3 January 2018
Delaware Bay, United States

Ice Condition Alert

Ice Condition 3 has been set for Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbour and Canal, and the Intracoastal Waterway. This means that weather conditions are favourable 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 manoeuvre 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 Captain of the Port, 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 steel hull restrictions on the C&D Canal

For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) No. 02-18 dated 2 January 2018

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