Hurricane Sandy poses ongoing challenge for logistics managers

Seaports stretching from Baltimore to Boston remain closed to containerized traffic indefinitely

By ·

While the full impact from Hurricane Sandy on the nation’s supply chains has yet to be measured, preliminary reports suggest it will be substantial.

According to FlightAware.com, a live online flight-tracking service. Most airports in the New York City area (JFK/LGA/EWR/ACY/GON/HVN/ISP/MMU/TEB) are closed with no known re-open time.

“It is unlikely there will be scheduled flight operations to/from NYC today and some airlines have begun canceling flights on Wednesday,” stated a release. The NYC airports are planning to start publishing re-open estimates mid-day today.

Spokesmen added that they are still assessing the impact of closed airports and thousands of flight cancellations on cargo operations throughout the region.

Brandon Fried, executive director of the Washington D.C.-based Airforwarders Association, was circumspect in his evaluation of the situation, noting that his constituents are “known for their resilience and creativity” in solving complex transportation challenges.

“Right now, our primary concern is the safety and welfare of our member employees and their families at this time,” he told LM in an interview.

Meanwhile, seaports stretching from Baltimore to Boston remain closed to containerized traffic indefinitely. The Port of New York/New Jersey – the largest East Coast ocean cargo gateway – was shut down early Monday in anticipation of the storm. It is not yet known if vessel operators will redeploy carriers to ports in the southeast or gulf.

Surface transport leaders are also reporting disruption.

Both CSX and Norfolk Southern alerted shippers that it would be at least three days before normal operations would be restored. YRC Worldwide and other major motor carriers have also suspended service, while 3PLs and deconsolidation centers are remaining idle.


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

3PL · Supply Chain · Transportation · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Supply Chain Visibility: Illuminating the Path to Responsive, Agile Operations
Supply chain visibility is not an end, but a tool. It is the means to achieving true supply chain effectiveness, agility and ultimately, corporate profitability.
Download Today!
From the December 2017 Logistics Management Magazine Issue
Trade and transport analysts see rates rising across all modes in accordance with continued expansion of domestic and international markets. Economists, meanwhile, say shippers can expect revenue growth in transport verticals to remain in the 3%-plus range.
2018 Customs & Regulations Update:10 observations on the “digital trade transformation”
Moore on Pricing: Freight settlement and your TMS
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
2018 Rate Forecast
Join our panel of top oil and transportation analysts for an exclusive look at where rates are headed and the issues driving those rate increases over the coming year.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2018 Rate Outlook: Economic Expansion, Pushing Rates Skyward
Trade and transport analysts see rates rising across all modes in accordance with continued...
Building the NextGen Supply Chain: Keeping pace with the digital economy
Peerless Media’s 2017 Virtual Summit shows how creating a data-rich ecosystem can eliminate...

2017 NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year: Mallinckrodt; Mastering and managing complexity
An inside look at how a large pharmaceutical firm transformed its vendor and supplier relationships...
2017 Alliance Awards: Recognizing outstanding supply chain partnerships
In an era where effective supply chain collaboration is both highly valued and elusive, Logistics...