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Port of New Orleans steps up plans for second container terminal

OFFICIALS at the Port of New Orleans have approved up to US$300,000 to be awarded to Los Angeles-based AECOM Technical Services to conduct multiple evaluations on a 675-acre property about five miles downriver in St Bernard Parish which has been identified as an ideal location for a new container facility to cope with anticipated significant volume growth over the next few years

Port of New Orleans steps up plans for second container terminal

OFFICIALS at the Port of New Orleans have approved up to US$300,000 to be awarded to Los Angeles-based AECOM Technical Services to conduct multiple evaluations on a 675-acre property about five miles downriver in St Bernard Parish which has been identified as an ideal location for a new container facility to cope with anticipated significant volume growth over the next few years

Port of New Orleans steps up plans for second container terminal
18 March 2018 - 19:00

OFFICIALS at the Port of New Orleans have approved up to US$300,000 to be awarded to Los Angeles-based AECOM Technical Services to conduct multiple evaluations on a 675-acre property about five miles downriver in St Bernard Parish which has been identified as an ideal location for a new container facility to cope with anticipated significant volume growth over the next few years.

The first of these studies will cover navigation and wharf engineering issues, and assuming all goes well, those will be followed by examinations of potential yard layout options, community impacts and environmental concerns related to the construction and operation of a marine cargo terminal, Michelle Ganon, the port authority's vice president of public affairs, said in an interview with American Shipper.

Ms Ganon said the 'Sinclair' site, which is owned by the nonprofit Meraux Foundation, was targeted in large part because of its size. The land is big enough to potentially accommodate three new ship berths - one for each of the major east-west container carrier alliances - as well as associated facilities like on-dock rail, container yards, distribution centres and truck gates.

'The Sinclair site is already rail-served, with accessibility to the Norfolk Southern Railroad and close proximity to major highways,' Ms Ganon said.

'We've talked with our state and federal partners to make sure that the transportation off terminal would be sufficient to accommodate the marine needs of both Port NOLA and the nearby St Bernard Port, building on existing transportation and road options.

'Port NOLA has been very fortunate in that we've maintained services with each of the three [carrier] alliances,' she added. 'So, we're looking at a berth for each alliance, and then on the landside, distribution centers and other related logistics facilities to enable us to serve our customers well into the future.'

The potential $1 billion development of a second container terminal is part of the port's greater 'Gateway Master Plan', which officials expect to release in the next few months and will more than double its annual handling capacity.

The master plan includes the optimisation of Port NOLA's Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal to expand its annual handling capacity from the current 840,000 TEU to about 1 million TEU, in addition to at least another 1 million TEU at the new Sinclair site, Ms Ganon said.

During the 2017 calendar year, the port handled 526,703 TEU, just a 0.8 per cent increase from the previous year, but the third straight year with a throughput of more than 500,000 TEU, which is a significant figure, according to Ms Ganon.

She said analysts are predicting a 400,000-TEU increase in containerised cargo from plastic resins alone between 2017 and 2020.

Also contributing to the positive outlook for Port NOLA is the fact that current tenant TCI Packaging, a logistics and warehousing services provider that packages resin for export, is already planning a $36.5 million investment to construct a new 'Mega-Plastics District' at the port that will grow the firm's resin packaging capacity 180 per cent by 2019.


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