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The Louisiana International Terminal will give the Gulf Coast its premier container shipping gateway while creating jobs and opportunities for Louisiana. 

The Premier Gulf Gateway

The number of shipping containers moving in and out of the U.S. has increased significantly over the last ten years. To meet the industry's growing needs, the Port of New Orleans is investing in a new $1.8 billion container terminal project—The Louisiana International Terminal. The proposed terminal will serve vessels of all sizes, providing goods to support Louisiana's homes and businesses. This modern maritime gateway will also create family-supporting jobs, generate new opportunities throughout the state, and keep Louisiana competitive.

Violet, LA is the ideal location with:

  • Naturally deep water at the dock
  • Access to four interstates
  • Six Class-I rail connections
  • 100-year level hurricane protection
  • Excellent waterside navigation
  • No height restrictions for ships, such as bridges
  • Ability to enhance local transportation infrastructure
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Community Commitments

A successful project respects the community’s needs. We recognize this is not possible without the input and insight of residents and stakeholders. As we develop the terminal layout, we will continue working with Violet residents and the St. Bernard Parish community. We aim to design a project that protects local quality of life and generates economic development.

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Terminal Neighbors

Terminal Neighbors

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How will the terminal affect traffic?

How will the terminal affect traffic?

 Traffic studies will be conducted to understand the proposed project's impact on traffic on and off the terminal.

Separate from this project, Port NOLA is working with local, state, and federal transportation partners to support the development of a new roadway for St. Bernard Parish.

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How many jobs will the terminal support?

How many jobs will the terminal support?

As a result of the terminal, the Port of New Orleans projects that St. Bernard Parish alone can expect:

  • 635 new jobs a year when the terminal first opens.
  • 2,032 new jobs in the terminal's fifth year.
  • 4,339 new jobs after 20 years.

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How can I do business with the Louisiana International Terminal?

How can I do business with the Louisiana International Terminal?

The terminal aims to create generational opportunities for small and local businesses. To take advantage of these opportunities, register to become one of our vendors. Also, stay tuned for updates regarding current and upcoming bidding opportunities.

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Project Timeline

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Recent Updates

Port NOLA Hosted Open Houses in March 2023

The Port of New Orleans hosted three open houses about the Louisiana International Terminal on March 7, 8, and 9, 2023, to reconnect with the community, share recent updates on the Louisiana International Terminal, and show how the Port will continue incorporating community input into the project.

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January 2023 LIT Update

In case you missed our email last month, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a public-private partnership between the State, Port NOLA, and leading global maritime partners to deliver the Louisiana International Terminal. Ports America and Terminal Investment Limited (TiL) will invest more than $800 million to build and operate the new terminal in St. Bernard Parish. 

Ports America, North America's largest marine terminal operator, and TiL, the investment arm of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), currently operate Port NOLA's Napolean container facility in New Orleans and have been valued partners of ours for decades. MSC, the world's largest container carrier, already serves Port NOLA's gateway and has the largest container volume on the river. 

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