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More than 150 leaders in the cruise industry from around the world will meet here this week, as the Port of New Orleans hosts the 2016 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

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Green Marine, an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry, elected Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer Brandy Christian to its Board of Directors during its annual conference last month.

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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans is set to host the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Port Authorities, the largest gathering of Port and maritime professionals in the Western Hemisphere.

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More containers moved through the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal at the Port of New Orleans in March and April 2016 than in any two months in the Port’s history.

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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans announced today that President and CEO Gary LaGrange will retire at the end of his current contract in April, 2017. The Board is expected to name Brandy D. Christian, the Port’s current Chief Operating Officer, to succeed LaGrange.

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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans joined a host of elected officials and industry partners today to dedicate the Port’s new $25 million Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal. The terminal, made possible by a $16.7 million federal transportation TIGER grant, has a capacity of moving 160,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) per year by rail.

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The 8th Annual Critical Commodities Conference, a dynamic three-day event focused on the efficient transportation of energy products, steel and other raw materials, food, containerized cargo and other trade-related topics, opens April 12 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.

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To celebrate the arrival of New Orleans’ newest cruise ship, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Cruise Line and the Port of New Orleans today hosted an entertaining charity event with representatives from four local music organizations competing for $35,000 in donations to music charities.

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Vice President Joe Biden toured the Port’s new Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal today before making remarks commemorating the 7th anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Port’s Riverfront Plaza.

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Local short-haul truck owners operating within the Port of New Orleans will soon be eligible to apply for financial incentives to replace older model year trucks with 2011 or newer models.

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Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1-million passengers in 2015, totaling 1,023,700, up 1 percent compared to 2014. The total marks the fifth consecutive record year and with new and larger ships on tap for 2016, Port officials expect another robust cruise season.

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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans today elected Mr. William T. Bergeron chairman. Mr. Bergeron represents St. Bernard Parish and joined the Board in November of 2012 when he was appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. He succeeds Mr. Scott H. Cooper, whose term as chairman expired this month. Mr. Cooper will continue to serve as a commissioner. In addition, Mr. Michael W. Kearney was elected vice chairman and Mr. Robert R. Barkerding, Jr. as its secretary-treasurer.

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