US supply chains face long recovery after Harvey

Just days after Typhoon Hato supply chains are disrupted again as the category 4 Hurricane Harvey – the most powerful to hit the US in a decade – hit Texas and Louisiana, with land, sea, and air operations suspended.

Ports, airport and transport links remain closed, along with most regular business activity in Houston.

Cargo remains is stuck in warehouses, at port terminals, and on inbound ships. The US Coast Guard has halted ship traffic at Houston, Galveston, Freeport, and Corpus Christi until port channels and navigation aids can be checked.

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Port Houston is taking a day-by-day approach to reopening its terminals, which closed at mid-day Friday before Harvey hit land near Corpus Christi, with winds of 130mph.

Winds of 130mph were recorded as the category 4 hurricane – the most powerful to hit the US in a decade – came ashore in the early hours of Saturday morning 30 miles north-east of Corpus Christi.National-Hurrican-Center-082817

Fifty Texas counties were impacted and the resulting tropical storm could last four to five days.

Container lines serving the port have avoided diverting cargo to other ports. Maersk said it hoped to work two ships, the Maersk Ohio on its TA1 service and the Maersk Denver on its MECU service, at Houston on Wednesday if labor was available.

The Port of Corpus Christi, which did not flood but was close to Harvey’s eye when the storm hit land with 130 mph winds, said its terminals had light to moderate damage. The port said it was working to restore power to all facilities and hopes to return to normal operations on the 4th September.

Cargo restrictions at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and San Antonio International Airport have been lifted and they are operating as normal.