“What’s New With CRA” Blog: Hurricane Season Prep and Conditions | 06/18/2015

6/15/15 2:08 PM
By: Laci Theriot


As storm season is upon us and Tropical Storm Bill has paved its way along the Gulf Coast, and with the unpredictability, it is important to consider the impact of potential high water (flooding) and high wind on our waterways. It is advisable and recommended that each terminal performs a pre-season sounding of their docks, which is encouraged in the Coast Guard’s MSIB. Capt. Brian Penoyer of the Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston has been gearing up his troops at Ellington Field for the last few months in preparation for hurricane season. The Houston Port Coordination Team (PCT) meetings have gathered this week and the condition was categorized as an “x-ray,” while Port Arthur and Texas City offices have classified it as a “whiskey” operation. What do these terms actually mean? Whiskey and X-Ray are one is the same definition; however, the exception is the remaining “in port” checklists. Each condition has its own requirements. See the attached hurricane condition chart and definitions below:

Whiskey and X-Ray
– The measures taken for Whiskey and X-Ray are the same with
the exception of deadlines for submitting “Remaining In Port
Checklists”. The date and time that the checklists must be submitted
by will be made know through Marine Safety Information
Broadcasts (MSIB’s).

Yankee- No vessels may enter, transit or remain within this safety zone
without the permission of the Captain of the Port.

Zulu- Port Status: Closed; All movements require Captain of the Port
Houston / Galveston approval; Hurricane landfall predicted in 12 hours.


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