Port NOLA resumes container operations

The Port of New Orleans resumed container vessel operations on Tuesday September 7th, nine days after cat 4 Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana.

The first two ships that were worked at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal were the MSC Charleston (IMO 9299537) at New Orleans Terminal and the Hapag Lloyd CSL Manhattan (IMO 9289556) at Ports America. Seacor’s container on barge service was set to be worked by Ports America.

As of September 9th the MSC Charleston was underway from New Orleans to Freeport in the Bahamas.

As of September 9th the CSL Manhattan was underway from New Orleans to Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.

Brandy Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of NOPB said that “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. 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.”

Port NOLA’s breakbulk vessel operations resumed on September 2nd. Bulk carrier Ishizuchi Star (IMO 9811919) was worked at Coastal Cargo. As of September 9th the vessel was moored at Corpus Christi, Texas. NOPB operations also resumed on September 2nd 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 Lock had also resumed.

The port said that its terminals and industrial real estate properties sustained no major damage, mainly because of their location within the $14bn federal Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System. Port NOLA’s Louisiana International Terminal development is also located within those boundaries.

2006-built, Portugal-flagged, 89,954 gt MSC Charleston is owned by Shanghai Feree Zone’s SPDBFL No One Hundred & Seven care of MSC Shipmanagement of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Conglomerate Maritime Limited.

2005-built, Liberia-flagged, 54,592 gt CSL Manhattan is owned by Panama-based Chain Maritime SA care of manager Universal Shipping Alliance of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Chain Maritime SA.

2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 23,351 gt Ishizuchi Star is owned by Seavance Shipping SA care of manager Taiyo Kaiun Kaisha Ltd of Imabari, Ehime, Japan. ISM manager is New Century Overseas Mgmt Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Japan Club (Imabari office in charge) on behalf of Seavance Shipping SA.