The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) recently announced they had moved more containers in 2018 than at any time other time in their history. A total of 591,253 twenty-foot equivalent units moved through the port in 2018 this is a 12.3 per cent increase compared to 2017.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Port NOLA has surpassed the half million TEU-mark at their Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.
President and CEO of Port NOLA, Brandy D. Christian said, “The expansion of the Panama Canal and growth in containerized exports, namely resin and frozen poultry, have buoyed Port NOLA’s containerized cargo to record levels. In addition, loaded imported containers rose 7 per cent, which continues to be a focus of Port NOLA’s marketing efforts,” Brandy added, “We anticipate further growth, as direct all-water carrier services to Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean attract larger vessels.”
This year also saw Port NOLA receive their largest container ship to call on the port, the 9,500-TEU Pusan C vessel, operated by France-based ocean carrier CMA CGM.
Mr. Christian continued, “Port NOLA continues to work with Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Maritime Administration to grow and expand the inland service, the service helps re position equipment, reduce congestion on our roadways and manage our growth in an environmentally friendly way”, further explaining, “In the short-term we plan to double our capacity at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal to more efficiently service larger ships and expand our container yard.”
“Part of the investment includes an expanded partnership with Ports America, which will invest $66.5 million into infrastructure and equipment, accommodating up to four new 100-gauge container cranes to facilitate larger ships, along with investments of up to $300 million for expansion opportunities within our three-parish (county) jurisdiction.”
“The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, which the Port acquired in February of 2018, is a crucial element of success for Port NOLA and the entire New Orleans gateway,” Christian said. “Our industry partners and Class I railroads are working collaboratively on the most efficient, responsible and vibrant gateway possible,” Christian said. “In addition to the KCS service into Dallas-Fort Worth, we anticipate launching new inter modal services soon.”