Winter Weather Affects Southern US Ports

Transportation services at ports from Virginia to Texas has been delayed due to freezing rain and icy roads and bridges.

The Port of Virginia said its truck gates, empty container yards and rail operations were closed until Thursday, but that the schedule might be modified if conditions change.

The port authority said weather is not forecast to have an impact on cargo operations at Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, or the Port of Richmond.

The North Carolina State Ports Authority said its Wilmington and Morehead City terminals would be closed to port authority employees Wednesday but that tenants would have access.

The South Carolina Ports Authority said Charleston terminals would close from 3 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday,  but that the schedule might be altered if conditions changed.

The Port of Houston said its Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals and its Turning Basin breakbulk terminals would be closed all day Wednesday and expect to reopen Thursday.

The Port of New Orleans’ Napoleon Container Terminal that was  closed on Tuesdayreopened at noon Wednesday and will operate as usual beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 30), following the winter weather affecting south Louisiana.

The Alabama Port Authority said its public seaport terminals were closed until further notice because worsening weather expected to bring freezing rain and ice, 20- to 30-knot winds, and 10-foot seas offshore. The port authority said vessel arrivals and departures wouldn’t be affected but that ice accumulations of up to three tenths of an inch would make roads and bridges hazardous.

The severe weather is also affecting truck and rail traffic throughout the region.

Please be guided accordingly and check the port websites for updates