NEW ORLEANS, La. — Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, toured his facilities by SUV and then by boat earlier this week. Following is his detailed assessment of the damage wreaked by Hurricane Katrina:
Henry Clay Wharf – Heavy damage to roller doors and skylights. Wharf is dry, no flooding. Draft alongside ranged between 36 feet to 38 feet.
Nashville A Wharf – Moderate damage to siding, on the end of the shed, and roller doors. The Fantuzzi mobile Harbor Crane with P & O, looks to be in “operational shape” but would need to be inspected. Draft alongside was better than 39 feet.
Nashville B Wharf – Moderate damage to siding on shed and roller doors, sections of roof missing. Draft alongside between 39 feet to 48 feet.
Napoleon Container Terminal – Numerous stacked containers were “pancaked” in the yard. Our guess is around 100 units and that most were empties. One container had fallen from the stack onto the train adjacent to the facility. A small number of containers on the ground were in approximately 2 feet of water, any cargoes inside would be effected. All 4 port gantry cranes were secured and intact. The two newer cranes though had lost the sides of the cabs where the computer hardware is located. This will advised when technicians can service the equipment. One of the cranes had a container next to the base of the crane. This had fallen from a stack of containers in the back reach of the crane. Also the Zim Ship had left the wharf during the storm and proceeded to anchor (both port and starboard) just off the wharf. Draft alongside was between 46 feet to 51 feet.
Napoleon C Wharf and Milan Street Wharf – The roller doors experienced heavy damage. The draft alongside ranged from 35 feet to 38 feet.
Louisiana Street Wharf – Roller doors appeared to be in good shape, but the new roof had lost sections. The draft alongside ranged from 40 feet to 45 feet.
Harmony Street Wharf – The roof had lost sections. The draft alongside ranged from 36 to 38 feet.
7th Street Wharf – Skylights were missing from the roof, and moderate to heavy damage to the roller doors. The draft ranged between 37 feet to 39 feet.
1st Street Wharf – Heavy damage to the roof and roller doors. Adjacent to the Wharf the Jackson Street Ferry Landing had also experienced major damage. The draft ranged between 38 feet to 44 feet alongside.
Erato Street Wharf – Wharf incurred heavy damage due to a Bollinger Drydock which was adrift from its mooring on the west bank. The drydock moved up the river, impacting the wharf, but missing the Crescent City Connection Bridge. The drydock then became lodged on the west bank across from the Robin Street Wharf.
Julia Street Cruise Terminal – The roof had sections missing. All windows at the terminal appeared to be intact. The new passenger jet way appeared intact as well but will need to be inspected. The auxiliary jet way appeared intact with the canopy still attached. The draft alongside was between 31 feet to 36 feet.
Governor Nicholas Street Wharf – The transit shed had moderate damage to the side panels and roller doors. Draft alongside was sufficient. We were not able to sound with the M/V General Kelly due to a bulk ship being there in a lay berth status.
Esplande Street Wharf – Heavy damage to the siding and the roof. We did not sound alongside due to the vessel in the lay berth.
Pauline Street Wharf – We include the Pauline Street Wharf due to the vessel in the lay berth, the M/V Chios Beauty, lines parted setting it adrift. Vessel is now located on the west bank, having impacted with the Cooper Tug Barge and lodging itself against the barge and at least one tug. We observed two Cooper Tugs trying to dislodge the vessel from the west bank.
Poland Street Wharf – Appeared intact with moderate damage, we did not sound in this area. The “nested” MARAD ships appeared intact.
Alabo Street Wharf – Moderate damage to the skylights and doors. Draft alongside was OK. We did not sound due to a vessel at the berth.
France Road Wharf and Jourdan Street Wharf – We were not able to access these facilities due to flooding in the area. We will advise the status in the near future. It should be noted that electricity has been lost and Jourdan Street Wharf, used to export frozen poultry, and is now without refrigeration.