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Ports & Terminals, Safety and Security — By on October 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Your daily* news service from ports around the world.
In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, New York, NewYork – Suspension of subway, bus & commuter rail transport
  • United States, Chesapeake, Maryland – Maritime Port Condition ZULU set for Chesapeake Bay Entrance
  • United States, all ports – Sandy expected to bring flooding to mid-Atlantic coast
  • United States, Baltimore, Maryland – Baltimore braced as hurricane approaches
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Hurricane Condition Yankee set

DATE: October 28, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Suspension of subway, bus & commuter rail transport

Due to expected severe weather conditions, all MTA subway, bus, and commuter rails will be suspended citywide as of Sunday, 10/28/12 at 7pm. Currently, there is no estimated time for service restoration.
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Source: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Alert issued at 12:47pm (local time) on 28 October 2012

DATE: October 28, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Chesapeake, Maryland Maritime Port Condition ZULU set for Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Due to the current wind and sea conditions at the Chesapeake Bay Entrance, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Hampton Roads has, as of 12:00 P.M. today, set Port Condition ZULU for the waters of the Cape Henry and Thimble Shoal Channels seaward of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and the northeasterly and southeasterly approaches to the Chesapeake Bay, out to 12 nautical miles offshore.
In order to safeguard vessels and persons from Hurricane Sandy, the COTP is establishing a temporary safety zone that will close the Chesapeake Bay Entrance to maritime traffic within the Cape Henry and Thimble Shoal Channels seaward of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and the northeasterly and southeasterly approaches out to 12 nautical miles offshore.
The safety zone is in effect from 12:00 P.M., 28 October 12, 2012, until wind and sea conditions improve and safe pilotage is ensured.
Port Condition ZULU remains in effect for the coastal waters of Virginia’s eastern shore, from Cape Charles Light VA, north to Ocean City, MD.
Port Condition X-RAY remains in effect for all other waters within the COTP Hampton Roads Zone including the ports of Hampton Roads and the Virginia waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
PRECAUTIONS: It is primarily the facility operator’s decision to allow vessels to remain moored during the passing of the hurricane. Facilities that do not allow vessels to remain moored must provide them with sufficient notice to allow vessels time to move to a safe mooring, hurricane anchorage, or depart to sea.
All facility and vessel operators should continue to make heavy weather preparations to include ensuring all loose cargo, cargo equipment, and debris are secured safely. All vessel mooring should be reinforced.
Vessels anchored shall prepare for severe winds. Additional anchors should be made ready to let go and preparations shall be made to have a continuous anchor watch. Also, vessels should maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 16.
For a complete listing of all recommended storm preparations, facilities and vessel operators are strongly encouraged to review the Port of Hampton Roads Maritime Hurricane Contingency Plan.  This plan may be found on line under “Local Contingency Plans” at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=26
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Source: Sector hampton Road Marine Safety Information Bulletin dated 28 October 2012

DATE: October 28, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Sandy expected to bring flooding to mid-Atlantic coast

A tropical storm warning is in effect for: Cape Fear to Duck North Carolina; Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds; and Bermuda.
In addition, hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the coast between Chincoteague Virginia and Chatham Massachusetts. This includes the middle and upper Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and the coasts of the Northern Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey, the New York City area, Long Island, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Tropical storm force winds are expected north of Chatham to Merrimack River Massachusetts, the lower Chesapeake Bay and south of Chincoteague to Duck North Carolina, the Northern Endpoint of the tropical storm warning…
…At 1100am EDT (1500 UTC) the center of Hurricane Sandy was located near latitude 32.5 north, longitude 72.6 west. Sandy is moving toward the northeast near 14mph (22 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn to the north and then the northwest is expected tonight and early monday. On the forecast track, the center of Sandy is expected to be near the coast Monday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.  Sandy is expected to transition into a frontal or wintertime low pressure system prior to landfall. However, this transition will not be accompanied by a weakening of the system and in fact a little strengthening is possible during this process. Sandy is expected to weaken after moving inland.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 520 miles (835 km)…
…Tropical storm conditions are already occurring over coastal North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. Gale force winds are expected to arrive along portions of the mid-Atlantic coast later today and reach Long Island and southern New England by Monday morning. Winds of hurricane force could reach the mid-Atlantic states, including Long Island, by late Monday.
The combination of an extremely dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following depths above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide: – NC north of Surf City including Pamlico/Albemarle Sounds: 4-6 ft – SE VA and Delmarva including lower Chesapeake Bay: 2-4 ft – upper and middle Chesapeake Bay: 1-3 ft – Long Island Sound, Raritan Bay and New York Harbor: 6-11 ft – elsewhere from Ocean City MD to the CT/RI border: 4-8 ft – CT/RI border to the south shore of Cape Cod including Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay: 3-6 ft
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle and can vary greatly over short distances. Given the large wind field associated with Sandy, elevated water levels could span multiple tide cycles resulting in repeated and extended periods of coastal and bayside flooding. In addition, elevated waters could occur far removed from the center of Sandy. Furthermore, these conditions will occur regardless of whether Sandy is a tropical or post-tropical cyclone…
…Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are expected over far northeastern North Carolina with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches are expected over portions of the mid Atlantic states, including the Delmarva Peninsula, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.
Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches are possible from the southern tier of New York State northeastward through New England.
Dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through the mid-Atlantic states for the next couple of days and spread into the northeastern states later today.
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Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Sandy Advisory No.25 issued at 1100am EDT on 28 October 2012

DATE: October 28, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore braced as hurricane approaches

Sector Hampton Roads VA remains at Port Condition X-ray. However, the north-east and southern approach channels at the Virginia Capes have been closed, and no vessels may enter/leave the Virginia Ports or Chesapeake Bay, effectively stopping any further vessel arrivals to the port of Baltimore.
Vessels which may elect to depart Baltimore today and are given permission to do so by COTP Sector Baltimore and plan on traveling south will be permitted to enter the Virginia waters of the Chesapeake and find safe anchorage until Hurricane Sandy passes the region and it is determined by Sector Hampton Roads that all Virginia waterways are safe for vessel transit.
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DATE: October 28, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Hurricane Condition Yankee set 

The U.S. Coast Guard COTP has set Hurricane Condition YANKEE for the Port of New York and New Jersey. Gale force winds from a hurricane force storm SANDY are expected to make landfall along the coast of New York/New Jersey within 24 hours.
In addition to the actions required by the Captain of the Port Hurricane and Severe Weather Plan, additional requirements are as follows: a. Commercial deep draft vessels greater than 500 gross tons are not authorized to remain in port alongside a pier after 1800 on Sunday, October 28, 2012. b. All vessels must be out of Bay Ridge, Stapleton, and Gravesend Bay Anchorage Grounds by 1800 on Sunday, October 28, 2012. c. Only one barge per commercial mooring buoy, with a tug in the vicinity, is authorized after 1800 on Sunday, October 28, 2012. d. After the hurricane has passed, all facilities must fill out a post-storm assessment survey and email it to secnycontainers@uscg.mil (preferred), fax to (718) 354-3900, or call (718) 354-4286. Response is mandatory. Vessels will not be allowed to dock at facilities until this survey is complete.
All vessels and facilities should review and comply with the Captain of the Port New York Hurricane and Severe Weather Plan. Vessels and facilities that are unable to meet the requirements of the Hurricane and Severe Weather Plan or this Coast Guard Advisory Notice should contact Sector New York at the applicable email or phone number above.
Be advised that drawbridges may not operate when sustained winds reach 35 kts or when evacuation is in progress.
In accordance with 33 CFR 160.109, all facilities and vessels within the Port of New York and New Jersey shall cease cargo operations, lightering and bunkering as directed above.
Vessels bound for the Port of New York and New Jersey are advised to seek an alternate destination.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Coast Guard Advisory Notice (CGAN 2012-079) dated 28 October 2012

*Received overnight 28 to 29 October 2012

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