Coast Guard does damage assessment, 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 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 for and opening the following ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

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
– Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – Daylight operations only

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

– Culebra, Puerto Rico
– Arecibo, Puerto Rico
– All the ports in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
– Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
– Fredericksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Information can be found at: www.homeport.uscg.mil. Under the “Port Directory” menu, select “San Juan.”


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