USCG Sector Key West sets Port Condition Whiskey for Tropical Storm Fred

KEY WEST, Fla. — Effective 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Key West (COTP) set port condition Whiskey for the Port of Key West due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated from Tropical Storm Fred that may arrive within 72 hours.

These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while Whiskey remains in effect. Sustained winds between 39 and 54 mph are possible within 72 hours. Mariners are reminded there aren’t safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum.

All ocean-going vessels 500 gross tons and above should make plans for departing the port.

Vessels desiring to remain in port must immediately contact the COTP to receive permission and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing. Vessels bound for South Florida unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds making landfall are advised to seek an alternate destination.