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The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) recognizes its seventh annual Maritime Month May 1-31 and National Maritime Day on May 22 to pay tribute to the region’s rich maritime history and to honor the hardworking men and women of the local maritime industry.

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Today, LSU and the largest ports in Louisiana announced a partnership to develop cybersecurity talent and technology for critical infrastructure. The collaborative effort connects the university’s growing strengths in cybersecurity to the ports’ pivotal role in the global supply chain and in securing food, energy, goods and materials for the nation and world.

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Thank An Officer Event

May 16, 2022

Global Maritime Ministries is hosting their first ever “Thank An Officer” Event in appreciation of our Harbor Police Department. The event will be held Wednesday, May 18th from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. as part of Port NOLA’s ongoing Maritime Month celebrations. There will be snacks, coffee and refreshments at the Global Maritime Ministries Center located at 3635 Tchoupitoulas St. This is anopportunity for members of the industry and the local community to show their appreciation for the work HPD does every day to keep all of us safe.

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Dozens of South Louisiana middle and high school students eager to learn about careers in the maritime industry enjoyed a cool, windy autumn day on the mighty Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish at the first-of-its-kind Maritime Field Trip.

The daylong field trip was organized and coordinated by a group of maritime industry partners and featured Crescent River Port Pilots. The educational trip taught the students the importance of river safety and the dramatic impact mariners have on insuring the secure and timely flow of America’s supply chain with consumers’ much-needed cargo and commodities arriving and departing one of the longest and most treacherous waterways in the world.

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As we see supply chain disruption throughout the West and East Coast, the Port of New Orleans has not experienced backlogs and the congestion that other major ports have experienced this year. In fact, Port NOLA has available capacity and is positioning and marketing the region to shippers that New Orleans is a true alternate gateway.


The Port of New Orleans is nearing completion of the expansion project at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal with new gantry cranes on their way to New Orleans from Shanghai. The four new 100-foot-gauge container gantry cranes are set to arrive at Port NOLA in December 2021.

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Seven Harbor Police Department officers and supervisors were presented with a Class B Medal of Merit during an honoree ceremony Oct. 6, 2021. HPD presented these awards for courageous actions and bringing an incident to a successful conclusion during an active shooter situation that took place on July 23, 2021.

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Attorney James J. Carter will be sworn in as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) during its October 21, 2021, board meeting. Appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards, Carter succeeds Tara C. Hernandez as one of four Orleans Parish representatives on the seven-member regional board and will serve a five-year term.

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On July 19, Carnival Cruise Line announced its planned restart from the Port of New Orleans on the Carnival Glory starting Sept. 5, 2021. This is one of three Carnival ships that will resume guest operations in September, and another four from Carnival will resume in October – bringing the total number of ships to 15.

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The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Program Management/Program Controls Services for the development of the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT), a new container facility capable of handling 2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually and serving the industry’s largest vessels.

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River cruise sailings from American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company have resumed from the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) with reduced capacity and strict COVID-19 protocols beyond federal recommendations.

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March is National Procurement Month, recognizing the important work performed by procurement teams everywhere on a daily basis. The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) is proud of our Procurement Services team and their hard work and commitment to engaging local small businesses while also promoting awareness of bid opportunities with the Port.

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