Skip to comments.Mississippi River partially reopened for daytime navigation
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.
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.
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")
Not to worry, someday there will be no Mississippi River flowing down to the gulf, two words, "Old River."
Man propose, nature disposes.
Hope you all didn't rush out and top off your gas tanks last week.
The Mississippi "might never re-open"?
That's a good one.
Yes, there was a lot of foolishness on some of those threads.
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
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).