Caribbean

  • U.S. Navy Joins Puerto Rico Sealift Effort

    Nov 17, 2017 — At Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command is facilitating a small-scale domestic sealift to bring utility trucks, front end loaders, portable living quarters and other much-needed supplies to Puerto Rico. The ro/ro USNS Brittin will make six voyages to and from the island over the course of the next several weeks.
  • Nate to Bring More Damages to Hurricane-Weary Region

    Oct 7, 2017 — Tropical Storm Nate, on track to strike near New Orleans overnight Saturday, may cause close to $1 billion in damage across Central America and the U.S., regions already battered by the most powerful month of hurricanes on record.
  • HURRICANE MARIA DIVERSION GUIDANCE

    Oct 2, 2017 — CBP recognizes that the current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Maria may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes. To ensure smooth processing of bills and associated status notifications in the new port of unlading, CBP reminds the carriers that they should amend the manifest to reflect the new port of unlading.
  • Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, Easing Hurricane Aid Shipments

    Sep 29, 2017 — The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would temporarily waive a century-old shipping law for Puerto Rico that officials there said was hindering disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. The waiver of the law, known as the Jones Act, comes as federal and local officials report more supplies trickling onto the increasingly desperate island.
  • McCain repeats call for Jones Act repeal following Puerto Rico waiver

    Sep 28, 2017 — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday repeated his call to repeal the Jones Act after the Trump administration announced a temporary lift on shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico as it recovers from hurricanes Maria and Irma.
  • No Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico: Trump administration

    Sep 27, 2017 — The Trump administration will not grant a Jones Act waiver for oil, refined products and other commodities being shipped into Puerto Rico as the island works to rebuild following Hurricane Maria, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
  • Crowley Says On-Island Distribution Key to Getting Relief Supplies to Puerto Rico Residents

    Sep 26, 2017 — With more than 3,000 loads of food, supplies and other cargo on its terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and more on the way, executives with said today the key to providing relief to citizens impacted by Hurricane Maria will be expediting local transportation and distribution of the cargo.
  • Maria Cripples Puerto Rico’s Main Airport, Leaving Thousands Stranded

    Sep 26, 2017 — After Hurricane Maria knocked out radar systems and power, the U.S. territory’s main airport is struggling to get thousands of stranded passengers off the island. Agustín Arellano, chief executive of Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC, which operates the airport, said only about 2,000 passengers are flying out every day despite standby lists that are in the tens of thousands. That is down from an average of 15,000 passengers departing daily prior to Maria.
  • Puerto Rico After Maria: No Power, No Cell Signal, and Lots of Damage

    Sep 22, 2017 — Puerto Rico is emerging crippled after the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in almost a century hobbled its telecommunications system, destroyed its power grid and left communities facing widespread devastation.
  • Coast Guard Closes Ports in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands Ahead of Cat 5 Hurricane Maria

    Sep 20, 2017 — The United States Coast Guard has closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria. Effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard set port condition ZULU for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph that may arrive within 24 hours. While port condition ZULU is in place, no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission of the COTP. Under the condition, all vessel movements are prohibited, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease until further notice.
  • Strengthening Hurricane Maria to Pass Right Over Puerto Rico, Forecasters Say

    Sep 19, 2017 — A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Maria barreled towards the eastern Caribbean islands with 125 mile-per-hour (200 kph) winds on Monday, threatening the region with its second major storm this month. Officials from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm, now ranked by U.S. forecasters as a major hurricane, at Category 3 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.