PortandTerminal.com, July 12, 2019
Tropical Storm Barry expected to bring ‘life-threatening’ floods. Port of New Orleans gets ready.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Port of New Orleans is battening down the hatches and getting ready for the arrival of Tropical Storm Barry, which is expected to make landfall as a hurricane this weekend. A hurricane warning has already been issued for the central Louisiana coast, with high winds, heavy rains and a dangerous storm surge expected.
In preparation for the storm’s arrival, the Port of New Orleans has closed its administration building to nonessential personnel, shut its Napoleon Avenue container terminal and halted cargo operations along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (the Industrial Canal).
Oceangoing vessels over 500 GT must prepare to evacuate areas affected by the notice unless they have an approved plan to stay in port.
The Flood Protection Authority-East has closed all floodgates along the canal, and the closures will limit access to properties along the canal, the port said. Floodgate closures at Henderson Street and Felicity Street will also shut off access to much of the port’s downtown waterfront.
The Captain of the Port for Sector New Orleans set Port Condition Yankee at 1100 hours on Thursday, placing restrictions on vessel and port operations, and Port Condition Zulu is expected midday Friday. Oceangoing vessels over 500 GT must prepare to evacuate areas affected by the notice unless they have an approved plan to stay in port.
A Carnival cruise ship, the Carnival Valor, scheduled to depart from New Orleans yesterday was diverted to Mobile.
The Port of South Lousiana – the largest bulk port in America – will close its offices on Friday (today) as it braces as well for the advancing storm.
The Governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency on Tuesday this week. Coastal parts of Texas including Houston are expected to be badly hit as well.
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