Port condition Whiskey set for Port of Philadelphia

5th Coast Guard District NewsPHILADELPHIA — The Captain of the Port of Philadelphia has set port condition Whiskey at 8 a.m. Thursday due to the potential for Hurricane Irene to impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware tri-state area within 72 hours.

The ports are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while Whiskey remains in effect.

The possibility exists the Port of Philadelphia will experience high winds, severe thunderstorms and increased seas, surf and title surge.

The COTP will broadcast notifications using VHF-FM radio in the event any limitations or restrictions are imposed in the area.

As storms approach, the Coast Guard urges people to remember to stay off the water and clear of beaches for safety reasons. The Coast Guard will be securing their assets as well and will have minimal crews and capabilities.

Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress. Mariners can view the latest port updates for Sector Delaware Bay on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions.

Mariners can anticipate the Coast Guard setting port readiness condition X-ray when gale force winds from Hurricane Irene are within 48 hours of landfall.

If and when port readiness condition Yankee is set, meaning hurricane force winds are expected within 24 hours, vessel movement shall be restricted and all movements must be approved by the Captain of the Port.


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