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

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER MAINTENANCE DREDGING


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

Posted   09-10-2020 10:49    
NOTICE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging

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

Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Dredging

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

RETURN TO HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of the return to Hurricane Seasonal Alert for the Delaware Bay COTP zone. Port Condition ZULU is lifted. There are no navigational restrictions at this time.

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


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-31-2020 09:30    
Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 18-20

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UPDATED SECTOR DELAWARE BAY NAVIGATION SAFETY EQUIPMENT DEVIATION REQUEST FORM

In an effort to improve response times and align with other Captain of the Port (COTP) zones, an updated Sector Delaware Bay Navigation Safety Equipment Deviation Request form, otherwise known as a Letter of Deviation request, is being released for use within the Delaware Bay COTP zone. Mariners are asked to use this updated form when requesting a deviation from navigation safety equipment requirements, per 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §164.55. As a reminder, making such a request does not relieve the vessel of the requirement to report inoperable equipment on a Notice of Arrival per 33 CFR §160.206.
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Posted   07-23-2020 13:20    
For clarity, MSIBs relating to COVID-19 will be maintained at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


J. D. THEEL
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-29-2020 08:04    
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   03-03-2020 09:22    
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 09:12    
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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