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Subject:Port Condition WHISKEY Hurricane Dorian - Sector South eastern New England
Date:Wednesday, September 04, 2019

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U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England


1 Little Harbor Road

Woods Hole, MA  02543

Tel:  508-457-3211



[MSIB # 09-19]

04 September 2019






Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kts), moving north-northwest (330°) at 8 mph. The estimated minimum central pressure is 964 mb. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the storm center. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the storm center located at 29.5°N, 079.6°W. <span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">


Mariners in Southeastern New England should closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian during the next 36 to 72 hours.  Hurricane Dorian advisories are published approximately every three hours by the National Hurricane Center at<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">. PORT CONDITION WHISKEY:<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">  <span-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"> 

Based on National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center forecasts regarding Hurricane Dorian, the Captain of the Port, Southeastern New England, has set Port Condition WHISKEY.  While ports in Southeastern New England remain open to all commercial traffic, the following preparatory measure is effective immediately: 


Owners, operators or agents of all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 GT and all barges and their supporting tugs must report their intention to depart or remain in port.  A Remaining In Port Checklist must be completed and submitted to Sector Southeastern New England within 24 hours.  Checklists are available at or by calling Sector Southeastern New England at 401-435-2335.  Submit completed checklists to and  For more information call 401-435-2335, or contact the Sector Southeastern New England command center at 508-457-3211. 


The Coast Guard will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian and, if necessary, may implement preventative measures to ensure the safety of mariners, vessels, and waterfront facilities.  Possible preventative measures include, but are not limited to, terminating lightering or transfer operations, rescinding permits for marine events, and directing vessel arrivals/departures to/from port.


This is a potentially dangerous storm; all vessels and facilities should continue to monitor National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center, or other weather forecasts for changing weather conditions.  Facility managers should review their operation manuals and/or heavy weather plans to ensure that weather parameters are followed and transfer operations are adjusted accordingly.


Any and all vessel and small craft owners and operators, including paddlecraft users, are strongly advised against operating in adverse weather conditions. Monitor the weather closely and anticipate heavy fog, rip currents and swells as the storm gets closer. Owners, operators, and paddlecraft users should also take appropriate measures and precautions to secure their vessels and small craft ashore well away from waterways to avoid losses during the expected strong winds and storm surge. This includes removing vessels from the water, possibly doubling up securing lines and/or removing any hazardous materials and any other equipment that could break loose and become a hazard, e.g. life rings, life jackets and canopies.


As always, any vessel casualties, pollution, or any incidents that may affect the navigable waterways of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, including all of Cape Cod and the Islands, should be reported to Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center via VHF channels 16 or 22, or via phone at 508-457-3211.


Questions regarding this bulletin may be addressed to Lieutenant Arthur Frooks at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 401-435-2355 or





                                                               C. J. Glander

                                                               Captain, U.S. Coast Guard

                                                               Captain of the Port

                                                               Southeastern New England

Notice posted on Wednesday, September 04, 2019

For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.