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   08-03-2018 14:25    
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   07-09-2018 18:24    
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   05-30-2018 16:50    
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   04-30-2018 20:55    
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   04-24-2018 20:33    
DELAIR DRAW BRIDGE TEST DEVIATION

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation authorizing the DELAIR Memorial Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River, mile 104.6, in Delair, NJ, to be remotely operated from the Conrail South Jersey dispatch center in Mount Laurel, NJ, from 8 a.m. on April 19, 2018, to 7:59 a.m. on October 16, 2018.

The remote operation system of the bridge incorporates a dedicated telephone line (856) 231-2301 for bridge operations, a push-to-talk (PTT) opening signal of 5 clicks on VHF-FM channel 13, and an automated identification system (AIS) transmitter to provide real-time bridge status. AIS bridge status is provided via the name transmitted by the private aids to navigation as: DELAIR BRG-OPEN (fully open and locked position, channel light green), DELAIR BRG-CLOSED (other than fully open, not inoperative), or DELAIR BRG-INOP (other than fully open, inoperative). The AIS transmitter is assigned maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number 993663001 and has been installed on the New Jersey side of the bridge at the bridge and land intersection in approximate position 39 degrees, 58 minutes, 50.52 seconds North (39.9807 N), 75 degrees, 03 minutes, 58.75 seconds West (-75.06632 W).

The Coast Guard is encouraging public participation and requesting comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before August 17, 2018. Please access the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov to view docket number USCG-2016-0257 for additional details and to provide comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-02-2018 17:53    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 197-18
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – PHILADELPHIA (CHART 12213)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT BRIDGE MAINTENANCE AT THE WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE ACROSS THE DELAWARE RIVER WILL CONTINUE UNTIL OCTOBER 2, 2018. BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 5 P.M., DAILY. A WORK PLATFORM EXTENDING 3 FEET BENEATH THE LOWER PORTION OF THE BRIDGE WILL REMAIN INSTALLED OVER THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE BRIDGE. THE VERTICAL CLEARANCE OF THE BRIDGE HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 3 FEET TO APPROXIMATELY 136 FEET ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER. MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   03-01-2018 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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