Daily Update

Philadelphia / Delaware River & Bay

April 30, 2024


Port MARSEC Level 1
Local Time – GMT -4
Good day,
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident
Please note below updates as of 0900 hrs April 30th, 2024:
Salvage and container removal operations are still in progress. Container transfer will continue in the coming days, weather permitting.
As of April 27th, 2024, 171 commercial vessels have transited the four alternate channels, including five of the vessels waiting to depart the Port of Baltimore since March 26. 137 containers of the estimated 180 necessary to access the portion of the bridge atop the M/V DALI have been removed.
USACE engineers are aiming to reopen the permanent, 700-foot-wide by 50-foot-deep federal navigation channel by the end of May, AGW.
The Captain of the Port (COTP) has established two temporary alternate channels for commercially essential vessels: the Sollers Point Temporary Alternate Channel is located on the northeast side of the main ship channel and the Hawkins Point Temporary Alternate Channel is located on the southwest side of the main ship channel. Both are in the vicinity of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. This action was part of a phased approach to opening the main federal channel. These temporary channels are marked with government lighted aids to navigation and will be limited to transit at the discretion of the COTP and during daylight hours only.
Due to updated surveys and waterway user feedback, these channels have had aids repositioned to facilitate transits through best water. The updated approximate locations of aids to navigation can be found in Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and in the near future found in the USCG Light List/Local Notice to Mariners.
The Sollers Point Temporary Channel has a controlling depth of 11 feet, a 264-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance of 95 feet.
The Hawkins Point Temporary Channel has a controlling depth of 14 feet, a 280-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance of 124 feet.
The Fort Carroll Temporary Channel has a controlling depth of 20 feet, a 300-foot horizontal clearance, and a vertical clearance of 135 feet.
The Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel will have a controlling depth of 38 feet, a 300-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance of 214 feet.
Deep draft vessels utilizing this channel will require a Maryland State pilot and two escort tugs, ahead and astern on centerline. The Maryland Pilots will impose a 3 foot under keel clearance (UKC) requirement for all vessels and limit transits to winds being less than 15 knots Weather Forecast for 39.22N 76.54W (Elev. 3 ft). Due to this channel’s proximity to the grounded M/V DALI and effects of a passing vessel, all transits must be at or below 5 knots. Additionally, each vessel requesting to transit this channel must provide their length, breadth, drafts (fore and aft), and total displacement to be assessed for potential impacts to the M/V DALI. Due to critical and highly dynamic salvage operations to advance efforts to fully clear the channel commencing on Monday April 29th, this channel will not be available again until approximately May 10th. The 2,000-yard safety zone around the Francis Scott Key remains in effect. You may not enter the safety zone described above unless authorized by the COTP or the COTP’s designated representative.
Currently, it is uncertain how long port movements will be suspended. Prolonged delays are expected due to the magnitude of the situation.
Local Pilots have advised that vessels currently anchored at Annapolis are not movement restricted and are able to sail, provided that USCG and USCBP formalities are completed with each respective agency.
Local Pilots have advised that Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal is currently not movement restricted. The channel to TPA berth(s) is outside of the USCG Safety Zone presently in effect, subject to change.

We will pass on information concerning resumption of vessel movements as soon as it’s provided to us by the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Pilots and port authorities. 
In the meantime, please find the below current Sector Maryland NCR port condition update:

Sector Maryland NCR: Port Condition: Closed
Effective immediately a safety zone is established for all navigable waters of the Chesapeake Bay within a 2000-yard radius of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The 948-foot Singapore-flagged vessel DALI struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024.

Please also reference the below website with up-to-date information regarding the response efforts of the Key Bridge Incident:
Home | Key Bridge Incident (keybridgeresponse2024.com)

As advised, the timeline for resuming regular port operations uncertain and determined basis the information available by local authorities, and we expect this incident will affect port traffic for some time. Therefore, prospective berthing for future vessels is very unclear.
Our team is closely monitoring this situation and are actively communicating with local authorities and port officials to ensure we are as updated as possible.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions concerning the situation and we will assist as best as possible.
2024 Ozone Action Days begin May 1, 2024
Just a reminder that during the following summer months DNREC measures the air quality forecast for pollution and may deem certain days Code Orange or Code Red. 
“Ozone Action Day” as defined by the Delaware Reg 1124: a day that is predicted, based on forecasted weather conditions, to reach unhealthy ozone concentrations.  Frequently called a Code Red Day, an Ozone Action Day is declared prior to 1430 hours (local time) for the following day.
Below are the Operations Standards regarding Ozone Action Days from the DNREC Title V Permit:
Condition 3 – Table 1(a)(1)(iii)(L)
Uncontrolled lightering operations shall not be carried out from 0230 hours until 1630 hours (local time) on any day that the Department declares an Ozone Action Day.  However, if uncontrolled lightering operations have begun prior to the declaration of the Ozone Action Day, those lightering operations may continue until 0230 hours (local time) or until the service vessel is fully loaded, whichever is later.
Condition 3 – Table 1(a)(1)(iii)(M)
If the Department declares consecutive Ozone Action Days, the owner or operator of a lightering service shall, to the greatest extent practicable, minimize uncontrolled lightering operations on the second and subsequent consecutively declared Ozone Actions Days as follows:
1) Carrying out controlled lightering operations, if vapor balancing compatible service vessels and   
     ships to be lightered are available.
2) Rescheduling the uncontrolled lightering operations to the periods of 1630 hours to 0230 hours
     (local time) of the second and subsequent consecutively declared Ozone Action Days.
With all of that being said, all of our Charterers have made great efforts to charter in vapor balance capable vessels and I don’t foresee any issues with lightering in the event there is a Code Red Day this summer.
Below received from DNREC:
With Spring just beginning, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is preparing for its annual air quality forecasting season, which runs from May 1 - September 30.
Starting on May 1, you'll receive an email from this address if an air quality "action day” is anticipated the next day.  An action day is declared when the levels of ozone and/or particulate matter are predicted to be high and could therefore be unhealthy to sensitive groups and/or the general public.
For more information about the air quality alerts and what you can do to reduce air pollution, check out the following website: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/air/quality/forecast/

Draft information
37’ - 40’ outbound from Packer Avenue including Beckett Street
- Use reference station Philadelphia.
- Vessels may sail 3 hours before low water and up until 1.5 hours after low water at Philadelphia.
37’ - 40’ outbound from Paulsboro
- Please use reference station Marcus Hook.
- Vessels may sail from Paulsboro 1 hour before low water up until 3 hours after low water at Marcus Hook.
37’ - 40’ outbound from Marcus Hook (anchorage or berth)
- Please use reference station Marcus Hook.

Weather / Marine Zone Forecast

Philadelphia weather
Marine Weather
1002 AM EDT Tue Apr 30 2024

High pressure builds in early this morning and lingers through the
remainder of the day, before a series of fronts and low pressure
systems affect the East Coast Wednesday through the end of the week.
High pressure looks to return to end the weekend and start the new


Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
1002 AM EDT Tue Apr 30 2024

SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Wave
Detail: S 3 ft at 5 seconds and E 3 ft at 12 seconds.
S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming
SW 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Wave Detail: S 3 ft
at 5 seconds and E 2 ft at 11 seconds. Scattered showers after
NW winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming E in the afternoon. Seas
2 to 3 ft. Wave Detail: S 2 ft at 5 seconds and E 2 ft at
10 seconds. A chance of showers.
E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Wave Detail: S
2 ft at 5 seconds and E 2 ft at 9 seconds.
SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Wave Detail: E 2 ft
at 9 seconds and S 1 ft at 5 seconds.
S winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming SE after midnight. Seas
2 to 3 ft. Wave Detail: E 2 ft at 9 seconds and S 1 ft at
5 seconds.
E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
E winds around 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of

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