Hurricane Season


June 01, 2023

Dear Subscriber,


Hurricane season is here and typically continues through November.  The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a near-normal hurricane activity season in the Atlantic this year. NOAA is forecasting a range of 12 to 17 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher).  These include one to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher).

Please review and, if necessary, update your hurricane preparedness plans.  The Maryland Port Administration’s (MPA’s) Severe Weather Contingency Plan can be found on its website:

The MPA Severe Weather Contingency Plan provides guidance on procedures that should be implemented in preparation for a significant severe weather event.  It is essential that all port users and tenants also have their own plans that are appropriate for their businesses.

For vessel owners and/or operators, please note Section II.B.5, Safe Refuge, of the MPA Schedule 23.  By requesting permission to remain at an MPA terminal through the submission of the Commercial Vessel Authorization Checklist/Survey, the owner/operator of the vessel is acknowledging that it is subject to the MDOT MPA Schedule 23, Section II.B.5, Safety Refuge, and confirms the terms by which the vessel will be allowed to remain at an MPA terminal.

If you have any questions, please contact the MPA Office of Safety and Risk Management at (410) 633-1148.  Thank you.