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September 14, 2008

Ike causes minimal damage at Port of Houston

The Port of Houston Authority yesterday said that is in an asset assessment and operations recovery mode.

Based on preliminary assessments, the PHA facilities have limited negative impact from Hurricane Ike.

"As is most of the Houston area," said a statement, "we are without electricity and we are operating with limited temporary power from generators."

Initial assessments of the PHA terminals revealed minimal wind damage that knocked down a few fences, containers, and electrical lines. Facilities also received expected minimal water damage that caused some standing water.

"Overall, the Port Authority facilities and its assets are in good shape considering the magnitude and strength of the hurricane," said Saturday's statement. "All PHA wind blown debris has been contained on the PHA property. The vast majority of the cargo is safe, secure and undamaged."

All of the vessels docked at the PHA terminals are secure. The Rickmers Seoul marine vessel did break loose, but it was contained and secured within a matter of minutes thanks to nearby tug boat operators.

PHA is working with CenterPoint Energy to establish power as soon as possible. Pending the establishment of power, it expects to open the PHA at 7 a.m. on Monday, September 15 to focus on clean up and further assessments. PHA said it would make a determination Sunday evening on when it could receive truck traffic and would notify the trucking industry accordingly.

"As far as the Port of Houston opening to vessel traffic, we rely on the Captain of the Port to make that determination." said the statement. "At this time, that determination has not been made. We will continue to coordinate communication and assessment efforts with the local and regional port coordination team."

Access latest status report from PHA HERE


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