The Port of Mobile is the US's largest forest products and coal terminal, according to the port authority, and moved 1.6 million tons of forest products in fiscal year 2008. The terminal also recently was a location for woodchip imports from Brazil for US pulp and paper mills that struggled with low chip supply in the Southeast from a long run of excessively wet weather through last month.
All commercial traffic in the Port of Mobile continued as normal as of Monday and was expected to do so for 24 hours to Tuesday. The port imposed restrictions including easterly approaches to avoid contact with the oil spill area, and written reports on contact with oiled areas or cleanup actions. No further notice was issued as of mid-day Tuesday.
The Mobile-based port authority's container, general cargo, bulk, and heavy lift terminals have immediate access to two interstate systems, five Class 1 railroads, four-day rail service to Mexico and nearly 15,000 miles of inland waterway connections. It is the 9th largest US seaport in total volume.
Other ports that could see a traffic impact include New Orleans, Houston and Pensacola, FL.