NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Coast Guard reopened the portion of the Mississippi River, which falls within the Port of New Orleans’ jurisdiction Monday at 1:30 p.m.
The Coast Guard, howbe will require vessels to transit at a “Slow Bell” or slow speed from Mile 150 to Mile 155.
The Coast Guard restricted vessel traffic on the Mississippi River Sunday, February 23 following a vessel collision and oil spill February 22 about 50 miles upriver from the Port of New Orleans.
Those restrictions were lifted Monday morning with the condition that vessels certify that their hulls are clean.
Ten ships were delayed at the Port, five awaiting departure at Port docks and five directed to anchorages downriver awaiting entry to the Port.
Coast Guard officials allowed two cruise ships at the Port’s cruise terminals Feb. 23 to sail as scheduled.
“As always safety and the environment are our top priorities,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. “We work closely with the Coast Guard and entire maritime community to ensure commerce moves as soon as it is safe to do so.”