|Subject:||Boston USCG notice - Hurricane Dorian|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 04, 2019|
From: Lipscomb, Ronald C MST1
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 5:35 PM
Cc: D01-SMB-SECTORBOSTON ; Williams, Kathryn C LT ; Walsh, John M LCDR
Subject: Hurricane Dorian
The Captain of the Port (COTP) Boston has established a heightened state of
awareness in conjunction with Hurricane Dorian's potential impact to the
Captain of the Port Zone.
Coast Guard Sector Boston encourages all agents and operators to consider
the actions that would be needed should this storm impact the region.
Maritime stakeholders should review continuity of operations and
communication procedures, as well as methods of minimizing storm damage and
environmental risk, such as riding out the storm at sea, doubling up mooring
lines, securing transfers, ballasting down storage tanks and draining
The COTP of Boston may set Port Conditions to protect the safety of life,
prevent environmental damage, and ensure the viability of the maritime
transportation system (MTS). The four Port Conditions; Whiskey, X-Ray,
Yankee, and Zulu, correspond to the hurricane's expected impact to the port
and stipulates the measures to be taken by the port's commercial vessels and
facilities. The first Port Condition, Whiskey, may be set 72 hours in
advance of predicted Gale Force winds (34 knots or 39 mph). Upon the
establishment of Port Condition Whiskey, the port will remain open to all
commercial traffic. However, the following conditions and restrictions will
be in place:
1. All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500GT and all oceangoing
barges and their supporting tugs shall report their intention to depart or
remain in port in writing within 24 hours to the COTP.
2. The COTP may require owners, operators, or certified agents of all
self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 GT and all barges and their
supporting tugs remaining in port to complete a Remaining in Port Checklist
and submit this checklist to the COTP within 24 hours for acceptance.
Coast Guard Sector Boston will notify the port's maritime stakeholders if
Port Condition Whiskey or other Port Conditions are set for Hurricane
Dorian. For maritime emergencies during an actual hurricane or severe
weather event contact the Sector Command Center at (617) 223-5757 or VHF
channel 16 for immediate assistance.
Sector Boston Port State Control
USCG Sector Boston
427 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
Port State Control's Email:
|Notice posted on Wednesday, September 04, 2019|
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.