Coast Guard sets modified Port Condition Whiskey for NJ, PA, DE

PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port (COTP), has implemented modified Port Condition Whiskey in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware area due to severe weather.

The weather forecast indicates the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington and surrounding areas will experience heavy rains, gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding and tidal surge.

In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition Whiskey are implemented:

  • Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this requirement.
  • Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
  • Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained winds exceed 40 mph.
  • Vessels and facilities shall conduct a pre-storm self-assessment and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

In the event the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcasted on VHF-FM Channel 16.

Additionally, all notifications will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing the port condition.

Additional updates on port conditions may also be found on Sector Delaware Bay’s Homeport page.

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