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United States Coast Guard
News Release
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Coast Guard sets Port Condition Zulu for Mobile and New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has continued securing its area of responsibility and adjusting port conditions along the Gulf Coast as the threat of Hurricane Nate continues to move north, Saturday.

The Coast Guard has set Port Condition Zulu for the New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, captain of the port zones. Port Condition Zulu suspends all port operations and is set when gale force winds are possible within 12 hours.

The New Orleans Captain of the Port has ordered the enforcement of the hurricane regulated navigation area including the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal/Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Harvey/Algiers Canals. All vessels must be moored in accordance with a facility's approved annual hurricane operations plan or evacuate the regulated navigation area.

Mariners are advised that the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier and Seabrook Sector Gate are closed.

To facilitate evacuation of residents, the state route 23 bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Belle Chasse in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, will be closed to marine traffic from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

A safety zone has been established on the Lower Mississippi River at mile marker 73 above Head of Passes extending down to the Southwest Pass sea buoy at mile marker 20 below Head of Passes from 5 p.m. Oct. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8, or until rescinded by the New Orleans captain of the port.

All vessels are prohibited from entering or moving within this safety zone without permission from the New Orleans captain of the port or his designated representative, the vessel traffic service, Lower Mississippi.

Transit will be allowed only on a case-by-case basis.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to continuously monitor local and national weather sources and avoid coastal areas that may be impacted by the storm.

Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the water, tied securely to trailers and stored in places not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are strongly encouraged to label all personal floatation devices, life rings and other life saving devices with a contact name and phone number. Additionally, they are reminded to update their emergency position indicating radio beacon registration and secure EPIRBs safely to vessels prior to a major storm. These devices often float free from vessels in marinas or at docks during hurricanes and signal a distress when there is none, endangering crews that respond when it isn't necessary.

Due to movement of Coast Guard surface assets out of the path of the storm, search and rescue capabilities are limited. During the height of the storm, no search and rescue may be possible due to operational restrictions of Coast Guard assets. Boaters and citizens should heed storm warnings and take early action to stay safe and off the water to protect themselves and their families.

For the most up-to-date marine information safety bulletins, visit or and look for links under "Safety and Security."

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