Hurricane Ida Update - New Orleans

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Hurricane Ida Update - New Orleans

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01-Sep-21

Hurricane Ida Update - New Orleans

Please see the brief article below from the Journal of Commerce on the status of the Port of New Orleans, which remains closed as of this writing. Since a few ships are anchored and awaiting calls to berth, we hope this means that work at the port will begin soon.

For the vessels diverting to other ports, we will be making appropriate adjustments to affect customs clearance wherever containers are discharged and obviously final delivery arrangements will have to be adjusted.

Please let us know if you have questions about specific containers.

The Port of New Orleans remained closed Tuesday as a widespread power outage in the region is keeping operations from returning to normal in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Three ships are waiting at anchorage for the port to reopen, while two others scheduled for New Orleans are calling other ports in the interim.

“Power remains an issue,” a spokesperson for the port told JOC.com. “Crews continue to assess.”

Entergy, the main utility along the US Gulf Coast, said in an online notice that it had 820,000 customers without power because of Ida, which the company said was one of “the strongest storms to make landfall in Louisiana.” It said more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines are out of service, including major transmission lines that serve New Orleans.

“It would be premature to speculate at this time when power will be restored, given the extent of the damage,” Entergy said. In the neighborhoods surrounding the container port, Entergy’s outage dashboard shows 5,700 customers are without power as of Tuesday.

Three container ships were expected to arrive at New Orleans between Monday and Wednesday according to Sea-web, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit. The MSC Yurida III was expected to arrive on Monday, Hapag-Lloyd’s Constantia was scheduled for Tuesday arrival, and the Calicanto Bridge was scheduled for Wednesday. All three remain at anchorage in the Gulf of Mexico.

CMA CGM’s GH Leste, which was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on Monday, is now destined for Houston according to Sea-web. The MSC Barcelona, which was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on Wednesday, is now destined for Cartagena, Colombia, Sea-web data show.

Rail operations also remain shuttered. Norfolk Southern said its intermodal facility in New Orleans will remain closed on Tuesday because of the damage from Ida and the widespread power outages.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation said Tuesday that I-10, the main highway through New Orleans, was fully open in the eastbound direction, but a portion of the westbound lanes was closed for debris removal.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has given truck drivers hauling relief supplies to the region a waiver on their hours-of-service rules. The exemption covers truckers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas and remains in place until the end of the emergency or Sept. 28.