New terminal opens in New Orleans

New terminal opens in New Orleans

The arrival of the Lykes Motivator Jan. 9 at the Port of New Orleans signaled the beginning of full operations at the 61-acre Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.

The arrival also marked the end of an 18-month delay caused by the technical challenges of assembling a host of high-tech computer software into one seamless operation. The software moves trucks through the $101 million terminal using a computer-based appointment system, transponders and digital cameras.

The new facility is being operated by P&O Ports Louisiana and NYK Ceres Gulf. Both have signed 24-year terminal leases with the port.

Ceres and P&O have transferred their container operations from France Road on the Industrial Canal. Carriers calling at the new terminal will include all CP Ships lines; Mediterranean Shipping Co., and Zim Israel Navigation Co.

The addition of the new terminal - which has an annual handling capacity of 366,000 TEUs - will enable the Port of New Orleans to double its current container volume.

The terminal includes a pair of 1,000-foot-long berths with a draft of 45 feet, four gantry cranes and a 48-acre marshalling yard with six rubber-tire gantry cranes.

-- Janet Plume, Gulf Shipper