Port of New Orleans

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Port of New Orleans
MSC Marina docked at Port of New Orleans.jpg
Container ship is unloaded at the Napoleon Avenue terminal
CountryUnited States
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
Draft depth45 feet
Air draft170 feet, restricted by Crescent City Connection bridge

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) is an embarkation port for cruise passengers. It is also Louisiana’s only international container port.

Port NOLA generates $100 million in revenue annually through its four lines of business – cargo (46%), rail (31%), cruise (16%), and industrial real estate (7%). As a self-sustaining political subdivision of the State of Louisiana, the Port receives zero tax dollars.

In 1946 a foreign-trade zone was established in the port.[1][2] The New Orleans FTZ has more individual warehouses and sites under its umbrella than any other U.S. port-administered FTZ.


The Napoleon intermodal railyard allows for containers to be transported by train.

Port NOLA is located on the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico.

Port NOLA is a diverse general cargo port, handling containerized cargo such as plastic resins, food products, consumer merchandise; and breakbulk cargo such as steel, metals, rubber, wood, and paper.

Facility investment and terminal operations[edit]

State, port, and private companies have invested nearly $1 billion in infrastructure and facilities at Port NOLA, and another billion of investment is planned with private partnerships.

Containerized Cargo Momentum: Port NOLA is the only deepwater container port in Louisiana.

  • 840,000 annual TEU capacity with six gantry cranes to handle 10,000 TEU vessels.
  • Four new 100-foot gauge gantry cranes ordered spring/summer 2019 and under construction.
  • Regular container-on-barge services and on-dock rail access with the Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal.
  • New Orleans Public Belt Railroad provides the Port, Class I partners and shippers an on-dock intermodal advantage.

Premium Breakbulk Capabilities: Breakbulk and heavy lift are a strong focus at Port NOLA.

  • 13,511 feet of berthing space available at six dedicated breakbulk terminals.
  • 1.6 million square feet of transit shed area for the temporary storage of breakbulk cargo; and ability to discharge directly to/from barge.
  • 140,000-square-foot dockside cold storage facility, the Henry Clay Avenue Refrigerated Terminal.

Cruise terminal facilities[edit]

New Orleans is the sixth largest cruise port in the United States. In 2019, it had 1.20 million cruise passenger movements and 251 cruise vessel calls.[3]

The Port of New Orleans has a cruise terminal that accommodates cruise lines such as Carnival, Norwegian, and ACCL, and the Norwegian Sun is docked here.

Carnival and Norwegian sail weekly to destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean and Bahamas. Disney Cruise Line sails six cruises in 2020 from New Orleans. Royal Caribbean International returns with the Enchantment of the Seas in 2020 as well. Riverine cruises are a growing sector at Port NOLA. American Queen Steamboat Company and American Cruise Lines offer cruises along the coast and the nation’s inland river system.


The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans governs the port. The Board sets policies and regulates traffic and commerce. It is made up of seven unsalaried commissioners who serve five-year staggered terms. The governor of Louisiana appoints board members from a list of three nominees submitted by 19 local business, civic, labor, education, and maritime groups. The seven-person board reflects its three-parish (county) jurisdiction. Four members are selected from Orleans Parish, two from Jefferson Parish, and one from St. Bernard Parish.[4]

Board members[edit]

  • Darryl D. Berger – Chairman
  • William H. Langenstein – Vice-Chairman
  • Charles H. Ponstein – Secretary- Treasurer
  • Tara C. Hernandez - Member
  • Jack C. Jensen Jr. – Member
  • Joseph F. Toomy - Member
  • Walter J. Leger Jr. - Member


Executive management[edit]

  • Brandy D. Christian – President and CEO
  • Anthony Evett - Chief Engineer and VP, Planning and Facilities
  • Michelle Ganon -VP, Public Affairs
  • Todd Rives - VP, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Ronald Wendel - CAO/CFO and VP, Finance and Administration
  • Jean-Paul Escudier - Executive Counsel
  • Bobby Landry - Outgoing VP, Chief Commercial Officer


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Susan Tiefenbrun (2012), Tax Free Trade Zones of the World and in the United States, Edward Elgar, p. 57, ISBN 9781849802437
  2. ^ "Merchandise Received and Exports: Top 25, 2015", Annual Report of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board to the Congress of the United States, 2016
  3. ^ McAuley, Tony. "Port of New Orleans sets another cruise ship passenger record, though growth slows". Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  4. ^ "The Port of New Orleans". Overview. Archived from the original on 28 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Port of New Orleans". People. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2015.

Coordinates: 29°56′13″N 90°03′43″W / 29.93694°N 90.06194°W / 29.93694; -90.06194