The most important information to hit U.S. Shippers and worldwide delivery final week was additionally the largest hurricane to hit the U.S. in a decade. We shared how Hurricane Harvey harm the availability chain final week. Among the many hurricane’s many impacts have been port closures.
I our weblog per week in the past, Common Cargo Account Supervisor Jessica Langdon shared that the Houston ports had been closed since Friday (August twenty fifth) at 11am. We additionally shared, sourcing an Elizabeth Landrum written article from American Shipper, that the Port of Corpus Christi was closed. Port closures additionally included the Port of Galveston.
Every week after ports shut down (on Friday, September 1st), Elizabeth Landrum reported an replace with one other American Shipper article that ports reopened:
The ports of Houston, Galveston and Corpus Christi are as soon as once more open for enterprise, however with just a few channel restrictions, together with one-way vessel actions, daylight-only transits and draft restrictions of 43 ft.
After nearly per week of suspended operations as Hurricane Harvey lashed the U.S. Gulf Coast with heavy rains and flooding, greater than 20 vessels are awaiting berth assignments. The Port of Corpus Christi stated it’ll enable seven native refineries to startup operations in an effort to serve the already-short transportation fuels markets within the area and nation.
These gasoline refineries closing operations was additionally very impactful for the availability chain, limiting obtainable gasoline wanted for trucking.
In fact, trucking and rail via the Houston space was halted by flooding, however as water continues to recede, motion is occurring.
Some excellent news for shippers within the Landrum article was the looks that cargo on the Port of Houston remained unhurt:
Port of Houston stated there was no proof of flooding on terminals and no seen injury to containers, cranes or different gear. Energy to refrigerated containers was nonetheless operational, port officers stated.
Nonetheless, even with the items of the availability chain resuming operations, it’s taking time to meet up with spreading delays and a few shortages of truckers to maneuver containers lastly in a position to arrive at ports. We’re now seeing what Common Cargo Atlanta Operations Supervisor Erick Constantino defined within the final weblog in regards to the disruptions Hurricane Harvey created:
When operations are shut down in a single space, it has a ripple impact throughout the nation. For imports, we are going to see delays on ETAs as vessels are parked at sea till operations resume. That’ll result in delays on the different ports the vessel is looking. For exports, that may imply the containers could have delayed departures and a scarcity of obtainable gear. For truckers, they’ll should assess the injury to their gear, and we are able to anticipate port congestions when operations resume as each container shall be scorching for supply.
Whereas the delivery trade works arduous to recuperate from the hurricane, so do the individuals and companies of Houston.