A WORLD OF LOCAL EXPERTISE
Hurricane Irma - Port Update
Sep 8 2017



As of 14:00 EDT yesterday (7 September), Irma was 65 miles north-northeast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and 70 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island, moving west-northwest at 16 MPH, with maximum sustained winds of 175 MPH (category 5). Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 185 miles from the centre.

 

On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should be near Central Bahamas on Friday, and then be between Cuba and Andros, Bahamas on Saturday morning. Irma is then forecast to turn north and will likely impact Florida. Southern Florida is likely to begin experiencing tropical storm-force winds early on Saturday with the centre of the storm potentially approaching Florida on Sunday morning.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard has set the following conditions for ports and waterways in the South Atlantic and Caribbean as a result of Hurricane Irma. Ports in six port sectors are either closed or open with restrictions. Listed in the table are ports that receive petroleum products.


  STATUS OF CARIBBEAN AND FLORIDA PORTS

  as of 02:00 PM EDT 09/07/2017

Port

Receipts (b/d)*

 Status

Date Stamp

Sector: San Juan

All Puerto Rico Ports

139,000

Port Condition Zulu.

Closed


05/09/2017

All U.S. Virgin Islands Ports

18,000**

Port Condition Zulu.

Closed.


05/09/2017

Sector: Miami

Miami

1,500

Port Condition Whiskey.

Open with restrictions.


05/09/2017

Port Everglades

298,000**

Port Condition Whiskey.

Open with restrictions. Expects Port Condition X-Ray on 9/07 and Yankee 9/08.

 

Port will continue to accept cargoes including fuels through 9/07. Port will suspend operations as of 8pm on 9/08. COTP had issued notice on 9/06 that Port Everglades has gasoline reserves of at least one week stored on site.

 

07/09/2017

Port of Palm Beach

500

Port Condition Whiskey.

Open with restrictions


05/09/2017

Sector: Key West

All Ports

--

Port Condition X-Ray.

Open with restrictions.

Port Condition Yankee set

effective 8pm on 07/09


07/09/2017

Sector: St. Petersburg

Port Manatee

700

Port Condition Whiskey.

Open with restrictions.

Port Condition Yankee set

effective 8pm on 07/09


07/09/2017

Tampa

273,700

Port Condition Whiskey.

Open with restrictions.

Port Condition Yankee set

effective 8pm on 07/09


07/09/2017

Sector: Jacksonville

Port Canaveral

32,200

Port Condition X-Ray.

Open with restrictions


07/09/2017

Port of Jacksonville

69,800

Port Condition Whiskey.

Open with restrictions.


06/09/2017

Sector: Mobile

Pensacola (FL)

11,400

Open.

 

07/09/2017

Panama City (FL)

8,500

Open.


07/09/2017

Sector: Charleston

Charleston

16,500

Open.


07/09/2017

Sector: Savannah

Savannah

12,600

Port Condition Whiskey.

Open with restrictions.


07/09/2017

Sector: North Carolina

Wilmington

11,500

Open.


06/09/2017

Sector: Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads

7,400

Open.


06/09/2017


ISS staff on St. Croix have offered the following advice:


“We still do not have power and it could be Saturday before that is restored. We are monitoring emails and responding as best we can from cellphones. We have received word verbally from the local USCG that the port will not open before 14:00 Saturday. We have advised all vessel's currently waiting, to amend their ENOA and arrivals accordingly. This is of course subject to hurricane Jose that is now crossing the Atlantic.


“The Limetree Bay Terminal (LBT), which is our only liquid bulk facility on the island have advised: ‘Hurricane IRMA passed the facility yesterday. LBT sustained only minor wind damage and no major rain fall. A small group of critical Incident Command Staff and a Ride Out Crew remained on site throughout and there were no injuries or incidents. We are commencing a thorough clean-up and assessment of the facility with staff on-site today (Thursday).’


“The island remains under curfew and not all personnel are able to report to work. The USCG remains at Port Condition “ZULU”. We will conduct the Harbor and Aids to Navigation Survey this morning and report to the USCG. We are currently monitoring Hurricane JOSE which is expected to pass the island on Saturday into Sunday. Once we have an estimated time of harbor opening we will advise.”


Damage assessments have begun in the Leeward Islands, but ports in the area remain closed and may remain so until Saturday or later if obstructions are found in shipping channels.


Below is a map of key petroleum ports and petroleum product pipelines in Florida that could be impacted by Irma.

 

Source: EIA





 
 




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