The Port of New York and New Jersey remained closed on Wednesday, while all other ports in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic reopened by Wednesday morning following the passage of Hurricane Sandy.
The terminals in New York Harbor could remain closed for at least another day as port officials waited to assess the damage and regain power cut off by the storm.
“Please be advised that the entire port has sustained devastating damage and flooding,” a bulletin on Maher Terminals’ Web site said. “We are waiting for permission from Port Authority to access the terminals so we can determine the extent of the damages.”
The Port of Baltimore opened on Wednesday morning after the U.S. Coast Guard reopened the Chesapeake Bay access channels leading to the port late Tuesday. “That got the ball rolling for us,” said Maryland Port Administration spokesman Richard Scher.
The gates at Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal reopened to trucks Wednesday morning at 6 a.m., and cargo operations were almost back to normal.
Damage to the terminals was minimal. “Nothing that would impact cargo operations,” Scher said.
The Port of Philadelphia also reopened Wednesday morning. The Tioga Marine Terminal was already handling a vessel. Philadelphia Regional Port Authority officials were still inspecting the terminals. “Based on a preliminary look, everything is in pretty good shape,” said Bob Cummings, PRPA’s deputy director of government affairs.
The Port of Virginia reopened to vessel-handling operation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening.