Coast Guard reopens ports of Jacksonville, Fernandina, Brunswick

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Coast Guard reopened with restrictions the ports of Jacksonville and Fernandina Tuesday evening, along with all other terminals and facilities.

However, the conditions of the waterways and port infrastructure are still unknown, and full assessments of the affected areas are still being conducted. The Coast Guard will enforce a temporary safety zone for these post-storm recovery operations.  

The regulated areas include:

  1. Fernandina  All waters within the Cumberland Sound and Amelia River encompassed within the following locations: starting at the demarcation line drawn across the seaward extremity of the St. Marys River Entrance Jetties; thence following the shoreline north to Stafford Island; thence north to Point 1 in position 30°50'00″ N., 81°29′10″ W.; thence west to Point 2 in position 30°50′00″ N., 81°30′47″ W.; thence southwest to Kings Bay in position 30°48′42″ N., 81°31′27″ W.; thence south following the shoreline south to point 3 in position 30°40′30″ N., 81°28′38″ W.; thence southwest to R “18” at Point 4 30°39′57″ N., 81°29′04″ W.; thence southeast to Point 5 30°39′48″ N., 81°28′57″ W.; thence following the shoreline northeast back to origin.
  2. Jacksonville  All waters within the Port of Jacksonville encompassed within the following locations: starting at the demarcation line drawn across the seaward extremity of the St. Johns River Entrance Jetties, thence following the northern riverbank west to the Sister's Creek Bridge, thence following the riverbank west to the Interstate 95 Trout River Bridge, thence following the riverbank south to theBuckman Bridge, thence following the eastern riverbank back to origin.

Unless authorized by the COTP, all vessels greater than 500 gross tons are prohibited from transiting in a regulated area until a full assessment of the waterway, which is underway. Vessels desiring to transit through a regulated area may contact the COTP Jacksonville via telephone at 904-714-7557, to request authorization. 

Due to potential effects from Hurricane Irma throughout the Jacksonville area, mariners are urged to transit with caution considering the possibility of aids to navigation discrepancies or other hazards to navigation. If discovered, please report any of these issues to the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville.

Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard's Homeport site.

Brunswick port reopens

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened the Port of Brunswick with no restrictions.

Due to potential effects from Hurricane Irma throughout the Brunswick area, mariners are urged to transit with caution considering the possibility of aids to navigation discrepancies or other hazards to navigation. If discovered, please report any of these issues to Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah at (912) 652-4353 x 235 or the Command Duty Officer at (912) 247-0073.

Crew helps in Jacksonville

The crew of Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton arrived off the coast of Jacksonville Tuesday morning and the crew began conducting a preliminary assessment of damage from Hurricane Irma to the entrance to the St. Johns River.

The Hamilton crew deployed a 35-foot boat to survey the port, whose five-man crew traveled up the river, assessed the status of aids to navigation, surveyed the waterway for hazards and made contact with Coast Guard Station Mayport, in order to provide a clear picture of the damage for Sector Jacksonville.

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