Coast Guard announces port openings in Virginia

Coast Guard announces port openings in Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads has reopened the ports in Virginia following the landfall of Hurricane Florence. The ports in Virginia saw limited impacts from the storm. “Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads is coordinating very closely with our port partners to ensure a quick and safe recovery from Hurricane Florence,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, the commander...

Captain of the Port sets Port Condition Whiskey for Port of Hampton Roads

Captain of the Port sets Port Condition Whiskey for Port of Hampton Roads
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads set Port Condition Whiskey at 3 p.m. Monday due to the approach of forecasted severe weather from potential Tropical Storm 10. Gale force winds are expected to reach the Virginia Capes within 36 hours. The Port of Virginia remains open to all vessel traffic and commercial activities, however, all mariners are advised to take prudent actions...

Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for Port of Virginia

Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for Port of Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has set Port Condition Yankee for the Port of Virginia today. Due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew, the Captain of the Port (COTP) of Hampton Roads has set Port Condition Yankee. This condition means that gale force winds (39 mph or higher,) are expected to reach the Virginia Capes within 24 hrs. Depending upon forecasted conditions at the mouth of the Chesapeake...

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-Ray for Port of Virginia

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-Ray for Port of Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has set Port Condition X-Ray for the Port of Virginia today. Due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew, the Captain of the Port (COTP) of Hampton Roads has set Port Condition X-Ray. This condition means that gale force winds (39 mph or higher,) are expected to reach the Virginia Capes within 48 hrs. The Port of Virginia remains open to all vessel traffic and commercial...

Coast Guard oversees bulk carrier refloating off Virginia Beach

Coast Guard oversees bulk carrier refloating off Virginia Beach
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard oversaw the refloating of the 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, Friday. At approximately 9:35 a.m., the Ornak was refloated offshore of the Virginia Beach Resort and Convention Center and repositioned to the Lynnhaven anchorage. Agencies involved in the removal of the grounded ship were Svitzer, the contracted salvage company, McAllister towing, the Virginia Pilots...

Salvage plans progressing for bulk carrier aground in Virginia Beach, VA

Salvage plans progressing for bulk carrier aground in Virginia Beach, VA
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is in the final stages of reviewing a salvage plan Thursday that is scheduled to begin Friday morning to move the 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, that is aground near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Va. “Moving a vessel of this size off the beach is a complicated and dynamic operation, requiring close coordination of multiple stakeholders,”...

Coast Guard rescues man, dog from disabled sailboat near Hampton, Va

Coast Guard rescues man, dog from disabled sailboat near Hampton, Va
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued a man and his dog Wednesday after his sailboat became disabled in the northwest branch of the Back River approximately half a mile northwest of the Bell Isle Marina in Hampton. The 41-foot sailboat was disabled, adrift and dragging its anchor. Towboat U.S. notified Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders of the disabled sailboat at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday....

Coast Guard, Virginia Port Authority host search and rescue forum in Hampton, Va.

Coast Guard, Virginia Port Authority host search and rescue forum in Hampton, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and the Virginia Port Authority are hosting the 7th annual search and rescue forum, which started Monday and ends Friday in Hampton, focused on increasing first responders’ teamwork and communication on the water during an emergency. Personnel from the Virginia Marine Police, Smithfield Police Department, Henrico Fire Department, York County Fire and Life...

Coast Guard reopens southern branch of Elizabeth River

Coast Guard reopens southern branch of Elizabeth River
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for the port of Hampton Roads has rescinded the temporary safety zone on the southern branch of the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Gilmerton Bridge, Friday. The waterway is open to all maritime traffic without restrictions. Contractors working on the demolition of the old bridge span of the Gilmerton Bridge had uncovered what was reported...