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Mississippi River partially reopened for daytime navigation
AFP via Babelfish translation | September 6, 2005

Posted on 09/06/2005 11:27:23 AM PDT by HAL9000

Mississippi partially reopened with navigation

WASHINGTON - Mississippi, one of the principal arteries of transport of the consumer goods, is partially reopened with navigation, more than one week after the passage of the Katrina cyclone, indicated to Tuesday a person in charge for the port of New-Orleans.

"the river has been reopened for two days with the ships of 35 piedsmeters) with draught but only navigation of day", according to Gary LaGrange, the president of the port of New-Orleans questioned by the chain of television CNBC.

Many barges, barges and other boats were projected on banks of Mississippi by the cyclone and since again slipped into the river creating of the collision risks.

Also, the traffic was authorized these the last two days only in one direction the morning and the other the afternoon, according to Mr. LaGrange. In the south of the river, the traffic began again to approximately 50% of its usual capacity, it estimated.

"But we cannot still ensure of circulation of night" because of the wrecks.

"During the day, we saw a score of boats which moved primarily towards the refineries and the silos to grains a little more to north of New-Orleans", still the president of the port specified.

This port, closed since the passage devastator of the cyclone, "is currently only open to the military boats of humanitarian aid" and it will be thus "during the next weeks", he underlined.

"the ministry for Transport will place at the disposal several ships to lodge a thousand of essential harbour workmen temporarily" to give the port in state, according to him.

"once that electricity will be restored and that the workmen will have returned, the port will be able to reopen its commercial activities within two weeks", forecast Mr. LaGrange.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi; US: Missouri; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: hurricane; hurricanekatring; katrina; mississippi; mississippiriver; river

1 posted on 09/06/2005 11:27:24 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

This is good news, no doubt.

I read yesterday that half the oil rigs may be running shortly.

Things are turning out not to be as dire as reported.

2 posted on 09/06/2005 11:48:58 AM PDT by Howlin (Have you check in on this thread: FYI: Hurricane Katrina Freeper SIGN IN Thread)
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To: HAL9000

3 posted on 09/06/2005 11:49:53 AM PDT by Howlin (Have you check in on this thread: FYI: Hurricane Katrina Freeper SIGN IN Thread)
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To: HAL9000
I exchanged some flames early on with folks who were saying that the economy would crash because the river was blocked and might never re-open. I wish I could remember who they were so I could ping them to this thread. The pipelines are working, the LOOP is functional, half the refineries are working (with only two facing extended shutdowns), the river is open to ocean going boats to Baton Rouge (which is as far as they go, anyway). Barge traffic is moving. Jefferson Parish will likely have the east bank utilities back up in a couple of weeks. The French Quarter is dry. The areas near the zoo are in good shape. The airport is functional. The West Bank is in pretty good shape.

The Superdome could probably be cleaned and patched in time for the Sugar Bowl if they want to make that a priority. (And I would. I'd focus on the Quarter, the hotels, and the Dome to try to get the tourist dollars flowing in again before Mardi Gras. Suggested slogan - "New Orleans - ready to party and safer than ever")

4 posted on 09/06/2005 12:07:57 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: HAL9000

Not to worry, someday there will be no Mississippi River flowing down to the gulf, two words, "Old River."

Man propose, nature disposes.

5 posted on 09/06/2005 12:32:21 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: HAL9000
That explains the drop in oil prices and the surge in the stock market.

Hope you all didn't rush out and top off your gas tanks last week.

6 posted on 09/06/2005 12:32:53 PM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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To: PAR35

The Mississippi "might never re-open"?

That's a good one.

7 posted on 09/06/2005 12:38:10 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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Yes, there was a lot of foolishness on some of those threads.

8 posted on 09/06/2005 12:45:57 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: HAL9000

There is a pretty good description of the navigational situation and relief efforts at:

scroll down about 5-6 pages

Miss 35' draft,daylight
Mobile barge traffic only
Pasc. 12' draft
Pens. 31' draft
Gulfport closed
LOOP operating Sept 1

6 Mo. Charters for displaced citizen housing:
MV Ecstacy cap.2606 to Galveston
MV Sensation cap.2606 to Galveston
MV Holiday cap.1800 to Mobile

other info on vessels coming to support and those already in place & Petroleum production status (diffent page).

9 posted on 09/06/2005 1:17:21 PM PDT by Hiryusan
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