Coast Guard sets Port Condition YANKEE for the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Coast Guard sets Port Condition YANKEE for the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard set Port Condition YANKEE at 4p.m. Friday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico due to incoming Tropical Storm Bertha. During Port Condition YANKEE (gale force winds are anticipated to make landfall within 24 hours) the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are open to outbound vessel traffic only, while commercial inbound...

Coast Guard urges mariners and the public to prepare for tropical storm conditions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

 Coast Guard urges mariners and the public to prepare for tropical storm conditions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners, recreational boaters, swimmers, surfers and the general public in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Friday to exercise good judgement and prepare for tropical storm conditions due to the anticipated passing of Tropical Storm Bertha. “I strongly recommend that swimmers and recreational boaters avoid the ocean and that the...

Coast Guard investigates grounding of 190-foot cargo ship Sabre Spirit off Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard investigates grounding of 190-foot cargo ship Sabre Spirit off Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
SAINT THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of the Sabre Spirit, a 190-foot Panamanian flag ro-ro cargo ship, after the vessel ran aground Friday morning, and was later refloated with the rising tide, just off Current Cut, between the islands of Saint Thomas and Great Saint James, U.S. Virgin Islands. There is no sign of oil pollution leaking from the vessel...

Coast Guard raises port restrictions in the U.S. Virgin Islands and northern ports of Puerto Rico

Coast Guard raises port restrictions in the U.S. Virgin Islands and northern ports of Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan Alternate Captain of the Port, Capt. David Flaherty, raised port restrictions and set Port Condition Four in the U.S. Virgin Islands and northern ports of Puerto Rico Wednesday morning, following the passing of Tropical Strom Chantal south of the islands. The southern ports of Puerto Rico including, Guayama, Salinas, Ponce, Guayanilla, Tallaboa,...

Captain of the Port sets Port Condition X-RAY in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Captain of the Port sets Port Condition X-RAY in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan Alternate Captain of the Port, Capt. David Flaherty, set Port Condition X-RAY at 6 p.m. Monday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico due to incoming Tropical Storm Chantal. During Port Condition X-RAY (48 hours before gale-force winds make landfall) all maritime operations including waterfront facility and vessel transits...

Captain of the Port sets Port Condition WHISKEY for the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Captain of the Port sets Port Condition WHISKEY for the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard Sector San Juan Alternate Captain of the Port, Capt. David Flaherty, set Port Condition WHISKEY at 9 a.m. Monday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico due to the approach of Tropical Storm Chantal. Depending on the projected storm path, the Captain of the Port may increase Port Conditions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands within...

Coast Guard, CBIG seize $29 million cocaine shipment, arrest 2 Dominican smugglers

Coast Guard, CBIG seize $29 million cocaine shipment, arrest 2 Dominican smugglers
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities seized over 2,600 pounds of cocaine, a go-fast vessel and detained two Dominican smugglers during an at-sea interdiction Sunday in the Caribbean Sea. The drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $29 million. The interdiction was a result of a multi-agency law...

Coast Guard hoists man, woman from grounded vessel in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard hoists man, woman from grounded vessel in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a man and a woman Saturday night from the grounded 35-foot power boat Last Straw in the vicinity of Shoy Point near Beauregard Bay in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sector San Juan received a Mayday call at 8:41p.m. Saturday, via VHF-Channel 16 marine radio, from one of the passengers aboard the Last Straw,...

Coast Guard rescues four persons, tows disabled sailboat Bounty to safe harbor

Coast Guard rescues four persons, tows disabled sailboat Bounty to safe harbor
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo towed the disabled French-flag sailboat Bounty into St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Friday night, rescuing the two crewmembers and two passengers onboard. Rescued are three men and a woman, one a U.S. citizen, two are French citizens and the other is a dual citizen of both nations. The 65-foot Bounty was traveling from the state of...