Posted   01-21-2018 17:09    
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 10)

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In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***
• Daylight transit requirement for deep draft vessels north of the Delair Railroad Bridge has been lifted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey include the Back Bay areas within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets and coast remain unrestricted.
• Steel hull requirements for the Schuylkill and Christina Rivers have been lifted
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• 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 are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-21-2018 17:06    
Temporary Suspension of Ice Breaking Operations (Update 1)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that, due to the absence of an enacted appropriation or continuing resolution, Coast Guard ice breaking operations in the Delaware Bay COTP zone are suspended until further notice.

The provisions of Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-18, Seasonal Ice Procedures Status Update (change 10) remain in place. Mariners are encouraged to proceed with caution while operating in the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and the NJ and DE coasts.

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

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   01-16-2018 19:24    
Seasonal Ice Procedure Update (Change 6)

**Horsepower requirements for Delaware and Salem Rivers has been lifted**

All other requirements remain the same.
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Posted   01-14-2018 16:23    
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 7)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***
• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Betsy Ross Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey include the Back Bay areas within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets and coast remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuylkill River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• 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 are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-14-2018 16:23    
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 7)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***
• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Betsy Ross Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey include the Back Bay areas within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets and coast remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuylkill River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• 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 are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-11-2018 23:16    
HAZARD TO NAVIGATION

USCG Sector Delaware Bay has been notified of a 6`x40` floating piece of concrete creating a hazard to navigation in the MIAH MAULL RANGE in the Delaware Bay.

The hazard has been described to be similar in appearance to a floating marina dock.

Location when reported was approximately 39-08-22.87 N, 075-14-07.49 W and was between the green 25 (LLNR 1590) and green 27 (LLNR 1595) buoys. Be advised that buoys may be off station or not watching properly due to ice conditions.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.

Posted   01-11-2018 20:36    
***UPDATES TO SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURE***

Updates are as follows:

-Steel hull requirement for the Delaware Bay has been removed. The requirement for steel hulls in the Delaware River Remains in effect.

-Steel hull is required for transit in the "Back Bay" area of the New Jersey and Delaware shores.
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Posted   01-08-2018 17:49    
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 4)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***

•Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
•Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate in the Salem River.
•Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate upriver of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and the Delaware Bay.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey coasts within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets remain unrestricted.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuylkill River.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
•The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
•Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
•Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
•Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
•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 are advised that, due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are required to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities, and is included as an attachment to this MSIB. Please send reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil and secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil prior to 0900 daily.

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   01-07-2018 16:59    
MSIB 03-18 Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 3)

***CHANGES IN BOLD FONT***

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***

• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate in the Salem River.
• Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 hp may operate upriver of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey coasts within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuykill River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• 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.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are asked to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A voluntary Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities. Please send any reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil.

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   01-06-2018 19:05    
MSIB 03-18 Seasonal Ice Procedures Update (Change 2)

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UPDATED PORTIONS:

***Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed below may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.***

• Deep draft vessels may only transit upriver of the Delair Railroad Bridge during daylight hours.
• Only vessels with a shaft horsepower rating greater than 1,500 may operate upriver of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River upriver of the Commodore Barry Bridge.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Intracoastal Waterway of Delaware and New Jersey coasts within the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. Inlets remain unrestricted.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Schuykill River.
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Posted   01-05-2018 18:19    
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update (Change 1)

Changes are as follows:

• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River.
• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Christina River.


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Posted   01-04-2018 20:45    
Seasonal Ice Procedure Status Update

In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only Steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River north of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• 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.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

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. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Vessels, marine facilities, and marinas are asked to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. A voluntary Facility Information Sheet has been posted in Homeport for use by waterfront facilities. Please send any reports to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil.

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

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   01-03-2018 21:42    
MSIB 02-18 ICE CONDITION 3 UPDATE 1:

UPDATED TO INCLUDE:

• Only vessels with steel hulls may operate north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Delaware River.
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Posted   01-02-2018 19:46    
MSIB 02-18 Seasonal Ice Procedures Ice Condition 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters, but navigation is not impacted by ice. All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

• When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby 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.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP, Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restrictions on the C&D Canal.

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

Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line 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

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

This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   12-29-2017 16:55    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 402-17
A. NJ/PA DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF
DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL,
IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE, IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, FROM 11:00 AM TO 1:00
PM ON DECEMBER 30, 2017. NORFOLK DREDGING AND DOCK WILL BE PLACING A
SUMBERGED PIPELINE ACROSS THE CHANNEL FROM THE INBOUND SIDE OF RED
BUOY 46 (LLNR 1935) TO THE PENNSYLVANIA SIDE. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO
PASS SHOULD CONTACT THE DREDGE CHARLESTON FOR CONFIRMATION OF
OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR
DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND CENTER AT 215-271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//302000Z DEC 17//

Posted   12-26-2017 15:29    
42-17 Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 3

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).

• A pipeline has been placed across the anchorage from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 27.80”N, 075° 24’ 02.53”W. This pipeline is marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels may not pass over the submerged pipeline. Please see MSIB 37-17 for more details regarding this submerged pipeline and other restrictions.

• 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 portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline may be used by vessels greater than 750 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

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


This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only
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Posted   12-22-2017 15:40    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

1. SEC DB BNM 395-17

A. NJ - SALEM RIVER (CHART 12311)

2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT H &L CONTRACTING WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGING OPERATIONS IN THE SALEM RIVER, NJ FROM NOVEMBER 21, 2017 THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2018. DREDGE PIPE WILL BE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CHANNEL AND WILL BE MARKED AND LIT IAW COAST GUARD REGULATIONS. THERE WILL BE TWO POINTS WHERE SUBMERGED PIPELINE WILL BE CROSSING THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL. THESE LOCATIONS OF SUBMERGED PIPELINE WILL BE AT: SALEM RIVER 39D 34’08”N; 75D 30’21”W AND AT THE FORT MOTT FERRY DOCK 39D 36’03”N; 75D 33’18”W. WORK HOURS ARE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. THERE WILL BE ONE DREDGE, A PUSH BOAT, SKIFF, THREE BOOSTER PUMP BARGES, AND DREDGING PIPELINE ON SCENCE. ALL MARINE EQUIPMENT OPERATORS WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 63 AND CHENNEL 16 AND 13. DREDGE AND WORK VESSELS WILL MONITOR VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

3. CANCEL AT TIME//051520 JAN 18//

Posted   12-22-2017 14:36    
2018 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award

The U.S. Coast Guard is proud to announce we are accepting applications for the 2018 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award for Excellence!


Started in 1995, the award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. It also encourages innovations in operations, maintenance, cargo handling, refueling and training while providing a means to share best practices with others in the maritime community.


The award will be presented during the American Petroleum Institute Panel and Luncheon in New Orleans, LA on March 2nd, 2018.

Applications will be accepted from 15 November 2017 to 12 January 2018.

For more information, please visit: https://homeport.uscg.mil/missions/environmental/outreach-programs/awards
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Posted   12-21-2017 15:55    
MSIB 45-17: OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE-RECOVERED (per USACE) Updated


• The object located at approximately 39° 48.261097’ North Latitude, -75° 24.911007’ West Longitude has been recovered. USACE will conduct survey ops on the site on the morning of Dec 21 to ensure complete removal of the obstruction.

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.
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Posted   12-18-2017 18:09    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 390-17
A. PA/NJ – MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12312)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED OF AN OBJECT, APPROXIMATLEY 6FT IN DIAMETER AND 7FT HEIGHT, THAT HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL, IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE, AT APPROXIMATELY 39D 48.261097’N, 075D 24.911’W. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THIS PORTION OF THE MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE AS SOME DEPTHS AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATION, MINIMUM DEPTH AT THIS OBJECTS LOCATION IS 35.5FT AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER. VESSELS DRAFTING OVER 34 FEET SHOULD AVOID THIS AREA AND TRANSIT AROUND THE OBJECT.
3. CANCEL AT TIME// 021801Z JAN 18//

Posted   12-08-2017 20:39    
MSIB 40-17
Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range (Update 2)

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.

• Removal of section #1, as noted on the attached drawing, began on November 28, 2017. Removal of Section #1 will continue to require working vessels to obstruct the main navigational channel of the Delaware River. Subsequently, all vessel traffic will be required to utilize the Marcus Hook Anchorage, Anchorage No. 7, in order to safely transit around the dive operations and pipeline removal. A Marine Safety Information Bulletin and Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be issued in order to inform the public when work transitions from the main navigational channel to the anchorage.

• Sections #2 and #3 will be conducted at a later time during this safety zone. Further information regarding sections #2 and #3 will be published in an additional MSIB, Local Notice to Mariners, and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

• 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   12-08-2017 20:39    
MSIB 40-17
Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range (Update 2)

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.

• Removal of section #1, as noted on the attached drawing, began on November 28, 2017. Removal of Section #1 will continue to require working vessels to obstruct the main navigational channel of the Delaware River. Subsequently, all vessel traffic will be required to utilize the Marcus Hook Anchorage, Anchorage No. 7, in order to safely transit around the dive operations and pipeline removal. A Marine Safety Information Bulletin and Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be issued in order to inform the public when work transitions from the main navigational channel to the anchorage.

• Sections #2 and #3 will be conducted at a later time during this safety zone. Further information regarding sections #2 and #3 will be published in an additional MSIB, Local Notice to Mariners, and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

• 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   12-01-2017 15:05    
MSIB 44-17 SEASONAL ICE ALERT


The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay has set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Canal, Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. 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. The address is:


http://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Portals/7/Ice%20Reporting%20Form%20(General).pdf?ver=2017-11-30-093420-000


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   11-30-2017 14:01    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
369-17 PA/DE – CHRISTINA RIVER (CHART 12311)
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT GREAT LAKES DREDGING WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGING OPERATIONS IN THE CHRISTINA RIVER ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 1, 2017 THROUGH DECEMBER 6, 2017. THERE WILL BE FLOATING PIPELINE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CHANNEL, ALONG THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE CHANNEL, IN THE CHRISTINA RIVER. VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE ILLINOIS AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHRISTINA RIVER. DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
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Posted   11-29-2017 14:06    
MSIB 43-17 OBJECTS IN FLORENCE BEND

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of two objects reported in the main navigational channel of Florence Bend on the Delaware River. **Please see page 2 for chartlet**

• Object 1 is located at approximately 40° 07.653473’ North Latitude, -74° 48.944465’ West Longitude.
o Approximately 8 feet in width and 6 feet in height.
o Located approximately 120 feet from channel centerline towards New Jersey shoreline.
o Reduced depth at mean low low water is 38 feet.

• Object 2 is located at approximately 40° 07.640773’ North Latitude, -74° 48.925501’ West Longitude.
o Approximately 1 foot in width and 5 feet in height.
o Located approximately 170 feet from channel centerline towards New Jersey shoreline.
o Reduced depth at mean low low water is 36.8 feet.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of Florence Bend as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the objects.

Survey and salvage vessels will begin operating in the vicinity of the objects within the next week. As survey and salvage operations progress any waterway restrictions will be broadcast through a broadcast notice to mariners and/or subsequent marine safety information bulletins. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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   11-29-2017 14:02    
MSIB 42-17 UPDATE Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 2

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.

In order to promote clarity the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is issuing this bulletin summarizing the current safety zones which cause a restrictions on the anchorage.

• A pipeline has been placed across the anchorage from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 41.65”N, 075° 24’ 01.44”W. This pipeline is marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels may not pass over the submerged pipeline. Please see MSIB 37-17 for more details regarding this submerged pipeline and other restrictions.

• 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 portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline may be utilized by small vessels of 700’ or less length overalloverall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, who 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.

This MSIB further defines the requirements and information in Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 37-17 and MSIB 40-17.

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


This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   11-28-2017 14:03    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 363-17
A. PA/DE – CHRISTINA RIVER (CHART 12311)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THERE WILL BE A OBSTRUCTION OF THE CHRISTINA RIVER CHANNEL, IN WILMINGTON, DE, TO FACILITATE DREDGING IN CHERRY ISLAND RANGE, IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, BEGINNING MID-MORNING ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 FOR APPROXIMATLEY 2 DAYS, SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND TRAFFIC DELAYS. THERE WILL BE FLOATING PIPELINE LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHRISTINA RIVER HOWEVER THE DREDGE AND PIPELINE WILL BE ABLE TO RELOCAT TO FACILITATE VESSEL TRAFFIC. VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE ILLINOIS AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHRISTINA RIVER TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGMENTS. DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE MONITORING VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//012200Z DEC 17//

Posted   11-22-2017 18:26    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 360-17
A. DE/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER (12314)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF TWO OBJECTS FOUND IN THE MAIN NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF FLORENCE RANGE AND FLORENCE BEND, IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, IN THE VICINITY OF CHANNEL LIGHTED RED BUOY 60 (LLNR 4075). THE FIRST OBJECT IS 120 FEET TOWARDS NEW JERSEY FROM THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL CENTERLINE, DIMENTIONS ARE 6 FEET IN HEIGHT BY 8 FEET WIDE, MINIMUM DEPTH FOR THIS OBJECT IS APPROXIMATLEY 38 FEET. OBJECT TWO IS 170 FEET TOWARDS NEW JERSEY FROM THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL CENTERLINE; DIMENTIONS ARE 5 FEET IN HEIGHT AND 1 FOOT WIDE, MINIMUM DEPTH FOR THIS OBJECT IS APPROXIMATLEY 36.8 FEET. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THESE AREAS AS THE DEPTHS IN THE VICINITY OF THESE OBJECTS COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO VESSELS. A SURVEY AND PLAN OF ACTION WILL BE DEVELOPED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION AND RETRIEVAL OF THESE OBJECTS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CONTENT OF THIS MESSAGE, PLEASE CONTACT THE WATERWAYS MANAGEMENT STAFF AT (215) 271-4814 OR THE COMMAND CENTER AT (215) 271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//062200Z DEC 17//

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   11-22-2017 15:36    
MSIB 42-17 Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update 2

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.

In order to promote clarity the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is issuing this bulletin summarizing the current safety zones which cause a restrictions on the anchorage.

• A pipeline has been placed across the anchorage from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 41.65”N, 075° 24’ 01.44”W. This pipeline is marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels may not pass over the submerged pipeline. Please see MSIB 37-17 for more details regarding this submerged pipeline and other restrictions.

• 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 portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline may be utilized by small vessels of 700’ or less length overalloverall length, for a period of less than 12 hours, who 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.

This MSIB further defines the requirements and information in Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 37-17 and MSIB 40-17.

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


This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   11-22-2017 15:26    
MSIB 39-17 (CORRECTED) Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Closures

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the SR 73, Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, over the Delaware River, between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for maintenance on the following dates:

• Starting 7 AM on December 15, 2017 through 5 PM on December 18, 2017

• Starting 7 AM on January 4, 2018 through 5 PM on January 7, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on January 11, 2018 through 5 PM on January 14, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on January 18, 2018 through 5 PM on January 21, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on January 25, 2018 through 5 PM on January 28, 2018

• Starting 7 AM on February 1, 2018 through 5 PM on February 4, 2018

Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position.

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










This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   11-20-2017 20:28    
****SEE P2 OF ATTACHMENT FOR CHARTLET****

MSIB 40-17 Pipeline Removal Marcus Hook Anchorage and Range

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 will begin November 21, 2017 through December 8, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP.

• 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.

• Sections #2 and #3, as noted on the attached drawing, will be removed first. During this time the main navigational channel will not be obstructed by operations related to this pipeline removal and the safety zone will encompass the lower portion of Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage.

• Section #1, as noted on the attached drawing, will be removed last. Removal of Section #1 will require working vessels to obstruct the main navigational channel of the Delaware River. Subsequently, all vessel traffic will be required to utilize the Marcus Hook Anchorage, Anchorage No. 7, in order to safely transit around the dive operations and pipeline removal. A Marine Safety Information Bulletin and Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be issued in order to inform the public when work transitions from the anchorage to the main navigational channel.

• 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


This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
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Posted   11-20-2017 17:47    
MSIB 39-17 Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Closures

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the SR 73, Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, over the Delaware River, between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ, will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for maintenance from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on the following dates:

• December 15, 2017 through December 18, 2017

• January 4, 2018 through January 7, 2018

• January 11, 2018 through January 14, 2018

• January 18, 2018 through January 21, 2018

• January 25, 2018 through January 28, 2018

• February 1, 2018 through February 4, 2018

Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position.

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   11-14-2017 18:42    
MSIB 38-17 Pipeline Removal in Mifflin Range

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an active safety zone on a portion of the Mifflin Range, just upriver of the green buoy 63, on the Delaware River to facilitate dredging, dive operations and pipeline removal.

• The safety zone will be in place through December 4, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the COTP.

• The hopper dredge 549 will be conducting the dredging operations and will be attended by the towing vessel GRAPE APE.

• Dive operations will follow the completion of dredging operations and will continue through the completion the pipeline removal.

• 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 dredge 549, and associated pipeline removal equipment, to include any equipment located within Anchorage 9 near entrance to Mantua Creek found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (10).

Vessels requesting to transit the safety zone shall contact either the towing vessel GRAPE APE on VHF-FM channel 13 or 65, 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   11-13-2017 19:42    
1. NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE - CAPE MAY TO FENWICK ISLAND DELAWARE BAY(CHART 122214).
A. HARBOR OF REFUGE LIGHT (LLNR 1530) REPORTED EXTINGUISHED.

Posted   11-13-2017 18:51    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 344-17
A. DE/MD – CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL – CONRAIL RR (CHART 12277)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CONRAIL RAILROAD BRIDGE OVER THE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL WILL BE FIXED IN THE CLOSE POSITION DUE TO CRITICAL MAINTENANCE REQUIRED ON NOVEMBER 14, 2017 FROM THE HOURS OF 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM AND 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. THE BRIDGES VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED POSITION IS 45 FEET. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//141900Z NOV 17//

Posted   11-13-2017 18:41    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 345-17
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – ANCHORAGE 11 (CHART 12313)
2. ON NOVEMBER 14 AND 15, 2017, DIVE OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER WITHIN ANCHORAGE 11 AT GLOUCESTER. DIVE OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING SLACK TIDE FROM APPROXIMATELY 11:00 AM THROUGH 2:00 PM IN THE VICINITY OF THE COAST GUARD AIDS TO NAVIGATION VESSEL 26159. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO MAINTAIN STRICT ADHERANCE TO NAVIGATIONAL RULES OF THE ROAD, AND EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA. IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, CONTACT AIDS TO NAVIGATION VESSEL 26159 ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//152000Z NOV 17//

Posted   11-09-2017 12:57    
Delaware Main Channel Deepening Anchorage No. 7 (Marcus Hook Anchorage) Update

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an update to the current restrictions in Anchorage No. 7, Marcus Hook Anchorage.

The week of November 6th – 11th Norfolk dredging will be installing a pipeline to facilitate dredging from approximately 39° 48’ 03.81”N, 075° 24’ 24.80”W extending to 39° 48’ 41.65”N, 075° 24’ 01.44”W. This pipeline will be marked with lighted buoys at 300’ intervals and vessels are directed not to pass over the submerged pipeline. This pipeline is expected to remain in place for at least one month and the following restrictions shall remain in place for the duration of the pipeline placement:

• Small Tug and Barge units will be permitted within the portion of the anchorage upriver from the pipeline on a case by case basis, with advance USCG permission.

• Currently there is a safety zone in place which permits two vessels at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. These two vessels will be allowed to anchor in the southern portion of the anchorage, or that portion of the anchorage downriver from the submerged pipeline.

• 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 seeking to anchor at Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215)271-4807.

This MSIB updates and supersedes requirements for Marcus Hook Anchorage issued in Sector Delaware Bay MSIB 18-17.

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   11-06-2017 15:12    
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 336-17
A. NJ/DE - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12311)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF
DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL AT THE UPPER END OF CHERRY ISLAND RANGE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017, FROM APPROXIMATELY 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM, WHILE GREAT LAKES DOCK AND DREDGE WILL BE INSTALLING SUBMERGED PIPELINE. THE DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE STANDING BY VHF CH 13 AND CH 07 FOR ANY CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT PIPELINE WILL BE FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY LINES DURING THE EVOLUTION. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO PASS SHOULD CONTACT ILLINOIS FOR CONFIRMATION OF OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND CENTER AT 215-271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//082200Z NOV 17//

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   10-31-2017 14:20    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 328-17
A. NJ - SEACOAST - ABSECON INLET (12316)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT WEEKS MARINE WILL BE CONDUCTING
SUMBERGED PIPELINE REMOVAL OPERATIONS IN ABSECON INLET ON NOVEMBER 1,
2017 FROM NOON TO 2:00 PM. DURING THIS TIME VESSEL ARE ASKED CONTACT THE WORKING VESSEL TO MAKE SAFE PASSING ARRANGMENTS INTO AND OUT OF ABSECON
INLET. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND TRANSIT THE
AREA AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO CREATE MINIMUM WAKE AFTER
PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE. WORK VESSELS WILL MONITOR VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 AND 16.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//011900Z NOV 17//

Posted   10-30-2017 15:20    
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 327-17
A. NJ/DE - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12277)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF
DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL
AT THE ENTERANCE TO THE C&D CANAL ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017.
FROM APPROXIMATELY 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM GREAT LAKES DOCK AND DREDGE
WILL BE REMOVING SUBMERGED PIPELINE FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE C&D
CANAL ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. THE DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE STANDING BY
VHF CH 13 AND CH 07 FOR ANY CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED
THAT PIPELINE WILL BE FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY
LINES DURING THE EVOLUTION. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO PASS SHOULD CONTACT
ILLINOIS FOR CONFIRMATION OF OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY
QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND
CENTER AT 215-271-4807.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//311800Z OCT 17//

Posted   10-26-2017 14:30    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DB BNM 324-17
A. NJ/DE - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12277)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF DREDGING OPERATIONS THAT WILL OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL AT THE ENTERANCE TO THE C&D CANAL ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017. FROM APPROXIMATELY 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM GREAT LAKES DOCK AND DREDGE WILL BE PLACING SUBMERGED PIPELINE ACROSS THE ENTRANCE TO THE C&D CANAL ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. THE DREDGE ILLINOIS WILL BE STANDING BY VHF CH 13 AND CH 07 FOR ANY CONCERNED TRAFFIC. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT PIPELINE WILL BE FLOATING OUTSIDE BOTH THE GREEN AND RED BUOY LINES DURING THE EVOLUTION. TRAFFIC INTENDING TO PASS SHOULD CONTACT ILLINOIS FOR CONFIRMATION OF OBSTRUCTION IN THOSE AREAS. ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO SECTOR DELAWARE BAYS 24 HOUR COMMAND CENTER AT 215-271-4807.

Posted   10-20-2017 17:27    
Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal. Three evolutions are planned which will necessitate strict enforcement of the safety zone surrounding dredging equipment.

The first of these evolutions is anticipated to take place on or about October 25, 2017 at the entrance to the C&D Canal.

The second is anticipated on or about October 29, 2017, also at the C&D Canal entrance.

Finally, the anticipated date to remove pipeline which crosses the New Castle Range of the Delaware River is October 31, 2017.

Each operation will obstruct the main navigation channel in these areas, will take place over approximately four hours, and will be conducted during slack tide. Each evolution will be announced by U.S. Coast Guard Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF- FM channel 16 once dates and times are finalized.

Vessels wishing to enter the C & D Canal or transit New Castle Range during these operations must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 07 or Ch 13 to make passing arrangements. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to Sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807.




K. A. Clarke
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-20-2017 17:26    
ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY ICE CONFERENCE

The 2017 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, PA, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 9am to 11am. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2017-2018 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, the Fifth Coast Guard District, National Weather Service, and the National Ice Center.

If you plan to attend the 2017 Ice Conference, please contact MST2 Amanda Boone, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889 or e-mail Amanda.N.Boone@uscg.mil prior to November 10, 2017. Please submit any questions concerning ice operations that you wish to have addressed at the conference with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Adequate parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union building located adjacent to the Sector building on Columbus Blvd.





K. A. Clark
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate 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   10-16-2017 14:24    
PHILADELPHIA TO TRENTON MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the dredge CHARLESTON will begin maintenance dredging operation for the upper Delaware River on or about October 21, 2017 through December 15, 2017, in between Keystone Range and the Fairless Hills turning basin. The dredge will begin north of the turning basin and then continue dredging south.

The dredge CHARLESTON will have pipeline outside the main navigational channel running to the Money Island Disposal Site, located on the PA side of the Delaware River.

Vessels are requested to contact the dredge CHARLESTON 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage to make safe passing arrangements. The dredge operator can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13.

All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating 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. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

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.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-12-2017 19:15    
MSIB 31-17 Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from approximately 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 07 or Ch 13 to make passing arrangements. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to Sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   10-04-2017 17:51    
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

CONTINUATION OF DREDGING IN NEW CASTLE RANGE, CHERRY ISLAND RANGE, AND CHRISTINIA RIVER INCLUDING PEA PATCH ISLAND ANCHORAGE SAFETY ZONE FOR NEW CASTLE DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the maintenance dredging operations for the Delaware River will resume in New Castle Range, and then continue to Cherry Island Range and the Christina River. The tentative schedule is as follows:

New Castle Range – October 4, 2017 to November 4, 2017
Cherry Island – October 7, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Christiana River – November 26, 2017 to January 10, 2018

* Dates are subject to change.

The dredge ILLINOIS will continue to have pipeline in Anchorage 5, southeast of Pea Patch Island, through approximately November 4, 2017. The following safety zones will be in place during this time.

Safety zone 1 includes all navigable waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS on VHF-FM channel 07 or 13 one hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone 2 includes all navigable waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and operate at a minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-28-2017 14:07    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 302-17
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE FROM 7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM BEGINNING OCTOBER 2, 2017 THROUGH OCTOBER 6, 2017. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM WHICH REDUCES THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   09-25-2017 20:12    
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from approximately 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range, immediately south of Pea Patch Island.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   09-25-2017 20:12    
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from approximately 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range, immediately south of Pea Patch Island.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   09-22-2017 14:03    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 296-17
A. PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER – BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE FROM 7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 25 2017 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 29 2017. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED USING A MOBILE PLATFORM WHICH REDUCES THE BRIDGE CLEARANCE IN THE MAIN NAVAGATION CHANNEL BY 15 FEET AT TIMES. PLATFORM OPERATORS WILL MONITOR CHANNEL 13 AND CAN BE CONTACTED 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   09-21-2017 20:42    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 293-17
A. PA – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF A MISSING PROPELLER BLADE, APPROXIMATELY 3FT IN WIDTH IN THE KAIGHN’S ANCHORAGE (ANCHORAGE 12). THE PROPELLER IS APPROXIMATELY LOCATED AT LATITUDE 039d 54.646’ N, LONGITUDE 075d 07.69’ W. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN ANCHORING AND TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//052200Z OCT 17//
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Posted   09-21-2017 20:42    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SECDB BNM 293-17
A. PA – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12313)
2. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY IS NOTIFYING MARINERS OF A MISSING PROPELLER BLADE, APPROXIMATELY 3FT IN WIDTH IN THE KAIGHN’S ANCHORAGE (ANCHORAGE 12). THE PROPELLER IS APPROXIMATELY LOCATED AT LATITUDE 039d 54.646’ N, LONGITUDE 075d 07.69’ W. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN ANCHORING AND TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//052200Z OCT 17//
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Posted   09-19-2017 19:29    
MSIB 27-17 RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the port has returned to NORMAL PORT CONDITION in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. There are no navigational restrictions.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2017 19:00    
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential for tropical storm Jose to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 72 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.
The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will potentially experience heavy rains, tropical storm force winds, increased seas, surf, and tidal surge. Members of the port community should take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan. In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:
 Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this
 requirement.
 Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
 Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained winds exceed 40 mph.
 Vessels and facilities shall conduct a pre-storm self assessment and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcasted on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, all notifications will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing the port condition. Please refer to Homeport for additional information.
Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.
S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-12-2017 19:08    
MSIB 25-17 Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from approximately 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be installing submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the New Castle Range, immediately south of Pea Patch Island.

Vessels wishing to transit New Castle Range between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution.

Due to the nature of the dredging operations, future obstructions are likely as Great Lakes Dock and Dredge continue dredging in New Castle Range. Mariners are advised to look for future notices regarding this project. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour command center at 215-271-4807.




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   09-05-2017 20:10    
USCG MSIB 24-17
USCG Homeport Internet Portal Migration to Version 2.0

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the U.S. Coast Guard`s Homeport Internet Portal will be migrating to version 2.0 from September 6, 2017 to September 12, 2017. During this time the website will be available, however, no new information will be posted or saved to the Portal. This will affect the following operations:

1: Any local MSIBs issued during this time will be posted to the Mariners` Advisory Committed for the Bay and River Delaware website. MSIBs will be located under the "Sector Delaware Bay Notices" section. The web address is: www.macdelriv.org.

2: Marine Event Permit Applications submitted through Homeport during this time will not be sent to the appropriate office for review and the information will not be saved for post migration submission. It is strongly recommended that tehse applications be submitted either before or after the updates take place. As an alternative, event organizers can download the Marine Event Permit Application from Homeport and email it to Sector Delaware Bay`s Waterways Management Branch at SecDelBayWWM@uscg.mil or fax it to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at 215-271-4833.

If you have any questions about the impact of this evolution, please feel free to contact Sector Delaware Bay`s Waterways Management Branch at 215-271-4814/4889 or by email at SecDelBayWWM@uscg.mil.



S. E. ANDERSON

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard

Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   09-05-2017 18:18    
MSIB 23-17 PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

COMPLETION OF DREDGING IN DEEPWATER POINT RANGE AND PEA PATCH ISLAND ANCHORAGE SAFETY ZONE FOR NEW CASTLE DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the maintenance dredging operations in Deepwater Point Range have been completed.

The dredge ILLINOIS will begin pipe laying operations in Anchorage 5, southeast of Pea Patch Island on September 6, 2017. Dredging operations will begin in New Castle Range upon completion of pipe laying operations. The following safety zones will be in place during this time.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS one hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ILLNOIS per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and operate at a minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



S. E. Anderson
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-31-2017 19:55    
22-17 Philadelphia to Sea Maintenance Pipeline Crossing

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of dredging operations that will obstruct the main navigation channel of the Delaware River on Friday, September 1, 2017 from approximately 8:00am to 12:00pm. Great Lakes Dock and Dredge will be relocating submerged dredging pipeline across the main channel, Delaware River, in the Deepwater Point Range between the R “24” and G “25” buoys.

Vessels wishing to transit Deepwater Point Range between 8:00am and 12:00pm must contact the Dredge Illinois on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 05 to make passing arrangement. Mariners are advised that pipeline will be floating across the channel and extending outside both the green and red buoy lines during the evolution.

Due to the nature of the dredging operations, future obstructions are likely as Great Lakes Dock and Dredge continue downriver into New Castle Range. Mariners are advised to look for future notices regarding this project. Any questions can be directed to sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour 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   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   08-30-2017 16:12    
MSIB 21-17 SHARK RIVER DREDGING PROJECT

On September 5, 2017, dredging will begin on a portion of the Shark River in Neptune City, NJ. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has determined that the hazards associated with dredge piping and dredge operations in the main navigational channel create the need for a safety zone to ensure safety of vessels transiting this portion and for workers engaged in dredging operations on the Shark River.

The safety zone will close the main navigational channel on the Shark River from latitude 40°10`54.20"N, longitude 74° 1`51.05"W, bounded by the eastern side of the channel and the western side of the channel, north, to latitude 40°11`6.87"N, longitude 74° 1`53.54", during times of dredging.

Dredging for the main navigational channel is scheduled from September 5, 2017, through September 23, 2017, only from 9 a.m. on Mondays through 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within this portion of Shark River during these times is prohibited.

The channel will be open with on-going active dredging operations from September 5, 2017, through September 23, 2017, from 9 p.m. on Thursdays to 9 a.m. on Mondays. During the periods when the channel is open mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed, with no wake, no meeting or passing of other vessels, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Mariners must communicate clearly, and in advance, with the dredge via VHF 6 and 13.

Mariners should also be advised that State Aids to Navigation (ATON) will be removed for the duration of the project. All mariners, including those utilizing human powered craft, should be especially alert to project pipeline routes and crossings.

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   08-23-2017 17:41    
LOST ANCHOR IN ANCHORAGE 11 AT GLOUCESTER

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an anchor that has been lost in Anchorage 11 at Gloucester, in the Delaware River, in approximate location, latitude 39 ° 53.764N, longitude 075° 07.903W. The anchor dimensions are approximately 3 feet by 3 feet and the anchor has 400 feet of 3” line attached. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of Anchorage 11. Minimum depth at this anchor at location is 41 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey vessels will be in the vicinity of the object over the next week and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements prior to arrival at this location.

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   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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Posted   08-16-2017 13:42    
DIVE AND PIPE-REMOVAL OPERATIONS BILLINGSPORT RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone from August 8, 2017 until October 31, 2017 in the waters of Billingsport Range, on the Delaware River, within 150 yards of diving and pipe-removal operations.

To facilitate the widening and deepening of the Delaware River main navigational channel, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) has requested Paulsboro Natural Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (PBF) and Buckeye Partners, L.P. (BPL) remove their existing pipelines across the river that could cause hazards to mariners in the expanded shipping channel. This specifically pertains to PBF’s 8” natural gas pipeline and BPL’s 10” and 12” pipelines that run from the area adjacent to Philadelphia International Airport to the Paulsboro Refinery. Diving and removal operations for the 425 foot sections of pipe will be conducted in close proximity to the main navigational channel and at times may impede one side of the channel. At least one side of the main navigational channel will be kept clear for safe passage of vessels in the vicinity of the safety zone.

The safety zones will be established for the duration of the pipe-removal operation. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the working vessels on scene per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 CFR subchapter E). Vessels that desire to enter or transit through the safety zone shall contact working vessels on VHF-FM marine band channel 13 or 16, at least one hour prior to arrival.

The Captain of the Port will terminate the safety zone once all pipelines have been recovered and removal operations are completed, which may be sooner than October 31, 2017. Notice of the implementation and the termination of the safety zone will be made in accordance with 33 CFR 165.7.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-08-2017 19:39    
THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS THAT A BURIED SECTION OF PIPE APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF THE CAPE MAY INLET IS REDUCING THE WATER DEPTH FROM APPROXIMATELY 40 FEET TO BETWEEN 34 AND 24 FEET ALONG THE SHOAL. THE BURIED SECTION OF PIPE IS APPROXIMATELY 225 FEET LONG AND UNDER APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET OF SAND. THE BURIED PIPE AND SUBSEQUENT REDUCED DEPTH IS 38.919 N 74.857 W. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THIS AREA AS SOME DEPTHS AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATION, ESPECIALLY DURING EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. VESSELS DRAFTING OVER 23 FEET SHOULD PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE TIDE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHOAL.

Posted   08-01-2017 16:26    
From COTP Sector Delaware Bay:

The Dredge CHARLESTON along with support equipment, tender boats Pusher 11, Duke and Captain Ed will commence dredging operations at Wilmington Harbor, Christiana River, DE or about August 1, 2017. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Wilmington Harbor North Disposal area, just north of the port. The project is expected to continue until approximately September 5, 2017.

The Dredge Operator will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For any emergencies the dredge operator can be reached at 757-373-5253.

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. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment.

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.
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Posted   07-21-2017 17:15    
Marcus Hook Anchorage: The Dredge Illinois has completed dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range. All pipeline has been removed from the Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7. The anchorage is fully open for vessel traffic. There are no restrictions on the anchorage at this time.

Posted   06-15-2017 19:44    
MSIB 16-17 PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project which will be conducting dredging in the Delaware River from June 17, 2017 through September 1, 2017. During this time, the dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging in Marcus Hook Range, followed by Deepwater Point Range, and finish dredging in New Castle Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in New Castle Range. Notice of implementation and termination of this safety zone will be made via separate Marine Safety Information Bulletin, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and Local Notice to Mariners.

Safety zone three includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone three will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range. Pipe laying operations will begin June 17, 2017 and dredging will commence on June 20, 2017. Vessel requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the dredge ILLINOIS on VHF FM Channel 13 or 16, at 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. Vessel shall use the Marcus Hook Anchorage to transit around the dredge project, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake. The dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging at the southern end of Marcus Hook Range and work their way to the northern end of the range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ILLINOIS per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage during the enforcement of safety zone three must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel 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.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-05-2017 12:15    
NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-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 and their individual Heavy Weather Plans. For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay Contingency Preparedness staff at 215-271-4908 or log onto the USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the Homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-12-2017 14:35    
OBJECT IN CHESTER RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of shoaling that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Chester Range, at 39° 49` 33.8016"N, 75° 22` 39.8166"W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Chester Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 39.1 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Dredging operations will be conducted within the next two weeks to reduce the shoaling to the Federal Channel Project depth of 40 feet. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-09-2017 19:05    
PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project which will be conducting dredging in the Delaware River from May 12, 2017 through September 1, 2017. During this time, the dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging in Marcus Hook Range, followed by Deepwater Point Range, and finish dredging in New Castle Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in New Castle Range. Notice of implementation and termination of this safety zone will be made via separate Marine Safety Information Bulletin, Broadcast Notice to Mariners and Local Notice to Mariners.

Safety zone three includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone three will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range. Pipe laying operations will begin May 12, 2017 and dredging will commence on May 15, 2017. Vessel requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the dredge ILLINOIS on VHF FM Channel 13 or 16, at 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. Vessel shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing Marcus Hook Anchorage, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake. The dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging at the southern end of Marcus Hook Range and work their way to the northern end of the range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ILLINOIS per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel 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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-08-2017 19:16    
OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Marcus Hook Range, at 39˚47.196871’N, 075˚ 27.309784’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 39.5 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey vessels will be in the vicinity of the object on May 8, 2017 and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-27-2017 17:48    
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 103-17
A. PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12314)
2. SR 413, BURLINGTON-BRISTOL BRIDGE IS UNDER A TEMPORARY DEVIATION FROM THE CURRENT OPERATING REGULATION SET OUT IN 33 CFR 117.716, TO TENSION ALL OF THE MOVEABLE LIFT SPANS SIXTY-FOUR (64)COUNTERWEIGHT ROPES. UNDER THIS TEMPORARY DEVIATION, THE BRIDGE WILL REMAIN IN THE CLOSED-TO-NAVIGATION POSITION FROM 9 P.M. TO 5 A.M., SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, FROM APRIL 30, 2017, THROUGH JULY 14, 2017. DURING CLOSURE PERIODS, THE BRIDGE WILL OPEN ON SIGNAL IF AT LEAST ONE HOUR NOTICE IS GIVEN. AT ALL OTHER TIMES THE BRIDGE WILL OPERATE PER 33 CFR 117.716. THE BRIDGE IS VERTICAL LIFT, AND HAS A VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED-TO-NAVIGATION POSITION OF 61 FEET ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER. VESSELS ABLE TO PASS THROUGH THE BRIDGE IN THE CLOSED POSITION MAY DO SO AT ANYTIME. MARINERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA

Posted   04-19-2017 17:32    
MSIB 09-17 DELAIR DRAW BRIDGE TEST DEVIATION

The Capitan of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation authorizing the DELAIR Memorial Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River, mile 104.6, in Delair, NJ, to be remotely operated from the Conrail South Jersey dispatch center in Mount Laurel, NJ, from 8 a.m. on April 24, 2017, to 7:59 a.m. on October 21, 2017.

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 August 18, 2017. 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.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-28-2017 15:37    
SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2016-17 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially ended.

Although the unusually mild winter resulted in no significant ice formation, the COTP Delaware Bay appreciates
the continued vigilance and cooperation of the port community.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-13-2017 18:53    
OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Marcus Hook Range, at 39˚48.974’N, 075˚ 23.751’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 35.3 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 33 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey vessels will be in the vicinity of the object on March 9, 2017 and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-08-2017 20:31    
LITTLE EGG INLET, NEW JERSEY
DISCONTINUED AIDS TO NAVIGATION (REVISED)

On or about March 15, 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will discontinue the below listed Aids to Navigation due to shoaling in Little Egg Inlet, NJ.

Recent on-scene reports from local Coast Guard units indicate significant shoaling exists in the Little Egg Inlet between Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLNR 1100/35) and Little Egg Inlet buoy 10 (LLNR 1131) to an average channel depth of 3 feet at MLW. As a result, the current aids to navigation in this shoaled portion of the waterway do not accurately mark safe water. The following aids to navigation will be discontinued to prevent leading mariners astray:

• Little Egg Inlet (Chart Affected: 12316)

o Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLNR 1100/35)
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 )
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 )
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125)
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 1131)

Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) is inaccessible to Coast Guard assets and cannot be removed at this time. Be advised Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) does not mark safe water.

Boaters choosing to transit through Little Egg Inlet do so at their own risk. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5

To report any aids to navigation discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation please contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-17-2017 19:16    
MSIB 05-17 SHOALING IN CHERRY ISLAND RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Cherry Island Range. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

•Beginning on the western side of the channel 1100 feet south of Green Buoy “7C” (LLN 3035) extending approximately 1000 feet past Green Buoy “5C” (LLN 3025), from the western edge of the channel approximately 100 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Cherry Island Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

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.

Posted   02-17-2017 19:11    
SHOALING IN NEW CASTLE RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in New Castle Range in the Delaware River. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

• On the western side of the channel between the north side of the entrance to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the southern end of Pea Patch Island, extending from the western edge of the channel approximately 300 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of New Castle Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

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.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   02-17-2017 19:10    
MSIB 03-17 SHOALING IN DEEPWATER RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Deepwater Point Range in the Delaware River. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

• Beginning on the north western side of the range, approximately 1400 feet south of Lighted Bell Buoy “1C” (LLN 2965), extending south on the western side 2400 feet past Lighted Buoy “5D” (LLN 2950), from the western edge of the channel 200 feet towards centerline.

• Beginning approximately 2800 feet north of Lighted Buoy “4D” (LLN 2945), extending south along the eastern side of the channel to the end of the range, from the eastern edge of the channel approximately 200 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Deepwater Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

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.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   02-14-2017 21:45    
MSIB 02-17 OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object, approximately 6 feet in diameter and 7 feet high, that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Marcus Hook Range, at 39˚48.204’N, 075˚ 25.272’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 36.3 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey and salvage vessels will be in the vicinity of the object at 12pm on February 15, 2017 and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

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.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-10-2017 18:05    
The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Marcus Hook Range. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel beginning on the Pennsylvania side at Lighted Buoy “9M” (LLN 3210), traveling southwest into the channel at centerline and on the New Jersey side for 1500 yards. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-31-2017 17:41    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. DBAY BNM 030-17
A. DE - DELAWARE BAY (CHART 12214)
2. AN ANCHOR HAS BEEN LOST IN THE UPPER PORTION OF BIG STONE
ANCHORAGE. ALL VESSELS ARE TO AVOID ANCHORING NEAR APPROXIMATE
POSITION 38-58.443N, 075-12.129W UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-01-2016 14:00    
SEASONAL ICE ALERT
(ICE NAVIGATION SEASON ALERT)

Beginning December 1st, 2015, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation within the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to please report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawareBay/icereporting.asp
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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-29-2016 17:39    
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 December 01, 2016 until March 15, 2017. 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

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-27-2016 16:40    
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 65ft (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 extends out to 20 nautical miles around major mid-Atlantic ports and in waters off New England and the southeastern U.S., where whales gather seasonally. According to NOAA researchers, 83 percent of right whale sightings in the mid-Atlantic region occur within 20 nautical miles of shore.

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 operating in the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone, 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 from November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

For more information about the speed restriction please visit the NOAA website http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-27-2016 14:52    
ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY ICE CONFERENCE

The 2016 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, PA, on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 9am to 11am. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2016-2017 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, the Fifth Coast Guard District, and the National Weather Service.

If you plan to attend the 2016 Ice Conference, please contact MST1 Thomas Simkins, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889 or e-mail Tom.J.Simkins@uscg.mil prior to November 11, 2016. Please submit any questions concerning ice operations that you wish to have addressed at the conference with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Adequate parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union building located adjacent to the Sector building on Columbus Blvd.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-12-2016 17:26    
COAST GUARD MARITIME TRAINING EXERCISES

Location: Lower Delaware Bay & Offshore

Dates: 17 - 21 October 2016 (Day and Night Time Training)

Description: In coordination with various federal, state and local agencies, the Coast Guard will be conducting on-water training exercises from 17-21 October 2016. Training exercises will involve specialized teams and tactics using both small vessels and aircraft. Exercises will NOT involve live fire ammunition. Law enforcement activity and platforms not normally seen operating in this area may be observed. Agency personnel will be operating in the vicinity of Roosevelt Inlet and areas of the lower Delaware Bay and offshore during the week. Vessels from NJ and DE State Police will be participating on Tuesday 18 October in Delaware Bay.

The Coast Guard will make safety broadcasts on marine VHF channel 16 while on-water exercises are in progress and have safety boat(s) on scene. Recreation and commercial vessel traffic will not be impacted.

Contact: Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center (24/7): 215-271-4960
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Posted   09-29-2016 19:00    
SHARK RIVER DREDGING PROJECT

On October 1, 2016, dredging will continue on a portion of the Shark River in Neptune City, NJ. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has determined that the hazards associated with dredge piping and dredge operations in the main navigational channel create the need for a safety zone to ensure safety of vessels transiting this portion and for workers engaged in dredging operations of the Shark River.

The safety zone will close the main navigational channel on the Shark River from latitude 40˚ 10’ 53.2579”N, longitude 074˚ 01’ 52.6231”W, bounded by the eastern side of the channel and the western side of the channel, north, to latitude 40˚ 11’ 21.0139”N, longitude 074˚ 01 ‘53.1749W”; during times of dredging.

Dredging for the main navigational channel is scheduled to continue from October 1, 2016, through October 31, 2016, only from 9 a.m. on Mondays through 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within this portion of Shark River during these times is prohibited.

The channel will be open from October 1, 2016, through October 31, 2016, from 9 p.m. on Thursdays to 9 a.m. on Mondays. Vessels may transit freely during these times, and vessels are requested to contact the dredge via VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 to make satisfactory passing arrangement and maintain a safe speed when transiting the main navigational channel.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-05-2016 15:23    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 26-16]
September 5, 2016

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, has determined that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine has diminished and poses no further threat to the port. The Port Condition has been downgraded from X-RAY (Modified) to a Seasonal Alert; this is an update to MSIB # 25-16. All normal cargo operations may resume throughout the Port at the discretion of terminal operators and within their own safety limitations due to the possibility of continued wind gusts over the next 48 hours.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-03-2016 19:26    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 25-16]
September 3, 2016

NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION X-RAY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Hurricane Port Condition X-RAY (Modified) due to the potential for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area in the next 48 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found in homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.

The COTP, Delaware Bay has determined that the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will likely experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas, surf, and tidal surge. Members of the port community are to take adequate precautions and follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 406, and comply with the requirements of Section 1200, “Storm Preparation Checklists for Vessels and Facilities.” All self propelled ocean going vessels over 200 gross tons and ocean going barges and their supporting tugs that desire to remain in port through the storm must submit a “Remaining in Port Checklist” by 10:00 a.m. on September 4, 2016. All checklists should be sent to the following email: secdelbaycc@uscg.mil. An up to date Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can be found on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay. Vessel agents shall ensure their ships are provided a copy of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan. Please note:

COTP approval is not necessary for a vessel to remain in port.
Based on current projections, the COTP does not anticipate setting Port Condition Yankee or Zulu. However, the COTP will continue to evaluate the need for additional measures as the storm progresses.
Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained wind speeds reach 40 mph.

In the event that the COTP imposes limitations or restrictions, they will be broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, notification will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing port operational status. Please refer to Homeport for additional information and checklists.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-02-2016 12:42    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 24-16]
September 2, 2016

NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the anticipated arrival of heavy rain and high winds that will impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 72 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.

The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience heavy rain and high winds. Members of the port community should take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan. In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:

•Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this requirement.
•Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
•Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained winds reach 40 mph.
•Vessels and facilities shall conduct a pre-storm self assessment and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, all notifications will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing the port condition. Please refer to Homeport for additional information.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.


S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-25-2016 15:45    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #21-16]

July 25, 2016

Potential Impacts to Marine Transportation System
Democratic National Convention (Update)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River, Schuylkill River, and Darby Creek in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25, 2016 to July 29, 2016 will likely experience delays in the following areas:

•Delaware River: Shoreline to shoreline beginning at the West end of Little Tinicum Island extending in a Northeasterly direction and ending at the mouth of the Schuylkill River.

•Schuylkill River: 500 yards south of the I-95 Bridge and ending 500 yards north of the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

•Darby Creek: Originating from 500 yards south of the Conrail Railroad Bridge and ending 100 yards north of the I-95 Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

These security zones will be enforced with actual notice by United States Coast Guard representatives and local law enforcement, as well as broadcast notice to mariners. The COTP strongly urges all agents, pilots, and operators to make arrangements for vessels to transit prior to or after these times. Vessels wishing to transit through the security zone during the enforcement period must request permission to do so by calling the Maritime Operations Center (MOC). The MOC can be reached at (215) 271-4885 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., after 3:00 p.m. please call (215) 271-4949. Requests should be made well in advance of approaching the security zone or getting underway.

Facility and vessel operators are requested to maintain proper vigilance, and report any suspicious activity to the Sector Intel Branch at (215) 271-4999.

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.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-21-2016 17:38    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 19-16]
July 21, 2016

TINICUM ISLAND RANGE, EDDYSTONE RANGE, CHESTER RANGE, AND MARCUS HOOK RANGE DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is advising mariners that Great Lakes Dredging will be conducting dredging operations within the navigational channel of the Delaware River, from the eastern point of Tinicum Island Range, south, to the southernmost point of Marcus Hook Range, beginning August 1, 2016 through March 15, 2017. The operation is part of the Army Corps of Engineers Delaware Main Channel Deepening Project in which the main navigational channel will be dredged to a controlled depth of 45 feet.

During the dredging operations, in the vicinity of the dredge, only one side of the navigational channel will be open for vessel traffic. Vessels approaching are requested to contact the dredge via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 to make safe passing arrangements, or request movement of the dredge at least 30 minutes prior arrival. At no time will the navigational channel be closed for vessel traffic.

The dredge NEW YORK will begin dredging operations from August 1, 2016 through March 15, 2017. Associated support equipment with the NEW YORK will include two scows, a scow towing vessel, and a tender tug.

The cutter suction dredge TEXAS will begin conducting dredging operations August 10, 2016 through October 1, 2016. Support equipment working the TEXAS will include the tug BRANGAS, tug PELICAN STATE, and additional support barges.

The drill boat APACHE will mobilize on site November 13, 2016 and commence rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations on December 1, 2016. A safety zone will be established for blasting operations. Further information regarding blasting operations and the safety zone will be publicized in future notices.

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



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-21-2016 17:22    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 18-16]

July 21, 2016

CHRISTINA RIVER – WILMINGTON HARBOR ANNUAL DREDGING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the dredge ESSEX along with support equipment, including tender boats ROBBIE R, HILTON HEAD, AMERICAN EAGLE and PUSHER 11, commenced dredging operations at Wilmington Harbor on the Christina River, in Delaware on July 16, 2016. The operator is scheduled to continue dredging operations until September 30, 2016. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes, submerged pipelines, barges, derricks, and operation wires around 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 either sides of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from all dredging related equipment. Locations of floating and submerged pipelines will be broadcasted for the safety of vessel traffic during the project.

Owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots, and other structures that may be in the vicinity of operations must remove all equipment that could potentially interfere with dredging operations. Dredging operations are being carried out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; the operator is standing by on VHF channel 13 and 16 for passing arrangements. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passing. For any emergencies, Norfolk Dredging, dredge ESSEX superintendent can be reached at (757) 285-2133. For further information, contact Norfolk Dredging Company, Post Office Box 1706 Chesapeake, VA 23327 or call (757) 547-9391.

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




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   07-19-2016 17:32    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #17-16]

July 15, 2016

Potential Impacts to Marine Transportation System
Democratic National Convention

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River, Schuylkill River, and Darby Creek in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25, 2016 to July 29, 2016 will likely experience delays in the following areas:

•Delaware River: Shoreline to shoreline beginning at the West end of Little Tinicum Island extending in a Northeasterly direction and ending at the mouth of the Schuylkill River.

•Schuylkill River: 500 yards south of the I-95 Bridge and ending 500 yards north of the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

•Darby Creek: Originating from 500 yards south of the Conrail Railroad Bridge and ending 100 yards north of the I-95 Bridge, shoreline to shoreline.

These security zones will be enforced with actual notice by United States Coast Guard representatives and local law enforcement, as well as broadcast notice to mariners. The COTP strongly urges all agents, pilots, and operators to make arrangements for vessels to transit prior to or after these times. Vessels wishing to transit through the security zone during the enforcement period must request permission to do so by calling the Situational Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. Requests should be made well in advance of approaching the security zone or getting underway.

Facility and vessel operators are requested to maintain proper vigilance, and report any suspicious activity to the Sector Intel Branch at (215) 271-4999.

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.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-01-2016 12:29    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 16-16]

May 31, 2016

DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until repair work is completed. During this closure, the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after this deviation from the regulations concludes.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-01-2016 11:56    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 15-16]
JUNE 1, 2016

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-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 and their individual Heavy Weather Plans. For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay Contingency Preparedness staff at 215-271-4908 or log onto the USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the Homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-10-2016 21:10    
[MSIB # 14-16]

May 10, 2016

DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE - OPEN TO MARINE TRAFFIC

Mariners are advised that the first phase of repairs to the Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River have been completed. The bridge is now operating in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716.

The second phase of the repairs to The Delair Railroad Bridge will take place from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. During the repairs the bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-08-2016 14:00    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 13-16]

May 08, 2016

DELAIR RAILROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE (REVISION 2)

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. on April 30, 2016 to 12 p.m. on May 11, 2016; and from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The previously advertised completion time of May 08, 2016 at 5 P.M. (MSIB 12-16) is no longer accurate. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after these deviations from the regulations conclude.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-06-2016 16:17    
REVISED DELAIR RR BRIDGE CLOSURE DUE TO EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. on April 30, 2016 to 5 p.m. on May 8, 2016; and from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The previously advertised May 14, 2016 to May 21, 2016 maintenance period (MSIB 11-16) is no longer in effect. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after these deviations from the regulations conclude.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.
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Posted   05-06-2016 16:08    
REVISED DELAIR RR BRIDGE CLOSURE DUE TO EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE

The Delair Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. on April 30, 2016 to 5 p.m. on May 8, 2016; and from 5 a.m. June 4, 2016 to 5 a.m. June 11, 2016. The previously advertised May 14, 2016 to May 21, 2016 maintenance period (MSIB 11-16) is no longer in effect. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The lift span will not be able to open since one counterweight will be detached until the end of the repair work. During the closure period the bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 49 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

The Delair Railroad Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.716 after these deviations from the regulations conclude.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.
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Posted   04-26-2016 15:52    
*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****
*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****

COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # EX-1-16]
April 26, 2016

EXERCISE: NOTICE OF HURRICANE PORT CONDITION YANKEE (Modified)

The Captain of the Port has set Hurricane Port Condition YANKEE (Modified) due to the potential for Hurricane BARBARA to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area in the near future.

Vessel agents should be aware that vessels’ schedules may be interrupted and the possibility of port entry denial.

The COTP, Delaware Bay has determined that the possibility exists that the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas, surf, and tidal surge.

Members of the port community are to take adequate precautions and follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 407, and comply with the requirements of Section 1200, “Storm Preparation Checklists for Vessels and Facilities” and adhere to the following:

All transfer of cargo operations shall cease WHEN wind speeds reach 40 mph.

Disconnect all transfer hoses and loading arms WHEN wind speeds exceed 50 mph.

Smaller commercial vessels not restricted by draft, including fishing vessels, are urged to seek shelter outside the deep draft shipping channels and turning areas.

Agents for vessels with perishable cargos and crude oil must contact the Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit(MTSRU) with cargo offloading work schedule. Contact the MTSRU at 267-515-7294 for vessel movement.

Restrictions will soon be placed on all anchorages north of Anchorage 1 at Bombay Hook Point. Vessels currently in those anchorages or intending to use those anchorages must be immediately ready to move or make alternative arrangements as deemed necessary.

All local tug companies should have a list of tugs available for assistance prior to and after hurricane passage.

In the event that the COTP imposes limitations or restrictions, they will be broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, notification will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested.

The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before further modifying Port Condition YANKEE or changing port operational status. Please refer to Homeport for additional information and checklists.

The Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can also be found on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay. If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****
*****THIS IS AN EXERCISE*****
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Posted   04-12-2016 19:03    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 10-16]

April 12, 2015

MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting necessary dredging operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage, in the Delaware River, beginning April 18, 2016 at 0600 until April 23, 2016 at 0600. During this time, the dredge MCFARLAND will be operating within the northern half of Marcus Hook Anchorage where potentially hazardous shoaling of 34 feet has been reported at MLLW. Vessels intending to anchor in Marcus Hook Anchorage should only anchor in the southern half of the anchorage and are requested to stay clear of the dredge MCFARLAND and all related dredging equipment. The dredge MCFARLAND can be contacted via VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek anchorage (anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-04-2016 00:58    
RETURN TO NORMAL PORT CONDITION

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to NORMAL PORT CONDITION in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW. There are no navigational restrictions.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-02-2016 21:24    
NOTICE OF PORT CONDITION WHISKEY (MODIFIED)

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the anticipated arrival of high winds that will impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 24 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/delawarebay.

The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience high winds. Members of the port community should take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan. In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:

• Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this requirement.
• Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
• Lightering and bunkering must cease when sustained winds reach 40 mph.

In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, all notifications will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing the port condition. Please refer to Homeport for additional information.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-31-2016 13:59    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
ONE WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147-4395
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB)
[MSIB # 06-16]
February 24, 2016
ADVANCE NOTICE / REQUEST FOR LIGHTERING
(Updated with fillable form)

(This MSIB supersedes MSIB 06-12)
Definitions-
Big Stone Anchorage: is “Anchorage A” described in Title 33 CFR 110.157(a).
Bunkering: “Bunkering”, for this MSIB, is regarded as a bulk oil transfer of fuel oil or lube oil, as defined by Title 33 CFR Part 154.105, to a vessel from a waterfront facility, mobile facility (tank truck), or another vessel. Bunkering operations do not require advance notice. Bunkering is not allowed in severe weather when winds are at 40 mph (sustained) [35 knots] or greater.
Lightering Operations: are defined by Title 33 CFR Part 156.205 as “the transfer of a cargo of oil or a hazardous material in bulk from one vessel to another, including all phases of the operation from the beginning of the mooring operation to the departure of the service vessel from the vessel to be lightered, except when that cargo is intended only for use as fuel or lubricant aboard the receiving vessel.”
Lightering Vessel: is the vessel which discharges oil or hazardous material in bulk to a Receiving Vessel.
“OSRO”: is an Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) and is further defined by Title 33 CFR Part 154.1020.
“QI”, or Qualified Individual: is a person who meets the requirements of Title 33 CFR Part 154.1026.
Receiving Vessel is the vessel which receives cargo of oil or hazardous material in bulk from another vessel in a lightering operation.
Reverse Lightering Operations: A transfer of oil or hazardous material in bulk (as cargo) from a barge or small tank ship to what is predominantly a larger Receiving Vessel.”
Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone: is defined by Title 33 CFR Part 3.25-05.
Servicing Vessel: is synonymous with the term “Receiving Vessel” and described in Title 33 CFR Part 156.205.
Upriver means: for the purposes of this MSIB, any waters north of the Southern Span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


Big Stone Anchorage (Anchorage A) Lightering Operations and Offshore Lightering Operations:
As authorized by 33 CFR 156.118(b), the Captain of the Port Delaware Bay requires at least 4 hours advance notice for all vessel to vessel oil or hazardous material bulk cargo transfers within Big Stone Anchorage. Prior to conducting Big Stone Anchorage Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must submit the Advance Notice /Request for Lightering (Enclosure 1), to the Coast Guard, via email (SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil).
After providing the Advance Notice / Request for Lightering for Big Stone Anchorage Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative may proceed, per their notification, and the Sector Command Center will issue a control number to document their submission. Submitters may request their notification control number from the Sector Command Center, as needed, at (215) 271-4807. Calling the Sector Command Center for a control number is not required, but control numbers are voluntarily available upon request. Notifications do not need to be updated if the anticipated time changes by less than 12 hours. Offshore Lightering Operations are any lightering seaward of Anchorage A, in the Captain of the Port Zone. Notification is still required, four hours in advance, using the attached form, with latitude/longitude provided as a location.

Upriver Lightering Operations: Prior to conducting Upriver Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must submit the Advance Notice /Request for Lightering (Enclosure 1), to the Coast Guard, via e-mail (SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil). Upriver Lightering Operations require both 4 hours advance notification and approval by the COTP. After providing the Advance Notice / Request for Lightering for Upriver Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must first receive an approval from the Sector Command Center before lightering operations may begin. Under normal circumstances, submitters should expect approval within 2 hours and will receive their request back marked APPROVED. Requests do not need to be updated if the anticipated time changes by less than 12 hours.

Severe Weather
Sector personnel may contact AMPD providers to ascertain response capabilities and risk assessments; this may increase time required for approval. If severe weather is forecasted, the COTP may set Port Condition Whiskey via MSIB which will detail port requirements likely to include suspension of bunkering or lightering operations. In any event, when winds are above 40 mph (sustained) [35 knots], no bunkering nor lightering operations are permitted. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Sector Command Center at (215) 271-4807, or SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil.



Benjamin A. Cooper
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-30-2016 14:56    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
PA/NJ – DELAWARE RIVER (CHART 12314)

MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE BURLINGTON BRISTOL BRIDGE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN FOR VESSELS FOR 72 HOURS FROM 6 A.M. FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016 THROUGH MONDAY APRIL 11, 2016 AT 6:00 A.M. AT ALL OTHER TIMES, THE DRAWBRIDGE WILL OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OPERATING REGULATIONS SET OUT IN TITLE 33 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PARTS 117.5 AND 117.716(B). THE BRIDGE WILL HAVE 61 FEET OF VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED POSITION. A SAFETY BOAT MAY BE IN THE VICINITY AND CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF- FM CHANNEL 13 OR 16.

Posted   03-21-2016 12:41    
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeacoastWAMS

Background: The Coast Guard is responsible for developing and implementing policy for establishing, operating, and maintaining the Federal Aids to Navigation System consisting of over 48,000 Federal buoys, beacons, ranges, sound signals and electronic ATON.

The Office of Navigation Systems will determine how the Coast Guard can provide the most effective and efficient ATON system that current resources will allow. Future waterway design must incorporate electronic and modern
physical ATON within the MTS. In addition, this analysis will adjust policy where appropriate and redefine ATON and MSI levels of service.

. The Coast Guard is conducting a study to update its policy governing waterway design criteria, redefine national levels of service that will promote the safety of future maritime transportation on U.S. navigable waters and enhance mariner situational awareness by capturing navigation requirements and leveraging new technology.

. We will consider all feedback from our national, regional, and local maritime partners related to the Atlantic and Gulf Seacoast System and address those concerns as we redefine national levels of service and waterway design criteria.

. In addition to public feedback, the Coast Guard will examine many factors when determining the optimal waterway design criteria. These factors include waterway, vessel and boat characteristics; available technology; waterway users; predominate cargo; and environmental considerations. The Coast Guard`s top priority will always be safety of life at sea, and any new policy will support that objective.

. The Coast Guard is committed to enabling the safe and efficient movement of vessels on the Maritime Transportation System, a system which enables the continuous flow of overseas trade into U.S. ports, sustains 13 million jobs and contributes more than $649 billion annually to the U.S. GDP.

. Some Federal Aids to Navigation were established on mariner requirements that predate modern navigation technologies and methods.

. This study is part of the Coast Guard`s Future of Navigation initiative, a nationwide effort to bring our waterways, MSI, and ATON architecture into the 21st Century.

. This assessment is a long-term project, and we will keep the maritime community informed of any new information or opportunities to provide input as we redefine national levels of service and waterway design criteria to
promote the safety of future maritime transportation and commerce on U.S. navigable waters.

Waterway users are encouraged to provide feedback via a short survey that can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeacoastWAMS

Posted   03-08-2016 16:02    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 07-16]
March 8, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2015-16 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially ended.

The COTP Delaware Bay would like to thank all maritime partners who provided ice reports to Sector Delaware Bay throughout the Ice Season. The ice reports we received from waterfront facilities, vessels, and bridges made it possible for the Coast Guard to make sound decisions regarding ice breaking operations and navigational restrictions. Together, we were able to mitigate impacts to commerce and maintain the safe operation of the port.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.


S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-17-2016 20:08    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 05-16]
February 17, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

•Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
•There are no navigational restrictions.
•Drifting, melting ice may be present in navigable waters, so mariners are urged to proceed with caution.
•The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has imposed a steel hull restriction on the C&D Canal.

Please refer to our website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-11-2016 15:20    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 04-16]
February 11, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters, but navigation is not impacted by ice. All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

•When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
•Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
•Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby 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.
•Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
•The COTP, Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-02-2016 18:36    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 03-16]
February 2, 2016

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

•Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
•There are no navigational restrictions.
•Drifting, melting ice may be present in navigable waters, so mariners are urged to proceed with caution.

Please refer to our website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-10-2016 05:53    
FM COMCOGARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY PA
TO CCGDFIVE PORTSMOUTH VA//DP/DPW/DR/DRMC/DPB//
AIG 8916
BT
UNCLAS
1. BROADCAST UNTIL CANCELED
A. SEC DEL BAY BNM 006-16
B. PA - NJ - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) - DELAWARE RIVER MAIN
CHANNEL - MARCUS HOOK
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT SALVAGE OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE ON
JANUARY 10, 2016. GREAT LAKES DREDGING WILL BE CONDUCTING SALVAGE IN THE VICINITY OF
POSITION 39-48.25N, 075-25.03W. SALVAGE OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 9AM TO 1PM.
THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL WILL REMAIN OPEN. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN
TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. THE TUG INDIAN DAWN AND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL BE MONITORING CHANNEL 13 AND 16.
4. CANCEL AT TIME //101900Z JAN 16//
BT
#0001
NNNN

Posted   01-06-2016 20:02    
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DEL BAY BNM 005-16
A. PA - NJ - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL
MARCUS HOOK
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT DIVING OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE ON JANUARY 7, 2016. DIVERS WILL BE CONDUCTING A SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF POSITION 39-48.25N, 075-25.03W. DIVING OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 8AM TO 11AM. THE NAVIGATIONAL CHANNEL WILL REMAIN OPEN. SAFETY BOAT WILL BE ON SCENE SUPPORTING THE DIVERS AND OBSERVING MARINE TRAFFIC. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-23-2015 20:56    
*UPDATED INFORMATION*
SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. PA NJ WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL MARCUS HOOK
2. HAZARD TO NAVIGATION- A USACE SURVEY CONDUCTED ON 23DEC2015 HAS IDENTIFIED A CYLINDER SHAPED OBJECT WITHIN THE CHANNEL BOUNDARIES IN POSITION 39-48.25N, 075-25.03W. THE OBJECT IS LOCATED BETWEEN THE CHARTED POSITIONS OF MARCUS HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 6M (3160) AND MARCUS HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 9M (3210) IN A DEPTH OF APPROXIMATELY 32.4 FEET AT MLLW. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-21-2015 20:09    
SUBJ/SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. BROADCAST UNTIL CANCELED
A. SEC DEL BAY BNM 660-15
B. PA - NJ - WILMINGTON TO PHILADELPHIA (12312) - DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL - MARCUS HOOK
2. HAZARD TO NAVIGATION - A USACE SURVEY CONDUCTED ON 21DEC2015 HAS IDENTIFIED A CYLINDER SHAPED OBJECT WITHIN THE CHANNEL BOUNDARIES IN POSITION 39-48-15.1N, 075-25-02.3W. THE OBJECT IS LOCATED BETWEEN THE CHARTED POSITIONS OF MARCUS HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 6M (3160) AND MARCUS
HOOK RANGE LIGHTED BUOY 9M (3210) IN A DEPTH OF APPROXIMATELY 37.5 FEET AT MLLW. MARINERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   12-04-2015 20:02    
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 December 04, 2015 until March 15, 2016. 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
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Posted   12-04-2015 18:47    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 41-15]
December 4, 2015

SAFETY ZONE IN REEDY POINT SOUTH ANCHORAGE
FOR NEW CASTLE RANGE DREDGING

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around the upper portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage No. 3 to allow for the continuation of dredging operations in New Castle Range. The temporary safety zone is effective from December 4, 2015 until December 31, 2015 unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port. The safety zone will encompass all waters of Reedy Point South Anchorage No. 3 upriver of a line drawn between positions 39°33’7.5”N, 75°33’2.0”W and 39°33’8.8”N and 75°32’31.8”W, as charted on NOAA chart 12311. While the Dredge ESSEX is operating within the area, vessels heading north through the Delaware River with intent to transit the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal will be re-directed through this portion of the anchorage. Anchoring within the upper portion of the anchorage will not be permitted while the temporary safety zone is in effect.

Vessels heading south through the Delaware River with intent to pass the Dredge ESSEX should contact the Dredge ESSEX at least 1 hour prior to passage. The Dredge ESSEX will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16, and can be contacted at 757-353-0455. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment and are urged to operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-02-2015 16:55    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 40-15]

December 01, 2015

SEASONAL ICE ALERT
(ICE NAVIGATION SEASON ALERT)


Beginning December 1st, 2015, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation within the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shores. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to please report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawareBay/icereporting.asp
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.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-20-2015 15:27    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 38-15]
November 20, 2015

COMPLETION OF DREDGING IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE AND PEA PATCH ISLAND ANCHORAGE SAFETY ZONE FOR NEW CASTLE DREDGING

Dredging operations have been completed in Marcus Hook Range and all submerged pipeline has been removed. Marcus Hook Anchorage is re-opened completely for anchorage purposes. Norfolk Dredging will proceed downriver to New Castle Range to place submerged pipeline in preparation for dredging scheduled from November 20, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Submerged pipeline and dredging equipment will be placed within the boundaries of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5. As a result, the U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the waters of Anchorage No. 5 for the duration of the dredging project. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ESSEX per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E). The dredge ESSEX will be operating in New Castle Range, working from north to south, starting on the west side of the channel in the vicinity of the southern end of Pea Patch Island. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

Traffic should contact the dredge ESSEX at least 1 hour prior to passage. The Dredge ESSEX will monitor channel 13 and 16 and can be contacted at 757-353-0455. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at a minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or VHF-FM channel 16.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-26-2015 15:07    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #35-15]

October 22, 2015


ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
ICE CONFERENCE


The 2015 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, PA, on Monday, November 16, 2015, from 1pm to 3pm. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2015-2016 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Sector Delaware Bay, the Fifth Coast Guard District, and the National Weather Service.

If you plan to attend the Ice Conference, please contact MST1 Thomas Simkins, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889 or e-mail Tom.J.Simkins@uscg.mil prior to November 13, 2015. If you have a specific question concerning ice operations that you wish to be addressed at the conference, please submit your topic of concern along with your notification of attendance.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is located at One Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Parking is available behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union Building located adjacent to the Sector building.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-26-2015 14:02    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #34-15]

October 21, 2015

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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-13-2015 15:25    
**Please see the below Broadcast Notice to Mariners. The towing vessel DUKE capsized and sank on the PA side of Marcus Hook Range, just outside of the channel in approx 30` of water. The current Safety Zone remains in effect requiring traffic to make passing arrangements with the Dredge ESSEX and vessels should be following the alternative traffic pattern that it put in place from September through December, annually, to accommodate the dredge work.

SUBJ/ SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
1. SEC DEL BAY BNM 563-15
A. NJ - PA - MARCUS HOOK - DELAWARE RIVER - (CHART 12313)
2. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A TOWING VESSEL HAS SUNK OUTSIDE OF THE
CHANNEL ON THE PENNSYLVANIA SIDE OF MARCUS HOOK RANGE. THE TOWING VESSEL IS
LOCATED AT POSITION
39-48`34.3286"N 075-24`39.8954"W IN APPROXIMATELY 30 FEET OF WATER.
MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
3. CANCEL AT TIME//271200Z OCT 15//

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Posted   09-22-2015 17:56    
Good afternoon. Please see the attached word document that briefly describes the five security zones that will be enforced throughout the weekend. The security zones have been published in the federal register at the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/21/2015-23631/security-zone-delaware-river-philadelphia-pa

In order to transit any security zone you MUST first request permission from the zone specific Patrol Commander. For example, to transit the Ben Franklin Bridge security zone, you will hail, "BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE PATROL COMMANDER..." Vessels transiting under the Ben Franklin Bridge will be boarded by CG or other Law Enforcement Assets. CG personnel will remain onboard Deep Draft vessels until they have cleared the Ben Franklin Bridge - This will be both North & Southbound transits. In order to complete the required vessel boarding, vessels transiting Northbound will request permission to transit the Ben Franklin Bridge security zone at least 1hr in advance to enterting the zone. Deep Draft vessels departing from facilities North of the Ben Franklin Bridge (Southbound on the DE River) will notify the CG prior to departure from berth and will allow the CG sufficient time to board the vessel prior to departure - this is necessary due to the limited `bail-out` areas north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. It should be noted that ALL vessels entering into, exiting, and re-entering a zone MUST be boarded or screened every time. Vessels anchored at Mantua Creek Anchorage during the times that the Airport Security Zone is enforced must submit a crewlist to include name and DOB for each crewmember on the vessel - there will be no vessel movement at the time the Airport Zone is being enforeced; if you are at anchored, you will remain anchored unless otherwise instructed by the CG Patrol Commander.


Limited Opening Schedules for Bridges:

The Tacony-Palmyra (route 73) bridge over Delaware River, mile 107.2, between Tacony, pa and Palmyra, NJ and Burlington-Bristol (route 413) bridge over Delaware River, mile 117.8, between Burlington, NJ and Bristol, pa will be reduced due to the 2015 papal visit to Philadelphia. The drawbridges will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 26 and September 27, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 12 noon and 6 p.m. the vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 53 feet at the Tacony-Palmyra (route 73) bridge and 62 feet at the Burlington-Bristol (route 413) bridge.

Openings of the C.R.(Amtrak) railroad bridge over Beach Thorofare, New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, mile 68.9, at Atlantic City, NJ and C.R. (Amtrak) railroad bridge over Delaware River, mile 104.6, at Delair, NJ will be reduced due to the 2015 PAPL visit to Philadelphia. The drawbridges will not be required to open on signal or within ten minutes of a signal from 5 a.m. on September 26, 2015 to 3 a.m. on September 28, 2015. Mariners requesting an opening shall provide at least one hour notice. The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 5 feet at the at the C.R. (Amtrak) railroad bridge over beach Thorofare, NJICW, and 49 feet at the C.R.(Amtrak) railroad bridge over Delaware river.

The S.R. 44 bridge over Mantua Creek, Mile 2.7, At Paulsboro, NJ and Route 130 Bridge over Raccoon Creek, Mile 1.8, at Bridgeport, NJ will be allowed o remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., from September 26 to September 28, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


Contact info:

Send Crew & Passenger lists to the following email:
SecDelBayMTSRU@uscg.mil

Patrol Commanders may be reached on VHF Ch. 16 and will likely shift you to another frequency.

For Enforcement Questions during periods that Security Zones are Active (When/Why/Where/How to transit the zone):
(215) 271 - 4638

For anticipated Arrivals/Departures/etc: (267) 515 - 7294
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Posted   09-18-2015 18:06    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #33-15]

September 18, 2015

Potential Impacts to Marine Transportation System – Papal visit

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays. (See previous MSIBs regarding Security Zones).

As a preventative measure, we ask maritime stakeholders in the region, ranging from large vessels to uninspected passenger vessels, to provide advanced notification and to engage with our Papal Visit Maritime Operations Center’s (MOC) and the Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit (MTSRU), well in advance of anticipated vessel transits between September 25th and 28th. The MTSRU can be reached at secdelbaymtsru@uscg.mil or 267-515-7294.

It is likely that the influx of Papal visit attendees to the area will increase local traffic on both the roads and waterways in the area and may increase security concerns. Facility and vessel operators are requested to maintain proper vigilance, and report any suspicious activity to the Sector Intel Branch at (215) 271-4999.

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






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 13:26    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 32-15]
September 14, 2015

DRAWBRIDGE - REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

Mariners are advised that openings of the C. R. (AMTRAK) Railroad Bridge over Delaware River, mile 104.6, at Delair, NJ, will be reduced due to the 2015 Papal Visit. The drawbridges will not be required to open on signal or within ten minutes of a signal from 5 a.m. on September 26, 2015 to 3 a.m. on September 28, 2015. Mariners requesting an opening shall provide at least one hour notice and may be required to adjust their voyage plan to transit through the bridge at a specific time. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations in 33 CFR Parts 117.733(d) and 117.716, respectively.

The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 5 feet at the at the C. R. (AMTRAK) Railroad Bridge over Beach Thorofare, New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway and 49 feet at the C. R. (AMTRAK) Railroad Bridge over Delaware River . Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach these drawbridges with caution.

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






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 13:25    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 31-15]
September 14, 2015

DRAWBRIDGE - REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

Mariners are advised that openings of the S.R. 44 Bridge over Mantua Creek, mile 2.7, at Paulsboro, NJ and Route 130 Bridge over Raccoon Creek, mile 1.8, at Bridgeport, NJ, will be reduced due to the 2015 Papal Visit. The drawbridges will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., from September 26 to September 28, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations in 33 CFR 117.729 and 117.741, respectively.

The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 25 feet at the S.R. 44 Bridge over Mantua Creek and 4 feet at the Route 130 Bridge over Raccoon Creek. Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach these drawbridges with caution.

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






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 13:24    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 30-15]
September 14, 2015

DRAWBRIDGE – REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

Mariners are advised that openings of the Tacony-Palmyra (Route 73) Bridge over Delaware River, mile 107.2, between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ and Burlington-Bristol (Route 413) Bridge over Delaware River, mile 117.8, between Burlington, NJ and Bristol, PA, will be reduced due to the 2015 Papal Visit. The drawbridges will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 26 and September 27, 2015, except for scheduled daily openings at 12 noon and 6 p.m. Vessels signaling an intention to transit through both bridges during a scheduled opening will receive openings at both bridges. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with the operating regulations in 33 CFR 117.716.

The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 53 feet at the Tacony-Palmyra (Route 73) Bridge and 62 feet at the Burlington-Bristol (Route 413) Bridge. Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach these drawbridges with caution.

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






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-15-2015 12:45    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 29-15]

September 14, 2015

MARCUS HOOK RANGE AND ANCHORAGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing the safety zone found in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 165.555 for dredging operations in Marcus Hook range in the Delaware River beginning September 15, 2015 until December 31, 2015. During this time, the dredge ESSEX will be operating within Marcus Hook range. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook range shall contact the dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing Marcus Hook anchorage, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period, the regulations in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 110.157 (b)(11)(i) will be in effect. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel 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) and Deepwater Point anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, for passing information.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-03-2015 12:40    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 28-15]

August 1, 2015

Christina River – Wilmington Harbor Annual Dredging

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the dredge ESSEX along with support equipment, including tender boats DUKE, NORFOLK, and PUSHER 10, will commence dredging operations at Wilmington Harbor on the Christina River, in Delaware beginning August 3, 2015 until September 20, 2015. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes, submerged pipelines, barges, derricks, and operation wires around 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 either sides of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing, and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from the all dredging related equipment. Locations of floating and submerged pipelines will be broadcasted for the safety of vessel traffic during the project.

Prior to work commencing, owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots, and other structures that may be in the vicinity of operations must remove all equipment that could potentially interfere with dredging operations. Dredging operations will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; the operator will be standing by on VHF channel 13 and 16 for passing arrangements. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passing. For any emergencies, Norfolk Dredging Dredge ESSEX superintendent can be reached at (757) 285-2133. For further information contact Norfolk Dredging Company, Post Office Box 1706 Chesapeake, VA 23327 or call (757) 547-9391.

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




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-19-2015 15:37    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #26-15]

June 17, 2015

Delaware River Safety Zones – Tall Ships Events

To mitigate the risks associated with the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 Parade of Sail, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay, will enforce a safety zone in the vicinity of the parade of sail from 12:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 25, 2015. The safety zone will encompass the waters of the Delaware River, adjacent to Philadelphia, PA, bounded in the West by the Pennsylvania shoreline, bounded in the East by the Eastern edge of the navigation channel, bounded in the South by the Walt Whitman Bridge, and bounded on the North by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. In addition, the safety zone includes all waters of the Delaware River South of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to an East-West line from the Northern end of Wiggins Marina in Camden, NJ, (39º56’32” N and 075º07’56” W) to the Pennsylvania shoreline.

To mitigate the risks associated with the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 Fireworks, the COTP Delaware Bay, will establish a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River adjacent to Philadelphia, PA, and Camden, NJ, from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on June 27, 2015. The safety zone will restrict vessel traffic in the Delaware River, adjacent to Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA, bounded from shoreline to shoreline, bounded on the south by a line running east to west from points along the shoreline at latitude 39°56′31.2″ N., longitude 075°08′28.1″ W.; thence to latitude 39°56′29.1″ N., longitude 075°07′56.5″ W., and bounded on the North by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

The COTP’s representative will be on scene during these events and can be contacted on VHF channel 16. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP Delaware Bay, or his on-scene representative. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-12-2015 14:54    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 25-15]
JUNE 12, 2015

FORTESCUE CREEK SHOALING

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there has been a report of shoaling in Fortescue Creek in the vicinity of Fortescue, New Jersey. Mariners are urged
to use caution when transiting the area, especially at low tide.

Tide tables can be found at http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/NOAATidesFacade.jsp?Stationid=8536931

United States Coast Guard assets remain available for search and rescue operations via Station (small) Fortescue or Station Cape May.

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.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-29-2015 13:32    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 24-15]
JUNE 1, 2015

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-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 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 USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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.

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-27-2015 20:22    
UNCLAS //N16502//
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 261-15
PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER
1. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT A DEAD SHIP TOW OF THE NORD EXPLORER WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER, FROM TIOGA MARINE TERMINAL TO PHILADELPHIA SHIP REPAIR IN PHILADELPHIA, PA ON APRIL 28, 2015 FROM 8 AM TO 11 AM. MCALLISTER TOWING WILL BE TOWING THE NORD EXPLORER AND CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 10 OR 13. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORD EXPLORER.
2. CANCEL AT TIME//281500Z APR 15//
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Posted   04-06-2015 12:21    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 22-15]
APRIL 01, 2015

CHANNEL ASSESSMENT OPERATIONS

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of rock level testing in preparation for the Delaware River main channel deepening project. The Great Lakes Dredge Company Drillboat APACHE will be probing the channel to determine rock levels between Eddystone Range and the Southern end of Marcus Hook Range. The APACHE will be operating in the channel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting April 9 until May 1, 2015. This project is for information gathering only and does not involve the removal of material. The APACHE will be operating under the navigation rules and will be able to move upon request; however, vessels should use caution when passing the Drillboat. If visibility should drop below 2NM, the APACHE will discontinue work in the channel and continue when visibility returns. The APACHE can be contacted on VHF channel 5 and will be monitoring VHF channel 13 and 16.

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






K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-31-2015 20:25    
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Work - Extension

DE/NJ - DELAWARE RIVER
1. REPAIR WORK WILL CONTINUE ON TACONY-PALMYRA BRDIGE FENDER SYSTEM ON APRIL 1, 2015 FROM 5AM TO 4PM. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE NEW JERSEY SIDE FENDER AND A WORK BOAT WILL BE ON SCENE, OUTSIDE OF THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL. THE CHANNEL IS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC AND ALL VESSELS ARE REMINDED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA. FOR QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, TRANSITING VESSELS SHOULD CONTACT THE WORK BOAT ON CHANNEL 16 OR THE COAST GUARD ON CHANNEL 16 OR AT 215-271-4807.
2. CANCEL AT TIME //012200 APR 15//

Posted   03-26-2015 19:34    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 21-15]
March 26, 2015

SAFETY ZONE FOR DELAWARE RIVER

To mitigate the risks associated with repairs to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is extending a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on the Delaware River near Palmyra, NJ. The safety zone will encompass waters of Delaware River, 200 yards upriver and downriver of the repair operation in approximate position 40- 00’42”N, 075- 02’34”W The safety zone will be effective from 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2015 to 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2015, unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port once all operations are completed. If this safety zone should be cancelled earlier the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay will notify mariners via broadcast on VHF channel 16.

Vessels may transit within the navigational channel, through the safety zone, after a two hour notification has been given to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge operator at (856) 829-3002 or on VHF channel 13 to ensure the channel is cleared. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF channel 16 or at 215-271-4807.

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






B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-23-2015 12:56    
Marcus Hook Anchorage Safety Zone

The COTP Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Delaware River in the vicinity of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. The safety zone will temporarily restrict vessel traffic from transiting or anchoring in a portion of Marcus Hook anchorage in order to protect the safety of life and property on the waters while underwater impulsive sound testing is conducted from March 20, 2015 to May 12, 2015 by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

The following area is a safety zone: all waters of the Delaware River upper Marcus Hook anchorage inside a boundary described as originating from 39-48.633N, 075-23.283W then Northwest to 39-48.916N, 075-23.583W then Northeast to 39-49.2N, 075-23.016W then Southeast to 39-49.116N, 075-22.950W.

Posted   03-16-2015 19:14    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 19-15]
March 16, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
END OF ICE SEASON

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Season 2014-15 for the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has officially concluded.

The 2014/15 winter season brought similar ice conditions to last year, with major ice formations in the Salem River and C&D Canal. Ice reports we received from waterfront facilities, vessels, and bridges made it possible for the Coast Guard to make sound decisions regarding ice breaking operations and navigational restrictions. Together, we were able to mitigate impacts to commerce and maintain the safe operation of the port. I would like to thank all of our port partners who contributed to making the port safer throughout the season.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-13-2015 17:25    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 18-15]
March 13, 2015

REMOVAL OF SAFETY ZONE FOR THE SALEM RIVER

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the temporary safety zone restricting traffic on the Salem River has been canceled.

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



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-12-2015 13:18    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB 15-15]
March 10, 2015

SAFETY ZONE FOR DELAWARE RIVER

To mitigate the risks associated with repairs to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on the Delaware River near Palmyra, NJ. The safety zone will encompass waters of Delaware River, 200 yards upriver and downriver of the repair operation in approximate position 40- 00’42”N, 075- 02’34”W The safety zone will be effective from 6 a.m. on March 24, 2015 to 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2015, unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port once all operations are completed. If this safety zone should be cancelled earlier the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay will notify mariners via broadcast on VHF channel 16.

Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative. The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF channel 16 or at 215-271-4807.

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






K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-11-2015 13:56    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 17-15]
March 11, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

•Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
•There are no navigational restrictions.
•Mariners should be aware that some navigational aids may be off-station or damaged as a result of shifting ice formations.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-09-2015 16:29    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 16-15]
March 9, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO ICE CONDITION 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port zone has returned to Ice Condition 3. This includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that ice is melting and has been determined to no longer have the potential to impact commercial navigation. Mariners should remain alert for floating ice debris and be aware that some navigational aids may be off-station or damaged as a result of shifting ice formations. All masters, ship agents, owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:


• Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• The Salem River remains closed due to a potential threat to navigation.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-04-2015 16:25    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 14-15]
March 4, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION II: Removal of Steel Hull Restrictions on the Delaware Bay, the New Jersey coast South of Shark River, and the Delaware Coast.

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to remove steel hull restrictions on the Delaware Bay, the New Jersey coast south of Shark River, and the Delaware coast. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

•Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries.
•Steel-hulled only vessels with a 1,500 minimum shaft horsepower and with integral or recessed keel hull coolers or upper and lower cooling intakes may transit the C & D Canal.
•The Salem River remains closed due to a potential threat to navigation.
•Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
•Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
•Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
•Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
•Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
•Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
•The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-02-2015 19:45    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 13-15]
March 2, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION II: Removal of Horsepower Restrictions North of the Betsy Ross Bridge

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to remove horsepower restrictions North of the Betsy Ross Bridge. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries, Delaware Bay, New Jersey coast south of Shark River and Delaware coast.
• Steel-hulled only vessels with a 1,500 minimum shaft horsepower and with integral or recessed keel hull coolers or upper and lower cooling intakes may transit the C & D Canal.
• The Salem River remains closed due to a potential threat to navigation.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-02-2015 17:49    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 11-15]

February 27, 2015

MARCUS HOOK RANGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Coast Guard has amended the safety zone found in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 165.555 for dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River. This amendment extends the safety zone through March 20, 2015. During this time, the Dredge ESSEX will be operating within the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Range, near Claymont, DE. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the Dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall transit around the dredge project, through Marcus Hook Anchorage, operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period, the regulations in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 110.157 (b)(11)(i) will be in effect. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port (COTP) at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed by the COTP to an anchorage for inspection. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port. For passing information contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16.





B. A. Cooper
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-27-2015 17:34    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 12-15]
February 27, 2015

POTENTIAL THREAT TO NAVIGATION
UPPER DELAWARE LIGHTED BUOYS 33 & 36

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Upper Delaware River lighted buoy 33 (LLNR 3875) and Upper Delaware River lighted buoy 36 (LLNR 3920) are in the center line of the channel. Buoy 33 is 550 yards north of the charted position and currently located in the center of Edgewater Channel. Buoy 36 is 150 yards north of charted position and currently located in the center of Edgewater Channel. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area as these off station buoys could present a threat to navigation.

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





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Acting Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-20-2015 20:46    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 09-15]
February 20, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION II: Update to Steel Hull and Horsepower Restrictions

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTION and HORSEPOWER RESTRICTION for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, New Jersey coast south of Shark River and Delaware coast. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries, Delaware Bay, New Jersey coast south of Shark River and Delaware coast.
• Steel-hulled only vessels with a 1,500 minimum shaft horsepower and with integral or recessed keel hull coolers or upper and lower cooling intakes may transit the C & D Canal, Salem River, and North of the Betsy Ross Bridge.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.

K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-19-2015 22:45    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 08-15]
February 19, 2015

SAFTEY ZONE FOR HAZARD TO NAVIGATION
BAKER RANGE BUOY “1B” (LLNR 2485)

To mitigate the risks associated with a buoy located in the Delaware River navigation channel, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay will enforce a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River. The safety zone will encompass all waters of Delaware River, within a 100 foot radius of the current location of Baker Range “1B” buoy (LLNR 2485) in approximate position 39-27’06”N, 075-33’21”W.

The United States Coast Guard is also recommending that no vessel to vessel meeting situations take place between Liston Range lighted buoy “8L” (LLNR 2470) and the upper end of Baker Range. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area as this off station buoy could present a hazard to navigation.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.
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K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-18-2015 18:54    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN.

[MSIB # 07-15]
February 18, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION II: Update to Horsepower Restrictions


The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to include HORSEPOWER RESTRICTIONS in the C & D Canal. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River north of the Betsy Ross Bridge, in the Salem River, and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Steel-hulled only vessels with a 1,500 minimum shaft horsepower and with integral or recessed keel hull coolers or upper and lower cooling intakes may transit the C & D Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.


K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-18-2015 15:32    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 06-15]
February 17, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION II: Update to Steel Hull Restrictions


The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTIONS in the Delaware River. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River north of the Betsy Ross Bridge, in the Salem River, and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments, or discrepant Aids. 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.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-16-2015 16:47    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 05-15]
February 16, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION II


In accordance with 33 CFR 160.11 (c) the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been set. This means there have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only Steel hull vessels may operate in the Salem River and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995. Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. 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.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-28-2015 20:58    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 03-15]
January 28, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in the navigable waters but navigation is currently not impacted by ice. All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

• When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby 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.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-21-2015 13:43    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 02-15]
January 20, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

• Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
• There are no navigational restrictions.
• Water temperatures remain at or below freezing in the Delaware River and C&D Canal.
• The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains steel hull restrictions for the C&D Canal.
• Drifting, melting ice is present in navigable waters, so mariners are urged to proceed with caution.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-09-2015 20:02    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4807
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 01-15]
January 9, 2015

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in the navigable waters but navigation is currently not impacted by ice. All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

• When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby 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.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP Sector Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-30-2014 15:14    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 48-14]

December 19, 2014

MARCUS HOOK RANGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Coast Guard has amended the safety zone found in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 165.555 for dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River. This amendment extends the safety zone through February 28, 2015. During this time, the Dredge ESSEX will be operating within the upriver portion of Marcus Hook Range, north of the Sunoco Marcus Hook Industrial Complex. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the Dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall transit around the dredge project, through Marcus Hook Anchorage, operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period, the regulations in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 110.157 (b)(11)(i) will be in effect. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port (COTP) at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed by the COTP to an anchorage for inspection. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port. For passing information contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16.





B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-18-2014 16:38    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #47-14]

December 16, 2014

Delaware River Safety Zone – New Years Fireworks

To mitigate the risks associated with a fireworks display, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The safety zone will be effective on December 31, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39-56.18N, 075-08.30W to 39-56.17N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by the Ben Franklin bridge. Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the safety zone is active. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port’s representative will be on scene and can be contacted on VHF channel 16. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-12-2014 13:01    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #46-14]

December 11, 2014

Christina River Safety Zone – Salvage Operation

To mitigate the risks associated with a salvage operation, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Christina River near Wilmington, Delaware. The safety zone will be effective from 5:00 a.m. on December 10, 2014 until 6:00 p.m. December 20, 2014. The safety zone will encompass all waters of Christina River, 200 yards upriver and downriver of the salvage operation in approximate position 39o 43’10”N, 075o 31’10”W, adjacent to the Port of Wilmington, Delaware. The safety zone will be active when salvage operations are active the salvage master will display a Sierra flag and audibly sound a ship’s whistle with four short blasts at the start and end of salvage operations. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-05-2014 17:50    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 45-14]

December 05, 2014
SEASONAL ICE ALERT
(ICE NAVIGATION SEASON ALERT)


Beginning December 1st, 2014, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay set a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation within the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shore. With the onset of Fall and Winter, colder air, and water temperatures are expected in the coming months. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to please report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawareBay/icereporting.asp
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.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-25-2014 16:29    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 43-14]

November 24, 2014

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs)

The use of UAS in private and public sectors has increased dramatically. Commercial vessel and facility operators regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) have reported UAS operations as suspicious activity and have expressed concern about the security implications of UAS use. The ability of UAS to take high resolution photos and videos from a small, quiet, highly maneuverable platform (reconnaissance and surveillance activity) raises obvious security concerns. Nevertheless, an observer must be discerning in their judgment when affected by UAS activity.

Suspicious UAS activity includes the following:
(1) Reconnaissance and surveillance activities, indicated by repeated activities at a particular place and time, e.g., flyovers, hovering at low altitudes, and prolonged time on station.
(2) Testing of facility security protocols using UAS, indicated by flying by a target, moving into sensitive areas, and observing the reaction of security personnel (e.g., the time it takes to respond to an incident or the routes taken to a specific location).

MTSA-regulated vessel and facility operators are required to report suspicious activity to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 in accordance with 33 CFR 101.305. Given the inherently subjective nature of assessing suspicious activity, and the importance of reporting, observers should err on the side of caution and report activity whenever they are in doubt.

A UAS includes the unmanned aircraft and all associated system support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft. The terms “drone” or “UAV” are not used to define a UAS in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policies or regulations and should be avoided when reporting any UAS activity to prevent confusion. The FAA is developing regulations to better address UAS operations. Additional information on UAS is available at http://www.faa.gov/uas/




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-21-2014 18:19    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 44-14]

November 21, 2014

END OF 2013-2014 HURRICANE SEASON


The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that hurricane season 2013-14 will officially conclude on November 30th, 2014. Please be aware that although Hurricane season has ended, there is a possibly for nor`easters, late season storms, and other heavy weather, such as the recent storm in Buffalo, NY. Be on the watch for these storms and be prepared to take action in the event these types of storms reach the area. All vessels, facilities, and marinas are asked to take adequate precautions and review their individual Heavy Weather Plans. For more information log onto the USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil to view Heavy Weather Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB), regarding storms possibly impacting the port.

I would like to thank all of our port partners who contributed to making the port safer throughout this year’s Hurricane Season. I look forward to continued success preparing for and addressing the next season of 2014 and 2015.

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.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-21-2014 17:14    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS DBAY BNM 635-14
NJ - PA - DELAWARE RIVER - MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE
1. MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS REPORTS FINDING AN OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK ANCHORAGE AT POSITION 39-48.98N075-23.09W. THE OBJECT DOES NOT REDUCE THE CHARTED DEPTH. VESSELS TRANSITING IN THE AREA SHOULD DO SO WITH CAUTION.

Posted   10-30-2014 19:03    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 41-14]


October 30, 2014


ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
ICE CONFERENCE


The 2014 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at the John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA, on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9am to 12 pm. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware coasts during the upcoming 2014-2015 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, the Fifth Coast Guard District, and the National Weather Service.

If you plan to attend the Ice Conference please contact MST1 Thomas Simkins, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4889 or e-mail Tom.J.Simkins@uscg.mil prior to November 13, 2014. If you have a specific question concerning ice operations that you wish to be addressed at the conference, please submit your topic of concern along with your notification of attendance.

The John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge is located in Southwest Philadelphia at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153. Adequate parking is on site. Additional information, including driving directions, is available at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/visit/directions.html.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2014 18:57    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 40-14]

October 29, 2014

SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port Sector 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. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships.

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 delineated coast lines and the center point of the port entrance) at 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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2014 18:57    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 40-14]

October 29, 2014

SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port Sector 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. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships.

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 delineated coast lines and the center point of the port entrance) at 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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2014 18:57    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 40-14]

October 29, 2014

SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port Sector 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. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships.

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 delineated coast lines and the center point of the port entrance) at 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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2014 18:56    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 40-14]

October 29, 2014

SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port Sector 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. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships.

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 delineated coast lines and the center point of the port entrance) at 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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2014 18:56    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4889
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 40-14]

October 29, 2014

SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port Sector 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. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships.

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 delineated coast lines and the center point of the port entrance) at 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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-21-2014 19:01    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #39-14]

October 21, 2014
Update to MSIB #38-14
Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean Safety Zones – Navy Exercise

To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey. All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day. Underwater operations within the safety zones may continue beyond the hours of enforcement. The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’10”N, longitude 075°03’12”W thence north to latitude 39°02’24”N, longitude 075°02’38”W thence east to latitude 39°02`24"N, longitude 075°01`42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`22"N, longitude 075°02`18"W thence west to point of origin.
The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’17”N, longitude 075°07’50”W thence northwest to latitude 39°04’06”N, longitude 075°13’54”W thence northeast to latitude 39°04`39"N, longitude 075°12`39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55`04"N, longitude 075°06`38"W thence southwest to point of origin.
The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49’57”N, longitude 074°47’41”W thence northeast to latitude 38°54’28”N, longitude 074°43’15”W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`11"N, longitude 074°42`45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49`39"N, longitude 074°47`10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.
Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced. The operator of any vessel requesting access to the second safety zone is required to contact the USCG Waterways Management Representative at (267) 515-7294 no later than 4:00pm, one day prior to the day of desired access. A Coast Guard representative will contact the operators requesting access at approximately 7:00pm the same day of request to advise whether or not the operator may access the zone.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-20-2014 17:33    
MSIB Ebola Virus Precautions – Update

The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide an update to the maritime industry with respect to assessing Ebola risks and the responsibility of vessel/facility agents, owners, masters, operators, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and persons to immediately report potential communicable disease hazards to the United States Coast Guard(USCG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).

The USCG continues to monitor the threat and work to prevent the possible waterborne entry or spread of the virus via U.S. ports. An Ebola Crisis Action Team has been stood up at USCG Headquarters and is conducting a comprehensive review of USCG policy to provide clarifying guidance to port stakeholders, and they will release additional guidance as necessary. Also, guidance from the CDC continues to evolve and updates will be available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.

Timely reporting of suspected EVD incidents is paramount. Any suspected Ebola case in the maritime environment will be considered an incident of significant national interest, so timely notification to the CDC and the USCG is vitally important, and will help ensure the most appropriate coordination between the CDC, USCG, and other federal, state, and local agencies.

Some key points to remember concerning Ebola:

• Symptoms include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days. More information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/index.html.
• Individuals could be infected if they came into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is infected with or have died from Ebola, sick wildlife, or meat products from an infected animal. Health care providers caring for Ebola affected individuals and family and friends in close contact with an ill person are at the highest risk because of the increased potential for contact with infected blood or body fluids.
• If you were in an area with an Ebola outbreak, you should follow the CDC Guidance following any potential exposure and especially if you were in contact with blood or body fluids, items that have come in contact with blood or body fluids, animals or raw meat, or hospitals, where Ebola affected individuals were being treated.

Vessel/facility owner/operators, and local stakeholders, should be aware of the following:

• Vessel representatives are reminded that 33 CFR 160.215 requires the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel to immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector whenever there is a This release has been issued for public information and notification purposes only.
hazardous condition aboard the vessel. An ill person on board, especially one displaying the symptoms listed above, may constitute a hazardous condition and should be reported. Facilities that encounter similar conditions are strongly recommended to report this to the Coast Guard.
• Vessel representatives are also reminded that they are required to report sick or deceased crew or passengers within the last 15 days to the CDC under 42 CFR 71.21. Regional CDC quarantine station points of contact can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/QuarantineStationContactListFull.html, and the required forms can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cargo/reporting-deaths-illness/index.html, and http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/maritime/federal-regulations-reporting-illness-death-ships-destined-united-states.html.

• The Coast Guard will continue to review all Notice of Arrivals to determine if a vessel has visited a country impacted by an Ebola virus outbreak within its last five ports of call. Local Coast Guard Sector personnel may reach out to ship’s agents of those vessels that have visited one of these countries, to affirm their understanding of the reporting requirements outlined in both 42 CFR 71.21 and 33 CFR 160.215.

• For vessels that have visited a country impacted by Ebola within its last five ports of call, a vessel’s owner or operator is highly encouraged to determine how long each individual crew member has been on that vessel. This should include whether or not the crew member visited countries currently impacted by Ebola within the 21 days prior to embarkation. While this information is not required under current Coast Guard regulations, having reliable data available to document this history will help reassure the public and port stakeholders and facilitate cargo operations.

• It is recommended that local industry stakeholders, in collaboration with their Coast Guard Captain of the Port do the following:

o Continue to 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.

o Continue to review and be familiar with their Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan.

o Consider conducting a table top exercise to plan and address items such as an evaluation of how to handle a vessel arrival with a suspected Ebola case (allow to berth?, keep it at anchorage?, etc.), what steps need to be considered if a medical evacuation is needed, and, possibly how a ship would be decontaminated in order to commence cargo transfers? Please keep in mind that this is not an all inclusive list. These are just a couple examples to start with. It is recommended that the COTP and local industry stakeholders go through other scenarios as they see fit.
Lastly, the CDC has issued travel warnings and we strongly recommend that personnel traveling to those affected countries review travel alerts issued by the CDC prior to their arrival. Travel alert information can be found at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

Questions regarding this should be forwarded to the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Foreign and Offshore Vessel Division (CG-CVC-2) at 202-372-1218 or by email at CGCVC@uscg.mil. Port and Facility questions regarding this MSIB should be forwarded to the Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) at 202-372-1171/1107 or by email at CGFAC@uscg.mil.
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Posted   10-18-2014 16:42    
ATTENTION: THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD IS INFORMING ALL MARINERS THAT THE SAFETY ZONE FOR REEDY POINT ANCHORAGE SOUTH, ANNOUNCED IN MSIB #36-14, IS NOW IN AFFECT. VESSELS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ANCHOR IN THE AREA DESCRIBED IN MSIB #36-14. VESSELS TRANSITING TO OR FROM THE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE THE AREA FOR TRANSIT. BELOW IS A RE-LISTING OF MSIB #36-14 WITH THE INFORMATION ON REEDY POINT SOUTH ANCHORAGE IN ALL CAPS.

SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 36-14]

September 24, 2014

NORFOLK DREDGING NEW CASTLE RANGE DREDGING

Norfolk Dredging will be conducting dredge operations in New Castle Range of the Delaware River beginning October 1, 2014 and ending on November 15, 2014. During this operation the U.S. Coast Guard will be establishing a safety zone closing Pea Patch Island anchorage #5 and the upper portion of Reedy Point South anchorage #3. All vessels will be prohibited from transiting or anchoring in Pea Patch Island anchorage #5 for the duration of the operation. THE SAFETY ZONE FOR REEDY POINT SOUTH ANCHORAGE #3 WILL BE NORTH OF A LINE DRAWN BETWEEN POSITIONS 39°33’7.5”N, 75°33’2.0”W AND 39°33’8.8”N, 75°32’31.8”W, AS CHARTED ON NOAA CHART 12311. VESSELS TRANSITING TO OR FROM THE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL WILL TRANSIT THROUGH THIS AREA TO AVOID INTERFERING WITH THE DREDGE ESSEX AND ALL RELATED DREDGE EQUIPMENT. A BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS AND LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS WILL BE ISSUED WHEN THE SAFETY ZONE FOR ANCHORAGE #3 IS ESTABLISHED.

The dredge ESSEX will be operating in New Castle Range, working from north to south in the channel, starting in the vicinity of Killcohook National Wildlife Refuge. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment. Submerged pipeline will be placed to facilitate dredging. Monitor VHF channel 16 for information on the pipe-laying operation.

Traffic should call the dredge ESSEX at least 30 minutes prior to passage. The dredge ESSEX will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-15-2014 19:28    
PA - NJ - DELAWARE RIVER
1. THE U.S. COAST GUARD IS ESTABLISHING A SECURITY ZONE IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA ON OCTOBER 16, 2014 FROM 1030AM UNITL 1PM. THE ZONE SPANS FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA SHORE TO THE NEW JERSEY SHORE AND IS BOUNDED IN THE SOUTH BY A LINE FROM POSITION 39-56.31N, 075-08.28W TO 39-56.31N, 075-07.56W AND BOUNDED TO THE NORTH BY THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE. MARINERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRANSIT DURING THE TIMES WHEN THE SECURITY ZONE IS ACTIVE. THE SAFETY VESSEL ON SCENE CAN BE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 16.
2. CANCEL AT TIME//161600Z OCT 14//

Posted   10-09-2014 19:35    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #38-14]

October 9, 2014

Update to Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean Safety Zones – Navy Exercise

To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey. All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day. The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’10”N, longitude 075°03’12”W thence north to latitude 39°02’24”N, longitude 075°02’38”W thence east to latitude 39°02`24"N, longitude 075°01`42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`22"N, longitude 075°02`18"W thence west to point of origin.
The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’17”N, longitude 075°07’50”W thence northwest to latitude 39°04’06”N, longitude 075°13’54”W thence northeast to latitude 39°04`39"N, longitude 075°12`39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55`04"N, longitude 075°06`38"W thence southwest to point of origin.
The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49’57”N, longitude 074°47’41”W thence northeast to latitude 38°54’28”N, longitude 074°43’15”W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`11"N, longitude 074°42`45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49`39"N, longitude 074°47`10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.
Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced. The operator of any vessel requesting access to the second safety zone is required to contact the USCG Waterways Management Representative at (267) 515-7294 no later than 4:00pm, one day prior to the day of desired access. A Coast Guard representative will contact the operators requesting access at approximately 7:00pm the same day of request to advise whether or not the operator may access the zone.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



B.A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-07-2014 19:58    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #35-14]

October 7, 2014

Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean Safety Zones – Navy Exercise

To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey. The Navy will begin staging equipment on October 7, 2014 in the areas listed below. All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day. The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’10”N, longitude 075°03’12”W thence north to latitude 39°02’24”N, longitude 075°02’38”W thence east to latitude 39°02`24"N, longitude 075°01`42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`22"N, longitude 075°02`18"W thence west to point of origin.

The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’17”N, longitude 075°07’50”W thence northwest to latitude 39°04’06”N, longitude 075°13’54”W thence northeast to latitude 39°04`39"N, longitude 075°12`39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55`04"N, longitude 075°06`38"W thence southwest to point of origin.

The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49’57”N, longitude 074°47’41”W thence northeast to latitude 38°54’28”N, longitude 074°43’15”W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`11"N, longitude 074°42`45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49`39"N, longitude 074°47`10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.

Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




B.A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-07-2014 19:57    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #35-14]

October 7, 2014

Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean Safety Zones – Navy Exercise

To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey. The Navy will begin staging equipment on October 7, 2014 in the areas listed below. All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day. The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’10”N, longitude 075°03’12”W thence north to latitude 39°02’24”N, longitude 075°02’38”W thence east to latitude 39°02`24"N, longitude 075°01`42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`22"N, longitude 075°02`18"W thence west to point of origin.
The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’17”N, longitude 075°07’50”W thence northwest to latitude 39°04’06”N, longitude 075°13’54”W thence northeast to latitude 39°04`39"N, longitude 075°12`39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55`04"N, longitude 075°06`38"W thence southwest to point of origin.
The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49’57”N, longitude 074°47’41”W thence northeast to latitude 38°54’28”N, longitude 074°43’15”W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`11"N, longitude 074°42`45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49`39"N, longitude 074°47`10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.
Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.
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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.



B.A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-07-2014 11:44    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #37-14]

October 6, 2014

Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean – Navy Exercise

Mariners are advised that due to an upcoming Navy exercise the Navy will begin staging equipment on October 7, 2014 in the below areas. Naval vessels will be operating in the three areas to stage equipment that will be used in the exercise.

The first will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’10”N, longitude 075°03’12”W thence north to latitude 39°02’24”N, longitude 075°02’38”W thence east to latitude 39°02`24"N, longitude 075°01`42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`22"N, longitude 075°01`18"W thence west to point of origin.

The second will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’17”N, longitude 075°07’50”W thence northwest to latitude 39°04’06”N, longitude 075°13’54”W thence northeast to latitude 39°04`39"N, longitude 074°12`39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55`04"N, longitude 075°06`38"W thence southwest to point of origin.

The third will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49’57”N, longitude 074°47’41”W thence northeast to latitude 38°54’28”N, longitude 074°43’15”W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`11"N, longitude 074°42`45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49`39"N, longitude 074°47`10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.

Mariners are advised to not enter into, transit, or anchor within these areas. 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-06-2014 19:36    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #35-14].

September 19, 2014

Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean Safety Zones – Navy Exercise

To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey. All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day. The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’10”N, longitude 075°03’12”W thence north to latitude 39°02’24”N, longitude 075°02’38”W thence east to latitude 39°02`24"N, longitude 075°01`42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`22"N, longitude 075°01`18"W thence west to point of origin.
The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’17”N, longitude 075°07’50”W thence northwest to latitude 39°04’06”N, longitude 075°13’54”W thence northeast to latitude 39°04`39"N, longitude 074°12`39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55`04"N, longitude 075°06`38"W thence southwest to point of origin.
The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49’57”N, longitude 074°47’41”W thence northeast to latitude 38°54’28”N, longitude 074°43’15”W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`11"N, longitude 074°42`45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49`39"N, longitude 074°47`10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.
Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-06-2014 19:33    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 36-14].

September 24, 2014

NORFOLK DREDGING NEW CASTLE RANGE DREDGING

Norfolk Dredging will be conducting dredge operations in New Castle Range of the Delaware River beginning October 1, 2014 and ending on November 15, 2014. During this operation the U.S. Coast Guard will be establishing a safety zone closing Pea Patch Island anchorage #5 and the upper portion of Reedy Point South anchorage #3. All vessels will be prohibited from transiting or anchoring in Pea Patch Island anchorage #5 for the duration of the operation. The safety zone for Reedy Point South anchorage #3 will be north of a line drawn between positions 39°33’7.5”N, 75°33’2.0”W and 39°33’8.8”N, 75°32’31.8”W, as charted on NOAA chart 12311. Vessels transiting to or from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal will transit through this area to avoid interfering with the dredge ESSEX and all related dredge equipment. A broadcast notice to mariners and local notice to mariners will be issued when the safety zone for anchorage #3 is established.

The dredge ESSEX will be operating in New Castle Range, working from north to south in the channel, starting in the vicinity of Killcohook National Wildlife Refuge. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment. Submerged pipeline will be placed to facilitate dredging. Monitor VHF channel 16 for information on the pipe-laying operation.

Traffic should call the dredge ESSEX at least 30 minutes prior to passage. The dredge ESSEX will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-24-2014 14:08    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4940
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB #35-14].

September 19, 2014

Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean Safety Zones – Navy Exercise

To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey. All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day. The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’10”N, longitude 075°03’12”W thence north to latitude 39°02’24”N, longitude 075°02’38”W thence east to latitude 39°02`24"N, longitude 075°01`42"W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`22"N, longitude 075°01`18"W thence west to point of origin.
The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54’17”N, longitude 075°07’50”W thence northwest to latitude 39°04’06”N, longitude 075°13’54”W thence northeast to latitude 39°04`39"N, longitude 074°12`39"W thence southeast to latitude 38°55`04"N, longitude 075°06`38"W thence southwest to point of origin.
The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49’57”N, longitude 074°47’41”W thence northeast to latitude 38°54’28”N, longitude 074°43’15”W thence southeast to latitude 38°54`11"N, longitude 074°42`45"W thence southwest to latitude 38°49`39"N, longitude 074°47`10"W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.
Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-13-2014 13:17    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 34-14]
August 11, 2014
Ebola Virus Precautions


To date, there have been 1603 confirmed cases of individuals infected with the Ebola virus worldwide with 887 deaths. The epidemic is slowing in Guinea but continues unabated in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Also, four cases have been reported in Nigeria. There have been two reported cases of Americans serving in health care or missionary work in West Africa but, no reported cases in Department of Defense, Coast Guard, or with U.S. mariners. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) has issued travel warnings. We strongly recommend that personnel traveling to those affected countries review travel alerts issued by the CDC prior to their arrival. Travel alert information can be found at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

Vessel Masters are required to report any illness or death amongst vessel passengers or crew with connection to a communicable disease. This report is required to the CDC within 15 days prior to expected arrival as per 42 CFR 71.21. Regional CDC quarantine station points of contact can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/QuarantineStationContactListFull.html

Vessels arriving from the above mentioned countries are at an elevated risk for contracting the Ebola Virus.

In the interest of port safety, the Coast Guard reviews all Notice of Arrivals to determine if a vessel has visited a country impacted by Ebola virus outbreak within its last five ports of call.

In lieu of contacting the CDC in Philadelphia, vessel Master’s or their designated representatives, may contact Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay who will in turn contact the CDC.

Vessel agents (or other representatives) are requested to contact Masters of vessels that have visited the above mentioned countries prior to the vessel entering port to inquire if there have been any reports of death or illness that may be in connection to the Ebola Virus.

Additionally, Sector Delaware Bay will be contacting vessels (either directly or through the vessel agent or representative) who indicate an Ebola Virus affected country in their last five ports of call to ask a series of question detailed in the enclosure




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port

Enclosure to Marine Safety Information Bulletin #34-14
Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay



Symptoms of Ebola Virus typically include: Some patients may experience:


• Fever

• Headache

• Joint and muscle aches

• Weakness

• Diarrhea

• Vomiting

• Stomach pain

• Lack of appetite


• A Rash

• Red Eyes

• Hiccups

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Chest pain

• Difficulty breathing

• Difficulty swallowing

• Bleeding inside and outside of the body

• Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common.

• Some who become sick with Ebola HF are able to recover, while others do not. The reasons behind this are not yet fully understood. However, it is known that patients who die usually have not developed a significant immune response to the virus at the time of death.

The Captain of the Port Delaware Bay would like to know if any person aboard the vessel is experiencing any symptoms of the Ebola Virus. Specific questions are listed below:

1. Is anyone presenting any of these symptoms?

2. When did the symptoms start?

3. Has medical treatment been administered?

4. Have they been around anyone else who has been ill?

5. What is the number of persons presenting symptoms?

6. Are there any persons planning on embarking or disembarking while in the U. S.?

7. Has any shore side medical attention been arranged for any ill persons?
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Posted   07-15-2014 20:56    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 33-14]
July 15, 2014

BILLINGSPORT AND TINICUM RANGE DREDGING

Dredging operations conducted by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will begin in Billingsport Range and Tinicum Range on July 15, 2014 and continue until September 15, 2014. During this operation there will be two Hopper Dredges working the area, the DODGE ISLAND and the PADRE ISLAND. There will be a portion of pipeline off the Fort Mifflin disposal area that the Hopper Dredges will use to off load. At no time will the pipeline extend into the channel. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

Traffic should call the Hopper Dredges at least 30 minutes prior to passage. The Hopper Dredges will monitor channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-04-2014 15:04    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 32-14]
JUNE 06, 2014

TACONY – PALMYRA BRIDGE CLOSURE

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that deck replacement operations will be conducted on the Tacony - Palmyra Bridge between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ from 9:00pm on Friday June 13, 2014 until 9:00pm on Saturday June 21, 2014. To facilitate the work the bridge will remain in the closed position during the entire operation. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.5 and 117.716.

The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 50 feet, above mean high water. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.

Posted   06-04-2014 14:51    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 32-14]
JUNE 06, 2014

TACONY – PALMYRA BRIDGE CLOSURE

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that deck replacement operations will be conducted on the Tacony - Palmyra Bridge between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ from 9:00pm on Friday June 13, 2014 until 9:00pm on Saturday June 21, 2014. To facilitate the work the bridge will remain in the closed position during the entire operation. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.5 and 117.716.

The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 50 feet, above mean high water. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-22-2014 18:35    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 31-14]

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-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 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 USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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.

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-20-2014 22:15    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 21-14]
February 20, 2014

NAVAL VESSEL PROTECTION ZONE

Mariners are advised that the USS SOMERSET will be moored at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA on the Delaware River from Friday, February 21, 2014 until Sunday, March 2, 2014. At all times, including when moored, a 500 yard radius Naval Vessel Protection Zone (NVPZ) will be in place around the USS SOMERSET, as described in 33 CFR 165.2025(d). All vessels transiting through the 500 yard NVPZ shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course and shall proceed as directed by the Coast Guard vessel on scene.

Within this NVPZ no vessel is allowed within a 100 yards of the ship unless authorized by the Coast Guard vessel on scene. While the vessel is moored, the 100 yard radius will cover the entire width of the Navigation channel.

Vessels may request permission to pass the moored vessel by contacting the Coast Guard Captain of the Port’s designated representative on VHF channel 16 with as much notification as possible.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.


K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-13-2014 14:04    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
[MSIB # 15-14]
February 12, 2014

COMPLETION OF DREDGING IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE AND CLOSURE OF PEA PATCH ISLAND ANCHORAGE FOR NEW CASTLE DREDGING

Dredging operations have been completed in Marcus Hook Range and all submerged pipeline has been removed. Marcus Hook Anchorage is re-opened completely for anchorage purposes. At this time, Norfolk Dredging is proceeding downriver to New Castle Range to place submerged pipeline in preparation for dredging scheduled to continue through April 22, 2014. Submerged pipeline will be placed in the channel southeast of Pea Patch Island and will extend across the northern portion of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5. Dredging equipment will also be placed within the boundaries of the anchorage. As a result, the U. S. Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around Anchorage No. 5 for the duration of the dredging project, during which time anchoring will not be permitted. The Dredge ESSEX will be operating in New Castle Range, working from north to south, starting on the west side of the channel in the vicinity of the southern end of Pea Patch Island. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

Traffic should call the Dredge ESSEX at least 30 minutes prior to passage. The Dredge ESSEX will monitor channels 13 and 16 and can be contacted by phone at 757-353-0455. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.

K. Moore
Captain, U. S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay

posted by Scott Anderson

Posted   02-06-2014 18:35    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 14-14]
February 06, 2014

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
Ice Condition II: Removal of Steel Hull Restrictions


The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to lift steel hull restrictions in place in the Delaware River north of Reedy Point, in Schuylkill River and in Salem River. Steel hull restrictions remain in effect within the C & D Canal. All masters, ship agents and owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only Steel hull vessels may operate within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995. Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. If you have any questions, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

Posted by Scott Anderson

Posted   02-06-2014 17:58    
The following MSIB 42-13 issued by CGHQ can be found at the following link or by opening the attachment:

http://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/042_13_12-19-2013.pdf
_______________________________________________________

Marine Safety Information Bulletin
Commandant MSIB Number: 42-13
U.S. Coast Guard Date: December 19, 2013

NTVRP Implementation Date Reminder

The “Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements” (NTVRP) final rule, which was
published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2013, requires vessel owners or operators of nontank vessels
400 gross tons and above to prepare and submit oil spill response plans for vessels operating on the navigable
waters of the United States by January 30, 2014.
Because many of the requirements in the NTVRP final rule are statutory mandates and regulatory constraints on
our ability to extend the implementation date, the Coast Guard does not intend to extend the implementation date
for the required submission of NTVRPs. We understand that the recent decision by the International Group of
P&I Clubs to remove umbrella agreements as of January 30, 2014 has created challenges for vessel owners or
operators that now have to contract directly with Oil Spill Removal Organizations (OSRO) by the January 30th
implementation date. Further, the Coast Guard understands that the two main national resource providers have
put in place mechanisms to address this direct contracting concern. As outlined below, we are using an Interim
Operating Authorizations (IOA) process, similar to our implementation of the salvage and marine firefighting
requirements, to assist vessels owners and operators to meet the deadline.

Minimum Requirements for IOA Issuance
Recognizing that time may be limited for plan holders and preparers to complete all elements of their NTVRPs
before the January 30th deadline, the Coast Guard will issue 6-month IOA letters, as necessary, pursuant to 33
CFR 155.5023. To meet the requirements of 33 CFR 155.5023(a) and receive an IOA letter, vessels must submit
a plan containing the minimum following information to COMDT (CG-CVC) at the above address:

(1) identification of a qualified individual (QI) and alternate QI,
(2) identification of an OSRO by contract or written consent as appropriate,
(3) identification of a salvage and marine firefighting provider and submission of a salvage contract and
funding agreement or written consent agreement as appropriate, and
(4) signed certification statement as required by 33 CFR 155.5023(b).

Please note, if the plan is not fully compliant with other Subpart J requirements, i.e., pre-fire plan or vessel
specific information is lacking, the certification statement should identify those plan elements that are
incomplete.

Early submission of NTVRPs is highly recommended, even if the certification statement identifies NTVRP
elements that are incomplete, in order to receive an IOA letter.

Additional questions regarding this matter should be forwarded to the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance,
VRP Program by email at vrp@uscg.mil.
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MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
[MSIB # 13-14] February 04, 2014
SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
Ice Condition II: Removal of Horsepower Restrictions
The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to lift horsepower restrictions in the C & D Canal. There is no longer a minimum horsepower requirement for vessels. Steel hull restrictions remain in effect. All masters, ship agents and owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only Steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River north of Reedy Point, in the Schuylkill River, in the Salem River, and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995. Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. If you have any questions, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

Posted by Scott Anderson

Posted   01-31-2014 18:17    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 12-14]

January 31, 2014

UPDATE TO MARCUS HOOK RANGE
DREDGING AND ANCHORING OPERATIONS

The safety zone around dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River remains in effect until on or about February 28, 2014. The Dredge ESSEX has transitioned to the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Range, south of the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, to complete dredging operations. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the Dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing the downriver portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage below Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

At this time, the upriver portion of the anchorage is re-opened for anchorage purposes and the downriver portion will be closed with the exception of transiting traffic. Vessels desiring to anchor within the upriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 24 hours. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, for passing information.

The safety zone will be lifted by an MSIB once dredging operations are concluded.

Also for your awareness, the M/V STI ONYX is currently moored in the lower half of the Marcus Hook Anchorage but will be departing anchorage around 1500 today. Please let our office know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.

FYI, MSIB 12-14 is posted on Homeport and enclosed here, providing information on an update to the dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

V/r,
MST1 Nicole Brophy
USCG Sector Delaware Bay
Waterways Management
(215)271-4814

Posted by Scott Anderson

Posted   01-20-2014 14:28    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 06-14]

January 20, 2014

SCHUYLKILL RIVER SAFETY ZONE

The Captain of the Port Delaware Bay has established a safety zone closing the Schuylkill River north of the 34th Street Bridge due to a train derailment on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. CSX and marine environmental response professionals are on scene and boom is being deployed as a precautionary measure. For additional information or for requested transit of the safety zone please contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at 215-271-4940.

Posted   01-16-2014 14:18    
The USCG issued a Temporary Final Rule establishing temporary regulations in support of the annual U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) dredging of Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River. Anchorage restrictions and a safety zone affecting the Marcus Hook area of the Delaware River are in place every year from September 1 through December 31. The dredging operations taking place this year require the regulations to remain in place through February 28, 2014. The rule is effective without actual notice from January 14, 2014 until February 28, 2014.
The Rule is also available on the Maritime Exchange USCG web page.

Posted   01-13-2014 20:57    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
[MSIB # 05-14]
January 13, 2014
SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES RETURN TO SEASONAL ALERT
The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

• Conditions are not favorable for the formation of new ice.
• There are no navigational restrictions.
• Water temperatures remain at or below freezing in the Delaware River and C&D Canal.
• Drifting, melting ice is present in navigable waters, so mariners are urged to proceed with caution.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.
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.
K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   01-13-2014 15:12    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 04-14]

January 12, 2014

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
ICE CONDITION 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 is again in effect for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in the navigable waters. All masters, ship agents, owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

• When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with a minimum of adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.

• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.

• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby 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.

• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.

• The COTP Sector Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   01-09-2014 23:57    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 03-14]
January 09, 2014

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
Reported Ice Formation South of Trenton, NJ and
Additional Restrictions for Ice Condition II


The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that a reported ice jam, located approximately 1 mile south of the Trenton-Morrisville (U.S. Route 1) Bridge on the Delaware River, has caused portions of the river to back up and flood. When the aforementioned ice formation breaks, immediate river depth and current changes are likely to occur, potentially affecting the navigability of the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to take any necessary precautions to ensure that safety is maintained while anchoring, mooring, or navigating in the Delaware River. Although Sector Delaware Bay will release a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) once the ice formation breaks or if significant changes occur, mariners are advised to maintain situational awareness while operating in the Delaware River. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and City of Trenton Office of Emergency Management are presently monitoring the ice jam and will be available for contact at (610) 562-3003 and (609) 989-4000 respectively.

In addition, increases in ice levels in the Delaware River have prompted additional restrictions for waterway use. In addition to the previous restrictions noted on MSIB # 02-14, only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries North of the Delaware Memorial Bridge and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995. Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

Posted   01-09-2014 23:50    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 03-14]
January 09, 2014

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
Reported Ice Formation South of Trenton, NJ and
Additional Restrictions for Ice Condition II


The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that a reported ice jam, located approximately 1 mile south of the Trenton-Morrisville (U.S. Route 1) Bridge on the Delaware River, has caused portions of the river to back up and flood. When the aforementioned ice formation breaks, immediate river depth and current changes are likely to occur, potentially affecting the navigability of the Delaware River. Mariners are advised to take any necessary precautions to ensure that safety is maintained while anchoring, mooring, or navigating in the Delaware River. Although Sector Delaware Bay will release a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) once the ice formation breaks or if significant changes occur, mariners are advised to maintain situational awareness while operating in the Delaware River. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and City of Trenton Office of Emergency Management are presently monitoring the ice jam and will be available for contact at (610) 562-3003 and (609) 989-4000 respectively.

In addition, increases in ice levels in the Delaware River have prompted additional restrictions for waterway use. In addition to the previous restrictions noted on MSIB # 02-14, only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries North of the Delaware Memorial Bridge and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995. Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.






Benjamin A. Cooper
Captain, U. S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port
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Posted   01-08-2014 14:11    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETI
[MSIB # 02-14]
January 07, 2014

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
Ice Condition II

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been set. This means there have been reports of ice formation through out the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents and owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

• Only Steel hull vessels may operate north of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.
• Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.
• Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
• The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http: www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995. Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

Posted   12-30-2013 18:29    
USCG: SAFETY ZONE for Fireworks display: Tuesday December 31st 1730-1900 and from 2330-0100 January 1st. ZONE: "Vicinity of Penn`s Landing". Mariners will not be allowed to transit the SAFETY ZONE during these times. See attached.

Posted by Scott Anderson
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Posted   12-23-2013 18:49    
Good morning!

I hope you all are having a happy holiday season. I would like to share this enclosed Federal Register request for comment with members of the Mariners Advisory Committee and Maritime Operations Committee. There is a petition for the Coast Guard to initiate rulemaking which would require maximum air draft information to be provided to masters of vessels.
Please let me know if you have any questions. This may be good topic of conversation for the next MAC Meeting. Comments on this notice of the petition are due NLT March 20, 2014.

v/r,
Veronica

LT Veronica Smith
US Coast Guard
Sector Delaware Bay
Waterways Management Division
(215)271-4851

If the link is not connecting, the source is as follows:

Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Proposed Rules 77027

Posted by Scott Anderson
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Posted   12-13-2013 12:47    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 12-13]

May 31, 2013

NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, 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 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 USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

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.

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 liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, all which are available on the homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact LT Veronica Smith of my staff at (215) 271-4851, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-06-2013 20:47    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 21-13]

December 06, 2013

MARCUS HOOK RANGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River beginning December 10, 2013 until January 31, 2014. During this time, the Dredge ESSEX will be operating within the upriver portion of Marcus Hook Range, north of the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the Dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing the upriver portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage above Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period, the upper portion of the anchorage shall be closed with the exception of transiting traffic. Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 24 hours. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, for passing information.

K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   11-29-2013 15:58    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 19-13]

November 29, 2013
SEASONAL ICE ALERT
(ICE NAVIGATION SEASON ALERT)


Beginning December 1st, 2013, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is setting a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation within the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shore. With the onset of fall and winter, colder air and water temperatures are expected in the coming months. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to please report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawareBay/icereporting.asp
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.





BENJAMIN A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-26-2013 23:40    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 20-13]

November 26, 2013


HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY WEATHER


Winter weather and strong winds are expected to impact the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone the night of Tuesday, November 26. The Captain of the Port urges waterfront facility operators along the Delaware River to take prudent measures with heavy equipment and infrastructure which may be affected by strong winds.

Bridge operators at moveable bridges are requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center in the event that winds approach operational limits.

Mariners should report hazards to navigation to the Command Center, and proceed with caution at all times. USCG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center can be reached on VHF Channel 16 or call (215) 271-4807.

Posted   11-26-2013 22:02    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 20-13]

November 26, 2013


HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY WEATHER


Winter weather and strong winds are expected to impact the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone the night of Tuesday, November 26. The Captain of the Port urges waterfront facility operators along the Delaware River to take prudent measures with heavy equipment and infrastructure which may be affected by strong winds.

Bridge operators at moveable bridges are requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center in the event that winds approach operational limits.

Mariners should report hazards to navigation to the Command Center, and proceed with caution at all times. USCG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center can be reached on VHF Channel 16 or call (215) 271-4807.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-30-2013 18:24    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 18-13]


October 30, 2013


ANNUAL COAST GUARD SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
ICE CONFERENCE


The 2013 Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Conference will be held at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday November 21, 2013, 9am to 12 pm. The meeting will address ice operations and forecasts for the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Coasts during the upcoming 2013-2014 winter season. The meeting will include presentations from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay staff, the 5th Coast Guard District, the National Ice Center, and the National Weather Service.

If you plan to attend the Ice Conference please contact MST1 Nicole Brophy, Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Division, at telephone (215) 271-4814 or e-mail Nicole.D.Brophy@uscg.mil prior to November 13, 2013. If you have a specific question concerning ice operations that you wish to be addressed at the conference, please submit your topic of concern along with your notification of attendance.

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Southwest Philadelphia, at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153, with adequate parking on site. Additional information, including driving directions, is available at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/visit/directions.html.




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay

Posted   09-06-2013 16:27    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
[MSIB # 14-13]
September 5, 2013
DREDGING OPERATION DELAWARE RIVER, CHERRY ISLAND RANGE
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around the northern half of the Deepwater Point Anchorage No. 6 in the Delaware River. Norfolk Construction and the Dredge ESSEX have been contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers for maintenance dredging in Cherry Island Range. Submerged pipeline will be present in the anchorage to facilitate the project. The temporary safety zone is effective from September 10, 2013 until October 15, 2013 unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port. The safety zone will encompass all waters of Deepwater Anchorage #6 from the northeast corner of the anchorage at position 39º42.68` N, 075º29.87` W to the northwest corner of the anchorage at position 39º42.84` N, 075º30.38` W, south along the eastern channel boundary to position 39º42.44` N, 075º30.53` W, east to position 39º42.48` N, 075º30.06` W, then north to the first position. The dredge ESSEX will begin dredging at the northern end of the Cherry Island dredging area and proceed southward in the east half of the channel. They will then dredge from North to South in the west half of the channel.
Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

Traffic should call the Dredge ESSEX at least 30 minutes prior to passage to arrange passage. The Dredge ESSEX will monitor channels 13 and 16 and can be contacted by phone at 757-353-0455. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.

BENJAMIN A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   08-13-2013 15:12    
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Thursday September 12th 2013 at 1100 hours at the LaVeranda Restaurant, Penn`s Landing, Philadelphia. The agenda and Minutes from the June will be available later this week. We look forward in seeing you there.

Posted   05-05-2013 19:02    
Mariners are advised that a dredging spud has been lost in the Christiana River in the vicinity of the Port of Wilmington. Approximate location is between 39-37.800N 075-34.400W and 39.073N and 075-31.020W and is marked with yellow buoys. The spud is approximately 55 ft. in length and 3 ft. in diameter. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

Posted   02-12-2013 13:17    
PA-NJ-DELAWARE RIVER
1. GREAT LAKES DREDGE AND DOCK COMPANY WILL BE LIFTING AND REMOVING A SUBMERGED DREDGE PIPELINE IN THE LOWER PORTION OF MANTUA CREEK ANCHORAGE FROM 10AM TO 5PM FEBRUARY 12, 2013. MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE TUG BOBBY ANN VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
2. CANCEL AT TIME//130600ZFEB13//

Posted   01-24-2013 23:10    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 04-13]
January 24, 2013

SEASONAL ICE PROCEDURES
Ice Condition Two

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition Two has been set. This means there have been reports of ice formation through out the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents and owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:


• Only Steel hull vessels may operate north of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
• Vessels already moored along the Delaware River should frequently check to ensure the vessel is adequately tied up.
• In areas where ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with a minimum of 1000 horsepower, and be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.

• Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.

• Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby 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.

• Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.

• The COTP Sector Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.


Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995. Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. 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) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   01-22-2013 14:44    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 02-13]

January 22, 2013

Lost Anchor in Marcus Hook Anchorage

An anchor has been lost in the lower portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage. All vessels are to avoid anchoring near approximate position 39-47`57.9455"N, 075-25`14.0623"W until further notice. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting the area.




K. Moore
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-27-2012 13:26    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 22-12]

December 26, 2012

TWIC UPDATES FOR EED APPLICATIONS AND UNESCORTED ACCESS


Due to the high volume of requests for Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWICs, significant delays are being experienced by TWIC holders attempting to contact the various Transportation Security Administration (TSA) call centers. TWIC holders are requested to refrain from ordering an EED TWIC until the TWIC holder`s existing credential falls within four months of its expiration date. If your card expires within that 4 month time frame, or for any TWIC related issues call the TWIC Help Desk at 1 - 866 - DHS - TWIC (1-866-347-8942).

The Coast Guard has issued additional policy guidance in CG-FAC Policy Letter No. 12-04 dated December 19, 2012 which states that, due to delays in processing requests, it is possible that an individual who has applied and paid for an initial TWIC, a TWIC renewal, or reported their TWIC as lost, stolen, or damaged may not receive a replacement within the 7 days allowed for unrestricted access to secure areas. A TWIC holder who cannot present a TWIC because it has been lost, damaged, or stolen, and has reported as such, may be granted an additional 30 days of unescorted access by the owner/operators of MTSA regulated vessels, facilities, and OCS facilities, for a total of 37 calendar days, provided that all requirements for access control under 33 CFR 104.265(c)(2), 105.255(c)(2), 106.260(c)(2) are met in addition to the following:

1) The individual provides proof that a replacement TWIC has been ordered.

2) The individual’s first name, last name and application identification (if known) are provided the Vessel Security Officer (VSO), or the Facility Security Officer (FSO).

This provision to authorize unescorted access may also be extended to individuals who have applied for a TWIC renewal prior to its expiration. The Coast Guard recommends FSOs and VSOs have a means to identify individuals who are or were granted temporary unescorted access based on this policy, and when the 37 days of authorized unescorted access has expired.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to Sector Delaware Bay Facilities/Containers Inspections Branch at (215) 271-4864.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-17-2012 18:43    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 27-12]

December 17, 2012

Mantua Creek Safety Zone Cancellation

The U.S Coast Guard has cancelled the safety zone in Mantua Creek, one mile north and one mile south of the site of the East Jefferson Street train derailment (MSIB-24-12). Mantua Creek is now open to vessel traffic up to the East Jefferson Street Railroad Bridge. The railroad bridge remains in the fixed position and cannot be opened to vessel traffic at this time. Vessels transiting the waterway are to proceed with caution in case of any remaining submerged debris in the channel near the derailment site.

Mariners are reminded that a separate safety zone remains in effect in the lower portion of Anchorage 9 in order to facilitate pipe-laying operations and dredging of the Delaware River Channel, per MSIB 25-12.

Mariners with any questions should contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.





K. Moore
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   12-06-2012 16:30    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 23-12]

December 5, 2012

SPEED RESTRICTION IMPOSED TO PROTECT
NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

The Captain of the Port Sector 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. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships.

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 delineated coast lines and the center point of the port entrance) at 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.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/ or call Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management Branch at (215) 271-4889.



T. C. Wiemers
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-30-2012 21:15    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 26-12]

November 30, 2012
SEASONAL ICE ALERT
(ICE NAVIGATION SEASON ALERT)


Beginning December 1st, 2012, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is setting a Seasonal Ice Alert for navigation within the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, all existing tributaries, and the New Jersey and Delaware Shore. With the onset of Fall and Winter, colder air and water temperatures are expected in the coming months. Mariners observing any ice conditions are asked to please report them using the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Reporting Form located on the unit’s website. The address is: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawareBay/Sector/IceReport/IceReporting.asp
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.





K. Moore
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-30-2012 21:12    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 25-12]

November 30, 2012

Mantua Creek Anchorage Partial Closure

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will commence mobilization for dredging operations with the
Dredge FLORIDA, in the Delaware River in the Mifflin and Billingsport Ranges on December 2, 2012. This work is anticipated to last approximately until December 31, 2012. The Dredge FLORIDA will be working along with several support barges and tugs to install approximately 8000 feet of submerged pipeline and approximately 3000 feet of floating pipeline.

A pipe will be laid across the channel in the vicinity of and through the lower portion of the Mantua Creek Anchorage. The southern third of the Mantua Creek Anchorage below position 39o 51.487 N – 075o 13.443 W will be closed to vessels intending to anchor. Mariners are encouraged to utilize anchorages downriver as alternatives. Mariners are requested to contact the dredge 1 hour prior to passage. The Dredge FLORIDA can be contacted via cell at 630-418-8511 for passing information.

Any questions should be directed to the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.



K. Moore
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-30-2012 14:56    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 24-12]

November 30, 2012

Mantua Creek Safety Zone

The U.S. Coast Guard has established an emergency safety zone at the entrance of Mantua Creek beginning November 30th, 2012 until further notice. During this time Mantua Creek will be closed to all vessel traffic one mile north and one mile south of the East Jefferson Street Railroad Bridge due to a train derailment and release of hazardous materials into the environment.

Mariners with any questions should contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807 or channel 16 VHF.


K. Moore
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   11-06-2012 21:49    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 20-12]

November 6, 2012

Marcus Hook Anchorage Safety Zone

The US Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the Dredge ESSEX while it operates within the southern portion Marcus Hook Range. The safety zone remains in effect until further notice (33CFR165.555).

During this time period vessel traffic will be rerouted through the lower portion of the anchorage. Vessels desiring to anchor within the upriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807 [33CFR110.157(b)(11)(i)]. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX by phone at 757-353-0455 or on channel 13 or 16 VHF for passing information. Vessels should operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.
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Posted   10-30-2012 18:55    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 19-12]

October 30, 2012

NOTICE OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, has determined that Hurricane SANDY has diminished and poses no further threat to the port. Initial port assessments have been completed and will continue until all hazards are identified and mitigated. The Port Condition has been downgraded from Zulu to a Seasonal Alert; this is an update to MSIB # 18-12. All normal cargo operations may resume throughout the Port at the discretion of terminal operators and within their own safety limitations due to the possibly of continued wind gusts over the next 48 hours.

Mariners are advised to take caution when transiting the river and bay due to swift currents and the increased presence of debris and other hazards to navigation. It should also be assumed that all Aids to Navigation are unreliable until the Coast Guard can conduct verification of each aid. The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay strongly encourages mariners of small recreational vessels and vessels made of non steel material to avoid transiting the waterway until tides and debris volume return to normal levels.

The Coast Guard continues to ask for a collaborative effort from port members in reporting any hazardous conditions or breakaway of vessels over the course of the next few days until all Port conditions return to normal.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.

Posted   10-30-2012 15:51    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
HURRICANE SANDY

[MSIB # 18-12]

October 30, 2012

UPDATE OF HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION ZULU

The Captain of the Port is notifying port partners that the port will remain in a modified Hurricane Condition ZULU until further notice. This Marine Safety Information Bulletin is an update to MSIB #17-12, dated October 28, 2012.

• Tug and barge movement is authorized to and from anchorages. River anchorages are open to tug and barge traffic only.

• Cargo transfer operations may resume following facility assessments and facility reporting to the USCG.

• Lightering is not permitted.

• Bunkering is not permitted in the anchorage areas of the lower Delaware Bay.

• Mariners are directed to exercise extreme caution as aids to navigation may be off station and not watching properly.

• Big Stone Anchorage is open to vessels arriving from sea and departing to sea.

• Dredging operations will resume as soon as practicable. All previous navigation restrictions related to dredging are in effect. Mariners are requested to call dredges 2 hours prior to passing.


As it is determined that conditions are safe for navigation, the port will incrementally return to normal operations. Additional restrictions may continue depending on the severity of the hurricane’s impact. The Coast Guard asks for a collaborative effort from port members in reporting any hazardous conditions, off-station aids to navigation or breakaway of vessels.





The Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can also be found on Homeport at https://homeport.uscg.mil/DelawareBay. Please refer to the Homeport website for additional information and checklists. If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.

Posted   10-28-2012 21:52    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
HURRICANE SANDY

[MSIB # 17-12]

October 28, 2012

NOTICE OF HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION ZULU

The Captain of the Port is notifying Port partners that Hurricane Condition ZULU will be set throughout the port at 0600 on October 29, 2012 due to the potential for Hurricane SANDY to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area. This Marine Safety Information Bulletin is an update to MSIB #16-12, dated October 28, 2012.

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that projections indicate the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas, surf and tidal surge. All members of the port community to include vessel owners and operators, vessel agents, pilots, and facility owners and operators are to take adequate precautions and to follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 406, dated May 17, 2011 and comply with the requirements of Section 1200, “Storm Preparation Checklists for Vessels and Facilities” and adhere to the following:

 Vessels must be securely moored and prepared for hurricane conditions.

 All liquid cargo transfer operations are to be suspended.

Once it has been determined that the hurricane and severe weather has passed, the Coast Guard will transfer into hurricane downgrade conditions and conduct port assessments in efforts to return the port to normal operations as quickly as possible. Additional restrictions may continue depending on the severity of the hurricane’s impact. The Coast Guard asks for a collaborative effort from port members in reporting any hazardous conditions or breakaway of vessels.

The Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can also be found on Homeport at https://homeport.uscg.mil/DelawareBay. Please refer to the Homeport website for additional information and checklists. If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   10-28-2012 17:17    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
HURRICANE SANDY

[MSIB # 16-12]

October 28, 2012

NOTICE OF HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION YANKEE

The Captain of the Port is notifying Port partners that Hurricane Condition YANKEE will be set throughout the port at 1600 on October 28, 2012 due to the potential for Hurricane SANDY to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area. This Marine Safety Information Bulletin is an update to MSIB #15-12, dated October 27, 2012.

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that projections indicate the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas, surf and tidal surge. All members of the port community to include vessel owners and operators, vessel agents, pilots, and facility owners and operators are to take adequate precautions and to follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 406, dated May 17, 2011 and comply with the requirements of Section 1200, “Storm Preparation Checklists for Vessels and Facilities” and adhere to the following:

 Lightering operations must cease. Bunkering operation requests will be approved by the Captain of the Port on a case-by-case basis.
 All cargo operations utilizing cranes must cease.
 All moored tank barges are required to have a tug on standby alongside or in immediate proximity. All freight barges are required to be moored to a pier or wharf.
 All anchorages north of Bombay Hook Point are closed to vessels intending to anchor.
 Vessels anchored in Big Stone Anchorage are required to have a Pilot onboard.
 All local tug companies should have a list of tugs available for assistance prior to and after hurricane passage.
 All coastal inlets are closed to departing traffic.

PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION MODIFIED ZULU

 Vessels must be securely moored and prepared for hurricane conditions.

 Mariners are advised that all vessel movement within the Port of Sector Delaware Bay may be suspended with the exception of vessels seeking safe harbor or refuge. Vessel movements without specific authorization from the Captain of the Port will be prohibited.

 Liquid cargo transfer operations will be suspended.

Mariners are advised that based on continued deteriorating weather conditions, the entrance to Delaware Bay may be closed to incoming traffic.

The COTP will broadcast notification using VHF-FM radio in the event any limitations or restrictions are imposed in the COTP Sector Delaware Bay area of responsibility. Additionally this notification will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the best possible advance notification before changing port operational status. Vessel agents are reminded to ensure their ships are provided a copy of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan which can also be found on Homeport at https://homeport.uscg.mil/DelawareBay. Please refer to the Homeport website for additional information and checklists.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.

Posted   10-27-2012 16:12    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
HURRICANE SANDY

[MSIB # 15-12]

October 27, 2012

NOTICE OF HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION X-RAY

The Captain of the Port is notifying Port partners that Hurricane Condition X-RAY will be set throughout the port at 1600 on October 27th 2012 due to the potential for Hurricane SANDY to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area. This Marine Safety Information Bulletin is an update to MSIB #14-12, dated October 26, 2012.

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay has determined that the possibility exists that the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas, surf and tidal surge. All members of the port community to include vessel owners and operators, vessel agents, pilots, and facility owners and operators are to take adequate precautions and to follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 406, dated May 17, 2011 and comply with the requirements of Section 1200, “Storm Preparation Checklists for Vessels and Facilities”. Specifically, vessels desiring to remain in port must submit a “Remaining in Port Checklist” by noon on October 28, 2012. An up to date Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can be found on Homeport at https://homeport.uscg.mil/DelawareBay. Vessel agents shall ensure their ships are provided a copy of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan.

Additionally, Commercial vessels and barges over 500 gross tons, and tank barges over 200 gross tons, which do not intend to remain in port are encouraged to make plans to depart the Delaware River no later than 24 hours prior to the onset of gale force winds on their transit route (i.e. on the Delaware Bay).

PREPERATIONS FOR HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION YANKEE

In preparation for setting Hurricane Condition YANKEE, mariners are advised that the following limitations may be imposed:

 All anchorages north of Bombay Hook Point will be closed to vessels intending to anchor.
 All bunkering and lightering operations must cease.
 All cargo operations utilizing cranes must cease.
 All moored tank barges will be required to have a tug on standby alongside or in immediate proximity. All freight barges will be required to be moored to a pier or wharf.
 All local tug companies should have a list of tugs available for assistance prior to and after hurricane passage.
 All coastal inlets are closed to departing traffic.

The COTP will broadcast notification using VHF-FM radio in the event any limitations or restrictions are imposed in the COTP Sector Delaware Bay area of responsibility. This notification will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the best possible advance notification before changing port operational status. Please refer to the Homeport website for additional information and checklists.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   10-26-2012 14:04    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
HURRICANE SANDY

[MSIB # 14-12]

October 26, 2012

NOTICE OF HURRICANE READINESS CONDITION WHISKEY

The Captain of the Port intends to set Hurricane Condition WHISKEY at noon today due to the potential for Hurricane SANDY to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area. The possibility exists that the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas will experience high winds, severe thunderstorms, and increased seas and surf. All members of the port community to include vessel owners and operators, vessel agents, pilots and facility owners and operators are asked to take adequate precautions and to follow the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, to include Section 405, dated May 17, 2011. An updated Port Hurricane Contingency Plan can be found on Homeport at: homeport.uscg.mil/DelawareBay. Vessel agents shall ensure their ships are provided a copy of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan. There are currently no restrictions in the Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay area of responsibility.

The COTP will broadcast notification using VHF-FM radio in the event any limitations or restrictions are imposed in the COTP Sector Delaware Bay area of responsibility. Additionally this notification will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the best possible advance notification before changing port operational status. Please refer to the Homeport website for additional information and checklists.

If there are any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact (215) 271-4807.
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Posted   10-22-2012 19:40    
Sector Delaware Bay cordially invites interested members to attend an Emissions Control Area Seminar (ECA) held by members from EPA on November 28, 2012 at Sector Delaware Bay from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Topics discussed will include ECA History, Benefits, Enforcement, Fuel Availability, and Special Topics.

Space is limited, please send attendance requests or direct any questions to Mr. Tom Casey at Thomas.M.Casey@uscg.mil or LCDR Michael Odom at Michael.G.Odom@uscg.mil.

Posted   10-09-2012 20:18    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 13-12]
Update 1

October 9, 2012

Marcus Hook Anchorage Safety Zone

The US Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the Dredge ESSEX which will be in effect as early as Friday, October 12, 2012 while it operates within Marcus Hook Anchorage preparing for annual maintenance dredging operations within the range (33CFR165.555).

During this time period the upper portion of the anchorage shall be closed to all vessel traffic while the dredge lays submerged pipeline within the anchorage. Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807 [33CFR110.157(b)(11)(i)]. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX by phone at 757-353-0455 or on channel 13 or 16 VHF for passing information.





K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay
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Posted   10-01-2012 15:02    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 12-12]

September 26, 2012

CARGO TRANSFER NOTIFICATIONS

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay reminds all fixed and mobile facilities regulated under 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 154 and 156, that cargo transfer notifications are required to be sent to Sector Delaware Bay a minimum of 4 hours prior to transfer. If possible it is requested that be sent at least 24 hours or more prior to. This notification is required for all Mobile Transfer Facilities (MTF), and all fixed facilities that transfer oil or hazardous material in bulk. MTF’s may not conduct transfer operations until advanced notice has been given as specified in this bulletin.

Notices must be in writing and can be e-mailed to SECDELBAYTRANSFERS@uscg.mil. Notification should include the name of the vessel, the name of the product, the amount being transferred, the start/end date and time of transfer, the location of the transfer, and the name of the facility conducting the transfer. This bulletin is being issued under authority of 33CFR156.118.

Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Facilities Inspection Branch by calling (215) 271-4864.



K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   09-19-2012 20:06    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 11-12]
September 19, 2012

EXTENEDED EXPIRATION DATE
TRANSPORATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL (TWIC)

Starting August 30, 2012, if you hold a TWIC that expires on or before December 31, 2014 and you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national you will be able to replace your expiring TWIC with a 3-year Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC. The EED TWIC is a one-time temporary extension option intended to provide convenience and cost-savings to workers. The EED TWIC has a reduced cost of $60 and requires only one visit to an enrollment center. This guidance provides direction to the maritime industry on the eligibility and application process for an EED TWIC.

Eligibility:
• Individuals are eligible to obtain a 3-year EED TWIC if they meet the following requirements:
­ They are a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National AND
­ Their current TWIC is valid and not revoked AND
­ Their current TWIC expires on or before December 31, 2014.
• As long as an individual maintains eligibility, he/she can obtain a 3-year EED TWIC prior to the expiration of their current TWIC before December 31, 2014.
• TWIC holders who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals are required to enroll for a standard 5-year replacement upon expiration of their current TWIC.

Application Process:
• Call the TSA TWIC Help Desk (1-866-347-8942, Mon–Fri, 8AM to 10PM Eastern) to begin the application process and to confirm eligibility.
• Once the EED TWIC arrives at the enrollment center specified by the individual, the individual will be notified for pick up and activation of their 3-year EED TWIC.
• The original TWIC shall be turned in at the enrollment center at the time of activation of the EED TWIC.
• The new EED TWIC will have an expiration date three years from the original expiration date, regardless of when application for the EED is made.

More information on the EED TWIC, location of enrollment center, and related materials may be found at www.tsa.gov/twic.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this bulletin, please contact Lieutenant Matthew Layman, Commandant (CG-FAC-2) U.S. Coast Guard, at (202) 372-1133.



T.C. WIEMERS
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Alternate Captain of the Port
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Posted   09-12-2012 20:08    
SECTOR COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
1 WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4899

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 10-12]

September 12, 2012

ATLANTIC COAST PORT ACCESS ROUTE STUDY UPDATE

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay advises all mariners that the interim report for the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study is available for review. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently seeking comments regarding the contents of the report. The deadline for comments is October 11, 2012. Anyone wishing to make comments can get information on the report from the September 11, 2012 Federal Register Vol. 77; No. 176.

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/09/11/2012-22295/port-access-route-study-the-atlantic-coast-from-maine-to-florida




K. MOORE
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-31-2012 17:54    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 09-12]

August 31, 2012

NEW CASTLE RANGE DREDGING OPERATIONS

The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay advises all mariners that annual maintenance dredging in New Castle Range is expected to commence on or about September 1, 2012 and continue through October 31, 2012. In order to facilitate this dredging, notice is being given that Pea Patch Island Anchorage (Anchorage #5) will be closed to all vessels for anchorage. Additionally, the upper portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage (Anchorage #3) will be closed to vessels for anchorage so that vessels transiting the area may utilize the upper portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage to safely navigate around the dredging project.

Mariners are cautioned that a combination of floating and submerged pipeline will be used. The dredge ESSEX will be standing by on channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM or can be contacted via cell phone at 757-353-0455. Traffic should contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Dredge operations are expected to continue 24 hours per day, until the completion of the project. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting through the affected area and to stay clear of the dredge, booster, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Questions about the dredging or resulting anchorage closure should be directed to the Waterways Management Department by calling (215) 271-4889 or (215) 271-4851.
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Posted   08-15-2012 16:59    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

DEMOLITION AND REPAIR OF THE SUNOCO PHILADLEPHIA SEA WALL WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 15, 2012 AND CONTINUE THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2012 FROM 6 AM UNTIL 4 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. THE WORK WILL INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF A TURBIDITY CURTAIN TO ENSURE NO FUTHER DEBRIS IS RELEASED INTO THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER AS WELL AS THE USE OF DIVERS IN THE AREA. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND REQUESTED TO TRANSIT BY SO AS NOT TO CAUSE A WAKE.

Posted   08-15-2012 15:10    
MOBILIZATION FOR THE DELAWARE RIVER MAIN CHANNEL DEEPENING WILL BEGIN AUGUST 17, 2012. GREAT LAKES DREDGE & DOCK COMPANY INTENDS TO USE HORSEHOE SHOAL AS A HOLDING AREA TO ANCHOR AND HOLD DREDGING EQUIPMENT. EQUIPMENT WILL INCLUDE DERRICKS, ANCHOR BARGES AND TUGS. DREDGING IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 FROM REACH M TO TINICUM RANGE. DREDGE VESSELS WILL BE MONITORING CHANNELS 13 AND 16 AND AT NO TIME DURING THE MOBILIZAION WILL VESSELS BE IN THE DELAWARE RIVER SHIP CHANNEL. MARINERS TRANSITING THROUGH THE AREA ARE TO PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND OBEY ALL SAFE NAVIGATION RULES.

Posted   08-07-2012 20:36    
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE PIER LOCATED JUST OFF CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK IS UNSTABLE AND COULD POTENTIALLY BREAK FREE POSING A HAZARD TO NAVIGATION. THE STATE OF DELAWARE IS AWARE OF THE SITUATION AND WILL BE MONITORING THE PIER CLOSLEY UNTIL SALVAGE CAN BE CONDUCTED IN THE COMING DAYS. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND REPORT ANY FLOATING DEBRIS TO THE USCG IMMEDIATLY.

Posted   06-29-2012 18:04    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

A SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ESTABLISHED ON JUNE 30, 2012 IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING FROM 9 PM UNTIL 11 PM FOR THE WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FIREWORKS DISPLAY. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO ADJUST THEIR TRANSITS ACCORDINGLY AND TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   05-23-2012 20:44    
The USCG will establish a safety zone within the Delaware River North of the Ben Franklin Bridge in the vicinity of the Sugarhouse Casino on May 26th from 9:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The Sugarhouse Casino will be sponsoring a Memorial Day fireworks event that evening. Mariners are advised to adjust transit times accordingly and use caution when transiting the area.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Sector Delaware Bay Waterways Management at 215-271-4889.

Posted   05-04-2012 19:19    
As a reminder to all mariners, the preferred method for reporting Aids to Navigation discrepancies or outages is to contact our 24 hour Command Center at 215-271-4807. This is to ensure that the Coast Guard is making all the proper notifications and the discrepancy is prioritized correctly.

We appreciate everyone`s cooperation in this matter.

Posted   04-30-2012 18:40    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 07-12]

April 30, 2012

Force Protection Posture Awareness for
Anniversary death of Osama Bin Laden

As we approach the 1st Anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2012 all port partners are reminded to remain vigilant for any suspicious activities and work together with Coast Guard and law enforcement partners to ensure the integrity of standard security measures. The Maritime Security (MARSEC) level remains at MARSEC 1, however, maritime industry is highly encouraged to raise awareness and review their plans and reporting procedures. In this period of heightened global tension the maritime industry and port stakeholders are advised to maintain the security measures associated with MARSEC 1 and report suspicious activity immediately to Sector Delaware Bay’s 24 hour Command Center at 215-271-4940.

Posted   04-24-2012 13:54    
***Exercise***Exercise***Exercise***

MARITIME SECURITY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 07-12]

April 24, 2012

OIL SPILL PAULSBORO REFINERY

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone within the Delaware River near the Paulsboro Refinery. The Safety zone will encompass all the waters of the Delaware River 500 yards North and South of Berth 1. Transiting vessels are advised that there is active oil in the water and should consider anchoring until the safety zone is lifted. Vessels needing passage through the safety zone must gain approval from the Captain of the Port Delaware Bay through the onscene patrol commander who can be reached via VHF radio on channel 21A. Vessels are advised to contact the patrol commander at least 1 hour prior to arrival.

Any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin can be addressed with CG Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at 215-271-4807.


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Posted   04-13-2012 15:17    
April 13th 2012: 1115 hours: The USCG Sector Delaware Bay issued MSIB 06-12: Vessel Response Plans, Advance Notice of Transfers.
The MSIB covers, among other information, requirements regarding Oil Spill Removal Organizations (OSRO), Vessel Response Plans, and lightering operations.
MSIB 06-12 supersedes MSIB 10-09.

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http://www.maritimedelriv.com/Port_Security/USCG/USCG_Files/MSIB_06-12_Lightering.pdf

Posted   03-28-2012 12:31    
Correction:

Please visit the MAC Website or Homeport to view additional information regarding the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference. Early Bird registration has closed and Pre-registration will end April 4th. Should you have any questions please feel free to direct them to LT Corrina Ott at corrina.ott@uscg.mil
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Posted   03-28-2012 12:25    
Greetings, please find attached additional information regarding the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference. Early Bird registration has closed and Pre-registration will end April 4th. Should you have any questions please feel free to direct them to LT Corrina Ott at corrina.ott@uscg.mil
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Posted   02-29-2012 19:17    
The 2012 Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference, held jointly by the USCG, USACE, , Ports, Towing Industry, Passenger Vessel Industry, and various facilities along the Mid Atlantic Waterways, is April 23rd - 25th 2012, in Norfolk, Virginia. Attendees range from high ranking military officers to industry executives and other people with specific interests and key roles in the military and industry. This year`s conference promises to be both educational and informative because of the high level of interest in issues relating to the Atlantic waterways. To meet this level of interest, we increased the number of the booths and size of display area with the overall goal of increasing our understanding of available resources for the River Industry.


Registration

Register now

<http://midatlanticwaterwaysconference.com/Registration.html>

Early Registration $192 until 3/15 Midnight

Pre-registration $252 until 4/4 Midnight

Registration $292

Should you have any questions regarding this message please feel free to contact LT Corrina Ott at corrina.ott@uscg.mil

Posted   02-24-2012 14:58    
THE U.S. COAST GUARD IS ESTABLISHING A SAFETY ZONE FOR A FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN THE VICINITY OF PENNS LANDING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 FROM 9:45 PM UNTIL 10:45 PM. THE ZONE IS BOUNDED FROM SHORELINE TO SHORELINES ADJACENT TO PENNS LANDING TO POSITION 39-56.31N 075-08.28W TO 39-56.29N 075-07.56W TO THE SOUTH AND BOUNDED TO THE NORTH BY THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE. MARINERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRANSIT THROUGH THE SAFETY ZONE DURING THE TIMES WHEN THE FIREWORKS ARE BEING DISCHARGED WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE ONSCENE PATROL COMMANDER. THE ON SCENE PATROL COMMANDER CAN CONTACTED ON CH 16 VHF-FM. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AFTER THE
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Posted   02-23-2012 21:09    
Mantua Creek Anchorage Opening

The Dredge ESSEX has completed operations within Mantua Creek Anchorage. The U.S. Coast Guard has cleared the safety zone as of February 23, 2012.

Vessels desiring to anchor in Mantua Creek Anchorage are no longer required to obtain permission from the Captain of the Port. Mariners are reminded that no vessel shall occupy the anchorage for a period longer than 48 hours without permission from the Captain of the Port.

Posted   02-22-2012 21:21    
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS

MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT SUBMERGED DEBRIS REMAINS PRESENT IN THE VICINITY OF THE SUNOCO PHILADELPHIA REFINERY PIER COLLAPSE ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER. RIVER DEPTHS IN THE VICINITY OF 39-55.08N 075-12.04W ARE REDUCED FROM 29 FEET TO APPROXIMATLY 18 FEET UNTIL THE DEBRIS CAN BE REMOVED. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Posted   02-15-2012 15:31    
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Posted   02-14-2012 18:26    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 04-12 revised]

February 13, 2012

Mantua Creek Anchorage Closure Revised

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone within the Delaware River near the Sunoco Fort Mifflin Refinery around the Dredge ESSEX beginning February 13th, 2012 until February 25, 2012. During this time the Dredge ESSEX will be operating around the Army Corps of Engineers docks. Vessels requesting to transit area shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project utilizing the upriver portion of the Mantua Creek Anchorage above Sunoco Fort Mifflin Refinery while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period the western side of the channel will be closed to traffic. The upper portion of the anchorage will also be closed with the exception of transiting traffic. Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Mantua Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 48 hours. Vessels are encouraged to use Marcus Hook Anchorage (Anchorage #10) and Thompson Point Anchorage (Anchorage #8) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, for passing information.

Posted   02-14-2012 00:36    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 04-12]

February 13, 2012

Mantua Creek Anchorage Closure

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone within the Delaware River near the Sunoco Fort Mifflin Refinery around the Dredge ESSEX beginning February 13th, 2012 until February 25, 2012. During this time the Dredge ESSEX will be operating around the Army Corps of Engineers docks. Vessels requesting to transit area shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project utilizing the upriver portion of the Mantua Creek Anchorage above Sunoco Fort Mifflin Refinery while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period the western side of the channel will be closed to traffic. The upper portion of the anchorage will also be closed with the exception of transiting traffic. Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Mantua Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Mantua Creek Anchorage on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 24 hours. Vessels are encouraged to use Marcus Hook Anchorage (Anchorage #10) and Thompson Point Anchorage (Anchorage #8) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, for passing information.

Posted   02-13-2012 21:24    
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

[MSIB # 04-12]

February 13, 2012

Mantua Creek Anchorage Closure

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone within the Delaware River near the Sunoco Fort Mifflin Refinery around the Dredge ESSEX beginning February 13th, 2012 until February 25, 2012. During this time the Dredge ESSEX will be operating around the Army Corps of Engineers docks. Vessels requesting to transit area shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project utilizing the upriver portion of the Mantua Creek Anchorage above Sunoco Fort Mifflin Refinery while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period the western side of the channel will be closed to traffic. The upper portion of the anchorage will also be closed with the exception of transiting traffic. Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Mantua Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Mantua Creek Anchorage on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 24 hours. Vessels are encouraged to use Marcus Hook Anchorage (Anchorage #10) and Thompson Point Anchorage (Anchorage #8) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, for passing information.

Posted   01-22-2012 21:04    
R 201908Z JAN 12
SUBJ: SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS DBAY BNM 030-12 PA-NJ-DELAWARE RIVER

DREDGING OPERATIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED IN THE DELAWARE RIVER AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE DEEPWATER POINT RANGE AND CHERRY ISLAND RANGE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CHANNEL AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. MARINERS ARE CAUTIONED THAT A COMBINATION OF FLOATING AND SUBMERGED PIPELINE WILL BE USED. THE DREDGE WILL BE MONITORING CHANNELS 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CALL 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO PASSAGE. ALL MARINERS TRANSITING THROUGH THE AREA ARE TO PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND OBEY ALL SAFE NAVIGATION RULES.