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Coast Guard details typhoon preparation plans

Posted: Sep 07, 2018 8:01 PM +10:00 Updated:

With a typhoon expected to pass through the Marianas as early as next Tuesday, September 11th, the U.S. Coast Guard has announced plans to plans to establish Port Heavy Weather Condition Xray for the ports of Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian at 10:00am on Sunday.

The USCG orders that “all commercial vessels must prepare to complete cargo operations and depart the ports of CNMI when PHWC Yankee is established. Vessels not under power, also known as dead ships, or vessels, barges, and dry docks unable to put to sea must make a prompt written application to the COTP. Upon the setting of PHWC Yankee all commercial vessels greater than or equal to 200 gross tons must depart and all inbound vessels are prohibited from entering the port. Upon the setting of PHWC Zulu, should it become necessary, the port and marinas will remain closed to incoming traffic and all cargo and bunker operations will be suspended. Any vessel or facility operator desiring a Captain of the Port waiver from the above restrictions must submit a written request,” a press release stated.

Additionally, the USCG is urging mariners and beachgoers to heed all orders and warnings, because once the storm begins to impact the islands, emergency responders may not be able to assist those in danger. They are also urging mariners to secure their boats and boating equipment. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. Smaller boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding and is protected for high winds. Regardless of location, all loose items aboard vessels should be secured or removed.

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