New Orleans port eyes Sept. 14 resumption

Sep 08, 2005 | 11:09 AM | Philip Burgert

The Port of New Orleans has set a goal of Sept. 14 for working its first commercial cargo ship as the port and other Gulf Coast shipping operations struggle back from disruptions caused by Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans port, a leading U.S. entry point for steel, aluminum and raw materials for metal production, currently is clogged with military and other vessels involved in relief efforts throughout the flooded city.

"We know this is an aggressive schedule in the wake of the damage that we have sustained," said Gary P. LaGrange, the port's president and chief executive officer. "But we have many port assets that survived the storm in good shape."....

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