An inspection by the Coast Guard cutter Forward found port facilities at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, were severely damaged.
An inspection by the Coast Guard cutter Forward found port facilities at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, were severely damaged in the Jan. 12 earthquake and apparently unusable.
Spokesman Lt. Cdr. Chris O"Neil said Thursday the vessel, aided by an intelligence unit, found cranes were destroyed and piers submerged. Aids to navigation were in their proper places, but on first examination, shore facilities are in no condition to receive ships that might be carrying relief supplies.
O"Neil emphasized that the inspection was preliminary.
A Coast Guard aerial photo shows two of the port"s cranes in the water. A wharf 1,500 feet long and some 60 feet wide has subsided below the water surface.
Air charter companies, including Chapman Freeborn, said they were beginning to fly supplies in. FedEx said it will airlift on Friday an aid consignment for Direct Relief.
The airport at Port-au-Prince is largely undamaged, according to a report from Chapman Freeborn Airchartering, but lacks air traffic control. Santo Domingo airport in the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic provides a viable alternative to Port Au Prince airport.