Posted   06-03-2020 18:36    
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 10-20 (Update 1)

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

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-02-2020 15:28    
CGHQ MSIB 02-20 Change 5.

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Novel Coronavirus - Update (Change 5)
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect mariners and maritime commerce. Vessel arriving to or traveling between any U.S. port or place must follow reporting and infection control measures to maintain the safety of personnel onboard vessels as well as within the port.
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Posted   05-29-2020 12:04    
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 13-20

Hurricane Seasonal Alert

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert on June 1, 2020. Seasonal Alert will remain in effect through November 30, 2020, unless otherwise established. All vessels, facilities, and marinas are asked to take adequate precautions and review the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, dated April 2016, and their individual Heavy Weather Plans.

For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay planning at 215-271-4908 or log onto the CG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab and select Delaware Bay from the drop down menu. From the Sector Delaware Bay page, scroll down and click “COTP Delaware Bay Port Hurricane Contingency Plan” under Local Contingency Plans.

Facility managers and ship agents are requested to ensure that vessels are provided with the contents of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan and made aware of their responsibilities regarding safety of the port in the event of a hurricane. Agents should generally act as liaisons between the Coast Guard and vessels. Agents should ensure that vessels frequenting Sector Delaware Bay receive a copy of the following applicable attachments, all of which are available on the homeport website:

1. Storm Preparation Checklist for Vessels.
2. Storm Preparation Checklist for Facilities.
3. Minimum Recommended Precautionary Measures for Ships.
4. Minimum Recommended Precautionary Measures for Barges.
5. Remaining in Port Checklist for Oceangoing Barges w/ Tugs and Oceangoing Vessels.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management Division at (267) 515-7294 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. For after-hours inquiries, contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-12-2020 21:11    
Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 11-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-24-2020 11:53    
TSA TWIC TECHNICAL ADVISORY

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

Introduction
This Technical Advisory announces TSA’s publication of a temporary exemption from requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 regarding the expiration of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC®s). The exemption, Exemption to Extend the Expiration Date of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, may impact the use of expired credentials in certain access control solutions and readers.
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Posted   04-20-2020 14:28    
CGHQ MSIB 07-20 Change 1

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COVID 19 – Port and Facility Operations - Change 1
In conjunction with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance provided to commercial vessels by the Coast Guard in Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) Numbers 02-20 (as amended) and 06-20, the Coast Guard is providing the following updated information to port and facility operators as it relates to COVID-19.
The facility compliance regulations outlined throughout 33 Code of Federal Regulations remains in force, and facility operators are expected to continue to comply with these requirements. Questions or issues that arise as a result of COVID-19 should, where possible, be addressed in accordance with regulations outlined in 33 Code of Federal Regulations, and any plans and manuals already approved/reviewed by the Coast Guard. However, it is recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a myriad of unique operating conditions that warrant special considerations. Some challenges have included cruise ships mooring at facilities not approved for passenger operations, garbage removal, and facility and vessel crew interactions. Because of these operational concerns, the following clarification and guidance is provided to help ensure the safety and security of workers, ports, and facilities:
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Posted   04-10-2020 13:13    
CGD5 MSIB 01-20

Marine Transportation System COVID-19 Precautions

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

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

Vessels:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keith M. Smith Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Fifth Coast Guard District Commander sends
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Posted   04-04-2020 13:26    
CGHQ MSIB 13-20

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

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

Maritime Facilities and Vessels:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard V. Timme, RDML, U. S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends
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Posted   03-31-2020 19:20    
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 07-20

Vessel Reporting Requirements for Delaware Bay Zone

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

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

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

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

Enclosure: Attestation of Hazardous Condition Letter
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This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   03-31-2020 12:37    
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY MSIB 06-20

END OF ICE SEASON

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

Questions regarding the content of this bulletin should be directed to the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-27-2020 20:50    
USCG HQ MSIB 11-20

Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS

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

PETROLEUM WORKERS:

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

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

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

CRITICAL MANUFACTURING

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

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH

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

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

Richard V. Timme, RDML, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends.
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Posted   03-27-2020 19:30    
USCG HQ MSIB 10-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard V. Timme, RDML, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends.
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Posted   03-27-2020 13:23    
USCG Headquarters MSIB 09-20

Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation
The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and National economic well-being. During this National emergency for COVID-19 it is paramount that the Coast Guard safeguards the continued operation of the MTS to ensure our domestic supply chain continues uninterrupted. Commercial vessel compliance activities should, to the extent possible, continue so as to safeguard the MTS and prevent an undue backlog from causing future delays. To facilitate the safe flow of commerce, the Coast Guard will liberally use remote inspection techniques to verify vessel compliance and, if needed, defer inspections. The following is the Coast Guard’s current position on commercial vessel compliance activities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

o Defer a required exam for up to 90 days.

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

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

Commercial Fishing Industry:

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

For additional information, please use the following contact information:

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

Richard V. Timme, RDML, U. S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends
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Posted   03-20-2020 15:34    
USCG Headquarters MSIB 08-20

Novel Coronovirus – Mariner Credentials

Extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements and Medical Certificates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Timme, RDML, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends.
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Posted   03-19-2020 12:15    
USCG Headquarters MSIB 07-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted   03-17-2020 15:56    
USCG Headquarters MSIB 02-20 (Change 3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Timme, RDML, U. S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends
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USCG Headquarters MSIB 06-20


Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Timme, RDML, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends.
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Posted   03-03-2020 14:22    
MSIB 03-20 (Update 4)

PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE AND DEEPENING PROJECT
Update 4

***CHANGES ARE IN BOLD FONT***

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

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

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

S.E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-02-2020 14:12    
USCG MSIB 05-20

Reporting Requirements for Vessels with Inoperable Navigation Equipment

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

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

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

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




S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port
Sector Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-03-2020 13:31    
COAST GUARD HEADQUARTERS MSIB 02-20

Novel Coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Dana S. Tulis, SES, U.S. Coast Guard, Director, Emergency Management (CG-5RI) sends.
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Posted   01-24-2020 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   01-09-2020 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   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   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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