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Delaware River, USA
World Holidays: 22 November-5 December 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015, Worldwide
Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
Sun 22 Nov – Lebanese Independence Day (to be moved to Mon 23 Nov)
Wed 25 Nov – Ill Full Moon Poya Day (Sri Lanka)
Thu 26 Nov – Thanksgiving Day (USA)
Fri 27 Nov – Day after Thanksgiving (USA)
Tue 1 Dec – Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Wed 2 Dec – UAE National Day
Mon 30 Nov – Bonifacio Day (Philippines)For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found athttp://gac.com/gac-worldwide

Dredging completed at Marcus Hook Range, New Castle Range safety zone established
Saturday, November 21, 2015, Delaware River, USA
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.As a result, it 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 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 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.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information Bulletin No.38-15 dated 20 November 2015

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