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Oct. 11 – Buoy losses in Savannah River keep Savannah Port from reopening; Brunswick also awaiting Coast Guard clearance

Category: Ports & Transportation

By Lou Phelps, Brunswick Business Journal

October 11, 2016 – On Monday, Congressman Buddy Carter updated the media on the damage to the operation of the Savannah and Brunswick ports due to Hurricane Matthew.  The Georgia Ports Authority’s employees have returned to work as of today, but the Savannah port is unable to open, with no specific target date yet established.

Significant buoys in the Savannah River that are essential for navigation were lost during the storm.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations, Atlanta Field Office released an updated status report earlier today for the trade community and the traveling public on the status of the ports of entry that fall under the Atlanta Field Office.

The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick will reopen for trade related operations once the U.S. Coast Guard makes a determination on the feasibility of reopening the water ways. CBP is working closely with port authorities and our federal and state partners to resume trade operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Port of Savannah remains closed to commercial traffic.  All CBP facilities and equipment is operational at this time – the cranes, lifts and railways – but ships cannot move in and out yet.

The Savannah/Hilton International Airport, which also comes under the authority of the CBP, is now fully operational at this time for processing passengers and cargo.

The Port of Charleston is fully operational at this time. CBP is operational and is processing passengers and cargo, as is the Port of Columbia.

And the Myrtle Beach International Airport is fully operational.

The Port of Greenville-Spartanburg is fully operational and open for all vessel and vehicle traffic, as well as the Port of Georgetown, Port of Greensboro/Winston-Salem and Port of Raleigh-Durham

The Port of Wilmington is currently working under restrictions and will be expected to resume local operations on October 12, 2016. Cape Fear River is open to commercial traffic but with restrictions, including vessels that require a pilot must transit only during daylight hours.

The Port of Charlotte and Morehead City-Beaufort. NC is fully operational as is Norfolk-Newport News, Richmond-Petersburg and New River Valley Airport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry.  CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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