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Port of New Orleans resumes container operations after Hurricane Ida

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The Port of New Orleans (NOLA) resumed operations at its container terminal on Tuesday, nine days after it was forced to close due to Hurricane Ida.

The MSC Charleston and the Hapag Lloyd CSL Manhattan were the first two ships handled at Napoloen Avenue Container Terminal and Ports America, respectively. Seacor’s container barge service at Ports America was expected to be handled on Tuesday evening.

Breakbulk operations at partially resumed from 2 September, with a growing number of facilities coming back online in the following days.

“The Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) are resilient and strong. Our wharves are busy today, handling both container and breakbulk cargo vessels, and trains are moving,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of NOPB

“Our success can be attributed to coordination with a long list of partners: FEMA, MARAD, our local, state and federal leaders, terminal operators, tenants, International Longshoremen’s Association, river pilots, Entergy, Carnival Cruise Line, our dedicated Port and NOPB teams, and others.” 

The port’s terminals and industrial real estate properties sustained no major damage due to Hurricane Ida.

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