US Ports Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

At 11:00 a.m. EST, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a public advisory that said the Category 3 hurricane was 55 miles north/northeast of Cabo Lucrecia, Cuba and about 105 miles south of Long Island, Bahamas.

Various ports throughout the United States have announced their plans over the next few days as they brace for Hurricane Matthew.  Information is changing as the storm approaches so details may vary:

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) released its third advisory on Hurricane Matthew late Wednesday afternoon, replacing all previous versions. The third advisory says SCPA will resume normal operating hours at all terminals on Thursday, including normal gate hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. for the Wando Welch and North Charleston Terminals.

Port Everglades on Wednesday the port was operating under the U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Condition Zulu, which is a 12-hour alert in anticipation of gale force winds.   Under this port condition, all port operations and vessel movements, with the exception of emergency vessels, must be secured in preparation for the oncoming hurricane by 10:00 p.m. Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, the port is closed until further notice.

Port Miami had an update on its home page that said cargo terminals SFCT and POMTOC would be closed Wednesday for all vessel and truck traffic until further notice. The advisory also said the U.S. Coast Guard anticipates implementing Port Condition Yankee (a 24-hour alert in anticipation of gale force winds) effective Wed, Oct. 5 at 4:00 a.m. The advisory is no longer on the port’s website, but the Miami Herald reported Port Miami would close at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Port Everglades’ latest update on its home page says it is currently open and operating at this time under Port Condition Yankee.

Jaxport, Port Canaveral and the Port of Fernandina are also under Port Condition Yankee, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville said Tuesday. Under this condition, no vessel over 500 gross tons may enter the port without the permission of the COTP.

Port Canaveral said Tuesday it will be closing at noon on Wednesday.

Jaxport said Wednesday afternoon its marine terminals will close Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Savannah ports expected to close early on Thursday

North Carolina State Ports Authority’s update on its home page says its operating status has not changed due the hurricane and gates are currently operating under normal hours.

RCL Agencies Inc. will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates.

Please be guided accordingly.