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NEWS\\\ >> 6 cranes will


range. “ T h ese


be Louisiana state assets that produce jobs, provide economic output and keep Louisiana among


the most


competitive seaports in the United States,” said Christian. She cited an impact study that determined with


just


two new cranes capable of handling larger vessels, Port NOLA stands to gain 200,000 to 250,000 TEUs within five years. The impacts are estimated to be an increase of 1,147 total jobs and $3.6 million in Louisiana tax revenues. Contributing to this


significant announcement, the Army Corps of Engineers has authorized 50-foot dredging for the Mississippi River and the State of Louisiana has identified required State funds to match the Federal commitment. The Lower Mississippi River could reach 50-foot depths soon. Christian said Port NOLA


and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) alignment and synergy is the single biggest


accomplishment


during the past year and is the foundation for the future. Intermodal growth was


up 22.7% in fiscal year 2019, fueled by the new Kansas City Southern direct service between New Orleans and


Dallas. NOPB has hired


experienced rail executives with strong operational backgrounds led by Mike Stolzman, who


joined the


team as General Manager in May 2019, which Christian said has resulted in significant and visible results. “When we move


cargo


quickly, everyone benefits -- our customers, the Class I railroads and the Belt,” said Christian. Dwell


time has been


reduced from 19 hours to 14 hours with 24 hours being an industry standard. As these operations improve, so does NOPB’s operating ratio, which was at a high of 98% down to 84%. That is a significant reduction of operating expenses and an increase in operating margins. Looking to other wins,


container-on-barge volumes grew 87% from fiscal year 2017 to 2019. Port NOLA started the container-on- barge service during fiscal year 2017 in partnership with Seacor, CMA CGM and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. It quickly became the largest in the country and has grown to a twice-weekly service. This year, Port NOLA expects to handle close to 30,000 TEUs and is working with partners to further expand the service.


Port of Mobile Harbor to be Deepened to 50 Feet


The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) announced it has received federal authorization to modernize Mobile Harbor to accommodate


larger vessels


and improve transit efficiencies at Alabama’s only deep-water seaport – Port of Mobile. The U.S. Army Corps of


Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic Division signed the Record of Decision for the Mobile Harbor General Reevaluation Report (GRR) and Integrated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on Friday, in Atlanta, GA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will next execute a Design Agreement with the State Port Authority to begin the Preconstruction, Engineering, and Design phase. Construction on the modifications could begin in late 2020. The proposed Harbor improvement project


would


deepen the existing Bar, Bay and River Channels to 52 feet, 50 feet, and 50 feet, respectively.


The


project also includes widening the Bay Channel by 100 feet for three nautical miles to accommodate two-way vessel traffic, expanding the current Post-Panamax sized turning basin, and incorporating a minor bend easing in the lower Bay Channel. Shoreside, the ASPA and its


partner, APM Terminals, have been expanding the terminal to meet year over year growth. A $50 million expansion completed in late 2017, and the following year, another $50 million expansion launched. “With completion of the Phase


3 expansion, the port and its partner, APM Terminals, will have nearly $500 million in container intermodal assets to serve our customers. As demand dictates, we’re positioned to respond


Issue 8 2019 - FBJNA Port NOLA supports


Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA President/CEO and NOPB CEO, highlights successes of the agencies’ diverse business profile in 2019 at the annual State of the Port address. (Port NOLA photo.)


Breakbulk cargo remains


a critical contributor to Port NOLA’s diverse cargo profile. Port NOLA has seen a 10% decline in breakbulk cargo volumes from traditional levels as a result of steel tariffs. However, there is continued optimism as there has been an uptick in wind energy- related cargo due to the production and investment tax credits for wind energy, as well as nonferrous metals and natural rubber. Christian said the same


petrochemical boom in Southeast Louisiana that is fueling container exports of plastic resins is also contributing to project cargo


volumes from the


petrochemical expansion projects up the Mississippi


quickly to further expansion,” says James K. Lyons, director and chief executive officer for the port authority. The Phase 3 expansion, when


completed in February 2020, extends the dock to allow for simultaneous berth of two Post- Panamax sized vessels and brings annual throughput capacity to 650,000 TEUs.


The dock


extension leverages operational efficiencies generated by newly constructed yard capacity, applied technology, additional outbound gates, and two Super Post-Panamax and two Post- Panamax ship to shore container cranes. In June 2014, the State Port


Authority requested the Corps initiate the necessary studies to achieve justified improvements to support the seaports rapid growth in manufacturing, mining, retail/distribution and agribusiness markets.


The


resulting Mobile Harbor GRR and SEIS underwent a $7.8 million, comprehensive four-year


River. She also noted increased


opportunity for industrial real estate


throughout the Port


NOLA jurisdiction, and said a broader lens is being used to examine new freight-related businesses and grow current ones in all three parishes. “We cannot be a gateway


if we do not have space to accommodate value-add businesses, distribution centers, warehouses and the accompanying transportation infrastructure,” said Christian. “We are identifying parcels on Port, Belt and private property with water access and existing or potential rail service so we can share the info with firms that might want


to bring on


distribution and logistics businesses.”


study to evaluate the benefits and potential impacts of the project.


Throughout the study


process, the Port Authority and the USACE jointly conducted public scoping meetings, general public meetings in both


Town Hall formats, numerous meetings with cooperating agencies, and


expansion of current tenants, such as New Orleans Cold Storage’s planned expansion at the Jourdan Road facility. Also, on the Inner Harbor Canal, Port NOLA, the City of New Orleans, the EPA and a wide range of stakeholders are working on Port NOLA’s Port Inner Harbor Economic Revitalization Plan (PIER Plan), with the goal of developing a new economic vision for the corridor. This planning project will pave the way for new jobs and business development in New Orleans East. To propel the growth


and opportunity, Christian highlighted Port NOLA’s intent to build a second container terminal downriver. “The combination of


Napoleon and downriver container terminals would broaden our market options to serve small to large carriers and


shippers and


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to assess multiple locations that could meet the needs of the industry, but also could allow cruise to serve as a transformational economic development catalyst,” said Christian. “We are looking beyond just a third cruise terminal in isolation, but at how a terminal development can ignite further investment into a needed community and bring our hospitality industry’s


reach into new


areas of our jurisdiction.” She closed by stating


that Port NOLA’s success is measured by jobs – the 21,700 Louisiana jobs supported by the Port and its tenants. Also sharing that all present were united in a common purpose, to attract more freight and cruise activity to create more jobs. “Growing operations and


infrastructure is expensive and


does provide


ample space for value-added logistics services,” Christian said. “Unrestricted air and water draft will put Louisiana in the best position of any port in the Gulf, and that is why our ocean carriers and operators are willing to invest with us – it is ours to lose by not answering that call.” “As part of our Master Plan, we decided to take a step back


not happen


overnight,” said Christian. “That is why we must plant the stake in the ground now, embrace our private partners and answer the call. I truly believe this is our time, the time for the reemergence of the Greater New Orleans Gateway. It is absolutely ours to lose, so we must answer the call. Port NOLA cannot and will not be able to do that without commitment and alignment from each of you.”


the Open House and extensive


focus group meetings with Seafood interests, commercial fisherman, environmental non- governmental organizations, Dauphin Island property owners and interests, and Environmental Justice communities. In May 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency released the Draſt GRR/SEIS for public comment


to be considered in


the preparation of the Record of Decision. During the study process,


ASPA’s container carriers servicing Asia trade lanes added new market options and some have shiſted to 7000-8500 TEU class ships.


Two islands in the Chesapeake Bay that have long suffered erosion,


James and Barren


islands off the coast of Dorchester County, will be restored with clean sediment through a joint effort between the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. James Island will accept dredged sediment from Chesapeake Bay channels leading to the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, while Barren Island will accept sediment from nearby shallow- draſt channels.


“In order to support


the economic giant that is the Port of Baltimore, we need to continually dredge our shipping channels to accommodate the massive ships that are carrying more cargo than ever before,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This important dredging project will also help us stem the tide of erosion to preserve James and Barren Islands and protect Dorchester County residents from additional shoreline erosion.” A total of 2,144 acres


of remote island habitat will


be restored as part of the Mid- C h e s a p e a k e Bay Island


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