NEW YORK Most East Coast and Midwest ports that handle
shipments of metal were open Wednesday as conditions started to
return to normal after super storm Sandy left the majority of
logistics hubs with minimal damages.
Along the East Coast, most of the public ports returned to
normal operations after heavy winds and high tides caused
operations to shut down as early as Sunday (
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The Maryland Port Administration, which has jurisdiction over
the Port of Baltimore, has lifted all restrictions, it said on
its website. Vessel cargo operations resumed at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday and truck gates reopened Wednesday morning when all
port operations returned to normal, it said.
The Port of Norfolk also reopened operations on Tuesday, while
the South Jersey Port Corp. did not close operations during the
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Numerous attempts to reach the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey Wednesday were unsuccessful.
In the Midwest, which saw waves as high as 30 feet in Lake
Michigan despite being out of the storms immediate path,
impacts were also minimal.
To my knowledge, I would expect things were pretty well
buttoned up, Glen G. Nekvasil, vice president of the Lake
Carriers Association, told AMM late Tuesday. Most
of the fleet on Lake Michigan is anchored. Were just
waiting on the weather to pass now, he added.
At the Port of Indiana at Burns Harbor, a spokesman said that
conditions remained very windy and that ship
arrivals and departures have been delayed by the storm.
The ships that were originally planning to leave earlier
probably wont leave until later today, or maybe even
later this week, the spokesman said. We sent some
people home yesterday. Weve tied down all the ships in
place but there have been no significant damages.