Surviving Hurricane Sandy
Stephen Edwards credits the GCT USA team for the speed of recovery following the “Superstorm” which hit both New York Container Terminal on Staten Island and Global Terminal & Container Services in Bayonne, New Jersey.
According to Edwards the storm caused wind damage, particularly blowing over stacks of containers, and water damage, including drenching electrical motors that had to be washed out with fresh water and baked to dry following the storm,.
However, he said, “The speed with which the terminals were brought back on line and the speed with which all parties associated with the port; the U.S. Coast Guard, the Port Authority, Customs Border Protection and the terminal operators all were able to get ready to go and to re-open - in our case, on the Sunday following the storm - which hit on the Monday night. And, the co-operation to get power back, shows how strong the teams are across the Port of New York/New Jersey.”
The water in the port surged above levels not experienced in 100 years, he said.
The fact that the terminals were back up and running in good order within six to seven days after the deluge; considering the scale of infrastructure damage across the region; speaks highly of all the participants in the port.
“The rail corridor recovered very, very quickly,” he said (GCT terminals in the area are served by CSX and Norfolk Southern).
In fact, Edwards said the productivity of the GCT terminals after the storm now matches the productivity levels prior to the storm.
However, in the New York region, he said, certain companies lost truck power, which required some terminals to extend their gate hours to allow trucks to operate more efficiently during the day.