Major storm disruption for Carolina ports

Port of Wilmington The Port of Wilmington (pictured) remains closed. Credit: North Carolina Ports

North Carolina Ports (NCP) has reported major disruption for the Ports of Wilmington & Morehead City as a result of Storm Florence, with both ports remaining closed until 20 September at least.

The ports have been closed to commercial truck traffic from 12 September, while the terminals at each site have been closed since 13 September.

On its website, NCP stated: “The Ports of Wilmington & Morehead City will remain CLOSED through Wed., 9/19. Essential employees required for storm response will be contacted by their supervisor with specific instructions.”

"Initial assessments indicate damage at both locations to warehouse and other structures, as well as a significant number of downed empty containers to be cleared," said NCP. "All major infrastructure, including gantry cranes, at both locations have been assessed and weathered the storm with no damage."

Calmer in South

Normal service has resumed at South Carolina Ports’ facilities following the aftermath of Storm Florence.

The SC Ports Authority, which owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston and Georgetown, as well as Inland Ports in Greer and Dillon said on Twitter that vessel activity at Charleston Container and Charleston Breakbulk resumed on 16 September while access for trucks became available by 7am at both locations from 17 September.

It reported normal operational were normal at Inland Port Greer on 15 September and Inland Port Dillion & Georgetown would resume operations on 18 September, “pending weather and road conditions.”

Charleston Intermodal Rail is also open from Monday with CSX rail service between Charleston & Dillon operational.

At the Port of Virginia, the main shipping channel was closed at the Virginia Capes but reopened on 15 September. Truck gates at Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port have been closed but on 17 September all facilities were reopened.

The storm has caused acute flooding in parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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