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Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-RAY for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands due to Tropical Storm

Staff Writer |
Effective 8 p.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan, Capt. Eric P. King, scheduled to set port condition X-RAY for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins Islands due to the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph from Tropical Storm Maria that may arrive within 48 hours.

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The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions as Maria has been forecasted to have the potential to develop into a Category 3 Hurricane.

During port condition X-RAY port facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-RAY remains in effect.

Mariners are reminded there are no safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum. All ocean-going commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing the port.

Vessels desiring to remain in port must immediately contact the COTP to receive permission and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing.

Vessels bound for the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico 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. Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

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