News Alert: Cargo Operations To Cease Today, Port Ready For Isaac Six Vessels To Seek Safe Harbor Within Port
Posted: 8/27/2012 11:33:37 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Cargo Operations To Cease Today, Port Ready For Isaac Six
Vessels To Seek Safe Harbor Within Port






New Orleans —Cargo terminals within the Port of New
Orleans will cease operations by 5 p.m. today as Port personnel and terminal
operators finish storm preparedness procedures in anticipation of Tropical
Storm Isaac.




The Associated Branch Pilots, which pilot ships through
Southwest Pass at the mouth of the Mississippi River, ceased operations Sunday
night and the Crescent River Port Pilots and the New Orleans Baton Rouge Pilot
Association ceased moving vessels this morning, closing the River to deep-draft
traffic until the storm threat passes.




The Port of New Orleans Administration Building and cargo
operations will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.




“The safety of our personnel and their families is
paramount during any threat of this kind,” said Port President and CEO Gary
LaGrange. “Our staff and terminal operators have taken all of the necessary
precautions in anticipation of the worst, while we hope for the best. This
isn’t our first rodeo.”




The final phase of the Port’s storm plan is to lock down
cranes, ensure key operations and security personnel are in place; remove any
potential hazards from wharves and secure all floating equipment.




“Our storm preparations have gone very smoothly,”
LaGrange said. “We are in constant contact and coordinating all efforts with
the Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and all of our tenants and customers.”




The Port’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal is
finishing work today on the 778-foot MSC Nederland, which will remain in port,
along with five other ships until the Mississippi River reopens. The terminal
is jointly operated by Ports America and New Orleans Terminal. Both operators
have ceased accepting refrigerated or hazardous containers today. New Orleans
Terminal’s gate will close today at 2 p.m. Ports America will accept their last
truck for the Napoleon Terminal at 2:30 p.m. today; however, the operator’s
breakbulk operations will continue as scheduled until 5 p.m. today.




The Port’s cruise operations were not affected by the
approaching storm over the weekend. The Carnival Conquest sailed normally
Sunday and is due back on Sunday, Sept. 2. The Carnival Elation is scheduled to
arrive Thursday at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal.




Stakeholders and employees should monitor the Port’s web
site and terminal operators’ web sites for updates.




Immediately following the storm the Coast Guard will
evaluate all waterways and determine when the River will be reopened for safe




The Port Headquarters building will be closed Tuesday and
Wednesday. For up to date employee information, please call 504-528-3388 or




For the latest updates on Isaac, visit:




The Port will provide regular updates on operational
status at .



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