Matthew threat closes down two cruise ports

Published on : Wednesday, October 5, 2016

closes-down-two-cruiseThe imminent threat of Hurricane Matthew has shut down two of the world’s biggest cruise ports — Port Miami and Port Canaveral. After causing widespread devastation in Haiti, Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the Bahamas and is due to affect Florida with heavy rainfall, strong winds and flooding on Thursday.

The hurricane has already caused a large number of cruise ship itinerary changes.

Port Miami, the busiest cruise port in the world, issued the following statement:
“Cargo terminals SFCT and POMTOC will be closed on Oct. 5 for all vessel and truck traffic until further notice. We encourage cruise passengers to contact the lines directly for the most up-to-date itinerary changes.”

Port Canaveral has issued an evacuation order for all landside port operations — the first time it has done so in 14 years.

According to the National Hurricane Center, “There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast from North Palm Beach to the Sebastian Inlet.”

No ships are due in to either port on Wednesday, but three ships are due in tomorrow: Carnival Victory in Port Canaveral, and Carnival Sensation and Empress of the Seas in Port Miami.

It is not clear at this stage whether the ports will remain closed. If they do, the ships will either be forced to stay at sea or head to another port farther up the coast.
The evacuation deadline is noon EDT today.


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