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Jobs and Workforce Development

The Louisiana International Terminal will create jobs for St. Bernard Parish and the state. As business increases over time, more family-supporting jobs will be available both on and off the terminal. A recent economic study shows the project will act as an economic driver for generations.

Job Creation Over Time

*Based on the economic impact of construction and operations. Source: Lewis Terrell and Associates, Louisiana International Container Growth: The Economic Impact of the Louisiana International Terminal. April 2021

9,552 existing jobs lost

If the proposed terminal is not built, Louisiana won't be able to handle the larger ships that are becoming more common. International shipping companies will take their business to competing ports in Houston and Mobile. Distributors and warehouses will follow. As a result, nearly 10,000 jobs existing in Louisiana today could be lost in just 10 years (2033). 

*Source: Lewis Terrell and Associates, No LIT Loss Summary. October 2022.

Personal income expected to increase by 15% in St. Bernard Parish by 2050.*

Creating Jobs and Opportunities

  • Construction workers
  • Dock Workers
  • Terminal managers
  • Logistics coordinators
  • Clerks and inspectors
  • Customs agents
  • Maintenance technicians
  • Equipment operators
  • Information technology professionals
  • Business and financial operations staff
  • Security staff

  • Manufacturing
  • Rail, water, & truck transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Warehouse & storage
  • Restaurants
  • Wholesale trade

To help locals apply for jobs, the Port is working on workforce development and job training concepts.

  • The Port of New Orleans is partnering with:
  • Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Fast Start
  • The International Longshoremen's Association
  • Local Community Colleges
  • Regional and Local Economic Development Organizations

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Recent Updates

January 2023 LIT Update

In case you missed our email last month, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a public-private partnership between the State, Port NOLA, and leading global maritime partners to deliver the Louisiana International Terminal. Ports America and Terminal Investment Limited (TiL) will invest more than $800 million to build and operate the new terminal in St. Bernard Parish. 

Ports America, North America's largest marine terminal operator, and TiL, the investment arm of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), currently operate Port NOLA's Napolean container facility in New Orleans and have been valued partners of ours for decades. MSC, the world's largest container carrier, already serves Port NOLA's gateway and has the largest container volume on the river. 

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Gov. Edwards Announces Port NOLA's Private-Public Partnership for LIT 

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a historic public-private partnership between the state of Louisiana, the Port of New Orleans and two global maritime industry leaders to build a $1.8 billion state-of-the-art container facility on the Lower Mississippi River. The Port of New Orleans is proud to partner with Ports America and Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) on the new Louisiana International Terminal in Violet. 

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A Terminal Layout Based on Community Feedback

In October 2022, Port NOLA announced a revised layout proposal for the Louisiana International Terminal. Guided by community feedback, our engineering team worked hard to design a layout that keeps St. Bernard Highway along the river without compromising terminal operations. 

We aim to go above and beyond the federal requirements for public involvement throughout the permitting process. Sign up for email updates on upcoming community meetings and input opportunities. 

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