Hurricane Matthew Update (Posted 10/12/2016 09:28 AM EST)


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Savannah River will open to vessel traffic at 0700 10/12.

The following will be vessel arrival order by docking times at GCT:

1300 Starts:
ZIM Virginia docking 0945 in CB3
Maersk Winnipeg docking 1000 in CB2
CMA CGM Lavender docking 1015 in CB1
Yorktown Express docking 1045 in CB1
Hermann Hesse docking 1130 CB2

1900 starts:
YM Unity docking 1500 in CB9
MSC Kleven docking 1530 in CB5/6
MSC Chicago docking 1600 in CB7
MSC Karlskrona docking 1630 in CB4/5

Ocean Terminal vessel arrivals:

1300 start:
Grande Cameroon Docking 1300 in OT13

1900 Start:
Figaro docking 1400 In OT12

Note: Information subject to change. 

Hurricane Matthew Update (Posted 10/11/2016 04:10 PM EST) 

All GPA Terminals in Savannah and Brunswick are operational. We expect near to record volumes at our gates in Savannah today and both rail and road traffic are moving without delay. Vessels are transiting the Brunswick channel today and we expect the Savannah channel will reopen to vessel traffic to the Port of Savannah tomorrow (Oct. 12) with vessel operations at 1300 and 1900.

Please check for further updates and vessel schedules.

 Hurricane Matthew Update (Posted 10/10/2016 09:40 AM EST) 

The GPA is working closely with the U.S Coast Guard and harbor pilots to open the Savannah River to commercial vessel traffic as soon as possible. We anticipate vessel movements will begin tomorrow (Oct. 11).

Visit the GPA web site at for information updates. 

HURRICANE MATTHEW UPDATE (Posted 10/9/2016 05:20 PM EST)

Power has been restored to Colonel's Island Terminal, Mayor's Point and Logistec. Rail service is available for all GPA facilities.

Visit the GPA web site at for information updates. 

HURRICANE MATTHEW UPDATE (Posted 10/9/2016 12:15 PM EST) 

We are pleased to report all power has been restored at both Garden City and Ocean Terminals in Savannah. Power at our Brunswick facilities will be restored by the end of today, Sunday, October 9.

The U.S Coast Guard is in the process of assessing the Savannah river channel and at this time it appears vessels will be permitted to transit Monday morning, October 10. Upcoming vessel sailing schedules will be promptly posted at when available.

Container operations at the Garden City Terminal are set to resume Monday evening. Gate operations will resume Tuesday morning, October 11.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work around the clock to restore full services at the Georgia Ports Authority.

Visit the GPA web site at for information updates. 


The Georgia Ports Authority's senior team met late this afternoon to review plans for re-opening its facilities in both Savannah and Brunswick. Highlights from that meeting included:

  • By Noon tomorrow (Sunday, October 9), GPA team members will assemble at the Garden City Container Terminal for clean-up operations.

  • Power has been re-established to many of the cranes and yard equipment at the container terminal and the information technology system is up and running. Power has begun to be restored to Savannah's distribution and logistics partners.

  • The GPA team is working closely with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers' Savannah District, the U.S Coast Guard and the river pilots to re-open the river channel as soon as possible.

  • The GPA team is coordinating with the local International Longshoremen Association, Customs and Border Protection, the Georgia Environmental Management Authority, Georgia Power and Governor Nathan Deal's Office to determine the earliest possible date to re-open the Port of Savannah.

  • In Brunswick, GPA's management team and contractors will be onsite tomorrow to fully assess impact and develop a work plan.

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The Georgia Ports Authority has completed an initial assessment of damage from Hurricane Mathew to our terminals. We are glad to report that our Garden City Container Terminal appears to have had little impact from the storm. Generated power is in place and our information technology systems are up and running. No major flooding was experienced at either our Garden City Terminal or Ocean Terminal in Savannah. We are currently inspecting our facilities in Brunswick. We are working closely with officials from the Georgia Emergency Management Authority, Georgia Power and the Governor's Office to restore services to our facilities as soon as possible. Our Senior Team will hold a conference call with GEMA officials at 1600 today and will provide a further update this evening.

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The Georgia Ports Authority continues preparations for heavy rains and sustained storm force winds.

Gate and field operations will continue through 1800, Thursday, 10/6/2016. If operating conditions should change, we will provide immediate updates.

Please be advised, Port of Brunswick terminals are closed to all work activities until Monday, 10/10/2016.

Port of Savannah terminals will be closed to truck traffic on Friday, 10/7/2016, and Saturday, 10/8/2016, at Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal.

The U.S. Coast Guard will restrict vessel arrival and departure transits this evening, 10/6/2016.

Vessel activity is expected to resume at 1300 Sunday, 10/9/2016. (Please be advised, this is an estimate only, subject to change due to storm conditions.)

GPA may resume normal operations on Monday, 10/10/2016, if conditions allow. Garden City Terminal will resume container truck gate operations 0600 Monday, 10/10/2016, through all interchange gates, if conditions allow.

The port is monitoring developments to ensure safety of personnel, equipment and cargo.

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