In 1718, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, “Bienville,” founded New Orleans along the Mississippi River. This trade-friendly location later became the capital of the French colony of Louisiana and shaped the future of the United States. Today, the Port of New Orleans continues its crucial operation as a transportation and distribution hub for waterborne commerce in the U.S. It ranks 5th in the nation based on volume of cargo handled, and 12th in the nation based on value. Thanks to our strategic location on the Mississippi, our city and region support a broad range of industries and specialty services including oil and gas, coffee production, and tourism. If you come to our fine city on a cruise, we will welcome you through the Port of New Orleans!