The Coast Guard established today at 4:00 p.m. the YANKEE Port Condition for the maritime ports in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, before the approach of Tropical Depression 13 .
As long as the YANKEE Port Condition is in effect, the port will be closed for incoming commercial maritime traffic unless the Port Captain authorizes entry.
Ocean vessels of 500 gross tons or more, that do not have an approved request to stay at the port, they must have already left the port.
The Captain of the Port is requesting action from the port maritime community so that make the final preparations to protect their facilities and vessels from this system atmospheric.
The maritime community is reminded that there is no refuge in these port facilities and that ports are safer when the inventory of vessels is minimal.
El Capitan del Puerto San Juan anticipates establishing the ZULU Port Condition at 8:00 a.m. Friday for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. These dates and times are subject to change according to the future atmospheric forecast.
If the ZULU Port Condition is established, which means the possibility of 39 miles per hour winds within 12 hours, the port's cargo operations will be suspended and The port will be closed to all maritime traffic unless the movement of the vessel is specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port.
Recreational boat owners are advised to seek a safe harbor.