Dominican Republic closed most ports Hurricane Maria

A member of the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) photographs the trajectory of Hurricane Maria in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas
Vastavam web: Dominican Republic closed most of its ports ahead of Hurricane Maria, but the country’s 34,000-barrel-per-day refinery was still running, the government said on Wednesday.Ports that suspended operations under the “red alert” declared for extreme weather conditions are La Romana, Samana, Arroyo Barril, Puerto Plata and Manzanillo, the Dominican Port Authority said in a statement. Maria was a Category 4 hurricane when it hit Puerto Rico earlier on Wednesday.
State-run refining company Refidomsa last week lifted a force majeure declaration on its fuel deliveries due to Hurricane Harvey, which limited its imports of oil from the U.S. Gulf Coast to be processed at the facility.The refinery’s docks temporarily closed earlier in September due to Hurricane Irma, but they resumed operations days later.Puerto Rico’s Yabucoa terminal operated by Buckeye Partners suspended operations on Tuesday. The company is monitoring the storm to decide whether to close its Bahamas terminal, the largest in the Caribbean.