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46 Proceedings Summer 2016 www.uscg.mil/proceedings are just two paradigm shifts in the international trade sec- tor, and the Port of New Orleans is readying for both, which will bring larger ships and additional business to the port's docks. In addition, due to historic private industrial expan- sions, investment, and new construction on the lower Mis- sissippi River and along the Gulf Coast, port docks are expe- riencing record highs in cargo and container throughput. Port Expansion New shipping services have led to record volumes at the port's Napoleon Avenue container terminal. To stay ahead of market demand, the port has invested more than $100 mil- lion in capital improvement projects since 2012 and has a master plan to expand the Napoleon Avenue container terminal to an annual capacity of 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units. Nearly $40 million in new investments to increase efficiencies and expand container handling capabilities were completed in early 2016 within the terminal. For example, due to surging demand for refrigerated cargo, the port spent $7.9 million for a refrigerated container racking system, which allows the terminal to store more than 600 refrigerated containers at once. The new Mississippi River intermodal ter- minal uses two new electric rubber tire gantry cranes, which allow for more efficient handling of containers than traditional side-loading cranes. New Orleans terminal also added two new rubber tire gantry cranes to its container marshaling yard, which has allowed for faster transfer of containers from truck to stack, or vice versa, increasing container handling and turn times. These projects are complemented by the new $25.1 million Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal, which facilitates marine and rail cargo movement while enhancing safety and The Port of New Orleans is a deep-draft, multipurpose port at the center of the world's busiest port system — Louisiana's lower Mississippi River. Connected to major inland markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of inland navigable waterways, six railroad lines, and the interstate highway system, the Port of New Orleans is the ideal gateway for containers, chemicals, coffee, steel, project cargo, natural rubber, forest products, manufactured goods, and more. Further, the port was named Business Facilities magazine's top logistics leader in 2013 and Lloyd's List North America's port operator of the year in 2014. However, the shipping world is evolving; the Port of New Orleans can't just rest on its laurels. Rather, we must stra- tegically invest in and prepare for the future. For example, shipper alliances and the pending Panama Canal expansion The Port of New Orleans Preparing for the future. by Mr. Ma TT g resha M Director of External Affairs Port of New Orleans Regions A 718-ton absorption tower is offloaded at the Port of New Orleans' Louisiana Avenue com- plex. The tower is an example of the project cargo being handled at the port in response to the investments being made in chemical and petrochemical facilities on the lower Missis- sippi River. In January 2015, the Port of New Orleans handled its largest project cargo piece to date at the Louisiana Terminal (operated by Coastal Cargo). Dan-Gulf Shipping was the appointed agent for the record-breaking 790-ton, 128-foot-long project piece that journeyed to New Orleans from Jebel Ali, Dubai, aboard the MV Palabora. The record was broken just two weeks later. Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans.