North Carolina Ports see Florence damage and will remain closed until mid-week

The Port of Wilmington ( Photo: NC Ports )

Port of Wilmington is one of the smaller ports in Florence’s path.

Hurricane Florence’s destructive path will leave North Carolina’s main ports offline until mid-week.

The North Carolina Ports Authority says the initial assessments at the Port of Wilmington and the Port of Morehead City “indicate there is damage at both locations to warehouse and other structures, as well as a significant number of downed empty containers to be cleared.”

It say the ports will remain closed until Wednesday September 19 before deciding when they will open.

The Port of Wilmington is North Carolina’s main container ship port, while Port of Morehead City handles most oversized and bulk cargoes. Wilmington is one of the smaller ports in the path of Florence, with an average vessel size of 4,758 twenty foot equivalent unit (teu) making call on the port, compared to an average vessel size of 7,575 teu calling on Port of Charleston just to the South.

The South Carolina Ports Authority says the Charleston container terminal has resumed vessel operations with container gates opening tomorrow morning. Intermodal rail service through Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) and CSX (Nasdaq: CSX) will also resume tomorrow. 

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Michael Angell, Bulk and Intermodal Editor

Michael Angell covers maritime, intermodal and related topics for FreightWaves. His interest in transportation stretches back several generations. One great-grandfather was a dray horseman along the New York waterfront and another was a railway engineer in Texas. More recently, Michael has written about the shipping industry for TradeWinds, energy markets for Oil Price Information Service, and general business topics for FactSet Mergerstat and Investor's Business Daily. When he is not stuck in the office, he enjoys tours of ports, terminals, and railyards.