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Port NOLA Takes Delivery

[ December 20, 2021   //   ]

The four new gantry cranes are essential to Port NOLA’s overall plan for the gateway, which includes optimizing facilities in New Orleans and building the Louisiana International Terminal, a new container terminal, in St. Bernard Parish.
Containerized cargo has more than doubled over the last decade at the Port of New Orleans.
The Louisiana legislature helped provide critical project funding, including $43 million from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the State’s capital outlay budget.
The larger workhorse container ships currently serving the Gulf range from 8,000 to 9,500 TEUs. The new 100-foot-gauge gantry cranes will more efficiently service these larger ships, complement the terminal’s two existing 100- foot gauge cranes and allow Port NOLA’s three 50-foot-gauge gantry cranes to serve smaller vessels as well as Port NOLA’s container-on-barge service to Memphis and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Once the new cranes are operational, nine ship-to-shore container cranes will serve the terminal.
Container volumes rose 10 percent at Port NOLA in 2019 alone, topping 648,000 TEUs. Louisiana’s only international container port continues to expand its ocean carrier service network, a sign that the largest carriers in the world are confident in the Port NOLA gateway. Port NOLA features 12 weekly container services from three major global alliances, as well as independent carriers, with direct connections to 60 global ports and more than 450 others through connecting services.
The four new cranes, and the crane rail extension project, is the first of three project phases to expand the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. Phase 2, called the Priority Enhancements Project is a $10.23 million investment scheduled for completion by the end of 2022. The third phase is the Terminal Complex Modernization Program and invests another $21.5 million into the terminal. The projects include adding 200 electrified plugs to handle additional refrigerated container cargo, a new empty container gate complex, and the reconstruction and strengthening of 15 acres of heavy-duty concrete paving to expand loaded container storage capacity, among other items. The multi-year project investments total an estimated $143.73 million.