Gulf Coast Port Situation

Posted on Nov 12


After making a second landfall near Cedar Key, FL, earlier Tropical Storm Eta is now moving across northern Florida, bringing heavy rain and strong gusty winds to the region.

Eta is expected to accelerate again when it reaches the Atlantic Ocean but the projected path moves it out into the Atlantic without threatening the East Coast further.

The ports in Miami and Jacksonville remain open without restrictions and on regular schedules, no port condition changes are expected.

We will provide further details once they become available.


Tropical storm Eta is currently lingering over the Gulf of Mexico, with the potential to strengthen again into a Category 1 hurricane and striking the Florida again later in the week. There is currently uncertainty about the path the storm will take , forecasters currently predict landfall along the northern Gulf Coast of Florida.

The Port of Miami has reopened and is fully operational today, but cargo delays due to yesterday’s closure have to be expected.

The Port of Tampa is currently open and fully operational.

We will advise further updates on the situation once they become available.

Please contact your V. Alexander Account Team if you are concerned about any cargo that might be affected by the storm.


Tropical Storm Eta made landfall Sunday night on Lower Matecumbe Key in Florida, bringing flash flooding to portions of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, with more than 16 inches of rain falling west of Fort Lauderdale.

As of 8 a.m. EST Monday, Eta was centered about 80 miles northwest of Key West, moving slowly to the southwest, expected to strengthen into a hurricane sometime today or Tuesday before turning northward in a few days with the expectation that it will make landfall again later in the week near Cedar Key, FL.

The Port of Miami’s Port Condition has been set to “Zulu” by the USCG Captain Of The Port. The Port tunnel, waterside traffic, and cargo terminals are closed for any inbound and outbound activity until further notice.

The Port of Tampa, the Port of Jacksonville and other East Coast ports further north are currently working on regular scheduled.

Delays in containerized cargo movements are to be expected across all of Southern Florida for the next few days.

We will monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

Please contact your V. Alexander Account Team to discuss any cargo potentially affected by this situation.