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 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 percent, which continues to be a focus of Port NOLA’s marketing efforts,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA president and CEO. “We anticipate further growth, as direct all-water carrier services to Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean attract larger vessels.”
The arrival in October of the Pusan C, a 9,500-TEU vessel operated by CMA CGM, marked the largest container ship to ever call on the Port.
“Port NOLA continues to work with Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Maritime Administration to grow and expand the inland service,” Christian said. “The service helps reposition equipment, reduce congestion on our roadways and manage our growth in an environmentally friendly way.”
Port NOLA now features 11 weekly container services from three major global alliances as well as independent carriers, with direct connections to 58 global ports and more than 450 others through connecting services.
“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,” Christian said. “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-guage container cranes to facilitate larger ships, along with investments of up to $300 million for expansion opportunities within our three-parish jurisdiction.”
Christian said another driving force for container traffic is the growing intermodal service to critical markets Port NOLA serves. Intermodal cargo volumes realized 15 percent growth from 2017 to 2018.