Captain of the Port sets Port Condition ZULU, closes the port in St. Croix, U.S. Virgins Islands

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Sector San Juan Captain of the Port, Capt. Drew Pearson, set Port Condition ZULU at 12 p.m. Sunday closing the ports in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, due to the passing of Tropical Storm Irene.

All other ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will remain operating with restrictions under Port Condition YANKEE until further notice.

Port Condition ZULU

During Port Condition ZULU (sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours) the ports will remain closed to all incoming and outgoing vessel traffic until directed by the Captain of the Port.

All intra-island ferries transiting ports under Port Condition ZULU must cease operations and be secured at their designated mooring facility when Port Condition ZULU is in place for their respective port.

Port Condition YANKEE

During Port Condition YANKEE, the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are closed to inbound vessels traffic.  Vessels greater than 200 gross tons currently in port should get underway at this time, while all other vessels remaining in port are to take appropriate precautionary measures.

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.

Owners and operators of recreational vessels

Owners and operators of recreational vessels should follow the small craft advisories from the National Weather Service, and take the necessary measures to safeguard the safety of their vessels.

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