Southern Ports are still digging out of the major winter storm that moved up the East Coast. Savannah terminals have re-opened today. Charleston terminals opened today at 1 PM.Charleston gates will close at 5:30 and a decision on their schedule for Friday has not yet been announced. The Port of Wilmington, NC is also closed today.
Container terminals in the Port of Virginia remain closed today as they dig out from as much as 1 foot of snow. Customs and Border Protection is also closed in Norfolk and the U.S. Coast Guard continues to prohibit traffic into and out of the Chesapeake bay which impacts vessel calls/sailings at Baltimore and Norfolk. The Port of Baltimore remains open for truck traffic and vessel operations still ongoing. We are hopeful the lower Chesapeake channel will be re-opened by tomorrow morning.
Truck gates at Virginia terminals will now be closed on Friday as well although the Port of Richmond will re-open Friday at 1 PM. The Virginia Inland Port remains open for business as usual. Virginia is making plans to be open Saturday and Sunday with specific times yet to be announced. All transportation over the road is severely impacted in Southeast Virginia today.
45,000 customers are without power today in Virginia, including some of our employees. Our office is functioning with most people working from home under our business continuity plan. If anyone is having difficulty reaching our Norfolk team please feel free to contact our headquarters office in Baltimore at 410-863-0211.
The storm moved up the East coast last night and is still battering New York and Boston. The NY/NJ terminals closed at 10:30 this morning and are hoping to be able to open Friday morning. The snow is expected to stop around 5 PM tonight in New York.
We are doing our best to continue to keep shipments moving at the ports impacted by the weather. Please know that truckers will have varying degrees of difficulty in transiting and making deliveries in the most affected areas and plan accordingly. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.