Coast Guard issues guidelines for mariners, commercial vessels

Coast Guard issues guidelines for mariners, commercial vessels

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Coast announced the following on commercial port closures related to Darby:

Coast Guard captain of the port closed Hawaii and Maui County ports to all traffic. All cargo operations in these ports are secured.

Vessels transiting within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Island harbors should seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside and the COTP has deemed the ports safe to reopen.

Current port closures:

  • Hawaii County — Hilo Harbor, Kawaihae Harbor
  • Maui County — Kahului; Kaumalapau, Lanai; Kaunakakai, Molokai
  • Oahu County – Kalaeloa, Barbers Point, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor

All ocean going commercial vessels and ocean going barges greater than 300 gross tons are expected to make preparations to leave the ports by the following times:

  • Kauai County – Port Allen, Nawiliwili Harbor at 12 p.m., July 24

Once the storm has passed and the threat of severe weather has subsided, the Coast Guard, Army Corp of Engineers and State of Hawaii will jointly conduct surveys of channel blockage and prioritize steps to resume essential, then normal, vessel traffic. These steps are to minimize risk of damage to vessels and assess the conditions of channels, aids to navigation, waterfront facilities, piers and other infrastructure.

The Coast Guard provided the following warnings to the public ahead of Tropical Storm Darby:

Mariners should secure their boats and boating equipment. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. Smaller boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding and is protected for high winds.

Regardless of location, all loose items aboard vessels should be secured or removed.

Visitors to Hawaii should heed all warnings from lifeguards and public health and safety officials. Although weather conditions may appear favorable, rip tides and high surf may impact beaches far in advance of the actual storm.

Even the best swimmers can fall victim to strong storm-generated waves and currents. Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe. Near-shore waters may become contaminated due to runoff up to several days following a storm.