Assisting the maritime industry in regulatory compliance

Bryant's Maritime Consulting

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 Shore leave

    In the July 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Shore leave". In the article, I discuss the impediments imposed by some waterfront facilities to crew members on vessels docked there in obtaining access to shore and to third parties gaining access to those vessels. Congress recently directed that maritime facilities must provide such access in a timely manner and at no cost to the individual. The US Coast Guard has proposed regulations to implement that directive.