Dear Stakeholders,

Here are a few updates on the planned Louisiana International Terminal:

Environmental Services Consultant

As we make progress on the planned Louisiana International Terminal in St. Bernard Parish, the Port of New Orleans has hired an outside consultant to conduct additional studies. 

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires a range of environmental studies covering topics like traffic, quality of life near the terminal, natural habitat and wildlife, the economy, and more. The outside consultant will conduct those studies and will submit findings to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the proposed terminal project. 

We aim to go above and beyond the federal requirements for public involvement throughout the permitting process. We appreciate your feedback and your commitment to the community.

Updated Terminal Draft Layout  

As many of you know, last month, we released an updated draft of the terminal design guided by community feedback. Public input provided over the last two years helped to identify ways to improve the layout to minimize community impacts. Keeping this feedback in mind, our engineering team worked hard to design a layout that keeps St. Bernard Highway close to its original location without compromising terminal operations. 


The most recent proposed layout also includes the following:  

  • Investments in shore power, which has the potential to reduce air pollution from ships at berth by up to 98%.  
  • More buffers to separate neighborhoods from the terminal.   
  • An overpass for cars to avoid a rail crossing.  
  • Space for a Parish-planned bike and pedestrian path along the levee.  
  • A more detailed plan for on-site drainage.  
  • Space for the Merrick Cemetery to expand. 


We are committed to working with you to design a project that provides opportunity and protects quality of life.  


Please encourage your friends, family, and fellow community members to sign up for email updates on upcoming community meetings and input opportunities. In the meantime, the public can also submit comments to Port NOLA directly on our website:   

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