Hurricane Irma Update
September 8, 2017
To Our Valued Customers:
Hurricane Irma potentially will have a devastating impact on coastal regions from south Florida possibly through Georgia and the Carolinas. Carriers as well as ports along the coast are preparing for a significant hurricane and the below represents some of the details as of Friday morning, September 8, 2017.
Miami and Port Everglades: Both South Florida Container Terminal and Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company closed Thursday in preparation for the storm. They are closed until further notice.
Jacksonville: Jacksonville will close Friday, 11:59 pm until further notice.
Savannah: Georgia Ports Authority has decided to cease all operations at both Savannah and Brunswick ports effective Saturday, September 9 through Tuesday, September 12. Truck gates will close today (Friday) at 6:00 pm and vessel operations will end at midnight tonight. Both ports are not accepting empty container returns on Friday, September 9.
Charleston: The South Carolina Ports Authority is monitoring the situation and at this time the port of Charleston is expected to remain open through Saturday with vessel operations expected through Saturday night. No closures have been announced as of Friday morning.
Force Majeure: Evergreen is one carrier that has already declared Force Majeure allowing them to discharge Florida-bound imports to Savannah or other east coast ports. We expect other carriers to also declare Force Majeure and for import containers bound for Miami, Port Everglades, and Jacksonville to be rerouted and discharged at other ports on the east coast, at the sole discretion of the carrier.
Delays: With two significant hurricanes impacting the United States in two weeks it is highly likely that vessel arrivals and departures at other US east coast ports will be delayed.
Our priority as we navigate this unprecedented situation, is to keep your cargo flowing as quickly and as seamlessly as possible, given the current conditions – and to communicate effectively along the way. We will get through this together and our thoughts go out to those impacted.
Thanks for all your support.
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