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Port Closing/Opening Definitions

Please note the distinction between Port landside and waterside closings and re-openings. 

Landside Closing or Re-Opening refers to vehicular traffic. Typically, the Port remains open to landside traffic as long as it is safe for trucks to travel. However, in most cases, the U.S. Coast Guard requires cargo terminals to stop operations at Condition Yankee, which is 24 hours prior to the estimated time of the storm’s arrival.

Waterside Closing or Re-Opening refers to ship traffic. The U.S. Coast Guard issues a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) to halt ship traffic into the Port and requires all ships to leave the Port at Condition Yankee, which is 24 hours before the storm is likely to reach our area. After the storm passes, the Coast Guard and Port Pilots conduct surveys to ensure the waterways are safe before re-opening the Port to ship traffic.

Petroleum Operations

Port petroleum operations may be interrupted in the event of storm damage to Port facilities or the entrance channel for ships.

  • Conserve gas by eliminating unnecessary driving after an emergency.
  • Retail gas purchases are not available at Port Everglades.

Petroleum operators at Port Everglades make every effort to have ample supplies of gasoline available to retailers before, during and after an emergency. Port Everglades has gasoline reserves of at least one week stored on site. Even when the Coast Guard stops dockside operations at the Port, landside operations, including gasoline distribution to retail gas stations, will continue as long as weather conditions permit.

Updated May 2017