US northeastern ports, freight rails closed on Hurricane Sandy

29 October 2012 17:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Hurricane Sandy has disrupted shipping services on Monday as several ports and freight rails have announced closures.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s maritime facilities closed early in the morning, according to the port’s website.

The port terminals closed are Port Newark Container Terminal, Port Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Port Jersey Marine Terminal, Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island and the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal.

The New York/New Jersey site is one of two major US chemical ports. The other one is in Houston.

The port of New York and New Jersey was closed to all incoming and outgoing vessel traffic until directed by the captain of the port.

Liquid cargo transfer operations have been suspended at the port of Philadelphia, according to the US Coast Guard (USCG).

In addition, CSX and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) have closed their regional freight rail services.

CSX closed its network from Richmond, Virginia, to Albany, New York, and from Boston, Massachusetts, to Brunswick, Maryland.

The company estimated 72 hours of delay on freight traffic moving through the northeast region.

SEPTA suspended all services at the end of Sunday’s schedule, including its regional rail, which operates both passenger and freight trains.

Additional reporting by Tracy Dang

By: Lane Kelley
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