Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-Ray for Maryland-National Capital Region

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard strongly urges mariners and members of the maritime community within the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland coast to prepare a strong incoming storm system Friday.

With forecasted winds of 28-40 mph and gust up to 63 mph, the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region Captain of the Port is setting Port Condition X-Ray.

Port conditions and restrictions can be found at:

All masters, ship agents, owners and operators of all vessels or barges over 500 gross tons, and maritime facilities should notify the COTP of their intentions to remain in the COTP zone, or depart, and what facility operations are anticipated during the next 48 hours through March 3, 2018.

Reports should be made to the Port State Control vessel desk (vessels) at 410-576-2517, or Port Safety and Security (facilities) at 410-576-2630. After hours, contact the sector command center at 410-576-2693 or via email at

We do not anticipate any port or facility restrictions at this time, but the COTP may direct vessels or facilities to take certain precautions to correct conditions that threaten the port or the environment. It should also be noted that the Captain of the Port Hampton Roads, imposed the following restrictions: effective Friday at 3 p.m., no vessels may enter or depart from the Chesapeake Bay and no vessels over 2,000 gross tons may move within the port without obtaining permission from the COTP or his designated representative. These restrictions are anticipated to last until approximately 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, but are subject to adjustment based on conditions.

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