January 5, 2018 – Massive Winter Storm Slams East Coast, Affecting Shipping in All Modes

A massive winter storm roared into the East Coast on Thursday, threatening to dump as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine [and north into the Atlantic provinces] and unleashing hurricane-force winds and flooding that closed schools and offices and halted transportation systems.

Our Montreal office will close early as a result of this blizzard. Many inbound and outbound shipments will be delayed and/or postponed to Monday. Please note that you will be contacted by our team about a revised schedule.

As of 5:00 pm ET yesterday, airlines had cancelled 4,020 flights in the U.S. An alert on the Halifax Stanfield International Airport website indicated that flights were being delayed and rescheduled.

Frozen switches caused a partial derailment of an Amtrak train in Georgia in the early hours of January 4.

The Port of Halifax suspended pilotage operations yesterday as of 10:45 am local time. Container terminal truck operations were suspended until 1:00 pm today.