Port Everglades follows U.S. Coast Guard regulations for operating the port during storm conditions. This may affect cruise, cargo or petroleum operations.
When a storm is approaching, the U.S. Coast Guard determines appropriate hurricane readiness actions and when port operations will cease. Landside operations, including the distribution of gasoline, may still be open while operations have been halted, but access into the port may be limited to essential operations. A general information Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) from U.S. Coast Guard, published annually in the summer describes each of the four hurricane storm conditions and related port preparedness actions.
- View 2023 Hurricane Season USCG MSIB 23-001 Hurricane Port Conditions issued June 1, 2023 (PDF 544 KB)
For questions about Port operations, call 954-523-3404.
Stay Connected During Emergencies
Learn how you can stay connected with Port Everglades and Broward County during any emergency such as a hurricane. From social media to receiving alerts, you can stay up to date.
If a vessel plans to stay in Port for an expected storm due to extenuating circumstances after the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Port Condition X-Ray, vessel operators are required to request permission by submitting a completed Heavy Weather Plan form and a proposed mooring arrangement diagram by emailing them to:
- U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami Captain of the Port email@example.com (VIEW FORM)
- Port Everglades Harbormaster Office firstname.lastname@example.org (VIEW EXAMPLE)
As a reminder, vessels MUST depart ports, berths, and anchorages unless explicit permission to remain has been granted by the COTP and Port Everglades.
- Cruise passengers should call their cruise line for updates regarding cruise ship departures. Click here for a list of cruise lines.
- If you are flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), it is important that you also call your airline for information on flight arrivals and departures before, during and after the storm. Operations may be interrupted. Click here for a list of airlines.
- Petroleum operations may be interrupted in the event of damage to petroleum facilities located at the port, or damage/blockage of the port's entrance channel for ships.
- Conserve gas by eliminating unnecessary driving after an emergency.
- Retail gas purchases are not available at Port Everglades.
Petroleum operators at Port Everglades make every effort to have ample supplies of gasoline available to retailers before, during and after an emergency. Port Everglades has gasoline reserves of at least one week stored on site. Even when the U.S. Coast Guard stops dockside operations at the port, landside operations, including gasoline distribution to retail gas stations, will continue as long as weather conditions permit.