Port of New Orleans Expected to Remain Open
May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011. All leased cargo facilities, including those used by Seaboard Marine, in the Port of New Orleans remain open, and continue to have regular access to waterborne commerce and truck and rail deliveries.
The Port of New Orleans is monitoring the Mississippi River situation and is coordinating efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard, Corps of Engineers and the local maritime community.
The water level at New Orleans remains below 17.0 feet and with the opening of the Morganza Spillway on May 14, the Corps of Engineers expects the water level to stay below 17. 0 feet for the coming weeks.
The Coast Guard has indicated that it will restrict vessel traffic only if the water level reaches 18.0 feet at New Orleans. In the unlikely event that the Mississippi River rises at New Orleans and vessel traffic and cargo operations are impacted, this article will be updated accordingly.