Ports shut down for Hurricane Dorian

JAXPORT Hurricane Port Condition ZULU is in effect for the Port of Jacksonville in Florida. Image: JAXPORT

Hurricane Dorian has caused major disruption for ports on the south east coast of the US.

Ports in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have been forced to close terminals or prepare to close them as a result of the severe weather conditions that Hurricane Dorian has brought. The disruption to terminal operations is expected to cause delays and backlogs to container flow.

Hurricane Port Condition ZULU is now in effect for the Port of Jacksonville in Florida. JAXPORT’s terminals remain closed to all commercial traffic for the duration of Hurricane Dorian and until cleared to reopen by the US Coast Guard.

Under Port Condition ZULU, all vessels are prohibited from entering or remaining in port. Additionally, all ship-to-shore cargo operations must cease.

The Port of Miami has now reopened.

Widespread impact

The Georgia Ports Authority has shut down operations in both its Brunswick and Savannah locations, effective 3-4 September.

South Carolina Ports reported that terminals in Charleston and Georgetown were open on 3September, but due to close on 4-5 September, anticipated to reopen on 6 September.

North Carolina Ports confirmed the Ports of Wilmington & Morehead City are operating but gates will close on 4 September.

The hurricane began in the Bahamas, which has suffered severe damage and flooding.

A ‘Coastal Resiliency’ session will take place at the Annual Convention and Expo of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) next month.

The session will focus on improving the ability of ports and coastal communities to better withstand, and bounce back from, the impacts of severe weather events and sea-level rise.

It will feature three subject matter experts who will address what ports need to do regarding hardening their facilities, developing comprehensive emergency response plans and ensuring reliable energy for their operations.

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