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