Storm Update

Port of New Orleans - Tropical Storm Gordon

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018; 11:42 a.m. update

The Port of New Orleans-owned bridges resumed normal operations and they are now open to roadway, marine and rail traffic. The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Lock reopened at 8:30 a.m. today and all floodgates at the bridge approaches are now open.

Please note, the Almonaster Bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic due to the conditions of the approach roadways, as was the case prior to storm closures.


Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018; 8:15 a.m. update

The Port of New Orleans Administration Building and all gate operations are open for normal business hours today, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

The Associated Branch Pilots have resumed operations for inbound and outbound traffic at Southwest Pass.


Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018; 5:15 p.m. update

The Port of New Orleans Administration Building closed for all nonessential personnel at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in order to prepare for any possible weather-related activities due to Tropical Storm Gordon. UPDATE: Port of New Orleans Administration and all gate operations are scheduled to re-open for normal business hours Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

The Associated Branch Pilots, the pilots who guide ships through the mouth of the Mississippi River at Southwest Pass, ceased operations on Monday, Sept. 4, 2018, closing the pass to all inbound and outbound traffic until conditions allow. UPDATE: Inbound and outbound traffic is scheduled to resume at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. The IHNC Lock will remain closed to navigation until the Canal level falls. For more information contact: IHNC Lockmaster: 504.947.2606; USACE Ops Manager, Vic Landry: 504.862.2407.

Cargo Operations:

Gate operations for terminal operator Empire Stevedoring closed at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Gate operations for terminal operators New Orleans Terminal and Ports America closed at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. UPDATE: Gate operations are scheduled to reopen for normal business hours on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

  • Coastal Cargo: 504.587.1100
  • Empire Stevedoring: 504.896.9162
  • New Orleans Terminal: 504.648.6210
  • Ports America: 504.894.6300
  • Seaonus: 504.270.0100

For additional questions or concerns, please contact Port NOLA staff:

Cruise Operations: Port NOLA cruise operations are unaffected.

Bridge Operations: Due to the anticipated storm surge and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Gordon, bridges owned by the Port of New Orleans on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (Industrial Canal) will close as follows:

ST. CLAUDE AVENUE BRIDGE: The St. Claude Avenue Bridge was closed to marine traffic at 6:00 AM this morning due to closure of the IHNC Lock, but there is no plan to close it to vehicular traffic at this time.

FLORIDA AVENUE BRIDGE: The Florida Avenue Bridge will be closed at 2:00 PM today, but the roadway floodgates were closed earlier today so it is currently inaccessible to vehicular traffic. Upon closing the bridge at 2:00 PM, the lift span will be left in a partially raised position, at a height of 41 feet.

ALMONASTER AVENUE BRIDGE: The Almonaster Avenue Bridge will be closed to marine traffic at 2:00 PM today.

SEABROOK RAILROAD BRIDGE: The Seabrook Railroad Bridge was closed to marine traffic at approximately 10:30 AM today.

Personnel will return to the bridges Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:00 AM and the bridges will resume normal operations as conditions allow.

The Port NOLA emergency preparedness team will continue to monitor the storm system and will make updates as needed.