The $ 1.5 billion Louisiana International Terminal will be a new container facility capable of handling 2 million teu per year and serving the industry’s largest vessels.
The container terminal of approximately 141.6 hectares with a linear quay of 1,066.8 m is located on more than 404.7 hectares of developable green land. The site, located in the federal government’s $ 14 billion flood protection system, also includes naturally deep shores, a 15.24-meter Mississippi channel, a documented ability to navigate 23,000 TEU vessels, a access to six Class I railroads through the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and interstate highways.
“This tender represents tangible progress towards maintaining the continued competitive advantage of our gateway and strengthening Port NOLA’s 50-year history as Louisiana’s only international container port,” said Brandy. D. Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans. Public railway in the Orleans belt.
“A second terminal ensures that we will be able to meet current and future demand for container volume and continue to serve Louisiana as an economic engine, creating new jobs and unparalleled opportunities for private sector companies.” , he added.
This is the second RFP that has been issued regarding the IAS. A contract to assist with preliminary design and permit support services is expected to be awarded at the Board of Port Commissioners meeting in July 2021. Responses to the RFP are expected on July 13, 2021.
The location also has the capacity to develop Port NOLA’s barge container service, a partnership with the Port of Baton Rouge and Seacor Marine.
The new container terminal is expected to open in 2027 and will require public-private partnerships. Current and potential industrial partners, including terminal operators, carriers and others, have expressed serious interest in possible financial participation in the development of LIT. Port NOLA is developing a full Request for Proposal (RFP) for a development partner and plans to begin the procurement process in the coming months.
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