East Coast Ports Prepare for Winter

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey published its annual plan for dealing with a winter that forecasters expect to be warmer and wetter than usual, but not necessarily with more snow and ice.

Among other things, the port authority said container terminals will try to provide at least a week’s notice of any plans to extend hours around this year’s Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, which will produce consecutive three-day work weeks at terminals.

The port authority began issuing an annual winter plan after severe disruptions during late 2013 and early 2014, when the region was hit with record snowfall of 61 inches, nearly twice the normal amount.

The port authority said it will again host conference calls among terminal operators, trucking associations, labor, equipment providers and Customs and Border Protection to coordinate plans for weather-related closings and to plan recovery efforts.

Changes in hours of operations will be communicated via the PortNYNJAlerts system at paalerts.com and on the homepage of the Terminal Information Portal System (TIPS) at porttruckpass.com.

The port authority said that when all terminals are closed for an entire day because of weather, terminal operators will extend free time for 24 hours for all containers not already in demurrage, and that the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association has recommended to its carrier members that they extend free time by 24 hours for all containers not already in demurrage.

Intermodal equipment providers will waive per diem charges for the day of the port closure for all chassis on daily or pool usage agreements, provided that they are returned to an authorized stop location within 24 hours of the closure. The above does not apply to chassis on term lease agreements.

The port authority reminded motor carriers to remove all snow and ice from the tops of containers before coming to the port in order to prevent delays at terminals or violations of safety laws on roads.

JOC Staff | Nov 23, 2015 4:48PM EST