“Kongsberg has a history of investing and innovating during hard times,” stated Holvik. “This building demonstrates our long-term dedication to providing convenient, world-class products and services to our customers in the region.”
St.Charles Parish PresidentV.J.St.Pierre,Jr.added,“I am extremely excited with Kongsberg ’s decision to continue to be a member of our business community. The company is the perfect example of the type of business we aspire to attract to St. Charles Parish. It was my top priority to retain them (Kongsberg) in order to ensure that our residents have the opportunity to gain access to high-paying jobs that add to the diversification of our local economy.”
ABOUT KONGSBERG MARITIME
Kongsberg Maritime is a global marine technology company providing innovative and reliable technology solutions for all marine industry sectors including merchant, offshore, subsea and naval. Headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway, the company has manufacturing, sales and service facilities in 20 countries.
Kongsberg Maritime develops systems for vessels covering all aspects of automation, control, navigation, safety and dynamic positioning. Subsea solutions include single and multibeam echo sounders, AUV/underwater navigation, communication, and camera systems.
Marine and offshore training simulators, LNG solutions, information management, position reference systems and technology for seismic and drilling operations are also part of the company’s diverse technology portfolio.
Kongsberg Maritime delivers solutions that cover all aspects of technology underwater and on the water, aboard new build and retrofit vessels, and on offshore platforms and rigs, often under a single supplier strategy called The Full Picture.
Kongsberg Maritime is part of Kongsberg Gruppen (Kongsberg), an international, knowledge-based group that celebrated 200 years in business during 2014. Kongsberg supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defence and aerospace industries.
Port of New Orleans: 2014 cargo total hits 14-year high
Cargo worked at the Pot of New Orleans’ public docks in 2014 totalled 8.37mt (million tonnes), the highest total since 2000 and up 28% compared with the prior 12-month period.
Imported steel and container cargo led the growth, as imported iron and steel rose 101.6% in the 12-month period to 3.54mt. Overall breakbulk tonnes totalled 3.76mt, up 51.7% and container tonnes topped 4.61mt, up 13.5% compared to the prior year. “It was a busy year for the port and these numbers reflect the success we’ve realized from the combined efforts of the entire port community,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO.
“This is great news and creates momentum for our terminal operators and customers. The challenge now is to build upon these successes and continue to grow.”
Total port-wide cargo, which includes midstream operations, export grain and private tonnage within the port’s three-parish (county) jurisdiction also rose 27.68% to 31.05mt.
Many of the port’s top commodities realized healthy gains, as well. Export poultry grew by 5.5% to 331,523 tonnes and imported bananas grew by 251% to 72,165 tonnes despite only seven weeks of cargo delivered by Chiquita Brands LLC.
New shippers such as Chiquita, which returned to the port after a 40-year hiatus, and project cargo generated by the growing chemical industry, will bolster future cargo figures. “New weekly services, such as CMA CGM’s Victory Bridge Service to Europe, the return of Maersk Line’s vessels, Chiquita cargo and our new Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal will position the port for future growth,” LaGrange said.
The Port of New Orleans is a deep-draught multipurpose port at the centre of the world’s busiest port system — Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River. Connected to major inland markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways, six class-1 railroads and the interstate highway system, the port is the ideal gateway for steel, project cargo, containers, coffee, natural rubber, chemicals, forest products, manufactured goods and cruising.