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 I railroads and the interstate highway port is a gateway for cargo, as well as passenger cruises. An extensive network of ocean carrier services and added value services make the Port of New Orleans the superior logistics solution.


The port’s facilities include 20 million square feet of cargo handling area, more than 3.1 million square feet of covered storage area and 1.7 million square feet of cruise and parking facilities.


The Port of New Orleans is America’s most intermodal port. It is connected to major markets across the continent by the interstate highway system and is the only seaport in the US served by all six Class I rail lines, 50 ocean carriers, 16 barge lines and 75 truck lines. The Clarence Henry Truckway, a two-lane roadway on Port property, makes fast transit times even faster. The port also offers on-dock rail and direct ship-to-barge services.

The Port of New Orleans has an intermodal rail terminal adjacent to its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal providing on-dock access for all rail shipments. The new Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal, a $25.1-million project completed in the first quarter of

2016, is a modern, efficient intermodal container transfer terminal located within the container yard, offering on-dock access to the Port’s rail partners.


The Port of New Orleans set records for container traffic and cruise passengers in 2017. To stay ahead of market demand, the port has invested over $140 million in capital improvement projects since 2012 and has a masterplan to expand the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal to 1.5 million TEU capacity.


American Midwest (Via the Inland Waterway System), Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa 




  • 3,511 feet of berthing space available at six terminals ideally suited for a broad spectrum of breakbulk cargo including, heavylift/project cargo and cold storage;
  • 1.6 million square feet of transit shed area for the temporary storage of breakbulk cargo;
  • discharge directly to/from barge; and
  • certified by the London Metals Exchange to handle and store non- ferrous metals traded on the Exchange.



The Port of New Orleans owns an industrial park with over 1,000 acres of properties that lease under long- and short-term agreements. The properties feature convenient access to the interstate highway system, waterways and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad — a Class III switching railroad with the primary mission of serving the port, its six Class I railroad partners and local industry, which was acquired by the port on 1 February this year.

The properties are zoned for heavy and light industrial uses including shipbuilding and repair, warehouse and distribution, truck and container depots, basic materials handling, cement handling, steel distribution, refrigerated warehousing, manufacturing, packaging and transloading.

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) is celebrating its second annual Maritime Month through May and National Maritime Day on 22 May to pay tribute to the region’s rich maritime history and to recognize the hardworking men and women who serve in the industry.

The theme of Port NOLA’s 2018 Maritime Month is ‘Your Working River 300’ to honour the city of New Orleans’ Tricentennial year, and includes a number of activities to demonstrate the industry’s vital role in job creation and its connection to the community.

The month-long celebration kicked into high gear on 3 May with the New Orleans City Council presenting a proclamation to Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian recognizing Maritime Month and Maritime Day.

“We have coordinated with city and state elected officials, media partners and various stakeholders to celebrate the hardworking men and women of the Port,

Public Belt and maritime industry who play an important role in the success of our city, state and region,” said Christian.

“Maritime Month is an opportunity for Port NOLA to connect with our community and invite them to see for themselves what we experience daily — the magic of the working river in action.”

Port NOLA also hosted students from New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School who participated in the second annual Maritime Month Career Exploration Day, an event that allows high school students to learn about the diverse career paths available in the maritime industry.

The port will honour the men and women who serve in the Harbor Police Department during National Police Week from 13–19 May. As part of Infrastructure Week, 14–21 May, Port NOLA will host the Southeastern Infrastructure Summit on 17 May. The event will be headlined by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell who will be sworn in to office. Speakers will discuss the critical role that infrastructure plays in the regional economy, discuss the future of funding and financing major infrastructure projects, and explore ways to better connect the region.

On 24 May, Port NOLA’s finalized Strategic Master Plan will be released. The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad will host an open house on 24 May. Finally, the port will host its monthly public boat tour on 25 May.

Declared by Congress in 1933, National Maritime Day calls attention to America’s proud maritime heritage and to honour the men and women who serve and have served as US merchant mariners.