Winter storm closes New York terminals Wednesday
A winter storm is affecting operations at ports in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that because of a winter storm, major container terminals closed early on Tuesday and were planning to stay shut on Wednesday. The Maher, APM, Global, PNCT, Global and New York Container Terminal operations closed their gates to inbound traffic. The port advised users to check individual terminal Websites for the latest information on servicing vessels and hours
of operation for Thursday, Jan. 23.
- The Port of Virginia said cargo operations at its terminals would proceed normally on Tuesday, but truck gates were closed two hours earlier at 7 p.m. Truck gates and the empty container yards opened at 8 a.m., two hours late on Wednesday. Vessels on berth Tuesday worked until completion and there were no vessel operations planned prior to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
- The Port of Baltimore sent out a tweet Tuesday which read: "Snow? What stinking #mdsnow? Cargo and cruise operations proceeding well despite the weather!" Ports America, which operates the Seagirt terminal, said it was extending gate hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile, Local 333 members of the International Longshoremen's Association in Baltimore are
continuing to work without a local contract after members rejected an
agreement last week. The Baltimore Sun
reported there's disagreement within the union about whether to end a standoff with management.
A spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration said no ships have been diverted, but some cargo has been diverted from the port by shippers concerned about the lack of a labor agreement between dockworkers and employers.
Citing the FlightAware.com
, the transportation and infrastructure blog of The Hill newspaper
, said airlines cancelled 1,582 flights on Wednesday and 2,352 flights were canceled preemptively on Tuesday.
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