Avondale Marine Welcomes First Vessel at Former Shipyard
On Monday, January 7, 2019, Avondale Marine, LLC welcomed its first vessel (M/V Ning Tai Hi) in the first sign of activity at the former shipyard in almost five years. The vessel, which originated in Hong Kong, is bound for Santa Marta, Colombia. The Avondale Marine site, which is not yet open for cargo operations, is serving as a lay berth (temporary docking facility) before the vessel shifts to its cargo dock.
About Avondale Marine
Avondale Marine, LLC, a joint venture between Virginia-based T. Parker Host and Illinois-based Hilco Redevelopment Partners, announced the purchase of the former Avondale shipyard site from Huntington Ingalls Industries on October 4, 2018. Avondale Marine plans to redevelop the 254-acre site as a world-scale logistics hub, revitalizing its crane, dock and terminal assets along nearly 8,000 feet of Mississippi River frontage. Within one mile of six Class I rail carriers, the New Orleans-area site will connect global waterborne commerce with manufacturing, fabrication and distribution facilities onshore, providing new opportunities for large-scale manufacturers to find a space in the Louisiana market.