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Commentary: Port Agreement is Major Freightway Milestone
From St. Louis Business Journal: St. Louis Regional Freightway has recorded another major milestone in our short history with the signing last week of a special agreement with the Port of New Orleans. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans will go a long way toward coordinating New Orleans’ supply chain with ours to enhance our region’s ability to move freight up and down the Mississippi River.
Our agreement with the Port of New Orleans specifically calls for us to exchange market and operational information so we can increase trade and build on existing and new business relationships between our two regions. It also involves joint marketing efforts to promote both the multimodal assets of the Port of New Orleans and the public ports in our region.
Representatives from all three public ports on the Mississippi River in the St. Louis region — Susan Taylor, director, Port Business Development, St. Louis Development Corp.; Dennis Wilmsmeyer, executive director, America’s Central Port; and Ed Weilbacher, general manager, Kaskaskia Regional Port District — joined John Nations, president and CEO at Bi-State Development, and me in signing the MOU with Brandy Christian, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, on Feb. 23. Other members of our freightway delegation included Rick Barbee from SCF Marine, Elizabeth Triggs from Ingram Barge Co., Asim Raza from Terminal Railroad and Masao Nishi from M. Nishi Strategic Advisory.
The bi-state delegation visited the Seacor AMH Terminal located within the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to learn about their successful container-on-barge loading operations. Our delegation also received insight from Mediterranean Shipping Co. in Metairie, Louisiana, about its freight movement through the Port of New Orleans. The U.S. Coast Guard also provided valuable insight.