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Friday, February 15, 2019

Port Nola News

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Port NOLA Sets Cruise Passenger Record

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) set a new record in 2018 with 1,182,111 cruise passenger movements, up 2.3 percent compared to a year ago. A 23 percent surge in guests taking Mississippi River cruises helped buoy the total, with new and larger ships set to sail from New Orleans both in the Caribbean and on the River in 2019.A recent economic impact study conducted by LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business determined cruise passengers and ship crews spend an estimated $129.1 million annually in the local economy.In 2018…

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New Orleans Sets Cruise Passenger Record

A record number of cruise ship passengers traveled through the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) in 2018.The official tally - 1,182,111 - marked a 2.3 percent increase from 2017 and the fifth consecutive year of hitting the coveted 1 million passenger mark at the port's cruise terminal facilities.A 23 percent surge in guests taking Mississippi River cruises helped buoy the total, with new and larger ships set to sail from New Orleans both in the Caribbean and on the River in 2019.“Port NOLA’s success is due in large part to the hard work of the stevedores…

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Port NOLA Sets Container Record in 2018

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) moved more containers in 2018 than at any time in its history, totaling 591,253 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 12.3 percent compared to one year ago.The deep-draft multipurpose port at the center of the world's busiest port system -- Louisiana's Lower Mississippi River said in a press release that the record marks the fifth year in a row Port NOLA has surpassed the half million TEU-mark at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which…

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Port NOLA: Container Record in 2018

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) moved more containers in 2018 than at any time in its history, totaling 591,253 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 12.3 percent compared to one year ago. The record marks the fifth year in a row Port NOLA has surpassed the half million TEU-mark at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which is operated by New Orleans Terminal and Ports America.The arrival in October of the Pusan C, a 9,500-TEU vessel operated by Marsailles, France-based ocean carrier CMA CGM…

Arnold B. Baker (left), Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, poses with Laney J. Chouest (right), Past-Chairman of the Board. 

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Port NOLA: Board Elects Baker as Chairman

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans selected a new Executive Committee with the election of Arnold B. Baker as Chairman, Tara C. Hernandez as Vice Chair and Darryl D. Berger as Secretary-Treasurer during the Dec. 20 monthly Board meeting. Baker joined the Board in April 2015 when he was appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. He succeeds Laney J. Chouest whose term as Chairman expired this month. Chouest will continue to serve as a commissioner until his five-year term ends in June 2019.Baker…

Norwegian Breakaway (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Norwegian Breakaway Debut Highlights Port NOLA’s Impact

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has welcomed the largest cruise ship in both length and passenger occupancy to ever sail from the Crescent City when the Norwegian Breakaway homeported at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal for its inaugural cruise Nov. 11, 2018. The ship placement contributes to Port NOLA’s cruise business momentum and contributes to tourism’s economic impact across the New Orleans-region.The 1,068-foot vessel will sail from New Orleans through April 12, 2019…

Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas is the newest cruise ship to homeport at the Port of New Orleans. 
 
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Cruise: RCI Returns to Port NOLA

Royal Caribbean International returned to the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) when the Vision of the Seas homeported at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal for its inaugural cruise Dec. 15, 2018. The 2,514-passenger ship will sail seasonal, seven-night itineraries from Port NOLA to culture rich destinations across the Bahamas, Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula through March 2019.Vision of the Seas touts VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, coupled with entertainment for every mood, from…

Southern Ports are Getting with The Program…

The In-transit cold treatment program, that is! The dimensions of The Program are remarkable. The Reefer Shipping Market and Forecast 2017/18 produced by Drewry calculated that 79 percent of perishable cargo moved in refrigerated containers in 2016 and only 21 percent on reefer ships. By 2021, reefer containers will carry 85 percent of perishable products, while reefer cargo will reach 134 million tons, Drewry study predicts. One reason for the growth of reefer cargo in containers is the remarkable expansion of the USDA sponsored In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.

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MarAd Awards $2.5 Mln Grant to Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) grant to support the current container-on-barge shuttle service operated by SEACOR AMH between New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Memphis, and to launch a new container-on-barge shuttle service on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) in New Orleans.The grant will be used to purchase marine terminal handling equipment for efficient loading and unloading of container-on-barge operations in New Orleans.

Container Operations in the Port of New Orleans (CREDIT: Port NOLA)

Port NOLA, Public Belt Railroad to Advance Avondale Revitalization

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) and the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation (NOPB) approved separate resolutions authorizing nonbinding Cooperative Endeavor Agreements between Port NOLA, NOPB, Jefferson Parish and Avondale Marine LLC to facilitate the proposed redevelopment of the former Avondale Shipyard site. “The port recognizes the site's tremendous potential to grow the region's maritime industry with the attraction of new cargo commodities…

The CMA CGM operated Pusan C, a 9,500 TEU vessel, is the largest containership to ever call at Port NOLA’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Port of New Orleans Handles Largest Containership to Date

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) welcomed its largest containership ever when the CMA CGM operated Pusan C, a 9,500 twenty-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) vessel, called on October 8 at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal operated by Ports America.“The deployment of larger vessels highlights our strong growth in container volumes and the success of the PEX 3 service connecting America’s heartland to global markets like Asia,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO.

American Song, the first modern riverboat in the U.S., arrives at the Port of New Orleans days before making its inaugural cruise. (Photo: port of New Orleans)

America’s First Modern Riverboat to Sail from New Orleans

The first contemporary riverboat in the U.S. is set to depart from the Port of New Orleans on October 6 for its inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River.The new vessel, American Song, is the flagship in a series of contemporary riverboats by operator American Cruise Lines. With an exclusive capacity of 184 guests, American Song provides modern design features and contemporary styling. The modern riverboat features a four-story glass-enclosed atrium with a large domed skylight, which will serve as the central gathering point for the entire ship.

Bobby Landry, Port NOLA VP of Commercial, presents an award to Fabio Santucci, MSC, at the 2018 Cargo Connections Conference. (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port of New Orleans Honors Top Shippers and Ocean Carriers

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) honored the top ocean carriers and shippers that have contributed to Port NOLA’s success over the years during the 10th anniversary of the Cargo Connections Conference (CCC) on Monday, April 9, 2018.“The Port of New Orleans values our relationships with all of our customers,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO.

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KCS Intermodal Service Relaunched in New Orleans

Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced a new weekly service between the Port of New Orleans and Wylie, Texas (Dallas-market) beginning May 2018, relaunching intermodal service to this lane for the first time since 2005.“The return of the Kansas City Southern weekly intermodal service helps us capture greater market share and optimize throughput, with the ultimate goal of providing the best service possible to our customers,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO, and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation CEO.

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Port NOLA, Ports America Expand Partnership

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans approved a resolution to expand its partnership with Ports America, the largest U.S. terminal operator and stevedore. The long-term lease and infrastructure agreements will bolster capabilities at existing Port NOLA terminals and open the door for expansion opportunities elsewhere in the Port’s three-parish jurisdiction — Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.Under the terms of the new and restated agreement, the Port will issue Ports America a 50-year lease to continue to operate at the Napoleon Avenue and Nashville Avenue Terminals.

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Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer. “Brandy is an experienced maritime professional with a strategic mindset and clear focus on actionable goals,” said Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners Michael Kearney. “The Board’s competitive national search for a COO was part of an executive succession plan. We had hoped the successful candidate would eventually be able to lead the Port.

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New Orleans Joins Cold Treatment Pilot Program

The Port of New Orleans announced a new opportunity for shippers looking to transport perishable cargo from South America. Port NOLA received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inclusion in the Southeast U.S. In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program. Participation in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) pilot program means select time-sensitive products can be treated to meet customs compliance in-transit rather than after it arrives to the U.S. – resulting in shorter transit times and increased efficiency for shippers.

Port NOLA Chairman Michael Kearney, joined by Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, receives the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. Photo Credit: MEP&A

Port NOLA Chairman Receives Leadership Award

Michael W. Kearney, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, was named recipient of the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. The Diolkos Award recognizes an individual with outstanding vision and leadership within the supply chain who equally has contributed to his community. The award is named after Ancient Greece’s Diolkos Wagonway, the world’s first supply chain and earliest known form of rail transport, which facilitated the transfer of heavy cargo from sea, over land, to the sea.

Robert R. Barkerding, Jr. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Barkerding Elected Port NOLA Chairman

The Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners has elected Robert R. Barkerding, Jr. as its new chairman, succeedsingMichael W. Kearney, whose term as chairman expired this month. Barkerding represents Jefferson Parish and joined the Board in February of 2013 when he was appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. Kearney will continue to serve as a commissioner. In addition, the Board elected Laney T. Chouest Vice Chairman and Arnold B. Baker Secretary-Treasurer. Barkerding is President of Admiral Security Services Inc.…

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Port NOLA Roundtables Address Architectural and Engineering Services

The Port of New Orleans has launched a series of roundtable discussions to promote professional services opportunities to local and small architectural and engineering companies as part of a business outreach initiative. To date, two roundtables have been held with more than a dozen companies attending and plans are underway for future roundtables. “We want to ensure our procurement process is transparent and clear so as many qualified businesses as possible have the opportunity to work with the Port,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO.

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Carnival Increasing Capacity from NOLA

Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its short cruise offerings from the Port of New Orleans beginning in 2019. Carnival Valor will shift to New Orleans for year-round four- and five-day cruises from the Big Easy beginning in May 2019, becoming the largest ship to offer a year-round short cruise itineraries from Port NOLA. On this route, four- day long weekend cruises depart Thursdays and visit Cozumel, while five-day voyages depart Mondays and Saturdays calling at Cozumel and Progreso.

Brandy Christian - President & CEO, Port of New Orleans

Interview: Brandy Christian - President & CEO, Port of New Orleans

Brandy D. Christian serves as the President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, a public agency that manages more than $60 million in revenues, nearly 300 employees and $200 million in capital projects. Christian is one of 11 female port directors in North America and the first female CEO in the Port of New Orleans’ 120-year history. She brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations to the role, and emphasizes strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold action.

Manuel Fernandez Perez Guerra, Director General of the National Port Administration of Cuba, and Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer, sign a memorandum of understanding in Havana Oct. 4. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (standing directly behind Christian) and Michael Kearney, Chairman of the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (standing front right), were among the 50-member Louisiana trade delegation that visited Cuba Oct. 3-7. Photo NOLA

New Orleans Port Signs Mou With Cuba

Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer Brandy Christian joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in signing a memorandum of understanding with Cuba on Oct. 4 pledging to expand trade and commerce opportunities between Louisiana and the Caribbean nation. The agreement also calls for joint marketing and information sharing efforts to meet those objectives. “The proximity and historical relationship between Cuba and the Port of New Orleans has us well-positioned should the trade embargo be lifted…

Gov. Edwards Appoints Charles H. Ponstein to Port NOLA Board of Commissioners Photo courtesy Port NOLA

Ponstein Appointed on Port of New Orleans Board

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Charles H. Ponstein to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans as the St. Bernard Parish representative on the seven-member regional board. Ponstein was sworn in during today’s monthly Board meeting and will serve a five-year term succeeding William T. Bergeron. With the Port’s acquisition of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad effective Feb. 1, 2018, Port Commissioners also serve as directors of the New Orleans Public Belt board, Ponstein will become NOPB’s newest director with this appointment.

Andree Fant (left), Port NOLA Vice President of Planning & Facilities, and Robert Lloyd (right), Port NOLA Environmental Scientist, accepts an Environmental Leadership Award from Dr. Chuck Carr Brown (center), LDEQ Secretary. Photo credit LDEQ / Port NOLA

Port NOLA awarded for leading Clean TRIP program

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) received an Environmental Leadership Award from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on April 10, 2018, for the success of its Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (Clean TRIP) which used federal and state clean diesel grants to voluntarily improve air quality by replacing old diesel cargo trucks with new, cleaner-burning models. The cost-share program allowed eligible truck owners to receive up to $35,000 or half the cost of a new truck towards the replacement.

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Sealand Launches GOEX service from New Orleans Port

Sealand, the Intra-Americas regional ocean carrier of the Maersk Group, will operate a new direct, all-water service, the Gulf Ocean Express (GOEX) service, that connects Central America, Panama and Columbia to and from the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA). The Sealand Tiger cargo vessel makes its inaugural call for the GOEX service at Port NOLA Friday, April 20. The service will call at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal operated by New Orleans Terminal. The service will include two Sealand vessels and one MSC vessel.