A view of Mississippi River at sunset during a blackout in the city after Hurricane Ida made landfall. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Lower Mississippi River Open To All Vessel Traffic

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September 5, 2021

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard captain-of-the-port, New Orleans, Capt. Will Watson, has opened the Lower Mississippi River to all vessel traffic in New Orleans and key ports throughout Southeast Louisianna Friday following Hurricane Ida. 

After the successful removal of several power lines obstructing the waterway due to a downed transmission tower near mile marker 106.5 and a survey of the ship channel in key areas of concern, the waterway has been deemed open for all marine traffic.

“Working alongside key federal, state, parish, city and maritime industry leaders, we’ve made significant progress reconstituting ports and waterways throughout Southeast Louisiana,” said Watson. “The marine transportation system in this region connects our heartland’s harvest with global markets and provides vital energy supply to our Nation. We continue to support the State of Louisiana as we collectively recover from the impacts of Hurricane Ida.”

The Coast Guard continues to work with its partners to reconstitute ports and waterways throughout Southeast Louisiana to pre-storm capacity in Port Fourchon, Bayou Lafourche, Houma Navigation Canal, and key points along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Although waterways are open to traffic, shoaling, storm debris, and other hazards may still exist. Mariners must be mindful of their vessel wake, as flooding conditions may exist in many communities near waterways. Aids-to-navigation may also be damaged or missing. Mariners transiting the area should use caution, and report any aids-to-navigation damage, obstructions, or other waterways issues to Sector New Orleans Command Center at 504-365-2209.

Port conditions change based on weather forecasts, and current port conditions can be viewed on the following Coast Guard homeport webpages:


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