Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-Ray for Port of New Orleans

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-Ray for Port of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has begun securing its area of responsibility and adjusting port conditions along the Gulf Coast as the threat of Tropical Storm Nate continues to move north Thursday. The Coast Guard has also set Port Condition X-Ray for the New Orleans captain of the port zone. Port Condition X-Ray is set when gale force winds are possible within 48 hours. All commercial vessels and...

Coast Guard updates Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions

Coast Guard updates Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest and South. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and restrictions throughout this period of high water and flooding. The following Coast Guard...

Lower Mississippi River vessel traffic system returns to normal following Hurricane Isaac

Lower Mississippi River vessel traffic system returns to normal following Hurricane Isaac
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New Orleans lifted all restrictions to vessel traffic on the Lower Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico Friday at 10 p.m., after assessments and transits by smaller ships indicated that the channel is safe for all types of vessels. Tows are permitted to transit the Lower Mississippi without restriction, and the Intracoastal...

Coast Guard reopens Lower Mississippi River to limited vessel traffic after Hurricane Isaac

Coast Guard reopens Lower Mississippi River to limited vessel traffic after Hurricane Isaac
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New Orleans reopened the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the mouth of the river to limited vessel traffic Thursday at 10 p.m. The following vessels may transit the lower Mississippi River: Vessels 250 feet in length or less Vessels with a draft of 30 feet or less Tows are permitted to transit down bound from any point above the Hale Boggs...

Coast Guard closes portion of Mississippi River

Coast Guard closes portion of Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard closed a portion of the Mississippi River, Friday, after a chemical plant caught fire near Belle Chasse. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New Orleans closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 74 to mile marker 78 to all vessels. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 2:48 p.m. that the Sun Drilling facility caught fire reportedly...

Coast Guard sets safety zone on Mississippi River

Huey P. Long Bridge photo by ChristoperlinNEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a safety zone on the Mississippi River, Saturday and Sunday, for construction on the Huey P. Long Bridge. The safety zone will be located on the lower Mississippi River at mile marker 106.1 at the bridge site. The following is the schedule for full or partial closures: On Saturday, there...

Coast Guard updates Gulf Cost port conditions as Tropical Storm Ida Approaches

NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard Captains of the Port for New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., have set Port Conditions Yankee and Whiskey for their respective areas of responsibility as Tropical Storm Ida approaches landfall.