Captain of the Port sets Port Condition YANKEE for the U.S. Virgin Islands and eastern Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Sector San Juan Captain of the Port, Capt. Eduardo Pino, has set Port Condition YANKEE at 11:30 p.m. Sunday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern ports of Puerto Rico, due to the expectation that gale force winds generated by Hurricane Earl are expected to arrive within 24 hours.

During Port Condition YANKEE, the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the following ports of Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo and San Juan, Puerto Rico are closed to inbound vessels traffic. Vessels greater than 200 gross tons currently in port should get underway at this time, while all other vessels remaining in port are to take appropriate precautionary measures.

The Captain of the Port anticipates setting Port Condition ZULU at 8 a.m. Monday for the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and at 10 a.m. Monday for the ports of Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as long as the storm track for Hurricane Earl remains as forecasted.

During Port Condition ZULU (sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours) the ports will remain closed to all incoming and outgoing vessel traffic until directed by the Captain of the Port.

All intra-island ferries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands transiting ports under Port Condition ZULU must cease operations and be secured at their designated mooring facility when Port Condition ZULU is in place for their respective port.

Future port conditions cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty, but provided the storm remains on the projected course and track, port stakeholders can expect the established progression of port conditions.

Owners and operators of recreational vessels should follow the small craft advisories from the National Weather Service, and take the necessary measures to safeguard the safety of their vessels.

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