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U.S. Department of
100 MacArthur Causeway
States Coast Guard
Miami Beach, FL 33139-6940
Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB)
15-009, Tropical Storm ERIKA
Port Condition X-RAY - 48 HOUR ALERT
Time: 1330 / Date: Friday,
August 28, 2015
accordance with the National Hurricane Center
Tropical Storm ERIKA Public Advisory Number
15A (PAN 15A) issued at 1100 EDT on Friday,
August 28, 2015, Tropical Storm ERIKA is
approximately 60 miles SW of Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic. PAN 15A notes that
Tropical Storm ERIKA is currently moving Wat
approximately 18 mph and continue on this
track for the next 24 hours. Due to the
possibility of gale force winds (39-54 mph /
34-37 kts) entering South Florida within 48
hours, the Captain of the Port (COTP) is
Port Condition X-Ray as follows:
1330, Friday August 28, 2015 - Port of Miami, Miami River, Port
Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Ft.
Pierce, and all remaining terminals and
facilities within Sector Miami's area of
None at this time.
Authorized Operations: All.
Vessels and terminal operators should prepare
to terminate all ship-to-shore cargo
transactions before the setting of Port
Condition Yankee. Container stacking heights
should be reduced to four or less and two or
less if they contain hazardous material.
AlternatiVe container stowage arrangements may
be pre-approved by the COTP if they provide an
equivalent measure of safety. The COTP will
begin contacting all ports regarding the
timing of operational phase downs and
termination plans. Waterfront cargo facilities
should schedule labor accordingly.
COTP personnel will conduct follow-up surveys to ensure that any
hazards identified earlier are being resolved.
Vessels that are unable to depart the port must contact the COTP to
request and receive permission to remain in
port. Proof of facility owner/operator
approval will be required.
permission to remain in port should take all
necessary precautions to secure the vessel for
forecasted winds and tidal surges.
All petroleum barges should be reduced to a
minimum level of cargo and adequately secured.
Ship/tug services should maintain at least one
tug each on standby for call-out.
Dredges should move clear of the ICW and seek
Individual companies should review and prepare to implement their
post hurricane pollution contingency plan
including planning for reconstitution of
Anticipate that the COTP will not allow inbound traffic once
Condition Yankee (24 hour warning) is set.
Vessels with an arrival of less than 24 hours
before hurricane landfall should arrange to
seek shelter elsewhere.
Anticipate storm movement may accelerate and periods between
condition stages may be shortened. Plan
cargo/vessel operations accordingly.
Anticipate that upon the declaration of a state of emergency all
bridges in the local area will be closed to
facilitate a smooth and orderly evacuation of
low-lying coastal areas and barrier islands
Drawbridges may be locked down as early as
eight hours prior to the anticipated arrival
of sustained gale force winds or when an
evacuation is in progress.
Oceangoing vessels should prepare to depart
prior to setting Condition Yankee.
Inbound vessels which will be unable to depart the port upon the
setting of Port Condition Yankee are advised
to seek an alternate destination.
Anticipated Future Actions: All ports in the Miami COTP Zone
should be watching this storm closely and be
prepared for the onset of Port Condition
YANKEE, anticipated at 1330, Saturday, August
Should higher port conditions be required based upon the progress
of Tropical Storm ERIKA, the following
additional future requirements may be
Commence/continue removing/securing missile
hazards and hazardous cargoes at open wharves.
Anticipate that the COTP will order cessation of cargo handling
operations on board waterfront cargo
facilities during Condition Zulu (12 Hour
Warning). COTP will order the suspension of
all ship-to-shore cargo transactions. Hire and
schedule labor accordingly.
All oceangoing commercial vessels greater than
500 GT will be required to depart the port
immediately. COTP Orders will be issued to
vessels masters, if necessary, requiring them
Anticipate that the COTP may close the Port to
incoming traffic at this time and to all but
emergency vessel movements when Condition Zulu
is set. Broadcast Notice to Mariners will be
used to announce impending port closures and
special conditions deemed necessary by the
Ship personnel inspect the mooring of vessels
that have been granted permission to remain in
COTP survey teams will conduct final facility and vessel surveys to
address any remaining unresolved
Certain waterfront facilities may insist
vessels depart their docks during this period.
No moves will be permitted by the COTP unless
the move can be done safely and mooring space
has been identified at other piers, wharves or
local shipyards, or if the vessel is departing
Ports will be closed to inbound vessel traffic and cargo operations
not associated with storm preparations. "Cargo
operations associated with storm preparations"
include moving cargo within
15-009 the port for securing purposes, crane and
other port/facility equipment preparations, and
similar activities, but does not include moving
cargo onto the port or loading/discharging
operations unless specifically authorized by the
Drawbridges in the area may not be operating as early as eight
hours prior to the anticipated arrival of
sustained gale force winds or when an evacuation
is in progress.
all bridge closings in ALL counties (Miami-Dade,
Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St Lucie, and Indian
River) at approximately 2000 on Saturday,
August 29, 2015.
. Bridge lock-down may begin anytime
after 2000 on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
During lock-down, the bridge is closed,
power is turned off, traffic arms may be
house is secured and the bridge operator is sent
Questions regarding this MSIB or required actions
should be directed to the Maritime Transportation
System Recovery Unit.
Safety Information Bulletin post updates are on
Homeport under Port Conditions at
under "Port Conditions".
The COTP may be
reached at telephone (305) 535-4472, or via
Channel 16 VHF FM Marine Radio through Coast Guard
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Miami
If you have any
questions, please contact our office.
Toll Free: 1-800-267-1734