Port President/CEO says port sees "major economic resurgence" over past several years
The Port of New Orleans will serve a record number of cruise ship passengers this year and set a record for container traffic.
Port President/CEO Gary LaGrange says general cargo shipments through the port have increased 8.5% this year as double-digit increases in imported aluminum and steel were reported. Imports of natural rubber were up 8%.
The number of cruise ship passengers served by the port is expected to exceed one million this year. To build on the gains, the port plans to commence construction of a new cruise ship terminal at its Poland Avenue Wharf in 2013.
In his state-of-the-port address to 200 stakeholders on Monday, LaGrange says the future of the facility is tied to international trade.
Work will begin next year on a new intermodal terminal at the Napolean Street Wharf that will improve rail service and capitalize on the 6 railroads that serve the port.
LaGrange says the project will transform a 12-acre site into a modern freight terminal and create an additional container storage area.