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Hurricane Irma Update

: Transport

Hurricane Irma Wreaks Havoc in the Caribbean and the South Eastern United States 2017-09-12

Cargo in Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean is expected to suffer delays following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last week and on the weekend.

Ports and airports remain closed, rail services are restricted, and ships are rearranging port calls after many containerships fled west of the Caribbean islands to sit out the storm.

Miami Airport remained closed on Monday after being hit with 100-mph winds. It tweeted it would consider reopening on Tuesday, but would need to assess the damage.

Operations at Freeport, Miami, Everglades, Jaxport and Savannah remain shut.

Ships that left Florida ports before the hurricane hit are sitting out the storm on the west side of the Caribbean islands.

Hurricane Jose, meanwhile, hot on the heels of Irma, spared the Caribbean population from further devastation by changing tack and heading north. It is weakening and there are signs that it might blow itself out in the Atlantic.

Read more in an article from The Loadstar.

Source: CIFFA

Various U.S. Port Updates (as of Sept. 12):

  • Sometime today, September 12, the Port of Miami and Port Everglades will resume operations.
  • On September 13, the Port of Savannah plans to resume commercial trade operations.
  • On September 12, the port of Charleston intends to resume trade operations.
  • On September 11, the Port of New Orleans announced that it intends to stay fully functional in the coming week, despite proximity of hurricane Irma.
  • Due to port closures, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) will be extending expiration dates for standalone prior notice fillings for shipments intended to dock at closed ports.
  • Rail status – Norfolk Southern (NS), CSX & FEC ramps and service in Florida remain closed until further notice. Embargo in place on all rail cargo for Charleston, Jacksonville, and Savannah (origin and destination).

Milgram will continue to monitor this situation and will advise of any changes or updates as needed.


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