Wednesday, November 21, 2012

After the Storm

Sandy casts long shadow over commercial transportation in Northeast

Three weeks after Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore in New York and New Jersey, affects of the “superstorm” are still widespread – and nowhere more than in the transportation infrastructure that is the lifeblood of commerce in the region.

The Port of New York and New Jersey, taking the full force of the storm, was particularly hardhit, and while cargo operations returned to full speed by Nov. 7, just nine days after terminals were left flooded and without power, getting back to normal will take more time.

Thousands of shipments were diverted to alternate destinations. Hampton Roads alone handled over 6,000 loaded containers and 3,500 vehicles consigned to NY and NJ, with the cargoes being forwarded north by truck, rail and barge. Many shippers are facing additional costs for the extra shipping and storage, and delays as both equipment and roads were damaged by the storm.

All in all, though, the response to Sandy’s devastation was nothing short of remarkable, and a tribute to the men and women who rose to the occasion and got shipments moving again. If you think about it, our distribution system is what makes our generally comfortable lives possible, and the workers in the industry are what make it work.

We’re sure that, like all of us, all of you have much to be thankful for, wherever you and your business call home. And that’s what tomorrow is all about. Happy Thanksgiving.

Kirk Shearer

800-989-0054 x103

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