Photography courtesy Port of New Orleans


In November, the second of five heavy-lift project cargo pieces manufactured in Louisiana was exported through the Port of New Orleans, bringing together three New Orleans-based entities on an international supply chain solution. Port NOLA is partnering with Intermarine, a New Orleans-based shipping company, and Chet Morrison Contractors, a Harvey-based land and marine construction company, to export five shipments of locally manufactured oil platform components to Trinidad through 2019.


The first piece arrived at Port NOLA by barge at the Poland Avenue wharf and was discharged directly from barge to the Intermarine Industrial Edge by terminal operator Coastal Cargo in August. The second piece, the top side deck built by Chet Morrison Contractors, pictured here, arrived by barge at the Harmony Street wharf and was also discharged directly from barge to the Intermarine Industrial Edge by Coastal Cargo.


Both oil platform components arrived in Trinidad and were successfully discharged. The next project in the collaboration will begin loading in March 2018 with the same two components.


“This partnership bodes well for the Port’s diverse capabilities and carrier options, as well as for our homegrown manufacturers’ ability to compete globally,” says Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans president and CEO.

“Working hand in hand with our local resources, we were able to identify cost savings for the transport of prefabricated modules from our Harvey facility to the project location in the Caribbean,” says Brent Desselle, Chet Morrison Contractors project manager.