Just weeks after Hurricane Harvey pumped up product tanker rates, Hurricane Irma appears poised to bring impacts, albeit more muted, to the container shipping and project cargo sectors. Hurricane Irma now downgraded to a category 4 storm, is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. The US National Weather Service says that Irma was expected to bring wind speeds of around 165mph (270km/h) over the weekend as it hits Florida. On Wednesday Hutchison Ports Bahamas issued closure dates and times for the Grand Bahama International Airport, the Freeport Harbour and the Freeport Container Port. Of extreme importance to the general public regarding airplane movements to and from Grand Bahama through the airport is the decision to close that essential island facility at noon on Friday, September 8. The Container Port will suspend full operations as of 3 pm today and Freeport Harbour will shut down until further notice, as of 6 pm today.