A severe winter storm, named Grayson, is impacting the maritime
community in Northern New England.
The US National Weather Service has issued a strong coastal
winter storm warning with high winds and dangerously cold temperatures for the
New England Coast. Coastal predictions are estimating sustained NNW winds 25 to
30 kts, with gusts of up to 50 kts, along with low temperatures throughout the
Although ports in the Northern New England Captain of the Port
Zone remain open to all traffic, the authorities have recommended undertaking
precautions in advance of the storm.
The United States Coast Guard advised all self-propelled
oceangoing vessels over 5,000 gross tons and all barges and their supporting
tugs to consider the requirements included in the Remaining in Port Checklist.
Additionally, ferry operators are to evaluate their ability to
operate in the pending conditions and take all necessary actions to ensure the
safety of the passengers and crew, while facility managers were to review
communications procedures, operations manuals and/or heavy weather plans, and
consider lowering the height of container stacks.
weather conditions forecast in the area “could
adversely impact the regional Maritime Transportation System,” GAC
said citing the USCG.