Coast Guard reopens Port of New Orleans after storm threat

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard captain of the port for Sector New Orleans canceled port condition Zulu and set port conditions normal as of 6 a.m. Sunday, allowing vessel movement into and out of the river and the Port of New Orleans with some restrictions.

Specific information about Port of New Orleans restrictions can be viewed on the Coast Guard home port webpage,

Early preparation and communication between federal, state, local, and industry partners helped minimize the potential for damage in the New Orleans captain of the port zone.

"Even while the storm was still approaching landfall, we were making preparations to reopen our ports and restore critical infrastructure and marine transportation systems as quickly as possible after it passed," said Capt. Kristi Luttrell, Sector New Orleans commander. "Along with safety of the public and first responders, restoration of maritime commerce was one of our top priorities."

Conditions set for other Gulf Coast region ports can be viewed on the following Coast Guard home port webpages:

Mobile captain of the port zone:
Houma captain of the port zone:
Port Arthur and Lake Charles captain of the port zone:
Houston-Galveston captain of the port zone:
Lower Mississippi River captain of the port zone:

By Professional Mariner Staff