A 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower bound for an industrial plant project in Donaldsonville was transloaded from ship to barge in one of the heaviest cargo lifts in the Port of New Orleans’ history.

“Our stevedores have realized a real boost in project cargo in the past year, due to the historic industrial expansions and new construction both on the Lower Mississippi River and along the Gulf Coast,” port President and CEO Gary LaGrange said. “This lift underscores the Port of New Orleans’ ability to handle the largest and most complex cargo in the industry.”

Fracht USA/Germany, a global freight forwarder, completed the transport Jan. 12.

The SAL Amoenitas arrived at the Port’s Louisiana Avenue Terminal on Jan. 10 after a 45-day trip from Shanghai, China.

The lift was done by SAL Heavy Lift, Fracht, Roll-Lift, McDonough Marine and the terminal’s stevedore, Coastal Cargo Co. LLC.

“This is great business for Coastal as well as for the Port of New Orleans,” said Dan Haeuser, president and CEO of Coastal Cargo. “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 officials said the equipment move took more than a year of planning.