Seaboard Marine wishes to advise its valued customers that we are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Storm Marco.
At this time, Tropical Storm Laura is currently centered over Hispaniola, impacting our vessel schedules and operations. The M/V Samanta Voyage 18 was unable to safely call Rio Haina, Dominican Republic. All cargo destined for PortMiami from Rio Haina will now arrive aboard the M/V AS Sabrina Voyage 10. Further, the M/V Okee Ann Marie Voyage 21 cannot call Port Lafito, Haiti, today. All cargo southbound and northbound cargo between PortMiami and Port Lafito will now arrive aboard the M/V Seaboard Ranger Voyage 283.
The forecast track continues to pose potential threats to South Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast. PortMiami remains under the U.S. Coast Guard readiness condition “Whiskey.” Seaboard Marine remains vigilant with preparations to protect our facilities, equipment, and cargo. All trucking and rail services are operating normally today and tomorrow.
According to the latest National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Marco strengthened significantly early Sunday and could hit the east coast of Texas and Louisiana as a hurricane by Monday.
The New Orleans Bar Pilots closed the Mississippi River for vessel traffic at 8:00 A.M. CDT this morning for Marco’s potential arrival. The closure has delayed the scheduled sailing of the M/V Nordbaltic Voyage 35 from the Port of New Orleans. The vessel, completing operations, will remain secured in the Port of New Orleans until river operations return to normal and proceed to its regular rotation.
As the two storms’ trajectory and strength continue to evolve, we will continue to provide updates as developments occur. Our staff, crews, vessels, and our customer’s cargo are of the utmost importance.
We appreciate the patience and support of our customers during the 2020 Hurricane Season.