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2011 Port Heavy Weather Plan for Northeast and Eastern Central Florida. Jacksonville, FL 08 June 2011. Overview. Contents of the Plan Hurricane Readiness Conditions Port Preparedness Reopening the Ports Post-Storm Surveys Operational Priorities. Heavy Weather Plan Outline.

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2011 port heavy weather plan for northeast and eastern central florida

2011 Port Heavy Weather Plan for Northeast and Eastern Central Florida

Jacksonville, FL08 June 2011


Overview
Overview

  • Contents of the Plan

  • Hurricane Readiness Conditions

  • Port Preparedness

  • Reopening the Ports

  • Post-Storm Surveys

  • Operational Priorities

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Heavy weather plan outline
Heavy Weather Plan Outline

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Chapter 2: Unit Preparedness

  • Chapter 3: Port Readiness & Post Storm Actions

  • Chapter 4: Unit Post Storm Operations

  • Annexes: The plan currently has 19 annexes (A-S)

    *we will focus on Chapters 3 & 4 for this presentation

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Hurricane readiness conditions
Hurricane Readiness Conditions

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville



Port preparedness chapter 3
Port Preparedness - Chapter 3

Planning Factors

  • Safe Havens

  • Vessel Sortie Policy

  • Vessel Sortie Requirements

    Vessel Evacuations

  • Bridges

  • Harbor Tugs

  • Pilots

  • Lay-up Vessels

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Planning factors safe havens
Planning Factors - Safe Havens

  • The Ports of Jacksonville and Canaveral are not considered safe hurricane havens since surrounding low topography does not provide adequate windbreak.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Planning factors vessel sortie policy
Planning Factors - Vessel Sortie Policy

  • All commercial, ocean-going vessels and ocean-going tug/barge combinations over 500 GT will generally be required to depart the port when hurricanes approach.

  • No vessels are allowed to remain at facilities which are within one half mile of any bridge.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Planning factors vessel sortie requirements
Planning Factors - Vessel Sortie Requirements

  • Condition Whiskey (Alert – 72 Hrs) Make preparations to get underway within 48 hours. Set navigation and radio watch. “Dead” vessels unable to put to sea must make written application to the COTP to remain in port. Requests should be submitted prior to setting X-Ray.

  • Condition X-Ray (Readiness – 48 Hrs) All vessels are required to give COTP advanced notice of arrival. All vessels should prepare to complete cargo operations and depart port within 24 hours or when Condition Yankee is set. Vessels and barges unable to depart must request permission from COTP.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Vessel sortie requirements cont
Vessel Sortie Requirements (Cont.)

  • Condition Yankee (Warning – 24 Hrs) Port is closed to incoming traffic without specific written approval of COTP. All ship-to-shore cargo operations must stop within 6 hrs of setting Zulu. All vessels must put to sea unless in receipt of specific written approval of the COTP to remain in port.

  • Condition Zulu (Max Prep – 12 Hrs) Port is closed to vessel movements. No ship-to-shore movement of cargo is permitted.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Vessel evacuations bridges
Vessel Evacuations - Bridges

  • Typically, mandatory civilian evacuations ordered about 18 hours prior to the arrival sustained gale force winds.

  • About 8 hours prior the predicted arrival of sustained gale force winds, most bridges will be locked down and not reopened until severe weather has passed.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Vessel evacuations bridges cont
Vessel Evacuations - Bridges (cont)

  • It is critical that vessels intending to evacuate the Ports of Jacksonville, Fernandina or Canaveral via the St. Johns River or the ICW depart early to avoid being blocked by bridges.

  • In the Port of Canaveral, once the SR 401 bridge has been locked down it is not possible to evacuate the port.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Vessel evacuations harbor tugs
Vessel Evacuations - Harbor Tugs

  • Masters and agents of deep draft vessels and tug/barges that require assistance during docking and transit should plan to depart the port early and anticipate some scheduling conflicts caused by the simultaneous departure of many deep draft vessels.

  • Jacksonville regularly has 15 tugs available, Fernandina has one, and Canaveral has 4.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Vessel evacuations pilots
Vessel Evacuations - Pilots

  • Pilots generally stop working when conditions at the sea buoy prevent safe transfer from ship to pilot boat, or at the onset of sustained gale force winds.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Vessel evacuations lay up vessels
Vessel Evacuations - Lay-Up Vessels

  • Vessels in lay-up during the off-season (01 DEC-31 May) must depart port no later than May 31.

  • Vessels unable to depart before June 1 each year must obtain written permission from the COTP to remain in port.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Reopening the ports

Post-Storm Reporting Requirements

Terminal and Facility Owners/Operators

Barge and Barge Fleet Managers

Dredge Operators

Pilots

Harbor Tug Companies

Masters, Agents, Operators of

All Commercial Vessels Remaining In Port

Reopening the Ports

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Reporting requirements terminal and facility owners operators
Reporting Requirements -Terminal and Facility Owners/Operators

  • Survey facilities listed in Annex J and report any damage, pollution, or unsafe conditions.

  • All damaged areas must be secured.

  • Re-establish security operations.

  • If shoaling is suspected, ensure soundings are taken and report results.

  • Account for all vessels and barges moored at the facility prior to the storm. Report status to COTP.

  • Make a recommendation to the COTP regarding the operational status of your facility.

  • Use the form in Annex N to report your Post-Storm Survey.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Reporting requirements barge and barge fleet managers
Reporting Requirements - Barge and Barge Fleet Managers Owners/Operators

  • Survey the barges or barge fleets. Account of all barges moored prior to the storm.

  • Use the form in Annex N to report the status of your barges, including any damage, pollution or unsafe conditions.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Reporting requirements dredge operators
Reporting Requirements - Dredge Operators Owners/Operators

  • Survey all dredge equipment. Use the form in Annex N to report status to the COTP.

  • Assess availability of emergency dredge equipment.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Reporting requirements pilots
Reporting Requirements - Pilots Owners/Operators

  • Make a recommendation to COTP regarding the status of the main channels, the need for extensive surveys, and the timeline for re-opening the port.

  • Re-stage assets for support of post storm assessment.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Reporting requirements harbor tug companies
Reporting Requirements - Harbor Tug Companies Owners/Operators

  • Survey all tugs and facilities. Use the form in Annex N to report and damage, pollution, or unsafe conditions. Make a recommendation to the COTP regarding the availability of tugs.

  • Re-stage assets for support of post storm assessment.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Reporting requirements masters agents operators of all commercial vessels remaining in port
Reporting Requirements - Owners/OperatorsMasters, Agents, Operators of All Commercial Vessels Remaining In Port

  • Survey vessels and mooring facilities. Use the form in Annex N to report any damage, pollution or unsafe condition.

  • Make a specific recommendation to the COTP regarding the operational status of each vessel.

  • Make any requests for shifting berths, deadship movements, or vessel departures as soon as possible.

  • Plan for resumption of operations.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Post storm operations chapter 4
Post-Storm Operations – Chapter 4 Owners/Operators

  • Post-Storm Surveys

  • Operational Priorities

  • Communication within the Port

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Post storm surveys aton
Post Storm Surveys - ATON Owners/Operators

  • Navigation aids may become damaged during periods of severe heavy weather.

  • Even upon re-opening a waterway, port pilots may not bring vessels into port if critical navigation ranges/buoys are damaged or destroyed.

  • Pilots and other expert mariners have often reported that the extinguishment or damage of fixed navigational ranges is the primary ATON discrepancy that would inhibit safe vessel operation.

  • While floating ATON generally provide assistance to mariners, they are not to be relied upon for their designated position, especially after sustained heavy weather.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Post storm bottom surveys
Post Storm / Bottom Surveys Owners/Operators

  • The USCG has no organic capability to perform bottom surveys other than with depth sounders.

  • The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintains two Navigational Response Teams (NRTs) that are available to respond to emergency navigation issues, particularly channel shoaling.

  • The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a capability to perform an immediate 3-line crosshatch bottom survey after passage of storms. This process must take place prior to USACE emergency dredging operations.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Operational priorities
Operational Priorities Owners/Operators

Operational Priorities as per D7 SOP:

  • Continue essential assigned missions and assure internal security of the unit, including safety of dependents.

  • Provide other military commands assistance as required to allow them to execute their assigned missions.

  • Provide nonmilitary federal agencies whatever off-station assistance is required to protect the interests and property of the U. S. Government.

  • Provide aid to civil authorities in the event the established civilian agencies are overwhelmed.

  • In cases of domestic disturbance, take action in accordance with the Coast Guard Civil Disturbance Support Plan.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Communication within the port

Upon setting Hurricane Condition III/Port Condition YANKEE, Conference Calls will be held daily with stakeholders in Jacksonville and Fernandina.

Times of calls and call-in numbers will be released via MSIBs once Hurricane Condition III/Port Condition YANKEE has been set.

MSIBs will also regularly be released along with BNTMs to keep the maritime community and public informed of the port conditions, port closures, location of the storm and the unit’s SAR posture.

Communication within the Port

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Changes to the 2011 plan

Annex J (Facility Status Boards) Conference Calls will be held daily with stakeholders in Jacksonville and Fernandina.

Updated to better reflect port infrastructure & locations

Changes to the 2011 Plan

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


Questions? Conference Calls will be held daily with stakeholders in Jacksonville and Fernandina.

US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville


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