Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
8th District Public
Guard prepares for Tropical Storm Gordon
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has begun securing
its area of responsibility and adjusting port conditions along the Gulf Coast
as the threat of Tropical Storm Gordon continues to move north, Monday.
The Coast Guard urges all mariners to
continuously monitor local and national weather sources and avoid coastal areas
that may be impacted by the storm.
Owners of large boats are urged to move their
vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free
of their moorings or sustaining damage.
Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the
water, tied securely to trailers and stored in places not prone to flooding.
Those who are leaving their boats in the water
are reminded to update their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
registration, and secure EPIRBs safely to vessels prior to a major storm. These
devices often float free from vessels in marinas or at docks during hurricanes
and signal a distress when there is none.
The Coast Guard has set Port Condition X-Ray for
the New Orleans Captain of the Port Zone, the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi,
and the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi.
All commercial vessels and barges greater than
500 gross tons and all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs shall report
to the Coast Guard captain of the port their intention to depart or remain in
Those wishing to remain in port must complete an
application and submit it in writing within 24 hours to the Sector New Orleans
captain of the port.
Additional information on Port Condition X-Ray
and the latest port conditions can be found on Marine Safety Information
Bulletin Vol. XVIII Issue 60 found the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Homeport
website at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/new-orleans.
All marine interests must take early and
substantial action to ensure safety of the port and vessels.
For updates on port statuses, follow the Coast
Guard Heartland Twitter account at @USCGHeartland.