Ports of NY-NJ & Philadelphia Closed by Snow Storm
The first day of spring was on Tuesday, and with it came winter storms. Yeah, that makes sense.
Snowstorms were big enough on the East Coast to affect port operations. In fact, the snow was enough to halt port operations.
Hugh R. Morley reported in the Journal of Commerce (JOC):
Container terminals at the ports of Philadelphia and New York-New Jersey closed Wednesday due to the snow storm hammering the Northeast, and New York-New Jersey announced that it will be closed Thursday.
The four main terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey closed at lunchtime Wednesday and the port announced that it will be closed Thursday, due to the snow storm hammering the Northeast.
According to Jonathan Wolfe in the New York Times, the snowstorm dropped 8.2 inches of snow by the time it broke this morning. That’s a pretty decent amount of snow, but the good news in that sentence is that the storm broke this morning.
See? I’m a glass half full type of guy. Somebody tell my wife that.
Anyway, with the breaking of the storm, many terminals were able to open this morning despite reports that they would be closed.
The Port of NY & NJ tweeted this morning, “Terminals working to open ASAP today. PNCT, Maher & GCT Bayonne at 8AM +/-. No queuing before 7:45 AM. No appts at GCT. TSC @ 10. Clear snow from rooftops.”
That tweet was followed up by the port tweeting that APMT is opening at 8:30 AM today; Columbia, RHCT, and GCT NY opening at 8 AM; and Interport at 10 AM.
Obviously, the port authorities and dockworkers have been working hard to minimize the impact of the snow on the movement of goods through the ports.
We have seen some congestion result from winter storms and port closures in previous years. However, while the terminal closures at the ports today and yesterday will cause some small delays, no major congestion is expected at the Ports of New York-New Jersey nor are they expected at the Port of Philadelphia.
This is good news for shippers with goods scheduled to be imported or exported through the ports.
Now we wait for the weather to catch up with the calendar, hoping this will be the only winter storm of the spring. But with all the severe weather over the last year, there will probably be more weather events affecting the ports that we’ll have to keep our eye on.
Ooh, that sounds like I just switched to being a glass is half empty type of guy. Don’t tell my wife.
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