Coast Guard sets port condition Yankee for Hampton Roads

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads set port condition Yankee for the Port of Hampton Roads at 5 p.m. Sunday.

This condition means that vessel traffic control measures remain in effect.

Vessel movement in Hampton Roads is limited to daylight hours between 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. Vessels with drafts greater than 40 feet are also restricted.

Federal, state and local agencies continue to work together to fully reopen the waterways.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting Hampton Roads waterways due to shoaling, debris and off-station aids to navigation. Additionally, the following navigational hazards are known:

Shoaling

  • There are reports of shoaling in the Chesapeake Bay entrance between buoys “9,” LLNR 7075, and “10,” LLNR 7080.

Aids to Navigation – major discrepancies in shippings channels

  • The Chesapeake Bay Entrance lighted whistle buoy “CH,” LLNR 405, is reported off station.
  • The Chesapeake Channel lighted bell buoy “2C,” LLNR 7035, is reported off station.
  • The Chesapeake Channel lighted buoy “14,” LLNR 7110, is reported off station.

Bridges and locks
The conditions of the following bridges and locks are either unknown or are in the closed position and are unable to open:

  • Centerville Turnpike Bridge
  • Norfolk Southern #7
  • Highrise Bridge
  • Great Bridge Lock – mile 11.5
  • Deep Creek Bridge
  • Eltham Bridge
  • Great Bridge
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Beltline Railroad
  • Pocomoke River Bridge
  • Pamunkey Swing Railroad Bridge

Up-to-date information can also be obtained on VHF-FM channel 22 A.

To reach the port condition hotline for a recorded message of current port conditions, call 757-668-5555, option 3. You can also contact the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center at 757-638-6641 for amplifying information.

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