US Ports Resume Operations After Hurricane Matthew

South Eastern US ports resumed operations last week after Hurricane Matthew caused the evacuation of over two million people.

Full operations are back  at the Port of Charleston SC, which did not suffer any significant damage despite major flooding. Vessels are berthed and cargo being handled, and truckers are able to access the port at the Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals.

Rail services have also been resumed across the states of Florida and South Carolina; the Port of Canaveral also, which was in the most vulnerable position geographically, suffered only minor damages.

 After ceasing operations and losing power, the Port of Savannah has also resumed activity at its terminals.

After causing more than 1,000 deaths in Haiti and severe damage as it swept through the Bahamas, Matthew raked the coasts of Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia, and was blamed for 22 deaths in the United States before heading out to sea.

Several ports from Miami to Norfolk halted operations in advance of the storm as the US Coast Guard restricted vessel movements.

Ports minimized damage by securing cranes, lowering container stacks, and taking other precautions as the storm approached. At Charleston, port workers moved BMW automobiles awaiting export from Charleston onto ships and rail cars, and covered gate kiosk equipment in plastic.

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