Coast Guard begins assessments reopens Port of Savannah with restrictions

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Brunswick, GA assess aids to navigation in the Brunswick River following Hurricane Dorian Sept. 5, 2019. The Coast Guard conducts aids to navigation verifications and inspects port facilities in an effort to restore safe transit of regional waterways. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Irwin

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Brunswick, GA assess aids to navigation in the Brunswick River following Hurricane Dorian Sept. 5, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Irwin

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Port of Savannah is now open with a 36-foot draft restriction and the Ports of Brunswick and Charleston remain closed to commercial operations.

The Coast Guard and port partners are conducting initial assessments of the Ports of Brunswick and Savannah and are preparing to evaluate the Port of Charleston in order to resume commercial operations following Hurricane Dorian. Assessment teams are conducting surveys of channel depth, verifications of aids to navigation and inspections of port facilities.

“Maintaining safe and efficient operations on our region’s waterways is a top priority,” said Capt. John Reed, Coast Guard Sector Charleston Commander. “The Coast Guard recognizes that re-opening our ports is an important step in recovering from Hurricane Dorian. We are working closely with the Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina, and Georgia Ports Authorities, and the respective pilots associations to resume the flow of commerce vital to the region’s economy.”


The total economic impact of the Ports of Brunswick, Savannah, and Charleston to the region is $137 billion, according to Ports Authority reports from Georgia and South Carolina.

The Coast Guard is essential to a global supply chain system that supports innovation and prosperity by ensuring the secure and reliable movement of goods within our domestic borders and around the world.


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