Captain of the Port of Long Island Sound sets ZULU, closes ports

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsNEW HAVEN, Conn., — The Captain of the Port of Connecticut and Long Island Sound,Capt. Joseph Vojvodich, set Port Condition ZULU and closed all waterways in Connecticut and Long Island Sound in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, effective 10 a.m., Monday.

Port Condition ZULU means that gale force winds are expected to impact the area within 12 hours.

The COTP orders that:

1. All cargo and bunker handling operations must cease at this time.

2. A safety zone has been established, prohibiting vessel movement and activities unless specifically authorized by the COTP.

3. All commercial vessel and barge operators who have received permission from the COTP to remain in port must be at their mooring site in accordance with their plan.

Mariners are also advised that drawbridges will remain closed when wind speeds are 34 knots or greater or once evacuations begin. Because of the uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds.

All Coast Guard small boat stations have secured operations in anticipation of the hurricane.  As a result, they will have minimal search and rescue capabilities until the storm passes out of the area. The Coast Guard once again urges boaters to stay off the water and off the beaches.

“Safety of life at sea is the Coast Guard’s top priority,” said Cmdr. Holly Najarian, the deputy commander of Sector Long Island Sound, New Haven, Conn. “We have put Long Island Sound and the ports therein in port condition ZULU, which means that gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are expected within 12 hours. The waterways will be shut down to all traffic until further notice. We will work closely with our partner agencies on Long Island and in Connecticut to keep a vigilant watch of the ports and waterway s on Long Island Sound”

For updates on port conditions in Long Island Sound, visit the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

For more information on Sandy, visit the National Hurricane Center Web site.

Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site to stay informed and for tips to prepare and plan.

 

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