Captain of the Port increases port conditions for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Sector San Juan Captain of the Port, Capt. Eduardo Pino, increased port conditions for the following ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday due to the expectation that gale force winds generated by Tropical Storm Erika will arrive within 48 hours.

Increased Port Conditions for the U.S. Virgin Islands:

The Captain of the Port has set Port Condition X-RAY for the ports in Saint John and Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

All marine operations including waterfront facility and vessel transits may occur until further notice and are subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices.

Increased Port Conditions for Puerto Rico:

The Captain of the Port has also set Port Condition X-RAY for the ports of Culebra, Fajardo, San Juan, Arecibo and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

All marine operations including waterfront facility and vessel transits may occur until further notice and are subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices.

“WARNING”

During Port Condition X-RAY waterfront facilities should be removing potential flying debris, hazardous materials and pollutants from dockside areas. All oceangoing commercial vessels greater than 200 gross tons must prepare to depart the port and shall depart immediately upon setting and increasing port conditions to YANKEE. Vessels unable to depart the port must contact the Captain of the Port and submit a safe mooring plan in writing when requesting and prior to receiving permission to remain in port. Inbound vessels that will be unable to depart the port upon the setting of port condition YANKEE are advised to seek an alternate destination.

Ports, facilities and operators should anticipate additional restrictions on inbound and outbound traffic as Tropical Storm Erika approaches.

Mariners should prepare for impending severe weather prior to the anticipated arrival of gale force winds or when an evacuation is in progress.

U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico ports remaining at Port Condition Four:

The ports in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and Vieques, Yabucoa, Ponce, Guayanilla, and Guanica, Puerto Rico will remain at Port Condition Four. Port condition Four is the normal port condition during hurricane season.

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