January 14 - A 718-tonne absorption tower has been safely handled at the Port of New Orleans' Louisiana Avenue Terminal.

Freight forwarder Fracht coordinated the discharge of the 50-m long tower from the SAL Heavy Lift vessel, SAL Amoenitas, onto a waiting barge. The lift was executed in cooperation with Roll-Lift, McDonough Marine and the terminal stevedore, Coastal Cargo Company.
The absorption tower is destined for a project under development in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
"This lift underscores the Port of New Orleans' ability to handle the largest and most complex cargo in the industry," said port president and ceo, Gary LaGrange. "Our stevedores have realised a real boost in project cargo in the past year, due to the historic industrial expansions and new construction on both the Lower Mississippi River and along the Gulf Coast."
President and ceo of Coastal Cargo Company, Dan Haeuser, added: "Project cargo of this type and magnitude has not been traditional in the Port of New Orleans. It's wonderful to have this type of diversity added to the port's cargo mix."
Fracht revealed that the operation took over one year to plan. "When you look at this move, project forwarding isn't just calling the vessel lines and calling the stevedore," said Reiner Wiederkehr, Fracht's chief operating officer. "There are so many things involved in such a huge task. The port and Coastal Cargo have been very accommodating and helpful, but we picked the port for a reason - they have the best people to handle this type of cargo."