Dear valued employees, customers, and vendors:
The Kearney Companies, Inc. would like to provide you with a tropical weather advisory regarding Hurricane Ida which has made landfall near New Orleans, LA on Sunday, August 29th. We will have significant weather-related impacts to our operations. At this time, the entire city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas are without power due to catastrophic damage to the power transmission lines. As we receive updated information from the various City, State and Federal Agencies, we will pass them along. Personal safety of our employees and their families is our focus. We will begin assessing our capabilities and facilities tomorrow when the weather allows us to do so.
KCO - Operational Status Report:
Our New Orleans office & terminals are CLOSED. Our ability to reopen will depend on the local conditions in our area in terms of utilities and storm damage. We will keep you updated on our operations status as this develops over the next 48 hours. We expect issues all week related to the power outages that will take days to rectify. You can expect delays on getting information due to communication related issues from the power outages.
Port of New Orleans - Terminal Operations:
New Orleans Terminal and Ports America for containerized operations will be CLOSED Monday, August 30, 2021. Empire, Coastal Cargo, Gulf Stream Marine and Ports America for breakbulk operations will be CLOSED Monday, August 30, 2021. Power outages will prevent the terminals from reopening for some time. Plan accordingly.
Port of New Orleans - Vessel Operations:
The US Coast Guard has set Port Condition to: ZULU, until further notice. Vessel schedules will be updated as conditions evolve at:https://portno.force.com/mvp/s/. It will take several days to restore navigation up and down the lower MS River.
Port of New Orleans - Rail Operations:
The New Orleans Rail Gateway will be CLOSING Saturday, August 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm, and operations will remained CLOSED Monday August 30, 2021 with floodgate closures. More info can be found here: http://www.floodauthority.org/closures/ for flood gate status. The Class one Railroads will all have individual reports for their specific main line capacity into New Orleans which may be significantly impacted by the storm’s path. Check with each class one RR for specific info on rail related delays, embargoes or other updates. KCS, BNSF and UP will have significant damage to their main lines in the area where the hurricane made landfall.
If you have any questions, please let us know by email, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we plan around this weather event.
The Kearney Companies, Inc.