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Subject:USCG SNNE WEATHER BULLETIN / MAINE-NEW HAPMSHIRE
Date:Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Priority:Normal
Notice:

MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN 05-18<span-size:13.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">

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Date: March 6, 2018

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We are tracking another significant coastal storm that is set to impact Northern New England Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening.  The most recent National Weather Service predictions indicate that

sustained wind could reach 45 knots offshore in the Gulf of Maine with seas up to 23 feet, and 30 knots along the coast, with 12-21 foot seas. The storm is expected to bring heavy snow and near blizzard conditions, significantly reducing visibility at times. Given the damage from the storm earlier this week, flooding and beach erosion is still possible despite lower astronomical tides and storm surge. The ports in the Northern New England Captain of the Port Zone remain open to all traffic. However, we strongly recommend the following precautions in advance of the storm:

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(1)<span-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#333333;letter-spacing:1.05pt"> Pleasure craft and fishing vessels are advised to seek safe refuge.

(2)    Ferry operators should evaluate their ability to operate in the pending conditions and take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew.

(3)    Anticipate that drawbridge operations may be restricted due to high winds and safety concerns.

(4)    All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons and all barges and their supporting tugs should consider the requirements  included in the attached Remaining in Port Checklist.  While this checklist is primarily used for an approaching hurricane, it can prove useful for any heavy weather event.

(5)    Facility managers should review communications procedures, operations manuals and/or heavy weather plans, and consider lowering the height of container stacks.

(6)    Adjust transfer operations as necessary based on the environmental conditions.

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All vessels, facilities, and maritime stakeholders should continue to monitor the weather forecasts for changing conditions. Coast Guard personnel may be reaching out directly to facility and vessel representatives to determine the intent of vessel movements and cargo operations over the next 24-48 hours.  Following the passage of the storm, vessels and facilities should conduct damage assessments and report any damage to the COTP. In the event

of significant damage, facilities may be prevented from receiving cargo or passengers until approved by the COTP.

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We will communicate any significant updates through a Marine Safety Information Bulletin and via Safety Marine Information Broadcasts. As always, any vessel casualties, pollution , or any incidents that may affect the navigabl e waterways of Maine and New Hampshire should be reported to the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Command Center via VHF channels 16 or 22, or via phone at (207) 767-0303. Thank you for your continued vigilance.

M. A. BAROODY Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port

Notice posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.