Posted   02-20-2018 14:31    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
SEC DB BNM 128-18
NJ - CAPE MAY LEWES FERRY CHANNEL (CHART 12316)

ON MARCH 5, 2018 THE DREDGE FULLERTON WILL LEAVE STONE HARBOR AND PROCEED TO CONDUCT WORK AT THE CAPE MAY LEWES FERRY CHANNEL UNTIL APRIL 15, 2018. THE DREDGE FULLERTON WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   02-06-2018 16:35    
MSIB 06-18 Ice Conditions Definition

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners of regulatory changes to the definitions of ice conditions. Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550 has established four safety zones in the Delaware Bay COTP Zone and also defined the ice condition thresholds and provided restrictions for each ice condition.

The safety zones are defined as follows:

Northern Delaware River
• The Delaware River and its tributaries north of the Betsy Ross Bridge.
Delaware River
• South of the Betsy Ross Bridge to a line drawn from Liston Point to Hope Creek Jetty. Includes all tributaries, most notably the Salem, Schuylkill, and Christina Rivers.
Delaware Bay
• South of a line drawn from Liston Point to Hope Creek Jetty to a line drawn from Cape May Light to the tip of Cape Henlopen. Includes all tributaries.
NJ and DE Coast and ICW
• Along the coast, including the ICW, tributaries, rivers and bays, south from Long Branch, New Jersey to the Maryland/Delaware State Border.

Ice Conditions are defined as follows:

Vessels not equipped with steel hulls are prohibited from entering or transiting within the above safety zones without permission from the COTP or District Commander if they encounter ice with a thickness of ½ inch or greater.

Ice Condition One
• Greater than or equal to 30% of a safety zone is covered with ice whose thickness is approximately 1 to 3 inches.
• Steel hull construction is required.
Ice Condition Two
• Between 30% and 90% of a safety zone is covered with ice whose thickness is approximately 3-9 inches
• Steel hull construction and 1,500 shaft horse power required.
• Engine cooling system that prevents blockage from ice is required.
Ice Condition Three
• 90% or more of a safety zone is covered with ice whose thickness is approximately 9 inches or thicker.
• Steel hull construction and 1,500 shaft horse power required.
• Engine cooling system that prevents blockage from ice is required.
• Vessel convoys required.
• Daylight only transit.


Supplementary Information:
• Each zone will be assessed individually and there may be different ice conditions in effect for each zone.
• Vessels prohibited from entering a zone due to ice conditions may request permission from the COTP in writing. Requests can be submitted via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaywwm@uscg.mil.
• The COTP may modify the waterway restrictions listed above, for the entirety or a portion of an individual zone, in order to maintain the safety of navigation within the waterway.
• Unless otherwise specified, vessels meeting the requirements for each ice condition may transit within a zone without requesting permission from the COTP.
• When the COTP sets ice conditions for a particular zone, an announcement will be made via Broadcast Notice to Mariners and Marine Safety Information Bulletin.
• Vessels working to facilitate ice breaking operations and protect infrastructure and property are exempt from these requirements.

To report the presence of ice, use the “Ice Reports Form” located on the Sector Delaware Bay website at: http://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-5/District-Units/Sector-Delaware-Bay/. Mariners can also contact the CG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center on VHF Channel 16 or call (215) 271-4807 to report ice.

Please refer to our internet website for current ice condition information by visit https://homeport.uscg.mil/ and choosing Delaware Bay from the Port Directory drop down. Ice condition updates will be located in the Safety Notifications section under Safety Alerts.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the COTP, 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   02-06-2018 14:49    
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 098-18

A. PA/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER - PBF LOGISTICS (CHART 12312)

2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT COMMERCE CONSTRUCTION WILL BE PERFORMING DOCK
REPAIRS AT PBF LOGISTICS, IN PAULSBORO, NJ FROM FEBRUARY 5, 2018 THROUGH
APPROXIMATLEY APRIL 30, 2018. WORK WILL NOT IMPEADE THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL
CHANNEL. WORK HOURS ARE FROM 5AM TO 6PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. MARINERS IN
THE AREA OF THE DOCK ARE CAUTIONED TO STAY CLEAR OF THE CRANE BARGES,
OPERATING WIRES, ANCHORS, BUOYS, SMALL BOATS, TENDERS, AND DIVERS ASSOCIATED
WITH THE MARINE ACTIVITIES. OPERATORS OF VESSELS OF ALL TYPES SHOULD BE
AWARE THAT MEN WILL BE WORKING ON FLOATING EQUIPMENT AND WITHIN THE WATER
AROUND THE CRANE BARGE. A VESSEL`S WAKE IS A HAZARD. MARINERS ARE CAUTIONED
TO STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THE INLAND RULES OF THE ROAD WHEN APPROACHING,
PASSING, AND LEAVING THE AREAS OF OPERATIONS, AND REMAIN A SAFE DISTANCE
FROM THE CRANE BARGES, BARGES, BUOYS, AND RELATED EQUIPMENT. THE CRANE BARGE
WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED
WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA

Posted   02-02-2018 14:52    
MSIB 09-18 Marcus Hook Range Blasting Update (SEE ATTACHMENT FOR CHARTLET)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Great Lakes Dredge and Dock will be continuing to conduct rock blasting in the Marcus Hook Range to facilitate the main channel deepening project. Rock blasting operations will be taking place at the southern end of Marcus Hook Range beginning on February 3, 2018. Cleanup from the blasts is expected to be completed no later than February 14, 2018.

The blasting will take place primarily on the green side of the channel. However, several blast locations will be located on the red side of the channel centerline. The attached chartlet and GPS coordinates can be referenced for approximate locations of these operations.

Mariners are reminded of the requirements found in 33 CFR 165.T05-0935 and are encouraged to remain familiar with them through the completion of the Delaware River main channel deepening project.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone must make satisfactory passing arrangements, at least 30 minutes prior to arrival, with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS or dredge NEW YORK via VHF-FM channel 13 as applicable.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the COTP, 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   02-01-2018 16:07    
MSIB 08-18 Activation of Synthetic Aids Upper Delaware River

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners to proceed with caution while operating in the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and the NJ and DE coasts. Due to inclement weather and significant ice conditions, some aids to navigation remain off station and not watching properly. Synthetic aids to navigation will be temporarily placed in the most critical of these positions along the river until ice and weather permit repositioning and correction.

Synthetic aids to navigation have been established to assist mariners transiting the channel. A synthetic aid is Automated Identification System (AIS) aid to navigation message broadcast (typically from shore) to an assigned position where a corresponding buoy/beacon should be located. The following aids are broadcasting with an AIS signal:

• Upper Delaware River Lighted Buoy 15 (LLNR 3735), MMSI 993672696
• Upper Delaware River Lighted Buoy 69 (LLNR 4135), MMSI 993672697

Mariners are encouraged to report any off-station aids to navigation or other unsafe conditions immediately to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center may be contacted at (215) 271-4995.

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



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-30-2018 13:31    
RETURN TO SEASONAL ICE ALERT


The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is notifying mariners of the return to Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores and Inner Coastal Waterways.

Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website at:
http://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-5/District-Units/Sector-Delaware-Bay/

Conditions continue to be favorable for the formation of ice. Mariners are advised to maintain awareness of the following guidelines.

• When ice is present:
o Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
o Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
o Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
o Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.

• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.


Mariners can also report conditions to the CG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center on VHF Channel 16 or call (215) 271-4807.

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



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-02-2018 19:45    
MSIB 01-18 Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 4

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage, hereinafter referred to as “the anchorage.”

• MSIB 37-17 updated the restrictions on the anchorage due to temporary safety zones.

• MSIB 40-17 further restricted the use of the anchorage due to a temporary safety zone.

• These safety zones have been established in order to facilitate the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project as well as pipeline removal operations required for the aforementioned project.

This bulletin summarizes the current safety zones which cause restrictions on the anchorage and provides updates on the location of the pipeline and the types of vessels that can use the anchorage (updates in bold).

• The submerged pipeline within the anchorage has been removed.

• A safety zone has been established within 250 yards of the towing vessel JOKER and crane barge KELLY. Currently, these vessels are conducting dive operations and pipeline removal operations within the southern portion of the anchorage. These operations, and the established safety zone, result in restrictions on the use of the southern portion of the anchorage as the safety zone encompasses this portion of the anchorage in its entirety. Please see page two of MSIB 40-17 for a chartlet showing working areas.

• The northern portion of the anchorage may now be used by two vessels greater than 650 feet overall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, that obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay at least 24 hours in advance at (215) 271-4807. Permission will be granted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Mariners are encouraged to check for updates to this bulletin on the Sector Delaware Bay Homeport website at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay prior to calling with a reservation request.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   12-22-2017 16:09    
Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range (Update 3)

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of a safety zone established in the southern portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range on the Delaware River to facilitate dive operations and pipeline removal.

• The safety zone began November 21, 2017 and will continue through February 28, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP. Work will be conducted between the hours of 5:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. daily.

• The crane barge KELLY and towing vessel JOKER will be on scene and assisting with the work.

• There are three sections of pipeline located in the area. All three sections of pipeline will be removed.

• Work on section #1 has been completed pending survey results.

• Work on sections #2 and #3 is currently being conducted.

o Working vessels are operating within the anchorage and are out of the main navigational channel at Marcus Hook Range.
o Vessels transiting the area should utilize the main navigation channel while maintaining awareness of current transit restrictions and requirements in the area.

• Mariners are requested to maintain the minimum safe speed to maintain steerage and maintain strict adherence to the rules of the road.

The safety zone is established in all navigable waters within 250 yards of the crane barge KELLY, towing vessel JOKER, and associated diving and pipeline removal equipment.

Vessels requesting to transit the safety zone shall contact the towing vessel JOKER on VHF-FM channel 13 or 80, at least 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival to arrange safe passage. Vessels may also contact the COTP for permission to enter or transit the safety zone on VHF-FM channel 16.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management Staff at (215) 271-4889/4814 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   11-22-2017 17:24    
MSIB 41-17 MARCUS HOOK RANGE ROCK BLASTING OPERATIONS

The Coast Guard will be enforcing a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania north to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, beginning November 30, 2017 until March 15, 2018. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 500 yards of vessels and machinery conducting rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations. This zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment in these navigable waters while operations are being conducted. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, or his designated representative.

One side of the Delaware River main navigational channel will be closed in locations spanning from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of the rock blasting, rock removal, and dredging operation, for the duration of the project. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone in the main navigational channel may do so if they can make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM Channel 13 at least 30 minutes prior to arrival. If vessels are unable to make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, they may request permission from the COTP or his designated representative on VHF-FM channel 16. All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this project rock blasting will be conducted, via explosive detonations, by the drill boat APACHE at approximately 9 am and 4 pm, daily. No vessels may transit through the safety zone during times of explosives detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, at 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM channel 13 and 16, confirming when the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

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



S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-31-2017 15:17    
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 Nov. 15 to April 15
- Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas from Brunswick, GA to Rhode Island from Nov. 1 to April 30
- Cape Cod Bay from Jan. 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 http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/ 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
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Posted   10-18-2017 15:54    
DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE SECOND REMOTE OPERTAIONS TEST DEVIATION

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation authorizing the DELAIR Memorial Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River, mile 104.6, in Delair, NJ, to be remotely operated from the Conrail South Jersey dispatch center in Mount Laurel, NJ, from 8 a.m. on October 21, 2017, to 7:59 a.m. on April 19, 2018. This deviation will test the remote operation capability of the drawbridge to determine whether the bridge can be safely operated from a remote location. During the temporary deviation, a bridge tender will be stationed on-site at the bridge and will be able to immediately take local control of the bridge, as required.

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

The Coast Guard is encouraging public participation and requesting comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before January 15, 2018. Please access the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov to view docket number USCG-2016-0257 for additional details and to provide comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice please contact the Sector Delaware Bay, Waterways Management Division at 215-271-4889 or the 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807.


K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-30-2017 16:19    
MSIB 20-17 Proposed Changes to the Schuylkill River Rail Road Bridge Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of public notice 5-1376 regarding an application by the City of Philadelphia to the Coast Guard for the approval of locations and plans for modification of the existing railroad drawbridge over the Schuylkill River, mile 5.47, in Philadelphia, PA. This proposal includes removing the existing Schuylkill River Rail Road Drawbridge superstructure and replacing it with a new pedestrian drawbridge, while reusing existing piers and abutments in the new bridge construction. The current vertical clearance of the existing bridge is 22 feet above mean high water. The west draw is 75 feet between bridge fenders and the east draw is 65 feet between fenders. The proposed new pedestrian bridge would have a vertical clearance of 26.17 feet above mean high water. The proposed pedestrian bridge west and east draw would have 75 feet between the bridge fenders.

Mariners are asked to provide navigation information, such as the size and types of vessels presently operated on the waterway, and the nature of navigation (including the extent of nighttime navigation). Mariners are also asked to comment on the navigational clearances and the need for bridge protective systems, clearance gauges, and navigational lighting on the proposed bridge.

Interested parties are asked to express their views on the proposed bridge project in writing, giving sufficient detail to establish a clear understanding of their reason for support of, or opposition to, the proposed project. Comments will be received for the record at the office of Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004 through 11 SEP 2017.

An electronic version of public notice 5-1376 can be found here:
https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/bridges/publicNotices//D05PN137617_GraysFerryPedestrianBridge_PhiladelphiaPA.pdf

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




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-21-2017 19:19    
MAIN CHANNEL DEEPENING PROJECT DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing two safety zones to facilitate the deepening of the main navigational channel in the Delaware River on or about August 30, 2017 through March 15, 2018. During this time, the dredges ESSEX and CHARLESTON will be dredging in Marcus Hook Range and Anchorage, Bellevue Range, Chester Range, and Eddystone Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 250 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and CHARLESTON, including all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ESSEX and CHARLESTON, on VHF channel 13 or 16, 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. At least one side of the main navigational channel will be kept clear for safe passage of vessels in the vicinity of the safety zones. At no time will the main navigational channel be closed to vessel traffic. Vessels should approach meetings in these areas, where one side of the main navigational channel is open, and proceed per this MSIB and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E). This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ESSEX and/or CHARLESTON is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook Anchorage during the enforcement of safety zone two must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit two vessels at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel.

Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Since the project will be conducted twenty -four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 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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