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USCG - Continuation Port Condition ZULU & Reopening Plans

Friday, September 14, 2018  

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

Continuation of Port Condition MODIFIED ZULU

Hurricane FLORENCE has made landfall in North Carolina and the Port of Hampton Roads is experiencing effects from the outer bands of the storm. Due to these impacts, the closed area for the offshore Virginia area remains in effect. Based on current and expected conditions, the Captain of the Port plans to open the port fully without restrictions at 5 a.m. on Saturday, September 15th. This plan may change based on actual conditions.

The following area remains 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 below.

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

  • Southern Chesapeake Bay and its river tributaries, inside the COLREGS line.
  • Virginia‚Äôs 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 to enter or transit by sending vessel and voyage info to or by calling (757) 374-3408.

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

Approximate location of the closed area



David White
Executive Vice President/Secretary
Virginia Maritime Association

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