Hurricane Condition Whiskey for Port of Delaware Bay
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the anticipated arrival of a severe winter storm 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 high winds, increased seas, and excessive tide variations. Members of the port community should take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan.
In preparation for the storm, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:
* Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated storm surge and winds; 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 40mph.
* Facilities must complete post storm check sheet available via homeport.
In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will 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 content of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807(215) 271-4807 FREE or (267) 515-7294(267) 515-7294 FREE.
Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin # 02-16 dated 21 January 2016