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Leaders from SF, LA, other disaster-prone cities look to Houston for real-life lessons

San Francisco’s seawall is prone to collapse in an earthquake. Though the Port is working to engineer a solution, a fix is likely still years away.

Excerpts from SF gate:

Cities across the country that live with the threat of disaster — from earthquakes in San Francisco to hurricanes in Miami — are anxiously […]


Chassis Shortage Clogs NY-NJ Port

Hurricane damage to chassis has created equipment shortages that are hitting truckers with hours-long delays and demurrage costs at Port of New York and New Jersey marine terminals.

“It’s an absolute disaster,” said Tom Heimgartner, president of Best Transportation in Port Newark. Other port drayage operators also expressed frustration at chassis shortages, long lines at […]


Foreign ships move 3.2 mln barrels of fuel to US Northeast

Shippers loaded 12 foreign-flagged tankers with gasoline, diesel and other fuels to help relieve the storm-struck U.S. Northeast under a rare waiver of U.S. marine law, the government said on Thursday.

The cargoes, which must be delivered by Nov. 20 under the waiver of the 1920 Jones Act, were slated to be discharged at ports […]


Port Authority: Storm damaged 16,000 cars at port

Superstorm Sandy has caused damage to thousands of cars in the Port of New York and New Jersey that were heading to vehicle sales lots around the region.

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says 16,000 cars were damaged in the storm.

The New York Shipping Association says Toyota and vehicle processor FAPS Inc., which handles […]


NY-NJ Port Still Closed, While Other Ports Reopen

The Journal of Commerce reports:

Hurricane Sandy, October 29

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 […]