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1 Serving the Ports of Tampa, Port Manatee & St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Harbor Safety & Security Committee Port Heavy Weather Advisory Group (PHWAG)

2 Before PHWAG  Decision Making Process Primary - US Coast Guard 7 th District Secondary - Captain of the Port, Tampa  Decision Based on Limited Information Gathered Outside of AOR (Area of Responsibility) Based upon USCG’s Limited Ability to Respond  Decision Timeliness – Critical Point Too Early Too Late

3 Where Are We Now? Where Are We Now?  Decision Making Process Port Heavy Weather Advisory Group COTP Tampa  Decision Foundation Critical Risk Factors Awareness of Needs Limitation of Resources  Decision Element Local Focus Timely Application (Consistent Method of Determining Port Evacuation Order) (Consistent Method of Determining Port Evacuation Order)

4 Tampa Bay Port Heavy Weather Advisory Group Key Maritime Stakeholders Primary Purposes Review & evaluate the effectiveness of Tampa Bay Port Heavy Weather Contingency Plan & make recommendations for improvements;Review & evaluate the effectiveness of Tampa Bay Port Heavy Weather Contingency Plan & make recommendations for improvements; Identify critical infrastructure and maritime industry issues to facilitate the securing or reopening of the port.Identify critical infrastructure and maritime industry issues to facilitate the securing or reopening of the port. Advise the COTP of critical risk factors to port and vessel operations relating to tropical storms or hurricanes.Advise the COTP of critical risk factors to port and vessel operations relating to tropical storms or hurricanes.

5 PHWAG Decision Making Model  Analyzes the Critical Risk Factors: – weather, vessels, berths, facility operations, hazardous materials, resources available  Determine Appropriate Course of Action: – none; control traffic; cease all traffic  Recommendation to COTP: –No Evacuation –Partial Evacuation –Complete Evacuation & Cessation of Vessel Traffic and Transfer Operations

6 What is Considered in Controlling Vessel Traffic Evaluation Of Evasion Routes

7 The table below provides each of the Port Hurricane Conditions Used by the COTP. Port Hurricane When Set Condition Condition IV 1 Jun - Nov 30 Hurricane Seasonal Alert (Return to this condition after storm passage) Condition Whiskey Arrival of sustained gale force winds anticipated within 72 hours Condition X-Ray Arrival of sustained gale force winds anticipated within 48 hours Condition Yankee Arrival of sustained gale force winds anticipated within 24 hours Condition Zulu Arrival of sustained gale force winds anticipated within 12 hours The table below provides the potential orders the COTP may issue. Port Hurricane Potential Action Condition Condition IV Recommend preparations for hurricane season Condition Whiskey No action, control traffic, suspend vessel traffic Condition X-Ray No action, control traffic, suspend vessel traffic Condition Yankee No action, control traffic, suspend vessel traffic, suspend cargo operations Condition Zulu All traffic and cargo operations suspended (mandatory action)

8 When Is the Port Closed?  3 Stages Towards Port Closure 1 – Vessel Movements & Cargo Transfers 2 – Facility and Terminal Closure 3 – EOC Orders Evacuation  Stopping of traffic or vessel cargo operation doesn’t mean the port is closed.

9 Determining the Need to Control Vessel Traffic & Port Operations  Storm Location and Path  Current State of the Sea  Wave Forecast  Vessel Information

10 Vessel Traffic Management Movement Stops – Movement Starts  Maximize Efficiencies & Minimize Economic Impact –Prioritize Vessels by Cargo, Delay Time, Tides, Speed, etc. –Establish Queue based on Needs of Port, Logistics of Resources, and Maximization of Traffic Flow –Vessel Must Have CG Control # for Entry or Re- Entry

11 What if a Major Hurricane Strikes? The ports of Tampa Bay are essential for recovery of the surrounding communities. The surrounding communities are essential for the recovery of the ports of Tampa Bay.

12 Restoring the Infrastructure of the Community  Critical Factors Exchange of Information – Timely & Factual Cooperation/Partnership Priorities Based upon Maximizing Recovery Efforts Decision Making At Local Level At Local Level Impact on Overall Recovery Effort Impact on Overall Recovery Effort

13 Lessons Learned – Best Practices  Identified the Lack of a Seaport Management System to address the Preparation & Recovery  Identified the Lack of Tiered System to Address Power Restoration to the Maritime Community  Identified the Need to Establish Contracts with Outside Vendors (Pros/Cons)  Must Implement System for Granting Immediate Access for First Responders – Maritime Facilities  Overall - Must Have an Unified Approach

14 PHWAG – Partner for Success “Safe Passage Throughout Tampa Bay”  60 Million Tons of Cargo  ~ 50% of all seaborne commerce passing through the state  ~ 50% of Florida’s Fuel Supply  5.7 billion gallons of Petroleum Products  ~ 50 % of Florida Hazardous Chemicals  ~ 800,000 Cruise Passengers

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