Starting today, Hapag-Lloyd will be informing you about potential schedule changes, vessel and port operations, office closures and other relevant information related to Hurricane Irma. This catastrophic weather event constitutes an Act of God and/or force majeure situation, which by nature is beyond our control, and has forced Hapag-Lloyd and our partner lines to select alternative routing for cargo for the vessels affected. We extend our thoughts to our customers, and to all of those who have been and will be impacted by this storm. Hapag-Lloyd holds the safety of our people and cargo operations as our top priority.
As of today, September 7, 2017, at 9:30 AM EST, we can inform the following:
At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma (category 5) was located near latitude 20.1 North, longitude 69.0 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), expecting to continue with some decrease in forward speed for the next couple of days. As per NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) the eye of Irma should continue to move just north of the coast of Hispaniola today, be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening, and then be near the Central Bahamas by Friday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.
You can view all of the latest details regarding Hurricane Irma on the National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#irma
Puerto Rico: All system up and working. No damage reported. Preparation to start operations Friday September 8th at 7:00am
Dominican Republic: The Port is lashed and secured. At 8:30am the south of the country was on calm.
Haiti: Deliveries will stop today at 12:00pm. Estimate to receive winds of Tropical Storm today afternoon.
US SE Coast:
Port Everglades (FIT): Condition X-Ray. Anticipate condition Yankee @ 12:00 Friday. Zulu 08:00 Saturday the 9th. Terminal will remain open until 16:30 on Thursday.
Miami (SFCT): Condition X-Ray. Anticipate condition Yankee @ 12:00 Friday. Zulu 08:00 Saturday the 9th. Terminal will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Jacksonville: Condition Whiskey was set this morning.
Savannah: Condition Whiskey is anticipated Thursday evening. Terminals to remain open through Friday. Savannah will close Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Charleston: Condition Whiskey is anticipated Thursday evening. Terminals will close Monday and Tuesday.
Condition Whiskey: A readiness condition in which hurricane force winds are possible within 72 hours.
Condition X-Ray: A warning condition in which hurricane force winds are possible within 48 hours.
Condition Yankee: A danger condition in which hurricane force winds are possible within 24 hours.
Condition Zulu: A danger condition in which hurricane force winds are possible within 12 hours.
Impacted Vessel Status:
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you informed on a daily basis. The terms of this Notice shall be read in conjunction with and without prejudice to Hapag-Lloyd’s Bill of Lading / Sea Waybill terms and conditions as well as the Hapag-Lloyd tariff applicable thereto.