Rail News – Ports: Wendel named acting CEO in New Orleans; Terminal 6 remains open in Portland. For railway career professionals

The Port of New Orleans (NOLA) board confirmed yesterday that Ronald Wendel Jr. will become acting president and CEO of the Port and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad in June, following the departure of current president and CEO Brandy Christian.

Wendel is now the port’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Christian announced last week that she would leave her position to become CEO of Patriot Rail Co. in June. to become.

Wendel, who joined Port NOLA in 2015, is ready to ensure that key initiatives — such as the planned $1.8 billion Louisiana International Terminal project in St. Bernard Parish — continue to move forward, port officials said in a news release.

Meanwhile, Port of Portland officials announced last week that the port would continue to offer shipping container shipping services at Terminal 6 (T6) to keep Oregon’s only international container terminal available to shippers.

The decision follows Oregon Governor Tina Kotek’s May 16 announcement that she will include two critical items in her 2025-27 biennial budget that directly impact maritime freight service at T6: capital investments in the terminal and maintenance costs of the canal in the lower Columbia River, port Officials said in a news release.

Kotek also announced support for emergency operational funding from the Oregon Emergency Board this fall. With the new state funding, container operations will continue at T6 as the port continues to build a foundation for its long-term financial sustainability, port officials said.

They have been trying to rebuild the container service since taking over the operation in 2018, after a temporary closure under former operator ICTSI. Without direct state support or a financially acceptable third-party lease, container activities have not been sustainable. In April, the port announced that the container service would be stopped in October, although car and breakbulk traffic would have continued at T6.

The April announcement generated a wave of advocacy from local businesses, lawmakers and other Oregonians, sparking new interest from the state in keeping service on T6.