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Northeast ports update status


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, port authorities across the U.S. eastern seaboard were continuing to take stock of their facilities. As of noon on October 31, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said there was no electrical power at the port and “no time frame for repair”, reported American Shipper. 

“Port authority staff is working to clear roads and is communicating with the container terminal operators and major tenants to coordinate the cleanup and reinstatement of service,” said Richard M. Larrabee, director of the Port Commerce department, in a memo. 

Information about the condition of the port was “difficult to come by because telephone lines were not working and, in some cases, terminal personnel were unable to get to their offices.One public relations spokesman said truck drivers were calling her to ascertain if the terminal was accessible because they were unable to reach any other office in the port,” said the release.

The Port of Philadelphia remained open for business with little or no damage at facilities. Meanwhile, the Port of Baltimore reopened at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with vessel operations due to commence at 7 p.m. Further south, the Port of Virginia also said the working of vessels would begin at its terminals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with ships having been waylaid by the storm being brought in on a staggered schedule, said American Shipper.