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Project Timeline

The Louisiana International Terminal is at the beginning of the federal permitting process. The review process is expected to last until 2025, with Phase 1 of the terminal opening in 2028. Review the timeline below to see when the public comment opportunities are anticipated to take place.

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The Port of New Orleans reviewed many sites, assessing for multiple factors, including land and water feasibility. The Violet site was determined as the best location.

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The Port of New Orleans signed purchase agreements for portions of the Violet property. With these agreements place, the Port entered a due diligence process to see if the property was a good location for a container terminal. 

In 2021, the Port of New Orleans released a preliminary concept for the terminal design. 
To engage with community members, the Port opened a Community Connection Office in Violet. The Port also began regularly interacting with two community advisory councils to collect input.

The Port of New Orleans submitted its permit application to the Army Corps of Engineers. This was the first step in the design and review process.

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The Port of New Orleans finalized the purchase of approximately 1,200 acres in Violet. This came after a year of due diligence, surveying, and ongoing community engagement. A portion of this land is intended for the future site of the proposed Louisiana International Terminal.

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Army Corps issued a public notice to collect public input. This officially started the permit and review process.

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Due to a process change at the federal level, the Army Corps of Engineers reissued the public notice of the permit application. Additional public comments were collected.

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Based on public comments received during the public notices, the Army Corps of Engineers will determine the type of environmental review needed.

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The Port of New Orleans is in negotiations with potential terminal operators and expects to make a selection in October 2022.

Studies are conducted to gather data on the project's impacts. The results of those studies will be summarized in a government document that the Army Corps of Engineers will use to decide if the necessary permits should be awarded. 

Once the required studies are completed, the Army Corps of Engineers may issue the necessary permits for the project as modified during the impact study process. 

With the permits issued, the Port awards the construction contract. 

Construction begins.

The container terminal is anticipated to open in 2028 with one ship berth (wharf). At opening, we anticipate a throughput of 180,000 - 280,000 containers in the first year. 

The terminal is expected to reach its annual throughput capacity of 1.2 million containers (2 million TEU) per year. This is anticipated about 25 years after opening.