Effective 8:00 p.m. on August 1, 2020, Port Condition YANKEE will be set in the Ports of Fernandina and Jacksonville. All commercial, oceangoing vessels greater than 500 gross tons, including oceangoing tugs and barges greater than 500 gross tons are prohibited from entering the ports. Oceangoing commercial vessel traffic outbound will be authorized to transit through the ports until Port Condition ZULU. Additionally, all ship-to-shore cargo operations must cease 6 hours prior to setting Port Condition ZULU.
Maritime interests are reminded that there are no "safe havens" identified within the Ports of Jacksonville and Fernandina for a vessel to safely survive Tropical Storm Force Winds or Storm Surges without creating a threat to the safety of the port and public welfare. The safest condition for the ports during the arrival of heavy weather is when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum. All ships should coordinate their efforts in accordance with their evasion plan. Masters should take early and decisive action to ensure the safety of their vessels and crews.
Be advised, about eight hours prior to the predicted arrival of sustained Tropical Storm Force Winds (above 39 mph), most bridges will be locked down and will not open until after the severe weather has passed. It is critical that vessels intending to evacuate the Ports of Jacksonville and Fernandina via the St. Johns River or the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway depart early to avoid being blocked by bridge closures.
For additional information please contact Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville at (904) 714-7557.