Delaware Bay Closure for Naval Exercises

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The Coast Guard is establishing three temporary safety zones on the waters of the Delaware Bay and North Atlantic Ocean adjacent to Cape May, New Jersey. The safety zones will restrict vessel traffic on a portion of the Delaware Bay and North Atlantic Ocean while a Navy exercise is taking place. These temporary safety zones are necessary to protect the surrounding public and vessels from the hazards associated the exercise.

This rule is effective October 3, 2014 through October 24, 2014 and will be enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day.

Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean Safety Zones – Navy Exercise
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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.

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