September 2, 2005
Most Gulf ports remain closed
In an update issued yesterday the Coast Guard said most Gulf ports remain closed. However, joint-agency surveys of the ports, waterways and rivers are underway.
There are approximately 86 vessels awaiting transit to or through the Port of New Orleans.
The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Louisiana, Red River, Atchafalya, and Ouatchita Rivers has been opened in some areas.
More than 100 barges have reportedly sunk, or are aground south of New Orleans, and the majority of buoys and other kinds of navigational markers are off station throughout the Gulf Coast.
Ports of New Orleans, Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Destin/Panama City are closed.
The ports of Pensacola and Mobile are open only to vessels with a 12-foot draft or less.
The Intracoastal Waterway is open from the Mobile Ship Channel east to Apalachicola, Fla., and closed from the Mobile Ship Channel west to Pass Christian, Miss.
The Mississippi River is closed to deep draft traffic and open to tug and barge traffic only from Sea Buoy to Mile Marker 507. Deep draft vessels may move within anchorages if they have pilots on board.
All bridges, floodgates, and locks are closed in the vicinity of the Port of New Orleans.
The Red River is open from Carr Point, La. to Alexandria, La.
The Athchafalya River is open from Eugene Island Sea Buoy to Krotz Springs. The Port Allen Route is open from Baton Rouge to the Port Allen Lock.
The Ouachita/Black River is open from Jonesville to Shreveport. The railroad Bridge across Delcambre Canal is open. Vessels may transit Louisiana Highway in Delcambre.