Port: Mississippi River could reopen Sunday

Cargo and cruise ships could be allowed to travel along the Mississippi River again as soon as Sunday, the Port of New Orleans said Saturday afternoon.

Vessel traffic has been suspended since 6 a.m. Friday to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen. The storm has grown weaker as it makes its way toward land.

Nine cargo vessels are currently docked at the Port of New Orleans and seven are scheduled to arrive Monday.

Carnival Cruise Lines has said that its ships the Elation and Conquest, which were scheduled to arrive in port Saturday and Sunday respectively, are expected to dock at the port on Monday instead.

“We have high hopes all cruise ship passengers will be back in port as soon as possible,” Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange said in a statement. “Port officials are ready to handle cruise passengers as soon as the Coast Guard and pilot associations deem it is safe to do so.”