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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.

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Map showing location of Louisiana International Terminal

Louisiana with the Louisiana International Terminal by 2050:

  • 18,000+ new direct and indirect jobs
  • $1+ Billion new state tax revenue
  • $97.3 billion gained in industry sales
Source: Lewis Terrell and Associates, Louisiana International Container Growth: The Economic Impact of the Louisiana International Terminal 2023 Q1 Update. February 2023

Without the terminal, Louisiana will lose major economic benefits by 2033: 

  • 9,552 existing jobs lost
  • $205 million existing state taxes lost
  • $10.3 billion in industry sales lost

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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W. Smith
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Violet Park

Merrick Cemetery

Merrick Cemetery

Terminal Neighbors

Terminal Neighbors

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What is this third roadway I keep hearing about?

What is this third roadway I keep hearing about?

Port NOLA is working with regional and state agencies on a potential elevated roadway outside the levees along the 40 Arpent Canal. This parallel project would give St. Bernard Parish another connection to the interstate system. The roadway project is also known as the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor. 

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What will happen to W. Smith Jr. Elementary School?

What will happen to W. Smith Jr. Elementary School?

W. Smith Jr. Elementary School is located within the terminal’s proposed boundaries. Port NOLA is ready to fund the construction of a new elementary school within Violet. We have identified two potential locations for the new school on land Port NOLA already owns.

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Why Violet for the Louisiana International Terminal?


Why Violet for the Louisiana International Terminal? 

Violet, Louisiana is the ideal location for the terminal 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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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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