:04   Edit  
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 13-20

Hurricane Seasonal Alert

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert on June 1, 2020. Seasonal Alert will remain in effect through November 30, 2020, 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 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 (267) 515-7294 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   05-12-2020 17:16   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 12-20

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE PROJECT

The Coast Guard is seeking comments regarding a proposed long-term rehabilitation project for the Ben Franklin Bridge as it pertains to the maritime transportation system.

The proposed work plan includes installation of work scaffolding for the duration of the project currently estimated at 4 years. The scaffolding installation would result in a reduction in vertical clearance of approximately 3 feet over the length of the bridge.

We are requesting comments from the maritime community regarding the potential impacts of the reduction in vertical clearance. Should there be a potential impact to operations, please include the following information as appropriate:

• Name of company, facility, and contact information.
• Description of impact due to reduced vertical clearance of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
• The amount or frequency of expected impacts due to reduced vertical clearance of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Comments are requested prior to 7:00 am on Friday, May 15, 2020, to be included for consideration.

Please send comments and concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division at the following email address: DelawarebayWWM@uscg.mil.


S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-12-2020 17:11   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 11-20

PORT ACCESS ROUTE STUDY OF NEW JERSEY SEACOAST AND APPROACHES TO DELAWARE BAY – NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

The Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) to determine whether existing or additional vessel routing measures are necessary along the seacoast of New Jersey and approaches to the Delaware Bay. The study will consider whether existing or additional routing measures are necessary to improve navigation safety due to factors such as planned or potential offshore development, current port capabilities and planned improvements, increased vessel traffic, existing and potential anchorage areas, changing vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty.

The aim of vessel routing measures are to reduce the risk of marine casualties. Examples of potential measures include traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, deep-water routes, precautionary areas, and areas to be avoided. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemakings or appropriate international agreements.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received on or before July 6, 2020. Requests for a public meeting must be submitted on or before June 4, 2020.

For additional information, submission of comments, and/or to request a public meeting regarding the PARS, please visit the below website:

https://www.regulations.gov, and insert “USCG-2020-0172” in the “search box.”

Comments and requests for a public meeting can be made by selecting “Comment Now”. The Coast Guard will consider all comments and material received during the comment period.


S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-05-2020 18:25   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 10-20

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 May 5, 2020, 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   04-28-2020 09:51   Edit  
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Philadelphia Quarantine Station Newsletter (27 APR-03 May 2020)

Welcome to Philadelphia Quarantine Station’s COVID-19 weekly
newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide all our partners in the Tri-state
area with the latest CDC guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is a respiratory infectious disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2,
it is ranging from mild symptoms to severe disease.
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Posted   04-24-2020 07:53   Edit  
TSA TWIC TECHNICAL ADVISORY

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Technical Impact of the April 2020 Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) Exemption to Extend the Expiration Date of Certain TWICs on Card Operations

Introduction
This Technical Advisory announces TSA’s publication of a temporary exemption from requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 regarding the expiration of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC®s). The exemption, Exemption to Extend the Expiration Date of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, may impact the use of expired credentials in certain access control solutions and readers.
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Posted   04-20-2020 10:28   Edit  
CGHQ MSIB 07-20 Change 1

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COVID 19 – Port and Facility Operations - Change 1
In conjunction with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance provided to commercial vessels by the Coast Guard in Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) Numbers 02-20 (as amended) and 06-20, the Coast Guard is providing the following updated information to port and facility operators as it relates to COVID-19.
The facility compliance regulations outlined throughout 33 Code of Federal Regulations remains in force, and facility operators are expected to continue to comply with these requirements. Questions or issues that arise as a result of COVID-19 should, where possible, be addressed in accordance with regulations outlined in 33 Code of Federal Regulations, and any plans and manuals already approved/reviewed by the Coast Guard. However, it is recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a myriad of unique operating conditions that warrant special considerations. Some challenges have included cruise ships mooring at facilities not approved for passenger operations, garbage removal, and facility and vessel crew interactions. Because of these operational concerns, the following clarification and guidance is provided to help ensure the safety and security of workers, ports, and facilities:
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RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the port has returned to NORMAL PORT CONDITION in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. 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   04-12-2020 09:03   Edit  
MSIB 08-20 SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
NOTICE OF SEVERE WEATHER - PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential for severe weather in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 36 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, gale force winds, increased seas, and surf. 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 exceed 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.

Vessel and facility operators are encouraged to visit the Mariner Decision Support Tool for forecasts and current information. The decision support tool is located at www.weather.gov/phi/dss_port.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to the Sector Delaware Bay 24 hour 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   04-10-2020 09:13   Edit  
CGD5 MSIB 01-20

Marine Transportation System COVID-19 Precautions

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to work alongside various federal, state, and local maritime stakeholders and public health officials to respond to the continuing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This virus presents a serious public health threat to the United States and risks causing significant disruptions to the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and global supply chain. Resiliency throughout all parts of the MTS is key; from truck drivers, crane operators, and security guards, to vessel Pilot’s, crews of 1200 foot foreign container vessels, and Masters of tugs, the nation is dependent upon our actions today.

All members of the commercial maritime community are urged to do their part to safeguard the MTS and reduce exposure to, and transition of, the virus. All persons, including critical infrastructure workers as noted in MSIB 11-20, are reminded to follow the latest guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state health departments. The MTS is dependent on each and every worker being vigilant; the health of our families, communities, and industries are inextricably linked

Vessels:

Vessel owners, operators, and masters should implement procedures to help ensure the safety and security of their vessel crews, reducing impacts to vessel and port operations. Guidance for consideration:

• Develop screening procedures for arriving mariners, visiting personnel and current crew to identify symptoms of, and exposure to, a respiratory illness.
• Develop procedures to restrict visitors to limited and specific areas of the vessel as much as possible. This could include standing up a reception area on the main deck. Additionally, closely monitor and restrict outside access to living quarters as much as possible. Personnel allowed onboard vessels should be limited to pilots, port officials, including Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and other law enforcement personnel, classification society surveyors, medical personnel, and necessary longshoremen while conducting cargo operations.
• Implement a stringent ship sanitation and disinfection regime. Particular attention should be paid to high-touch surfaces and common areas. Include pre-pilot boarding sanitation into this procedure to assist in reducing person-to-person spread. This would likely include: wiping down the entire wheelhouse with a bleach solution, including chart table, instruments, chairs, helm, consoles, radar control panels, ECDIS control panel, PPUs, VHF radios, binoculars, pens/pencils, etc.
• Restrict the personnel on the bridge while a pilot is embarked to only those essential crew; drinking and eating should be avoided.
• Develop procedures to report and manage ill personnel, including crew members and visitors.
• Ensure vessel crews are continuing to self-monitor for any symptoms and consider measuring temperature to identify when crew members are starting to exhibit symptoms.
Facilities:
Facility owners and operators should implement procedures to help ensure the safety and security of their personnel, reducing impacts to port operations. Guidance for consideration
• Limit as far as possible the number of interactions between shipboard and terminal personnel to only those essential for operation and supply of the vessel.
• Ensure all workers are trained and have access to appropriate personal protective equipment if needed.
• Encourage cooperation between vessel crews and facility/port workers to develop and comply with screening protocols or procedures to address COVID-19
• Consider the installation of hand washing or hand sanitizing stations at the base of vessel gangways.

The Fifth Coast Guard District and four mid-Atlantic Coast Guard Sectors are poised to assist industry through this unprecedented time. Questions or concerns on compliance with federal regulations should be addressed to the local Sector, contact information is below.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay 24-hour Command Center: (215) 271-4807 SecDelBayCC@uscg.mil

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital 24-hour Command Center (410) 576-2693 D05-SMB-SectorMD-NCR-SCC@uscg.mil

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Virginia 24-hour Command Center: (757) 638-6635 SectorVACC@uscg.mil

U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina 24-hour Command Center: (910) 343-3880 SNCPrevention@uscg.mil

Please utilize the below resources to assist in developing a plan that is most effective for your specific operations. While it not an all-inclusive list, it provides a multitude of resources to assist during this challenging time:

• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletins: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Featured- Content/Mariners/Marine-Safety-Information-Bulletins-MSIB/
• American Waterways Operators COVID Guidance: https://www.americanwaterways.com/covid19

Keith M. Smith Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Fifth Coast Guard District Commander sends
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CGHQ MSIB 13-20

COVID 19 – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) Operations

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.

Maritime Facilities and Vessels:

TWIC Readers - the Coast Guard is not changing or delaying the TWIC Reader Rule implementation date of June 7, 2020, for facilities that receive vessels certificated to carry more than 1,000 passengers and vessels certificated to carry more than 1,000 passengers. However, the Coast Guard will delay enforcement until October 5, 2020. Applicable facilities and vessels are not required to update facility security plans (FSP)/vessel security plans (VSP) or install readers until the revised enforcement date.

Escort Ratios – Escort ratios for secure and restricted areas of a facility are provided in Navigation and Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-07. To provide flexibility due to COVID-19 related health impacts, the escort ratio may be adjusted to meet employee shortages or other demands. This would constitute a change to the FSP or require Captain of the Port approval via noncompliance (discussed below and in MSIB 07-20).

New Hires – After enrollment has been completed and a new hire has presented an acceptable form of identification per 33 CFR 101.515(a) to the vessel security officer or facility security officer, that new hire may be allowed access to secure or restricted areas where another person(s) is present who holds a TWIC and can provide reasonable monitoring. The side-by-side escorting required in 33 CFR 101.105 for restricted areas will not be enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional compliance options for new hires can be found in 33 CFR 104.267 and 105.257 or via noncompliance (discussed below).

Alternative Security Program (ASP) – Local users who are unable to comply with the requirements in an approved ASP may pursue temporary relief via noncompliance (discussed below) or an amendment can be submitted to cover the entire ASP via submission to CG-FAC.

Noncompliance – 33 CFR 104.125 and 105.125 discusses noncompliance with facility and vessel security requirements. If a situation arises where a facility or vessel will not be able to comply with the requirements of 33 CFR parts 104 or 105, they must contact the Captain of the Port (COTP) to request and receive permission to temporarily deviate from the requirements. While not discussed in 33 CFR 104.125 or 105.125, the vessel or facility operator should evaluate and consider any safety risks that may be created from the noncompliance. This request to continue operations should include new measures or safeguards the facility or vessel plans to employ to mitigate any risk from the non-compliance with 33 CFR part 104 or 105.

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.

Merchant Mariner Credentials
The Coast Guard is providing flexibility with regard to requirements to have a TWIC when applying for a credential or when serving under the authority of a credential. To date, the processing of submitted TWIC enrollments has not been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and there is no delay in vetting, card production, and issuance. However, TSA and the Coast Guard recognize that this is an evolving public health situation and enrollment centers closures or processing delays will impact applicants for a merchant mariner credential (see below for more on TSA enrollment centers).

Under the 46 CFR 10.203(b), failure to hold a valid TWIC may serve as grounds for suspension or revocation of a merchant mariner credential (MMC). The Coast Guard will not pursue any suspension and revocation actions based on expired TWIC’s during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coast Guard will update industry prior to reinstating enforcement of this requirement. This enforcement discretion for expired TWICs does not apply to cases where a mariner’s TWIC has been suspended or revoked due to a determination that they are a security threat. In those cases, the Coast Guard may pursue suspension or revocation of the MMC.
With respect to expired TWICs in the MMC application process, mariners applying for an original credential will be treated differently than mariners seeking a renewal, raise of grade or new endorsement. This is because the TSA provides the Coast Guard with biometric and biographic information (including the photograph) necessary to evaluate and produce a MMC.

Mariners applying for an original credential need to demonstrate that they have enrolled for a TWIC. Mariners may pre-enroll for a TWIC online, can schedule an appointment, but must complete the in-person enrollment process at the nearest TSA enrollment center. While this proof of application is sufficient to begin the merchant mariner credentialing process, an applicant for an original credential will be unable to obtain a MMC until their biographic and biometric information is provided to the Coast Guard by TSA.

For mariners already holding a MMC, if their TWIC expires, and their credential remains valid, then no action needs to be taken and the credential remains valid.

If a mariner applies for a renewal, raise of grade, new endorsement or duplicate merchant mariner credential while their TWIC is expired, they may apply without a valid TWIC if they demonstrate that they have enrolled for a TWIC renewal.

TSA Enrollment Centers – TSA’s Enrollment Centers remain open, at this time, and TSA is processing new TWIC enrollments. According to TSA, some enrollment centers have closed and may continue to close for a period of time to ensure the safety, health and wellness of staff and the public. If applicants are planning to visit an enrollment center, TSA encourages individuals to use the “Find an Enrollment Center” feature at the bottom of the Universal Enrollment Services home page (https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator) to determine if the center is open and its hours of operation. TWIC enrollments must be completed in-person at an enrollment center. You will be required to provide the necessary identity/immigration documentation and submit fingerprints during your in-person enrollment. It is recommended that you schedule an appointment. You may pre-enroll and schedule an appointment online (https://universalenroll.dhs.gov).

Richard V. Timme, RDML, U. S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends
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SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 07-20

Vessel Reporting Requirements for Delaware Bay Zone

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting mariners and maritime commerce. This MSIB serves as a reminder that the illness of persons on board a vessel must be reported to both the Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that the potential spread of COVID-19 from infected crew and passenger presents a hazardous condition which may affect the safety of the vessel, other vessels in the port, and the port itself.

Vessel representatives are reminded of the following requirements to report hazardous conditions and illnesses:
• Prior to clearance for entry into the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port (COTP) zone, the master of any foreign vessel must remit an Attestation of Hazardous Conditions letter to this office at SecDelBay.PortState@uscg.mil.
• This letter shall be submitted when the master submits the advanced notice of arrival and is attached to this MSIB. The letter may also be obtained from the vessel`s agent or this office.
• Key portions of this letter ask the master of the vessel to attest that:
o There are NO passengers or crew aboard this vessel that are exhibiting, or have exhibited, one or more COVID-19 or other flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days,
o There are NO passengers or crew aboard this vessel that have been to China (excluding Hong Kong, and Macau), Iran, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, or the Republic of Ireland in the past 14 days, and
o There are NO passengers or crew aboard this vessel that have been in contact with another person who has been to China (excluding Hong Kong, and Macau), Iran, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, or the Republic of Ireland in the past 14 days or another person exhibiting flu-like symptoms within the past 14 days.
• If the master is unable to attest to all three components, vessel or crew information shall be provided to this office for the portions that cannot be met, along with the attestation letter.
• This letter is intended to identify vessels that need to report hazardous conditions specifically related to COVID-19. However, under 33 CFR. § 160.216, the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel is required to immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector whenever there is any hazardous condition aboard the vessel.
• Failure to remit an Attestation Letter to this office may cause delays for clearance into the Delaware Bay COTP zone.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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

Enclosure: Attestation of Hazardous Condition Letter
**SEE ATTACHMENT FOR ENCLOSURE**

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   03-31-2020 08:37   Edit  
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 06-20

END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2019-2020 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially ended.

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   03-27-2020 16:50   Edit  
USCG HQ MSIB 11-20

Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers

The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and economic vitality. During the ongoing national emergency, it is paramount that we safeguard the continued operation of the MTS in the face of the acute and evolving threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The MTS, which provides more than 90 percent of the domestic supply chain, is dependent on an extensive support network comprised of workers from both the private and public sectors.

On March 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued a memorandum that developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security (The most current version can be found: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19). The CISA memorandum and this MSIB are advisory in nature and quarantine orders and their enforcement are ultimately up to State and local officials. This MSIB should be used to provide further clarification when making determinations regarding which MTS workers are considered essential in regions impacted by COVID-19 quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.

Though not meant to be an exhaustive list, the following personnel are essential for sustaining the continuous flow of maritime commerce:

• Merchant mariners;
• Federal and state pilots;
• Stevedores, longshoremen, and line handlers;
• Representatives of seafarers` welfare and labor organizations;
• Marine consultants, naval architects, marine exchanges, surveyors and shipyard workers;
• Classification Society and Recognized Organization surveyors and auditors;
• Vessel owners, operators, shipping agents and marine dispatchers;
• Technical representatives and contractors;
• Bridge operators and bridge repair personnel;
• Lock and Dam operators and workers;
• Lighthouse servicing and repair personnel;
• Commercial barge fleeting facility personnel;
• Equipment, cargo, crane and dredging operators;
• Truck drivers, launch/tug/towing operators and other intermodal transportation workers;
• Vendors and ship chandlers providing ship services, husbandry and provisions;
• Federal & State Agency personnel (e.g., Coast Guard,
Customs and Boarder Protection, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Army Corps of Engineers, local health & safety organizations)

From CISA Guidance: In addition to the examples above, this MSIB has some select sections from the CISA guidance memo, see below. Though not exhaustive these are examples of where essential MTS workers may be found in the memo. Information in bold has been added by the Coast Guard to this MSIB for further clarification.

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS

• Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-jurisdiction travel)
• Maritime transportation workers - port workers, mariners, equipment operators – To clarify this includes Port and facility security personnel and other Port authority and commercial facility personnel.
• Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers
• Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspecting infrastructure (including those that require cross-border travel)

PETROLEUM WORKERS:

• Petroleum product storage, pipeline, marine transport, terminals, rail transport, road transport
• Crude oil storage facilities, pipeline, and marine transport
• Petroleum refinery facilities
• Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

• Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup – To clarify this includes Oil Spill Removal Organizations and Salvage and Marine Firefighting Response Companies. Additionally, this includes response and cleanup of petroleum products.

CRITICAL MANUFACTURING

• Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH

• Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely – To clarify this includes maritime specific medical providers who meet shipboard medical needs for maritime crews.

Many MTS workers will have a federal Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) that may be used to confirm their MTS nexus. However, many others in the support framework will not have specific maritime identification or may be in the process of applying for a TWIC. In any cases where there is a question, state officials are highly encouraged to engage directly with their local Coast Guard Captain of the Port to confirm whether the worker is essential to MTS operations.

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USCG HQ MSIB 10-20

COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements

To help protect our essential maritime workforce, while also ensuring drug testing continues to serve as a deterrent, the Coast Guard is providing the following guidance, which, along with any subsequent updates, will remain in effect during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Recommended actions for marine employers with mariners in safety sensitive positions who are subject to drug testing under 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 16:

 Random Testing: Operators shall continue to conduct random urinalysis tests reasonably spread throughout the current year as per 46 CFR 16.230. However, the Coast Guard understands that introducing third party collectors onto a vessel or sending mariners to a collection site, increases human contact during the pandemic. In order to minimize human contact and safeguard the uninterrupted flow of vital commerce, maritime operators are encouraged to adjust random selection dates and use their own office employees or mariners to administer the drug tests during the pandemic emergency. Many companies already have “in-house” qualified collectors who are also authorized to train and certify other collectors. Virtual training options are also available on-line to certify urine collectors. However, the Coast Guard realizes that the challenges related to the pandemic, including the time to get employees trained, could make it difficult to reach the required 50% random test rate for all covered employees in 2020. Thus, the Office of Investigations and Analysis (CG-INV) will give due consideration to those challenges when deciding whether or not to initiate an enforcement action against marine employers who fall short of the 50% requirement. If a marine employer does fall short of the 50% requirement they should provide an explanation along with their 2020 Management Information System (MIS) reports describing the testing complications and/or delays encountered during the pandemic, and describe the steps taken to maintain their random testing programs as described above.

 Pre-Employment Testing: Employers must continue to require pre-employment drug tests for newly hired crewmembers as per 46 CFR 16.210. However, 46 CFR 16.210 provides employers the ability to waive pre-employment testing for prospective employees who have been covered by another drug testing program for at least 60 days within the last 185 days. In consideration of the pandemic and the potential need for employers to backfill crewmember positions rapidly, the Coast Guard, pursuant to 46 CFR 16.107 will consider employer requests to waive pre-employment drug tests for employees that have been covered by a random drug test program for at least 60 days within the last year of the intended hiring date. Employers may email waiver requests to CG-INV at HQS-DG-lst-CG-INV-1@uscg.mil.

 Post-Casualty Testing for Serious Marine Incidents: All employers shall continue to ensure that all persons directly involved in a serious marine incident are tested for dangerous drugs and alcohol in accordance with the requirements of 46 CFR 4.06.

 Reasonable Cause Testing: All employers shall continue to require drug testing of crewmembers who are reasonably suspected of using dangerous drugs in accordance with the requirements of 46 CFR 16.250.

Marine employers with specific questions or concerns regarding drug or alcohol testing over the course of the pandemic may send inquiries to the CG-INV Drug and Alcohol Program Coordinator at DAPI@uscg.mil.

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USCG Headquarters MSIB 09-20

Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation
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. Commercial vessel compliance activities should, to the extent possible, continue so as to safeguard the MTS and prevent an undue backlog from causing future delays. To facilitate the safe flow of commerce, the Coast Guard will liberally use remote inspection techniques to verify vessel compliance and, if needed, defer inspections. The following is the Coast Guard’s current position on commercial vessel compliance activities:

Prior to boarding a vessel or immediately prior to conducting a pre-exam/inspection meeting, Marine Inspectors, Port State Control Officers (PSCOs), and Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiners will verify with the vessel representative that there are no ill persons onboard. Coast Guard personnel will practice the appropriate protective measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
U.S. Flagged Vessel and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Inspections:

1. U.S. flagged vessels and OCS units due for Certificate of Inspection (COI) Renewals, Annual Inspections, Periodic Inspections, Dry Dock Exams, and Internal Structural Examinations (ISE) that are based on statutory or regulatory requirements should be addressed on a case-by-case basis by the local OCMI. Based on the OCMI’s evaluation of the history of the vessel and in consultation with the vessel owner or operator, the OCMI may:

o Require Coast Guard attendance onboard the vessel to conduct a full or abbreviated inspection;
o Accept objective evidence such as recent classification surveys, pictures, video, vessel logs, machinery alarm reports, etc., in lieu of Coast Guard attendance onboard the vessel to credit a required inspection or exam. (A dry dock, pressure vessel, or other non-annual exam may only be credited for a maximum of one year.);

o Defer a required inspection or exam for up to 90 days; or

o Issue a CG Form CG-835V to restrict the vessel movement as a worklist item.

2. Recognized Organizations (ROs) and Third Party Organizations (TPOs) that are conducting surveys and audits on behalf of the Coast Guard may request extensions on a case-by-case basis on behalf of the vessel owner or operator. This includes both internal and external surveys for those companies/vessels subject to Subchapter M requirements. Surveys and audits that require travel to or through high-risk affected areas will generally constitute sufficient reason for the Coast Guard to grant an extension. When evaluating if an extension will be granted, the OCMI or the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) will evaluate the vessel’s history of compliance and may require objective evidence to verify if the vessel complies with the applicable laws and regulations. Any extension of a statutory or regulatory required survey or audit will be documented in writing by the RO/TPO and should generally not be more than 90 days. ROs/TPOs that seek to use remote survey in lieu of attendance on vessels that are both classed and certificated should contact the Flag State Control Division (CG-CVC-4) or the
Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) to propose the methods and administrative
procedures that will be used. Extension requested for vessels subject to Subchapter M requirements
should be relayed by the TPO to the OCMI.

3. The same allowances should be considered for companies that are required to complete internal vessel
and management audits as required by ISM or TSMS. These companies should work through their
RO/TPO for extension requests; however, extensions granted for this work is not required to be reported
to the CG, but rather documented by company and RO/TPO.
Port State Control (PSC) Exams:

1. The Coast Guard will continue to use a risk based program to determine which vessels will be required
to undergo a Port State Control Exam. The Coast Guard will not issue deficiencies or detain vessels for
expired certificates, documents or mariner credentials until October 1, 2020.

2. Certain Certificate of Compliance (COC) exams are a statutory and regulatory requirement. Based on
the OCMI’s evaluation of the history of the vessel, the OCMI may:

o Require Coast Guard attendance onboard the vessel to conduct a full or abbreviated exam;

o Accept objective evidence such as vessel status within Qualship 21, previous port state or flag state
exams, recent classification surveys, pictures, video, vessel logs, machinery alarm reports, etc. in
lieu of Coast Guard attendance onboard the vessel to credit a required inspection or exam; or

o Defer a required inspection or exam for up to 90 days
Fishing Vessel Safety (FVS) Exams:

1. U.S. flagged commercial fishing industry vessels that are due for a 5 year commercial fishing vessel
safety dockside exam that is based on statutory or regulatory requirements, will be addressed on a caseby-
case basis by the local OCMI.

2. Based on the OCMI’s evaluation of the history of the vessel and in consultation with the vessel owner or
operator, the OCMI may:

o Require Coast Guard attendance onboard the vessel to conduct a full or abbreviated exam; or

o Defer a required exam for up to 90 days.

3. If a deferral is made, the OCMI will issue a letter of deferral to the vessel owner/operator. The letter of
deferral will be retained on board the vessel.

4. Accepted Organizations (AO) and Similarly Qualified Organizations (SQO) that are recognized TPOs
conducting FVS Exams on behalf of the Coast Guard. The TPO may defer a required FVS Exam for up
to 90 days. If a deferral is made, a signed letter of deferral will be issued by the TPO to the vessel
owner/operator. The letter of deferral will be retained on board the vessel. If a deferral is made, the TPO
shall notify the cognizant OCMI or Coast Guard District Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS)
Coordinator.

Commercial Fishing Industry:

1. Certain commercial fishing vessels request a FVS Exam prior to carrying a National Oceanic &
Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-NMFS) observer. These
requests shall continue to be coordinated through the cognizant OCMI. Processing and accommodating
requests for a FVS Exam will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by the OCMI.

For additional information, please use the following contact information:

U.S. Flagged vessels CGCVC@uscg.mil
PSC examinations PortStateControl@uscg.mil
Commercial Fishing Vessel Safey CGFishSafe@uscg.mil

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USCG Headquarters MSIB 08-20

Novel Coronovirus – Mariner Credentials

Extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements and Medical Certificates

This MSIB provides guidance concerning mariner credentials and medical certificates and the action being
taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We are doing
this in keeping with national guidance to meet the challenge of this disease and in response to a number of
questions and concerns raised by the maritime industry and mariners.

The Coast Guard has also been consulting with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other
administrations to ensure alignment with respect to the extension of endorsements issued in accordance with the
Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended
(STCW). We are taking a pragmatic approach consistent with the IMO Secretary General’s circular Letter
No.4204/Add.5 dated 17 March, 2020.

To mitigate the impact to the seafarers and the industry caused by the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, the
Coast Guard is taking the following actions:

 Regional Exam Centers and Monitoring Units. Regional Examination Centers and Monitoring Units will be
closed until further notice effective immediately. Mariners may cancel or reschedule any REC appointment
by contacting NMC’s Customer Service Center at 1-888-IASKNMC, by emailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil, or
through the NMC online chat system. This includes appointments for application submission, payment of
fees associated with an application, or appointments for examinations.

 National Endorsements: Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) and Medical Certificates (National
Endorsements only) that expired between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 are extended until 31 October
2020. Mariners who are actively working on expired credentials that meet the expiration criteria must carry
the expired credential with a copy of this notice.

 STCW Endorsements: MMCs with STCW endorsements that expired between March 1, 2020 and July 31,
2020 are extended until 31 October 2020. Mariners who are actively working on expired credentials that
meet the expiration criteria must carry the expired credential with a copy of this notice.

 STCW Medical Certificates: STCW Medical Certificates are valid for 3 months from the expiration date in
accordance with STCW Regulation I/9. Mariners who are actively working on expired medical certificate
that meet the expiration criteria must carry the expired certificate with a copy of this notice.

 Additional administrative measures: The following items that expire in between March 1, 2020 and July 31,
2020 are extended until October 31, 2020: Additional Information (AI) letters, Qualified Assessor (QA)
letters, Designated Examiner (DE) letters, Proctor approval letters, Approval to Test (ATT) letters, and
mariner training course certificates.

 Pilot Annual Physical examinations. 46 USC 7101(e)(3) requires that pilots undergo an annual physical
examination each year while holding a credential. The Coast Guard does not intend to enforce this
requirement given the current national emergency and the lack of medical care. This measure ONLY
relaxes the requirement for an annual physical and not the actual medical standards.

The National Maritime Center (NMC) will be issuing additional guidance on the MMC extensions and other
administrative measures and will be posted on its website:https://www.dco.uscg.mil/national_maritime_center//.

If you have questions, visit the NMC website, or contact the NMC Customer Service Center by using the NMC
online chat system, by e-mailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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USCG Headquarters MSIB 07-20

Novel Coronavirus – Port and Facility Operations
In conjunction with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance provided to commercial vessels by the Coast Guard in Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) Numbers 02-20 (as amended) and 06-20, the Coast Guard is providing the following information to port and facility operators as it relates to COVID-19.

The facility compliance regulations outlined throughout 33 Code of Federal Regulations remains in force, and facility operators are expected to continue to comply with these requirements. Questions or issues that arise as a result of COVID-19 should, where possible, be addressed in accordance with regulations outlined in 33 Code of Federal Regulations, and any plans and manuals already approved/reviewed by the Coast Guard. However, it is recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a myriad of unique operating conditions that warrant special considerations. Some challenges have included cruise ships mooring at facilities not approved for passenger operations, garbage removal, and facility and vessel crew interactions. Because of these operational concerns, the following clarification and guidance is provided to help ensure the safety and security of workers, ports, and facilities:

• Declarations of Security – 33 CFR 105.245 and approved Facility Security Plans require a Declaration of Security (DoS) to be completed in certain situations, depending on the Maritime Security (MARSEC) level. While there may be a requirement to complete a DoS, there is no requirement for the coordination of security needs and procedures, signature of the DoS, or implementation of agreed upon measures to be conducted in a face-to-face manner between the Facility Security Officer and the Master, Vessel Security Officer (VSO), or their designated representative. As such, electronic communication may be used for the purposes of completing the DoS, however a conversation should still occur between both the vessel and facility.

• Declarations of Inspection – 33 CFR 156.150 requires a Declaration of Inspection (DOI) to be completed before any transfer of oil or hazardous material to or from a vessel. Prior to the transfer beginning and in accordance with 33 CFR 156.120 and 156.120(w), the persons in charge (PIC) from the vessel and facility shall meet to begin completing the DOI and hold a conference to ensure both parties understand the operation. The DOI meeting/conference can be completed over the radio, phone or at a safe social distance and still meet these requirements, however both PIC’s must communicate with each other before beginning any transfer. Additionally, both PIC’s shall sign the DOI, but it can be done electronically. All other requirements of 33 CFR 156.150 must be met before the transfer begins.

• Seafarer’s Access - Maritime facility operators are reminded they are not permitted to impede the embarkation/disembarkation of crew members as permitted under Seafarer`s Access regulations. The authority to restrict access resides with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Coast Guard, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for medical matters. Facility operators should contact their local CBP, Coast Guard, or the CDC, State and local health department offices regarding specific questions or concerns about their individual operations. Nothing in the Seafarer Access requirements prevent the
This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
facility from maximizing options to minimize direct interaction that may include use of camera systems, barriers, or other measures. These modifications can be made to the Facility Security Plan or use of Noncompliance, as discussed below, may be used.

• Noncompliance – 33 CFR 105.125 discusses noncompliance with the facility security requirements. If a situation arises where a facility will not be able to comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 105, the facility must contact the Captain of the Port (COTP) to request and receive permission to temporarily deviate from the requirements. Potential situations where this can be used are modified escort requirements in secure areas or mooring a cruise ship at a non-passenger terminal. This request should include any new measures or safeguards the facility plans to employ to mitigate any risk from the non-compliance with 33 CFR 105. While not discussed in 33 CFR 105, the facility operator should also evaluate and consider any safety risks that may be created from the non-compliance. For example, if a facility will receive a different type of vessel than they normally receive, the facility operator should consider if the dock is physically capable of handling that vessel, and any logistical issues that may arise such as movement of personnel from the vessel off the facility, any medical issues or personnel that may be introduced to the facility, supplies for the vessel, and waste removal from the vessel.

• Waste Reception Facilities – Garbage and Medical Waste
33 CFR 158 regulations require all ports and terminals under the jurisdiction of the United States to provide vessels with reception facilities for garbage (33 CFR 158.133(c)). International regulations require these reception facilities to have a Certificate of Adequacy (COA) issued by the Coast Guard that attests to their ability to offload garbage, which may include medical waste (33 CFR 158.410). Medical waste is defined in 33 CFR 158.120 as “isolation wastes, infectious waste, human blood and blood products, pathological wastes, sharps, body parts, contaminated bedding, surgical wastes and potentially contaminated laboratory wastes, dialysis wastes and such additional medical items as prescribed by the EPA by regulation.”

o Reception Facilities - Ports and terminals must be ready to receive any medical waste from any vessels calling at their facility. This means that those ports/terminal with or without a COA for garbage, must provide vessels with adequate reception facilities for medical waste or a list of persons authorized by federal, state or local law or regulation to transport and treat such wastes.

o Vessels - In addition to notifying the COTP, vessels must coordinate with the port/terminal/recreational boating facility their needs for reception facilities for medical waste, 24 hours in advance of their arrival (33 CFR 151. 65(b)), or immediately if already in port.

o COA Waivers - If there are issues or concerns with the health hazards associated with any garbage, reception facilities and vessels should work with the appropriate federal, state, and/or local agencies to determine the actual risks and formulate a plan of action based on information received from those agencies. COTP may also exercise their authority to grant waivers under 33 CFR 158.150, if necessary, to allow for offloading of medical waste or garbage to a reception facility without having a COA.

• TWIC Enrollment Centers – If applicants are planning to visit an enrollment center, please use the “Find an Enrollment Center” feature at the bottom of the Universal Enroll website (https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator) to determine if the center is open and its hours of operation.

Richard Timme, RDML, U. S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends

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USCG Headquarters MSIB 02-20 (Change 3)

Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 3)
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfyG) and Cruise Ship Travel (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfVP).

Illness of a person onboard any vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port facility is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216 and must be reported immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). Cases of persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be reported to the COTP.

The Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if anyone, regardless of where they have been or who they have interacted with, shows symptoms of COVID-19 or other flu like illness. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard COTP.

Per 42 CFR 71.21, vessels destined for a U.S. port are required to report to the CDC any sick or deceased crew/passengers during 15 days prior to arrival at the U.S. port. Guidance to vessels to report deaths and illnesses to the CDC can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xdjmj. U.S. flagged commercial vessels are also advised to report ill crewmembers in accordance with the requirements of each foreign port called upon.

Presidential Proclamations have placed entry restrictions from persons arriving from or through the following countries: Iran, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), the European states within the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), and beginning at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard daylight savings time on March 16, 2020, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Vessel owners/operators and local stakeholders should be aware of the following:
1. On March 13, 2020, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that member companies were voluntarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days. The CDC issued a No Sail Order on March 14, 2020 to all cruise ships that had not voluntarily suspended operations. The Coast Guard will closely coordinate with CDC to facilitate a safe and expeditious return of passengers onboard cruise ships that are underway and bound for U.S. ports.

2. Maritime commerce is vital to the U.S. economy and the Coast Guard has the responsibility to safely enable the uninterrupted flow of maritime cargo.

o Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to the countries noted above or embarked crewmembers from the countries noted above within the last 14 days, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, provided that crewmembers remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargoprovisioning operations. U.S. citizens or any other persons listed in Section 2 of Presidential Proclamation “
Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus”, for example crewmembers with a transit and/or crewmember visa, may be permitted to disembark the vessel to conduct vessel operations pier side or for the immediate and continuous transit through the U.S. to another country. When entering the U.S. all persons must be cleared by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and, if applicable, CDC. Crewmembers without the appropriate visas will generally be required to remain onboard unless otherwise cleared for entry by CBP and, if applicable, CDC.

o Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to the countries noted above or embarked crewmembers from the countries noted above within the last 14 days, and do have sick crewmembers should expect delays and need to work with local health and port officials prior to entry.

3. All persons that have been in or through a country listed above may be subject to CDC screening prior to disembarkation.
Vessel owners and operators should be aware of the following:

• The Coast Guard will continue to review all “Notice of Arrivals” in accordance with current policies and will communicate any concerns stemming from sick or deceased crew or passengers to their Coast Guard chain of command and the cognizant CDC quarantine station, who will coordinate with local health authorities.

• All commercial vessel operators and mariners are encouraged to exercise due diligence during daily operations and highly encouraged to follow the CDC Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Diseases 2019.

• Vessel masters shall inform Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crewmembers on their vessel prior to embarking the team.

• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard COTP, should review and be familiar with section 5310 Procedures for Vessel Quarantine and Isolation, and Section 5320 - Procedures for Security Segregation of Vessels in their Area Maritime Security Plan.

• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard COTP, should review and be familiar with their Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan.

• Maritime facility operators are reminded that they are not permitted to impede the embarkation/ disembarkation of crew members as permitted under Seafarer`s access regulations. This authority resides with CBP, Coast Guard, or the CDC for medical matters. Facility operators should contact their local CBP, Coast Guard, or CDC/health department offices if they have a specific request to restrict a crew member’s access.

• The Coast Guard recommends that people review the CDC travel guidance (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and the U.S. Department of State (DoS) Travel Advisories related to COVID-19 at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ .

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USCG Headquarters MSIB 02-20 CHANGE 2

Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 2)

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. The CDC has updated their Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfyG ) and Cruise Ship Travel to Asia (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfVP ).

Illness of a person onboard any vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port facility is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216 and must be reported immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). Cases of persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be reported to the COTP.

The Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if anyone, regardless of where they have been or who they have interacted with, shows symptoms of COVID-19 or other flu like illness. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard COTP.

Per 42 CFR 71.21, vessels destined for a U.S. port are required to report to the CDC any sick or deceased crew/passengers during 15 days prior to arrival at the U.S. port. Guidance to vessels to report deaths and illnesses to the CDC can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xdjmj. U.S. flagged commercial vessels are also advised to report ill crewmembers in accordance with the requirements of each foreign port called upon.

The following restrictions apply to the following countries: Iran, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), and beginning at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard daylight savings time on March 13, 2020 the European states within the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Vessel owners/operators and local stakeholders should be aware of the following restrictions:

1. Passenger vessels or any vessel carrying passengers that have been to the countries noted above or embarked passengers who have been in the countries noted above within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States. If all passengers exceed 14 days since being in the countries noted above and are symptom free, the vessel will be permitted to enter the United States to conduct normal operations. These temporary measures are in place to safeguard the American public.

2. Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to the countries noted above or embarked crewmembers from the countries noted above within the last 14 days, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, with restrictions. Crewmembers on these vessels will be required under COTP authority to remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargo or provisioning operations.

3. Vessels carrying passengers from the countries noted above that originally departed and/or initiated from U. S. ports will be authorized to return to U. S. ports.
This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.

Note: The above restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens or any other persons listed in Section 2 of Presidential Proclamation “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.”

Vessel owners and operators should be aware of the following:

• The Coast Guard will continue to review all “Notice of Arrivals” in accordance with current policies and will communicate any concerns stemming from sick or deceased crew or passengers to their Coast Guard chain of command and the cognizant CDC quarantine station, who will coordinate with local health authorities.

• All commercial vessel operators and mariners are encouraged to exercise due diligence during daily operations and highly encouraged to follow the CDC Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Diseases 2019

• Vessel masters shall inform Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crewmembers on their vessel prior to embarking the team.

• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard COTP, should review and be familiar with section 5310 Procedures for Vessel Quarantine and Isolation, and Section 5320 - Procedures for Security Segregation of Vessels in their Area Maritime Security Plan.

• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard COTP, should review and be familiar with their Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan.

• Maritime facility operators are reminded that they are not permitted to impede the embarkation/ disembarkation of crew members as permitted under Seafarer`s access regulations. This authority resides with CBP, Coast Guard, or the CDC for medical matters. Facility operators should contact their local CBP, Coast Guard, or CDC/health department offices if they have a specific request to restrict a crew member’s access.

• The Coast Guard recommends that people review the CDC travel guidance (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and the U.S. Department of State (DoS) Travel Advisories related to COVID-19 at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ .

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USCG Headquarters MSIB 06-20


Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting mariners and maritime commerce. This MSIB serves as a reminder that the illness of persons on board a vessel must be reported to both the Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Reporting delays create significant challenges to protect persons on board vessels and, more broadly, maintain an effective Marine Transportation System. Vessels or masters that do not immediately report illness or death among passengers or crew may face delays and disruption to passenger and cargo operations including a requirement to return to the previous port after sailing.

Additionally, vessels and masters are subject to Coast Guard enforcement action, which include civil penalties, vessel detentions, and criminal liability.

Illness of a person onboard a vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216 and the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge must immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). It is critical to report persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other illness to the COTP.
42 CFR 71.1 defines an ill person onboard a vessels as one that has:

(A) Fever (has a measured temperature of 100.4 °F [38 °C] or greater; or feels warm to the touch; or gives a history of feeling feverish) accompanied by one or more of the following:
o skin rash,
o difficulty breathing or suspected or confirmed pneumonia,
o persistent cough or cough with bloody sputum,
o decreased consciousness or confusion of recent onset,
o new unexplained bruising or bleeding (without previous injury),
o persistent vomiting (other than sea sickness)
o headache with stiff neck;

(B) Fever that has persisted for more than 48 hours;

(C) Acute gastroenteritis, which means either:
o diarrhea, defined as three or more episodes of loose stools in a 24-hour period or what is above normal for the individual, or
o vomiting accompanied by one or more of the following: one or more episodes of loose stools in a 24-hour period, abdominal cramps, headache, muscle aches, or fever (temperature of 100.4 °F [38 °C] or greater);

Additionally, as required by 42 CFR 71.21, the master of a ship destined for a U.S. port shall report immediately to the quarantine station at or nearest the port at which the ship will arrive, the occurrence, on board, of any death or any ill person among passengers or crew (including those who have disembarked or have been removed) during the 15-day period preceding the date of expected arrival or during the period since departure from a U.S. port (whichever period of time is shorter). Guidance and forms to report deaths and illnesses to the CDC can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xdjmj.

Richard Timme, RDML, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends.
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THE M/V BF OSPREY PREVIOUSLY M/V JOHANNES S HAS EXPERIENCED A MARINE CASUALTY. THE VESSEL IS CURRENTLY ANCHORED IN ANCHORAGE 3 AT REEDY POINT IN APPROXIMATE POSITION 39°32`32.72"N, 75°32`44.74"W. THE VESSEL`S ANCHOR SWING HAS POTENTIAL TO IMPACT THE GREEN SIDE OF UPPER REEDY ISLAND RANGE. TRANSITING VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING IN THE VICINITY. VESSEL WILL BE MONITORING VHF CHANNEL 13 & 16.

Posted   03-11-2020 11:40   Edit  
USCG Headquarters MSIB 02-20 Update (Change 1)

Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 1)

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. The CDC has updated their Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfyG) and Cruise Ship Travel to Asia (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfVP).

Illness of a person onboard a vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port facility is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216 and must be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). Cases of persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be reported to the COTP.

Per 42 CFR 71.21, vessels destined for a U.S. port are required to report to the CDC any sick or deceased crew/passengers during 15 days prior to arrival at the U.S. port. Guidance to vessels to report deaths and illnesses to the CDC can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xdjmj. U.S. flagged commercial vessels are also advised to report ill crewmembers in accordance with the requirements of each foreign port called upon.

Vessel owners/operators and local stakeholders should be aware of the following:

 Passenger vessels or any vessel carrying passengers that have been to Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) or embarked passengers who have been in Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States. If all passengers exceed 14 days since being in Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) and are symptom free, the vessel will be permitted to enter the United States to conduct normal operations. These temporary measures are in place to safeguard the American public.

 Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) or embarked crewmembers who have been in Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, with restrictions. Crewmembers on these vessels will be required under COTP authority to remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargo or provisioning operations.

 The Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if a crewmember who was in Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the past 14-days is brought onboard the vessel during transit. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard COTP.

 The Coast Guard will continue to review all “Notice of Arrivals” in accordance with current policies and will communicate any concerns stemming from sick or deceased crew or passengers to their Coast Guard chain of command and the cognizant CDC quarantine station, who will coordinate with local health authorities.

 Vessel masters shall inform Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crewmembers on their vessel prior to embarking the team.

 Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard COTP, should review and be familiar with section 5310 Procedures for Vessel Quarantine and Isolation, and Section 5320 - Procedures for Security Segregation of Vessels in their Area Maritime Security Plan.

 Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard COTP, should review and be familiar with their Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan.

 Maritime facility operators are reminded that they are not permitted to impede the embarkation/ disembark of crew members as permitted under Seafarer`s access regulations. This authority resides with CBP, Coast Guard, or the CDC for medical matters. Facility operators should contact their local CBP, Coast Guard, or CDC/health department offices regarding specifics questions or concerns about their individual operations.

 The Coast Guard recommends that people review the CDC travel guidance (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and the U.S. Department of State (DoS) Travel Advisories related to COVID-19 at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/.

Ms. Dana S. Tulis, SES, U.S. Coast Guard, Director, Emergency Management (CG-5RI) sends.
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Posted   03-03-2020 09:22   Edit  
MSIB 03-20 (Update 4)

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT
Update 4

***CHANGES ARE IN BOLD FONT***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that safety zones two and three associated with the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance and Deepening Projects have been removed. Anchorage requirements for Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7) have returned to normal in accordance with 33 CFR 110.157. Safety zone one remains in effect for the duration of the maintenance project.

Safety zone one *Active* includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   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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Posted   02-07-2020 14:14   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT
Update 3

***CHANGES ARE IN BOLD FONT***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance and Deepening Projects. These operations will be conducted in the Delaware River from January 12, 2020 through March 15, 2020. Operations will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7).

Safety zone one *Active* includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range.

Safety zone two *Active* includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8).

Safety zone three *Active* includes all waters of the Delaware River within 500 yards of the drill boat APACHE and the dredge NEW YORK.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zones one and two may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit two vessels at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. One vessel may utilize the extreme northernmost portion of the anchorage while a second vessel may utilize the extreme southernmost portion of the anchorage. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zone three may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Rock blasting will be conducted via explosive detonations by the drill boat APACHE intermittently from sunrise through sunset, daily. No vessels may transit through safety zone three during times of explosive detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation, a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through safety zone three shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the COTP and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   02-03-2020 14:47   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 017-20
A. DE/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BAKER RANGE (CHART 12311)
2. UNDERWATER TRENCHING, JETTING, AND BURIAL OF SUBMARINE CABLES NEAR BAKER RANGE IN THE DELAWARE RIVER AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE: 39°27`31.10"N - LONGITUDE: 75°34`44.33"W. WORK IS EXPECTED THROUGH FEBRUARY 25, 2020. PROJECT VESSELS INVOLVED WILL INCLUDE BARGES NS43 & NS91 AND TUG/PUSH BOATS FRANKLIN & INTREPID. WORKING HOURS WILL NORMALLY BE BETWEEN 7AM AND 5PM BUT MAY SHIFT DEPENDING ON TIDE. ALL WORK IS BEING CONDUCTED OUTSIDE THE CHANNEL. PROJECT VESSELS WILL BE MONITORING VHF CHANNEL 16. VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA ARE REQUESTED TO MAINTAIN THE MINIMUM SAFE SPEED TO REDUCE WAKE AND MAINTAIN STEERAGE WHEN APPROACHING THE WORKING VESSELS. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//171944Z FEB 20//

Posted   02-03-2020 08:31   Edit  
COAST GUARD HEADQUARTERS MSIB 02-20

Novel Coronavirus

*This MSIB cancels MSIB 01-20 “Novel Coronavirus Precautions”, dated January 24, 2020.

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. 2019-nCoV was first detected in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China and has since spread globally (see https://go.usa.gov/xdbS9). There are several known coronaviruses that infect people, usually causing only mild respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold. However, 2019-nCoV appears capable of causing illness that is more serious. Signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of 2019-nCoV constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. On January 31, 2020, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) declared the 2019-nCoV situation to be a Public Health Emergency in the United States. HHS issued a quarantine order for specific airline passengers returning to the United States from the Hubei Province of China. On January 31, 2020, the President of the United States then issued a proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-immigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures to Address This Risk. This proclamation includes temporary suspension of foreign nationals (with some exceptions such as vessel crewmembers) who were physically present in the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, to enter in effect February 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Warning to avoid all nonessential travel to China (see https://go.usa.gov/xdbSN) and the U.S. Department of State increased its Travel Advisory for all of China to Level 4 “Do not travel to China” (see https://go.usa.gov/xdbVd). The CDC Travel Health Warning contains precautions to protect travelers and others if one must travel to China.

Illness of a person onboard a vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port facility is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216 and must be immediately reported to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) under 33 CFR 160.206. Cases of persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with 2019-nCoV must be reported to the COTP. Such persons will be evaluated and treated on a case by case basis.

Per 42 CFR 71.21, vessels destined for a U.S. port are required to report to the CDC any sick or deceased crew/passengers during the 15 days prior to arrival at a U.S. port. Guidance to vessels on reporting deaths and illnesses to the CDC can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xdjmj. U.S. flagged commercial vessels are also advised to report ill crewmembers in accordance with the requirements of each foreign port called upon.

Vessel owners/operators and local stakeholders should be aware of the following:
• Passenger vessels or any vessel carrying passengers that have been to China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) or embarked passengers who have been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States. If all passengers exceed 14 days since being in
This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) and are symptom free, the vessel will be permitted to enter the United States to conduct normal operations. These temporary measures are in place to safeguard the American public.
• Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) or embarked crewmembers who have been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, with restrictions. Crewmembers on these vessels will be required under COTP authority to remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargo or provisioning operations.
• The Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if a crewmember who was in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the past 14 days is brought onboard the vessel during transit. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard Captain of the Port.
• The Coast Guard will continue to review all “Notice of Arrivals” in accordance with current policies and will communicate any concerns stemming from sick or deceased crew or passengers to their Coast Guard chain of command and the cognizant CDC quarantine station, who will coordinate with local health authorities.
• Vessel masters shall inform Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crewmembers on their vessel prior to embarking the team and Boarding Teams should verify the type of illnesses with CDC if concerns arise.
• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard Captain of the Port, should review and be familiar with section 5310 Procedures for Vessel Quarantine and Isolation, and Section 5320 - Procedures for Security Segregation of Vessels in their Area Maritime Security Plan.
• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard COTP, should review and be familiar with their Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan.
• For situational updates, please check with the CDC at https://go.usa.gov/xdDsW

Ms. Dana S. Tulis, SES, U.S. Coast Guard, Director, Emergency Management (CG-5RI) sends.
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Posted   01-28-2020 09:36   Edit  
USCG HEADQUARTERS MSIB 01-20

Novel Coronavirus Precautions
A novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is causing an outbreak of pneumonia-type illness in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to expand in scope and magnitude. Global surveillance is in the early stages and confirmation of more cases in China and beyond its borders is expected. There have been cases discovered across the globe, including 2 cases in the United States. These cases have been directly associated with travelers who had visited the affected region in China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. There are several known coronaviruses that infect people, usually causing only mild respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold. However, this novel coronavirus appears capable of causing illness that is more serious. Signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. It is unclear how easily this virus spreads between people.
Some key points to remember concerning the Novel Coronavirus:
• There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia, first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel coronavirus.
• Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it is unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.
• Preliminary information suggests that older adults, and people with underlying health conditions, may be at increased risk for severe disease from this virus.
• Travelers to Wuhan, China should avoid contact with sick people, animals (alive or dead), and animal markets.
Travelers from Wuhan to the United States and other countries, may be asked questions about their health and travel history upon arrival.
• If you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead, tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms, and avoid contact with others. Do not travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Vessel owners/operators and local stakeholders should be aware of the following:
• Vessel representatives are required to report sick or deceased crew/passengers within the last 15 days to the CDC under 42 CFR 71.21. Regional CDC quarantine station points of contact can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/QuarantineStationContactListFull.html
• The Coast Guard will continue to review all “Notice of Arrivals” in accordance with current policies and will communicate any concerns stemming from sick or deceased crew or passengers to their Coast Guard chain of command and the CDC quarantine station who will coordinate with local health authorities.
• Vessel masters shall inform Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crewmembers on board their vessel prior to the Coast Guard embarking and Boarding Teams should verify vessel illnesses with CDC if concerns arise.
• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard Captain of the Port, should review and be familiar with section 5310 Procedures for Vessel Quarantine and Isolation, and Section 5320 - Procedures for Security Segregation of Vessels in their Area Maritime Security Plan.
• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard Captain of the Port, should review and be familiar with their Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan.
• For situational updates, please check with the CDC at
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html#situation-summary
Kailie J. Benson, CAPT, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response (CG-OEM), sends.
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Posted   01-24-2020 17:53   Edit  
MSIB 04-20

Novel Coronavirus Precautions

The maritime industry should be alert to the risks associated with the Coronavirus and take appropriate precautions. A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak originated in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in early December 2019. On January 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the second case of the virus in the U.S. More information on the virus and travel alerts is available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

Vessel representatives are reminded of the following requirements to report hazardous conditions and illnesses:
• The master of a ship destined for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port zone shall report to the CDC, the occurrence, on board, of any death or any ill person among passengers or crew (including those who have disembarked or have been removed) during the 15-day period preceding the date of expected arrival in accordance with 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 71.21. The CDC Philadelphia Station can be reached 24 hours a day at (215) 365-6401.
• Also, under 33 CFR. § 160.216, the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel is required to immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector whenever there is a hazardous condition aboard the vessel. While the presence of a person with Coronavirus like symptoms does not by itself constitute a hazardous condition, vessel operators should report suspected cases or other unusual circumstances whenever they are in doubt.
• Vessel masters should inform Coast Guard and Customs boarding teams of any ill crewmembers onboard.

Key points to remember concerning novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV):
• Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
• The Coronavirus is commonly spread through the air by coughing & sneezing; close contact (e.g. touching or shaking hands); touching a surface with the virus on it then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes before washing hands; and in rare circumstances, fecal contamination.

To reduce the risk of infection, personnel are recommended to:
• Avoid close contact with people suffering from respiratory infections. Frequently wash hands, especially after direct contact with ill people or their belongings and environment.
• Seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider, if you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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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Posted   01-24-2020 13:03   Edit  
MSIB 03-20
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT
Update 2

***CHANGES ARE IN BOLD FONT***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance and Deepening Projects. These operations will be conducted in the Delaware River from January 12, 2020 through March 15, 2020. Operations will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7).

Safety zone one *Active* includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range.

Safety zone two *Active* includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8).

Safety zone three *Active* includes all waters of the Delaware River within 500 yards of the drill boat APACHE and the dredge NEW YORK.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zones one and two may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

***SAFETY ZONE TWO HAS BEEN ACTIVATED***
Beginning Saturday, January 25, 2020, vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Only the northernmost portion of the anchorage may be utilized. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zone three may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Rock blasting will be conducted via explosive detonations by the drill boat APACHE intermittently from sunrise through sunset, daily. No vessels may transit through safety zone three during times of explosive detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation, a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through safety zone three shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the COTP and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   01-24-2020 13:03   Edit  
MSIB 03-20
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT
Update 2

***CHANGES ARE IN BOLD FONT***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance and Deepening Projects. These operations will be conducted in the Delaware River from January 12, 2020 through March 15, 2020. Operations will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7).

Safety zone one *Active* includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range.

Safety zone two *Active* includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8).

Safety zone three *Active* includes all waters of the Delaware River within 500 yards of the drill boat APACHE and the dredge NEW YORK.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zones one and two may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

***SAFETY ZONE TWO HAS BEEN ACTIVATED***
Beginning Saturday, January 25, 2020, vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Only the northernmost portion of the anchorage may be utilized. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zone three may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Rock blasting will be conducted via explosive detonations by the drill boat APACHE intermittently from sunrise through sunset, daily. No vessels may transit through safety zone three during times of explosive detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation, a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through safety zone three shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the COTP and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   01-21-2020 16:17   Edit  
MSIB 03-20 *UPDATE 1*
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT

***CHANGES ARE NOTED BELOW WITH ASTERISK***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance and Deepening Projects. These operations will be conducted in the Delaware River from January 12, 2020 through March 15, 2020. Operations will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7).

***Safety zone one *Active*** includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range.

***Safety zone two *Partially Active*** includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8).

***Safety zone three *Active*** includes all waters of the Delaware River within 500 yards of the drill boat APACHE and the dredge NEW YORK.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zones ***one and two*** may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

***SAFETY ZONE TWO HAS BEEN ACTIVATED***
Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 is normally a 48 hour anchorage; however, in anticipation of full enforcement for safety zone two, any vessel wishing to anchor within Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 will only be permitted to anchor for 24 hours.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zone ***three*** may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Rock blasting will be conducted via explosive detonations by the drill boat APACHE intermittently from sunrise through sunset, daily. No vessels may transit through safety zone ***three*** during times of explosive detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation, a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through safety zone ***three*** shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the COTP and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   01-10-2020 14:22   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance and Deepening Projects. These operations will be conducted in the Delaware River from January 12, 2020 through March 15, 2020. Operations will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7).

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8).

Safety zone three includes all waters of the Delaware River within 500 yards of the drill boat APACHE and the dredge NEW YORK.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zones one and two may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Upon activation of safety zone two, vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807.

Vessels wishing to transit through safety zone three may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 22 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Rock blasting will be conducted via explosive detonations by the drill boat APACHE intermittently from sunrise through sunset, daily. No vessels may transit through safety zone three during times of explosive detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation, a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through safety zone three shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the COTP and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   01-09-2020 13:27   Edit  
SUBMERGED OBJECT – SCHUYLKILL RIVER

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a submerged object that has been reported in the Schuylkill River near Mud Island. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Schuylkill River as depth at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Vessels drafting over 25 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

• Schuylkill River Object:
o Minimum depth 31.6 feet at mean low low water.
o Approximate location 39˚53.275063N, 075˚11.698723W.
o Approximately 25 feet west of channel centerline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently evaluating the object and assessing the potential for removal.

Please see the attached chartlet for further information.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   01-07-2020 16:13   Edit  
 SUBMERGED OBJECT DELAWARE RIVER – EDGEWATER CHANNEL

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a submerged object that has been reported in the Edgewater Channel on the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Delaware River as depth at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

• Edgewater Channel Object:
o Minimum depth 37.1 feet at mean low low water.
o Approximate location 40˚04.32016N, 074˚54.581715W.
o Approximately 30 feet inside green toe.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently evaluating the object and assessing the potential for removal.

Please see the attached chartlet for further information.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   12-31-2019 08:26   Edit  
SAFETY ZONES - NEW YEARS FIREWORKS DISPLAYS - DELAWARE RIVER, PENN`S LANDING, PHILADELPHIA, PA (BNM 353-19 & 354-19)

EARLY DISPLAY
A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER ADJACENT TO PENNS LANDING ON DECEMBER 31ST FROM 5:45PM TO 6:15PM.

LATE DISPLAY
A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER ADJACENT TO PENNS LANDING FROM 11:45PM ON DECEMBER 31ST TO 12:30AM ON JANUARY 1ST.

THE SAFETY ZONES INCLUDE THE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN A 500 YARD RADIUS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39-56`50" N, LONGITUDE 075-08`12" W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY
WITH THE PERMISSION OF OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   12-19-2019 10:02   Edit  
MSIB 24-19 SUBMERGED OBJECTS PHILADELPHIA TO TRENTON

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of three submerged objects that have been reported in the Frankford Channel, Tacony Channel, and the Mud Island Range on the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Delaware River as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid these areas and transit around the objects.

• Frankford Channel:
o Minimum depth 39.7 feet at mean low low water.
o Approximate location 40˚0.931N, 075˚2.099W.
o Approximately 10 feet inside green toe.

• Tacony Channel:
o Minimum depth 39.8 feet at mean low low water.
o Approximate location 40˚1.019N, 075˚1.720W.
o Approximately on centerline of channel.

• Mud Island Range:
o Minimum depth 36.2 feet at mean low low water.
o Approximate location 40°2.563N, 074°59.026W.
o Approximately 25 feet east of channel centerline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently evaluating the objects and assessing the potential for removal.

Please see the attached chartlets for further information.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   12-16-2019 09:33   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 346-19
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – MARCUS HOOK RANGE - EDDYSTONE RANGE - CHESTER RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. THE DREDGE 53 AND THE DRAG BARGE 172 WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGING OPERATIONS WITHIN EDDYSTONE, CHESTER AND MARCUS HOOK RANGES UNTIL APPROXIMATELY DECEMBER 20, 2019. DREDGING VESSELS SHOULD BE CONTACTED ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 13 OR 16 AT LEAST ONE HOUR PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ARRANGE SAFE PASSAGE. VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//202000Z DEC 19//

Posted   12-11-2019 09:01   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 343-19
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – FAIRLESS HILLS TURNING BASIN (CHART 12314)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE DREDGE BEARING SEA WILL BE PERFORMING DREDGING OPERATIONS IN THE FAIRLESS HILLS TURNING BASIN THROUGH APPROXIMATELY JANUARY 30, 2020. THE BEARING SEA WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 19. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//252000Z DEC 19//

Posted   12-11-2019 09:01   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 343-19
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – FAIRLESS HILLS TURNING BASIN (CHART 12314)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE DREDGE BEARING SEA WILL BE PERFORMING DREDGING OPERATIONS IN THE FAIRLESS HILLS TURNING BASIN THROUGH APPROXIMATELY JANUARY 30, 2020. THE BEARING SEA WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 19. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//252000Z DEC 19//

Posted   12-11-2019 08:33   Edit  
MSIB 23-19 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 website. The address is:

https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-5/District-Units/Sector-Delaware-Bay/

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.


S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-06-2019 09:33   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 340-19
A. PA - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. UNDERWATER STRUCTURE INSPECTIONS OF THE PHILADELPHIA WATERFRONT ALONG THE DELAWARE RIVER ARE SCHEDULED FROM DECEMBER 9TH THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH. DURING THIS TIME PERIOD, WORK WILL BE CONDUCTING ON WEEKDAYS FROM 8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
BETWEEN MARKET STREET AND SPRUCE STREET. INPSECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM A 26-FT ALUMINUM WORK SKIFF WHICH WILL EITHER ANCHOR ADJACENT TO THE PIER OR WILL BE TEMPORARILY MOORED TO THE PIER. ALL WORK WILL OCCUR WEST OF THE CHANNEL. THE WORK VESSEL CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 13, 16, OR 69. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-06-2019 09:32   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 339-19
A. PA - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. A LIGHTED BOAT PARADE IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH FROM 4:30 PM TO 5:30 PM IN THE VICINITY OF PENN`S LANDING. THE PARADE WILL CONSIIST OF APPROXIMATELY 15 VESSELS OPERATING ON A ROUTE STARTING AT THE INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM, PROCEEDING NORTH TO THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BRIDGE, THEN
RETURNING SOUTH TO THE MUSEUM. VESSELS WILL MONITOR VHF FM CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-06-2019 09:31   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDBAY BNM 338-19
A. PA - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. A FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE HELD LANDSIDE AT PENN`S LANDING ALONG THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 6TH FROM APPROXIMATELY 7:20 PM TO 7:40 PM. ALL MARINERS ARE URGED USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITTING THE AREA AND REMAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE LAUNCH SITE.

Posted   11-29-2019 11:17   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay, in collaboration with USCG District 5, has posted a Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments regarding the establishment of additional anchorages within the Sector Delaware Bay Area of responsibility.

Comments are due prior to 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 28, 2020. Participation is requested and encouraged.

Comments can be submitted and the Notice can be viewed at the below link:

https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USCG-2019-0822

Posted   11-01-2019 14:01   Edit  
DELAWARE RIVER – PORT OF PAULSBORO – MARINE CONSTRUCTION

The Paulsboro Marine Terminal is conducting construction activities along the existing marine wharf. The multi-phase project will involve creation of a new berth on the downriver side of the existing pier. The project will continue through Oct 2021. During construction, there will be multiple tugs, work vessels, material and crane barges in the vicinity of the pier and Mantua Creek. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, and reduce to a no-wake speed in the vicinity of the equipment for worker safety.

Posted   11-01-2019 13:17   Edit  
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 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/endangered-species-conservation/reducing-ship-strikes-north-atlantic-right-whales 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   11-01-2019 08:19   Edit  
REMINDER: PLEASE RSVP BY NOVEMBER 4, 2019!

The invitation for this year`s annual Sector Delaware Bay annual Ice Conference can be found here:

To view your invitation please click the link below.
If you are unable to click on the link please copy and paste the address into your web browser.

https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=469897&k=06674B017250


Please use the Website to RSVP. See the below MSIB for more information!


MSIB 18-19

ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY ICE CONFERENCE

The annual 2019-2020 Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2019-2020 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from the Fifth Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, National Weather Service, and the National Ice Center.

If you plan to attend the 2019-2020 Ice Conference, please contact Sector Delaware Bay’s Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889/4814 or e-mail DelawareBayWWM@uscg.mil prior to November 8, 2019. Please submit any questions concerning ice operations that you wish to have addressed at the conference with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19147. Adequate parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union building located adjacent to the Sector building on Columbus Blvd.

S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-28-2019 08:37   Edit  
SUBMERGED OBJECT REMOVAL OPERATIONS - UPDATE

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 319-19
A. DE/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - NEW CASTLE/BRANDYWINE (CHARTS 12311, 12304)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL NAVIGABLE WATERS WITHIN 200 YARDS OF THE DERRICK BOAT ELIZABETH WHILE CONDUCTING OBJECT REMOVAL OPERATIONS. WORK WILL BEGIN WITHIN NEW CASTLE RANGE ON OCTOBER 28 AND THEN PROCEED TO BRANDYWINE
RANGE. NO VESSEL MAY ENTER, REMAIN IN, OR TRANSIT THE SAFETY ZONE WITHOUT CONTACTING THE DERRICK BOAT ELIZABETH AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TO ARRANGE SAFE PASSAGE. WHILE TRANSITTING THE SAFETY ZONE, VESSELS MUST MAINTAIN
MINIMUM SAFE SPEED, AND MAINTAIN MAXIMUM SAFE DISTANCE FROM DERRICK BOAT ELIZABETH. DERRICK BOAT ELIZABETH CAN BE CONTACTED VIA VHF CHANNEL 13 OR 16.

Posted   10-16-2019 16:42   Edit  
SUBMERGED OBJECT REMOVAL OPERATIONS AND SAFETY ZONE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of the establishment of a safety zone for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) operation to remove submerged objects within the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Beginning on or about October 17, 2019, the USACE derrick boat ELIZABETH will begin submerged object removal operations on the Delaware River from Newbold Channel to Torresdale Range. The safety zone includes all navigable waters within 200 yards of the derrick boat ELIZABETH while the vessel is conducting object removal operations. Operations are anticipated to take place during daylight hours only.

Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit the safety zone unless authorized by the COTP, the COTP`s designated representative, or if all of the following criteria are met:

• The transiting vessel contacts the derrick boat ELIZABETH via VHF channel 13 or 16 at least 1 hour prior to arrival to arrange safe passage.

• The transiting vessel maintains the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.

• The transiting vessel maintains the maximum safe distance from the derrick boat ELIZABETH.


If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   10-01-2019 09:41   Edit  
REVISED REPORT OF MARINE CASUALTY (CG-2692 SERIES) FORMS
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recently updated and reapproved the Report of Marine Casualty CG-2692 series of forms with their new expiration date of July 21, 2022. The new series of forms can be found:

On the USCG Main Internet site: Link

• Report of Marine Casualty, Commercial Diving Casualty,
or OCS-Related Casualty (CG-2692): Link
• Barge Addendum (CG-2692A): Link
• Report of Mandatory Chemical Testing Following A Serious Marine Incident
Involving Vessels in Commercial Service (CG-2692B): Link
• Personnel Casualty Addendum (CG-2692C): Link
• Involved Persons and Witnesses Addendum (CG-2692D): Link

On the CG Office of Investigation and Casualty Analysis website: Link

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay requests that owners, agents, masters, operators, persons in charge of vessels, and maritime industry personnel required to report marine casualties begin using the updated versions of these forms immediately.

We also remind mariners that an e-mail to the USCG is not considered a satisfactory means of immediate notification of a marine casualty or hazardous condition since e-mail may not always be monitored. Notifications should be made via phone call or radio transmission to the 24/7 Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF Ch. 16.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact my Investigations staff at (215) 271-4807 or PhillyIO@uscg.mil.



S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-27-2019 14:37   Edit  
MSIB 17-19 Update 1

GREENWICH TERMINAL CRANE DELIVERY (UPDATE 1)

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has removed all safety zones associated with the Packer Avenue/Greenwich Terminal’s crane delivery. Vessel traffic patterns modified by these safety zones have returned to normal.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   09-25-2019 15:50   Edit  
MSIB 19-19

OBJECTS IN NEWBOLD CHANNEL

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of three objects that have been reported in Newbold Channel on the Delaware River. Objects 1 and 1A are located approximately 40 feet inside the red toe of the channel at 40˚ 08.052’N, 074˚ 45.328’W. Object 2 is located approximately 150 feet inside the red toe of the channel at 40˚ 08.069’N, 074˚ 45.331’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Newbold Channel as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation.

• Minimum depth at the location of objects 1 and 1A is 38.1 feet at mean low low water.

• Minimum depth at the location of object 2 is 36.5 feet at mean low low water.

• Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently evaluating the objects and the assessing the necessity of removal.

Please see the attached chartlet for further information.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   09-20-2019 08:30   Edit  
Marine Event: Walnut2Walnut Paddle - Saturday, 21SEP19

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 287-19
A. PA/NJ - SCHUYLKILL RIVER TO DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12312)
2. THERE WILL BE A ROWING AND PADDLING EVENT ON THE SCHUYLKILL AND DELAWARE RIVERS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, FROM NOON TO 6:00PM. APPROXIMATELY 100 CANOES AND KAYAKS WILL BE TRANSITING FROM WALNUT STREET ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER TO PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. PARTICIPANTS WILL CROSS THE DELAWARE RIVER BETWEEN THE PENNSYLVANIA SIDE NEAR THE NAVY YARD AND THE RIVERGATE PARK IN NEW JERSEY FROM 2PM THROUGH 3:30PM. PARTICPANTS WILL MAKE THE CROSSING IN GROUPS ESCORTED BY EVENT PATROL VESSELS. EVENT PATROL VESSELS WILL BE MONITORING VESSEL TRAFFIC. THE EVENT COURSE WILL PROCEED ON UPRIVER ON THE PENNSYLVANIA SIDE OF THE DELAWARE RIVER OUTSIDE OF THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL TO PENNS LANDING. OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL VESSELS WILL MONITOR VHF CHANNELS 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   09-16-2019 14:29   Edit  
MSIB 17-19 Greenwich Terminal Crane Delivery

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of two safety zones established on the Delaware Bay and River to facilitate safety during the transit and delivery of one post-Panamax crane to Greenwich Terminal in Philadelphia, PA.

Safety zone one includes all navigable waters within 200 yards of the M/V ZHEN HUA 26 from the time the vessel begins mooring operations within Big Stone Anchorage until the completion of mooring operations at Greenwich Terminal in Philadelphia, PA. Except as noted below, vessels may not enter this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative via VHF-FM Channel 16. Requests to enter safety zone one will not be authorized for portions of the Delaware River north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal for vessels with a beam greater than 90 feet.

Vessels may enter safety zone one without obtaining approval from the Captain of the Port if all of the following criteria are met:

• M/V ZHEN HUA 26 is anchored in a designated anchorage as defined in 33 CFR 110.157.
• Except towing vessels designated as assist tugs, and operating in such capacity, no vessel may meet, overtake or otherwise pass another unmoored or unanchored vessel within the safety zone.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.

Safety zone two includes all navigable waters of the of the Delaware River bounded to the south by a line drawn from the southeast corner of Pier 124S at 39º53’41.751” N, 075º08’19.1419” W, thence east-southeast to the New Jersey Shoreline at 39º53’34” N, 075º07’49” W, and bounded to the north by the southernmost edge of the Walt Whitman Bridge (see figure 1 in attachment). Enforcement of safety zone two will begin when the M/V ZHEN HUA 26 arrives at berth. Except as noted below, vessels may not enter this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative via VHF-FM Channel 16.

Vessels may enter safety zone two without obtaining approval from the Captain of the Port if all of the following criteria are met:

• Regardless of travel direction, vessels shall remain east of the centerline of the main navigation channel.
• Except towing vessels designated as assist tugs, and operating in such capacity, no vessel may meet, overtake or otherwise pass another unmoored or unanchored vessel within the safety zone.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.

Initiation of and transitions between enforcement of safety zone one and safety zone two will be communicated via Broadcast Notice to Mariners and/or Safety Marine Information Broadcast.

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


J.D. Theel
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-13-2019 09:44   Edit  
Fireworks Safety Zone - Penn`s Landing - 15SEP

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 281-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12312)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER AJACENT TO PENNS LANDING ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH FROM 8PM TO 9PM. THE SAFETY ZONE INCLUDES THE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN A 500 YARD RADIUS OF THE
FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39-56`50" N, LONGITUDE 075-08`18" W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   09-12-2019 13:09   Edit  
FIREWORKS SAFETY ZONE; DELAWARE RIVER, PHILADELPHIA, PA

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 275-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12312)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER AJACENT TO THE CHERRY STREET PIER ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH FROM 8:45 PM TO 9:30 PM. THE SAFETY ZONE INCLUDES THE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN A 500 YARD RADIUS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE AT APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39-57`5" N., LONGITUDE 075-08`11" W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH
CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   09-07-2019 15:08   Edit  
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   09-06-2019 11:24   Edit  
Mariners are advised that the lower Chesapeake Bay has been closed to vessel traffic due to the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-NCR Captain of the Port Zone. The waters of Ocean City Inlet, Isle of Wight Bay, Assawoman Bay, Sinepuxent Bay and the Chesapeake Bay south of Blackwalunt Point (located at the southernmost tip of Tilghman Island, MD) are closed to all vessel traffic. This closure may impact vessel traffic transiting the C&D canal. Mariners are advised to plan accordingly. See Sector Maryland-NCR MSSB 18-19 (attached) for further information.
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Posted   09-06-2019 11:05   Edit  
PENNSVILLE, NJ FIREWORKS - LANDSIDE

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDBAY BNM 269-19
A. NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PENNSVILLE (CHART 12311)
2. A FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE HELD ALONG THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PENNSVILLE, NJ ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH BEGINNING AT APPROXIMATELY 9:00 PM. FIREWORKS LAUNCH SITE WILL BE ON LAND AT RIVERVIEW BEACH PARK. ALL MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO HEED DIRECTION OF OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL, REMAIN AT LEAST 200 YARDS FROM DISCHARGE LOCATION, AND USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITTING THE AREA.

Posted   09-03-2019 09:31   Edit  
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 Dorian 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.




J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-30-2019 10:06   Edit  
Fireworks Safety Zone - Talen Energy Stadium - Saturday 31AUG

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 256-19
A. PA - DELAWARE RIVER - CHESTER (CHART 12312)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE DELAWARE RIVER NEAR TALEN ENERGY STADIUM IN CHESTER, PA ON SATURDAY AUGUST 31 BETWEEN 9:30PM AND 10:30PM. THE SAFETY ZONE COVERS ALL WATERS WITHIN 300 YARDS OF A FIREWORKS BARGE IN APPROXIMATE POSITION LATITUDE 39-49`43"N, LONGITUDE 75-22`39"W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   08-30-2019 09:18   Edit  
Fireworks Safety Zone - Penn`s Landing - Saturday 31AUG

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 254-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON
SATURDAY AUGUST 31 FROM 8:30 PM TO 9:30 PM ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING, PHILADELPHIA. THE ZONE INCLUDES ALL WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE. NO VESSELS MAY ENTER, REMAIN IN, OR TRANSIT THROUGH DURING THE ENFORCEMENT PERIOD WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE OFFICIAL ON -SCENE PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   08-29-2019 08:33   Edit  
SILVER RUN CABLE PROJECT

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, in the vicinity of Baker Range, between Delaware and New Jersey (see page 2 for chartlet of the project area). The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 300 yards of the cable laying barge ULISSE while it is exhibiting lights or shapes indicating it is restricted in its ability to maneuver per § 83.27 of this Chapter during submarine cable laying operations in and around Baker Range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, his designated representative, or the barge ULISSE. Vessels may, without prior authorization from the COTP or COTP’s representative, transit the safety zone if they meet all of the following criteria:

• Vessel must contact the barge ULISSE and arrange for safe passage.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.
• Vessel may begin, and must complete, its transit through the safety zone only when ULISSE is not conducting cable laying operations within Baker Range Channel as depicted on U.S. Nautical Charts 12311 or US5DE13M. Cable laying operations within the channel will be announced via marine radio broadcasts by barge ULISSE, are expected to last approximately 4 hours at a time, and will be visually signaled by ULISSE displaying lights or shapes exhibiting restricted in ability to maneuver.

Operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The barge ULISSE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 14, & 16.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-28-2019 11:22   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 252-19
A. NJ/PA - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12311)
2. ON THURSDAY AUGUST 29 BETWEEN 10:30 AM AND 1:30 PM DREDGING
OPERATIONS WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL IN THE DELAWARE
RIVER. NORFOLK DREDGING WILL BE REMOVING PROJECT PIPELINE WITHIN THE
CHERRY ISLAND RANGE IN THE VICINITY OF THE MOUTH OF THE CHRISTINA RIVER. THE TOWING VESSEL
CAPTAIN ED WILL BE STANDING BY VHF CHANNELS 13, 16, AND 05 FOR ANY
CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT PIPELINE WILL BE
FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY LINES DURING THE
EVOLUTION.

Posted   08-28-2019 09:32   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 253-19
A. PA - SCHUYLKILL RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. A WATER RESCUE SAFETY CLASS IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER ON THURSDAY AUGUST 29 FROM 8AM TO 10AM. THE LOCATION WILL BE ALONG THE WEST BANK OF THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA AT APPROXIMATE POSTION LATITUDE 39-54`40.8"N, LONGITUDE 75-12`38.1"W. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE AND
USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   08-16-2019 10:20   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 233-19
A. DE/NJ - DELAWARE BAY - CAPE HENLOPEN/CAPE MAY (CHART 12214)
2. THE CAPE TO CAPE PADDLE IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 18. THE EVENT COURSE BEGINS IN LEWES, DE CROSSES THE MOUTH OF THE DELWARE BAY AND WILL FINISH IN CAPE MAY, NJ. THE RACE WILL START AT 8:00 AM AND CONCLUDE AT 3:00 PM. A MOVING SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL WATERS 50 YARDS AHEAD OF THE LEAD SUPPORT VESSEL, 50 YARDS BEHIND THE TRAILING SUPPORT VESSEL, AND EXTENDING 100 YARDS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE SUPPORT VESSELS. OFFICAL EVENT PATROL WILL MONITOR VHF FM CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE URGED TO HEED DIRECTION OF OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL AND USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   07-31-2019 09:22   Edit  
PA/DE/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – DELAWARE BAY

A DEAD SHIP MOVEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE DELAWARE BAY AND RIVER BEGINNING AT APPROXIMATELY 6:30 PM ON JULY 31, 2019 THROUGH APPROXIMATELY 2 PM ON AUGUST 1. THE USNS ANTARES WILL BE TOWED BY THE TUG CHRISTINE MCALLISTER TO THE PHILADELPHIA SHIPYARD. VESSEL TRAFFIC IS REMINDED TO MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM VESSELS BEING TOWED AND PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION WHEN IN THE VICINITY OF THE TOW.

Posted   07-29-2019 11:42   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SEC DB BNM 212-19
A. NJ/PA - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12311)

2. ON July 30, 2019 BETWEEN 10:30 AM AND 1:30 PM DREDGING OPERATIONS
THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL WILL BE CONDUCTED IN
THE DELAWARE RIVER. NORFOLK DREDGING WILL BE PLACING DREDGE
PIPELINE WITHIN CHERRY ISLAND RANGE JUST NORTH OF GREEN BUOY 15. THE
DREDGE ESSEX WILL BE STANDING BY VHF CH 13 CH 16 AND CH 05 FOR ANY
CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT PIPELINE WILL BE
FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY LINES DURING THE
EVOLUTION.

Posted   07-19-2019 12:56   Edit  
Delaware City Fireworks - Land-based

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 202-19
A. DE - DELAWARE RIVER - DELAWARE CITY (CHART 12311)
2. THERE WILL BE A LAND-BASED FIREWORKS DISPLAY ALONG THE DELAWARE RIVER NEAR DELAWARE CITY ON SUNDAY JULY 21 BETWEEN 9:00PM AND 10:00PM. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN A SAFE DISTANCE USE CAUTION TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//220200Z JUL 19//

Posted   07-19-2019 09:33   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 200-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - CHESTER (CHART 12312)
2. A FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE HELD IN DELAWARE RIVER ADJACENT TO TALEN ENERGY STADIUM IN CHESTER, PA ON JULY 20 BETWEEN 9:30PM AND 10:30PM. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN PLACE FOR ALL WATERS WITHIN 800 FEET OF A FIREWORKS BARGE IN APPROXIMATE LOCATION LATITUDE 3949`43"N, LONGITUDE 7522`38"W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF OFFICIAL EVENT PATROL THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH
CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   07-17-2019 13:05   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 199-19
A. PA/NJ DELAWARE RIVER PETTY ISLAND (CHART 12312)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A YELLOW NOAA RESEARCH BUOY HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DEPLOYED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER NEAR PETTY ISLAND AT APPROXIMATE POSITION 39°58`2.32"N, 75°7`2.06"W. THE BUOY WILL REMAIN IN PLACE FOR UP TO 90 DAYS DURING A CURRENT CIRCULATION STUDY. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   07-10-2019 09:51   Edit  
Dive Operations-Upper Delaware River

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 189-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - LANDRETH CHANNEL/FLORENCE BEND (CHART 12314)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT DIVE OPERATIONS WILL BE IN PROGRESS ON THE PENNSLYVANNIA SIDE OF THE DELAWARE RIVER OUTSIDE OF THE CHANNEL ON JULY 11TH AND 12TH. DIVE LOCATIONS WILL BE NORTH OF THE DELAWARE RIVER TURNPIKE BRIDGE THROUGH FLORENCE BEND. EPA RESEARCH VESSEL CALL SIGN RV EPA WILL BE ON SCENE SUPPORTING THE DIVERS AND OBSERVING MARINE TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE AND USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   07-03-2019 11:56   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 176-19
A. PA/NJ/DE - ALL WATERS WITHIN THE SECTOR DELAWARE BAY AREA OF OPERATIONS (MULTIPLE CHARTS)
2. THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS IN THE SECTOR DELAWARE BAY AREA OF OPERATIONS ON JULY 4 BETWEEN 8:30 PM TO 11:00 PM. THIS AREA INCLUDES THE DELAWARE RIVER, RIVERS WITHIN THE STATES OF DELAWARE, PENSYLVANIA, AND NEW JERSEY, THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY IN NEW JERSEY AND THE NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE COASTS. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT THE MOST CURRENT LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION INCLUDING EXACT LOCATIONS. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THESE AREAS, HEED DIRECTION FROM OFFICIAL PATROLS, AND MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM ALL DISCHARGE SITES.

Posted   07-01-2019 11:34   Edit  
Fireworks Safety Zone: Penn`s Landing

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 170-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON JULY 1 FROM 9:00 PM TO 10:00 PM IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA. THE ZONE INCLUDES ALL WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE. NO VESSELS MAY ENTER, REMAIN IN, OR TRANSIT THROUGH DURING THE ENFORCEMENT PERIOD WITHOUT PERMISSION. OFFICIAL ON-SCENE PATROL CAN BE REACHED
VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   06-28-2019 14:10   Edit  
OBJECT LOCATED IN SCHUYLKILL RIVER

Be advised, the USACE has identified on an object protruding from river bed on the Schuylkill River upriver from Yankee Point.

LATITUDE: 39° 54.6092564 ‘N
LONGITUDE: 75° 12.5979083 ‘W
MIN DEPTH: ~10‘ MLLW ~130’ from CL
APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS: 30x?x30

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting in the vicinity. See attached for approximate charted location.
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Posted   06-28-2019 14:01   Edit  
OBJECT LOCATED IN FLORENCE RANGE

Be advised, the USACE has identified on an object on the river bed within Florence Range on the green side of the channel.

LATITUDE: 40 ° 7.6036706088 `N
LONGITUDE: 74 °48.6368710962 `W
MIN DEPTH: 39`MLLW ~100` from CL
APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS: 8x8x5

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting in the vicinity. See attached for approximate charted location.
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Posted   06-26-2019 15:24   Edit  
OBJECT LOCATED IN ROEBLING RANGE

Be advised, the USACE has identified on an object on the river bed within Roebling Range near center channel adjacent to buoy G"69".

LATITUDE: 40°7.247724 ‘N
LONGITUDE: 074° 47.101598 ‘W
MIN DEPTH: 35.5‘MLLW 45’ from CL toward PA
APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS: 20’x13’x7’

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting in the vicinity. See attached for approximate charted location.
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Posted   06-21-2019 08:26   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 155-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - CAMDEN, NJ (CHART 12312)
2. THERE WILL BE A CANOE PADDLE EVENT HELD ON THE DELWAWARE RIVER CIRCUMNAVIGATING PETTYS ISLAND ON JUNE 22, 2019 FROM 7:00 AM UNTIL 2:00 PM. SPONSOR VESSELS ON SCENE WILL BE MONITORING CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   06-06-2019 09:07   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 139-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12312)
2. THERE WILL BE AN EVENT ABOARD A BARGE PUSHED BY TUG PENROSE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA ON JUNE 6 FROM 8PM TO 9PM AND FROM 10PM TO 11PM. THE TUG AND BARGE WILL DEPART FROM PENNS LANDING FOR TWO 1-HOUR TOURS TRANSITTING EAST OF THE CHANNEL BETWEEN THE BEN FRANKLIN AND WALT WHITMAN BRIDGES. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND MINIMIZE WAKE WHEN PASSING.

Posted   06-05-2019 13:47   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SECDB BNM 137-19
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – MARCUS HOOK RANGE (CHART 12312)

2. THE FRONT (LLNR 3135) AND REAR (LLNR 3140) RANGE LIGHTS FOR MARCUS HOOK RANGE HAVE BEEN REESTABLISHED AND ARE WATCHING PROPERLY.

THE FRONT RANGE LIGHT MAINTAINS ITS PREVIOUS LIGHT LIST NUMBER OF 3135 AND HAS A “QUICK WHITE” LIGHT DURING THE DAY AND A “QUICK RED” LIGHT DURING THE NIGHT. PASSING LIGHTS (LLNR 3136) HAVE ALSO BEEN ESTABLISHED ON A 4 SECOND FLASH.

THE REAR RANGE LIGHT HAS A NEW LIGHT LIST NUMBER OF 3630. THE OLD LIGHT LIST NUMBER (3140) HAS BEEN DISESTABLISHED. THE REAR RANGE LIGHT HAS A 4 SECOND OCCULTING LIGHT THAT IS ALSO WHITE DURING THE DAY AND RED AT NIGHT. PASSING LIGHTS (LLNR 3631) HAVE ALSO BEEN ESTABLISHED ON A 4 SECOND FLASH.

THE RANGE LIGHTS ARE VISIBLE 1.5 DEGREES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE RANGE LINE.

Posted   06-03-2019 12:29   Edit  
SECDB BNM 134-19

SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 134-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. THERE WILL BE AN EVENT ABOARD A BARGE PUSHED BY TUG PENROSE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA ON JUNE 4 FROM 8PM TO 9PM AND FROM 10PM TO 11PM. TUG PENROSE AND BARGE WILL DEPART FROM PENNS LANDING FOR TWO 1-HOUR TOURS TRANSITTING EAST OF THE CHANNEL BETWEEN THE BEN FRANKLIN AND WALT WHITMAN BRIDGES. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND MINIMIZE WAKE WHEN PASSING.

Posted   05-31-2019 12:21   Edit  
MSIB 13-19 HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert on June 1, 2019. Seasonal Alert will remain in effect through November 30, 2019, 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 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   05-31-2019 08:37   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1 SECDB BNM 132-19
A. NJ - DELAWARE BAY - NORTH CAPE MAY (CHART 12304)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT AN OPEN WATER SWIM AND SWIM PORTION OF A TRIATHLON WILL BE HELD IN THE DELAWARE BAY ALONG LOWER TOWNSHIP ON JUNE 2, 2019 FROM 7:00AM UNTIL NOON. THIS EVENT WILL INVOLVE A LARGE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS SWIMMING COURSES BEGINNING FROM THE DECK OF A CAPE MAY-LEWES FERRY IN THE DELAWARE BAY ALONG NORTH CAPE MAY AND VILLAS, NJ. ALL SWIM COURSES WILL PROCEED ADJACENT TO THE SHORELINE AND WILL FINISH AT THE BEACH NEAR LINCOLN BLVD. A SPECIAL LOCAL REGULATION WILL BE ENFORCED DURING THE EVENT RESTRICTING ACCESS TO ALL NAVIGABLE WATERS NEAR THE EVENT. SEE THE LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS FOR SPECIFICS ON THE REGULATED AREA. MARINERS ARE TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING NEAR THE AREA AND HEED THE DIRECTIONS OF OFFICAL PATROL VESSELS, WHICH CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 16.

Posted   05-30-2019 08:10   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 124-19
A. PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM 8:30PM TO 9:15PM ON MAY 30, 2019 IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. THE ZONE INCLUDES ALL WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE ANCHORED IN APPROXIMATE POSITION 39-56`40"N 075-08`17"W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE
SURROUNDING AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//310200Z MAY 19//

Posted   05-24-2019 09:59   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 121-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12313)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM 9:00PM TO 10:00 PM ON MAY 25, 2019 IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. THE ZONE INCLUDES ALL WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE ANCHORED IN APPROXIMATE POSITION 3956`40"N 07508`17"W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE
SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   05-23-2019 10:28   Edit  
OPERATION ABOVEBOARD COMBATS ILLEGAL CHARTERS

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay will commence Operation ABOVEBOARD this Memorial Day weekend in an effort to combat illegal charter vessel operations. We will be employing three lines of effort to promote safe and legal vessel operations: Educate, Verify, Enforce. To that end, you can expect to see an increased Coast Guard presence across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware waterways throughout the summer until Labor Day as we educate the boating community, verify compliance and enforce applicable safety regulations.

Thanks to the ease of connecting to the marketplace via social media and the internet, there is a growing trend in the vacation and recreation industry whereby property owners enter into agreements to temporarily lease, charter or rent their homes or vehicles to interested parties for compensation. Similarly, there are now several emerging vessel-based business ventures dedicated to boat rentals, fishing excursions, sightseeing, etc. whereby vessel owners/operators rent and/or charter their vessel out for services.

Illegal charters negatively impact legal commercial passenger vessel commerce and may also circumvent federal licensing and safety requirements, which in some instances have led to fatalities. For example, these types of activities may include, but are not limited to, vessel operators who carry passenger(s) for hire without a valid USCG credential or those with a valid credential carrying more than the maximum number of six (06) passengers for hire allowed on an uninspected passenger vessel (UPV).

There are many UPV safety requirements that relate to licensing, watch standing, vessel documentation, mandatory drug testing, casualty reporting, required charts and electronic equivalencies, navigation lights and sound signals, lifesaving and firefighting equipment, safety orientation and instruction, and pollution prevention. These regulatory “safety net” items usually exceed both the scope of knowledge an average boat operator may have as well as the basic safety equipment found onboard a typical recreational vessel.

Because each case may vary, anyone considering chartering (i.e. renting out) their vessel, or operating their vessel with passengers-for-hire, should contact Sector Delaware Bay Marine Inspections at (215) 908-9827 or DomesticVessels@uscg.mil to discuss the specific operating parameters and identify which regulations apply to you.

In accordance with Title 46 U.S. Code § 4106, if a vessel is operated in violation of applicable laws and regulations, the owner, charterer, managing operator, agent, master and individual in charge may be liable for a civil penalty up to $10,519 per violation per day. We urge the boating community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious operations to (215) 271-4807 (anonymous reporting is optional) or email PhillyIO@uscg.mil.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-22-2019 13:22   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 118-19
A. NJ/PA - DELAWARE RIVER - CAMDEN (CHART 12313)
2. THERE WILL BE A KAYAK PADDLE EVENT ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE DELAWARE RIVER BEGINNING AT PALMYRA COVE, NJ AND ENDING AT PYNE POYNT PARK IN CAMDEN, NJ ON MAY 23, 2019 FROM 8:30 A.M. TILL NOON. SPONSOR VESSELS ON SCENE WILL BE MONITORING CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   05-10-2019 18:39   Edit  
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED LOST ANCHOR IN BRANDYWINE RANGE HAS BEEN LOCATED AND SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED. RETURN TO NORMAL NAVIGATION IN THE AREA.

Posted   05-10-2019 08:15   Edit  
A LOST ANCHOR HAS BEEN REPORTED IN BRANDYWINE RANGE AT APPROXIMATE LOCATION 39°01.772 N, 75°09.327 W. THE ANCHOR IS EXPECTED TO BE LOCATED NEAR CENTER CHANNEL SOUTH OF BUOY 16. 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.

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Posted   05-04-2019 10:29   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT (UPDATE 4)
**UPDATED INFORMATION IN BOLD**

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project has completed dredging operations in the New Castle Range. Safety zone one remains in effect for the duration of the maintenance project.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Deepwater Point Range. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX 1 hour prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

The dredge ESSEX can be contacted via VHF FM channel 13. Vessels are reminded to exercise extreme caution when operating in the vicinity of dredging operations.





S.E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-26-2019 10:58   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 096-19
A. PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM 8:30 PM TO 9:00 PM ON APRIL 26, 2019 IN THE VICINITY OF PENN’S LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. THE ZONE INCLUDES ALL WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE ANCHORED IN APPROXIMATE POSITION 39⁰56’34”N 075⁰08’17”W. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE
THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//270200Z APR 19//

Posted   04-19-2019 10:14   Edit  
MSIB 10-19 Suspicious Cyber Incident - Commercial Vessel

The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform the maritime industry of a recent cyber incident on a commercial vessel. On January 29th 2019, a commercial vessel reported to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami that it received an email from an individual or entity claiming to represent an official Port State Control body. The email originated from the email address port@pscgov.org. It was sent directly to the vessel’s Captain requesting sensitive information about the vessel, its crew, and its cargo. The vessel’s master was suspicious of the request and activated elements of the vessel security plan. He reported the incident and forwarded the suspicious email and information to the local USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) for investigation.

Cyber technologies enable the Marine Transportation System to operate reliably and at a high capacity, driving the U.S. economy and supporting national defense and homeland security. While cyber systems create benefits, they also introduce risk. Exploitation, misuse, or failure of cyber systems could cause harm to the marine environment or disrupt vital trade activity. As a result, cyber risk management and reporting is important.

Suspicious activity (SA) and breaches of security (BoS) of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated vessels and facilities shall be reported in accordance with 33 CFR Part 101.305. The Coast Guard’s National Response Center (NRC) (800-424-8802) remains the USCG’s primary point of contact for notifications of all USCG regulated entities SAs or BoSs. However, for cyber incidents that do not impact physical security or cause pollution incidents, the Coast Guard allows parties to report to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in lieu of the NRC. The NCCIC can be reached at (888) 282-0870. If contacting the NCCIC in lieu of the NRC, it is important that the reporting party inform the NCCIC that it is a Coast Guard regulated entity in order to satisfy the reporting requirements of 33 CFR. The NCCIC will forward the report electronically to the NRC, who will then notify the appropriate COTP. For further details on what constitutes SAs and BoSs and reporting requirements, refer to Policy Letter 08-16 “Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security”.

For your awareness, Sector Delaware Bay regularly uses the following email addresses:

Port State Control: SecDelBay.PortState@uscg.mil
Duty Marine Inspector: DutyMI.SecDelBay@gmail.com
Domestic Vessels: DomesticVessels@uscg.mil
Waterways Management: DelawareBayWWM@uscg.mil
Investigations Officer: PhillyIO@uscg.mil

All mariners are advised to access the homeport website (https://homeport.uscg.mil/ ) to keep up to date with the current port conditions and applicable MSIBs. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Inspections Department at 215-271-4887 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   04-08-2019 10:05   Edit  
MSIB 08-19 UPDATE 1
Greenwich Terminal Crane Delivery (Update 1)

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has removed all safety zones associated with the Packer Avenue/Greenwich Terminals crane delivery. Vessel traffic patterns modified by these safety zones have returned to normal.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   04-01-2019 14:14   Edit  
Safety Marine Information Broadcast

THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE FOR ALL NAVIGABLE WATERS WITHIN 200 YARDS OF THE M/V ZHEN HUA 25. VESSELS MAY NOT ENTER THE SAFETY ZONE WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION FROM THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OR HIS DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE. VESSELS MAY REQUEST PERMISSION TO ENTER THE SAFETY ZONE VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16. VESSELS WITH A BEAM GREATER THAN 90 FEET WILL NOT BE GIVEN PERMISSION TO ENTER THE SAFETY ZONE NORTH OF THE C&D CANAL. VESSELS MUST MAINTAIN MINIMUM SAFE SPEED TO REDUCE WAKE AND MAINTAIN STEERAGE. MARINERS MAY REFER TO MSIB 08-19 FOR MORE CLARIFIYING INFORMATION.

Posted   04-01-2019 11:07   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 079-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE FOR ALL NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY THE WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE, AND BOUNDED ON THE SOUTH BY A LINE DRAWN FROM 39D 53M 42S N, 075D 08M 20S W TO 39D 53M 34S N, 075D 07M 47S W. VESSELS TRANSITING THE SAFETY ZONE MUST REMAIN EAST OF THE CHANNEL CENTERLINE REGARDLESS OF TRAVEL DIRECTION AND TRAVEL AT THE MINIMUM SAFE SPEED TO REDUCE WAKE AND MAINTAIN STEERAGE. EXCEPT TOWING VESSELS OPERATING IN SUCH CAPACITY, VESSLES MAY NOT MEET, OVERTAKE OR OTHERWISE PASS ANOTHER UNMOORED OR UNANCHORED VESSEL WITHIN THE SAFETY ZONE.

Posted   03-22-2019 13:04   Edit  
MSIB 09-19

END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2018-2019 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially ended.

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   03-21-2019 14:36   Edit  
MSIB 08-19

Greenwich Terminal Crane Delivery

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of two safety zones established on the Delaware Bay and River to facilitate safety during the transit and delivery of two post-Panamax cranes to Greenwich Terminal in Philadelphia, PA.

Safety zone one includes all navigable waters within 200 yards of the M/V ZHEN HUA 25 from the time the vessel departs Bigstone Anchorage until the completion of mooring operations at Greenwich Terminal in Philadelphia, PA. Safety zone one will be reinstated when the vessel begins outbound transit, and remain in place until the vessel exits the Captain of the Port zone. Except as noted below, vessels may not enter this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative via VHF-FM Channel 16. Requests to enter safety zone one will not be authorized for portions of the Delaware River north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal for vessels with a beam greater than 90 feet.

Vessels may enter safety zone one without obtaining approval from the Captain of the Port if all of the following criteria are met:

• M/V ZHEN HUA 25 is anchored in a designated anchorage as defined in 33 CFR 110.157.
• Except towing vessels designated as assist tugs, and operating in such capacity, no vessel may meet, overtake or otherwise pass another unmoored or unanchored vessel within the safety zone.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.

Safety zone two includes all navigable waters of the of the Delaware River bounded to the south by a line drawn from the southeast corner of Pier 124S at 39º53’41.751” N, 075º08’19.1419” W, thence east-southeast to the New Jersey Shoreline at 39º53’34” N, 075º07’49” W, and bounded to the north by the southernmost edge of the Walt Whitman Bridge (see figure 1). Except as noted below, vessels may not enter this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative via VHF-FM Channel 16.

Vessels may enter safety zone two without obtaining approval from the Captain of the Port if all of the following criteria are met:

• Regardless of travel direction, vessels shall remain east of the centerline of the main navigation channel.
• Except towing vessels designated as assist tugs, and operating in such capacity, no vessel may meet, overtake or otherwise pass another unmoored or unanchored vessel within the safety zone.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.

Initiation of and transitions between enforcement of safety zone one and safety zone two will be communicated via Broadcast Notice to Mariners and/or Safety Marine Information Broadcast.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   03-18-2019 10:22   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SEC DB BNM 070-19
A. NJ/PA - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12311)
2. ON MARCH 19, 2019 BETWEEN 11:30 AM AND 1:30 PM DREDGING OPERATIONS
THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL WILL BE CONDUCTED IN
THE DELAWARE RIVER. NORFOLK DREDGING WILL BE PLACING DREDGE
PIPELINE WITHIN NEW CASTLE RANGE JUST SOUTH OF PEA PATCH ISLAND. THE
DREDGE ESSEX WILL BE STANDING BY VHF CH 13 CH 16 AND CH 05 FOR ANY
CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT PIPELINE WILL BE
FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY LINES DURING THE
EVOLUTION.

Posted   03-15-2019 14:15   Edit  
MSIB 01-19 UPDATE 3

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT (UPDATE 3)
**UPDATED INFORMATION NOTATED BY ASTERISK**

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project has completed dredging operations in the Marcus Hook Range **and anchorage No. 7. Dredging operations will continue in New Castle Range. Traffic patterns within Marcus Hook Range have returned to normal and all safety zones within the anchorage have been removed. Safety zone one remains in effect for the duration of the maintenance project.**

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around New Castle Range and Deepwater Point Range. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX 1 hour prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

The dredge ESSEX can be contacted via VHF FM channel 13. Vessels are reminded to exercise extreme caution when operating in the vicinity of dredging operations.



S.E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-14-2019 08:51   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 068-19
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – (CHART 12314)
2. AN INSPECTION WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE I-276 (DELAWARE TURNPIKE) BRIDGE, OVER DELAWARE RIVER, IN BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, PA AND BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ. ON MARCH 14, 2019 FROM 8 AM THROUGH 4 PM, A BUCKET INSPECTION VEHICLE WILL BE OPERATING UNDER AND IN THE VICINITY OF THE BRIDGE TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR INSPECTION. INSPECTION PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT AND THE VEHICLE WILL RELOCATE FROM THE NAVIGABLE CHANNEL, UPON REQUEST. THE VEHICLE MAY BE REACHED ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 13. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO NOTIFY THE PROJECT FOREMAN AT LEAST 10 MINUTES PRIOR TRANSITING THE BRIDGE AND SHOULD USE
CAUTION WHEN NAVIGATING THROUGH THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME// 142359Z MAR 19//

Posted   02-25-2019 18:21   Edit  
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the port has returned to NORMAL PORT CONDITION in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. 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   02-24-2019 10:48   Edit  
MSIB 05-19

NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the beginning on the afternoon of Sunday, February 24, 2019 and continuing through Monday February 25, 2019. 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 region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides. 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 exceed 40 mph.
• Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds 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   02-15-2019 15:53   Edit  
MSIB 01-19 UPDATE 2 PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT (UPDATE 2)
**UPDATED INFORMATION NOTATED BY ASTERISK**

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project has completed dredging operations in the Marcus Hook Range. Dredging operations have commenced within the southern portion of Anchorage No. 7 and will continue through May 31, 2019. Traffic patterns within Marcus Hook Range have returned to normal, however, the below safety zones remain in effect.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range, New Castle Range and Deepwater Point Range. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX 1 hour prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ESSEX is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage No. 7, near Marcus Hook Range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the COTP or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. **THE COTP WILL PERMIT TWO VESSELS AT A TIME IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE ON A "FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED" BASIS.** While the dredge ESSEX is working in the southernmost portion of Marcus Hook anchorage, only the northernmost portion of the anchorage may be utilized. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.



S.E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-14-2019 14:59   Edit  
MSIB 04-19 MARCUS HOOK RANGE ROCK BLASTING OPERATIONS

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, from Eddystone, Pennsylvania south to Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, beginning February 15, 2019 until March 15, 2019. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 500 yards of vessels and machinery conducting rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations. This zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment in these navigable waters while operations are being conducted. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, his designated representative, or the drill boat APACHE.

One side of the Delaware River main navigational channel will be closed in locations spanning from Eddystone, Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of the rock blasting, rock removal, and dredging operation, for the duration of the project. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone in the main navigational channel may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or DREDGE 55, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM Channel 13 at least 1 hour prior to arrival. If vessels are unable to make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE or DREDGE 55, they may request permission from the COTP or his designated representative on VHF-FM channel 16. All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this project, rock blasting will be conducted via explosive detonations by the drill boat APACHE intermittently from sunrise through sunset, daily. No vessels may transit through the safety zone during times of explosives detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 2 hours, 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation, a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



K. A. CLARKE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-12-2019 11:36   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 036-19
A. NJ/PA - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT AN EXPLOSIVE LOADOUT WILL TAKE PLACE AT PENN TERMINAL ON FEBRUARY 15, 2019 FROM 4AM TO 6AM. THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL WILL NOT BE CLOSED DURING THIS EVOLUTION. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN THE AREA AND FOLLOW ALL ORDERS GIVEN BY THE ON SCENE COAST GUARD VESSELS.

Posted   02-08-2019 11:59   Edit  
MSIB 01-19 UPDATE 1

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT (UPDATE 1)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project has completed dredging operations in the Marcus Hook Range. Dredging operations have commenced within the southern portion of Anchorage No. 7 and will continue through May 31, 2019. Traffic patterns within Marcus Hook Range have returned to normal, however, the below safety zones remain in effect.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range, New Castle Range and Deepwater Point Range. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX 1 hour prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ESSEX is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage No. 7, near Marcus Hook Range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the COTP or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. While the dredge ESSEX is working in the southernmost portion of Marcus Hook anchorage, only the northernmost portion of the anchorage may be utilized. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.



S.E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-08-2019 09:43   Edit  
The Coast Guard has been notified of a floating object in the Delaware River. The object has been described as a 30 foot long dock moving southbound with the current. At approximately 0915 the object was reported to be just South of the Delair Railroad Bridge. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.

Posted   02-04-2019 08:56   Edit  
MSIB 03-19

INCREASED GROUNDING FREQUENCY

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, has observed an increase in the number of groundings by deep draft vessels within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. A majority of these groundings have occurred while the vessel was at anchor. These groundings have caused vessel’s significant delays and increase the risk of marine pollution within the port.

Standing a vigilant anchor watch is key to identifying signs of a dragging anchor and taking early action to avoid a vessel grounding. Mariners should choose anchorage grounds with the impact of current and predicted weather patterns in mind. Weather can change quickly within the Delaware River and Bay, mariners are encouraged to employ proactive measures such as keeping engines in immediate standby, utilizing two anchors, or utilizing assist tugs if conditions warrant. Making the necessary arrangements to mitigate the impact of any adverse conditions is vital to the safety of navigation on the Delaware River and Bay.

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   01-28-2019 12:12   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 023-19
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE ON JANUARY 29TH AND 30TH FROM 7:30 AM TO 3:30 PM. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM REDUCING THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   01-11-2019 12:24   Edit  
MSIB 02-19

Dredge New York Hydraulic Hammer Operations

Beginning January 12, 2019 and continuing through approximately January 21, 2019 the dredge NEW YORK will be conducting hydraulic hammer operations in and around Chester Range and Bellevue Range. Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Vessels wishing to transit in the vicinity of the dredge NEW YORK should contact the dredge at least 1 hour prior to arrival, and again 30 minutes prior to arrival in order to arrange safe passage. The dredge can be contacted via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

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   01-11-2019 12:22   Edit  
MSIB 01-19

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project. Dredging operations will be conducted in the Delaware River from January 15, 2019 through May 31, 2019. Operations will be conducted in Marcus Hook Range, followed by Marcus Hook Anchorage (No. 7), New Castle Range, and Deepwater Point Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Marcus Hook Range, New Castle Range and Deepwater Point Range. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX 1 hour prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ESSEX is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage No. 7, near Marcus Hook Range. Pipe laying operations will begin on or about January 15, 2019 and dredging will commence within three days. Vessel requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the dredge ESSEX on VHF FM Channel 13 or 16, at 1 hour prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing Marcus Hook Anchorage, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the COTP or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the COTP at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Initially, while the dredge ESSEX is working in Marcus Hook Range, only the southernmost portion of the anchorage may be utilized. The maritime public will be notified of any changes to vessel traffic patterns or availability of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 via subsequent updates to this MSIB and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.



S.E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-31-2018 09:25   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 527-18
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM 11:45 PM ON DECEMBER 31, 2018 THROUGH 12:45 AM ON JANUARY 1, 2019 IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA,PA. THE SAFETY ZONE WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO
NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   12-31-2018 09:24   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 526-18
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM 5:45 PM THROUGH 6:45 PM ON DECEMBER 31, 2018 IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. THE SAFETY ZONE WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN 500 YARDS OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH
CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Posted   12-28-2018 11:36   Edit  
Delaware River Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River near the mouth of the Christina River, for several hours, on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from approximately 10:00am through 2:00pm. If weather conditions do not permit the removal of the pipeline on Saturday, December 29, 2018, the operation is anticipated to take place on Sunday, December 30, 2018. Cottrell Contracting Corporation will be floating the dredge pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the Cherry Island Range between the Christina River Entrance Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 3015) and Delaware River Lighted Buoy 30 (LLNR 3020).

Due to the nature of these operations, a safety zone will be in effect for all navigable waters within 100 yards of vessels, machinery, and equipment involved in the pipeline removal operation. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution.

Vessels wishing to transit Cherry Island Range between 10:00am and 2:00pm on the day of the operation must contact Sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807 or VHF 16.




K. A. CLARKE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-10-2018 11:00   Edit  
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 website. The address is:

https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-5/District-Units/Sector-Delaware-Bay/


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.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-07-2018 10:07   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDBAY BNM 511-18
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA AND CAMDEN WATERFRONTS (CHART 12313)
2. A LIGHTED BOAT PARADE WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 8, 2018 FROM 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING. THE PARADE WILL CONSIST OF APROXIMATLEY 15 VESSELS OPERATING IN PARADE FORM BETWEEN THE SEAPORT MUSEUM AND THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN
TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   11-30-2018 10:48   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDBAY BNM 503-18
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PHILADELPHIA, PA (CHART 12313)
2. A FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE HELD LAND-SIDE AT PENNS LANDING
ADJACENT TO THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA PA ON NOVEMBER 30, 2018 FROM APPROXIMATELY 7:20 PM TO 7:40 PM. ALL MARINERS ARE URGED USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITTING THE AREA AND REMAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE LAUNCH SITE.

Posted   11-21-2018 12:32   Edit  
1. SECDBAY BNM 498-18
A. PA DELAWARE RIVER - ESSINGTON, PA (CHART 12312)
2. A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ESTABLISHED FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN THE DELAWARE RIVER ADJACENT TO GOVERNOR PRINTZ PARK IN ESSINGTON, PA ON NOVEMBER 25, 2018. THE SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN PLACE FROM 6:30PM UNTIL 7:30PM FOR ALL NAVIGABLE WATERS WITHIN 600 FEET OF THE FIREWORKS BARGE. MARINERS DESIRING TO TRANSIT THE AREA MAY DO SO ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE ONSCENE COAST GUARD REPRESENTATIVE THAT CAN BE REACHED VIA VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//260100Z NOV 18//

Posted   11-20-2018 14:40   Edit  
Dredge New York Hydraulic Hammer Operations (Update 2)


The hydraulic hammer has been successfully recovered from Marcus Hook Range. The safety zone for recovery operations has been removed. Normal hydraulic hammer operations are currently suspended until further notice.


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   11-20-2018 13:09   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 496-18
A. DE - CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL - ST GEORGES BRIDGE - US ROUTE 13
(CHART 12277)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE ST GEORGES BRIDGE OVER CHESAPEAKE
AND DELAWARE CANAL WILL HAVE VERTICAL REDUCTION OF 4 FEET OVER THE
NORTHERN HALF OF THE BRIDGE BEGINNING NOVEMBER 21, 2018 THROUGH
FEBRUARY 17TH, 2019. THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE BRIDGE, INCLUDING THE
SOUTH HALF OF THE MAIN SPAN WILL REMAIN UNRESTRICTED. MARINE TRAFFIC
CONTROLLERS WILL HELP DIRECT TRAFFIC AND WILL BE MONITORING VHF 13
AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE
AREA.

Posted   11-20-2018 11:34   Edit  
***PLEASE RESPOND NO LATER THAN COB ON NOVEMBER 23, 2018***

MSIB 42-18

COAST GUARD ANNOUNCES AND SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR A PORTS AND WATERWAYS SAFETY ASSESSMENT ON THE DELAWARE RIVER

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay will host a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) on November 29th and 30th, 2018. The PAWSA will specifically focus on the Delaware River between the mouth of the river and the Walt Whitman Bridge. The Coast Guard is soliciting for participants in the two day workshop.
PAWSAs are highly structured two-day workshops that provide a formal process for identifying risks and evaluating potential mitigation measures through expert inputs. They require the participation of professional waterway users with local expertise in navigation, waterway conditions, and port safety. Stakeholders and members of the public are included in the process to ensure that important environmental, public safety, and economic consequences are given appropriate attention as risk interventions are selected.
Professional waterways users, stakeholders, and members of the public wishing to participate in the workshop are invited to provide their name, contact information, connection to the waterway, experience, and related skills to SecDelBayWWM@uscg.mil by November 16, 2018. Due to limited space, our office will send formal invitations to selected participants.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-18-2018 13:34   Edit  
Dredge New York Hydraulic Hammer Operations (Update 1)
**UPDATED INFORMATION IN BOLD**

Beginning November 8, 2018 and continuing through approximately November 30, 2018 the dredge NEW YORK will be conducting hydraulic hammer operations in and around Marcus Hook Range. Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

**An equipment malfunction on board dredge NEW YORK has resulted in the loss of the hydraulic hammer. Dredge NEW YORK is positioned overtop of the hydraulic hammer equipment at approximate position 39°49.3002 N, 75°22.8966 W. A safety zone has been established for all navigable waters within a 250 yard radius of dredge NEW YORK. Recovery operations are estimated to begin the morning of Monday November 19, 2018. The safety zone will remain in effect until completion of equipment recovery operations.

Vessels wishing to transit in the vicinity of the dredge NEW YORK should contact the dredge or tug INDIAN DAWN at least 1 hour prior to arrival, and again 30 minutes prior to arrival in order to arrange safe passage. The dredge can be contacted via VHF-FM Channel 88, 13, or 16.

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   11-08-2018 16:11   Edit  
Dredge New York Hydraulic Hammer Operations

Beginning November 8, 2018 and continuing through approximately November 30, 2018 the dredge NEW YORK will be conducting hydraulic hammer operations in and around Marcus Hook Range. Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Vessels wishing to transit in the vicinity of the dredge NEW YORK should contact the dredge at least 1 hour prior to arrival, and again 30 minutes prior to arrival in order to arrange safe passage. The dredge can be contacted via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

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   11-08-2018 16:08   Edit  
ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY ICE CONFERENCE

The annual 2018-2019 Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 9:30am to 11am at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2018-2019 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from the Fifth Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, National Weather Service, and the National Ice Center.

If you plan to attend the 2018-2019 Ice Conference, please contact Sector Delaware Bay’s Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889/4814 or e-mail DelwareBayWWM@uscg.mil prior to November 13, 2018. Please submit any questions concerning ice operations that you wish to have addressed at the conference with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Adequate parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union building located adjacent to the Sector building on Columbus Blvd.





S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-08-2018 16:08   Edit  
ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY ICE CONFERENCE

The annual 2018-2019 Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 9:30am to 11am at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2018-2019 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from the Fifth Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, National Weather Service, and the National Ice Center.

If you plan to attend the 2018-2019 Ice Conference, please contact Sector Delaware Bay’s Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889/4814 or e-mail DelwareBayWWM@uscg.mil prior to November 13, 2018. Please submit any questions concerning ice operations that you wish to have addressed at the conference with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Adequate parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union building located adjacent to the Sector building on Columbus Blvd.





S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-08-2018 14:21   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 486-18
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - MARCUS HOOK RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. BEGINNING NOVEMBER 8, 2018 THROUGH APPROXIMATELY NOVEMBER 30, 2018
THE DREDGE NEW YORK WILL BE WORKING IN OR ABOUT THE MARCUS HOOK RANGE
IN THE DELAWARE RIVER 7 DAYS PER WEEK, 24 HOURS PER DAY. THE DREDGE
NEW YORK SHOULD BE CONTACTED ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 OR 16 AT LEAST 1
HOUR PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, AND AGAIN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, IN
ORDER TO ARRANGE SAFE PASSING ARANGEMENTS. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO
MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE DREDGE NEW YORK AND
ALL ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

Posted   11-06-2018 14:59   Edit  
***UPDATE TO ST GEORGES BRIDGE INFORMATION***

SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 483-18
A. DE - CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL - ST GEORGES BRIDGE - US ROUTE
13 (CHART 12277)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE VERTICAL CLEARANCE REDUCTION OVER
THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE ST GEORGES BRIDGE OVER CHESAPEAKE AND
DELAWARE CANEL WILL BEGIN TRANSITION TO THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE
BRIDGE ON OR ABOUT NOVEMBER 12, 2018. THE STRUCTURES REDUCING THE
CLEARANCE ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE WILL BE COMPLETELY REMOVED PRIOR TO
INSTALLATION ON THE NORTHERN SIDE. INSTALLATION WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY
12-14 DAYS TO COMPLETE. MARINE TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WILL HELP DIRECT
TRAFFIC AND WILL BE MONITORING VHF 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED
TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   11-06-2018 08:43   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 482-18
A. DE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL ST GEORGES BRIDGE US ROUTE
13 (CHART 12277)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE ST GEORGES BRIDGE OVER CHESAPEAKE
AND DELAWARE CANEL WILL HAVE VERTICAL REDUCTION OF 4 FEET OVER THE
NORTHERN HALF OF THE BRIDGE BEGINNING NOVEMBER 7, 2018 THROUGH
FEBRUARY 17, 2019. THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE BRIDGE, INCLUDING THE
SOUTH HALF OF THE MAIN SPAN WILL REMAIN UNRESTRICTED. MARINE TRAFFIC
CONTROLLERS WILL HELP DIRECT TRAFFIC AND WILL BE MONITORING VHF 13
AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING
THE AREA.

Posted   10-30-2018 14:38   Edit  
***SEE ATTACHED CHARTLET FOR APPROXIMATE LOCATION***


SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 477-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – MIFFLIN RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. A LOST ANCHOR HAS BEEN REPORTED IN MIFFLIN RANGE AT APPROXIMATE LOCATION 39 DEGREES 52.208 MINUTES NORTH LATITUDE, 75 DEGREES 12.460 WEST LONGITUDE. THE ANCHOR IS EXPECTED TO BE LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 186 YARDS FROM THE RED SIDE OF THE CHANNEL DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM FORT MIFFLIN. 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.
3. CANCEL AT TIME// 131800Z NOV 18//

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Posted   10-30-2018 10:34   Edit  
MSIB 41-18

REPORTING MARINE CASUALTIES – GROUNDINGS

Recently, there have been multiple incidents within Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay’s zone of deep draft vessels touching bottom while attempting to berth or while moored and conducting cargo operations. Regardless of the circumstance, if any part of a vessel touches bottom it is considered a “grounding” and is a Reportable Marine Casualty as outlined in 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 4.05. All unintended or intended groundings must be reported to the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office immediately after addressing resultant safety concerns by the owner, agent, master, operator or person in charge.

Additionally, groundings are also considered a “hazardous condition”. A hazardous condition is any condition that may adversely affect the safety of any vessel, structure, or shore area or the environmental quality of any port, harbor, or navigable water way. It may, but need not, involve collision, allision, fire, explosion, grounding, leaking damage, injury or illness of a person aboard, or manning-shortage (33 CFR 160.202). In accordance with 33 CFR 160.214, whenever there is a hazardous condition on board a vessel, or caused by a vessel, or its operation., the owner, agent, master, operator or person in charge must immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay reminds mariners that an e-mail to the USCG is not considered a satisfactory form of immediate notification of a marine casualty or hazardous condition since e-mail may not always be monitored. The best method to notify us is either through a phone call or radio transmission to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center. The 24/7 Sector Delaware Bay Command Center can be reached at (215) 271-4807 or via VHF Ch. 16.

Failure to report any grounding as a marine casualty or hazardous condition to the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office may result in a maximum fine of $91,901 and/or possible administrative action against a merchant mariner credential.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact my Investigations staff at PhillyIO@uscg.mil.



K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2018 10:34   Edit  
MSIB 41-18

REPORTING MARINE CASUALTIES – GROUNDINGS

Recently, there have been multiple incidents within Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay’s zone of deep draft vessels touching bottom while attempting to berth or while moored and conducting cargo operations. Regardless of the circumstance, if any part of a vessel touches bottom it is considered a “grounding” and is a Reportable Marine Casualty as outlined in 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 4.05. All unintended or intended groundings must be reported to the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office immediately after addressing resultant safety concerns by the owner, agent, master, operator or person in charge.

Additionally, groundings are also considered a “hazardous condition”. A hazardous condition is any condition that may adversely affect the safety of any vessel, structure, or shore area or the environmental quality of any port, harbor, or navigable water way. It may, but need not, involve collision, allision, fire, explosion, grounding, leaking damage, injury or illness of a person aboard, or manning-shortage (33 CFR 160.202). In accordance with 33 CFR 160.214, whenever there is a hazardous condition on board a vessel, or caused by a vessel, or its operation., the owner, agent, master, operator or person in charge must immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay reminds mariners that an e-mail to the USCG is not considered a satisfactory form of immediate notification of a marine casualty or hazardous condition since e-mail may not always be monitored. The best method to notify us is either through a phone call or radio transmission to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center. The 24/7 Sector Delaware Bay Command Center can be reached at (215) 271-4807 or via VHF Ch. 16.

Failure to report any grounding as a marine casualty or hazardous condition to the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office may result in a maximum fine of $91,901 and/or possible administrative action against a merchant mariner credential.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact my Investigations staff at PhillyIO@uscg.mil.



K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   10-29-2018 08:49   Edit  
***update: Both the Synthetic WR-62, and the Red WR-62 Buoy have been removed***

Pipeline removal operations in Mantua Creek Anchorage have been completed. Approximately 35` of pipeline has been removed.

No Surveys of the area have been completed and mariners are advised to continue exercising extreme caution when transiting the area. Please refer to MSIB 34-18 for more information.

Posted   10-25-2018 15:53   Edit  
MSIB 40-18 PIPELINE REMOVAL MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE


The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a safety zone established surrounding vessels and machinery associated with the removal of a submerged pipeline in Mantua Creek Anchorage. **Please see page 2 for chartlet**

• The safety zone will begin when dive and pipeline removal operations begin on October 26, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. daily until completion of the pipeline removal.

• Diving and pipeline removal operations will be in vicinity of below coordinates:

39°51.930822’N, 74°13.094867’W

• The temporary safety zone includes all navigable waters within a 250-yard radius of Commerce Construction vessels and machinery including crane barge KELLY and tug HIGHROLLER in support of pipeline removal operations.

• Entry into the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Delaware Bay, crane barge KELLY, or tug HIGHROLLER. Vessels requesting transit shall contact at least 1 hour prior and at 30 minutes prior to arrival.
o Contact crane barge KELLY and tug HIGHROLLER at VHF-FM channel 80.
o Contact COTP on VHF-FM channel 16.

• All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.


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.





K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-25-2018 15:53   Edit  
MSIB 40-18 PIPELINE REMOVAL MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE


The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a safety zone established surrounding vessels and machinery associated with the removal of a submerged pipeline in Mantua Creek Anchorage. **Please see page 2 for chartlet**

• The safety zone will begin when dive and pipeline removal operations begin on October 26, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. daily until completion of the pipeline removal.

• Diving and pipeline removal operations will be in vicinity of below coordinates:

39°51.930822’N, 74°13.094867’W

• The temporary safety zone includes all navigable waters within a 250-yard radius of Commerce Construction vessels and machinery including crane barge KELLY and tug HIGHROLLER in support of pipeline removal operations.

• Entry into the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Delaware Bay, crane barge KELLY, or tug HIGHROLLER. Vessels requesting transit shall contact at least 1 hour prior and at 30 minutes prior to arrival.
o Contact crane barge KELLY and tug HIGHROLLER at VHF-FM channel 80.
o Contact COTP on VHF-FM channel 16.

• All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.


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.





K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-18-2018 14:24   Edit  
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 13:43   Edit  
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 13:42   Edit  
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 09:50   Edit  
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 12:09   Edit  
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 15:18   Edit  
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 15:18   Edit  
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 09:24   Edit  
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   10-06-2018 21:20   Edit  
Delaware River Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River near the mouth of the Christina River on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from approximately 12:00pm through 2:00pm. Cottrell Contracting Corporation will be floating then submerging dredge pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the Cherry Island Range between the Christina River Entrance Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 3015) and Delaware River Lighted Buoy 30 (LLNR 3020).

Due to the nature of these operations, a safety zone will be in effect for all navigable waters within 100 yards of vessels, machinery, and equipment involved in the pipe laying operation. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution.

Vessels wishing to transit Cherry Island Range between 12:00pm and 2:00pm must contact Sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807 or VHF 16.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-05-2018 14:34   Edit  
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

OBJECTS IN MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE

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

• Object 1 is located at approximately 39° 51.991096’ North Latitude, -75° 13.018279’ West Longitude.
o Suspected lost anchor with dimensions 6.5 feet in width and 9 feet in height.
o Located approximately 460 feet from the channel centerline towards New Jersey shoreline in Mantua Creek Anchorage.
o While the depth of water at mean low low water over this obstruction is 42.6’ and remains below the channel control depth, charted depth in the area is 43 to 45 feet.

• Object 2 is located at approximately 39° 51.930822’ North Latitude, -74° 13.094867’ West Longitude.
o Unknown object.
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.

Survey and salvage vessels will begin operating in the vicinity of the objects within the next week. As survey and salvage operations progress any waterway restrictions will be broadcast through a broadcast notice to mariners and/or subsequent marine safety information bulletins. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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   10-03-2018 16:15   Edit  
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   10-02-2018 08:04   Edit  
***IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE***

A SECURITY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED ON PORTIONS OF THE DELAWARE AND SCHUYKILL RIVERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. LAW ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WILL BE MONITORING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SECURITY ZONE. THE SPECIFICS OF THESE BOUNDARIES CAN BE FOUND IN 33 CFR 165.558. THE SECURITY ZONE WILL BE ENFORCED INTERMITTENTLY FROM 1 PM THROUGH 5 PM ON OCTOBER 2, 2018. ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS CAN BE CONTACATED VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 22. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND OBEY ALL COMMANDS FROM ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WHEN IN THE AREA.

Posted   09-28-2018 08:32   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 446-18
A. PA - NJ - SCHUYLKILL RIVER - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. THERE WILL BE A ROWING AND PADDLING EVENT ON THE SCHUYLKILL AND DELAWARE RIVERS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 FROM 8:30AM TO 5:30PM. AS MANY AS 100 SMALL RECREATIONAL VESSELS WILL BE TRANSITING FROM WALNUT STREET ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER TO PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. PARTICIPANTS WILL STAY ON THE PENNSYLVANIA SIDE OF THE DELAWARE RIVER. A SPONSOR VESSEL ON SCENE WILL BE POSITIONED AT THE
MOUTH OF THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER. ADDITIONAL SAFETY VESSELS WILL
MONITOR CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN
TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//302200Z SEP 18//

Posted   09-18-2018 11:02   Edit  
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 08:45   Edit  
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   09-10-2018 13:29   Edit  
MSIB 32-18
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 Florence 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   08-17-2018 15:01   Edit  
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 14:14   Edit  
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   08-03-2018 10:25   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SECDB BNM 374-18

A. PA - DELAWARE RIVER - BURLINGTON (CHART 12314)

2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL

BE HELD NEAR BURLINGTON ISLAND ON THE DELAWARE RIVER ON AUGUST 4,

2018. THE OVERALL EVENT WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 5:00 PM AND 11:00 PM. THE

BOAT PARADE WILL BE HELD FROM 7:30 PM UNTIL 9:30 PM AND THE

FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE SHOT FROM LAND AT 9:30 PM. THE SUPPORT

VESSEL ON SCENE WILL BE MONITORING VHF CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE

URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   07-23-2018 09:03   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 361-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – SCHUYKILL RIVER – TINICUM RANGE – BILLINGSPORT RANGE – MIFFLIN RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. A SECURITY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED ON PORTIONS OF THE DELAWARE AND SCHUYKILL RIVERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. LAW ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WILL BE MONITORING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SECURITY ZONE. THE SPECIFICS OF THESE BOUNDARIES CAN BE FOUND IN 33 CFR 165.558. THE SECURITY ZONE WILL BE ENFORCED INTERMITTENTLY FROM 1 PM THROUGH 7 PM ON JULY 23, 2018. ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS CAN BE CONTACATED VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 22. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND OBEY ALL COMMANDS FROM ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WHEN IN THE AREA.

Posted   07-20-2018 11:30   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 356-18
A. DE/NJ DELAWARE RIVER REEDY RANGE (CHART 12311)
2. THE REEDY ISLAND REAR RANGE LIGHT (LLNR 2585) WILL BE EXTINGUISHED FOR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM BEGINNING TUESDAY JULY 24, 2018 THROUGH THURSDAY JULY 26, 2018. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE REEDY ISLAND RANGE.

Posted   07-09-2018 14:24   Edit  
DUTRA DREDGING OPERATION (Update 1)

**UPDATED INFORMATION IN BOLD**

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that Dutra Dredging will continue dredging operations in Miah Maull Range, Elbow of Cross Ledge Range, and Liston Range, within the Delaware Bay and River through August 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   07-09-2018 08:03   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 239-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE FROM 7:30 AM TO 3:00 PM BEGINNING JULY 9, 2018 THROUGH JULY 13, 2018. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM WHICH REDUCES THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   06-29-2018 09:13   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 305-18
A. NJDE-ATLANTIC OCEAN CAPE HENLOPEN, DE-CAPE MAY, NJ (12214)
2. THERE WILL BE AN OFFSHORE PADDLE BOARD EVENT TAKING PLACE JULY 1,
2018 FROM LEWES, DE TO CAPE MAY, NJ. THE RACES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM
8:00 AM UNTIL 2:00 PM. A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR ALL
WATERS 50 YARDS AHEAD OF THE LEAD PARTICIPANT TO 50 YARDS BEHIND THE
FINAL PARTICIPANT AND EXTENDING 100 YARDS ON EITHER SIDE. SUPPORT
VESSELS WILL MONITOR VHF FM CHANNEL 16. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE
CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//012000Z JUL 18//

Posted   06-29-2018 08:47   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 304-18
A. PA NJ DELAWARE RIVER, ESSINGTON, PA (CHART 12311)
2. A FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE HELD IN THE DELAWARE RIVER ADJACENT TO
ESSINGTON, PA ON JUNE 30, 2018 FROM 9:00 PM TO 09:30PM. THE
FIREWORKS BARGE WILL BE POSITIONED SOUTH OF THE COMMODORE BARRY
BRIDGE NEAR TALEN ENERGY STADIUM. ALL MARINERS ARE URGED TO NAVIGATE
WITH CAUTION IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//010200Z JUL 18//

Posted   06-29-2018 08:39   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 302-18
A. PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. THE U.S. COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISED A SAFETY ZONE FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE FROM 9:30 PM TO 11:30 PM ON JUNE 30, 2018 IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. THE ZONE SPANS FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA SHORE TO THE NEW JERSEY SHORE AND IS BOUNDED IN THE SOUTH BY A LINE FROM POSITION 39-56.31N, 075-08.28W TO 39-56.29N, 075-07.56W AND BOUNDED TO THE NORTH BY THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE. MARINERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRANSIT DURING THE TIMES WHEN THE FIREWORKS ARE BEING DISCHARGED. THE SAFETY VESSEL ON SCENE CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 16.

Posted   06-22-2018 06:17   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 291-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE FROM 7:30 AM TO 3:00 PM BEGINNING JUNE 25, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 29, 2018. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM WHICH REDUCES THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//222200Z JUN 18//

Posted   06-20-2018 13:15   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 288-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE FROM 7:30 AM TO 3:00 PM ON FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM WHICH REDUCES THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//222200Z JUN 18//

Posted   06-19-2018 13:37   Edit  
***SEE ATTACHMENT FOR CHARTLET INCLUDING APPROXIMATE BOUNDARIES***


SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 287-18
A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - SCHUYKILL RIVER TINICUM
RANGE - BILLINGSPORT RANGE - MIFFLIN RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. A SECURITY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED ON PORTIONS OF THE DELAWARE AND SCHUYKILL RIVERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE SECURITY ZONE WILL BE ENFORCED INTERMITTENTLY FROM 4 PM THROUGH 8 PM ON JUNE 19, 2018. LAW ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WILL BE MONITORING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SECURITY ZONE. THE SPECIFICS OF THESE BOUNDARIES CAN BE FOUND IN 33 CFR 165.558. ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS CAN BE CONTACATED VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 22. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND OBEY ALL COMMANDS FROM ON SCENE ENFORCEMENT VESSELS WHEN IN THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//200200Z JUN 18//

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Posted   06-15-2018 12:23   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 283-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – MIFFLIN RANGE (CHART 12312)
2. THE DREDGE MCFARLAND WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGE OPERATIONS ON THE GREEN SIDE OF THE CHANNEL IN MIFFLIN RANGE. OPERATIONS WILL COMMENCE AT APPROXIMATELY NOON ON JUNE 16, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 28, 2018. THE DREDGE MCFARLAND WILL MOVE ON REQUEST AND CAN BE CONTACTED VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 13. MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE DREDGE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ARRANGE SAFE PASSING ARRANGMENTS. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   06-12-2018 11:54   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 277-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER AND BAY (CHART 12311, 12312, 12304)
2. ON JUNE 13, 2018 AT APPROXIMATELY 1030 AM THE FORMER NAVAL VESSEL USS DOYLE WILL BE TOWED FROM THE PHILADELPHIA NAVAL YARD TO SEA ENROUTE TO ITS FINAL DESTINATION. THE TRANSIT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE APPROXIMATELY 8 HOURS. THE TOWING VESSEL COMET WILL BE THE LEAD TOWING VESSEL AND CAN BE CONTACTED VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 OR 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING AROUND THE TOW.

Posted   05-30-2018 12:50   Edit  
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   05-23-2018 14:24   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 255-18
A. PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. THE U.S. COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISED A SAFETY ZONE FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE FROM 9:00PM TO 10:00PM ON MAY 24TH and 26th, 2018 IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. THE ZONE SPANS FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA SHORE TO THE NEW JERSEY SHORE AND IS BOUNDED IN THE SOUTH BY A LINE FROM POSITION 39-56.31N, 075-08.28W TO 39-56.29N, 075-07.56W AND BOUNDED TO THE NORTH BY THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE. MARINERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRANSIT DURING THE TIMES WHEN THE FIREWORKS ARE BEING DISCHARGED. THE SAFETY VESSEL ON SCENE CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 16.

Posted   05-23-2018 14:17   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 254-18
A. PA/NJ-DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. THE COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN THE DELAWARE RIVER BEGINNING AT NOON THROUGH 6 PM ON MAY 24, 2018. THE SAFETY ZONE IS BOUNDED ON THE SOUTH BY THE WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE, AND BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BRIDGE. THE SAFETY ZONE EXTENDS FROM SHORELINE TO SHORLINE FOR ALL WATERS NORTH OF WIGGINS MARINA AND FROM THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL TO THE PENNSYLVANIA SHORELINE SOUTH OF WIGGINS MARINA. ANY VESSEL REQUESTING PERMISSION TO ENTER OR TRANSIT THE SAFETY ZONE MUST CONTACT THE COAST GUARD PATROL COMMANDER VIA VHF FM CHANNEL 22. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND REMAIN ALERT TO GREATER THAN NORMAL TRAFFIC DURING THE PARADE.

Posted   05-22-2018 16:01   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 252-18
A. PA/NJ/DE-DELAWARE BAY-DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12304, 12311, 12312)
2. ON MAY 23, 2018 THE MOTOR VESSEL GENESIS WILL BE TOWED FROM THE DELAWARE BAY PILOTS STATION TO MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE IN THE DELAWARE RIVER. ON MAY 24, 2018 THE GENESIS WILL BE TOWED FROM MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE TO RHOADS SHIPYARD. DURING THIS OPERATION THE GENESIS WILL HAVE REDUCED MANUEVERAIBILITY AND WILL BE ESCORTED BY ASSIST TUGS. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   05-11-2018 21:09   Edit  
DIVING OPERATION IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE (CHANGE 3)

***Changes in BOLD font***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that Commerce Construction will be conducting surveying and diving operations in Marcus Hook Range and Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 on the Delaware River, beginning on April 30, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

A safety zone will be in place in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the diving vessels, as well as any associated equipment operating in Marcus Hook Anchorage or Marcus Hook Range.

***Beginning at 5:00 am on Monday, May 14, 2018 through sunset on Friday, May 18, 2018, diving and pipeline removal operations will be conducted on the green side of the channel at approximately 39° 48.162” N, 075° 25.391” W. Work will be conducted daily from approximately 5:00 am through 7:00 pm. Please see attached chartlet for approximate location***

Any vessel requesting to enter or transit the safety zone during these hours must contact the towing vessel JOKER or the towing vessel GRAPE APE via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 to make satisfactory passing arrangements. Vessels may also contact Sector Delaware Bay’s command center via VHF-FM channel 16 to request permission to enter.

Vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake when transiting in the anchorage and main navigational channel in the vicinity of the safety zone.

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   05-09-2018 17:19   Edit  
DIVING OPERATION IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE (CHANGE 2)

***Changes in BOLD font***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that Commerce Construction will be conducting surveying and diving operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 on the Delaware River, beginning on April 30, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

A safety zone will be in place in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the diving vessels, as well as any associated equipment operating in Marcus Hook Anchorage. The work will be conducted in the southern most portion of the anchorage on the eastern side, adjacent to the New Jersey Shoreline.

***Due to the location of the survey operations, dive operations and the size of the safety zone, vessels will be restricted from anchoring in the southern portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage from 5:00 am on Thursday, May 10, 2018 until after sunset on Friday, May 11, 2018.***

Work will be conducted Monday through Saturday beginning approximately 5:00 am through approximately 7:00 pm. Any vessel requesting to enter or transit the safety zone during these hours must contact the towing vessel JOKER or the towing vessel GRAPE APE via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 to make satisfactory passing arrangements. Vessels may also contact Sector Delaware Bay’s command center via VHF-FM channel 16 to request permission to enter.

Vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake when transiting in the anchorage and main navigational channel in the vicinity of the safety zone.

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   05-07-2018 13:27   Edit  
MSIB 24-18 DIVING OPERATION IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE (CHANGE 1)

***Changes in BOLD font***

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that Commerce Construction will be conducting surveying and diving operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 on the Delaware River, beginning on April 30, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

A safety zone will be in place in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the diving vessels, as well as any associated equipment operating in Marcus Hook Anchorage. The work will be conducted in the southern most portion of the anchorage on the eastern side, adjacent to the New Jersey Shoreline.

***On Tuesday May 8, 2018 and Wednesday May 9, 2018 dive operations will be conducted on the green side of the channel at approximately 39° 48.162” N, 075° 25.391” W. Dive operations will be conducted between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. Please see attached chartlet for approximate location.***

Work will be conducted Monday through Saturday beginning approximately 5:00 am through approximately 7:00 pm. Any vessel requesting to enter or transit the safety zone during these hours must contact the crane barge KELLY or towing vessel JOKER via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 to make satisfactory passing arrangements. Vessels may also contact Sector Delaware Bay’s command center via VHF-FM channel 16 to request permission to enter.

Vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake when transiting in the anchorage and main navigational channel in the vicinity of the safety zone.

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   05-05-2018 19:47   Edit  
Sector Delaware Bay has recieved a report of an unknown tank floating in the vicinity of Marcus Hook Anchorage and Marcus Hook Range.

The tank is estimated to be approximately 3 feet in diameter and 9 feet long.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.

Please see attached pic.

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Posted   05-04-2018 08:50   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 233-18
A. NJ/PA – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12314)
2. A CONTRACTOR WILL BE PERFORMING MAINTENANCE AT SR 73 (TACONY-PALMYRA) BRIDGE, OVER THE DELAWARE RIVER. BEGINNING MAY 7, 2018 THROUGH MAY 25, 2018 DAILY FROM 7 AM THROUGH 3:30 PM. TWO WORK BARGES AND WORK BOATS WILL BE IN AND AROUND THE VICINITY OF THE BRIDGE. A SUPPLY BARGE WILL BE LOCATED IN THE NAVIGABLE CHANNEL REDUCING THE HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE TO APPROXIMATELY 210 FEET AND THE CRANE BARGE WILL BE LOCATED UNDER THE FIXED SPAN ADJACENT TO THE NAVIGATIONAL SPAN. EQUIPMENT AND VESSELS WILL RELOCATE FROM THE MOVEABLE SPAN AND NAVIGABLE CHANNEL, UPON REQUEST. THE BRIDGE TENDER MAY BE REACHED ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE BRIDGE TENDER AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TO ARRANGE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN NAVIGATING THE AREA.

Posted   04-30-2018 16:55   Edit  
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   04-27-2018 10:53   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 226-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. BEGINNING APRIL 30, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2018, A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ESTABLISHED FOR ALL NAVIGABLE WATERS WITHIN 250 YARDS OF COMMERCE CONSTRUCTION VESSELS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT LOCATED IN THE VICINITY OF ANCHORAGE 7, NEAR MARCUS HOOK PENNSYLVANIA. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL PARTIALLY RESTRICT VESSELS ABILITY TO ANCHOR IN THIS PORTION OF THE ANCHORAGE. THE ANCHORAGE WILL REMAIN OPEN TO VESSEL TRAFFIC. VESSELS ARE TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE VICINITY OF DIVE OPERATIONS AND ENCOURAGED TO MAINTAIN THE MINIMUM SPEED TO REDUCE WAKE AND MAINTAIN STEERAGE WHEN APPROACHING THE SAFETY ZONE.

Posted   04-26-2018 15:46   Edit  
DIVING OPERATION IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that Commerce Construction will be conducting surveying and diving operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 on the Delaware River, beginning on April 30, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

A safety zone will be in place in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the diving vessels, as well as any associated equipment operating in Marcus Hook Anchorage. The work will be conducted in the southern most portion of the anchorage on the eastern side, adjacent to the New Jersey Shoreline. The safety zone restricts vessels from anchoring in the lower portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage.

Work will be conducted Monday through Saturday beginning approximately 5:00 am through approximately 7:00 pm. Any vessel requesting to enter or transit the safety zone during these hours must contact the crane barge KELLY or towing vessel JOKER via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 to make satisfactory passing arrangements. Vessels may also contact Sector Delaware Bay’s command center via VHF-FM channel 16 to request permission to enter.

Vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake when transiting in the anchorage and main navigational channel in the vicinity of the safety zone.

The remainder of Marcus Hook Anchorage is open to vessel traffic as per general anchorage regulations set forth in 33 CFR 110.157 (b).

• All floating and submerged pipeline has been removed from the anchorage.
• No vessel shall occupy the anchorage for a longer period than 48 hours without a permit from the COTP.
• Vessels requesting to anchor longer than 48 hours must obtain approval by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807 and submitting an Extended Anchorage Request.

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 16:33   Edit  
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 15:21   Edit  
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   04-24-2018 15:20   Edit  
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   04-06-2018 13:37   Edit  
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 13:36   Edit  
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   04-03-2018 17:04   Edit  
Greenwich Terminal Crane Installation

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of the expiration of two safety zones established on the Delaware Bay and River to facilitate the safe transit and delivery of two post-Panamax cranes to Greenwich Terminal in Philadelphia, PA.

Safety zones one and two, as detailed in MSIB 19-18, will be deactivated at midnight on April 3, 2018. However, additional maintenance work must be completed before the cranes are operational. During the course of this work, the cranes will be moved from an “up” to a “down” position for testing. When the cranes are in the “down” position, they extend approximately 25 feet into the channel, creating a navigational hazard.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area any time the cranes are in the down position and maintain a safe distance from the crane booms. Crane work is expected to be completed by April 5, 2018.

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 13:53   Edit  
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 14:56   Edit  
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   03-23-2018 14:31   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 187-18
A. DE/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE PES FACLILITY ON THE SCHULYLKILL RIVER, IN PHILADELPHIA, PA, WILL BE CONDUCTING LIFT OPERATIONS FROM A BARGE ON DOCK #2 BEGINNING ON MARCH 26, 2018 THROUGH MARCH 27, 2018. STAGING WILL BEGIN ON MARCH 26, 2018. THE MAIN LIFT WILL BE CONDUCTED ON MARCH 27, 2018. ON MARCH 27, 2018 A BARGE WILL BE POSITIONED IN THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL FROM 6:00 AM TO 2:00 PM. THE BARGE, LOCATED PERPENDICULAR TO THE BERTH, WILL OBSTRUCT HALF THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL, BY APPOXIMATLEY 124 FEET. VESSEL WHO ARE ABLE TO SAFELY PASS MAY DO SO. VESSEL SHALL MAINTAIN THE MINIMUM SAFE SPEED TO REDUCE WAKE AND MAINTAIN STEERAGE.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//242300Z MAR 18//

Posted   03-20-2018 18:55   Edit  
***See attachment for Chartlet***

MSIB 19-18: Greenwich Terminal Crane Delivery

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of two safety zones established on the Delaware Bay and River to facilitate safety during the transit and delivery of two post-Panamax cranes to Greenwich Terminal in Philadelphia, PA.

Safety zone one includes all navigable waters within 200 yards of the M/V ZHEN HUA 16 from the time the vessel departs Bigstone Anchorage until the completion of mooring operations at Greenwich Terminal in Philadelphia, PA. Except as noted below, vessels may not enter this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative via VHF-FM Channel 16. Requests to enter safety zone one will not be authorized for portions of the Delaware River north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal for vessels with a beam greater than 90 feet.

Vessels may enter safety zone one without obtaining approval from the Captain of the Port if all of the following criteria are met:

• M/V ZHEN HUA 16 is anchored in a designated anchorage as defined in 33 CFR 110.157.
• Except towing vessels designated as assist tugs, and operating in such capacity, no vessel may meet, overtake or otherwise pass another unmoored or unanchored vessel within the safety zone.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.

Safety zone two includes all navigable waters of the of the Delaware River bounded to the south by a line drawn from the southeast corner of Pier 124S at 39º53’41.751” N, 075º08’19.1419” W, thence east-southeast to the New Jersey Shoreline at 39º53’34” N, 075º07’49” W, and bounded to the north by the southernmost edge of the Walt Whitman Bridge (see figure 1). Except as noted below, vessels may not enter this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative via VHF-FM Channel 16.

Vessels may enter safety zone two without obtaining approval from the Captain of the Port if all of the following criteria are met:

• Regardless of travel direction, vessels shall remain east of the centerline of the main navigation channel.
• Except towing vessels designated as assist tugs, and operating in such capacity, no vessel may meet, overtake or otherwise pass another unmoored or unanchored vessel within the safety zone.
• Vessel shall maintain the minimum safe speed to reduce wake and maintain steerage.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   03-19-2018 15:18   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 179-18
A. PA, NJ, DE- DELAWARE BAY AND RIVER (CHART 12304, 12311, 12312)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR ALL NAVIGABLE WATERS WITHIN 200 YARDS OF THE M/V ZHEN HUA 16. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL THE VESSEL COMPLETES MOORING OPERATIONS AT GREENWICH TERMINALS IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SAFETY ZONE WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE COTP DELAWARE BAY OR HIS DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE. WHEN THE M/V ZHEN HUA 16 IS ANCHORED VESSELS MAY PASS THROUGH THE SAFETY ZONE WITHOUT OBTAINING PERMISSION IF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ARE MET. VESSELS MUST MAINTAIN MINIMUM SAFE SPEED TO REDUCE WAKE AND MAINTAIN STEERAGE, VESSELS MUST NOT MEET, OVERTAKE OR OTHERWISE PASS ANY OTHER UNMOORED VESSEL WHILE IN THE SAFETY ZONE, OR VESSEL IS AN ASSIST TUG OPERATING IN SUCH CAPACITY. MARINERS SHOULD PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   03-15-2018 16:53   Edit  
OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object, approximately 10.5 feet wide and 7 feet high, that has been reported in the Delaware River, in Marcus Hook Anchorage, at 39˚47.905’N, 075˚ 25.067’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 39.2 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Great Lakes Dock and Dredging will be working in the anchorage attempting to remove the object on March 16, 2018 and March 17, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   03-15-2018 16:51   Edit  
DIVING OPERATION IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that Commerce Construction will be conducting surveying and diving operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 on the Delaware River, beginning on March 15, 2018 through March 22, 2018 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

A safety zone will be in place in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the diving vessels, as well as any associated equipment operating in Marcus Hook Anchorage. The work will be conducted in the southern most portion of the anchorage on the eastern side, adjacent to the New Jersey Shoreline. The safety zone restricts vessels from anchoring in the lower portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage.

Vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake when transiting in the anchorage and main navigational channel.

The remainder of Marcus Hook Anchorage is open to vessel traffic as per general anchorage regulations set forth in 33 CFR 110.157 (b).

• All floating and submerged pipeline has been removed from the anchorage.
• No vessel shall occupy the anchorage for a longer period than 48 hours without a permit from the COTP.
• Vessels requesting to anchor longer than 48 hours must obtain approval by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807 and submitting an Extended Anchorage Request.

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   03-14-2018 14:40   Edit  
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 08:33   Edit  
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 15:42   Edit  
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   03-03-2018 11:59   Edit  
MSIB 14-18 RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the port has returned to NORMAL PORT CONDITION in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. 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   03-02-2018 09:30   Edit  
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 severe weather in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 24 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, gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, 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 exceed 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   03-02-2018 09:28   Edit  
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 severe weather in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 24 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, gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, 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 exceed 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   03-01-2018 16:18   Edit  
Significant Storm in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey & Delaware Region

The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience heavy rains, gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, and tidal surge over the next 24 – 72 hours. Members of the port community should take adequate precautions. In preparation for high winds, the following provisions are implemented:

• Vessels should have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this provision.
• Facilities should minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
• Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease in the Delaware Bay COTP zone when sustained winds reach 40 mph.

In the event that the COTP imposes port 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.

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   03-01-2018 10:53   Edit  
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   02-27-2018 13:16   Edit  
NJ/PA - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT ON FEBRUARY 28, 2018 COMMENCING AT 9:30 AM AND ENDING AT 10:30 AM COAST GUARD STATION PHILADELPHIA WILL BE CONDUCTING A LIVE PYROTECHNIC EXERCISE AT POSITION 39-39.40 N AND 075-32.040 W. A
VESSEL SEEKING TO PASS WITHIN 750 YARDS OF THIS EXERCISE SHALL INFORM THE ON SCENE COAST GUARD VESSELS ON VHF CHANNEL 16. SPECIFIC FIRING TIMES CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED ON VHF CHANNEL 16. APPROACHING VESSELS SHOULD CONTACT COAST GUARD STATION PHILADELPHIA 15 MINUTES BEFORE ENTERING THE AREA.

Posted   02-20-2018 09:31   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
SEC DB BNM 128-18
NJ - CAPE MAY LEWES FERRY CHANNEL (CHART 12316)

ON MARCH 5, 2018 THE DREDGE FULLERTON WILL LEAVE STONE HARBOR AND PROCEED TO CONDUCT WORK AT THE CAPE MAY LEWES FERRY CHANNEL UNTIL APRIL 15, 2018. THE DREDGE FULLERTON WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   02-15-2018 10:09   Edit  
SAFTEY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 115-18
A. DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL - DE - NJ - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA CHART (12312)
2. HAZARD TO NAVIGATION - SHOALING HAS OCCURED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER IN APPROX POSN 39-48.18791, 075-25.354427W, 50 FEET OFF THE GREEN CHANNEL TOW LINE. SHALLOWEST DEPTH HAS BEEN REPORTED AT 38.5 FEET. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

SEE MAP FOR LOCATION
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Posted   02-12-2018 10:23   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 110-18
A. NJ/PA - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT AN EXPLOSIVE LOADOUT WILL TAKE PLACE AT
PENN TERMINAL ON FEBRUARY 13, 2018 FROM 4AM TO 5AM. THE NAVIGATION
CHANNEL WILL NOT BE CLOSED DURING THIS EVOLUTION. MARINERS ARE
ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN THE AREA AND FOLLOW ALL ORDERS
GIVEN BY THE ON SCENE COAST GUARD VESSELS.

Posted   02-06-2018 11:35   Edit  
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 09:49   Edit  
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   02-05-2018 15:20   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 094-18
A. DE - CHRISTINA RIVER - NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDG(CHART
12324)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAIL ROAD BRIDGE OVER THE CHRISTINA RIVER, IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE ON FEBRUARY 6, 2018 FROM APPROXIMATLEY NOON TO 5PM. WORK THAT IS BEING CONDUCTED IS CRITICAL TO THE BRIDGES OPERATION AND WILL NEED TO BE FIXED IN THE CLOSED POSITION FOR APPROXIMATELY 5 HOURS WHILE THE REPLACEMENT OF A MOTOR IS COMPLETED. WORK VESSELS MAY BE REACHED ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 13 AND 16. MARINERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN NAVIGATING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//062300Z FEB 18//
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Posted   02-05-2018 13:31   Edit  
Safety Zone Lower Delaware Bay

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners a safety zone has been established in the lower Delaware Bay in order to facilitate diving and salvage operations. The safety zone will be enforced from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm on February 6, 2018.

The safety zone will encompass all navigable waters within a 1,200 yard radius of the towing vessel NORTHSTAR COMMANDER, associated crane barge and all other dive and salvage equipment located at approximate location 38° 51.947’ North Latitude, 075° 06.182’ West Longitude.

Entry into or transit within the safety zone is prohibited without the approval of the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay via VHF-FM Channel 16, or the towing vessel NORTHSTAR COMMANDER via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

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   02-02-2018 09:52   Edit  
MSIB 09-18 Marcus Hook Range Blasting Update (SEE ATTACHMENT FOR CHARTLET)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Great Lakes Dredge and Dock will be continuing to conduct rock blasting in the Marcus Hook Range to facilitate the main channel deepening project. Rock blasting operations will be taking place at the southern end of Marcus Hook Range beginning on February 3, 2018. Cleanup from the blasts is expected to be completed no later than February 14, 2018.

The blasting will take place primarily on the green side of the channel. However, several blast locations will be located on the red side of the channel centerline. The attached chartlet and GPS coordinates can be referenced for approximate locations of these operations.

Mariners are reminded of the requirements found in 33 CFR 165.T05-0935 and are encouraged to remain familiar with them through the completion of the Delaware River main channel deepening project.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone must make satisfactory passing arrangements, at least 30 minutes prior to arrival, with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS or dredge NEW YORK via VHF-FM channel 13 as applicable.

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   02-01-2018 11:07   Edit  
MSIB 08-18 Activation of Synthetic Aids Upper Delaware River

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners to proceed with caution while operating in the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and the NJ and DE coasts. Due to inclement weather and significant ice conditions, some aids to navigation remain off station and not watching properly. Synthetic aids to navigation will be temporarily placed in the most critical of these positions along the river until ice and weather permit repositioning and correction.

Synthetic aids to navigation have been established to assist mariners transiting the channel. A synthetic aid is Automated Identification System (AIS) aid to navigation message broadcast (typically from shore) to an assigned position where a corresponding buoy/beacon should be located. The following aids are broadcasting with an AIS signal:

• Upper Delaware River Lighted Buoy 15 (LLNR 3735), MMSI 993672696
• Upper Delaware River Lighted Buoy 69 (LLNR 4135), MMSI 993672697

Mariners are encouraged to report any off-station aids to navigation or other unsafe conditions immediately to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center may be contacted at (215) 271-4995.

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   01-31-2018 10:32   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 078-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – (CHART 12314)
2. AN ENGINEERING FIRM WILL CONTINUE TO PERFORM MAINTENANCE ON THE INTERSTATE 276/DELAWARE RIVER TURNPIKE BRIDGE, ACROSS THE DELAWARE RIVER, MILE 121.2. WORK ON THE BRIDGE SUPERSTRUCTURE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PERFORMED FROM 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M.; MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND FROM 6 A.M. TO 6 P.M. ON THE WEEKENDS. MAINTENANCE WORK WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018. A WORK PLATFORM OCCUPYING APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THE NAVIGATION SPAN, WILL CONTINUE TO REDUCE THE VERTICAL CLEARANCE BY APPROXIMATELY 5 FEET TO APPROXIMATELY 130 FEET ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   01-30-2018 08:31   Edit  
RETURN TO SEASONAL ICE ALERT


The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is notifying mariners of the return to Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores and Inner Coastal 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 website at:
http://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-5/District-Units/Sector-Delaware-Bay/

Conditions continue to be favorable for the formation of ice. Mariners are advised to maintain awareness of the following guidelines.

• When ice is present:
o Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
o Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
o Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
o Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.

• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.


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.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-29-2018 15:30   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

NJ - DE DELAWARE BAY WEST SIDE (CHART 12304)

HAZARD TO NAVIGATION DELAWARE BAY WEST SIDE. THE USCG RECEIVED A REPORT OF A LOST ANCHOR IN APPROX POSITION 38 51.74N 075-05.864W. THE CHARTED DEPTH FOR THE AREA IS 79FT MLLW. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   01-24-2018 16:54   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 12)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of Rancocas Creek.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• When ice is present:
o Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
o Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
o Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

Mariners are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

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   01-24-2018 15:12   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 065-18
A. PA/DE/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER AND BAY (CHARTS 12312, 12311, 12304)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE SYNTHETIC AIDS ACTIVATED BY SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLITEN 04-18 HAVE BEEN DEACTIVATED.
3. SYNTHETIC AIDS WHICH HAVE BEEN DEACTIVATED:
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BELL BUOY 6 (LLNR 2575)
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BUOY 8 (LLNR 2595)
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BUOY 12 (LLNR 2725)
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BUOY 13 (LLNR 2740)
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BUOY 18 (LLNR 2875)
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BUOY 21 (LLNR 2920)
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BUOY 22 (LLNR 2925)
DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTED BUOY 27 (LLNR 2965)
4. CANCEL AT TIME//072007Z FEB 18//

Posted   01-23-2018 13:30   Edit  
MSIB 03-18 Change 11

**SEE ATTACHMENT FOR FULL TEXT**

Changes are as follows:

•All steel hull restrictions have been lifted with the exception of the Delaware River north of the Kinder Morgan Fairless Hills Turning Basin, adjacent to Newbold Channel.
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Posted   01-21-2018 12:09   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 10)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***
• Daylight transit requirement for deep draft vessels north of the Delair Railroad Bridge has been lifted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey include the Back Bay areas within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets and coast remain unrestricted.
• Steel hull requirements for the Schuylkill and Christina Rivers have been lifted
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

Mariners are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-21-2018 12:06   Edit  
Temporary Suspension of Ice Breaking Operations (Update 1)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that, due to the absence of an enacted appropriation or continuing resolution, Coast Guard ice breaking operations in the Delaware Bay COTP zone are suspended until further notice.

The provisions of Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-18, Seasonal Ice Procedures Status Update (change 10) remain in place. Mariners are encouraged to proceed with caution while operating in the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and the NJ and DE coasts.

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

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   01-16-2018 14:24   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Update (Change 6)

**Horsepower requirements for Delaware and Salem Rivers has been lifted**

All other requirements remain the same.
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Posted   01-14-2018 11:23   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 7)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***
• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Betsy Ross Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey include the Back Bay areas within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets and coast remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuylkill River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

Mariners are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-14-2018 11:23   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 7)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***
• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Betsy Ross Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey include the Back Bay areas within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets and coast remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuylkill River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

Mariners are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-11-2018 18:16   Edit  
HAZARD TO NAVIGATION

USCG Sector Delaware Bay has been notified of a 6`x40` floating piece of concrete creating a hazard to navigation in the MIAH MAULL RANGE in the Delaware Bay.

The hazard has been described to be similar in appearance to a floating marina dock.

Location when reported was approximately 39-08-22.87 N, 075-14-07.49 W and was between the green 25 (LLNR 1590) and green 27 (LLNR 1595) buoys. Be advised that buoys may be off station or not watching properly due to ice conditions.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.

Posted   01-11-2018 15:36   Edit  
***UPDATES TO SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURE***

Updates are as follows:

-Steel hull requirement for the Delaware Bay has been removed. The requirement for steel hulls in the Delaware River Remains in effect.

-Steel hull is required for transit in the "Back Bay" area of the New Jersey and Delaware shores.
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Posted   01-08-2018 12:49   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 4)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***

•Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
•Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate in the Salem River.
•Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate upriver of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and the Delaware Bay.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey coasts within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets remain unrestricted.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuylkill River.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
•The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
•Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
•Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
•Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
•Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
•Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

Mariners are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-07-2018 11:59   Edit  
MSIB 03-18 Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 3)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***

• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate in the Salem River.
• Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate upriver of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey coasts within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuykill River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are asked to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A voluntary Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities. Please send any reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil.

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   01-06-2018 14:05   Edit  
MSIB 03-18 Seasonal Ice Procedures Update (Change 2)

OPEN ATTACHMENT FOR FULL TEXT

UPDATED PORTIONS:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***

• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 may operate upriver of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Commodore Barry Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey coasts within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuykill River.
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Posted   01-05-2018 13:19   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 1)

Changes are as follows:

• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.


See attachment for full text
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Posted   01-04-2018 15:45   Edit  
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only Steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River north of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are asked to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A voluntary Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities. Please send any reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil.

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   01-03-2018 16:42   Edit  
MSIB 02-18 ICE CONDITION 3 UPDATE 1:

UPDATED TO INCLUDE:

• Only vessels with steel hulls may operate north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Delaware River.
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Posted   01-02-2018 14:46   Edit  
MSIB 02-18 Seasonal Ice Procedures Ice Condition 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters, but navigation is not impacted by ice. All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

• When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP, Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restrictions on the C&D Canal.

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

Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

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   01-02-2018 14:45   Edit  
MSIB 01-18 Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 4

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage, hereinafter referred to as “the anchorage.”

• MSIB 37-17 updated the restrictions on the anchorage due to temporary safety zones.

• MSIB 40-17 further restricted the use of the anchorage due to a temporary safety zone.

• These safety zones have been established in order to facilitate the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project as well as pipeline removal operations required for the aforementioned project.

This bulletin summarizes the current safety zones which cause restrictions on the anchorage and provides updates on the location of the pipeline and the types of vessels that can use the anchorage (updates in bold).

• The submerged pipeline within the anchorage has been removed.

• A safety zone has been established within 250 yards of the towing vessel JOKER and crane barge KELLY. Currently, these vessels are conducting dive operations and pipeline removal operations within the southern portion of the anchorage. These operations, and the established safety zone, result in restrictions on the use of the southern portion of the anchorage as the safety zone encompasses this portion of the anchorage in its entirety. Please see page two of MSIB 40-17 for a chartlet showing working areas.

• The northern portion of the anchorage may now be used by two vessels greater than 650 feet overall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, that obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay at least 24 hours in advance at (215) 271-4807. Permission will be granted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Mariners are encouraged to check for updates to this bulletin on the Sector Delaware Bay Homeport website at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay prior to calling with a reservation request.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   12-29-2017 11:55   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 402-17
A. NJ/PA DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF
DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL,
IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE, IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, FROM 11:00 AM TO 1:00
PM ON DECEMBER 30, 2017. NORFOLK DREDGING AND DOCK WILL BE PLACING A
SUMBERGED PIPELINE ACROSS THE CHANNEL FROM THE INBOUND SIDE OF RED
BUOY 46 (LLNR 1935) TO THE PENNSYLVANIA SIDE. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO
PASS SHOULD CONTACT THE DREDGE CHARLESTON FOR CONFIRMATION OF
OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR
DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND CENTER AT 215-271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//302000Z DEC 17//

Posted   12-26-2017 10:29   Edit  
42-17 Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 3

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage, hereinafter referred to as “the anchorage.”

• MSIB 37-17 updated the restrictions on the anchorage due to temporary safety zones.

• MSIB 40-17 further restricted the use of the anchorage due to a temporary safety zone.

• These safety zones have been established in order to facilitate the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project as well as pipeline removal operations required for the aforementioned project.

This bulletin summarizes the current safety zones which cause restrictions on the anchorage and provides updates on the location of the pipeline and the types of vessels that can use the anchorage (updates in bold).

• A pipeline has been placed across the anchorage from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 27.80”N, 075° 24’ 02.53”W. This pipeline is marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels may not pass over the submerged pipeline. Please see MSIB 37-17 for more details regarding this submerged pipeline and other restrictions.

• A safety zone has been established within 250 yards of the towing vessel JOKER and crane barge KELLY. Currently, these vessels are conducting dive operations and pipeline removal operations within the southern portion of the anchorage. These operations, and the established safety zone, result in restrictions on the use of the southern portion of the anchorage as the safety zone encompasses this portion of the anchorage in its entirety. Please see page two of MSIB 40-17 for a chartlet showing working areas.

• The portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline may be used by vessels greater than 750 feet overall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, that obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay at least 24 hours in advance at (215) 271-4807. Permission will be granted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Mariners are encouraged to check for updates to this bulletin on the Sector Delaware Bay Homeport website at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay prior to calling with a reservation request.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   12-22-2017 11:09   Edit  
Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range (Update 3)

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a safety zone established in the southern portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range on the Delaware River to facilitate dive operations and pipeline removal.

• The safety zone began November 21, 2017 and will continue through February 28, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP. Work will be conducted between the hours of 5:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. daily.

• The crane barge KELLY and towing vessel JOKER will be on scene and assisting with the work.

• There are three sections of pipeline located in the area. All three sections of pipeline will be removed.

• Work on section #1 has been completed pending survey results.

• Work on sections #2 and #3 is currently being conducted.

o Working vessels are operating within the anchorage and are out of the main navigational channel at Marcus Hook Range.
o Vessels transiting the area should utilize the main navigation channel while maintaining awareness of current transit restrictions and requirements in the area.

• Mariners are requested to maintain the minimum safe speed to maintain steerage and maintain strict adherence to the rules of the road.

The safety zone is established in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the crane barge KELLY, towing vessel JOKER, and associated diving and pipeline removal equipment.

Vessels requesting to transit the safety zone shall contact the towing vessel JOKER on VHF-FM channel 13 or 80, at least 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival to arrange safe passage. Vessels may also contact the COTP for permission to enter or transit the safety zone on VHF-FM channel 16.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   12-22-2017 10:40   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SEC DB BNM 395-17

A. NJ - SALEM RIVER (CHART 12311)

2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT H &L CONTRACTING WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGING OPERATIONS IN THE SALEM RIVER, NJ FROM NOVEMBER 21, 2017 THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2018. DREDGE PIPE WILL BE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CHANNEL AND WILL BE MARKED AND LIT IAW COAST GUARD REGULATIONS. THERE WILL BE TWO POINTS WHERE SUBMERGED PIPELINE WILL BE CROSSING THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL. THESE LOCATIONS OF SUBMERGED PIPELINE WILL BE AT: SALEM RIVER 39D 34’08”N; 75D 30’21”W AND AT THE FORT MOTT FERRY DOCK 39D 36’03”N; 75D 33’18”W. WORK HOURS ARE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. THERE WILL BE ONE DREDGE, A PUSH BOAT, SKIFF, THREE BOOSTER PUMP BARGES, AND DREDGING PIPELINE ON SCENCE. ALL MARINE EQUIPMENT OPERATORS WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 63 AND CHENNEL 16 AND 13. DREDGE AND WORK VESSELS WILL MONITOR VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

3. CANCEL AT TIME//051520 JAN 18//

Posted   12-22-2017 09:36   Edit  
2018 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award

The U.S. Coast Guard is proud to announce we are accepting applications for the 2018 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award for Excellence!


Started in 1995, the award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. It also encourages innovations in operations, maintenance, cargo handling, refueling and training while providing a means to share best practices with others in the maritime community.


The award will be presented during the American Petroleum Institute Panel and Luncheon in New Orleans, LA on March 2nd, 2018.

Applications will be accepted from 15 November 2017 to 12 January 2018.

For more information, please visit: https://homeport.uscg.mil/missions/environmental/outreach-programs/awards
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Posted   12-21-2017 10:55   Edit  
MSIB 45-17: OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE-RECOVERED (per USACE) Updated


• The object located at approximately 39° 48.261097’ North Latitude, -75° 24.911007’ West Longitude has been recovered. USACE will conduct survey ops on the site on the morning of Dec 21 to ensure complete removal of the obstruction.

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.
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Posted   12-18-2017 13:09   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 390-17
A. PA/NJ – MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED OF AN OBJECT, APPROXIMATLEY 6FT IN DIAMETER AND 7FT HEIGHT, THAT HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL, IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE, AT APPROXIMATELY 39D 48.261097’N, 075D 24.911’W. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THIS PORTION OF THE MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE AS SOME DEPTHS AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATION, MINIMUM DEPTH AT THIS OBJECTS LOCATION IS 35.5FT AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER. VESSELS DRAFTING OVER 34 FEET SHOULD AVOID THIS AREA AND TRANSIT AROUND THE OBJECT.
3. CANCEL AT TIME// 021801Z JAN 18//

Posted   12-08-2017 15:39   Edit  
MSIB 40-17
Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range (Update 2)

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a safety zone established in the southern portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range on the Delaware River to facilitate dive operations and pipeline removal.

• The safety zone began November 21, 2017 and will continue through February 28, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP. Work will be conducted between the hours of 5:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. daily.

• The crane barge KELLY and towing vessel JOKER will be on scene and assisting with the work.

• There are three sections of pipeline located in the area. All three sections of pipeline will be removed.

• Removal of section #1, as noted on the attached drawing, began on November 28, 2017. Removal of Section #1 will continue to require working vessels to obstruct the main navigational channel of the Delaware River. Subsequently, all vessel traffic will be required to utilize the Marcus Hook Anchorage, Anchorage No. 7, in order to safely transit around the dive operations and pipeline removal. A Marine Safety Information Bulletin and Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be issued in order to inform the public when work transitions from the main navigational channel to the anchorage.

• Sections #2 and #3 will be conducted at a later time during this safety zone. Further information regarding sections #2 and #3 will be published in an additional MSIB, Local Notice to Mariners, and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

• Mariners are requested to maintain the minimum safe speed to maintain steerage and maintain strict adherence to the rules of the road.

The safety zone is established in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the crane barge KELLY, towing vessel JOKER, and associated diving and pipeline removal equipment.

Vessels requesting to transit the safety zone shall contact the towing vessel JOKER on VHF-FM channel 13 or 80, at least 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes prior to arrival to arrange safe passage. Vessels may also contact the COTP for permission to enter or transit the safety zone on VHF-FM channel 16.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   12-08-2017 15:39   Edit  
MSIB 40-17
Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range (Update 2)

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a safety zone established in the southern portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range on the Delaware River to facilitate dive operations and pipeline removal.

• The safety zone began November 21, 2017 and will continue through February 28, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP. Work will be conducted between the hours of 5:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. daily.

• The crane barge KELLY and towing vessel JOKER will be on scene and assisting with the work.

• There are three sections of pipeline located in the area. All three sections of pipeline will be removed.

• Removal of section #1, as noted on the attached drawing, began on November 28, 2017. Removal of Section #1 will continue to require working vessels to obstruct the main navigational channel of the Delaware River. Subsequently, all vessel traffic will be required to utilize the Marcus Hook Anchorage, Anchorage No. 7, in order to safely transit around the dive operations and pipeline removal. A Marine Safety Information Bulletin and Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be issued in order to inform the public when work transitions from the main navigational channel to the anchorage.

• Sections #2 and #3 will be conducted at a later time during this safety zone. Further information regarding sections #2 and #3 will be published in an additional MSIB, Local Notice to Mariners, and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

• Mariners are requested to maintain the minimum safe speed to maintain steerage and maintain strict adherence to the rules of the road.

The safety zone is established in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the crane barge KELLY, towing vessel JOKER, and associated diving and pipeline removal equipment.

Vessels requesting to transit the safety zone shall contact the towing vessel JOKER on VHF-FM channel 13 or 80, at least 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes prior to arrival to arrange safe passage. Vessels may also contact the COTP for permission to enter or transit the safety zone on VHF-FM channel 16.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   12-01-2017 10:05   Edit  
MSIB 44-17 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 website. The address is:


http://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Portals/7/Ice%20Reporting%20Form%20(General).pdf?ver=2017-11-30-093420-000


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.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-30-2017 09:01   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
369-17 PA/DE – CHRISTINA RIVER (CHART 12311)
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT GREAT LAKES DREDGING WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGING OPERATIONS IN THE CHRISTINA RIVER ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 1, 2017 THROUGH DECEMBER 6, 2017. THERE WILL BE FLOATING PIPELINE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CHANNEL, ALONG THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE CHANNEL, IN THE CHRISTINA RIVER. VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE ILLINOIS AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHRISTINA RIVER. DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
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Posted   11-29-2017 09:06   Edit  
MSIB 43-17 OBJECTS IN FLORENCE BEND

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of two objects reported in the main navigational channel of Florence Bend on the Delaware River. **Please see page 2 for chartlet**

• Object 1 is located at approximately 40° 07.653473’ North Latitude, -74° 48.944465’ West Longitude.
o Approximately 8 feet in width and 6 feet in height.
o Located approximately 120 feet from channel centerline towards New Jersey shoreline.
o Reduced depth at mean low low water is 38 feet.

• Object 2 is located at approximately 40° 07.640773’ North Latitude, -74° 48.925501’ West Longitude.
o Approximately 1 foot in width and 5 feet in height.
o Located approximately 170 feet from channel centerline towards New Jersey shoreline.
o Reduced depth at mean low low water is 36.8 feet.

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

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the objects.

Survey and salvage vessels will begin operating in the vicinity of the objects within the next week. As survey and salvage operations progress any waterway restrictions will be broadcast through a broadcast notice to mariners and/or subsequent marine safety information bulletins. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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   11-29-2017 09:02   Edit  
MSIB 42-17 UPDATE Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 2

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage, hereinafter referred to as “the anchorage.”

• MSIB 37-17 updated the restrictions on the anchorage, due to temporary safety zones.

• MSIB 40-17 further restricted the use of the anchorage due to a temporary safety zone.

• These safety zones have been established in order to facilitate the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project as well as pipeline removal operations required for the aforementioned project.

In order to promote clarity the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is issuing this bulletin summarizing the current safety zones which cause a restrictions on the anchorage.

• A pipeline has been placed across the anchorage from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 41.65”N, 075° 24’ 01.44”W. This pipeline is marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels may not pass over the submerged pipeline. Please see MSIB 37-17 for more details regarding this submerged pipeline and other restrictions.

• A safety zone has been established within 250 yards of the towing vessel JOKER and crane barge KELLY. Currently, these vessels are conducting dive operations and pipeline removal operations within the southern portion of the anchorage. These operations, and the established safety zone, result in restrictions on the use of the southern portion of the anchorage as the safety zone encompasses this portion of the anchorage in its entirety. Please see page two of MSIB 40-17 for a chartlet showing working areas.

• The portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline may be utilized by small vessels of 700’ or less length overalloverall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, who that obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay at least 24 hours in advance at (215) 271-4807. Permission will be granted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Mariners are encouraged to check for updates to this bulletin on the Sector Delaware Bay Homeport website at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay prior to calling with a reservation request.

This MSIB further defines the requirements and information in Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 37-17 and MSIB 40-17.

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




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   11-28-2017 09:03   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 363-17
A. PA/DE – CHRISTINA RIVER (CHART 12311)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THERE WILL BE A OBSTRUCTION OF THE CHRISTINA RIVER CHANNEL, IN WILMINGTON, DE, TO FACILITATE DREDGING IN CHERRY ISLAND RANGE, IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, BEGINNING MID-MORNING ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 FOR APPROXIMATLEY 2 DAYS, SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND TRAFFIC DELAYS. THERE WILL BE FLOATING PIPELINE LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHRISTINA RIVER HOWEVER THE DREDGE AND PIPELINE WILL BE ABLE TO RELOCAT TO FACILITATE VESSEL TRAFFIC. VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE ILLINOIS AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHRISTINA RIVER TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGMENTS. DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//012200Z DEC 17//

Posted   11-22-2017 13:26   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 360-17
A. DE/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER (12314)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF TWO OBJECTS FOUND IN THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF FLORENCE RANGE AND FLORENCE BEND, IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, IN THE VICINITY OF CHANNEL LIGHTED RED BUOY 60 (LLNR 4075). THE FIRST OBJECT IS 120 FEET TOWARDS NEW JERSEY FROM THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL CENTERLINE, DIMENTIONS ARE 6 FEET IN HEIGHT BY 8 FEET WIDE, MINIMUM DEPTH FOR THIS OBJECT IS APPROXIMATLEY 38 FEET. OBJECT TWO IS 170 FEET TOWARDS NEW JERSEY FROM THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL CENTERLINE; DIMENTIONS ARE 5 FEET IN HEIGHT AND 1 FOOT WIDE, MINIMUM DEPTH FOR THIS OBJECT IS APPROXIMATLEY 36.8 FEET. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THESE AREAS AS THE DEPTHS IN THE VICINITY OF THESE OBJECTS COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO VESSELS. A SURVEY AND PLAN OF ACTION WILL BE DEVELOPED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION AND RETRIEVAL OF THESE OBJECTS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CONTENT OF THIS MESSAGE, PLEASE CONTACT THE WATERWAYS MANAGEMENT STAFF AT (215) 271-4814 OR THE COMMAND CENTER AT (215) 271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//062200Z DEC 17//

Posted   11-22-2017 12:24   Edit  
MSIB 41-17 MARCUS HOOK RANGE ROCK BLASTING OPERATIONS

The Coast Guard will be enforcing a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania north to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, beginning November 30, 2017 until March 15, 2018. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 500 yards of vessels and machinery conducting rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations. This zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment in these navigable waters while operations are being conducted. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, or his designated representative.

One side of the Delaware River main navigational channel will be closed in locations spanning from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of the rock blasting, rock removal, and dredging operation, for the duration of the project. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone in the main navigational channel may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM Channel 13 at least 30 minutes prior to arrival. If vessels are unable to make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, they may request permission from the COTP or his designated representative on VHF-FM channel 16. All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this project rock blasting will be conducted, via explosive detonations, by the drill boat APACHE at approximately 9 am and 4 pm, daily. No vessels may transit through the safety zone during times of explosives detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 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   11-22-2017 10:36   Edit  
MSIB 42-17 Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 2

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage, hereinafter referred to as “the anchorage.”

• MSIB 37-17 updated the restrictions on the anchorage, due to temporary safety zones.

• MSIB 40-17 further restricted the use of the anchorage due to a temporary safety zone.

• These safety zones have been established in order to facilitate the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project as well as pipeline removal operations required for the aforementioned project.

In order to promote clarity the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is issuing this bulletin summarizing the current safety zones which cause a restrictions on the anchorage.

• A pipeline has been placed across the anchorage from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 41.65”N, 075° 24’ 01.44”W. This pipeline is marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels may not pass over the submerged pipeline. Please see MSIB 37-17 for more details regarding this submerged pipeline and other restrictions.

• A safety zone has been established within 250 yards of the towing vessel JOKER and crane barge KELLY. Currently, these vessels are conducting dive operations and pipeline removal operations within the southern portion of the anchorage. These operations, and the established safety zone, result in restrictions on the use of the southern portion of the anchorage as the safety zone encompasses this portion of the anchorage in its entirety. Please see page two of MSIB 40-17 for a chartlet showing working areas.

• The portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline may be utilized by small vessels of 700’ or less length overalloverall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, who that obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay at least 24 hours in advance at (215) 271-4807. Permission will be granted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Mariners are encouraged to check for updates to this bulletin on the Sector Delaware Bay Homeport website at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay prior to calling with a reservation request.

This MSIB further defines the requirements and information in Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 37-17 and MSIB 40-17.

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




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   11-22-2017 10:26   Edit  
MSIB 39-17 (CORRECTED) Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Closures

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the SR 73, Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, over the Delaware River, between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for maintenance on the following dates:

• Starting 7 AM on December 15, 2017 through 5 PM on December 18, 2017

• Starting 7 AM on January 4, 2018 through 5 PM on January 7, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on January 11, 2018 through 5 PM on January 14, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on January 18, 2018 through 5 PM on January 21, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on January 25, 2018 through 5 PM on January 28, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on February 1, 2018 through 5 PM on February 4, 2018

Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position.

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





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   11-20-2017 15:28   Edit  
****SEE P2 OF ATTACHMENT FOR CHARTLET****

MSIB 40-17 Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a safety zone established in the southern portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range on the Delaware River, to facilitate dive operations and pipeline removal.

• The safety zone will begin November 21, 2017 through December 8, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP.

• The crane barge KELLY and towing vessel JOKER will be on scene and assisting with the work.

• There are three sections of pipeline located in the area. All three sections of pipeline will be removed.

• Sections #2 and #3, as noted on the attached drawing, will be removed first. During this time the main navigational channel will not be obstructed by operations related to this pipeline removal and the safety zone will encompass the lower portion of Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage.

• Section #1, as noted on the attached drawing, will be removed last. Removal of Section #1 will require working vessels to obstruct the main navigational channel of the Delaware River. Subsequently, all vessel traffic will be required to utilize the Marcus Hook Anchorage, Anchorage No. 7, in order to safely transit around the dive operations and pipeline removal. A Marine Safety Information Bulletin and Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be issued in order to inform the public when work transitions from the anchorage to the main navigational channel.

• Mariners are requested to maintain the minimum safe speed to maintain steerage and maintain strict adherence to the rules of the road.

The safety zone is established in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the crane barge KELLY, towing vessel JOKER, and associated diving and pipeline removal equipment.

Vessels requesting to transit the safety zone shall contact the towing vessel JOKER on VHF-FM channel 13 or 80, at least 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes prior to arrival to arrange safe passage. Vessels may also contact the COTP for permission to enter or transit the safety zone on VHF-FM channel 16.

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




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   11-20-2017 12:47   Edit  
MSIB 39-17 Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Closures

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the SR 73, Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, over the Delaware River, between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for maintenance from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on the following dates:

• December 15, 2017 through December 18, 2017

• January 4, 2018 through January 7, 2018

• January 11, 2018 through January 14, 2018

• January 18, 2018 through January 21, 2018

• January 25, 2018 through January 28, 2018

• February 1, 2018 through February 4, 2018

Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   11-14-2017 13:42   Edit  
MSIB 38-17 Pipeline Removal in Mifflin Range

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an active safety zone on a portion of the Mifflin Range, just upriver of the green buoy 63, on the Delaware River to facilitate dredging, dive operations and pipeline removal.

• The safety zone will be in place through December 4, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP.

• The hopper dredge 549 will be conducting the dredging operations and will be attended by the towing vessel GRAPE APE.

• Dive operations will follow the completion of dredging operations and will continue through the completion the pipeline removal.

• Mariners are requested to maintain the minimum safe speed to maintain steerage and maintain strict adherence to the rules of the road.

The safety zone is established in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the dredge 549, and associated pipeline removal equipment, to include any equipment located within Anchorage 9 near entrance to Mantua Creek found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (10).

Vessels requesting to transit the safety zone shall contact either the towing vessel GRAPE APE on VHF-FM channel 13 or 65, at least 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes prior to arrival to arrange safe passage. Vessels may also contact the COTP for permission to enter or transit the safety zone on VHF-FM channel 16.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   11-13-2017 14:42   Edit  
1. NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE - CAPE MAY TO FENWICK ISLAND DELAWARE BAY(CHART 122214).
A. HARBOR OF REFUGE LIGHT (LLNR 1530) REPORTED EXTINGUISHED.

Posted   11-13-2017 13:51   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 344-17
A. DE/MD – CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL – CONRAIL RR (CHART 12277)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CONRAIL RAILROAD BRIDGE OVER THE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL WILL BE FIXED IN THE CLOSE POSITION DUE TO CRITICAL MAINTENANCE REQUIRED ON NOVEMBER 14, 2017 FROM THE HOURS OF 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM AND 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. THE BRIDGES VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED POSITION IS 45 FEET. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//141900Z NOV 17//

Posted   11-13-2017 13:41   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 345-17
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – ANCHORAGE 11 (CHART 12313)
2. ON NOVEMBER 14 AND 15, 2017, DIVE OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN ANCHORAGE 11 AT GLOUCESTER. DIVE OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING SLACK TIDE FROM APPROXIMATELY 11:00 AM THROUGH 2:00 PM IN THE VICINITY OF THE COAST GUARD AIDS TO NAVIGATION VESSEL 26159. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO MAINTAIN STRICT ADHERANCE TO NAVIGATIONAL RULES OF THE ROAD, AND EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA. IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, CONTACT AIDS TO NAVIGATION VESSEL 26159 ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//152000Z NOV 17//

Posted   11-09-2017 07:57   Edit  
Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage.

The week of November 6th – 11th Norfolk dredging will be installing a pipeline to facilitate dredging from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 41.65”N, 075° 24’ 01.44”W. This pipeline will be marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels are directed not to pass over the submerged pipeline. This pipeline is expected to remain in place for at least one month and the following restrictions shall remain in place for the duration of the pipeline placement:

• Small Tug and Barge units will be permitted within the portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline on a case by case basis, with advance USCG permission.

• Currently there is a safety zone in place which permits two vessels at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. These two vessels will be allowed to anchor in the southern portion of the anchorage, or that portion of the anchorage downriver from the submerged pipeline.

• Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP.

• Vessels seeking to anchor at Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215)271-4807.

This MSIB updates and supersedes requirements for Marcus Hook Anchorage issued in Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 18-17.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   11-06-2017 10:12   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 336-17
A. NJ/DE - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12311)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF
DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL AT THE UPPER END OF CHERRY ISLAND RANGE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017, FROM APPROXIMATELY 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM, WHILE GREAT LAKES DOCK AND DREDGE WILL BE INSTALLING SUBMERGED PIPELINE. THE DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE STANDING BY VHF CH 13 AND CH 07 FOR ANY CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT PIPELINE WILL BE FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY LINES DURING THE EVOLUTION. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO PASS SHOULD CONTACT ILLINOIS FOR CONFIRMATION OF OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND CENTER AT 215-271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//082200Z NOV 17//

Posted   10-31-2017 11:17   Edit  
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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Posted   10-31-2017 10:20   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 328-17
A. NJ - SEACOAST - ABSECON INLET (12316)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT WEEKS MARINE WILL BE CONDUCTING
SUMBERGED PIPELINE REMOVAL OPERATIONS IN ABSECON INLET ON NOVEMBER 1,
2017 FROM NOON TO 2:00 PM. DURING THIS TIME VESSEL ARE ASKED CONTACT THE WORKING VESSEL TO MAKE SAFE PASSING ARRANGMENTS INTO AND OUT OF ABSECON
INLET. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND TRANSIT THE
AREA AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO CREATE MINIMUM WAKE AFTER
PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE. WORK VESSELS WILL MONITOR VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//011900Z NOV 17//

Posted   10-30-2017 11:20   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 327-17
A. NJ/DE - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12277)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF
DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL
AT THE ENTERANCE TO THE C&D CANAL ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017.
FROM APPROXIMATELY 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM GREAT LAKES DOCK AND DREDGE
WILL BE REMOVING SUBMERGED PIPELINE FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE C&D
CANAL ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. THE DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE STANDING BY
VHF CH 13 AND CH 07 FOR ANY CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED
THAT PIPELINE WILL BE FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY
LINES DURING THE EVOLUTION. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO PASS SHOULD CONTACT
ILLINOIS FOR CONFIRMATION OF OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY
QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND
CENTER AT 215-271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//311800Z OCT 17//

Posted   10-26-2017 10:30   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 324-17
A. NJ/DE - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12277)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL AT THE ENTERANCE TO THE C&D CANAL ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017. FROM APPROXIMATELY 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM GREAT LAKES DOCK AND DREDGE WILL BE PLACING SUBMERGED PIPELINE ACROSS THE ENTRANCE TO THE C&D CANAL ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. THE DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE STANDING BY VHF CH 13 AND CH 07 FOR ANY CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT PIPELINE WILL BE FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY LINES DURING THE EVOLUTION. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO PASS SHOULD CONTACT ILLINOIS FOR CONFIRMATION OF OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND CENTER AT 215-271-4807.

Posted   10-20-2017 13:27   Edit  
Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal. Three evolutions are planned which will necessitate strict enforcement of the safety zone surrounding dredging equipment.

The first of these evolutions is anticipated to take place on or about October 25, 2017 at the entrance to the C&D Canal.

The second is anticipated on or about October 29, 2017, also at the C&D Canal entrance.

Finally, the anticipated date to remove pipeline which crosses the New Castle Range of the Delaware River is October 31, 2017.

Each operation will obstruct the main navigation channel in these areas, will take place over approximately four hours, and will be conducted during slack tide. Each evolution will be announced by U.S. Coast Guard Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF- FM channel 16 once dates and times are finalized.

Vessels wishing to enter the C & D Canal or transit New Castle Range during these operations must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 07 or Ch 13 to make passing arrangements. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to Sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807.




K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-20-2017 13:26   Edit  
ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY ICE CONFERENCE

The 2017 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, PA, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 9am to 11am. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2017-2018 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, the Fifth Coast Guard District, National Weather Service, and the National Ice Center.

If you plan to attend the 2017 Ice Conference, please contact MST2 Amanda Boone, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889 or e-mail Amanda.N.Boone@uscg.mil prior to November 10, 2017. Please submit any questions concerning ice operations that you wish to have addressed at the conference with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Adequate parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union building located adjacent to the Sector building on Columbus Blvd.





K. A. Clark
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-18-2017 11:54   Edit  
DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE SECOND REMOTE OPERTAIONS 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 October 21, 2017, to 7:59 a.m. on April 19, 2018. This deviation will test the remote operation capability of the drawbridge to determine whether the bridge can be safely operated from a remote location. During the temporary deviation, a bridge tender will be stationed on-site at the bridge and will be able to immediately take local control of the bridge, as required.

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 January 15, 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.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice please contact the Sector Delaware Bay, Waterways Management Division at 215-271-4889 or the 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807.


K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-16-2017 10:24   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO TRENTON MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the dredge CHARLESTON will begin maintenance dredging operation for the upper Delaware River on or about October 21, 2017 through December 15, 2017, in between Keystone Range and the Fairless Hills turning basin. The dredge will begin north of the turning basin and then continue dredging south.

The dredge CHARLESTON will have pipeline outside the main navigational channel running to the Money Island Disposal Site, located on the PA side of the Delaware River.

Vessels are requested to contact the dredge CHARLESTON 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage to make safe passing arrangements. The dredge operator can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13.

All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Since the project will be conducted twenty –four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-12-2017 15:15   Edit  
MSIB 31-17 Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from approximately 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 07 or Ch 13 to make passing arrangements. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to Sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   10-04-2017 13:51   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

CONTINUATION OF DREDGING IN NEW CASTLE RANGE, CHERRY ISLAND RANGE, AND CHRISTINIA RIVER INCLUDING PEA PATCH ISLAND ANCHORAGE SAFETY ZONE FOR NEW CASTLE DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the maintenance dredging operations for the Delaware River will resume in New Castle Range, and then continue to Cherry Island Range and the Christina River. The tentative schedule is as follows:

New Castle Range – October 4, 2017 to November 4, 2017
Cherry Island – October 7, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Christiana River – November 26, 2017 to January 10, 2018

* Dates are subject to change.

The dredge ILLINOIS will continue to have pipeline in Anchorage 5, southeast of Pea Patch Island, through approximately November 4, 2017. The following safety zones will be in place during this time.

Safety zone 1 includes all navigable waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS on VHF-FM channel 07 or 13 one hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone 2 includes all navigable waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and operate at a minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-28-2017 10:07   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 302-17
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE FROM 7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM BEGINNING OCTOBER 2, 2017 THROUGH OCTOBER 6, 2017. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM WHICH REDUCES THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   09-25-2017 16:12   Edit  
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from approximately 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range, immediately south of Pea Patch Island.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   09-25-2017 16:12   Edit  
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from approximately 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range, immediately south of Pea Patch Island.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   09-22-2017 10:03   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 296-17
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE FROM 7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 25 2017 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 29 2017. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM WHICH REDUCES THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   09-21-2017 16:42   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 293-17
A. PA – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF A MISSING PROPELLER BLADE, APPROXIMATELY 3FT IN WIDTH IN THE KAIGHN’S ANCHORAGE (ANCHORAGE 12). THE PROPELLER IS APPROXIMATELY LOCATED AT LATITUDE 039d 54.646’ N, LONGITUDE 075d 07.69’ W. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN ANCHORING AND TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//052200Z OCT 17//
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Posted   09-21-2017 16:42   Edit  
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 293-17
A. PA – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF A MISSING PROPELLER BLADE, APPROXIMATELY 3FT IN WIDTH IN THE KAIGHN’S ANCHORAGE (ANCHORAGE 12). THE PROPELLER IS APPROXIMATELY LOCATED AT LATITUDE 039d 54.646’ N, LONGITUDE 075d 07.69’ W. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN ANCHORING AND TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//052200Z OCT 17//
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Posted   09-19-2017 15:29   Edit  
MSIB 27-17 RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the port has returned to NORMAL PORT CONDITION in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. 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   09-15-2017 15:00   Edit  
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 tropical storm Jose 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: http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.
The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will potentially 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 exceed 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   09-12-2017 15:08   Edit  
MSIB 25-17 Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from approximately 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range, immediately south of Pea Patch Island.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution.

Due to the nature of the dredging operations, future obstructions are likely as Great Lakes Dock and Dredge continue dredging in New Castle Range. Mariners are advised to look for future notices regarding this project. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807.




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   09-05-2017 16:10   Edit  
USCG MSIB 24-17
USCG Homeport Internet Portal Migration to Version 2.0

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the U.S. Coast Guard`s Homeport Internet Portal will be migrating to version 2.0 from September 6, 2017 to September 12, 2017. During this time the website will be available, however, no new information will be posted or saved to the Portal. This will affect the following operations:

1: Any local MSIBs issued during this time will be posted to the Mariners` Advisory Committed for the Bay and River Delaware website. MSIBs will be located under the "Sector Delaware Bay Notices" section. The web address is: www.macdelriv.org.

2: Marine Event Permit Applications submitted through Homeport during this time will not be sent to the appropriate office for review and the information will not be saved for post migration submission. It is strongly recommended that tehse applications be submitted either before or after the updates take place. As an alternative, event organizers can download the Marine Event Permit Application from Homeport and email it to Sector Delaware Bay`s Waterways Management Branch at SecDelBayWWM@uscg.mil or fax it to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at 215-271-4833.

If you have any questions about the impact of this evolution, please feel free to contact Sector Delaware Bay`s Waterways Management Branch at 215-271-4814/4889 or by email at SecDelBayWWM@uscg.mil.



S. E. ANDERSON

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard

Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   09-05-2017 14:18   Edit  
MSIB 23-17 PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

COMPLETION OF DREDGING IN DEEPWATER POINT RANGE AND PEA PATCH ISLAND ANCHORAGE SAFETY ZONE FOR NEW CASTLE DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the maintenance dredging operations in Deepwater Point Range have been completed.

The dredge ILLINOIS will begin pipe laying operations in Anchorage 5, southeast of Pea Patch Island on September 6, 2017. Dredging operations will begin in New Castle Range upon completion of pipe laying operations. The following safety zones will be in place during this time.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS one hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ILLNOIS per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and operate at a minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-31-2017 15:55   Edit  
22-17 Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Friday, September 1, 2017 from approximately 8:00am to 12:00pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be relocating submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the Deepwater Point Range between the R “24” and G “25” buoys.

Vessels wishing to transit Deepwater Point Range between 8:00am and 12:00pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution.

Due to the nature of the dredging operations, future obstructions are likely as Great Lakes Dock and Dredge continue downriver into New Castle Range. Mariners are advised to look for future notices regarding this project. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   08-30-2017 12:19   Edit  
MSIB 20-17 Proposed Changes to the Schuylkill River Rail Road Bridge Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of public notice 5-1376 regarding an application by the City of Philadelphia to the Coast Guard for the approval of locations and plans for modification of the existing railroad drawbridge over the Schuylkill River, mile 5.47, in Philadelphia, PA. This proposal includes removing the existing Schuylkill River Rail Road Drawbridge superstructure and replacing it with a new pedestrian drawbridge, while reusing existing piers and abutments in the new bridge construction. The current vertical clearance of the existing bridge is 22 feet above mean high water. The west draw is 75 feet between bridge fenders and the east draw is 65 feet between fenders. The proposed new pedestrian bridge would have a vertical clearance of 26.17 feet above mean high water. The proposed pedestrian bridge west and east draw would have 75 feet between the bridge fenders.

Mariners are asked to provide navigation information, such as the size and types of vessels presently operated on the waterway, and the nature of navigation (including the extent of nighttime navigation). Mariners are also asked to comment on the navigational clearances and the need for bridge protective systems, clearance gauges, and navigational lighting on the proposed bridge.

Interested parties are asked to express their views on the proposed bridge project in writing, giving sufficient detail to establish a clear understanding of their reason for support of, or opposition to, the proposed project. Comments will be received for the record at the office of Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004 through 11 SEP 2017.

An electronic version of public notice 5-1376 can be found here:
https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/bridges/publicNotices//D05PN137617_GraysFerryPedestrianBridge_PhiladelphiaPA.pdf

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




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-30-2017 12:12   Edit  
MSIB 21-17 SHARK RIVER DREDGING PROJECT

On September 5, 2017, dredging will begin on a portion of the Shark River in Neptune City, NJ. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has determined that the hazards associated with dredge piping and dredge operations in the main navigational channel create the need for a safety zone to ensure safety of vessels transiting this portion and for workers engaged in dredging operations on the Shark River.

The safety zone will close the main navigational channel on the Shark River from latitude 40°10`54.20"N, longitude 74° 1`51.05"W, bounded by the eastern side of the channel and the western side of the channel, north, to latitude 40°11`6.87"N, longitude 74° 1`53.54", during times of dredging.

Dredging for the main navigational channel is scheduled from September 5, 2017, through September 23, 2017, only from 9 a.m. on Mondays through 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within this portion of Shark River during these times is prohibited.

The channel will be open with on-going active dredging operations from September 5, 2017, through September 23, 2017, from 9 p.m. on Thursdays to 9 a.m. on Mondays. During the periods when the channel is open mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed, with no wake, no meeting or passing of other vessels, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Mariners must communicate clearly, and in advance, with the dredge via VHF 6 and 13.

Mariners should also be advised that State Aids to Navigation (ATON) will be removed for the duration of the project. All mariners, including those utilizing human powered craft, should be especially alert to project pipeline routes and crossings.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, 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   08-23-2017 13:41   Edit  
LOST ANCHOR IN ANCHORAGE 11 AT GLOUCESTER

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an anchor that has been lost in Anchorage 11 at Gloucester, in the Delaware River, in approximate location, latitude 39 ° 53.764N, longitude 075° 07.903W. The anchor dimensions are approximately 3 feet by 3 feet and the anchor has 400 feet of 3” line attached. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of Anchorage 11. Minimum depth at this anchor at location is 41 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey vessels will be in the vicinity of the object over the next week and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements prior to arrival at this location.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact 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   08-21-2017 15:19   Edit  
MAIN CHANNEL DEEPENING PROJECT DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the deepening of the main navigational channel in the Delaware River on or about August 30, 2017 through March 15, 2018. During this time, the dredges ESSEX and CHARLESTON will be dredging in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage, Bellevue Range, Chester Range, and Eddystone Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and CHARLESTON, including all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX and CHARLESTON, on VHF channel 13 or 16, 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. At least one side of the main navigational channel will be kept clear for safe passage of vessels in the vicinity of the safety zones. At no time will the main navigational channel be closed to vessel traffic. Vessels should approach meetings in these areas, where one side of the main navigational channel is open, and proceed per this MSIB and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E). This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ESSEX and/or CHARLESTON is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook Anchorage during the enforcement of safety zone two must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit two vessels at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel.

Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Since the project will be conducted twenty -four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 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   08-16-2017 09:42   Edit  
DIVE AND PIPE-REMOVAL OPERATIONS BILLINGSPORT RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone from August 8, 2017 until October 31, 2017 in the waters of Billingsport Range, on the Delaware River, within 150 yards of diving and pipe-removal operations.

To facilitate the widening and deepening of the Delaware River main navigational channel, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) has requested Paulsboro Natural Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (PBF) and Buckeye Partners, L.P. (BPL) remove their existing pipelines across the river that could cause hazards to mariners in the expanded shipping channel. This specifically pertains to PBF’s 8” natural gas pipeline and BPL’s 10” and 12” pipelines that run from the area adjacent to Philadelphia International Airport to the Paulsboro Refinery. Diving and removal operations for the 425 foot sections of pipe will be conducted in close proximity to the main navigational channel and at times may impede one side of the channel. At least one side of the main navigational channel will be kept clear for safe passage of vessels in the vicinity of the safety zone.

The safety zones will be established for the duration of the pipe-removal operation. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the working vessels on scene per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 CFR subchapter E). Vessels that desire to enter or transit through the safety zone shall contact working vessels on VHF-FM marine band channel 13 or 16, at least one hour prior to arrival.

The Captain of the Port will terminate the safety zone once all pipelines have been recovered and removal operations are completed, which may be sooner than October 31, 2017. Notice of the implementation and the termination of the safety zone will be made in accordance with 33 CFR 165.7.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-08-2017 15:39   Edit  
THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS THAT A BURIED SECTION OF PIPE APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF THE CAPE MAY INLET IS REDUCING THE WATER DEPTH FROM APPROXIMATELY 40 FEET TO BETWEEN 34 AND 24 FEET ALONG THE SHOAL. THE BURIED SECTION OF PIPE IS APPROXIMATELY 225 FEET LONG AND UNDER APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET OF SAND. THE BURIED PIPE AND SUBSEQUENT REDUCED DEPTH IS 38.919 N 74.857 W. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THIS AREA AS SOME DEPTHS AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATION, ESPECIALLY DURING EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. VESSELS DRAFTING OVER 23 FEET SHOULD PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE TIDE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHOAL.

Posted   08-01-2017 12:26   Edit  
From COTP Sector Delaware Bay:

The Dredge CHARLESTON along with support equipment, tender boats Pusher 11, Duke and Captain Ed will commence dredging operations at Wilmington Harbor, Christiana River, DE or about August 1, 2017. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Wilmington Harbor North Disposal area, just north of the port. The project is expected to continue until approximately September 5, 2017.

The Dredge Operator will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For any emergencies the dredge operator can be reached at 757-373-5253.

All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment.

Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Since the project will be conducted twenty -four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work.
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Posted   07-21-2017 13:15   Edit  
Marcus Hook Anchorage: The Dredge Illinois has completed dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range. All pipeline has been removed from the Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7. The anchorage is fully open for vessel traffic. There are no restrictions on the anchorage at this time.

Posted   06-15-2017 15:44   Edit  
MSIB 16-17 PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project which will be conducting dredging in the Delaware River from June 17, 2017 through September 1, 2017. During this time, the dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging in Marcus Hook Range, followed by Deepwater Point Range, and finish dredging in New Castle Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in New Castle Range. Notice of implementation and termination of this safety zone will be made via separate Marine Safety Information Bulletin, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and Local Notice to Mariners.

Safety zone three includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone three will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range. Pipe laying operations will begin June 17, 2017 and dredging will commence on June 20, 2017. Vessel requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the dredge ILLINOIS on VHF FM Channel 13 or 16, at 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. Vessel shall use the Marcus Hook Anchorage to transit around the dredge project, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake. The dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging at the southern end of Marcus Hook Range and work their way to the northern end of the range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ILLINOIS per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage during the enforcement of safety zone three must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-05-2017 08:15   Edit  
NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-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 and their individual Heavy Weather Plans. For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay Contingency Preparedness staff at 215-271-4908 or log onto the USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the Homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-12-2017 10:35   Edit  
OBJECT IN CHESTER RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of shoaling that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Chester Range, at 39° 49` 33.8016"N, 75° 22` 39.8166"W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Chester Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 39.1 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Dredging operations will be conducted within the next two weeks to reduce the shoaling to the Federal Channel Project depth of 40 feet. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-09-2017 15:05   Edit  
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project which will be conducting dredging in the Delaware River from May 12, 2017 through September 1, 2017. During this time, the dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging in Marcus Hook Range, followed by Deepwater Point Range, and finish dredging in New Castle Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in New Castle Range. Notice of implementation and termination of this safety zone will be made via separate Marine Safety Information Bulletin, Broadcast Notice to Mariners and Local Notice to Mariners.

Safety zone three includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone three will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range. Pipe laying operations will begin May 12, 2017 and dredging will commence on May 15, 2017. Vessel requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the dredge ILLINOIS on VHF FM Channel 13 or 16, at 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. Vessel shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing Marcus Hook Anchorage, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake. The dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging at the southern end of Marcus Hook Range and work their way to the northern end of the range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ILLINOIS per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-08-2017 15:16   Edit  
OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Marcus Hook Range, at 39˚47.196871’N, 075˚ 27.309784’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 39.5 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey vessels will be in the vicinity of the object on May 8, 2017 and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-27-2017 13:48   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 103-17
A. PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12314)
2. SR 413, BURLINGTON-BRISTOL BRIDGE IS UNDER A TEMPORARY DEVIATION FROM THE CURRENT OPERATING REGULATION SET OUT IN 33 CFR 117.716, TO TENSION ALL OF THE MOVEABLE LIFT SPANS SIXTY-FOUR (64)COUNTERWEIGHT ROPES. UNDER THIS TEMPORARY DEVIATION, THE BRIDGE WILL REMAIN IN THE CLOSED-TO-NAVIGATION POSITION FROM 9 P.M. TO 5 A.M., SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, FROM APRIL 30, 2017, THROUGH JULY 14, 2017. DURING CLOSURE PERIODS, THE BRIDGE WILL OPEN ON SIGNAL IF AT LEAST ONE HOUR NOTICE IS GIVEN. AT ALL OTHER TIMES THE BRIDGE WILL OPERATE PER 33 CFR 117.716. THE BRIDGE IS VERTICAL LIFT, AND HAS A VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED-TO-NAVIGATION POSITION OF 61 FEET ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER. VESSELS ABLE TO PASS THROUGH THE BRIDGE IN THE CLOSED POSITION MAY DO SO AT ANYTIME. MARINERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA

Posted   04-19-2017 13:32   Edit  
MSIB 09-17 DELAIR DRAW BRIDGE TEST DEVIATION

The Capitan 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 24, 2017, to 7:59 a.m. on October 21, 2017.

This deviation will test the remote operation capability of the drawbridge to determine whether the bridge can be safely operated from a remote location. During the temporary deviation, a bridge tender will be stationed on-site at the bridge and will be able to immediately take local control of the bridge, as required. 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 18, 2017. 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.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-28-2017 11:37   Edit  
SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2016-17 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially ended.

Although the unusually mild winter resulted in no significant ice formation, the COTP Delaware Bay appreciates
the continued vigilance and cooperation of the port community.

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

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-13-2017 14:53   Edit  
OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Marcus Hook Range, at 39˚48.974’N, 075˚ 23.751’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 35.3 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 33 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey vessels will be in the vicinity of the object on March 9, 2017 and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-08-2017 15:31   Edit  
LITTLE EGG INLET, NEW JERSEY
DISCONTINUED AIDS TO NAVIGATION (REVISED)

On or about March 15, 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will discontinue the below listed Aids to Navigation due to shoaling in Little Egg Inlet, NJ.

Recent on-scene reports from local Coast Guard units indicate significant shoaling exists in the Little Egg Inlet between Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLNR 1100/35) and Little Egg Inlet buoy 10 (LLNR 1131) to an average channel depth of 3 feet at MLW. As a result, the current aids to navigation in this shoaled portion of the waterway do not accurately mark safe water. The following aids to navigation will be discontinued to prevent leading mariners astray:

• Little Egg Inlet (Chart Affected: 12316)

o Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLNR 1100/35)
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 )
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 )
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125)
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 1131)

Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) is inaccessible to Coast Guard assets and cannot be removed at this time. Be advised Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) does not mark safe water.

Boaters choosing to transit through Little Egg Inlet do so at their own risk. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5

To report any aids to navigation discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation please contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-17-2017 14:16   Edit  
MSIB 05-17 SHOALING IN CHERRY ISLAND RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Cherry Island Range. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

•Beginning on the western side of the channel 1100 feet south of Green Buoy “7C” (LLN 3035) extending approximately 1000 feet past Green Buoy “5C” (LLN 3025), from the western edge of the channel approximately 100 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Cherry Island Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

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

Posted   02-17-2017 14:11   Edit  
SHOALING IN NEW CASTLE RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in New Castle Range in the Delaware River. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

• On the western side of the channel between the north side of the entrance to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the southern end of Pea Patch Island, extending from the western edge of the channel approximately 300 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of New Castle Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

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




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   02-17-2017 14:10   Edit  
MSIB 03-17 SHOALING IN DEEPWATER RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Deepwater Point Range in the Delaware River. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

• Beginning on the north western side of the range, approximately 1400 feet south of Lighted Bell Buoy “1C” (LLN 2965), extending south on the western side 2400 feet past Lighted Buoy “5D” (LLN 2950), from the western edge of the channel 200 feet towards centerline.

• Beginning approximately 2800 feet north of Lighted Buoy “4D” (LLN 2945), extending south along the eastern side of the channel to the end of the range, from the eastern edge of the channel approximately 200 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Deepwater Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

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




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   02-14-2017 16:45   Edit  
MSIB 02-17 OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object, approximately 6 feet in diameter and 7 feet high, that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Marcus Hook Range, at 39˚48.204’N, 075˚ 25.272’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 36.3 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey and salvage vessels will be in the vicinity of the object at 12pm on February 15, 2017 and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-10-2017 13:05   Edit  
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Marcus Hook Range. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel beginning on the Pennsylvania side at Lighted Buoy “9M” (LLN 3210), traveling southwest into the channel at centerline and on the New Jersey side for 1500 yards. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

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

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-31-2017 12:41   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 030-17
A. DE - DELAWARE BAY (CHART 12214)
2. AN ANCHOR HAS BEEN LOST IN THE UPPER PORTION OF BIG STONE
ANCHORAGE. ALL VESSELS ARE TO AVOID ANCHORING NEAR APPROXIMATE
POSITION 38-58.443N, 075-12.129W UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-01-2016 09:00   Edit  
SEASONAL ICE ALERT
(ICE NAVIGATION SEASON ALERT)

Beginning December 1st, 2015, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation within the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to please report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawareBay/icereporting.asp
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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-29-2016 12:39   Edit  
MARCUS HOOK RANGE ROCK BLASTING OPERATIONS

The Coast Guard will be enforcing a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania north to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, beginning December 01, 2016 until March 15, 2017. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 500 yards of vessels and machinery conducting rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations. This zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment in these navigable waters while operations are being conducted. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, or his designated representative.

One side of the Delaware River main navigational channel will be closed in locations spanning from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of the rock blasting, rock removal, and dredging operation, for the duration of the project. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone in the main navigational channel may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM Channel 13 at least 30 minutes prior to arrival. If vessels are unable to make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, they may request permission from the COTP or his designated representative on VHF-FM channel 16. All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this project rock blasting will be conducted, via explosive detonations, by the drill boat APACHE at approximately 9 am and 4 pm, daily. No vessels may transit through the safety zone during times of explosives detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-27-2016 12:40   Edit  
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 65ft (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 extends out to 20 nautical miles around major mid-Atlantic ports and in waters off New England and the southeastern U.S., where whales gather seasonally. According to NOAA researchers, 83 percent of right whale sightings in the mid-Atlantic region occur within 20 nautical miles of shore.

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 operating in the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone, 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 from November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

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


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-27-2016 10:52   Edit  
ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY ICE CONFERENCE

The 2016 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, PA, on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 9am to 11am. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2016-2017 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, the Fifth Coast Guard District, and the National Weather Service.

If you plan to attend the 2016 Ice Conference, please contact MST1 Thomas Simkins, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889 or e-mail Tom.J.Simkins@uscg.mil prior to November 11, 2016. Please submit any questions concerning ice operations that you wish to have addressed at the conference with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Adequate parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union building located adjacent to the Sector building on Columbus Blvd.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-12-2016 13:26   Edit  
COAST GUARD MARITIME TRAINING EXERCISES

Location: Lower Delaware Bay & Offshore

Dates: 17 - 21 October 2016 (Day and Night Time Training)

Description: In coordination with various federal, state and local agencies, the Coast Guard will be conducting on-water training exercises from 17-21 October 2016. Training exercises will involve specialized teams and tactics using both small vessels and aircraft. Exercises will NOT involve live fire ammunition. Law enforcement activity and platforms not normally seen operating in this area may be observed. Agency personnel will be operating in the vicinity of Roosevelt Inlet and areas of the lower Delaware Bay and offshore during the week. Vessels from NJ and DE State Police will be participating on Tuesday 18 October in Delaware Bay.

The Coast Guard will make safety broadcasts on marine VHF channel 16 while on-water exercises are in progress and have safety boat(s) on scene. Recreation and commercial vessel traffic will not be impacted.

Contact: Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center (24/7): 215-271-4960
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Posted   09-29-2016 15:00   Edit  
SHARK RIVER DREDGING PROJECT

On October 1, 2016, dredging will continue on a portion of the Shark River in Neptune City, NJ. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has determined that the hazards associated with dredge piping and dredge operations in the main navigational channel create the need for a safety zone to ensure safety of vessels transiting this portion and for workers engaged in dredging operations of the Shark River.

The safety zone will close the main navigational channel on the Shark River from latitude 40˚ 10’ 53.2579”N, longitude 074˚ 01’ 52.6231”W, bounded by the eastern side of the channel and the western side of the channel, north, to latitude 40˚ 11’ 21.0139”N, longitude 074˚ 01 ‘53.1749W”; during times of dredging.

Dredging for the main navigational channel is scheduled to continue from October 1, 2016, through October 31, 2016, only from 9 a.m. on Mondays through 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within this portion of Shark River during these times is prohibited.

The channel will be open from October 1, 2016, through October 31, 2016, from 9 p.m. on Thursdays to 9 a.m. on Mondays. Vessels may transit freely during these times, and vessels are requested to contact the dredge via VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 to make satisfactory passing arrangement and maintain a safe speed when transiting the main navigational channel.

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

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-05-2016 11:23   Edit  
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 # 26-16]
September 5, 2016

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has determined that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine has diminished and poses no further threat to the port. The Port Condition has been downgraded from X-RAY (Modified) to a Seasonal Alert; this is an update to MSIB # 25-16. All normal cargo operations may resume throughout the Port at the discretion of terminal operators and within their own safety limitations due to the possibility of continued wind gusts over the next 48 hours.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-03-2016 15:26   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 25-16]
September 3, 2016

NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION X-RAY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Hurricane Port Condition X-RAY (Modified) due to the potential for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area in the next 48 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found in homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.

The COTP, Delaware Bay has determined that the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will likely experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas, surf, and tidal surge. Members of the port community are to take adequate precautions and follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 406, and comply with the requirements of Section 1200, “Storm Preparation Checklists for Vessels and Facilities.” All self propelled ocean going vessels over 200 gross tons and ocean going barges and their supporting tugs that desire to remain in port through the storm must submit a “Remaining in Port Checklist” by 10:00 a.m. on September 4, 2016. All checklists should be sent to the following email: secdelbaycc@uscg.mil. An up to date Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can be found on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay. Vessel agents shall ensure their ships are provided a copy of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan. Please note:

COTP approval is not necessary for a vessel to remain in port.
Based on current projections, the COTP does not anticipate setting Port Condition Yankee or Zulu. However, the COTP will continue to evaluate the need for additional measures as the storm progresses.
Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained wind speeds reach 40 mph.

In the event that the COTP imposes limitations or restrictions, they will be broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, notification 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 port operational status. Please refer to Homeport for additional information and checklists.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-02-2016 08:42   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 24-16]
September 2, 2016

NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the anticipated arrival of heavy rain and high winds that will 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: http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.

The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience heavy rain and high winds. 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 broadcast 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
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-25-2016 11:45   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #21-16]

July 25, 2016

Potential Impacts to Marine Transportation System
Democratic National Convention (Update)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River, Schuylkill River, and Darby Creek in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25, 2016 to July 29, 2016 will likely experience delays in the following areas:

•Delaware River: Shoreline to shoreline beginning at the West end of Little Tinicum Island extending in a Northeasterly direction and ending at the mouth of the Schuylkill River.

•Schuylkill River: 500 yards south of the I-95 Bridge and ending 500 yards north of the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

•Darby Creek: Originating from 500 yards south of the Conrail Railroad Bridge and ending 100 yards north of the I-95 Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

These security zones will be enforced with actual notice by United States Coast Guard representatives and local law enforcement, as well as broadcast notice to mariners. The COTP strongly urges all agents, pilots, and operators to make arrangements for vessels to transit prior to or after these times. Vessels wishing to transit through the security zone during the enforcement period must request permission to do so by calling the Maritime Operations Center (MOC). The MOC can be reached at (215) 271-4885 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., after 3:00 p.m. please call (215) 271-4949. Requests should be made well in advance of approaching the security zone or getting underway.

Facility and vessel operators are requested to maintain proper vigilance, and report any suspicious activity to the Sector Intel Branch at (215) 271-4999.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-21-2016 13:38   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 19-16]
July 21, 2016

TINICUM ISLAND RANGE, EDDYSTONE RANGE, CHESTER RANGE, AND MARCUS HOOK RANGE DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is advising mariners that Great Lakes Dredging will be conducting dredging operations within the navigational channel of the Delaware River, from the eastern point of Tinicum Island Range, south, to the southernmost point of Marcus Hook Range, beginning August 1, 2016 through March 15, 2017. The operation is part of the Army Corps of Engineers Delaware Main Channel Deepening Project in which the main navigational channel will be dredged to a controlled depth of 45 feet.

During the dredging operations, in the vicinity of the dredge, only one side of the navigational channel will be open for vessel traffic. Vessels approaching are requested to contact the dredge via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 to make safe passing arrangements, or request movement of the dredge at least 30 minutes prior arrival. At no time will the navigational channel be closed for vessel traffic.

The dredge NEW YORK will begin dredging operations from August 1, 2016 through March 15, 2017. Associated support equipment with the NEW YORK will include two scows, a scow towing vessel, and a tender tug.

The cutter suction dredge TEXAS will begin conducting dredging operations August 10, 2016 through October 1, 2016. Support equipment working the TEXAS will include the tug BRANGAS, tug PELICAN STATE, and additional support barges.

The drill boat APACHE will mobilize on site November 13, 2016 and commence rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations on December 1, 2016. A safety zone will be established for blasting operations. Further information regarding blasting operations and the safety zone will be publicized in future notices.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-21-2016 13:22   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 18-16]

July 21, 2016

CHRISTINA RIVER – WILMINGTON HARBOR ANNUAL DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the dredge ESSEX along with support equipment, including tender boats ROBBIE R, HILTON HEAD, AMERICAN EAGLE and PUSHER 11, commenced dredging operations at Wilmington Harbor on the Christina River, in Delaware on July 16, 2016. The operator is scheduled to continue dredging operations until September 30, 2016. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes, submerged pipelines, barges, derricks, and operation wires around the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors, some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on either sides of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from all dredging related equipment. Locations of floating and submerged pipelines will be broadcasted for the safety of vessel traffic during the project.

Owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots, and other structures that may be in the vicinity of operations must remove all equipment that could potentially interfere with dredging operations. Dredging operations are being carried out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; the operator is standing by on VHF channel 13 and 16 for passing arrangements. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passing. For any emergencies, Norfolk Dredging, dredge ESSEX superintendent can be reached at (757) 285-2133. For further information, contact Norfolk Dredging Company, Post Office Box 1706 Chesapeake, VA 23327 or call (757) 547-9391.

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




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-19-2016 13:32   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #17-16]

July 15, 2016

Potential Impacts to Marine Transportation System
Democratic National Convention

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River, Schuylkill River, and Darby Creek in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25, 2016 to July 29, 2016 will likely experience delays in the following areas:

•Delaware River: Shoreline to shoreline beginning at the West end of Little Tinicum Island extending in a Northeasterly direction and ending at the mouth of the Schuylkill River.

•Schuylkill River: 500 yards south of the I-95 Bridge and ending 500 yards north of the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

•Darby Creek: Originating from 500 yards south of the Conrail Railroad Bridge and ending 100 yards north of the I-95 Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

These security zones will be enforced with actual notice by United States Coast Guard representatives and local law enforcement, as well as broadcast notice to mariners. The COTP strongly urges all agents, pilots, and operators to make arrangements for vessels to transit prior to or after these times. Vessels wishing to transit through the security zone during the enforcement period must request permission to do so by calling the Situational Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. Requests should be made well in advance of approaching the security zone or getting underway.

Facility and vessel operators are requested to maintain proper vigilance, and report any suspicious activity to the Sector Intel Branch at (215) 271-4999.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-01-2016 08:29   Edit  
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 # 16-16]

May 31, 2016

DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until repair work is completed. During this closure, the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after this deviation from the regulations concludes.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-01-2016 07:56   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 15-16]
JUNE 1, 2016

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-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 and their individual Heavy Weather Plans. For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay Contingency Preparedness staff at 215-271-4908 or log onto the USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the Homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-10-2016 17:10   Edit  
[MSIB # 14-16]

May 10, 2016

DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE - OPEN TO MARINE TRAFFIC

Mariners are advised that the first phase of repairs to the Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River have been completed. The bridge is now operating in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716.

The second phase of the repairs to The Delair Railroad Bridge will take place from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. During the repairs the bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use 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.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-08-2016 10:00   Edit  
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 # 13-16]

May 08, 2016

DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE (REVISION 2)

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. on April 30, 2016 to 12 p.m. on May 11, 2016; and from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The previously advertised completion time of May 08, 2016 at 5 P.M. (MSIB 12-16) is no longer accurate. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after these deviations from the regulations conclude.

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.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-06-2016 12:17   Edit  
REVISED DELAIR RR BRIDGE CLOSURE DUE TO EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. on April 30, 2016 to 5 p.m. on May 8, 2016; and from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The previously advertised May 14, 2016 to May 21, 2016 maintenance period (MSIB 11-16) is no longer in effect. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after these deviations from the regulations conclude.

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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REVISED DELAIR RR BRIDGE CLOSURE DUE TO EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. on April 30, 2016 to 5 p.m. on May 8, 2016; and from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The previously advertised May 14, 2016 to May 21, 2016 maintenance period (MSIB 11-16) is no longer in effect. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after these deviations from the regulations conclude.

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   04-26-2016 11:52   Edit  
*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****
*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****

COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # EX-1-16]
April 26, 2016

EXERCISE: NOTICE OF HURRICANE PORT CONDITION YANKEE (Modified)

The Captain of the Port has set Hurricane Port Condition YANKEE (Modified) due to the potential for Hurricane BARBARA to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area in the near future.

Vessel agents should be aware that vessels’ schedules may be interrupted and the possibility of port entry denial.

The COTP, Delaware Bay has determined that the possibility exists that the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas, surf, and tidal surge.

Members of the port community are to take adequate precautions and follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 407, and comply with the requirements of Section 1200, “Storm Preparation Checklists for Vessels and Facilities” and adhere to the following:

All transfer of cargo operations shall cease WHEN wind speeds reach 40 mph.

Disconnect all transfer hoses and loading arms WHEN wind speeds exceed 50 mph.

Smaller commercial vessels not restricted by draft, including fishing vessels, are urged to seek shelter outside the deep draft shipping channels and turning areas.

Agents for vessels with perishable cargos and crude oil must contact the Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit(MTSRU) with cargo offloading work schedule. Contact the MTSRU at 267-515-7294 for vessel movement.

Restrictions will soon be placed on all anchorages north of Anchorage 1 at Bombay Hook Point. Vessels currently in those anchorages or intending to use those anchorages must be immediately ready to move or make alternative arrangements as deemed necessary.

All local tug companies should have a list of tugs available for assistance prior to and after hurricane passage.

In the event that the COTP imposes limitations or restrictions, they will be broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, notification 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 further modifying Port Condition YANKEE or changing port operational status. Please refer to Homeport for additional information and checklists.

The Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can also be found on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay. If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****
*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****
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Posted   04-12-2016 15:03   Edit  
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 # 10-16]

April 12, 2015

MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting necessary dredging operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage, in the Delaware River, beginning April 18, 2016 at 0600 until April 23, 2016 at 0600. During this time, the dredge MCFARLAND will be operating within the northern half of Marcus Hook Anchorage where potentially hazardous shoaling of 34 feet has been reported at MLLW. Vessels intending to anchor in Marcus Hook Anchorage should only anchor in the southern half of the anchorage and are requested to stay clear of the dredge MCFARLAND and all related dredging equipment. The dredge MCFARLAND can be contacted via VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek anchorage (anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

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.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-03-2016 20:58   Edit  
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to NORMAL PORT CONDITION in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. 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.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-02-2016 17:24   Edit  
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the anticipated arrival of high winds that will impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 24 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.

The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience high winds. 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 and bunkering must cease when sustained winds reach 40 mph.

In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcast 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.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-31-2016 09:59   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
ONE WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147-4395
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB)
[MSIB # 06-16]
February 24, 2016
ADVANCE NOTICE / REQUEST FOR LIGHTERING
(Updated with fillable form)

(This MSIB supersedes MSIB 06-12)
Definitions-
Big Stone Anchorage: is “Anchorage A” described in Title 33 CFR 110.157(a).
Bunkering: “Bunkering”, for this MSIB, is regarded as a bulk oil transfer of fuel oil or lube oil, as defined by Title 33 CFR Part 154.105, to a vessel from a waterfront facility, mobile facility (tank truck), or another vessel. Bunkering operations do not require advance notice. Bunkering is not allowed in severe weather when winds are at 40 mph (sustained) [35 knots] or greater.
Lightering Operations: are defined by Title 33 CFR Part 156.205 as “the transfer of a cargo of oil or a hazardous material in bulk from one vessel to another, including all phases of the operation from the beginning of the mooring operation to the departure of the service vessel from the vessel to be lightered, except when that cargo is intended only for use as fuel or lubricant aboard the receiving vessel.”
Lightering Vessel: is the vessel which discharges oil or hazardous material in bulk to a Receiving Vessel.
“OSRO”: is an Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) and is further defined by Title 33 CFR Part 154.1020.
“QI”, or Qualified Individual: is a person who meets the requirements of Title 33 CFR Part 154.1026.
Receiving Vessel is the vessel which receives cargo of oil or hazardous material in bulk from another vessel in a lightering operation.
Reverse Lightering Operations: A transfer of oil or hazardous material in bulk (as cargo) from a barge or small tank ship to what is predominantly a larger Receiving Vessel.”
Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone: is defined by Title 33 CFR Part 3.25-05.
Servicing Vessel: is synonymous with the term “Receiving Vessel” and described in Title 33 CFR Part 156.205.
Upriver means: for the purposes of this MSIB, any waters north of the Southern Span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


Big Stone Anchorage (Anchorage A) Lightering Operations and Offshore Lightering Operations:
As authorized by 33 CFR 156.118(b), the Captain of the Port Delaware Bay requires at least 4 hours advance notice for all vessel to vessel oil or hazardous material bulk cargo transfers within Big Stone Anchorage. Prior to conducting Big Stone Anchorage Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must submit the Advance Notice /Request for Lightering (Enclosure 1), to the Coast Guard, via email (SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil).
After providing the Advance Notice / Request for Lightering for Big Stone Anchorage Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative may proceed, per their notification, and the Sector Command Center will issue a control number to document their submission. Submitters may request their notification control number from the Sector Command Center, as needed, at (215) 271-4807. Calling the Sector Command Center for a control number is not required, but control numbers are voluntarily available upon request. Notifications do not need to be updated if the anticipated time changes by less than 12 hours. Offshore Lightering Operations are any lightering seaward of Anchorage A, in the Captain of the Port Zone. Notification is still required, four hours in advance, using the attached form, with latitude/longitude provided as a location.

Upriver Lightering Operations: Prior to conducting Upriver Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must submit the Advance Notice /Request for Lightering (Enclosure 1), to the Coast Guard, via e-mail (SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil). Upriver Lightering Operations require both 4 hours advance notification and approval by the COTP. After providing the Advance Notice / Request for Lightering for Upriver Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must first receive an approval from the Sector Command Center before lightering operations may begin. Under normal circumstances, submitters should expect approval within 2 hours and will receive their request back marked APPROVED. Requests do not need to be updated if the anticipated time changes by less than 12 hours.

Severe Weather
Sector personnel may contact AMPD providers to ascertain response capabilities and risk assessments; this may increase time required for approval. If severe weather is forecasted, the COTP may set Port Condition Whiskey via MSIB which will detail port requirements likely to include suspension of bunkering or lightering operations. In any event, when winds are above 40 mph (sustained) [35 knots], no bunkering nor lightering operations are permitted. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Sector Command Center at (215) 271-4807, or SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil.



Benjamin A. Cooper
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-30-2016 10:56   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12314)

MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE BURLINGTON BRISTOL BRIDGE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN FOR VESSELS FOR 72 HOURS FROM 6 A.M. FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016 THROUGH MONDAY APRIL 11, 2016 AT 6:00 A.M. AT ALL OTHER TIMES, THE DRAWBRIDGE WILL OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OPERATING REGULATIONS SET OUT IN TITLE 33 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PARTS 117.5 AND 117.716(B). THE BRIDGE WILL HAVE 61 FEET OF VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED POSITION. A SAFETY BOAT MAY BE IN THE VICINITY AND CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF- FM CHANNEL 13 OR 16.

Posted   03-21-2016 08:41   Edit  
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeacoastWAMS

Background: The Coast Guard is responsible for developing and implementing policy for establishing, operating, and maintaining the Federal Aids to Navigation System consisting of over 48,000 Federal buoys, beacons, ranges, sound signals and electronic ATON.

The Office of Navigation Systems will determine how the Coast Guard can provide the most effective and efficient ATON system that current resources will allow. Future waterway design must incorporate electronic and modern
physical ATON within the MTS. In addition, this analysis will adjust policy where appropriate and redefine ATON and MSI levels of service.

. The Coast Guard is conducting a study to update its policy governing waterway design criteria, redefine national levels of service that will promote the safety of future maritime transportation on U.S. navigable waters and enhance mariner situational awareness by capturing navigation requirements and leveraging new technology.

. We will consider all feedback from our national, regional, and local maritime partners related to the Atlantic and Gulf Seacoast System and address those concerns as we redefine national levels of service and waterway design criteria.

. In addition to public feedback, the Coast Guard will examine many factors when determining the optimal waterway design criteria. These factors include waterway, vessel and boat characteristics; available technology; waterway users; predominate cargo; and environmental considerations. The Coast Guard`s top priority will always be safety of life at sea, and any new policy will support that objective.

. The Coast Guard is committed to enabling the safe and efficient movement of vessels on the Maritime Transportation System, a system which enables the continuous flow of overseas trade into U.S. ports, sustains 13 million jobs and contributes more than $649 billion annually to the U.S. GDP.

. Some Federal Aids to Navigation were established on mariner requirements that predate modern navigation technologies and methods.

. This study is part of the Coast Guard`s Future of Navigation initiative, a nationwide effort to bring our waterways, MSI, and ATON architecture into the 21st Century.

. This assessment is a long-term project, and we will keep the maritime community informed of any new information or opportunities to provide input as we redefine national levels of service and waterway design criteria to
promote the safety of future maritime transportation and commerce on U.S. navigable waters.

Waterway users are encouraged to provide feedback via a short survey that can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeacoastWAMS

Posted   03-08-2016 11:02   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 07-16]
March 8, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2015-16 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 to Sector Delaware Bay 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 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
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-17-2016 15:08   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 05-16]
February 17, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

•Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
•There are no navigational restrictions.
•Drifting, melting ice may be present in navigable waters, so mariners are urged to proceed with caution.
•The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the C&D Canal.

Please refer to our website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

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.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-11-2016 10:20   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 04-16]
February 11, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters, but navigation is not impacted by ice. All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

•When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
•Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
•Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
•Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
•Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
•The COTP, Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-02-2016 13:36   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 03-16]
February 2, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

•Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
•There are no navigational restrictions.
•Drifting, melting ice may be present in navigable waters, so mariners are urged to proceed with caution.

Please refer to our website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

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.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-10-2016 00:53   Edit  
FM COMCOGARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY PA
TO CCGDFIVE PORTSMOUTH VA//DP/DPW/DR/DRMC/DPB//
AIG 8916
BT
UNCLAS
1. BROADCAST UNTIL CANCELED
A. SEC DEL BAY BNM 006-16
B. PA - NJ - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) - DELAWARE RIVER MAIN
CHANNEL - MARCUS HOOK
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT SALVAGE OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE ON
JANUARY 10, 2016. GREAT LAKES DREDGING WILL BE CONDUCTING SALVAGE IN THE VICINITY OF
POSITION 39-48.25N, 075-25.03W. SALVAGE OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 9AM TO 1PM.
THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL WILL REMAIN OPEN. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN
TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. THE TUG INDIAN DAWN AND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL BE MONITORING CHANNEL 13 AND 16.
4. CANCEL AT TIME //101900Z JAN 16//
BT
#0001
NNNN

Posted   01-06-2016 15:02   Edit  
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DEL BAY BNM 005-16
A. PA - NJ - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL
MARCUS HOOK
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT DIVING OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE ON JANUARY 7, 2016. DIVERS WILL BE CONDUCTING A SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF POSITION 39-48.25N, 075-25.03W. DIVING OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 8AM TO 11AM. THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL WILL REMAIN OPEN. SAFETY BOAT WILL BE ON SCENE SUPPORTING THE DIVERS AND OBSERVING MARINE TRAFFIC. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-23-2015 15:56   Edit  
*UPDATED INFORMATION*
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. PA NJ WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL MARCUS HOOK
2. HAZARD TO NAVIGATION- A USACE SURVEY CONDUCTED ON 23DEC2015 HAS IDENTIFIED A CYLINDER SHAPED OBJECT WITHIN THE CHANNEL BOUNDARIES IN POSITION 39-48.25N, 075-25.03W. THE OBJECT IS LOCATED BETWEEN THE CHARTED POSITIONS OF MARCUS HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 6M (3160) AND MARCUS HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 9M (3210) IN A DEPTH OF APPROXIMATELY 32.4 FEET AT MLLW. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-21-2015 15:09   Edit  
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. BROADCAST UNTIL CANCELED
A. SEC DEL BAY BNM 660-15
B. PA - NJ - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) - DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL - MARCUS HOOK
2. HAZARD TO NAVIGATION - A USACE SURVEY CONDUCTED ON 21DEC2015 HAS IDENTIFIED A CYLINDER SHAPED OBJECT WITHIN THE CHANNEL BOUNDARIES IN POSITION 39-48-15.1N, 075-25-02.3W. THE OBJECT IS LOCATED BETWEEN THE CHARTED POSITIONS OF MARCUS HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 6M (3160) AND MARCUS
HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 9M (3210) IN A DEPTH OF APPROXIMATELY 37.5 FEET AT MLLW. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-04-2015 15:02   Edit  
MARCUS HOOK RANGE ROCK BLASTING OPERATIONS

The Coast Guard will be enforcing a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania north to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, beginning December 04, 2015 until March 15, 2016. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 500 yards of vessels and machinery conducting rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations. This zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment in these navigable waters while operations are being conducted. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, or his designated representative.

One side of the Delaware River main navigational channel will be closed in locations spanning from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of the rock blasting, rock removal, and dredging operation, for the duration of the project. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone in the main navigational channel may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM Channel 13 at least 30 minutes prior to arrival. If vessels are unable to make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, they may request permission from the COTP or his designated representative on VHF-FM channel 16. All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this project rock blasting will be conducted, via explosive detonations, by the drill boat APACHE at approximately 9 am and 4 pm, daily. No vessels may transit through the safety zone during times of explosives detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807
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Posted   12-04-2015 13:47   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 41-15]
December 4, 2015

SAFETY ZONE IN REEDY POINT SOUTH ANCHORAGE
FOR NEW CASTLE RANGE DREDGING

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around the upper portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage No. 3 to allow for the continuation of dredging operations in New Castle Range. The temporary safety zone is effective from December 4, 2015 until December 31, 2015 unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port. The safety zone will encompass all waters of Reedy Point South Anchorage No. 3 upriver of a line drawn between positions 39°33’7.5”N, 75°33’2.0”W and 39°33’8.8”N and 75°32’31.8”W, as charted on NOAA chart 12311. While the Dredge ESSEX is operating within the area, vessels heading north through the Delaware River with intent to transit the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal will be re-directed through this portion of the anchorage. Anchoring within the upper portion of the anchorage will not be permitted while the temporary safety zone is in effect.

Vessels heading south through the Delaware River with intent to pass the Dredge ESSEX should contact the Dredge ESSEX at least 1 hour prior to passage. The Dredge ESSEX will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16, and can be contacted at 757-353-0455. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment and are urged to operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-02-2015 11:55   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 40-15]

December 01, 2015

SEASONAL ICE ALERT
(ICE NAVIGATION SEASON ALERT)


Beginning December 1st, 2015, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation within the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to please report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawareBay/icereporting.asp
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.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-20-2015 10:27   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 38-15]
November 20, 2015

COMPLETION OF DREDGING IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE AND PEA PATCH ISLAND ANCHORAGE SAFETY ZONE FOR NEW CASTLE DREDGING

Dredging operations have been completed in Marcus Hook Range and all submerged pipeline has been removed. Marcus Hook Anchorage is re-opened completely for anchorage purposes. Norfolk Dredging will proceed downriver to New Castle Range to place submerged pipeline in preparation for dredging scheduled from November 20, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Submerged pipeline and dredging equipment will be placed within the boundaries of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5. As a result, the U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the waters of Anchorage No. 5 for the duration of the dredging project. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E). The dredge ESSEX will be operating in New Castle Range, working from north to south, starting on the west side of the channel in the vicinity of the southern end of Pea Patch Island. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

Traffic should contact the dredge ESSEX at least 1 hour prior to passage. The Dredge ESSEX will monitor channel 13 and 16 and can be contacted at 757-353-0455. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at a minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-26-2015 11:07   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #35-15]

October 22, 2015


ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
ICE CONFERENCE


The 2015 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, PA, on Monday, November 16, 2015, from 1pm to 3pm. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2015-2016 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Sector Delaware Bay, the Fifth Coast Guard District, and the National Weather Service.

If you plan to attend the Ice Conference, please contact MST1 Thomas Simkins, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889 or e-mail Tom.J.Simkins@uscg.mil prior to November 13, 2015. If you have a specific question concerning ice operations that you wish to be addressed at the conference, please submit your topic of concern along with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at One Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union Building located adjacent to the Sector building.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-26-2015 10:02   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #34-15]

October 21, 2015

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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-13-2015 11:25   Edit  
**Please see the below Broadcast Notice to Mariners. The towing vessel DUKE capsized and sank on the PA side of Marcus Hook Range, just outside of the channel in approx 30` of water. The current Safety Zone remains in effect requiring traffic to make passing arrangements with the Dredge ESSEX and vessels should be following the alternative traffic pattern that it put in place from September through December, annually, to accommodate the dredge work.

SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DEL BAY BNM 563-15
A. NJ - PA - MARCUS HOOK - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A TOWING VESSEL HAS SUNK OUTSIDE OF THE
CHANNEL ON THE PENNSYLVANIA SIDE OF MARCUS HOOK RANGE. THE TOWING VESSEL IS
LOCATED AT POSITION
39-48`34.3286"N 075-24`39.8954"W IN APPROXIMATELY 30 FEET OF WATER.
MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//271200Z OCT 15//

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Posted   09-22-2015 13:56   Edit  
Good afternoon. Please see the attached word document that briefly describes the five security zones that will be enforced throughout the weekend. The security zones have been published in the federal register at the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/21/2015-23631/security-zone-delaware-river-philadelphia-pa

In order to transit any security zone you MUST first request permission from the zone specific Patrol Commander. For example, to transit the Ben Franklin Bridge security zone, you will hail, "BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE PATROL COMMANDER..." Vessels transiting under the Ben Franklin Bridge will be boarded by CG or other Law Enforcement Assets. CG personnel will remain onboard Deep Draft vessels until they have cleared the Ben Franklin Bridge - This will be both North & Southbound transits. In order to complete the required vessel boarding, vessels transiting Northbound will request permission to transit the Ben Franklin Bridge security zone at least 1hr in advance to enterting the zone. Deep Draft vessels departing from facilities North of the Ben Franklin Bridge (Southbound on the DE River) will notify the CG prior to departure from berth and will allow the CG sufficient time to board the vessel prior to departure - this is necessary due to the limited `bail-out` areas north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. It should be noted that ALL vessels entering into, exiting, and re-entering a zone MUST be boarded or screened every time. Vessels anchored at Mantua Creek Anchorage during the times that the Airport Security Zone is enforced must submit a crewlist to include name and DOB for each crewmember on the vessel - there will be no vessel movement at the time the Airport Zone is being enforeced; if you are at anchored, you will remain anchored unless otherwise instructed by the CG Patrol Commander.


Limited Opening Schedules for Bridges:

The Tacony-Palmyra (route 73) bridge over Delaware River, mile 107.2, between Tacony, pa and Palmyra, NJ and Burlington-Bristol (route 413) bridge over Delaware River, mile 117.8, between Burlington, NJ and Bristol, pa will be reduced due to the 2015 papal visit to Philadelphia. The drawbridges will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 26 and September 27, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 12 noon and 6 p.m. the vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 53 feet at the Tacony-Palmyra (route 73) bridge and 62 feet at the Burlington-Bristol (route 413) bridge.

Openings of the C.R.(Amtrak) railroad bridge over Beach Thorofare, New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, mile 68.9, at Atlantic City, NJ and C.R. (Amtrak) railroad bridge over Delaware River, mile 104.6, at Delair, NJ will be reduced due to the 2015 PAPL visit to Philadelphia. The drawbridges will not be required to open on signal or within ten minutes of a signal from 5 a.m. on September 26, 2015 to 3 a.m. on September 28, 2015. Mariners requesting an opening shall provide at least one hour notice. The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 5 feet at the at the C.R. (Amtrak) railroad bridge over beach Thorofare, NJICW, and 49 feet at the C.R.(Amtrak) railroad bridge over Delaware river.

The S.R. 44 bridge over Mantua Creek, Mile 2.7, At Paulsboro, NJ and Route 130 Bridge over Raccoon Creek, Mile 1.8, at Bridgeport, NJ will be allowed o remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., from September 26 to September 28, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


Contact info:

Send Crew & Passenger lists to the following email:
SecDelBayMTSRU@uscg.mil

Patrol Commanders may be reached on VHF Ch. 16 and will likely shift you to another frequency.

For Enforcement Questions during periods that Security Zones are Active (When/Why/Where/How to transit the zone):
(215) 271 - 4638

For anticipated Arrivals/Departures/etc: (267) 515 - 7294
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Posted   09-18-2015 14:06   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #33-15]

September 18, 2015

Potential Impacts to Marine Transportation System – Papal visit

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays. (See previous MSIBs regarding Security Zones).

As a preventative measure, we ask maritime stakeholders in the region, ranging from large vessels to uninspected passenger vessels, to provide advanced notification and to engage with our Papal Visit Maritime Operations Center’s (MOC) and the Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit (MTSRU), well in advance of anticipated vessel transits between September 25th and 28th. The MTSRU can be reached at secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil or 267-515-7294.

It is likely that the influx of Papal visit attendees to the area will increase local traffic on both the roads and waterways in the area and may increase security concerns. Facility and vessel operators are requested to maintain proper vigilance, and report any suspicious activity to the Sector Intel Branch at (215) 271-4999.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the MOC Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 09:26   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 32-15]
September 14, 2015

DRAWBRIDGE - REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

Mariners are advised that openings of the C. R. (AMTRAK) Railroad Bridge over Delaware River, mile 104.6, at Delair, NJ, will be reduced due to the 2015 Papal Visit. The drawbridges will not be required to open on signal or within ten minutes of a signal from 5 a.m. on September 26, 2015 to 3 a.m. on September 28, 2015. Mariners requesting an opening shall provide at least one hour notice and may be required to adjust their voyage plan to transit through the bridge at a specific time. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations in 33 CFR Parts 117.733(d) and 117.716, respectively.

The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 5 feet at the at the C. R. (AMTRAK) Railroad Bridge over Beach Thorofare, New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway and 49 feet at the C. R. (AMTRAK) Railroad Bridge over Delaware River . Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach these drawbridges with caution.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 09:25   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 31-15]
September 14, 2015

DRAWBRIDGE - REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

Mariners are advised that openings of the S.R. 44 Bridge over Mantua Creek, mile 2.7, at Paulsboro, NJ and Route 130 Bridge over Raccoon Creek, mile 1.8, at Bridgeport, NJ, will be reduced due to the 2015 Papal Visit. The drawbridges will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., from September 26 to September 28, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations in 33 CFR 117.729 and 117.741, respectively.

The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 25 feet at the S.R. 44 Bridge over Mantua Creek and 4 feet at the Route 130 Bridge over Raccoon Creek. Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach these drawbridges with caution.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 09:24   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 30-15]
September 14, 2015

DRAWBRIDGE – REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

Mariners are advised that openings of the Tacony-Palmyra (Route 73) Bridge over Delaware River, mile 107.2, between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ and Burlington-Bristol (Route 413) Bridge over Delaware River, mile 117.8, between Burlington, NJ and Bristol, PA, will be reduced due to the 2015 Papal Visit. The drawbridges will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 26 and September 27, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 12 noon and 6 p.m. Vessels signaling an intention to transit through both bridges during a scheduled opening will receive openings at both bridges. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations in 33 CFR 117.716.

The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 53 feet at the Tacony-Palmyra (Route 73) Bridge and 62 feet at the Burlington-Bristol (Route 413) Bridge. Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach these drawbridges with caution.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 08:45   Edit  
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 # 29-15]

September 14, 2015

MARCUS HOOK RANGE AND ANCHORAGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing the safety zone found in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 165.555 for dredging operations in Marcus Hook range in the Delaware River beginning September 15, 2015 until December 31, 2015. During this time, the dredge ESSEX will be operating within Marcus Hook range. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook range shall contact the dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing Marcus Hook anchorage, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period, the regulations in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 110.157 (b)(11)(i) will be in effect. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the public health service, customs or immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek anchorage (anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, for passing information.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-03-2015 08:40   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 28-15]

August 1, 2015

Christina River – Wilmington Harbor Annual Dredging

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the dredge ESSEX along with support equipment, including tender boats DUKE, NORFOLK, and PUSHER 10, will commence dredging operations at Wilmington Harbor on the Christina River, in Delaware beginning August 3, 2015 until September 20, 2015. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes, submerged pipelines, barges, derricks, and operation wires around the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors, some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on either sides of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from the all dredging related equipment. Locations of floating and submerged pipelines will be broadcasted for the safety of vessel traffic during the project.

Prior to work commencing, owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots, and other structures that may be in the vicinity of operations must remove all equipment that could potentially interfere with dredging operations. Dredging operations will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; the operator will be standing by on VHF channel 13 and 16 for passing arrangements. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passing. For any emergencies, Norfolk Dredging Dredge ESSEX superintendent can be reached at (757) 285-2133. For further information contact Norfolk Dredging Company, Post Office Box 1706 Chesapeake, VA 23327 or call (757) 547-9391.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-19-2015 11:37   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #26-15]

June 17, 2015

Delaware River Safety Zones – Tall Ships Events

To mitigate the risks associated with the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 Parade of Sail, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay, will enforce a safety zone in the vicinity of the parade of sail from 12:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 25, 2015. The safety zone will encompass the waters of the Delaware River, adjacent to Philadelphia, PA, bounded in the West by the Pennsylvania shoreline, bounded in the East by the Eastern edge of the navigation channel, bounded in the South by the Walt Whitman Bridge, and bounded on the North by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. In addition, the safety zone includes all waters of the Delaware River South of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to an East-West line from the Northern end of Wiggins Marina in Camden, NJ, (39º56’32” N and 075º07’56” W) to the Pennsylvania shoreline.

To mitigate the risks associated with the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 Fireworks, the COTP Delaware Bay, will establish a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River adjacent to Philadelphia, PA, and Camden, NJ, from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on June 27, 2015. The safety zone will restrict vessel traffic in the Delaware River, adjacent to Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA, bounded from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the south by a line running east to west from points along the shoreline at latitude 39°56′31.2″ N., longitude 075°08′28.1″ W.; thence to latitude 39°56′29.1″ N., longitude 075°07′56.5″ W., and bounded on the North by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

The COTP’s representative will be on scene during these events and can be contacted on VHF channel 16. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP Delaware Bay, or his on-scene representative. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-12-2015 10:54   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 25-15]
JUNE 12, 2015

FORTESCUE CREEK SHOALING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there has been a report of shoaling in Fortescue Creek in the vicinity of Fortescue, New Jersey. Mariners are urged
to use caution when transiting the area, especially at low tide.

Tide tables can be found at http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/NOAATidesFacade.jsp?Stationid=8536931

United States Coast Guard assets remain available for search and rescue operations via Station (small) Fortescue or Station Cape May.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-29-2015 09:32   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 24-15]
JUNE 1, 2015

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-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 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 USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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.

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-27-2015 16:22   Edit  
UNCLAS //N16502//
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 261-15
PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER
1. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A DEAD SHIP TOW OF THE NORD EXPLORER WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, FROM TIOGA MARINE TERMINAL TO PHILADELPHIA SHIP REPAIR IN PHILADELPHIA, PA ON APRIL 28, 2015 FROM 8 AM TO 11 AM. MCALLISTER TOWING WILL BE TOWING THE NORD EXPLORER AND CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 10 OR 13. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORD EXPLORER.
2. CANCEL AT TIME//281500Z APR 15//
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Posted   04-06-2015 08:21   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 22-15]
APRIL 01, 2015

CHANNEL ASSESSMENT OPERATIONS

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of rock level testing in preparation for the Delaware River main channel deepening project. The Great Lakes Dredge Company Drillboat APACHE will be probing the channel to determine rock levels between Eddystone Range and the Southern end of Marcus Hook Range. The APACHE will be operating in the channel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting April 9 until May 1, 2015. This project is for information gathering only and does not involve the removal of material. The APACHE will be operating under the navigation rules and will be able to move upon request; however, vessels should use caution when passing the Drillboat. If visibility should drop below 2NM, the APACHE will discontinue work in the channel and continue when visibility returns. The APACHE can be contacted on VHF channel 5 and will be monitoring VHF channel 13 and 16.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-31-2015 16:25   Edit  
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Work - Extension

DE/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER
1. REPAIR WORK WILL CONTINUE ON TACONY-PALMYRA BRDIGE FENDER SYSTEM ON APRIL 1, 2015 FROM 5AM TO 4PM. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE NEW JERSEY SIDE FENDER AND A WORK BOAT WILL BE ON SCENE, OUTSIDE OF THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL. THE CHANNEL IS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC AND ALL VESSELS ARE REMINDED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA. FOR QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, TRANSITING VESSELS SHOULD CONTACT THE WORK BOAT ON CHANNEL 16 OR THE COAST GUARD ON CHANNEL 16 OR AT 215-271-4807.
2. CANCEL AT TIME //012200 APR 15//

Posted   03-26-2015 15:34   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 21-15]
March 26, 2015

SAFETY ZONE FOR DELAWARE RIVER

To mitigate the risks associated with repairs to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is extending a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on the Delaware River near Palmyra, NJ. The safety zone will encompass waters of Delaware River, 200 yards upriver and downriver of the repair operation in approximate position 40- 00’42”N, 075- 02’34”W The safety zone will be effective from 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2015 to 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2015, unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port once all operations are completed. If this safety zone should be cancelled earlier the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay will notify mariners via broadcast on VHF channel 16.

Vessels may transit within the navigational channel, through the safety zone, after a two hour notification has been given to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge operator at (856) 829-3002 or on VHF channel 13 to ensure the channel is cleared. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF channel 16 or at 215-271-4807.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-23-2015 08:56   Edit  
Marcus Hook Anchorage Safety Zone

The COTP Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Delaware River in the vicinity of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. The safety zone will temporarily restrict vessel traffic from transiting or anchoring in a portion of Marcus Hook anchorage in order to protect the safety of life and property on the waters while underwater impulsive sound testing is conducted from March 20, 2015 to May 12, 2015 by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

The following area is a safety zone: all waters of the Delaware River upper Marcus Hook anchorage inside a boundary described as originating from 39-48.633N, 075-23.283W then Northwest to 39-48.916N, 075-23.583W then Northeast to 39-49.2N, 075-23.016W then Southeast to 39-49.116N, 075-22.950W.

Posted   03-16-2015 15:14   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 19-15]
March 16, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2014-15 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially concluded.

The 2014/15 winter season brought similar ice conditions to last year, with major ice formations in the Salem River and C&D Canal. 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. I would like to thank all of our port partners who contributed to making the port safer throughout the season.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-13-2015 13:25   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 18-15]
March 13, 2015

REMOVAL OF SAFETY ZONE FOR THE SALEM RIVER

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the temporary safety zone restricting traffic on the Salem River has been canceled.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-12-2015 09:18   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 15-15]
March 10, 2015

SAFETY ZONE FOR DELAWARE RIVER

To mitigate the risks associated with repairs to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on the Delaware River near Palmyra, NJ. The safety zone will encompass waters of Delaware River, 200 yards upriver and downriver of the repair operation in approximate position 40- 00’42”N, 075- 02’34”W The safety zone will be effective from 6 a.m. on March 24, 2015 to 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2015, unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port once all operations are completed. If this safety zone should be cancelled earlier the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay will notify mariners via broadcast on VHF channel 16.

Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF channel 16 or at 215-271-4807.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-11-2015 09:56   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 17-15]
March 11, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

•Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
•There are no navigational restrictions.
•Mariners should be aware that some navigational aids may be off-station or damaged as a result of shifting ice formations.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-09-2015 12:29   Edit  
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 16-15]
March 9, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO ICE CONDITION 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port zone has returned to Ice Condition 3. This includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that ice is melting and has been determined to no longer have the potential to impact commercial navigation. Mariners should remain alert for floating ice debris and be aware that some navigational aids may be off-station or damaged as a result of shifting ice formations. All masters, ship agents, owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:


• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• The Salem River remains closed due to a potential threat to navigation.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-04-2015 11:25   Edit  
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 14-15]
March 4, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION II: Removal of Steel Hull Restrictions on the Delaware Bay, the New Jersey coast South of Shark River, and the Delaware Coast.

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to remove steel hull restrictions on the Delaware Bay, the New Jersey coast south of Shark River, and the Delaware coast. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries.
•Steel-hulled only vessels with a 1,500 minimum shaft horsepower and with integral or recessed keel hull coolers or upper and lower cooling intakes may transit the C & D Canal.
•The Salem River remains closed due to a potential threat to navigation.
•Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
•Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
•Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
•Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
•Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
•Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
•The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-02-2015 14:45