Coast Guard responds to potential threat at Port of Charleston

Coast Guard responds to potential threat at Port of Charleston
MIAMI — At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday authorities were made aware of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis in the Port of Charleston. The terminal was evacuated while bomb detection units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigated the threat. A unified command was established to oversee the coordinated response. The unified command identified...

Coast Guard, partner agencies to conduct response exercise in Charleston

Coast Guard, partner agencies to conduct response exercise in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard in conjunction with several partner agencies is participating in a disease response exercise Tuesday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in North Charleston. The purpose of the exercise is to practice and evaluate communication procedures, integration of federal, state, local and private industry partners, as well as analyze response concepts and capabilities...

Coast Guard sets port condition Zulu in Ports of Charleston, Savannah and Brunswick

Coast Guard sets port condition Zulu in Ports of Charleston, Savannah and Brunswick
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Effective 8 a.m. Friday, the Coast Guard captain of the port (COTP) set port condition Zulu for the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Matthew that may arrive within 12 hours. In addition, at 10 a.m. the Port of Charleston was also set to port condition Zulu. During this port condition the port will remain...

Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray for the Port of Charleston

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Effective 10 p.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard captain of the port (COTP) set port condition X-ray for the Port of Charleston due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Matthew that may arrive within 48 hours. These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray remains in effect. Sustained...

Coast Guard sets port condition Whiskey for Port of Charleston

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Effective 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard captain of the port (COTP) set port condition Whiskey for the Port of Charleston due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by Hurricane Matthew that may arrive within 72 hours. These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may...

Coast Guard participates in multi agency strike force operation at the Port of Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Coast Guard Sector Charleston concluded ‘Operation Safe Transit 2010,’ a multi agency strike force operation at the Port of Charleston Thursday. The primary objective of the MASFO was to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the safe shipment of cargo. The MASFO was comprised of ten teams strategically located throughout the...

Ports of Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown open to maritime traffic

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Based on preliminary survey reports and in consultation with the bar pilots, the Ports of Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown are open to commercial and recreational vessel traffic. Mariners should not rely solely on channel markers and Aids to Navigation as they may have moved during the course of Tropical Storm Hanna. Mariners should also be cautious of any debris in the...

Charleston-based Coast Guard braces for Tropical Storm Hanna

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Captain of the Port for Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown, S.C., has established port readiness condition Zulu at 9 a.m., Friday, for coastal South Carolina due to the potential impacts from Tropical Storm Hanna. The Ports of Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown are closed to all inbound vessel traffic immediately while in this port condition; however, cruise ship...