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Hurricane Contingency Plans –

Hurricane and Heavy Weather Contingency Plans

Most US Coast Guard Sectors have promulgated hurricane contingency plans or heavy weather contingency plans, intended to provide guidance to the maritime community with regard to preparing for and minimizing disruption caused by severe weather conditions, taking into account different geographic and operational characteristics in each locale. Below is a link to a document providing access to various such plans that I have been able to locate. Sectors not included on this list may well have issued plans that I have yet to locate and retrieve. Sectors may also have issued updated versions of plans that supersede the ones on this list. Please notify me if you are aware of new or updated plans that should be on this list.

Hurricane and Heavy Weather Contingency Plans provides links to all of the Sector contingency plans located to date.

Sector Baltimore produced an excellent 100-page Heavy Weather Guide providing background information and planning advice. While some of the guidance is specific to Sector Baltimore, most is broader in scope.

The National Hurricane Center website includes the latest hurricane weather forecasts.

FEMA – hurricane preparedness provides general information on preparing for the arrival of a hurricane in your vicinity.

    logo11 BWM reform

    In the January 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "BWM reform". The article discusses the recent enactment of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US ballast water management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but it also largely eliminates the authority of states and tribal govenments to establish their own standards. Full implementation will take time, but there is light at the end of this particular tunnel.