Joy spread across the continental USA when – for the first time in 99 years – the inhabitants of every one of the 48 continental US states were able to watch a total solar eclipse on 21 August! Tropical storm Harvey turns up on the south coast of the USA rather more frequently – every six years. In 2017 the hurricane devastated Texas to such an extent that the people were reminded of hurricane Bret of August 1999 – which was the same month that we here in Central Europe were last able to observe a total solar eclipse...
The extent of the destruction wreaked by Harvey in and around Houston in particular was difficult to gauge properly when this issue of the ITJ went to press. On page 6 you can read Christian Doepgen’s assessment of what is known so far of the impact on logistics infrastructure. It is quite likely that the effects of the catastrophe will find a place in the heavylift supplement of our next issue, which will be published to coincide with the Breakbulk Americas trade fair in the fourth-largest US metropolis. It remains to be seen whether the October event (see also page 30) actually takes place as planned.
We should not forget the floods in South Asia either, where many people have been homeless since the end of August. The annual monsoon’s media presence was bigger in India this year than is usually the case, as the country’s commercial capital Mumbai was especially hard hit.
Head of airfreight