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Authorities of the Port of New Orleans say all bridges operated in the harbor have returned to service following Hurricane Isaac.

Some phone communication problems were reported at the Florida Avenue Bridge over the Industrial Canal and vessel captains were asked to contact the bridge tender by radio.

Port of New Orleans officials say all terminals are operating on normal schedules as the port gets back to customary routines after Hurricane Isaac.

Since the Mississippi River fully reopened on Sept. 1, port terminal operators have handled 19 ships. Another six are due in port on Wednesday.

Port of New Orleans President Gary LaGrange has been selected to receive the C. Alvin Bertel Award.

The presentation by the World Trade Center of New Orleans will take place during a luncheon Sept. 26 at the Westin Canal Place Hotel. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to ports in the New Orleans area.

More information on the award luncheon is available by calling 504-619-9834.

Erin Krall / WWNO

Low water levels in the upper Mississippi River have not affected operations so far at the Port of New Orleans. Port officials say no traffic restrictions are expected.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency says Gulf and Southeast U.S. ports will need big help getting ready to trade with supersized cargo ships expected to arrive through an expanded Panama Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers says deepening harbors to accommodate the giant ships could require up to $5 billion. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing another $9.2 million to help southeast Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina.

St. Bernard Parish is getting back $1.4 million spent to demolish and remove thousands of houses that couldn't be repaired after the 2005 storm.

The largest grants are $3.3 million to repair flood and wind damage at Brown Hall on the Southern University at New Orleans campus, and nearly $3 million for a crane rail extension at the Port of New Orleans.

Erin Krall

The Port of New Orleans is marking the addition of two new massive cranes to handle container cargo. Governor Bobby Jindal stopped by to underline the state commitment to business investment.

A new study released at the Port of New Orleans says sediment in the Mississippi River is building up at rates that could severely clog commerce. Eileen Fleming reports maritime interests say more dredging is essential to the U.S. economy.

Officials with the city and port of New Orleans formally accepted a nearly $17 million-dollar Transportation Department grant to build a specialized rail yard at the Napoleon Avenue container terminal.

Port President Gary LaGrange says it's a critical project needed for future growth.