Hurricane Matthew Customer Update #5
Crowley’s Corporate Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew, which remains a major Category 3 hurricane in the Caribbean Basin, having now passed through Haiti on its way to Florida and the East Coast. Hurricane Matthew is the strongest Hurricane to threaten the U.S. East Coast since 2007.
Again, Safety is Crowley’s No. 1 core value and as such we are taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of Crowley personnel, including our mariners, vessels and your cargo. Vessels are being directed to either remain in port or take routes that would steer them clear of the storm.
At this time, we are experiencing disruptions with many of our services, including those involving Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, the Caribbean islands, Central America and the East Coast.
Port Everglades is currently at condition Yankee. This means that Gale force winds (in excess of 39 mph) are expected in the next 24 hours. We expect that condition to downgrade to condition Zulu later today. This means that sustained Gale force winds are expected in the next 12 hours, and that the port will be closed for all inbound and outbound cargo.
The port of Jacksonville remains open at condition Yankee. We expect a further downgrade of Jacksonville port conditions later this evening.
As the trajectory of the storm continues to develop, we will update you with further information.
We regret the circumstances surrounding Hurricane Matthew and are doing everything in our power to protect the integrity of your cargo and your supply chains. For the latest information on our sailing schedule, please visit Crowley.com.