Port NOLA announces new CCO

Port NOLA announces new CCO

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has appointed Amanda Coates as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

Coates will reportedly oversee the port’s commercial growth initiatives and real estate operations, bolstering its position as a market leader.

She will also be in charge of managing Port NOLA’s real estate portfolio, ensuring that assets are used optimally and that the jurisdiction’s three parishes are promoting economic success.

Port NOLA President & CEO and New Orleans Public Belt (NOPB) CEO, Brandy D. Christian, said: “Since 2018, Amanda Coates has brought invaluable maritime knowledge and experience to our global gateway.

“She is a strategic and visionary leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and proven track record for success. Her expertise will be vital as we push forward on the largest public economic development project in the state, the Louisiana International Terminal.”

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Coates joined the Port of New Orleans in 2018 as Commercial Manager before being promoted to Head of Business Development in 2023.

Under her leadership, the port has seen record container volumes, created new trade possibilities, and delivered innovative supply chain solutions to support import, export, and breakbulk cargo operations.

Coates spent over 15 years with Mediterranean Shipping Company, (MSC) the world’s biggest global ocean container carrier, in different operational and commercial capacities before joining Port NOLA in 2018.

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Coates stated: “I am thrilled to lead the port’s commercial strategy and growth initiatives in this new role. As a multi-modal logistics enabler, Port NOLA can deliver a range of marine, rail, barge, truck, and real estate solutions to customers.

“Furthermore, we are building for the future as well as today’s market needs with the Louisiana International Terminal project. As a proud resident of St. Bernard Parish, I look forward to continuing the port’s commitment to delivering a project that will transform Louisiana and St. Bernard Parish’s economy, bringing opportunity and prosperity for our region for generations to come.

“The economic benefits of the Louisiana International Terminal to St. Bernard and the State cannot be overstated. It will bring family-supporting jobs and tax revenues that will multiply locally and statewide.”

In April, the Port NOLA received $7.12 million to reduce truck congestion and emissions at port terminals, including Ports America Louisiana and New Orleans Terminal, LLC, through sustainable transportation and infrastructure.

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