In the wakes of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the American maritime industry continuously moved essential cargoes to areas impacted by the storms, and will continue to carry supplies long after the storms as communities recover and rebuild.
"The men and women of the American maritime industry are working around the clock to respond swiftly and effectively to the needs of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our U.S. domestic fleet has the vessels and capacity to move goods to those areas hit by the storms," said Thomas Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, on September 15.
By that date, the U.S. maritime industry had answered the call to move cargoes through reopened ports. Specifically in Florida, there were approximately 26 U.S.-flagged vessels delivering millions of gallons of fuel in mid-September. The industry will continue to provide vessels for the movement of critical supplies as communities continue to recover.
As ports reopened, the "Jones Act Armada" of American vessels and American mariners shipped gasoline and refined products to those in need.
"Even as our own maritime employees and their families contended with the aftermath of these devastating hurricanes, our U.S. mariners and their vessels immediately responded to the needs of the nation. As the ports reopened, U.S. vessels were there to deliver fuel and essential cargoes," said Matt Woodruff of Kirby Corporation. "As rescue and recovery efforts continue, our industry - like we have done in so many natural disasters before - is here to help those impacted get the supplies they need as they work to rebuild their lives and communities."
The American maritime industry has extensive experience in responding to national and natural disasters to facilitate the movement of critical cargo needed for rescue and repair.
As with any natural disaster, the U.S. domestic maritime industry communicated response efforts with the key government agencies, prepositioned critical supply vessels offshore to better respond strategically, designated safe areas for equipment to ride out the storm, and prepared maritime facilities and equipment to minimize potential storm damage so goods and people can continue to be moved and received.