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USCG - Continuation of Port Condition MODIFIED ZULU

Wednesday, September 12, 2018  

Virginia Maritime Association

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued the following:

Continuation of Port Condition MODIFIED ZULU 

SUMMARY:  This advisory is inform you that due to the approach and current forecasted path of Hurricane FLORENCE, the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port is maintaining Port Condition MODIFIED ZULU established at 6:00 a.m. today. 

The following area is closed to all vessel traffic at this time: 

  • Coastal waters of Virginia from the COLREGS Demarcation Line extending seaward 12 nautical miles, from Cape Charles Light south to the Virginia-North Carolina border, see image at end of this message.

The following areas remain open to all vessel traffic and commercial activities:

  • Southern Chesapeake Bay and its river tributaries, inside the COLREGS Demarcation Line.
  • Virginia’s coastal waters north of Cape Charles Light

No vessels may enter or transit the closed area without permission from the Captain of the Port. Vessels may request permission enter or transit by sending vessel and voyage info to or by calling (757) 374-3408.  

Port restrictions may increase or decrease as necessary as Hurricane FLORENCE’s storm track progresses. 

PRECAUTIONS:  Facility Operators should make preparations to ensure all loose cargo, cargo equipment, and debris is secured safely.  All vessel moorings should be reinforced. 

Vessels at facilities shall stow all unnecessary gear, ensure proper moorings, and carefully monitor cargo operations. Vessels moored or anchored shall ensure the integrity of their holding systems frequently. 

For a complete listing of all recommended storm preparations, facilities and vessel operators are strongly encouraged to review the Port of Hampton Roads Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan, Annex C, Tab C. This plan may be found on line under “Local Contingency Plans” on the right side at  

COMMUNICATIONS:  Call (757) 668-5555 option 3 for current port conditions.



Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302