PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard sector Hampton Roads and North Carolina have both set Port Condition Whiskey in preparation of Hurricane Joaquin.
The set Port Condition Whiskey was issued Thursday.
In Hampton Roads, Gale force winds are expected to reach the Virginia Capes within 72 hours. The Port of Hampton Roads remains open to all vessel traffic and commercial activities, however, all mariners are advised to take prudent actions in preparation of the approaching storm. Due to uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges in advance of the arrival of gale-force winds.
For a complete listing of all recommended storm preparations, facilities and vessel operators are strongly encouraged to review the Port of Hampton Roads Maritime Hurricane Contingency Plan, Annex A, Tab C. This plan may be found on line under Local Contingency Plans at http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=26
In North Carolina, Gale-force winds of 39 mph are predicted to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 8355) within 72 hours, and pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. To enter, transit or remain within this Captain of the Port Zone, vessels must comply with the following requirements.
1) All self-propelled, oceangoing vessels more than 500 tons, all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs, and all tank barges more than 200 tons desiring to remain in port must arrange safe mooring and shall complete and submit in writing, within 24 hours to the Captain of the Port, an application to remain in port for approval.
2) All self-propelled oceangoing vessels more than 500 tons, all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs, and all tank barges more than 200 tons departing the port, must depart no later than 24 hours prior to the arrival of gale-force winds at Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16.
3) Vessels bound for these ports that are unable to depart 24 hours prior to the arrival of gale force winds at Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 are advised to seek an alternate destination.
For guidance on specific issues or to obtain a vessel application to remain in port, contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-362-4015. A vessel-remaining-in-port checklist may be obtained at http://homeport.uscg.mil. Select North Carolina in the port directory. The checklist is located under the Local Contingency Plans header.