Breakbulk By The Numbers

Shippers of such goods as steel, nonferrous metals, forest products and rubber, as well as heavylift project cargo, choose the Port of New Orleans because it offers logistical advantages unlike any other port in the world.

With access to major inland markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of inland waterways, direct discharge to barge capabilities, service via six class I railroads, excellent trucking options, not to mention a choice of expert terminal operators and uncongested berths, the Port of New Orleans continues to be the ideal hub for cost-effective handling of breakbulk cargos.

51.7%: The amount of increase from 2013 to 2014 in overall breakbulk tons worked at the Port of New Orleans.

790: The weight in tons of a recent heavy lift record move at the Port of New Orleans. The 128-foot-long ammonia converter was discharged directly from ship to barge.

3.54 Million: Tons of steel imported through the Port of New Orleans in 2014.

101.6 %: The amount of increase in imported iron and steel at the Port of New Orleans in 2014 from the year prior.

$80 Billion: The amount in capital infrastructure investments announced in Louisiana in the past several years, fueling an increase in project cargo handled at the Port of New Orleans.

No. 1: The Port of New Orleans’ U.S. ranking as a London Metals Exchange port for nonferrous metals such as aluminum and copper.

No. 3: The U.S. ranking of the Port of New Orleans for import steel.


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