September 01, 2016 | Industry Insights, Insights
BREAKING NEWS: Threat of Hurricane Hermine Forces Southeast Ports to Shut Down as Precautionary Measure
Hurricane Hermine has deepwater seaports in the southeastern U.S. bracing for severe weather, causing the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) to close its facilities in Savannah and Brunswick, according to an alert issued by American Shipper. The Jacksonville Port Authority may shut down operations at all Jaxport terminals Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, as well.
The National Weather Service upgraded Hurricane Hermine earlier today from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of around 75 miles per hour when it reaches northeast Florida and southern Georgia later tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
Closed facilities in Georgia will include the Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal in Savannah, and the Colonel’s Island Bulk Facility and Mayor’s Point Terminal in Brunswick. GPA said it may resume operations as early as Friday evening, and that normal gate operations will resume at Garden City Terminal from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Gate 4 only.
The Jacksonville Port Authority said it was also considering closing for the day, but had not issued an official decision as of 5 p.m. on Thursday, according to American Shipper’s notification.
Roanoke Trade encourages all of our insureds to be prepared for potential disasters, and take the necessary measures to protect your employees (safety is paramount) and cargo, including having the right cargo insurance program in place.
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