Hurricane Irma Update #8

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 11:57am EST today):

As per the National Hurricane Center, Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, impacting northern Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. We are still waiting for assessments to be completed for South Florida and Freeport terminals and will confirm reopening statuses upon completion. We thank you for continuing to reference our updates to remain informed.

Port Operations
Freeport
• Port Condition: Zulu – 12-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Closed
• Vessel Operations: Closed. All terminal operations have ceased.

Miami
• Port Condition: Zulu – 12-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Closed
• Vessel Operations: Closed

Port Everglades
• Port Condition: Zulu – 12-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Closed
• Vessel Operations: Closed

Jacksonville
• Port Condition: Zulu – 12-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status: Closed
• Vessel Operations: Closed

Savannah
• Port Condition: Zulu – 12-hour notice of gale force winds.
• Gate Status:  Closed
• Vessel Operations: Closed

Charleston
• Port Condition: Yankee – 12-hour notice of gale force winds (Impacting vessel movement)
• Gate Status: Normal gate and yard operations planned for Monday, Sept 11
• Vessel Operations: Closed.  No vessels planned for Monday, Sept 11

Wilmington
• Port Condition:  Remains at Whiskey, but no closure expected
• Gate Status:  Normal hours
• Vessel Operations: Open. Normal hours – no closure planned at this time

Rail Operations
CSX

Gate Hours

  • CSX local gates in Savannah, Tampa, and Jacksonville are closed until further notice.
  • CSX gates at the Charleston facility are open and the ramp is observing regular hours at this time.

Container Acceptance

  • CSX is no longer accepting dry or empty containers at origin billed to Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville destinations.  Dry export containers were previously being accepted at origin but in order to prevent terminal congestion and a backlog of freight the policy has been changed until further notice. The embargo is expected to be lifted later this week as train service resumes for those destinations, barring any significant impact to operations as the storm moves north through the region.

Norfolk Southern

Container Acceptance & Traffic Movement

  • As of Monday morning 11 Sep, the NS embargo for acceptance of containers to Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville destination is still in effect.
  • Train service to/from Greer remains suspended at this time.  Due to concerns about potential flooding and track stability, NS is waiting for the storm to pass in order to determine when trains will resume movement for Greer.

Gate Hours

  • NS Charleston ramp re-opened for operations this morning however it is unknown how long the ramp will stay open due to weather conditions in the area.
  • Normal operating hours are 0600 – 1800

FEC

  • Train Service & Terminal Hours / Operations
    • FEC’s maintenance forces and signal teams began assessing damage to terminals and network early this morning.  Teams will continue working northbound as weather conditions permit.
    • FEC anticipates recovery for some of their terminals and network as early as today Monday 11 Sep and terminals will begin rolling startups as conditions permit.
  • Interchange traffic to/from NS and CSX is targeted to resume Tuesday morning for domestic shipments.  Timeline for resuming intermodal interchange is pending.

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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