Ports and Cargo Terminals Begin to Reopen

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, most of the Southeast ports are beginning to reopen.  Port Miami, Port Everglades, Port Tampa Bay and Port of Charleston reopened yesterday, September 12th.  The US Coast Guard and the Georgia Ports Authority also reopened Port Savannah as of this morning.

Although the reopening of ports is great news for the US Southeast supply chain, there were concerns as to when cargo/container terminals would follow the lead and reopen as well. Folks are anxious for schedules to resume and shipments to get back on track. Thankfully, Florida container terminals Seaboard Marine, SFTC and POMTOC announced that as of 8:00am EST, this morning, they began discharging containers. They also declared that loading of containers to multiple destinations will commence today as well.

Port of Charleston was able to reopen yesterday as they reported that they avoided significant impact from Irma.  All gates and terminals in Charleston resumed normal operational hours today. Port Savannah also stated that their Garden City and Ocean City terminals would resume normal operational hours as of 6:00am EST Wednesday.

It is still in the early stages of recovering from Hurricane Irma, but with container terminals and ports beginning to reopen, the US Coast Guard and port officials remain optimistic in their efforts in continuing to get all ports/terminals back up to running to their full capacity.

As always port and terminal updates can be found: www.gaports.com; www.miamidade.gov/portmiami; www.scspa.com

We continue to keep our thoughts with all who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma and we are here to help in any way we can.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your shipments.

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Photo Courtesy: Greenville News
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