Freight Snaps

The Sweep of Hurricane Ida Paralyzes New Orleans Port!

The Port of New Orleans remains closed Tuesday as widespread power outage pervades the region.

The “strongest storm” has done serious damage to the Port of New Orleans, and caused a power outage in the region. According to Entergy, the main energy supplier along the US Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida has made more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines out of service, including major transmission lines serving New Orleans, and consequently forces ~820,000 customers without power.

In the proximity to the Port of New Orleans, Entergy’s dashboard shows ~5,700 customers are without power as of Tuesday. 

Several vessels are waiting at anchorage for the port to open.

In addition to the power outage, Hurricane Ida also prompted the port to postpone its operation. MSC Yurida III was expected to arrive on Monday, Hapag-Lloyd Constantia was scheduled for Tuesday arrival, and the Calicanto Bridge was scheduled for Wednesday. All three container ships now remain at anchorage in the Gulf of Mexico.

FIGURE 1 | Vessels anchorage in the Gulf of Mexico

In the meantime, some vessels scheduled to arrive in New Orleans are now destined for the other surrounding ports. CMA CGM’s GH Leste is now bound for Houston instead according to Sea-web.

Hurricane Ida also affects the in-land transportation.

Due to the damage from Hurricane Ida and the widespread power outage, rail operations in New Orleans also remained shuttered on Tuesday. I-10, the main highway through New Orleans, is fully open in the eastbound direction, while the westbound lanes are still closed for debris removal.

Source: JOC