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September 5, 2019


Updated (9/5) impacts of Hurricane Dorian on ports and rail networks along the East Coast

As of 1100, Hurricane Dorian is at a Category 2 status moving north-northwest at 8 mph. A turn toward the northeast is anticipated by tonight, and a northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast on Friday.

On its current track, the center of Dorian will continue to move close to the coast of South Carolina today, and then move near or over the coast of North Carolina and southeast Virginia tonight through Friday.

A tropical storm watch has now been issued for parts of southeast Massachusetts.


Current port conditions are as follows:
  • The Port of Miami has opened.
  • Port of Jacksonville currently remains closed. Today, port officials will assess current port conditions, determining the possibility of opening with restrictions this evening or, as scheduled, tomorrow.
  • The Georgia Ports Authority will open for normal operations at 0600 tomorrow, September 5, 2019.
    • Garden City Gate 5 is currently open; Gate 1 will reopen at 0600 Friday for normal hours.
  • South Carolina Ports Authority marine terminals in Charleston and Georgetown are closed and both terminals will reopen for gate operations Friday, September 6 at 0900.
    • Vessel operations for marine terminals in Charleston (WWT, NCT and CST), will begin at 1900, Friday, September 6.
    • South Carolina Inland Port Dillon will reopen Friday, September 6 at 0900.
  • North Carolina Port Authority terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City, are currently closed today and tomorrow, Friday, September 6. Normal operations are anticipated to resume on Saturday, September 7.
  • Virginia Port Authority at 1600 today, Captain of the Port will declare port condition ZULU for Hampton Roads. After this time, the main shipping channel will be closed and there will be no vessel movements within the port.
    • Truck and rail operations will continue, uninterrupted during posted hours today.
    • Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port will remain open under normal business hours.
    • All terminal truck gates in Hampton Roads will be closed tomorrow, Friday, September 6.
    • Assuming Hurricane Dorian clears the region Friday and barring any extraordinary service restoration needs:
      • On Saturday, September 7, NIT, VIG and the RSA Chassis Yard in Portsmouth will open at 0700 with port closure at 1700.
      • All other terminals, including the PPCY, remain closed.
    • Reopening the channel to vessel traffic is at the discretion of the USCG, TBD.


Current rail conditions are as follows:

  • Florida East Coast Railway in gates and out gates are currently open but train service is limited throughout the region.
  • Norfolk Southern closed all origin facility gates to Intermodal shipments destined for Savannah, Charleston and FEC destinations until further notice. NS is currently meeting to discuss impacts of Hurricane Dorian on its network and operations. They will release another update soon.
  • CSX anticipates that Dorian will impact portions of the CSX network in the following regions:
    • Florida: Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4
    • Georgia and the Carolinas: Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5
    • No other updates have been provided at this time. 


Current CVI & Capes Shipping Agencies hours of operations:


Delays are to be expected as Hurricane Dorian continues making its way up the east coast of the USA.  We will update you as additional information becomes available.


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