Port of New Orleans accepts 4 postpanamax gantry cranes
THE Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has welcomed four new 100-foot-gauge container gantry cranes to the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal at the Port Nola, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
The US$112 million investment, which included $49 million for the construction and delivery of the cranes, and $63 million to modernize the wharf and extend the crane rail infrastructure, began in 2019 after Port NOLA’s Board of Commissioners approved the project.
The four Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries cranes are a part of Port NOLA’s overall plan for the gateway, including optimisation of facilities in New Orleans and building the Louisiana International Terminal.
“This is an exciting example of Louisiana investing in port infrastructure to support the nation’s supply chain of the future,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
“It is a great day for the Port of New Orleans and the outstanding men and women who work on the Lower Mississippi River. Containerised cargo has more than doubled over the last decade at the Port of New Orleans and this investment positions Louisiana to grow a major economic engine and job creator.” said Mr Edwards.
Port NOLA chief executive Brandy Christian applauded the Governor and the Louisiana legislature for providing critical project funding.
“I want to thank Governor Edwards and members of the legislature for supporting international trade in Louisiana,” said Ms Christian.
“This investment makes Port NOLA more competitive in the global trade-based economy and grows family-supporting maritime jobs here at home. The new cranes increase efficiency through the Louisiana gateway and help fuel our economy.” she said.