The Coast Guard and Navy reopened Haiti’s main port to limited vessel traffic today in an effort to accelerate the arrival of critical aid – food, water, medical supplies, and emergency personnel – to Port-au-Prince as the international community continues to respond to last week’s devastating earthquake.
Guardians aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Oak – the only buoy tender on-scene – laid a second buoy in the harbor yesterday in preparation for the reopening of the Haiti port. CGC Oak has provided critical Aids to Navigation marking of the shoals leading into the harbor, ensuring the safe approach and mooring of vessels to the pier.
The crew of CGC Oak and the Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Recovery Team have worked closely with Navy Seabees and Navy divers throughout the week to provide limited vessel access to one operational pier in the port.
Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 is expected to arrive in Haiti tomorrow to better ensure safe operations of port facilities and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance as the Coast Guard and Navy continue their efforts to bring the rest of the port to full operational status.