Severe Weather and Office Closure

Monday, Sept 11th 1pm - We have experienced the worst of the remnants of Hurricane Irma in the Savannah and surrounding areas and I am happy to report our staff appears to be safe and without harm.  Our team members that evacuated will soon begin to return to the area so we can begin accessing any damage.  At this time, the authorities have asked us to continue to stay inside and off the roads so that emergency workers can access any risks.  This area is also under a curfew which will limit the ability to travel.  We can tell from our security cameras that our office still has power and internet.  The drop yard and all of the containers on it look to be in good shape.  The port is still closed and scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, September 13th.  Most of our employees are without power and at this time we do not know when they will regain power.  There are areas of flooding and downed trees that will prevent travel on the roads.  At this time it is not likely that we will begin to deliver containers until Thursday and after.  Please note that import containers will take precedent over exports to minimize demurrage costs.  Please be patient as we start rescheduling appointments and understand that we will prioritize in order of Last Free day.  Please note that the recent storms are causing rising fuel prices so please expect fuel surcharges to increase.    

For updates from the port please continue to monitor the links below.

Hurricane Irma

Please note that our office is currently closed until further notice due to Hurricane Irma.  The port is expected to be closed on September 9th and should reopen on September 13th.  Please use this website for the latest updates.  The port stopped receiving empties on 9/8.  Please see latest notices from the port below.

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September 8, 2017

Transportation Community,

If you, your friends, colleagues, family or Port users wish to receive direct communication from the Georgia ports Authority regarding hurricane Irma, the port has constructed a specific text messaging system for information on this storm and any potential impact on the GPA.

To enroll in texting information for hurricane Irma all you need do is Text "IRMA" to 888777

GPA will continue communication with our port partners as this situation develops. _______________________________________________________________________________

September 8, 2017 

Transportation Partners, 

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) continues to monitor the forecasted track of Hurricane Irma. We remain engaged in active communication with federal, state and local partners. Based on forecasted tracks, GPA is maintaining its current operating condition and continuing with readiness preparations. GPA continues planning meetings with organizational leadership related to operational, preparedness and reentry strategies within departments.     

We have entered the 48-hour window of potential tropical force winds (39+ mph) to our area. The Ports of Brunswick and Savannah are still at Port Readiness Condition Whiskey with the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port anticipating setting Port Readiness Condition X-Ray at 12:00 PM today. Both Glynn Emergency Management Agency and Chatham Emergency Management Agency are still at Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 and are staffing their respective Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). Glynn County has ordered a mandatory evacuation, which commenced at 8:00 AM this morning. Chatham County has stated it will begin a mandatory evacuation on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 8:00 AM.

This is the latest information we have available on the storm as of the official 8:00 AM update this morning. IRMA has downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane. At 8:00 AM the storm was located approximately 80 miles northeast of Cabo Lucrecia, Cuba and 450 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are 150 mph and the storm is still tracking west-northwest at 16 mph. Hurricane-force winds currently extend outward to 70 miles from the storm center. Tropical storm-force winds are reported to extend outward up to 185 miles from the storm center.

Please note the following operational adjustments to GPA’s terminals.   



· Garden City Terminal - Gate operations will continue until close of normal business Friday, September 8, 2017. Vessel operations are scheduled to cease at 2400, Friday, September 8, 2017.

· Ocean Terminal -  Gate operations will continue until close of normal business Friday, September 8, 2017. Vessel operations are scheduled to cease at 2400, Friday, September 8, 2017. 

· Colonel’s Island - There are NO Gate Operations today and vessel operations are scheduled to cease at 1300, Friday, September 8, 2017.  


We will continue to monitor the storm as it progresses and will continue with updates to the storm’s track and terminal operations.
 

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September 8, 2017

To: Georgia Ports Customers

Please see below hyperlink created for Hurricane Irma blog updates.

Also is a listing the GPA’s social media channels as we will keep those updated as well.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GaPorts

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gaports/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/52030/

BLOG: www.gaports.com/HurricaneIRMA 

Post Hurricane Matthew

The last week has been quite eventful for those of us in the city of Savannah as well as the surrounding areas.  Most of our employees and drivers now have power after 5 days since Hurricane Matthew's effects.  Luckily our office never lost power through the entire event and we were able to watch some of the terrifying sights from our drop yard on our video cameras today.  We appear to have picked up all of the containers from the port that were left there as we rushed out of town to evacuation last week before the hurricane.  Now, we are anxiously awaiting offloading of the vessels that were finally able to return to Garden City Terminal today.  The port reported record volumes yesterday and today seemed quite crazy as well.  Due to the delay in vessel arrivals we are expecting next week to be quite busy.  Please bear with us as we work to deliver the backlog of containers that this natural disaster is sure to create.  

Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, patience and expressions of concern for us.  Please keep our staff and drivers in your thoughts as we continue to repair our homes and clean up the debris and downed trees.