Port of New Orleans snags $230M for infrastructure projects

The Port of New Orleans got a boost from the Louisiana State Legislature, which committed $230.5 million to the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) and other infrastructure projects.

The $1.8 billion LIT aims to position New Orleans as one of the top international container gateways in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said.

“The legislature’s backing of infrastructure funding to support the LIT builds upon commitments of more than $1.1 billion from the federal government and private sector,”...


Brandy D. Christian named next CEO of Patriot Rail

Yesterday, we reported that Brandy D. Christian is stepping down as president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans (and as CEO of its New Orleans Public Belt Railroad unit) in mid June to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

She won’t be between jobs for long, That “opportunity in the private sector” is with Jacksonville, Fla., headquartered Patriot Rail Company, a portfolio company of Igneo Infrastructure Partners that owns and operates over 30 short line freight railroads across the U.S....


Ørsted christens first US-built offshore wind service operation vessel

Ørsted's new windfarm service operation vessel ECO Edison

Ørsted and shipbuilder Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) formally named a new service operation vessel (SOV) in a ceremony at the Port of New Orleans on Saturday, May 11. ECO Edison is the first offshore wind SOV to be built in the United States. Measuring 262 feet ( metres) long, the vessel will serve...


Port NOLA CEO Brandy Christian stepping down

Brandy D. Christian is stepping down as president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans (and as CEO of its New Orleans Public Belt Railroad unit) in mid June to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. She has served as the president and CEO of Port NOLA since January 1, 2017, and as CEO of the railroad since its acquisition by the port on February 1, 2018.

“We cannot overstate the exemplary leadership that Brandy Christian has provided throughout her tenure,” said Walter Leger, Jr., chairman...


Port of New Orleans President and CEO Brandy Christian stepping down

The Port of New Orleans announced Tuesday that President and CEO Brandy D. Christian will step down in June to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

Christian has served as president and CEO since January 2017, as well as the CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) since its acquisition by the port in February 2018.

“Reflecting on my time at the Port New Orleans and NOPB, I will be departing with immense gratitude for the dedicated team and supportive community who have made the...


VIDEO: ECO Edison christened in New Orleans

America’s offshore wind energy supply chain marked a major milestone Saturday, when ECO Edison, the first-ever American-built, owned, and crewed offshore wind service operations vessel (SOV), was christened in the Port of New Orleans.

U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R.-La.) and Rep. Troy A. Carter, Sr. (D.-La.) joined senior executives from Ørsted and Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) at events to celebrate the completion of the SOV, that included its official christening by Jennifer...


Port NOLA names Amanda Coates its new chief commercial officer

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has named Amanda Coates as its chief commercial officer. In this role, she will lead the port’s business development strategies and real estate operations.

Coates joined the Port of New Orleans in 2018 as commercial manager and was named head of business development in 2023. Prior to joining Port NOLA, worked for more than 15 years in various operational and commercial rolesat ocean container carrier, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The Port of New...


Gulf Coast ports report cargo volume surge in March

Container cargo flows increased at ports in Houston, New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, in March, but shipments of crude oil fell slightly at the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Port Houston container shipments up 20% in March

Port Houston handled 360,991 twenty-foot equivalent units in March, a 20% year-over-year (y/y) increase.

Officials said total cargo flows through the Houston Ship Channel and the port’s two container facilities, Barbours Cut and Bayport, climbed 4% during the first quarter. 



Gulf Coast ports record gains in cargo, crude oil shipments in February

Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Port of New Orleans saw increased cargo volumes in February, led by container exports of plastic resins and chemicals, along with shipments of crude oil.

Port of New Orleans reports 11% increase in container volumes 

Boosted by shipments of coffee, chemicals and plastic resins, the Port of New Orleans saw an 11% year-over-year (y/y) rise in container volumes at 42,760 twenty-foot equivalent units during February.

“Plastic resins and miscellaneous chemicals were the...


Port of New Orleans’ container-on-barge service has record year

In 2023, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) recorded 20,500 container moves through its container-on-barge service, the most since the program began in 2016.

This service — a collaboration with the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and Ingram Marine Group — forms the largest network of its kind in the U.S. It offers an alternative to road transport, transporting cargo to inland destinations via barges on the Mississippi River. It aims to cut back on some of the emissions associated with traditional...


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