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:
Progress is being made on the electrical transmission system, however, there is still a long way to go. At this time, we are still on generators for our power source. We are hopeful that we can have full scale operations next week. We are going to restart our drayage operation on Monday assuming the Port container terminals are open as planned (below). At this time, we are tentatively planning to start shipping and receiving on Tuesday, September 7th normal hours of operation (07:30 – 15:30 for receiving); first come first serve. This will be dependent on the progress with the power restoration.
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. Both New Orleans Terminals and Ports America will have limited gate operations on Monday.
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.
REGARDS, PORTS AMERICA MGMT.
Port of New Orleans - Vessel Operations:
The river is currently open from the Sea-Buoy to Mile 105 and then from 167.5 to Mile 303. The river remains closed from 105-108 due to the transmission lines and 108-167.5 for barge recovery. The Coast Guard is working to re-open the river from Mile 108-Mile 167.5. An estimated time for the opening was not provided. The Corps is surveying the channel in the area to locate any obstructions. They estimate it is going to take 4 days to run the surveys. Entergy continues their efforts to remove the transmission lines that fell into the river. All going well, the lines should be removed by tomorrow evening at the latest. Deep draft vessels are limited to daylight only transits.
Port of New Orleans - Rail Operations:
NOPB is Open and interchanging with their Class I partners. 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.
The Kearney Companies, Inc.