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Terminal Layout

The Port of New Orleans aims to design a project that meets community needs as well as operational needs. We welcome public input as we continue to develop the terminal layout.

Terminal Layout

The Port of New Orleans has purchased over 1,200 acres of land in Violet. We expect to use approximately 400 acres for the future container terminal and related infrastructure. Currently, there are no planned uses for the remaining 800 acres.

This layout is not final, and it will change during the federal permitting process. Those changes will be based on community input, the terminal operator's needs, environmental impacts, and road and rail operations.

Permit Application Layout Map
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Some considerations for the terminal design include:

The alignment of E St. Bernard Highway

Creating neighborhood buffers

Working with partners on a third connector roadway

Relocating W. Smith Jr. Elementary School and Violet Park

Minimizing traffic and rail impacts

Mitigating environmental impacts

Optimizing drainage

Keeping the Merrick Cemetery in place with room for expansion

Planned Container Throughput

A container terminal serves as a transportation hub for containerized cargo that is being imported and exported. At opening, we anticipate the terminal will accept between 180,000 - 280,000 containers in the first year. The number of containers traveling through the terminal will grow over time as the terminal is built. We estimate it may take 25 years to reach the terminal's maximum annual capacity, which is 1.2 million containers (2 million TEU) per year.

You may have heard the term "TEU" before, which means "twenty-foot equivalent unit." This refers to 20-foot-long containers that were standard at the start of container shipping. Today, 40-foot shipping containers are most common. One 40-foot container equals roughly two "TEU." That means the number of physical containers accepted at the terminal will be less than the number of TEUs accepted.