ONE MODERN vessel arrives in New Orleans, launching Port NOLA's third direct-Asia service
THE Alliance’s East Coast Loop 6 (EC6) and Evergreen’s Asia US Gulf (AUG) service includes Ocean Network Express (ONE), Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) Yang Ming Line (YML) and Evergreen.
Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian said the new service expands New Orleans’ direct connectivity with Asian markets for importers and exporters, adds a new direct port of call to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan and offers additional options for customers.
The service’s direct ports of call, Kaohsiung – Hong Kong – Yantian – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – (Panama) – Houston - Mobile – New Orleans – (Panama) – Kaohsiung, will offer the best transit times for exporters out of New Orleans. The new service will be handled by terminal operator Ports America at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.
The additional capacity of this service will support Port NOLA’s growing export business for commodities such as resin, poultry, forestry and agricultural products. This service will also further support Port NOLA’s import growth from overseas markets and the push for new distribution center announcements in Louisiana.
These recent announcements have included Medline and Amazon, which together collectively total nearly 2 million square feet of distribution center space alone.
Port NOLA is currently in the process of a $100 million expansion project at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal that will add four new 100-foot-gauge container gantry cranes. This expansion will increase capacity to 1 million TEUs and allows the Port to work larger ships more efficiently. Port NOLA also is in the due diligence process for a $1.5 billion multimodal container terminal with a 2 million TEU capacity to serve the largest container vessels calling in the Gulf of Mexico.
This service now marks Port NOLA’s third direct-Asia service, and it adds to Port NOLA’s two existing direct-Asia services operated by the 2M Alliance and OCEAN Alliance. ■