The flourishing U.S. petrochemical industry is propelling an era of expanding activity for Gulf region seaports, according to presenters at the eighth annual Critical Commodities Conference in New Orleans.
“It’s an exciting time and a competitive time as well,” said John Orr, senior vice president for the Southern Region of the Canadian National Railway Co. “It is a fantastic opportunity right now for the Gulf.
“If we don’t seize those opportunities, the winners will be those historic ports of the East Coast,” Orr added, noting the soon-to-be-completed Panama Canal expansion plus significant infrastructure additions at CN-served ports of New Orleans and Mobile, Ala.
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