(Oct. 13, 3:50 p.m.) The Port of Galveston, which was in the path of Hurricane Ike when it blew through Texas Sept. 13, is back up to speed following $55 million in emergency repairs.

The port received its first vessel nine days after the storm, and Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., received its first refrigerated vessel since the storm the week of Oct. 6.

The emergency money, authorized by the port’s board, allowed for quick clean-up, although the port is nowhere near its full operating capacity, according to a news release. Initial assessments predict the port and the Galveston County Navigation District accrued hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage.

As of Oct. 6, the port had received six vessels total, the first of which was Triton Highway, delivering 790 metric tons of rolling stock and non-containerized cargo, according to the release.

The International Longshoremen’s Association has been providing the labor to handle the shipments.

The Texas Department of Transportation evaluated the highway system connecting the port to the Houston metropolitan area and began issuing permits for heavy and over-sized cargo trucks by Sept. 26, according to the release. Repairs included repaving some roads and making temporary repairs to the Galveston Causeway Bridge. The release said Del Monte worked to get its Texas operations up and running three weeks after the storm.

Damage to the port included flooding on most of its ground-level infrastructure, facilities and terminals, which left behind sheetrock and debris. Not all off of those facilities have opened, and some of the ones that have are restricted. A permanent form of electricity and water services were expected by Oct. 6 for most of the port, according to the release.

Outside of its cargo business, the port expects to welcome back cruise ships and tourists by the end of October. Meanwhile, workers are staying on Regal Empress, a cruise ship that is serving as their hotel.