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Port of New Orleans develops second container terminal offering connectivity to the Heartland

Louisiana’s port infrastructure and inland connectivity are enviably unmatched in the Gulf. The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) is strategically focused on making sure we have the infrastructure and services to capitalize on the opportunities and demands that the global market is creating.

Port NOLA continues to maximize its existing maritime assets while making significant progress on its second container terminal, the Louisiana International Terminal. A historic public-private partnership between the State, the Port of New Orleans, and two global maritime industry leaders will make Louisiana the premier shipping gateway in the Gulf.

New Jersey-based Ports America, North America’s largest marine terminal operator, and Geneva, Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company, through its terminal development and investment arm Terminal Investment Limited (TiL) committed $800 million to the project. This investment demonstrates the shipping industry’s confidence in our gateway’s ability to serve vessels of all sizes and to compete.

The public-private partnership for the Louisiana International Terminal is also making massive investments in sustainability. The new container terminal will be equipped with shore power, allowing vessels to connect to onshore electricity and to turn off diesel engines while at dock. Shore power can eliminate up to 98% of ship-related emissions, vastly reducing the environmental footprint of a maritime terminal. Operators will also invest in a largely electric fleet of equipment.

The project is currently in the Federal permitting process with construction to begin in 2025 and the first berth to open in 2028.

Additionally, Port NOLA finished a $140 million investment in the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. The expansion adds four new 100-foot-gauge container gantry cranes and creates additional container yard space for a 1 million TEU capacity.

The Port also continues to see benefits of synergy with the alignment of the New Orleans Public Belt railroad. Now more than ever, we are offering customers more integrated marine and rail solutions. Port NOLA is the only deep-water port connected to six class 1 railroads, with growing intermodal connections to the Midwest via the CN and to Dallas and Kansas City via CPKC.

All signs point to New Orleans serving as a strategic alternative gateway both now and in the future.


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