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New Orleans, Louisiana is a major port city, straddling the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana. The port at New Orleans handles both exports from the interior of the nation and imported goods from other countries.
New Orleans was established by the French as a strategically-located trading port, and the city has been a center for international trade since 1718. Warehouses were established, and goods were subsequently transferred to smaller vessels and distributed along the length of the vast Mississippi River. The City of New Orleans remains a crucial transportation hub for waterborne commerce.
The Port of New Orleans is the port of choice for many commercial shipping industries due to New Orleans' strategic location and proximity to the American Midwest. There is a vast inland waterway system, six Class One railroads, and the interstate highway system available for the movement of cargoes. The Board of Commissioners governs the Port of New Orleans. The board's mission is to maximize both the creation of jobs for Louisiana citizens and state and local revenue with maritime and cruise development.
The Port's facilities accommodate an average of 2,000 vessel calls each year. The Port of New Orleans is a busy port for barges as they transit the nation's two main inland waterways—the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway—which intersect at New Orleans. The port of New Orleans handles about 50,000 barges yearly.
Many shipbuilding, shipping, logistics, and other related maritime firms are located in New Orleans.
Major firms include:
Intermarine is a worldwide provider of ocean transport for breakbulk, specialized project cargo, and heavy lift cargoes. Northrop Grumman designs, builds, overhauls, and repairs a wide variety of ships for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and national navies across the globe.
Additionally, Northrop Grumman's 4,800 employees build surface combatant ships, and amphibious assault ships, and transport ships in New Orleans. Trinity Yachts builds some of the world's elite custom super-yachts.
Meanwhile, Expeditors International handles:
Bollinger Shipyards serves the military and commercial marine industry, specializing in dry-docks and services for both shallow and deep-water vessels and rigs.
The Port of New Orleans has seen a significant rise in the amount of traffic in the passenger cruise industry. More than 700,000 passengers sail through the Port of New Orleans each year. Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines set sail weekly to international waters while the Delta Queen Steamboat Company and RiverBarge Excursions feature local inland river cruises.
The Harbor Police Department keeps the port secure throughout the jurisdiction of the Port of New Orleans. The Harbor Police have jurisdiction to enforce laws on the waterways of the Inner-Harbor Navigational Canal from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet from the Inner-Harbor Navigational Canal to the Michoud Canal and Bayou Bienvenue. The Michoud Assembly Facility for the external tank of the Space Shuttle is an 832-acre site owned by NASA located in New Orleans East. The facility features a port with deep-water access for the transportation of the shuttle's external tank.
New Orleans, LA combines the city's maritime activities and excitement with retail and dining. The popular Riverwalk Complex features outdoor dining, where patrons can watch ships sail past. In 1996, a 735-foot Bright Field freighter plowed into the Riverwalk Complex—fortunately, the freighter had sounded a loud warning before slamming into the Riverwalk and many patrons were able to escape with only minor injuries. Maritime accidents of this nature are not common however, and many tourists safely watch the river traffic as cruise ships, tugs, barges, heavy cargo ships, and paddle wheelers come in and go out of docks and ports 24 hours a day.
Injured while working at the Port of New Orleans? Were you the victim of an accident on a vessel that was traveling to or from this port of call? Now is the time to schedule a free consultation with an offshore injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin LLP. We can provide you with the information you need to make the right choices about filing a claim under the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, or other maritime law. You may be entitled to financial compensation, but without experienced help, your ability to recover a fair settlement is limited.
Burns, amputation, and spine injuries are a few of the most common injuries experienced by offshore workers, seamen, and maritime workers at the Port of New Orleans. These injuries may not only require extensive medical care and lead to considerable medical bills, but they may impact a worker's lifelong earning capacity, costing families long-term provision and support. Our offshore injury attorneys recognize this and therefore fight for maximum compensation in every case we handle, from a Jones Act claim for head trauma sustained due to a vessel owner's negligence to a Death on the High Seas Act claim involving fatal offshore injuries.
Do not let yourself attempt recovery without the resources you rightfully deserve. Reach out to Arnold & Itkin for a confidential and free case consultation so we can determine your next step.
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