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Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Jacksonville & Fernandina, Florida, USA
Port Everglades, Florida, USA
Port Condition X-RAY (48 hour alert)
Thursday, October 6, 2016, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Due to the possibility of gale force winds entering the Tampa Bay area within 48 hours, the Captain of the Port (COTP) is ordering Port Hurricane Condition X-RAY for the Sector St. Petersburg COTP Zone. The COTP will continue to evaluate weather predictions for the region.Prohibited operations: None.

Authorized operations: All.

Current Actions: Waterfront facilities shall remove potential flying debris, hazardous materials, and oil pollution hazards from dockside areas and container terminals shall continue to implement container stacking protocols, Coast Guard Port Assessment Teams are conducting port surveys. All oceangoing commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons must prepare to depart the port and shall depart the port immediately if Port Hurricane Condition YANKEE is set. The COTP may require additional precautions to ensure the safety of the ports and waterways.

Future Actions: Ports, facilities and operators should anticipate the setting of Port Hurricane Condition YANKEE. If set, terminal operators should prepare to terminate all cargo operations. It would not preclude truck operations or container movement within the facility.

Drawbridges in the area may cease operations as early as eight hours prior to the anticipated arrival of sustained gale force winds or when an evacuation is in progress. During lock-down, the bridge is closed, power is turned off, traffic arms may be removed, the control house is secured and the bridge operator is sent to safety.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector St Petersburg, Port Community Information Bulletin #30-16 dated 5 October 2016

Ports set Hurricane Condition Zulu ahead of arrival of Mathew
Thursday, October 6, 2016, Jacksonville & Fernandina, Florida, USA
Given the current forecast and track of Hurricane Mathew, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Jacksonville has set Hurricane Condition ZULU at the ports of Jacksonville and Fernandina at 8.00am today (6 October 2016).Upon the setting of Condition ZULU, no vessel over 500 gross tons may enter, transit, depart or conduct cargo transfers or bunkering operations.

The ports will remain at Condition ZULU until the COTP has had adequate time to assess their condition after the storm has passed.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Port Condition Zulu activated
Thursday, October 6, 2016, Port Everglades, Florida, USA
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) announced that Port Condition ZULU, which is a 12-hour alert in anticipation of gale force winds, will be set for Port Everglades at 2200 (10 PM) last night (5 October).Port Everglades remains open to outbound truck activity, including outbound petroleum delivery. Waterside facilities will remain closed until the passage of tropical storm force winds and the COTP, in conjunction with the Strategic Weather Advisory Team, has determined that it is safe to reopen waterside operations based upon:

  • Port and waterway damage survey assessments
  • Aids to navigation verification
  • Status and condition of drawbridges
  • Re-establishment of required port security measures in accordance with respective Facility Security Plans

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

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