PORT CONDITION X-RAY
Effective 1600, 2 Sep 2019, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston has set Port Condition X-Ray due to the expected arrival of tropical storm force winds of 39 mph from Hurricane Dorian within 48 hours. While the Port of Charleston has increased its readiness for heavy weather, it is currently open to all commercial traffic and all cargo operations may continue. We will continue to evaluate updated weather models and balance the risk to the Port with the need to move commerce and potentially support impacted areas of the Southeast.
All oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons shall finalize plans for departing the port 24 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds or be specifically authorized to remain in port by the COTP. Vessels unable to depart within this timeframe must immediately contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston and submit a written heavy weather mooring plan to be reviewed and accepted by the COTP. Vessels bound for this port, which are unable to depart 24 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds threatening winds are advised to seek an alternate destination.
Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Commercial vessel operators authorized by COTP to remain inside Sector Charleston’s Harbor’s, and recreational boat owners, should ensure their vessels are secure at berth and will not pose a hazard to surrounding vessels or the environment. Mariners are reminded that drawbridges may not operate when sustained wind speeds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress.
Facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plan and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the forecasted conditions.
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.
For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 331-2384.
For facility and vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 296-5514.
For maritime related emergencies, please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.