Port of NOLA Buys Property for Container Terminal in St. Bernard, but Many Questions Remain

The Port of New Orleans officially began the long journey towards building a $1.5 billion multimodal container terminal in Violet Louisiana when they signed into an agreement to buy the Violet Dock from the Port of St. Bernard on December 29, 2020. Going forward, a 2 year due diligence period in which the Port of NOLA tests the project’s economic viability and engages in “robust” community outreach is expected to begin in early 2021.

Such a container terminal at the Violet Dock would allow the Port of NOLA to accommodate the largest container vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and—utilizing the location’s unique access to both the Mississippi River and 6 Class 1 railroads and interstate highways—transport their cargo throughout the United States.

While the Port of St. Bernard would have, in an ideal situation, preferred to develop the Violet Dock on their own, the former owners of the property— from who the Port of St. Bernard had expropriated the Violet Dock—sued the port, claiming they had not been paid the fair value for the Violet Dock. A judge ruled in favor of the former owners back in 2018.



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