On Sunday afternoon, the Captain of the Port for North Carolina closed the Port of Morehead City to inbound traffic effective at 1400 hours as a precautionary measure ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur. The COTP expects to set Port Condition Zulu – indicating tropical storm force winds arriving within 12 hours – at about 2200.
Port of Morehead City is a bulk and breakbulk port with a 45-foot channel. It is adjacent to Cape Lookout, and it sits about four miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. As of Sunday night, one merchant ship was broadcasting an AIS signal alongside her piers, along with half a dozen tugs (and SpaceX’s two special-purpose recovery vessels, Go Ms. Tree and Go Ms. Chief). Read on.