Coast Guard St. Petersburg Aids to Navigation teams assess, repair the Port of Tampa

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Vise, a construction tender based in St. Petersburg, repairs a navigation aid in the Tampa Bay area Sept. 12, 2017. Coast Guard Crews from the Tampa area evaluated the condition of the port and rebuilt damaged navigation markers in order to reopen the port to traffic. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier/Released)

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Vise, a construction tender based in St. Petersburg, repairs a navigation aid in the Tampa Bay area Sept. 12, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier/Released)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard crews from St. Petersburg and agency partners assessed and repaired Aids to Navigation Tuesday to reopen the Port of Tampa.

Crews from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, Coast Guard Cutter Vice, a 75-foot Class Inland Construction Tender and the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal buoy tender, all stationed in St. Petersburg were on patrol to collect data on damages and any other concerns with aids to navigation caused by Hurricane Irma in order to regain operational effectiveness of the ports.

“The crew of Sector St. Petersburg and units along the entire west coast of Florida continue to respond to the impacts of Hurricane IRMA with a sense of service, professionalism and teamwork that I am extremely proud of,” said Capt. Holly Najarian, Commander, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “Recently we were able to work with our partners to assess the Port of Tampa, so I could open it today at 2 p.m. Ensuring the safety of the shipping channel allows critical cargo to flow into the port. We continue to work to assess damages in other areas and are currently focused on the general Ft. Myers Beach area.”

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