Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hawaii Ports Open for Business

By Karen Robes Meeks

With Tropical Storm Lane now downgraded, Hawaii’s commercial ports have reopened, most with limited impacts, according to the US Coast Guard.

“Restoring this vital commerce has been a top priority," said Capt. Michael Long, Coast Guard Captain of the Port. “Cargo vessels and barges offshore can bring in their cargo, cargo already at the port can be processed and distributed to Hawaii. We are continuing damage assessments.”

Teams from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Coast Guard and maritime industry were the first to be able to assess the ports and determined that they were safe to transit.

“Opening the ports on Hawaii Island was a positive first step,” Long said. “We’re pleased we were able to speed our other assessments along and appreciate the strong relationship with our partners to restore commerce.”