Coast Guard Sets Port Hurricane Condition Whiskey

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Capt. Karl Schultz, directed the ports of Miami, Port Everglade in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Palm Beach and Fort Pierce Indian River Terminal to set Hurricane Condition WHISKEY effective 9 a.m. Tuesday. The COTP has also directed the closure of the Port Everglade anchorage area to all vessels until further notice.Hurricane Condition Whiskey is set when sustained Gale Force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 72 hours.

All mariners are reminded that there are no safe havens in the port areas listed and that the port is safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum. Both oceangoing and inland vessels and barges over 500 gross tons that wish to remain in the ports listed above must submit a Remaining in Port Checklist to the Captain of the Port and should contact the Prevention Office immediately. If/when Condition Yankee is set, vessel movement will be restricted and allowed only on a case-by-case basis by approval of the COTP. All vessels expecting to conduct cargo operations during Condition Yankee shall submit a Cargo Operations Plan to terminal owners for approval. All ship-to-shore operations must be completed six hours prior to the setting of Port Condition ZULU.

  • Container stacking plans should be implemented. Waterfront facilities that, due to space constraints, are unable to reduce container stacking height to no more than four high, must submit a container stacking protocol to the COTP for approval.
  • The COTP will convene the Strategic Weather Advisory Team via conference call.
  • Drawbridges may be locked down as early as eight hours prior to the anticipated arrival of sustained gail force winds.
  • All private boat owners are strongly encouraged to secure their vessel and gear.

Conditions are expected to worsen through Wednesday with winds up to 45 knots from the northeast and seas are expected to be up to 19 feet. Inland waterways are expected to be rough. All marine interests must take early and substantial action to ensure safety of the port and vessels.

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