The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) crews are assessing the impacts of Hurricane Ida – however initial reports “indicate no major damage” to facilities.
In a 30 August update, the Port said that the New Orleans Terminal and Ports America terminals for containerised operations will remain closed until further notice.
Empire, Coastal Cargo, Gulf Stream Marine and Ports America for breakbulk operations will be closed until further notice.
On vessel operations, the US Coast Guard has closed the Lower Mississippi River to all vessel traffic as of 2pm 28 August.
The New Orleans Rail Gateway operations will remain closed until further notice.
The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) will remain closed until further notice.
Hapag-Lloyd said in a 31 August updated that the timeline for resuming operations is unknown to the shipping line due to the uncertainty of when power will be restored.
At the time of the Hapag-Lloyd announcement three of its vessels were to omit New Orleans with cargo transshipping in Veracruz and Cartagena.