• 2020 January 18 15:38

    Port NOLA sets new container record in 2019

    The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) moved more containers in 2019 than at any time in its history, totaling 648,538 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 10% compared to one year ago. The record marks the sixth consecutive year the Port surpassed the half million TEU-mark at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which is operated by New Orleans Terminal and Ports America, the port said in its press release.

    “Port NOLA has now seen double-digit growth in total container volumes for two consecutive years, primarily driven by the Panama Canal expansion, exports from Louisiana’s booming petrochemical industry and a growing market for imports,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation (NOPB). “Additionally, these record container numbers are balanced by significant loaded import growth, up 12% in 2019.”

    Louisiana’s only international container port also continues to expand its ocean carrier service network, a sign that the largest carriers in the world are confident in the Port NOLA gateway. The Port gained a new direct service to Asia when it welcomed MSC’s Lone Star Express weekly service in 2019. Maersk and ZIM partner on the new service which fortifies the Port’s direct connectivity with Far East markets and offers more shipping options for customers. This is the second direct-Asia service to New Orleans in addition to CMA CGM’s PEX 3 service with COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL as partners.

    Port NOLA now 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 container-on-barge service between Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Memphis continues to thrive and offers shippers an efficient and environmentally friendly option for moving their cargo. The service repositions containers from Memphis to Baton Rouge, where they are loaded with plastic resins and shipped by barge to Port NOLA to be loaded onto container ships for export to global markets.

    Port NOLA continued to see visible results of alignment with the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad in 2019, a year after the Port’s acquisition of the short line railroad in 2018.

    Intermodal growth was up 20% in 2019, fueled by the Kansas City Southern (KCS) direct service between New Orleans and Dallas. Intermodal services by CN Railroad into Memphis, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto and KCS’ weekly service into the Dallas-Fort Worth market are critical inland markets that continue to further grow volumes in New Orleans.

    “Moving cargo between rail, river and road requires efficient coordination and a unified vision,” said Christian. “NOPBprovides a significant competitive advantage and has resulted in true logistics integration of the New Orleans freight gateway.”

    Port NOLA’s container volume growth warrants new infrastructure investments both in the near term and for the next generation. Port NOLA has embarked on a $100 million expansion plan that includes the procurement of four new 100-foot-gauge container gantry cranes and other enhancements to the container terminal. This investment will add significant capacity to the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal and allows the Port to work larger ships more efficiently.

    “These cranes will be Louisiana state assets that produce jobs, provide economic output and keep Port NOLA among the most competitive seaports in the Gulf,” said Christian. “An economic impact study found that just two additional cranes would create 1,147 jobs and $3.6 million in tax revenues for Louisiana.”

    The new cranes are expected to be operational in mid-2021.

    “Continued investment in existing and new assets will put us in the best position of any port in the Gulf to serve our ocean carriers and operators with personalized shipping and logistics options,” said Christian. “Our future is that of a state-of-the-art integrated gateway, that moves freight efficiently and meets the industry’s changing needs.”




2020 October 21

18:30 Hyundai Motors to ship 50 hydrogen trucks via the port of Antwerp
18:06 NYK Group dry bulk carrier rescues sailors off the coast of Indonesia
17:36 MAN Energy Solutions to lead Danish consortium developing ammonia-fuelled engine for Maritime sector
17:19 NSR cargo traffic to exceed 31 million tonnes in 2020 – Aleksey Likhachev
17:05 Stena Embla successfully completes sea trials
16:41 Port of Rotterdam throughput in first three quarters of 2020 falls 8.8% short of last year’s total
16:16 Steerprop azimuth propulsion to propel shallow-draught icebreaking walk-to-work vessel
16:05 Port of Rotterdam Authority starts to produce and spread bokashi
15:47 Lenpromavtomatika to supply control system for LNG-powered passenger vessel Chaika
15:33 First Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering business to commence in Japan
15:04 Optimodal adds new train service between Antwerp and Neuss, Germany
14:04 Northwest Seaport Alliance handles 308,682 TEUs in September 2020
13:30 RF Navy’s frigate Admiral Kasatonov starts anti-submarine exercises in the Barents Sea
13:04 Port of San Diego invites the public to review and provide feedback on the Revised Draft PMPU
12:37 Meeting on implementation of project for development of Kaliningrad seaport infrastructure held in Pionersky
12:32 Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220, Arktika, delivered to Atomflot
12:03 IPCSA expands its membership into South America with its latest member Procomex of Brazil
11:50 BLRT Grupp built unique offshore fish farming barge
11:31 Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220 to start operating in NSR waters from December 2020
11:00 Kongsberg Digital’s K-Sim® Fishery simulator wins the coveted SAFETY4SEA 2020 Training Award
10:25 Yet another batch of large-size equipment for new ethylene plant delivered to Nizhnekamsk
10:02 Yevgeny Norenko takes position of Managing Director at Nobel Brothers and Vimpel shipyards
09:43 Bunker prices rise in the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:24 Oil prices continue decreasing in response to US reserves growth
09:06 Baltic Dry Index as of October 20
09:05 CMA CGM announces PSS from North Europe to Asia
08:21 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 21

2020 October 20

18:30 APM Terminals expands API offering and terminal coverage
18:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea & East Med to the Indian Subcontinent
18:00 Okskaya Shipyard launches second multipurpose dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 for Astrol
17:36 Equinor signs contract with Skanska for building site preparation and the construction of jetty facilities for the CO2 receiving terminal
17:03 Van Oord becomes the shareholder in Saare Wind Energy
16:38 Wan Hai Lines to launch China – India Service VI (CI6) Service
16:28 Tiksi port expansion is expected as new fields can be discovered in the region
16:03 Jotun offers Superyachts unique lifecycle support with launch of JotunCare
15:44 Rosmorport collects applications for debut bonds in amount of RUB 4 billion
15:30 DCSA publishes standard data definitions to enable just-in-time port calls
15:12 ESPO congratulates Port of Valencia for renewing PERS certification
14:23 Samsung Heavy Industries again chooses Wärtsilä cargo handling system design for new VLEC vessels
13:41 Modernization of port Tiksi to build up throughput to 300,000 tonnes
13:25 Port of Antwerp participates in developing and testing a private 5G network
13:20 Bunker prices are slightly up in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:02 Port Houston container volumes up 1% to 251,524 TEUs in September 2020
12:33 RF Ministry of Economic Development to allocate RUB 2.8 billion for creation of port SEZ in Astrakhan Region
12:19 DNG Energy receives a licence for LNG bunkering in Coega
11:00 KSS Line signs with Hyundai Global Services for smart ship solution powered by Inmarsat and Intellian
10:58 ASW ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov and support vessels of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet enter Greece
10:37 Admiral Makarov frigate of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet passes Black Sea straits
10:12 LUKOIL and Rostec sign cooperation agreement
10:02 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct.20
09:49 Shipbuilding Corporation “Ak Bars” to tell about passenger ship Chaika at 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference
09:26 Oil prices decrease amid second COVID-19 wave concerns
09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of October 19

2020 October 19

18:11 CMA CGM to launch the East Med - Black Sea Express
18:01 Taganrog coastal station of NAVTEX service obtains certificate of conformity
17:48 BPA to host 5G workshop
17:27 FESCO to supply India's research stations in Antarctica for the third year in a row
17:06 Valenciaport registers the record with 477,194 containers handled in September 2020
16:46 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference to be held online on 28 October 2020
16:05 Milaha obtains “ISO 27001” certification for Information Security Management System