Gary LaGrange

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Even with New Orleans' roaring tourist biz, oil and gas industry, and the new business renaissance, the Mississippi River remains the heart of the city's economy. President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans Gary LaGrange and CFO and Treasurer of Canal Barge Doug Downing take us behind the floodwall and onto the water.

Erin Krall / WWNO

The Port of New Orleans is keeping a close eye on Mississippi River drought conditions to the north. So far, the port is conducting business as usual.

Erin Krall / WWNO

The president of the Port of New Orleans says in the annual State of the Port address that business has been good this year. Officials expect that good news to continue.

A German shipping company has added the Port of New Orleans to a weekly service connecting the city with several Latin American countries.

The port said Thursday that Hamburg Sud will provide the container service through a space charter agreement with Hapag-Lloyd.

The new service will connect New Orleans to ports in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil.

Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said in a statement that the new service gives customers better access and more frequent service to Latin American markets.

Port of New Orleans President Gary LaGrange has been selected to receive the C. Alvin Bertel Award.

The presentation by the World Trade Center of New Orleans will take place during a luncheon Sept. 26 at the Westin Canal Place Hotel. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to ports in the New Orleans area.

More information on the award luncheon is available by calling 504-619-9834.

Officials with the city and port of New Orleans formally accepted a nearly $17 million-dollar Transportation Department grant to build a specialized rail yard at the Napoleon Avenue container terminal.

Port President Gary LaGrange says it's a critical project needed for future growth.