Captain of the Port sets Port Condition YANKEE for the U.S. Virgin Islands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Sector San Juan Captain of the Port, Capt. Eduardo Pino, set Port Condition YANKEE Wednesday at 6p.m. for all the ports in Saint Croix and at 8p.m. for all the ports in Saint John and Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands due to the expectation that gale force winds generated by Tropical Storm Erika will arrive within 24 hours.

Ferry operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands are allowed during Port Condition YANKEE.

The ports in Puerto Rico remain at Port Condition X-RAY subject to changes in Erika’s storm track or strength.

“WARNING”

During Port Condition YANKEE all ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic greater than 200 Gross Tons. All vessels greater than 200 gross tons without permission to remain in port should have departed or be prepared to depart prior to the setting of Port Condition ZULU.

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.

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