Port Condition Zulu set for Ports of Jacksonville and Fernandina

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Captain of the Port of Jacksonville has set port condition Zulu at 12 p.m. Sunday, for all commercial waterways from Ponce de Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., north to Fernandina Beach, Fla., in preparation for the anticipated heavy weather impact of Tropical Storm Beryl.

This port condition is a change from the previous condition of Yankee.

The Ports of Jacksonville, and Fernandina are closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. No vessel may enter, depart or transit within this safety zone without the permission of the COTP. In addition, the Coast Guard reminds all recreational boaters to exercise caution in the severe conditions and avoid being on the water.

  • All cargo and bunker handling operations must cease at this time.
  • A safety zone has been established prohibiting vessel movement and activities unless specifically authorized by the COTP.
  • All commercial vessels and barges who have received permission from the COTP to remain in port must be at their mooring site in accordance with their plan.
  • Vessels bound for this port are advised to seek an alternate destination.


Mariners are also advised that drawbridges will remain closed when wind speeds are 34 knots or greater. Due to uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds.

Coast Guard Stations Mayport, and Ponce de Leon Inlet have secured operations in anticipation of the hurricane. The Coast Guard strongly urges boaters and swimmers to stay off the water.

For updates on port conditions throughout Northeast Florida, visit the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Homeport.

For up to date information on Tropical Storm Beryl, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

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