September 01, 2021; Update 5.0 Hurricane Ida

Dear valued employees, customers, and vendors:


Here is the latest update regarding the impacts of Hurricane Ida on our operations. Thanks to all of you who have been touching base with us over the last few days. We all appreciate your support and your kind thoughts and prayers. Together, we will work through these challenges.


KCO - Operational Status Report:

Today, we had of core management team on site working on recovery plans. We are bringing a small team tomorrow to start working on minor facility repair items as we finalize plans to restart our operations for shipping and receiving your freight. As you know, most of the city and surrounding communities remain without power currently. Progress is being made on the electrical transmission system, and there is hope that critical infrastructure (including the Container Terminals) will have power in the next few days. It is estimated that larger sections of the city receiving power by the weekend. We are hopeful that we can have full scale operations next week.


Port of New Orleans - Terminal Operations:

The Port of New Orleans Container Terminals remain CLOSED. The terminal operators are targeting Monday, September 6th to restart the container gate operations. This is subject to power being restored before then.


Update from Ports America below:


PORTS AMERICA NOLA TERMINAL UPDATE #2 WEDNESDAY 9/1/21 - 1400


PORTS AMERICA NOLA CONTAINER GATE AND TERMINAL IS TENTATIVELY LOOKING TO OPEN GATE AND TERMINAL OPERATIONS ON MONDAY, 9/6/21 - 0700. THERE WILL BE GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE FOR CERTAIN MOVE TYPES ALLOWED AND RESTRICTED WHEN TERMINAL OPENS.


MOVE TYPES ALLOWED:

  • EMPTY IN RECEIVE MOVES - (NOTE) ALL EMPTIES MUST BE CLEAN AND DRY, DIRTY/WET EMPTIES WILL BE REJECTED.

  • BARE CHASSIS RECEIVE MOVES

  • IMPORT OUT MOVES

MOVE TYPES RESTRICTED:

  • ALL EXPORT LOAD RECEIVE MOVES, INCLUDING ALL HAZARDOUS AND REEFERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR PROCESSING AT THIS TIME. TERMINAL WILL UPDATE FURTHER WHEN RESTRICTION WILL BE LIFTED.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR OUR WEBSITE AND HOME PAGE FOR FUTHER UPDATES AND OR ANY CHANGE TO MONDAY 9/6/21 OPENING.


WEBSITE:WWW.PORTSAMERICALOUISIANA.COM

REGARDS, PORTS AMERICA MGMT.


Port of New Orleans - Vessel Operations:

The Coast Guard has set port condition normal for certain stretches of the river. The river is open from the Sea Buoy - Mile 105. The safety zone from Mile 105 - Mile 108 remains in effect, and vessels are prohibited from entering the zone. The river between Mile 108 - Mile 167.5 remains closed to navigation due to barge recovery efforts. Deep draft vessels are restricted to daylight only transits in sections where the river is open.

Port of New Orleans - Rail Operations:

NOPB will begin interchanging with their Class I partners starting tomorrow at 0700. BNSF, CN and KCS are still restoring their mainlines into New Orleans. The CSXT has announced they will not open for another seven days due to washouts. NOPB will run a modified schedule (0700-1600) daily to clear up backlogged traffic while still observing the curfew. Like everyone else, NOPB is challenged with getting our crews back safely due to limited power. We expect NOPB to be in position to switch cars in and out of our facilities by over the weekend.


If you have any questions, please let us know by email, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we plan around this weather event.


Sincerely,

David Kearney

The Kearney Companies, Inc.

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