Coast Guard announces port openings in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands

Capt. Eric King, captain of the port San Juan, Puerto Rico, conducts a port assessment of the U.S. Virgin Islands with a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The port assessment was conducted after Hurricane Irma passed over the area. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Capt. Eric King, captain of the port San Juan, Puerto Rico, conducts a port assessment of the U.S. Virgin Islands with a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard, continues to conduct port assessments by land, air and sea of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the Captain of the Port San Juan has set Port Readiness Condition FOUR and opened the following ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

“We have made significant progress on our ports since Hurricane Irma passed, but the Port of St. Thomas was impacted severely. We have teams on the ground, air and water making navigational and port assessments of this area to ensure a quick and safe recovery,” said Capt. Eric King, commander, Sector San Juan. “The Coast Guard is coordinating very closely with our port partners to keep them appraised of the storms impact and port conditions. We are doing everything in our power to open the ports, but we want to remind the public we must do this safely to mitigate any further damage, pollution or injury.”

Open with No Restrictions:

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Guayanilla, Puerto Rico
  • Tallaboa, Puerto Rico
  • Guanica, Puerto Rico
  • Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • Vieques, Puerto Rico
  • Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
  • Limetree Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Krause Lagoon, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Open with Restrictions:

  • Guayama, Puerto Rico: Only to Tug and Barges, no ships greater than 500 gross tons, and no deep draft vessels.
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico – Daylight operations only
  • Culebra port is open – Daylight operations only
  • Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – Daylight operations only
  • St. John, Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Island – Ferry traffic only
  • St. Thomas, Redhook, U.S. Virgin Islands – Ferry traffic only

Ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that remain CLOSED under Port Readiness Condition ZULU are:

  • Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • All other ports in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Fredericksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


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