Air draft restricts Hapag-Lloyd New Orleans calls
Hapag-Lloyd is omitting port calls at New Orleans the next three weeks from its GS1 service between the East Coast of South America and the U.S. Gulf Coast due to insufficient air draft, the German line said.
Rising water levels on the Mississippi River have narrowed the air draft under the New Orleans Bridge, forcing the line to omit scheduled calls to the port on June 9, June 16 and June 23.
Hapag-Lloyd said that to minimize disruptions due to the omitted calls, it will relay import containers via Altamira, Mexico, on other unaffected Hapag-Lloyd services into New Orleans.
It will also relay import and export containers via Caucedo with the GS1 on the Laurita Rickmers, a vessel specifically put in place for two round trips between the ports of Caucedo and New Orleans.