BALTIMORE — The captain of the port for the Port of Baltimore set ice condition three Friday and cautions mariners to be aware of ice formation within the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore COTP zone.
Ice condition three is set when weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters.
Within the Sector Baltimore COTP zone, navigable waters typically affected by early ice formation include the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, upper Chesapeake Bay and upper Potomac River.
All masters, ship agents, and owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas are encouraged to report observed ice conditions to the Sector Baltimore at 410-576-2693 or D05-DG-SECBALT-SUC-WATCH@uscg.mil. Additionally, mariners should review and prepare for the seasonal ice procedures below:
The COTP of Baltimore may establish additional requirements for specific geographical areas of the COTP zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.
Ice related vessel and/or waterway restrictions are announced via Coast Guard broadcast notices to mariners, five times daily at 3 a.m., 7:05 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. local time on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 22A.
The status for local waterways can also be found at http://www.uscg.mil/d5/ICE_REPORT/ or by calling the Sector Baltimore ice line at 410-576-2682.
The status and extent of these restrictions are continuously evaluated, as ice condition reports are received and assessed.
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Date: Feb 12, 2016
Contact: Public Affairs Detachment Baltimore
Office: (410) 576-2541
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