Hurricane threatens Hawaii’s infrastructure

Date: Friday, August 24th, 2018
Source: American Shipper

Hurricane Lane, a Category 3 storm that was still packing winds of 120 mph early Friday morning, is buffeting the southern coast of the Hawaii and causing severe flooding across the island chain.

As much as 40 inches of rain are expected to fall on the islands between Friday and Saturday as the storm moves past the islands in a westerly direction, according to The Weather Channel. Flooding poses significant risk to the state’s transportation infrastructure.

The Coast Guard has preposition-ed equipment and personnel in Hawaii to conduct a post-storm assessment of the state’s port infrastructure to ensure the fastest return of maritime cargo delivery to the islands, said Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, in charge of Coast Guard operations in Hawaii, during a morning press briefing.
Matson Navigation Co., a longtime provider of ocean cargo transport services between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii, said its vessels servicing Hawaii will begin to discharge cargo as soon as the state’s ports are reopened after the storm.

Matson’s vessel Mahimahi arrived at Honolulu on Wednesday and 537 containers were discharged prior to the closure of Honolulu Harbor. “The vessel was then moved to a safe position offshore and will return to complete discharge of an additional 615 containers when the port reopens,” the carrier said.

“Matson vessels Manoa, Manulani, Matsonia and Mokihana, carrying a combined 3,500 containers of goods, are scheduled to call Honolulu on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, and will sail as scheduled to be positioned for service as soon as Honolulu Harbor is reopened,” Matson added.

In addition, two of Matson’s three barges dedicated to serving Hawaii’s other ports were loaded and left Honolulu early Thursday morning toward the islands of Kahului and Hilo, respectively, where they will wait offshore until the storm passes and the ports reopen.

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