Coast Guard upgrades Hawaii port conditions, no closures expected due to Ignacio

The Coast Guard issued a statement that it does not appear that the closure of commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) continues to closely monitoring the movement of Hurricane Ignacio.

Ignacio may bring storm force winds that could facilitate the need to close ports due to severe weather.

As a precaution, the COTP has moved the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island and the ports of Kaunakakai and Kahului in Maui County to Condition X-Ray (III): The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours.

The Port Conditions of Kalaeloa and Honolulu on Oahu are Whiskey (IV): The ALERT condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 72 hours.

There is no upgraded Port Condition set for Kauai at this time.

As a reminder, Port Conditions are subject to change based on the projected path and intensity of Ignacio.

The Port Conditions are:

  • Condition Hurricane Season Preparedness (V): Seasonal readiness, 1 June – 30 Nov.
  • Condition Whiskey (IV): The ALERT condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 72 hours.
  • Condition X-Ray (III): The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours.
  • Condition Yankee (II): The WARNING condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 24 hours.
  • Condition Zulu (I): The DANGER condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 12 hours and until the storm has passed and is no longer a threat.

The Coast Guard will continue to Broadcast Notice to Mariners and send out a Marine Safety Information Bulletin to notify the maritime community of port condition changes.

All maritime users are requested to monitor the progress of this hurricane and make preparations accordingly.

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