Port NOLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Port NOLA Stakeholders,

As our community navigates this unprecedented time, we wanted to provide you with updates regarding the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) and our operations. Port NOLA is prepared to meet these challenges with the safety and health of our community at the forefront.

Cargo Operations

Port NOLA maritime cargo operations are functioning as normal as we continue to monitor the developing situation associated with COVID-19. Container and breakbulk terminal operations are continuing as normal with no changes in hours or procedures. Our ocean carrier partners are following the U.S. Coast Guard’s strict protocol, which includes additional reporting and screening requirements for vessels prior to arrival. For more on the USCG protocol see their updated bulletin here.

Port Administration Building

Port NOLA’s Administration Building will be closed until further notice in order to help prevent contact and exposure to the virus. Essential employees have been equipped with remote connectivity to their communications accounts and will be teleworking in order to continue daily administrative functions and services to the extent possible. Essential crews such as Harbor Police, Fire Tug, and Bridge Operators will continue to report.


Cruise lines voluntarily and temporarily suspended operations from the United States for 30 days, starting on March 14, 2020. Two ships remain at dock, with crew quarantined on board. Port NOLA remains in close contact with our cruise partners and will share updates as they develop.

Additional Info

Port NOLA’s top priority is the health and safety of its employees, stakeholders, passengers, crew and community. We continue to work with State, local and federal officials, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Coast Guard to ensure our policies and procedures meet and exceed guidelines.

For further assistance, you may contact our Community Hotline at 504-528-3355.