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. 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
State, port, and private companies have invested nearly $1 billion in infrastructure and facilities at Port NOLA, and another another billion of investment is planned with private partnerships.
Containerized Cargo Momentum: Port NOLA is the only deepwater container port in Louisiana.
Premium Breakbulk Capabilities:
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.