Nine days after the category four storm Hurricane Ida made landfall in southest Louisiana, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has resumed vessel operations.
The first two ships worked at the Napolean Avenue Container Terminal were the MSC Charleston at New Orleans Terminal and the Hapag Lloyd CSL Manhattan at Ports America.
Brandy Christian, president and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB), said: “The Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad are resilient and strong.
“Our wharves are busy today, handling both container and breakbulk cargo vessels, and trains are moving.”
Christian attributed the success to the port’s coordination with its long list of partners which includes FEMA, MARAD, the local, state, and federal leaders, terminal operators, tenants and more.
Seacor’s container on barge service was worked on by Ports America on September 7 and Port NOLA’s breakbulk vessel operations resumed September 2, just four days after Hurricane Ida.
NOPB operations also resumed on September 2 to connect with BNSF Railway, CN, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.
Navigation on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway east of the Mississippi River through the Inner Harbour Canal resumed as well.
Hurricane Ida’s fierce winds caused mass power outage throughout the entire region and despite shutting down operations at the port, the port’s terminals and industrial real estate properties sustained no major damage.
This was due to the facilities’ location within the US$14bn federal Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System.
Port NOLA’s Louisiana International Terminal development is also located within those boundaries and was not materially impacted by the storm.