Posted   12-08-2017 20:39    
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 20:39    
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 15:05    
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   11-29-2017 14:02    
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   11-22-2017 17:24    
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 15:36    
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 15:26    
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 20:28    
****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   11-14-2017 18:42    
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 19:42    
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 18:41    
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 12:57    
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   10-31-2017 15:17    
SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay advises all vessels transiting the Mid-Atlantic Ocean that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established regulations to implement a 10-knot speed restriction for all vessels 65 ft (19.8 m) or longer in certain locations along the east coast of the U.S. Atlantic seaboard at certain times of the year. These regulations are designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing the likelihood of collisions between ships and whales.

The 10-knot speed restriction will extend out to 20 nautical miles around major mid-Atlantic ports. According to NOAA researchers, about 83 percent of right whale sightings in the mid-Atlantic region occur within 20 nautical miles of shore. The speed restriction also applies in waters off New England and the southeastern U.S., where whales gather seasonally.

The speed restrictions apply in the following approximate locations at the following times; they are based on times whales are known to be in these areas:
- Southeastern U.S. from St. Augustine, FL. to Brunswick, GA from Nov. 15 to April 15
- Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas from Brunswick, GA to Rhode Island from Nov. 1 to April 30
- Cape Cod Bay from Jan. 1 to May 15
- Off Race Point at northern end of Cape Cod from March 1 to April 30
- Great South Channel of New England from April 1 to July 31

Specifically for vessels entering the Delaware Bay the restriction applies in the following location: Within a 20-nm (37 km) radius (as measured seaward from COLREGS lines) of the center point of the entrance to the Delaware Bay (Ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington): 38°52′27.4″ N–075°01′32.1″ W.

For more information about the speed restriction please visit the NOAA website http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.





S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-18-2017 15:54    
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 14:24    
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   10-04-2017 17:51    
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   09-21-2017 20:42    
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   08-30-2017 16:19    
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   08-23-2017 17:41    
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 19:19    
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   08-08-2017 19:39    
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   05-12-2017 14:35    
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   05-08-2017 19:16    
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   04-19-2017 17:32    
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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