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Hurricane Port Conditions & Preparedness

Hurricane Port Conditions & Preparedness. Heavy Weather Conditions. Hurricane Conditions for U.S. Coast Guard units will be set by the Sector Commander or the District Commander Port Conditions are set by the COTP and apply to vessels/facilities within the AOR. Hurricane Conditions.

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Hurricane Port Conditions & Preparedness

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  1. Hurricane Port Conditions & Preparedness

  2. Heavy Weather Conditions • Hurricane Conditions for U.S. Coast Guard units will be set by the Sector Commander or the District Commander • Port Conditions are set by the COTP and apply to vessels/facilities within the AOR

  3. Hurricane Conditions

  4. Port Conditions

  5. TROPICAL STORM ERIKA - 031200Q SEP09

  6. TROPICAL STORM ERIKA - 032300Q SEP09 TROPICAL STORM ERIKA - 032000Q SEP09

  7. Port Conditions • Port Condition 5:set during what is considered to be the non-hurricane season from 01 December to 31 May each year. • Port Condition 4:the alert signifying the beginning of hurricane season and runs from 01 June to 30 November each year. Note: This alsothe condition the unit should return to after the passage of a major storm during the hurricane season.

  8. Port Condition WHISKEY • Set when gale force winds are expected to arrive at the port within 72 hours. • Port Status: open to all commercial traffic. • Establish a Safety Zone that requires: • All oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs and all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 200 GT to report their intention to depart or remain in port. • All oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs and all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 200 GT remaining in port to complete a REMAINING IN PORT CHECKLIST and submit to the COTP for approval. • Advise port of intentions for setting next port condition (X-RAY).

  9. Port Condition X-RAY • Set when gale force winds are expected to arrive at the port within 48 hours. • Port status: open to all commercial traffic • All REMAINING IN PORT - CHECKLISTs submitted to the COTP for approval. • Individually assess vessels desiring to remain in port, issue COTP Orders as appropriate. • Advise port of intentions for setting next port condition (YANKEE) including degree of vessel control.

  10. Port Condition YANKEE • Set when gale force winds are expected to arrive at the port within 24 hours. • As soon as practical after the storm passes – i.e. vessel traffic control measures in effect. • Port Status: vessel traffic/facility control measures in effect. • Establish a Safety Zone controlling vessel movements and activities as appropriate. • COTP approve or direct, as necessary, final mooring arrangements for vessels remaining in port.

  11. Port Condition ZULU • Set when gale force winds are expected to arrive at the port within 12 hours. • Port Status: closed to all vessel traffic except for vessel movements and activities specifically authorized by the COTP. • Establish a Safety Zone prohibiting vessel movement and activities.

  12. Port Re-opening • Priority following post storm is to reopen the waterways • Set PORTCON YANKEE • Team effort • Coast Guard • Pilots • Port Authority • Industry • ATON/Waterways Checks • Port Assessment Teams • Information passed via MSIB/BNM

  13. Questions?

  14. USCG Points of Contact Chief of Planning, Sector San Juan: LCDR Michael Pierno (787) 289-2062 Michael.R.Pierno@uscg.mil Hurricane Officer, Sector San Juan: LT Alejandro Soto (787) 289-2080 Alejandro.M.Soto@uscg.mil Maritime Transportation System Recovery: Mr. Ismael Torres, MBA (787) 729-4314 Ismael.Torres@uscg.mil

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