Coast Guard urges mariners to heed weather warnings
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The ports for Big Island, Maui County (including the islands of Molokai and Lanai), and Oahu remain closed until the Coast Guard Captain of the Port and partner agencies can complete a thorough assessment to ensure commercial vessels can operate safely.
The Captain of the Port wants to emphasize to mariners that tropical storm conditions still remain throughout the state of Hawaii. Mariners are advised not to get underway.
“Our first priority remains public health and safety,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. “We want to emphasize to the boating public that it is still not safe to get underway. We are still experiencing tropical storm conditions throughout the state. As always, mariners should listen to local weather forecasts before going out.”
“Port assessments are underway to make sure channels are clear with no obstruction and that infrastructure is capable of handling offload of materials. We also want to ensure that our aids to navigation are on station and working properly,” said Gilreath.
Vessels transiting within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Island harbors should seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside and anticipate harbor closures at the discretion of the COTP as storm conditions progress.
Condition V: Seasonal readiness, 1 June - 30 November
Condition IV: The ALERT condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 72 hours.
Condition III: The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours.
Condition II: The WARNING condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 24 hours.
Condition 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.
Heavy Weather conditions for each port will be updated as information becomes available regarding potential wind conditions for the islands.