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Thursday, September 07, 2017/Categories: Port of Savannah, Port of Brunswick, Blog, News Article

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Georgia Ports Authority – Hurricane Irma Update

Garden City Terminal

Gate Operations will resume normal business at 6 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

 

Vessel Operations will resume at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

 

Effective 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017:

  • All Hazardous and Reefer receiving will resume normal operations.
  • Export Early Receiving will be managed closely.  All 9 day windows will continue, but only 1 vessel in each service will be open for receiving at a time.  This will be reviewed on Monday Sept 18th for changes.     
  • Empty Receiving and delivering will resume normal operations 

 

Terminal Free Time, Storage and Demurrage:

  • Export Free Time will be extended for 4 days
  • Import Dwell will be extended 4 days
  • Empty Storage will be determined at the end of September billing cycle
  • Major Damage Free Time will be extended 3 days
  • Reefer Electricity charges will be extended for 4 days

 

Ocean Terminal

Gate Operations will resume normal business Wednesday 0700 Sept 13, 2017.

Vessel Operations will resume normal operations Wednesday Sept 13, 2017

 

Brunswick Terminal (Mayor’s Point and Colonels Island)

No power at either location.  Re-entry to Glynn County - State Patrol is controlling re-entry points and critical personnel access only at this time.   Gate Operations will resume when officials provide re-entry.

 

Vessel Operations (RORO) may resume when access is allowed and power is restored.   

 

The GPA will keep you all posted about changes in these actions as operations resumes.  Please stay safe. 

 

Watch for Updates

Watch the GPA website at gaports.com or text “IRMA” to 888-777 to receive updates related to storm recovery.


FROM GPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GRIFF LYNCHHurricane irma UPDATE 

Our hearts go out to the people of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who are being impacted by Hurricane Irma.

At approximately 2:45 this afternoon the Savannah River crested below our docks at the Garden City Terminal, and we are happy to report no water damage as a result of the storm.

In addition, hurricane straps installed on our empty containers and ship-to-shore cranes prevented any cargo, crane or other infrastructure damage.

Assessment of our other facilities including Brunswick are currently under way.

GPA's critical workforce will be returning tomorrow (Tuesday) morning to prepare the terminal for cargo operations.

Throughout this evening and tomorrow morning we will be working with our many logistics partners to determine re-opening of the port and river channel. As of now, we expect truck gates to resume operation Wednesday morning.

We would like to thank the excellent leadership of Governor Deal and his emergency management team as well as local responders who have and continue to work tirelessly to keep Georgia's citizens out of harm's way.

Please check our website, gaports.com, and text 'IRMA' to 888-777 to sign up for updates.

Best Regards,
Griff 

 

 


Georgia Ports Authority – Hurricane IRMA

Garden City Terminal

Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.

Vessel Operations will cease at 2400 Friday Sept 8, 2017

Effective 1700 Thursday Sept 7, 2017

  • All Hazardous and Reefer receiving will be discontinued until reopening.

Effective 0600 Friday Sept 8, 2017

  • Export Receiving will be managed closely.  All 9 day windows will continue, but only 1 vessel in each service will be open for receiving at a time.  This will remain in effect until further notice.   
  • Empty Receiving and delivering will cease. 
  • Gate 8 will be closed Friday Sept 8, 2017, due to no empty operations at terminal

Ocean Terminal

Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.

Vessel Operations will cease at 2400 Friday Sept 8, 2017

Brunswick Terminal(s)

Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.

Vessel Operations will cease at 1300 Friday Sept 8, 2017

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Re-Opening of Terminals

The opening of the GPA terminals is dependent on Hurricane path and post facilities assessment.  For further communications please pay attention to the GPA website www.gaports.com or if you would like, text IRMA (in all caps) to 888777 to receive updates throughout the hurricane.  We will keep you all posted about storm actions and reopening plans.  Please stay safe.  


GPA to close operations Sept. 9-12

Governor orders coastal evacuation Saturday

Savannah, Ga. – Sept. 7 , 2017 – In response to Hurricane Irma, the Georgia Ports Authority will cease operations at the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick, effective Saturday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Truck gates will close at 6 p.m. Friday in Savannah, while vessel operations will end at midnight. The Port of Savannah will not be accepting empty container returns Friday.

At Colonel’s Island and Mayor’s Point terminals in Brunswick, gates will close at 5 p.m. Friday.

“The safety of our employees and partners in the maritime community is our highest concern,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We encourage GPA staff and our neighbors to heed Governor Deal’s warning and evacuate ahead of the storm.”

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a mandatory evacuation order effective Saturday for Coastal Georgia. (Click here for details.)

“Our terminals in Savannah and Brunswick play a vital role in customer supply lines,” Lynch said. “After the hurricane passes, we are committed to assessing any damage and getting our ports back up and running as quickly as possible.”

For text updates on the GPA’s storm response, text “IRMA” to 888777. On the web, watch gaports.com for updates, or follow the GPA on Twitter at @GaPorts. 


Deal expands state of emergency to 24 additional counties

Mandatory evacuation for some areas to begin Saturday

September 7, 2017 / 2:15 p.m.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended his State of Emergency declaration to include 24 additional counties.

Accompanying the new declaration is a mandatory evacuation order effective 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, for all residents of Coastal Georgia living east of Interstate 95. According to a statement from the governor, the  mandatory evacuation will be a phased evacuation at the direction of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency in cooperation with county emergency management agencies.

GEMHSA will institute contraflow on Interstate 16 at 8 a.m. Saturday, with all lanes of traffic flowing westbound to facilitate the evacuation.

Gov. Deal has called up 5,000 Georgia National Guardsmen to assist in hurricane preparation and response efforts.

Counties now included in the State of Emergency declaration are:

Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware.

To read the executive order, click here


 September 7, 2017 / 1:00 p.m. 

According to storm track models issued at 1 p.m. by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Irma is forecast to turn toward the north Saturday afternoon or night. On the latest forecast path, Irma is expected to pass over or near southeast Florida on Sunday, then toward the Georgia and South Carolina coasts very early next week. Hurricane Irma may begin to directly impact Georgia on Sunday, and impacts will likely continue into Tuesday.

Due to uncertainty regarding the exact track and intensity of Irma as it approaches Coastal Georgia area, the National Weather Service cannot yet precisely pin down the magnitude or location of the impacts. However, the Weather Service advised residents to prepare for the potential for a major, land-falling hurricane late this weekend into early next week.

 

September 7, 2017 / 10:00 a.m.

As of 10 a.m., Sept. 7, the U.S. Coast Guard has set the port readiness condition for the ports of Savannah and Brunswick at WHISKEY based on projections of gale force winds arriving within 72 hours. 

For more information Click here.

The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick remain open and operating. 


September 6, 2017 / 2:31 p.m.

Irma continues moving towards the US East Coast. Chatham and Glynn counties remain in the potential landfall cone. Please take precautions.

September 6, 2017 / 10:59 a.m.

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency has moved to Opcon 4 per the County Hurricane Plan. GPA continues to monitor hurricane Irma.


Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017

Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal today issued a state of emergency for six coastal counties. This emergency declaration includes Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties. 
 
“Ahead of Hurricane Irma, I’ve issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and waiving rules and regulations for motor vehicles transporting supplies, equipment, personnel, goods and services associated with disaster assistance and relief,” said Deal. "This state of emergency also ensures aid for the six counties potentially impacted by this catastrophic storm. We will continue monitoring Hurricane Irma’s path in the days ahead and coordinating with our federal, state and local partners. I urge Georgians in the affected counties to remain vigilant and be prepared."

To read the executive order, click here
 
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency website here
 
Contact: Catherine Howden, catherine.howden@gema.ga.gov


September 5, 2017

The Georgia ports Authority has established a text messaging system for information on Hurricane Irma and any potential impact on the GPA. 

For Hurricane Irma updates from the GPA, text "IRMA" to 888777

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