Coast Guard prepares ports of Saipan, Tinian for heavy weather

TD16WSANTA RITA, Guam — In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Depression 16W the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Guam has established port heavy weather condition x-ray for the ports of Saipan and Tinian effective at 9 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time Saturday.

In accordance with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 160.111(c), the COTP orders all commercial vessels to prepare to complete cargo operations and be ready to depart the ports of Saipan and Tinian when PHWC Yankee is established. Dead ships, a vessel without power or propulsion, or vessels, barges and dry docks unable to put to sea must make a prompt written application to the COTP.

Upon the setting of PHWC Yankee, which is estimated to be set at 9 p.m. ChST Sunday, all commercial vessels greater than or equal to 200 gross tons must depart and all inbound vessels are prohibited from entering port.

Upon the setting of PHWC Zulu, which is estimated to be set at 9 p.m. ChST Monday, the ports and marinas will remain closed to incoming traffic and all cargo and bunker operations will be suspended.

Any vessel or facility operator desiring a captain of the port waiver from the above restrictions must submit a written request.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the Coast Guard Sector Guam Prevention and Compliance Department at 671-355-4835 or the Sector Guam Command Center at 671-355-4824.

For general questions concerning the storm’s predicted track, speed, or intensity please contact the National Weather Service at 211 or 671-472-0900. Alternately click on the storm’s name above to visit the NWS cyclone page for updates.

Editors Note: ChST is 20 hours ahead of Hawaii-Aluetian Standard Time.


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