Port of NOLA names new COO

Port of New Orleans Names Maritime Industry Veteran Matthew Wypyski as New Chief Operating Officer

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has welcomed maritime industry veteran Matthew Wypyski to the executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Matthew Wypyski’s leadership experience includes 32 years as a senior operating and general management executive leading port authority staff, marine terminal and stevedore operating companies, as well as liner operations.

“Matthew Wypyski brings invaluable maritime knowledge and experience to the Port of New Orleans global gateway,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.

“His strong terminal operation background will be an asset to current operations and to the development of the new $1.8 billion Louisiana International Terminal,” Christian added.

Most recently, Wypyski served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Mississippi State Port Authority in Gulfport.

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During his 13 years there, he assisted in managing the port’s $600 million HUD-funded expansion and improvement project, negotiated lease agreements, and managed a proposed dredging project for the Federal Navigation Channel and turning basin.

Before his tenure in Gulfport, Wypyski was Executive Vice President of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s New Orleans and Houston marine terminal operations.

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“I am thrilled to join the Port of New Orleans team during this historic time in international commerce and the global supply chain,” said Wypyski.

He added: “I look forward to contributing to Port NOLA’s future growth and ensuring the successful development of the second container terminal — vital infrastructure that will solidify Louisiana’s position as the premiere international Gulf gateway.”

Wypyski succeeds Mike Stolzman who made significant contributions to the Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt during his tenure first as NOPB General Manager and then as Port NOLA Chief Operating Officer.

In June 2022, Port NOLA received $96.5 million in state funding to aid expansion projects at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal and Jourdan Road Cold Storage Terminal.

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