Storm Update

Port of New Orleans – Storm Update
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021
10:00 a.m.

Open for Business: Port of New Orleans Container Vessel Operations Resume After Hurricane Ida Sept. 7, Breakbulk resumed Sept. 2

Port of New Orleans container vessel operations resumed Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, just nine days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana as a category 4 storm. The first two ships worked at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal were the Hapag Lloyd CSL Manhattan at Ports America and the MSC Charleston at New Orleans Terminal. Seacor’s container on barge service is also being worked Sept. 7 by Ports America.

Port NOLA’s breakbulk vessel operations resumed Sept. 2, just four days after Hurricane Ida with the MV Ishizuchi Star that worked at Coastal Cargo. New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) operations also resumed Sept 2 to connect with BNSF Railway, CN, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific.

Terminal Operations:

Container Operations:

New Orleans Terminal operations resumed operations with limited gate and terminal operations Tuesday, September 7.

Ports America operations resumed with limited gate and terminal operations Tuesday, September 7.

For more information on operations and gate restrictions, please contact our commercial team below.

Breakbulk Operations:

Coastal Cargo, Ports America and Gulf Stream Marine breakbulk operations are OPEN.

Empire operations resumed Tuesday, September 7.

Vessel Operations:

Effective September 1, 2021 at 3 p.m., the Captain of the Port (COTP) New Orleans has set port condition NORMAL.

The Mississippi River at Southwest Pass through to New Orleans (MM 105) is open with guidelines in place.

Vessel schedules will be updated as conditions evolve at:

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal:

The IHNC has been reopened.

More info can be found here: for flood gate status.


The St. Claude Bridge is open to marine traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to vehicluar traffic. Bridge curfew has been temporarily suspended.

The Florida Ave. Bridge is open.

The Almonaster and Seabrook Bridges are closed to marine traffic.

Rail Operations:

Rail Operations have resumed to connect with BNSF, CN, CSX, KCS, NS and UP.

Port Offices:

The Port Administration Building and LIT Community Connection Office are temporarily closed.

Carnival Cruise Line:

Due to the impact of Hurricane Ida on the New Orleans area and following a post-storm assessment by local officials, Carnival has canceled the Carnival Glory’s Sept. 5 and the Sept 12 sailing from New Orleans.

Carnival Glory arrived at Port NOLA and is providing first responder housing through Sept. 18.

Guests are encouraged to visit the Carnival website for updates:

For additional questions or concerns, please contact Port NOLA staff:

Vessel Ops:

Terminal Ops:

Terminal Operator Contacts:

  • New Orleans Terminal: 504.648.6200
  • Ports America: 504.894.6300
  • Coastal Cargo: 504.587.1100
  • Empire Stevedoring: 504.896.9162
  • Gulf Stream Marine: 713-926-7611
  • Lineage Logistics: 504.944.4400

Helpful Links:

Flood gate status:

Weather updates:

The Port NOLA emergency preparedness team will continue to monitor storm impacts and coordinate with government agencies and industry stakeholders. We will post updates here as they develop.