Hurricane Matthew - US East Coast Terminal Closures



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To our Valued Customers,

As Hurricane Matthew approaches the US East Coast the local ports have started to take measures in their preparedness and have announced terminal closures for Week 40 starting on Wednesday with limited operations and full closures starting on Thursday 10/6 through Saturday 10/8 for South Carolina State Port Authority (SCSPA) for both Wando and NCOT terminals. 

In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, the South Carolina Ports Authority is altering its operating schedule to assist customers with delivery of cargo on terminals, while also limiting exposure of cargo on terminals to any damage. 

Hurricane Matthew continues on its northwesterly movement towards the Florida panhandle & is expected to impact the region starting Thursday night. We are starting to see closures of rail/intermodal/port facilities and should expect delays in the region through the early part of week 41. Current models are forecasting the storm to move out to the east through the weekend.


CSX has implemented their hurricane action plan per below:

  • Operations on the main line from Auburndale, FL through Orlando, FL and Sanford, FL areas into Jacksonville, FL will be suspended by late Thursday afternoon.
  • The main line from Jacksonville, FL to Savannah, GA will be curtailed Friday morning.
  • The main line from Savannah, GA to Pembroke, NC has been reduced to passenger and time critical operations only.
  • Switching operations in Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC and Wilmington, NC have been halted until after the storm passes.


Norfolk Southern (NS) is currently preparing for Hurricane Matthew by repositioning rail equipment away from the Southeast Coastal areas and moving shipments inland to secured rail yards.  Traffic in route is being held at various yards throughout the NS system in an effort to alleviate congestion in the affected regions.  NS continues to monitor the storm closely and is taking precautions to protect employees, track, and shipments in these areas. Customers should expect delays to affected areas that could last several days. 


South Carolina Ports Authority/Port of Charleston had initially announced the closure of Wando Welch & North Charleston terminals, however as of this morning they have resumed normal operating hours. They are monitoring the situation.


Georgia Port Authority/Port Of Savannah is operating normally but also monitoring the situation. - Do expect delays


Wando Welch & North Charleston Terminals

   Thursday, October 6 - Saturday, October 8:

  • Gates will be CLOSED and no containers will be interchanged.
  • Monday, October 10 - planned return to normal hours.
  • Monitor for further updates.

Inland Port Greer

  • Inland Port Greer will remain open for normal operations.
  • Empty container operations will continue weather/safety permitting.
  • The Norfolk Southern trains to and from Charleston will be running weather permitting.    
  • Monitor for further updates.

*information collected from primary freight. 


If you have any questions regarding the above please contact your BRi customer service representative


Keeping you updated,

Aaron Poole 

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