Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-ray for ports of Wilmington and Morehead City
Published 7:54 am Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The Captain of the Port for North Carolina set Port Condition X-ray for the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City as of Tuesday at 4 a.m. due to predicted sustained tropical storm force winds generated by Hurricane Dorian that may arrive within the next 48 hours.
All ocean-going commercial vessels and barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing North Carolina ports. Vessels desiring to remain in port were required to submit a mooring plan to the Captain of the Port for approval as of Tuesday at 4 a.m.
Owners of pleasure craft are advised to closely monitor weather reports and seek safe harbor well before storm conditions arrive. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress.
If port conditions are elevated as tropical storm force winds approach, vessel movements will be restricted and all movements must be approved by the COTP. Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s homeport site.
Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories.
Be prepared. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those leaving boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and secure life rings, life jackets and small boats. These items can break free and may require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and the internet. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.
Don’t rely on social media. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.
For information on Hurricane Dorian’s progress and hurricane preparedness, visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.
Visit the Coast Guard’s homeport website for current port conditions.
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