Hurricane Irma Update #4

Based on the latest information from the national hurricane center, government agencies, and terminal partners on the gulf coast of the United States, we have activated our Incident Management Center for Maersk Line to review the situation around-the-clock. We will provide you with updates to keep you informed of the operational impact to cargo operations in North America.

We would like to provide you with the following port and rail operations updates (as of 12pm EST today):

Port Operations
Freeport
• Port Condition: Yankee –  24-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Closed.
• Vessel Operations: Closed.

Miami
• Port Condition: Yankee – 24-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Closed.
• Vessel Operations: Closed.

Port Everglades
• Port Condition: Yankee – 24-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Closed.
• Vessel Operations: Closed – No Maersk Line services scheduled to work.

Jacksonville
• Port Condition: X-ray – 48-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Will close today. No current gate restrictions known at the moment.
• Vessel Operations: Open. Working a vessel today, but will tie down cranes and close terminal upon completion of operations for the vessel.

Savannah
• Port Condition: X-ray – 48-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Open. Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.

  • Exports – Coast Guard is only allowing the port to receive cargo for ships that will call before the storm. If a trucker wants to confirm, GPA customer service is taking calls through today.
    • Receiving
      • MECL Maersk Columbus
      • TA3 MSC Karlskrona
      • Sealand Maersk Winnipeg
    • Locked and Not Receiving – Truckers should not be able to get a PIN to gate in the terminal.
      • Sealand Spirit of Tokyo
      • MSC Kingston
      • TP11 Anna Maersk
      • TP10 ALS Ceres
      • TP16 Maersk Saigon
      • MECL Maersk Memphis
      • TA Maersk Kotka
      • TA3 MSC Charleston
      • CMA CGM Nabucco
  • Empties – No empty receiving today.
  • Imports – No restrictions as of latest update.
  • Closure: Gates will close at normal hours today.
  • Vessel Operations: All vessel operations scheduled today will finish and sail by 2300. All vessel operations will cease by midnight tonight.
  • Vessels working and planned to sail by 1800:
  • MECL Maersk Memphis
  • TA3 MSC Karlskrona
  • Sealand Maersk Winnipeg
  • Reopening: Not yet confirmed.
  • Closed for any other vessels and closed for empties.

Charleston
• Port Condition: Whiskey – 72-hour notice of gale force winds
• Gate Status: Open. Normal gate hours are planned through and including Saturday, September 9
• Vessel Operations: Open. Vessel operations continue – no closure planned at this time

Wilmington
• Port Condition: Whiskey – 72-hour notice of gale force winds
• Gate Status: Open. Normal hours.
• Vessel Operations: Open. Normal hours – no closure planned at this time

Rail Operations
CSX

  • CSX is taking precautionary measures to protect employees, rail traffic and infrastructure from potential risks of Hurricane Irma landfall. At this time, it is not known the level of impact the hurricane will have on CSX operations but it’s path and intensity are being closely monitored.
  • CSX Engineering is actively preparing potentially impacted areas prior to the storm making landfall in the United States, including staging compressors, generators, ballast and work equipment.
  • CSX Intermodal Customer Service in Jacksonville continues to operate with normal hours and staffing; any changes will be communicated accordingly.
  • Gate Hours and Container Acceptance: Please note the following changes to local gate hours and acceptance policy for containers billed to Charleston, Savannah, and Florida:
    • Effective Friday September 8th at 1700, the local CSX gates in Charleston and Savannah will close until further notice.
    • Effective Friday September 8th, CSX terminals will accept dry containers in-gate for Charleston, Savannah, and Florida destination but the containers will be held at origin until train service resumes for those destinations.  This plan is based on the current path & projected impact of the storm and is subject to change. Please note the following exceptions to this policy:
      • Hazmat and Live Reefers will not be accepted in-gate at origin.  All hazmat or live reefer shipments will be rejected at the gate for return to customer’s facility or CY.
      • Due to limited space availability, the CSX Louisville terminal will not be able to hold traffic at origin and effective immediately all containers destined for Charleston, Savannah, or Florida will be rejected at the gate until further notice.

Norfolk Southern

  • Effective at 1900 Thursday September 7th, Norfolk Southern closed all origin facility gates for shipments billed to Charleston and Savannah until further notice.  This includes acceptance at the South Carolina Inland Port facility in Greer.
    • Norfolk Southern will continue to accept containers billed to Greer with the exception of Charleston origin.

FEC

  • FEC continues to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma which is currently moving towards Florida.  Given Irma’s current track and forecasted path, please note the following adjustments to FEC operating plans:

 

Train Service

  • FEC ceased acceptance of interchange traffic from CSX & NS mid-day Thursday Sept 7th.
  • On Thursday Sept 7th, FEC will run limited train service. (One Southbound train ex Jacksonville & Two Northbound trains ex Miami)
  • On Friday Sept 8th there will be no mainline or local train service on FEC’s network.

 

Terminal Hours / Operations

  • The following FEC terminals are no longer accepting in-gate traffic:
    • Cocoa Beach – 0800
    • Jacksonville – 1000
    • Port Miami – 1200
    • Miami – 1500
  • FEC Terminals will be closed for all out-gating of shipments at below times:
    • Friday Sept 8th
      • Miami – 1200
      • Cocoa Beach – 1700
      • Jacksonville – 1700

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your local Maersk Line customer service or sales representative.

You can expect to receive further information later today. Please stay safe.

Sincerely,
Your Maersk Line North America Team

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