Captain of the Port sets port condition to X-RAY for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan Captain of the Port, Capt. Drew Pearson, set Port Condition X-RAY at 8 p.m. Thursday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico due to incoming Tropical Storm Maria.

During Port Condition X-RAY (gale force winds are anticipated to make landfall within 48 hours) all maritime operations including waterfront facility and vessel transits may occur until further notice and are subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices.

Waterfront facilities should be removing potential flying debris, hazardous materials and pollutants from dockside areas. All oceangoing vessels greater than 200 gross tons should make preparations to leave the port at this time or have received permission from the Captain of the Port to remain in port. 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.

Vessels bound for this port, which are unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds making landfall, are advised to seek an alternate destination.

 “WARNING”


The Captain of the Port may establish Port Condition YANKEE by Friday afternoon for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in anticipation to gale force winds, 34 knots or 39 mph, making landfall within 24 hours.

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

Owners and operators of recreational vessels should follow small craft advisories from the National Weather Service and take the necessary measures to safeguard the safety of their vessels, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Pleasure craft operators are advised to seek safe harbor. Owners of larger boats are urged to move their boats to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or sustaining damage. Trailer able boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not secured properly, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure there are no people in distress

Future port conditions cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty, but provided the storm remains on the projected course and track, port stakeholders can expect the established progression of port conditions.

 

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