Port NOLA moves forward with land acquisition for St. Bernard Parish cargo terminal

Courtesy Port of New Orleans

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans unanimously approved a resolution Dec. 29 to move forward with the acquisition of 1,118 acres of land in St. Bernard Parish for its Louisiana International Terminal, reports Fox 8 News.

The terminal, the Port says, is necessary to keep New Orleans competitive with other Gulf Coast port cities. Ships in recent years have gotten bigger, and in order to keep up with the change the Port needs deeper channels, Port CEO Brandy Christian says.

The port, if built, would span around 350-400 acres in Violet on the Mississippi River. The additional acreage would be developable green space, aimed at growing the economy of surrounding St. Bernard Parish, the New Orleans Metropolitan Area and Louisiana.

Some St. Bernard residents have voiced opposition to the project, based on the information that’s been made publicly available. Read the entire story.