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Hawaii Service Announcement: Update #8 Post Lane – 8/27

8/27/18 – Update #8 Post Lane Port Congestion

The Hawaii ports are open and operational, however, there is heavy congestion at the ports as well as water carrier vessels operating out of rotation.  We are working as diligently as possible to retrieve and deliver freight in a timely manner.  Thank you for your patience!

If you have any questions regarding your shipments, please contact your transportation consultant.

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8/26/18 – Update #7 Post Lane

The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened all key ports in Hawaii with Lane no longer a threat.  Normal business operations will resume tomorrow (8/27).

If you have any questions regarding your shipments, please contact your transportation consultant.

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8/25/18 – Update #6 on Tropical Storm Lane
Lane was downgraded Friday afternoon to a tropical storm, however, heavy rainfall and flood warnings remain in effect for most of the Hawaiian Islands.  After thorough port assessments by the U.S. Coast Guard; Hilo Harbor and Kawaihae Harbor were reopened.  Maui and Kauai County ports remain closed pending U.S. Coast Guard assessments.
ACTUAL PORT STATUS PER U.S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT: 
  • Ports of Hilo and Kawaihae – open
  • Maui – closed (pending assessment)
  • Honolulu – Wednesday (8/22) incoming vessels due to dock today (8/25) for full discharge.  Gate will open at 7 am tomorrow, Sunday (8/26) providing access to the containers.
  • Kauai closed – closed (pending assessment)
We will continue to monitor the status of the storm and provide regular service updates.  If you have any questions regarding your shipments, please contact your transportation consultant.

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8/24/18 – Update #5 on Hurricane Lane

Hurricane Lane has decreased power, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. As of 5 AM HST, Hurricane Lane was located 180 miles south of Honolulu and around 145 miles west-southwest of Kailua-Kona. Lane is moving slowly toward the north at 6 mph.

A slow northward motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the west is anticipated on Saturday, with an increase in forwarding speed. On the latest forecast track, the center of Lane will move close to portions of the central Hawaiian Islands later today and tonight.  Tropical storm conditions are already occurring on the Big Island, Maui County, and Oahu—these conditions will likely persist today.

All ports remain closed until further notice.

Hawaiian Ocean Transport – Our Kapolei Oahu Terminal remains closed until further notice, with no regular hours commencing until 7 AM Monday, August 27th, 2018 pending infrastructure conditions post Lane.

We will continue to monitor the status of the storm and provide regular service updates.  If you have any questions regarding your shipments, please contact your transportation consultant.

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8/23/18 – Update #4 on Hurricane Lane

Hurricane Lane remains a major storm system early this morning, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. As of 5 AM, Hurricane Lane was located around 210 miles south-southwest of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and 305 miles south of Honolulu, Hawaii.  The latest forecast track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center brings the center of Lane close to the Hawaiian Islands during the Thursday through Saturday time frame.

All ports remain closed until further notice.

Hawaiian Ocean Transport – Our Kapolei Oahu Terminal will be closing at 2 PM August 23, 2018, until further notice, with no regular hours commencing until 7 AM Monday, August 27th, 2018 pending infrastructure conditions post Lane.

We will continue to monitor the status of the storm and provide regular service updates.  If you have any questions regarding your shipments, please contact your transportation consultant.

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8/22/18 – Update #3 on Hurricane Lane

As of this morning, Hurricane Lane was approximately 280 nautical miles (nm) South of Hilo, had slowed forward speed to 09 knots and intensified storm conditions with winds to 135 knots, gusts to 165 knots and wave heights to 42 feet.

The storm was tracking within 152 nm of Hilo, 113 nm of Maui, 63 nm of Oahu and 64 nm of Kauai.   The hurricane was projected to pass southwest of the Big Island Thursday morning and southwest of Oahu on Friday morning.

ACTUAL AND PROJECTED PORT CLOSURES PER U.S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT: 

  • Ports of Hilo and Kawaihae are closed.
  • Maui closed to inbound traffic at 1100 today and all traffic by 2300 tonight.
  • Honolulu closed to inbound traffic at 1100 today and closed to all traffic 1100 Thursday.
  • Kauai closed to inbound traffic at 1100 today and all traffic Thursday at 1100.

Due to the closures, the water carrier vessels originally scheduled to arrive today will be unable to dock until the Coast Guard reopens the port.  The closures may likely cause delays to neighbor island barge service as well.

We will continue to monitor the status of the storm and provide regular service updates.  If you have any questions regarding your shipments, please contact your transportation consultant.

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8/21/18 –  Update #2 on Hurricane Lane – United States Coast Guard and National Weather Service

Hurricane Lane is 350 nautical miles (nm’s) southeast of Hilo, moving at 9 knots and has veered closer to the Hawaiian Islands. This is a category 4 hurricane with 135-knot winds, gusts to 165 knots, and wave heights up to 40 feet.  Hurricane Lane is expected to pass within 135 nm’s of Hilo, 94 nm’s of Maui, 34 nm’s of Oahu and 29 nm’s of Kauai.  Wind speed at Honolulu Harbor is expected to start increasing on Thursday morning from 25 to 35 knots, peaking on Friday afternoon to 50 – 65 knots.  Winds are not expected to diminish until Saturday morning to 25 – 35 knots.

United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port issued the following today, Tuesday 8/21:

Hilo – Closed
Kahului (Maui)

  • Currently open to all commercial traffic.
  • Anticipate closing to inbound traffic at 1100 tomorrow.

Honolulu

  • Currently open to all commercial traffic.
  • Anticipate closing to inbound traffic at 1100 tomorrow.

Nawiliwili (Kauai)

  • Currently open to all commercial traffic.
  • Anticipate closing to inbound traffic at 1100 tomorrow.

Due to the closures, the water carrier vessels originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow will be unable to dock until the Coast Guard reopens the port.

We will continue to monitor the status of the storm and provide regular service updates.  If you have any questions regarding your shipments, please contact your transportation consultant.

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Update #1 on Hurricane Lane – Monday 8/20

We are monitoring the status of Hurricane Lane which is now in the Central Pacific, about 580 miles southeast of Hilo and 785 miles southeast of Honolulu as of late this morning.  Lane has recently strengthened into a Category 4 storm with 130 mph maximum sustained winds and higher gusts.  The current five-day forecast has Lane south of Oahu as a weakening hurricane on Friday and south of Kauai as a tropical storm on Saturday.  We will continue to monitor the storm’s status throughout its course, and we will provide regular updates.