Posted   06-05-2019 17:47    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SECDB BNM 137-19
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – MARCUS HOOK RANGE (CHART 12312)

2. THE FRONT (LLNR 3135) AND REAR (LLNR 3140) RANGE LIGHTS FOR MARCUS HOOK RANGE HAVE BEEN REESTABLISHED AND ARE WATCHING PROPERLY.

THE FRONT RANGE LIGHT MAINTAINS ITS PREVIOUS LIGHT LIST NUMBER OF 3135 AND HAS A “QUICK WHITE” LIGHT DURING THE DAY AND A “QUICK RED” LIGHT DURING THE NIGHT. PASSING LIGHTS (LLNR 3136) HAVE ALSO BEEN ESTABLISHED ON A 4 SECOND FLASH.

THE REAR RANGE LIGHT HAS A NEW LIGHT LIST NUMBER OF 3630. THE OLD LIGHT LIST NUMBER (3140) HAS BEEN DISESTABLISHED. THE REAR RANGE LIGHT HAS A 4 SECOND OCCULTING LIGHT THAT IS ALSO WHITE DURING THE DAY AND RED AT NIGHT. PASSING LIGHTS (LLNR 3631) HAVE ALSO BEEN ESTABLISHED ON A 4 SECOND FLASH.

THE RANGE LIGHTS ARE VISIBLE 1.5 DEGREES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE RANGE LINE.

Posted   05-31-2019 16:21    
MSIB 13-19 HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert on June 1, 2019. Seasonal Alert will remain in effect through November 30, 2019, 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 (215) 271-4851 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. For after-hours inquiries, contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-23-2019 14:28    
OPERATION ABOVEBOARD COMBATS ILLEGAL CHARTERS

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay will commence Operation ABOVEBOARD this Memorial Day weekend in an effort to combat illegal charter vessel operations. We will be employing three lines of effort to promote safe and legal vessel operations: Educate, Verify, Enforce. To that end, you can expect to see an increased Coast Guard presence across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware waterways throughout the summer until Labor Day as we educate the boating community, verify compliance and enforce applicable safety regulations.

Thanks to the ease of connecting to the marketplace via social media and the internet, there is a growing trend in the vacation and recreation industry whereby property owners enter into agreements to temporarily lease, charter or rent their homes or vehicles to interested parties for compensation. Similarly, there are now several emerging vessel-based business ventures dedicated to boat rentals, fishing excursions, sightseeing, etc. whereby vessel owners/operators rent and/or charter their vessel out for services.

Illegal charters negatively impact legal commercial passenger vessel commerce and may also circumvent federal licensing and safety requirements, which in some instances have led to fatalities. For example, these types of activities may include, but are not limited to, vessel operators who carry passenger(s) for hire without a valid USCG credential or those with a valid credential carrying more than the maximum number of six (06) passengers for hire allowed on an uninspected passenger vessel (UPV).

There are many UPV safety requirements that relate to licensing, watch standing, vessel documentation, mandatory drug testing, casualty reporting, required charts and electronic equivalencies, navigation lights and sound signals, lifesaving and firefighting equipment, safety orientation and instruction, and pollution prevention. These regulatory “safety net” items usually exceed both the scope of knowledge an average boat operator may have as well as the basic safety equipment found onboard a typical recreational vessel.

Because each case may vary, anyone considering chartering (i.e. renting out) their vessel, or operating their vessel with passengers-for-hire, should contact Sector Delaware Bay Marine Inspections at (215) 908-9827 or DomesticVessels@uscg.mil to discuss the specific operating parameters and identify which regulations apply to you.

In accordance with Title 46 U.S. Code § 4106, if a vessel is operated in violation of applicable laws and regulations, the owner, charterer, managing operator, agent, master and individual in charge may be liable for a civil penalty up to $10,519 per violation per day. We urge the boating community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious operations to (215) 271-4807 (anonymous reporting is optional) or email PhillyIO@uscg.mil.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-04-2019 14:29    
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT (UPDATE 4)
**UPDATED INFORMATION IN BOLD**

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project has completed dredging operations in the New Castle Range. Safety zone one remains in effect for the duration of the maintenance project.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all associated dredge equipment operating in or around Deepwater Point Range. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX 1 hour prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

The dredge ESSEX can be contacted via VHF FM channel 13. Vessels are reminded to exercise extreme caution when operating in the vicinity of dredging operations.





S.E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-19-2019 14:14    
MSIB 10-19 Suspicious Cyber Incident - Commercial Vessel

The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform the maritime industry of a recent cyber incident on a commercial vessel. On January 29th 2019, a commercial vessel reported to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami that it received an email from an individual or entity claiming to represent an official Port State Control body. The email originated from the email address port@pscgov.org. It was sent directly to the vessel’s Captain requesting sensitive information about the vessel, its crew, and its cargo. The vessel’s master was suspicious of the request and activated elements of the vessel security plan. He reported the incident and forwarded the suspicious email and information to the local USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) for investigation.

Cyber technologies enable the Marine Transportation System to operate reliably and at a high capacity, driving the U.S. economy and supporting national defense and homeland security. While cyber systems create benefits, they also introduce risk. Exploitation, misuse, or failure of cyber systems could cause harm to the marine environment or disrupt vital trade activity. As a result, cyber risk management and reporting is important.

Suspicious activity (SA) and breaches of security (BoS) of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated vessels and facilities shall be reported in accordance with 33 CFR Part 101.305. The Coast Guard’s National Response Center (NRC) (800-424-8802) remains the USCG’s primary point of contact for notifications of all USCG regulated entities SAs or BoSs. However, for cyber incidents that do not impact physical security or cause pollution incidents, the Coast Guard allows parties to report to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in lieu of the NRC. The NCCIC can be reached at (888) 282-0870. If contacting the NCCIC in lieu of the NRC, it is important that the reporting party inform the NCCIC that it is a Coast Guard regulated entity in order to satisfy the reporting requirements of 33 CFR. The NCCIC will forward the report electronically to the NRC, who will then notify the appropriate COTP. For further details on what constitutes SAs and BoSs and reporting requirements, refer to Policy Letter 08-16 “Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security”.

For your awareness, Sector Delaware Bay regularly uses the following email addresses:

Port State Control: SecDelBay.PortState@uscg.mil
Duty Marine Inspector: DutyMI.SecDelBay@gmail.com
Domestic Vessels: DomesticVessels@uscg.mil
Waterways Management: DelawareBayWWM@uscg.mil
Investigations Officer: PhillyIO@uscg.mil

All mariners are advised to access the homeport website (https://homeport.uscg.mil/ ) to keep up to date with the current port conditions and applicable MSIBs. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Inspections Department at 215-271-4887 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. For after-hours inquiries, contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.


S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-04-2019 13:56    
MSIB 03-19

INCREASED GROUNDING FREQUENCY

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, has observed an increase in the number of groundings by deep draft vessels within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. A majority of these groundings have occurred while the vessel was at anchor. These groundings have caused vessel’s significant delays and increase the risk of marine pollution within the port.

Standing a vigilant anchor watch is key to identifying signs of a dragging anchor and taking early action to avoid a vessel grounding. Mariners should choose anchorage grounds with the impact of current and predicted weather patterns in mind. Weather can change quickly within the Delaware River and Bay, mariners are encouraged to employ proactive measures such as keeping engines in immediate standby, utilizing two anchors, or utilizing assist tugs if conditions warrant. Making the necessary arrangements to mitigate the impact of any adverse conditions is vital to the safety of navigation on the Delaware River and Bay.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814/4889 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2018 14:34    
MSIB 41-18

REPORTING MARINE CASUALTIES – GROUNDINGS

Recently, there have been multiple incidents within Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay’s zone of deep draft vessels touching bottom while attempting to berth or while moored and conducting cargo operations. Regardless of the circumstance, if any part of a vessel touches bottom it is considered a “grounding” and is a Reportable Marine Casualty as outlined in 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 4.05. All unintended or intended groundings must be reported to the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office immediately after addressing resultant safety concerns by the owner, agent, master, operator or person in charge.

Additionally, groundings are also considered a “hazardous condition”. A hazardous condition is any condition that may adversely affect the safety of any vessel, structure, or shore area or the environmental quality of any port, harbor, or navigable water way. It may, but need not, involve collision, allision, fire, explosion, grounding, leaking damage, injury or illness of a person aboard, or manning-shortage (33 CFR 160.202). In accordance with 33 CFR 160.214, whenever there is a hazardous condition on board a vessel, or caused by a vessel, or its operation., the owner, agent, master, operator or person in charge must immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay reminds mariners that an e-mail to the USCG is not considered a satisfactory form of immediate notification of a marine casualty or hazardous condition since e-mail may not always be monitored. The best method to notify us is either through a phone call or radio transmission to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center. The 24/7 Sector Delaware Bay Command Center can be reached at (215) 271-4807 or via VHF Ch. 16.

Failure to report any grounding as a marine casualty or hazardous condition to the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office may result in a maximum fine of $91,901 and/or possible administrative action against a merchant mariner credential.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact my Investigations staff at PhillyIO@uscg.mil.



K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-17-2018 19:01    
MSIB 30-18 (Attachment can be found at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/my-homeport/safety-Notifications/MSIB?cotpid=40&Source=https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay)


Potential Interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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