Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has continued securing its area of responsibility and adjusting port conditions along the Gulf Coast as the threat of Tropical Storm Nate continues to move north Friday.

The Coast Guard has set Port Condition Yankee for the New Orleans Captain of the Port zone. Port Condition Yankee is set when gale force winds are possible within 24 hours. All commercial vessels and barges greater than 500 gross tons and all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs that have not submitted notification of their intent to remain in port are required to depart the port and head out to sea. Inland vessels and barges greater than 500 gross tons are required to seek safe refuge in a port outside of the impacted ports.

Due to lack of available space in the Lower Mississippi River, the New Orleans Coast Guard Captain of the Port has closed the Lower Mississippi River to all inbound deep draft vessels that do not have confirmed berth arrangements. All mariners are reminded that there are no safe havens in these ports and that the port is safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum. There have been some commercial vessel traffic limitations, but the Coast Guard is working with industry to minimize the impact on the port and commerce.

For the most up-to-date Marine Information Safety Bulletins, visit https://homeport.uscg.mil/nola and look for links under “Safety and Security.”

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