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Port Of New Orleans Completes Move Of 718-Ton Tower

Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans has completed one of the heaviest cargo lifts in its history.

It moved a 718-ton tower from a ship to a barge.

The absorption tower is bound for a major plant expansion in Donaldsonville.

The 164-foot-long unit arrived at the port January 10 from Shanghai, China. It was moved at the port this week at the Louisiana Avenue wharf.

Port president Gary LaGrange says the operation shows the port’s ability to handle large and complex cargo.

He says it’s evidence of historic expansions at the port to handle new construction set for the lower Mississippi River regions and the Gulf Coast.

The lift was done by SAL Heavy Lift, Fracht/USA Germany, Roll-Lift, McDonough Marine and the terminal’s stevedore, Coastal Cargo Company.

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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