Port of Galveston to reopen Monday

September 18, 2008 7:12:08 PM PDT
The Port of Galveston will reopen Monday as the island city continues recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike. HURRICANE IKE: Breaking news on Ike | POD locations | Person locator | Local gas station report | Hurricane guide | Viewer photos of Ike | Latest power numbers

Port chairman Gerald Sullivan says the port plans to unload its first ship Wednesday.

Sullivan says the port, which city officials say ranks seventh nationally in cruise liner business, will be able to accept those tourist-popular ships again by Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, Navy Commodore Bob Lineberry said Thursday that the USS Nassau was anchored 7 miles off Galveston, loaded with about 1,000 sailors and Marines, including construction teams.

Four landing crafts were starting Thursday to offload workers and heavy machinery used for hurricane debris removal.

Ike made landfall last weekend at Galveston.

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