Court upholds New Orleans stevedore ruling

Court upholds New Orleans stevedore ruling

A federal appeals court has upheld the Federal Maritime Commission's rejection of a stevedore's complaint that it was treated unfairly by the Port of New Orleans.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with the FMC that the port acted reasonably in declining to award a lease to New Orleans Stevedoring Co. at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. The $106 million terminal on the Mississippi River, scheduled to open this month, will be operated by P&O Ports Louisiana Inc. and Ceres Gulf Inc.

The FMC said that although the port refused to allow New Orleans Stevedoring to lease the Napoleon site during construction, it offered the company a lease at another location and that there was no evidence of unfair treatment. The court agreed that the port's business judgment "is entitled to deference" by the FMC.