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05-Sep-2019

SETTING OF PORT CONDITION YANKEE
Hampton Roads, United States

Setting of Port Condition YANKEE
Thursday, September 5, 2019, Hampton Roads, United States

Due to the approach of Hurricane DORIAN, the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port will set Port Condition YANKEE at 7:00 p.m. on September 4th, 2019. Gale-force winds associated with the storm may reach the Virginia Capes within 24 hrs at that point.

As of 7:00 p.m. [on September 4th], all vessels must receive prior permission from the Captain of the Port to enter or transit the Port of Hampton Roads. Vessel operators/agents should contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads by email at HamptonRoadsWaterways@uscg.mil or by phone at (757) 374-3408 to request permission to enter/transit or to change previous plans to depart or remain in port.

Based on current weather forecasts, the Captain of the Port intends to set Port Condition ZULU and close the Port of Hampton Roads and entrance to Chesapeake Bay on Thursday, September 5th at 4 p.m.

Hurricane DORIAN threatens the southeast United States and is expected to track northeast towards the coast of North Carolina. Impacts to southeast Virginia are expected and will be felt well away from the center of the storm. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for southern Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and all of coastal Virginia.

Facility operators should make preparations to ensure all loose cargo, cargo equipment, and debris is secured safely. All vessel moorings should be reinforced. Vessels at facilities shall stow all unnecessary gear, ensure proper moorings, and carefully monitor cargo operations.

Vessels anchored should make preparations for heavy weather and maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 16.

(For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Hampton Roads Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB 19-227 dated 4 September 2019

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