The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port has notified Port Everglades that Port Condition WHISKEY will be set for Hurricane Irma as of Wednesday, September 6 at 8 AM with the onset of sustained gale force winds (39 – 54 mph) predicted within 72 hours.

Preparations to be addressed and completed are:
  • Take due diligence to prepare for potential storm impacts.
  • Begin removing all debris and secure potential flying hazards.
  • Implement Container stacking plans. Reduce stacking height to no more than four high and no more than two high for hazardous materials.
  • Facilities that are unable to meet these requirements due to space constraints must submit a container stacking protocol to the Captain of the Port (COTP) Miami for approval at 305-535-4472.
  • Oceangoing vessels moored or at anchor should be prepared to get underway.
  • Hazardous materials should be removed from areas prone to flooding.

Given the current storm track, the USCG Captain of the Port anticipates the setting of Port Condition X-RAY on Thursday, September 7

The official Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) can be found:

About Port Everglades
As one of Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Broward County’s Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government with operating revenues of more than $163 million in Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is nearly $30 billion. More than 222,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including almost 13,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.

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