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5:19 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Mississippi River Mayors Announce New Development Fund

The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa was one of 25 mayors in New Orleans Wednesday to announce a new fund of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.
Brian Mensching Flickr

The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa, says a new fund will help with seed money for sustainable waterfront development in cities and towns along the Mississippi River.

Roy Buol spoke Wednesday as co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative: mayors of 65 riverfront cities and towns in 10 states. Twenty-five of them are meeting in New Orleans.

American Water, of Voorhees, New Jersey, gave $15,000 to start the fund.

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Latest News
8:01 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Fatal Tugboat Accident At Industrial Canal

 

The Coast Guard says a tugboat captain is dead after the arm of a crane struck a bridge and fell back onto the tug's pilothouse.

The accident happened early Thursday morning on the Industrial Canal north of the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Authorities say the tugboat was pushing a barge with a crane. The crane's arm struck a drawbridge and fell back on the tug. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the drawbridge was open at the time of the accident.

He says the state inspected the bridge and it was reopened to vehicle traffic.

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Latest News
5:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi River After Spill

The Mississippi River.
bdearth Flickr

The Mississippi River in Louisiana has reopened to vessel traffic after an oil spill. Mariners are asked to report any oil spotted along the river.

The Coast Guard says more than 31,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a barge that collided with a towboat Saturday. Just over 1,000 gallons of an oily water mix have been recovered.

River traffic between New Orleans and Baton Rouge was blocked, leaving vessels stuck in traffic.

Petty Officer Matthew Schofield says mariners are asked to help locate any oil in the river.

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12:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

River Traffic Halted By Spill

The Mississippi River.
bdearth Flickr

About 65 miles of the Mississippi River in Louisiana remains closed because of an oil spill, meaning shipping near the site is at a standstill.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Port President Predicts Strong Business Outlook

Port President Gary LaGrange delivers the annual State of the Port address.
Credit Port of New Orleans

A week after telling President Obama what the Port of New Orleans needs to succeed, Port President Gary LaGrange told maritime interests that its future is bright. The port is zeroing in on the White House direction to boost exports.

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Tropical Storm Karen
3:07 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Port Of New Orleans, Carnival Cruise Ships Preparing For Tropical Storm Karen

Cranes and cargo containers at the Port of New Orleans.
Erin Krall WWNO

The Port of New Orleans says workers are preparing for Tropical Storm Karen, but cargo operations are continuing uninterrupted, despite the closure of Southwest Pass at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

However, Carnival Cruise Line ships scheduled to arrive at the port this weekend may be delayed until Monday, the port and the cruise company are saying. Guests aboard the Carnival Elation and the Carnival Conquest are being kept apprised of the storm, and both vessels are said to be sailing a safe distance from the storm.

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Tropical Storm Karen
11:18 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Stops River Traffic At Southwest Pass

Traffic at the mouth of the Mississippi stopped Friday as coastal Louisiana prepares for a possible strike by Tropical Storm Karen, which is churning in the Gulf of Mexico.

Karen is forecast to hit the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch was in effect from Grand Isle to west of Destin, Fla. A tropical storm warning was issued from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River, including the New Orleans area.

Latest News
3:32 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Haitian, La. Ports Sign Agreement

The Port of South Louisiana and the National Port Authority of Haiti have signed a cooperative endeavor agreement, the first with a Caribbean nation for the Louisiana port.

The Haitian port hopes to take advantage of its location near the expanding Panama Canal to gain more shipping business.

The two ports will cooperate on sharing trade practices and developing business relationships.

The Haitian port authority is under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

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6:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Port of New Orleans Reports Banner Year

New cranes help the Port of New Orleans move more cargo.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The president of the Port of New Orleans says in the annual State of the Port address that business has been good this year. Officials expect that good news to continue.

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Port of Greater Baton Rouge
11:33 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Baton Rouge port gets grant

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $1 million grant to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to rebuild a rail line at the marine terminal which was damaged by Mississippi River flooding in spring 2011.

The Advocate reports the money was part of a $200 million appropriation Congress made to help communities that received a major disaster designation in fiscal 2011.

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