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Latest information from the USCG about port conditions as Hurricane Irene approaches

Port conditions up the coast of Florida Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-RAY for Miami, Fort LauderdaleEffective 9 a.m. Tuesday, Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), Capt. Chris Scraba, increased port conditions for the Port of Miami and Port Everglades to X-RAY, due to the expectation that gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irene may arrive within 48 hours.Waterfront facilities should be removing potential flying debris, hazardous materials and oil pollution hazards from dockside areas. Secure all hazmat and potential sources of pollution due to heavy rain run-off.Vessels more than 500 gross tons should make preparations to leave the port at this time or have received permission from the COTP to remain in port. Vessels unable to depart the port must contact the COTP and submit a safe mooring plan in writing when requesting and prior to receiving permission to remain in port. Proof of facility owner/operator approval will be required.Inbound vessels that will be unable to depart the port if Port Condition YANKEE is set, are advised to seek an alternate destination. Container terminal operators shall reduce general cargo container stack heights to no more than four high and hazardous material cargo container stacks to no more than ...

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Cruise giants have been forced to divert cruise ships from the path of a hurricane

THe hurricane is barrelling towards Puerto Rico. Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp have been forced to divert nearly a dozen cruiseships from the path of a hurricane that is barrelling towards Puerto Rico.The storm, dubbed Hurricane Irene, was upgraded from a tropical storm over the weekend and is expected to hit the US mainland by mid-week, sources said Monday.At last check, Carnival had reworked itineraries tied to the Carnival Pride (built 2002), Carnival Triumph (built 1999), Carnival Destiny (built 1996), Carnival Conquest (built 2002), Carnival Victory (built 2000), Carnival Liberty (built 2005) and Carnival Miracle (built 2004).Royal Caribbean overhauled routes linked to the Oasis of the Seas (built 2009), Freedom of the Seas (built 2006) and the Allure of the Seas (built 2010).According to US hurricane advisories, maximum sustained winds have topped 80 miles per hour and further intensification is expected over the coming days.Source: Tradewinds

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