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INLAND BARGE LOGISTICS
New Orleans’ New Orleans’
Big Plans Big Plans
A Container-on-Barge service intended to be an integral part of the regional intermodal equation is gathering momentum – and customers.
By Tom Ewing uietly, the Port of New Orleans (NOLA) has barges per week, from Baton Rouge to NOLA. Neverthe- marked some important accomplishments in the less, many people want – and expect – COB service to past two years, across multiple business sectors. grow. In February, for example, NOLA’s Board signed an
For example, in April 2016, NOLA’s Board dedicated a MOU with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to expand $25 million Mississippi River intermodal terminal, ca- trade and business relationships. The Freightway wants to pable of handling 160,000 twenty-foot-equivalent (TEU) “swiftly capitalize” on new container-on-barge services, es- units per year by rail. CN Railroad signed a memorandum tablished and ready to go in St. Louis ports.
of understanding (MOU) a year earlier (2015), in June, to partner with NOLA to attract additional container traf