Port Conditions Set in Savannah and Brunswick in Advance of Tropical Storm Fay

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has increased the port conditions for the port of Savannah and Brunswick as Tropical Storm Fay approaches the region. As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, Tropical Storm Fay was located south of Key West, Florida, with an anticipated track taking the storm over Brunswick and Savannah, Georgia beginning early Thursday morning.

A safety zone has been established for the Port of Brunswick that requires the owners, operators or agents of all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons, and all barges and their supporting tugs desiring to remain in port to immediately notify the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of their remaining in port checklist for acceptance. All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons, and all barges and their supporting tugs departing the Port of Brunswick must depart no later than 24 hours prior to the arrival of gale force winds.

A safety zone has also been established for the Port of Savannah that requires owners, operators or agents of all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons, and all barges and their supporting tugs to immediately advise the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of their intentions to remain in port or to depart. Owners, operators and agents for those self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons, and all barges and their supporting tugs desiring to remain in port that have not made arrangements with the Captain of the Port or do not plan to use moorings or anchorages pre-authorized by the Captain of the Port must arrange safe mooring and shall either complete and submit within 24 hours a remaining in port checklist or appear in person at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit.

Vessel and waterfront facility operators are being advised to immediately implement procedures to prepare for high winds, strong surf and heavy rain. Mariners are advised that the Captain of the Port will impose vessel traffic control measures that significantly limit vessel movement and activities when gale force winds are within 24 hours of either port.

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