In collaboration with the National Weather Service and the U.S. Coast Guard, The Port of Virginia is closely monitoring the development and track of a coastal low pressure system, which could become Tropical Storm Irma. As with all tropical systems, a high degree of variability exists. Based on current forecast models, Port of Virginia terminals in Hampton Roads could see up to two inches of rain and sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, with significantly higher gusts possible. The most significant impacts from rain and wind are forecast to occur on Tuesday, August 29, with winds peaking on Tuesday afternoon, before diminishing on Tuesday evening.
With the safety of our colleagues and partners as our leading priority, and being mindful of the value of your cargo, The Port of Virginia has established guidelines and thresholds for managing cargo operations during inclement weather. At this time, we are planning for a “business as usual” operating posture on Tuesday, August 29. However, depending on the severity of the wind and rain, and the longevity of the event, various terminal activities may be impacted.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responsible for managing port access and all planned vessel movements. As of 3:00 p.m. today, August 28, USCG Sector Hampton Roads set port condition WHISKEY. Sustained gale force winds are predicted to arrive at the Virginia Capes within 36 hours. The port remains open to all commercial traffic.
USCG Sector Hampton Roads will set port condition XRAY at 8:30 a.m. on August 29. Channel restrictions will be in place from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on August 29 – no inbound/outbound vessel movements permitted during this period. Vessel movements inside the port remain unrestricted.
If our USCG partners take additional steps to protect port assets, and alter vessel operations, we will communicate those actions to you immediately.
In the interest of safety and accessibility, we will continually communicate with the trade for the duration of this weather event. Please take note of the following resources:
- Port of Virginia – Operations Alerts
- Port of Virginia – Facebook page
- Register for Port of Virginia Text Alerts
- USCG – Sector Hampton Roads
Thank you for your business.