The Hocke Net
Marine industry weathers superstorm
November 8, 2012
been two weeks since Superstorm Sandy roared into New York and New Jersey like
a reality television star — lots of hype and, for the marine industry, not a
whole lot of substance. Yes, there were some individual companies that suffered
and are still suffering, but, by and large, the marine industry was ready for
Sandy — superstorm designation and all.
want to emphasize that each port has a hurricane preparedness and business
recovery plan that they put in place in advance of potential approaching
hurricanes, like Sandy,” said Aaron Ellis, public affairs director at the
American Association of Port Authorities. “These measures are designed to
first protect lives and worker safety, and then to secure equipment and
facilities to minimize potential damage to cargo and/or facilities.”
Port of New York/New Jersey is open and back on track, with the exception of
some restrictions on the Arthur Kill, a tidal straight separating the two
some pollution in the water, and there are people picking it up,” said U.S.
Coast Guard spokesperson Charles W. Rowe. “It’s just very minor no-wake
restrictions. Other than that, the port is 100 percent open.”
are refineries in the area that are still shut down, and their immediate
futures as far as coming back on line remain question marks. There are
infrastructure problems that are affecting other modes of transportation in the
area — particularly rail traffic.
infrastructure around here was bad already,” said Dr. Walter Kemmsies, chief
economist, Moffit & Nichol.
“We’ve been operating on vapor for a long time.”
cleanup and recovery problems remain for the New York/New Jersey area, the
majority of those problems are on land, where traffic in and out of the port
may divert additional ships away from NY/NJ to Norfolk or Baltimore.
“Distribution is going to be gummed up,” said Kemmsies.
what about the economic impact on the maritime industry? Kemmsies said those
numbers are still be calculated.