US ports prepare to reopen

US ports prepare to reopen

02 November 2017

Savannah says workforce returning today and no damage from Hurricane Irma to Garden City Terminal or containers, while cargo flights resume at MIA

Some US ports including the Port of Savannah in Georgia are prepare to reopen after assessing damage and flooding from Hurricane Irma.

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Griff Lynch reported yesterday afternoon that there had been no water damage as a result of the storm at the Garden City Terminal, and “hurricane straps installed on our empty containers and ship-to-shore cranes prevented any cargo, crane or other infrastructure damage”.

He continued: “Assessment of our other facilities, including Brunswick, are currently under way.”

Lynch said GPA’s critical workforce would be returning Tuesday morning local time to prepare the terminal for cargo operations, and the authority would be working “with its many logistics partners to determine re-opening of the port and river channel. As of now, we expect truck gates to resume operation Wednesday morning.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, officials said 10 cargo vessels were queued up northeast of Savannah, waiting out the storm. It also reported that other ports including Tampa and Miami in Florida would be opening imminently “for badly needed shipments of fuel, food and other goods”.

Meanwhile, the region’s biggest airport, Miami International, said cargo and passenger flights would resume today on a limited basis.

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