Posted   01-24-2020 22:53    
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 18:03    
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 18:03    
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   01-09-2020 18:27    
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 21:13    
 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   12-19-2019 15:02    
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   12-11-2019 14:01    
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 13:33    
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   11-29-2019 16:17    
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 18:01    
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 17:17    
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 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   10-01-2019 13:41    
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   05-23-2019 14:28    
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   04-19-2019 14:14    
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   02-04-2019 13:56    
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   10-30-2018 14:34    
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   08-17-2018 19:01    
MSIB 30-18 (Attachment can be found at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/my-homeport/safety-Notifications/MSIB?cotpid=40&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay)


Potential Interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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