Captain of the Port sets Port Condition WHISKEY for the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Southeastern Coast Guard News
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard Sector San Juan Alternate Captain of the Port, Capt. David Flaherty, set Port Condition WHISKEY at 9 a.m. Monday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico due to the approach of Tropical Storm Chantal.

Depending on the projected storm path, the Captain of the Port may increase Port Conditions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands within the next 12 hours.

During Port Condition WHISKEY (72 hours before gale-force winds make landfall) all maritime operations including waterfront facility and vessel transits may occur until further notice and are subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices.  Commercial vessel and facility operators should plan for contingencies and review vessel schedules for arrivals and departures to and from maritime facilities.

Waterfront facilities should be removing potential flying debris, hazardous materials and pollutants from dockside areas.

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”

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

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 and precluded from assisting people who may actually be 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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