With the federal weather system on limited staffing, Tropical Storm Karen has formed off the Yucatan peninsula spreading feeder bands across hundreds of miles including mainland Florida where record rains are being recording without correlation to the active system to the south and west.
Satellite images clearly show bands of tropical weather spreading acrossSouthern Florida and predictions, devoid of warnings, show Tropical Storm Karen will move north but expand east covering Florida and then the Gulf Coast with extreme rainfall densities, high tides and increasing winds.
And the NOAA researchers still on duty predict a 70 percent chance Karen will become a full blown tropical storm filling the Gulf, drenching all of Florida then threatening floods in the Panhandle. However the national press is too busy with the government shutdown to give adequate warning of the potential risk. Meanwhile FEMA and other agencies are not staffed to prepare in advance for additional flooding.
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOKNWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL800 PM EDT WED OCT 2 2013 FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...
1. AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT HAS EXTENSIVELYINVESTIGATED THE BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHWESTERNCARIBBEAN SEA...AND DETERMINED THAT THE SYSTEM DID NOT HAVE AWELL-DEFINED CIRCULATION. HOWEVER...
THE LOW IS PRODUCING WINDS TO GALE FORCE AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM AT ANY TIME TONIGHT OR ON THURSDAY. THE LOW IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD NEAR OR OVER THE NORTHEASTERN PORTION OF THE YUCATANPENINSULA THIS EVENING...AND INTO THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO BYEARLY THURSDAY.
THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE...70 PERCENT...OFBECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. AFTERTHAT...STRONG UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE LIKELY TO LIMIT DEVELOPMENT
ASTHE SYSTEM APPROACHES THE NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO BY THE WEEKEND.THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE...70 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS.
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS COULD AFFECTTHE CAYMAN ISLANDS...PORTIONS OF CUBA...AND PORTIONS OF THE YUCATANPENINSULA DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. INTERESTS IN THE NORTHEASTERNYUCATAN PENINSULA...
WESTERN CUBA...AND THE NORTHERN COAST OF THEGULF OF MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM. FIVE-DAY FORMATION PROBABILITIES ARE EXPERIMENTAL IN 2013. COMMENTSON THE EXPERIMENTAL FORECASTS CAN BE PROVIDED AT... HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=ETWO FORECASTER PASCH
Haiti looks to private sector to help its ports like this one, with no cranes or water depth at Jacmel.
With the maritime world anxiously awaiting the completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal, Haiti wants its private sector to begin thinking about investing in the development of its ports, none of which will ever be capable of hosting a Panamax vessel without millions for dredging and millions more to build suitable berths to support suitable cranes, costing millions more.
Alix Celestin, head of the National Port Authority, will lead a two-day seminar Monday and Tuesday at the Royal Oasis hotel in Petionville on port development in Haiti in hopes of encouraging the business community to assist Haiti in developing a maritime economy, the Miami Herald reported recently.
It reported "Observers have long argued that any long-term improvement in Haiti’s economy depends on both repairing and reforming its underused port system, which has been a pocket of corruption and cronyism. Haiti is a principal trading partner through the terminals and operators along the Miami River.
Celestin told the Heald the current government’s strategy calls for investing in rural ports, while encouraging investors to develop private ports, including those that could help Haiti compete for business from the expanded canal.
According to a recent Miami Herald report, "Haiti currently has 13 seaports."
Port-au-Prince with a depth of 12 feet, no permanent berths or cranes is the major port for tramp freighters calling Haiti, mostly from the Port of the Miami River.
Already several ports in the region, as well as Miami’s port, are positioning themselves to better handle the large cargo ships that will cross the expanded Panama Canal, the Herald reported. Haiti is still trying to reconstruct its Port-au-Prince seaport, which was severely damaged in the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.
"About $70 million worth of improvements are to begin shortly, Celestin told the Miami Herald.
According to the Herald, Among those scheduled to attend the conference are Miami-Dade County port officials and Commissioner Jean Monestime. Miami-Dade has agreed to provide Haiti with technical assistance on improving its port system in both Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/09/3553276/haiti-looks-to-private-sector.html#storylink=cpy
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan Alternate Captain of the Port, Capt. David Flaherty, set Port Condition X-RAY at 6 p.m. Monday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico due to incoming Tropical Storm Chantal.
During Port Condition X-RAY (48 hours before gale-force winds make landfall) all maritime operations including waterfront facility and vessel transits may occur until further notice and are subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices.
Inbound vessels that will be unable to depart if Port Condition YANKEE is set, are advised to seek an alternate destination. Container terminal operators shall reduce container stack heights to no more than three high, or propose alternate securing arrangements to the Captain of the Port. The Captain of the Port may require additional precautions to ensure the safety of the ports and waterways.
The Captain of the Port anticipates that the port condition may be increased to YANKEE in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico within the next 12 hours if the track for Tropical Storm Chantal remains as forecasted.
Pleasure craft operators are advised to seek safe harbor. Owners of larger boats are urged to move their boats 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 and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not secured properly, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted and precluded from assisting people who may actually be in distress.
Waterfront facilities should be removing potential flying debris, hazardous materials and pollutants from dockside areas.
Ports, facilities and operators should anticipate additional restrictions on inbound and outbound traffic as Tropical Storm Chantal approaches.
Mariners should prepare for impending severe weather prior to the anticipated arrival of gale force winds or when an evacuation is in progress.
Owners and operators of recreational vessels should follow small craft advisories from the National Weather Service and take the necessary measures to safeguard the safety of their vessels, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.
Crowley starts Midwest less-than-container-load service
06/18/2013 09:24:00 AM
Crowley Maritime Corp. is launching a less-than-container load service from the Midwest to Caribbean and Central American ports.
On June 17, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley’s logistics group started the weekly service from Chicago that utilizes Crowley’s vessels and a single company point of contact to ensure effective and reliable movement, according to a news release.
The service aims to offer efficient and reliable logistics services throughout the Midwest and should help Crowley’s existing customers, non-vessel operators, freight forwarders and individuals needing to ship partial container loads, according to the release.
The new service complements Crowley’s traditional full container load vessel service with regular sailings from Jacksonville, Fla., and Pennsauken, N.J., to Puerto Rico and from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Central America and the Caribbean.
- See more at: http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/Crowley-starts-Midwest-less-than-container-load-service-211974621.html?ref=621#sthash.1hAISvam.dpuf
Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 5:55 PM
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will sign a trade investment framework agreement with the United States during the visit of Vice President Joe Biden to Trinidad and Tobago next week.
Biden is due in Port of Spain on Monday for a two-day visit and will also meet with regional leaders to discuss security and other issues.
A statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat Saturday said that during the visit energy, security, human and social development as well as trade and investment will be among the general themes of the discussions on Tuesday.
The CARICOM leaders will also be joined by the Vice President of the Dominican Republic and according to the CARICOM Secretariat “a highlight of the encounter will be the signing of a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between CARICOM and the United States”.
CARICOM Chairman President Michel Martelly of Haiti will sign on behalf of the 15-member regional grouping, while Biden will sign on behalf of Washington.
“The meeting will chart the way forward for the TIFA including an initial action agenda intended to galvanise trade and investment activities both between the two sides and within CARICOM. To aid in this regard a Council will be established, led by a nominee of the CARICOM Chair and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).”
The Council is expected to meet at least once a year and would among other things monitor trade and investment relations, identify and work to remove barriers to trade and investment.
It would also facilitate expanded linkages between the private sectors on both sides. In 2011, the last year for which finalised figures are available CARICOM had a favourable trade balance with the US amounting to US$1.2 billion with exports totalling US$8.6 billion.
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May 23, 2013
In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Centeris forecasting an active or extremely active season this year.
For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
“With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time.” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA acting administrator. “As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”
Three climate factors that strongly control Atlantic hurricane activity are expected to come together to produce an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season. These are:
“This year, oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “These conditions include weaker wind shear, warmer Atlantic waters and conducive winds patterns coming from Africa."
NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlook is not a hurricane landfall forecast; it does not predict how many storms will hit land or where a storm will strike. Forecasts for individual storms and their impacts will be provided throughout the season by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.
New for this hurricane season are improvements to forecast models, data gathering, and the National Hurricane Center communication procedure for post-tropical cyclones. In July, NOAA plans to bring online a new supercomputer that will run an upgraded Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model that provides significantly enhanced depiction of storm structure and improved storm intensity forecast guidance.
Also this year, Doppler radar data will be transmitted in real time from NOAA’s Hurricane Operations CenterHurricane Hunter aircraft. This will help forecasters better analyze rapidly evolving storm conditions, and these data could further improve the HWRF model forecasts by 10 to 15 percent.
The National Weather Service has also made changes to allow for hurricane warnings to remain in effect, or to be newly issued, for storms like Sandy that have become post-tropical. This flexibility allows forecasters to provide a continuous flow of forecast and warning information for evolving or continuing threats.
“The start of hurricane season is a reminder that our families, businesses and communities need to be ready for the next big storm,” said Joe Nimmich, FEMA associate administrator for Response and Recovery. “Preparedness today can make a big difference down the line, so update your family emergency plan and make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Learn more about how you can prepare for hurricane season atwww.ready.gov/hurricanes.”
Next week, May 26 - June 1, is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. To help those living in hurricane-prone areas prepare, NOAA is offering hurricane preparedness tips, along with video and audio public service announcements in both English and Spanish, featuring NOAA hurricane experts and the FEMA administrator at www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/.
NOAA’s outlook for the Eastern Pacific basin is for a below-normal hurricane season and the Central Pacific basin is also expected to have a below-normal season. NOAA will issue an updated outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season in early August, just prior to the historical peak of the season.
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