Florida Ports reopen after Irma storm


By Jite Eriabie 

PortMiami’s Seaboard Marine container terminal reopened on Tuesday upon approval by the United States Coast Guard, the port authority said in an update.

The approval allows for truck and gate operations to resume.

Truck and gate operations were however closed on Tuesday for Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company (POMTOC) and APMT’s South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT).

The Port of Palm Beach said it would re-open for cargo business only on Tuesday. The port remained closed to vessel traffic until the USCG decides otherwise.

Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, was 50 miles south-southeast of Albany, Georgia, moving north-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH, as of Monday. 

Ports in eight port sectors in the Caribbean, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina were either closed or opened with restrictions.

Specifically, Everglades, Miami, Palm Beach, Savannah, Panama City, Jacksonville, Canaveral, Tampa, Port Manatee and all ports in Key West are closed.

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said that it was spared from any damage from the storm, adding that further damage assessments were underway.

“Hurricane straps installed on our empty containers and ship-to-shore cranes prevented any cargo, crane or other infrastructure damage,” the port authority noted. 

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