SECTOR CHARLESTON: PORT CONDITION WHISKEY HURRICANE IRMA
At 1200 EST on September 7, 2017, Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston set port condition Whiskey for the Sector Charleston COTP zone due to the anticipated arrival of sustained gale force winds within 72 hours from IRMA.
Ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum. All ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing the port. Vessels that meet above criteria desiring permission to remain in port for the duration of IRMA must contact the COTP and provide an acceptable safe mooring plan by 1200 EST on September 8, 2017.
There are no additional port restrictions in effect during Port Condition Whiskey.
Vessels bound for ports within the Sector Charleston COTP zone unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds making landfall are advised to seek an alternate destination.
Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress. Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected wind and storm surge. Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site
For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions please contact: (843) 323-7761.
For Facility and Vessel specific questions contact: (843)740-3186 or (843)302-4240.
For Coast Guard related emergencies please contact Sector Charleston Command Center at: (843) 740-7050.
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