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Hurricane Joaquin approaches the East Coast

As Hurricane Joaquin approaches the East Coast, The Port of Virginia Team, is committed to being accessible, mindful and helpful, and plans to keep you – our valued customers – informed.  The safety of our colleagues, facilities and your cargo are our top priority.

Hurricanes are extremely difficult to predict in terms of exact storm track and associated impacts.  There is always a high degree of variability and that is certainly the case with Hurricane Joaquin.  We are closely monitoring Joaquin via forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia.

Over the last 48-72 hours, our Operations, Maintenance and IT Teams have employed proven strategies for hurricane preparation on our terminals, including:

  • Grounding empty containers
  • Securing and sand-bagging warehouse doors
  • Securing and fueling generators
  • Checking UPS systems and backups to insure data integrity

If Hurricane Joaquin’s weather pattern will impact our port, our partners at the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Hampton Roads will take immediate steps to protect maritime assets.  The following document – 2015 Port of HR Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan – will help you understand possible actions taken, and conditions declared, by the Coast Guard.

As for conditions and operating status at our terminals, please bookmark the following page on our website.  Our Customer Service Team can be reached at via this link and by phone at 757-440-7160. We will also update our Twitter andFacebook feeds with pertinent information.

For Virginia state-wide information, consider bookmarking the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and for highway/road info.

 With safety as our top priority, we value our role as stewards of your cargo.  We commit to keeping you informed as this weather system progresses.

Daily updates will be posted at 0900 and 1600 hours for the duration of the event.

Stay safe out there.

The Port of Virginia