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September 4, 2008

Coast Guard sets Hurricane Condition X-Ray for Port of Baltimore

In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna, the Coast Guard in Baltimore has set port condition X-Ray for the Captain of the Port zone. This zone encompasses the Port of Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding areas.

Hurricane port condition X-Ray is set when sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 48 hours.

Under condition X-Ray:

Port terminals should remove potential flying debris, hazardous materials and oil pollution hazards from dockside areas.

Vessels transporting oil or other hazardous materials may be restricted or denied entry in to the port.

Commercial vessels over 500 gross tons should notify the Captain of the Port 24 hours prior to entering or departing the Captain of the Port zone of Baltimore. Vessels must notify and obtain clearances from both Captains of the Ports of Philadelphia and Hampton Roads, Va., before transiting through.

Drawbridges may not operate due to high winds or when evacuation is in progress. Because of the uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners should seek early passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds.

The Port of Baltimore remains open during hurricane condition X- Ray.

Additional conditions are based on a storm's strength and distance from a port.

Condition Yankee is set when sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 24 hours. The port will be restricted with vessel and facility control measures in effect.

Condition Zulu is set when sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours. The port is closed to all vessel traffic and waterside operations.


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