Port celebrates truckers as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
The Port of New Orleans once again celebrated those who transport containers and breakbulk cargo on our nation’s roads and highways, safely connecting goods with customers during the annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 12-16.
“Truck drivers play a pivotal role in both the Port’s success and the vitality of the region’s economy,” said Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “We are grateful for the dedication and professionalism they demonstrate every day.”
Appreciation breakfasts were served on Monday, Sept. 12, and Friday, Sept. 16, at the Port’s Nashville Avenue Circle Building. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, jambalaya and hamburgers were served for lunch, also at the Circle Building. Partner sponsors for Port NOLA’s driver appreciation events included BIS Construction and Ship Services, Community Coffee, Crescent Transport, New Orleans Terminal, Penske, Ports America and Transportation Consultants Inc.
In addition to the role they play in the transportation chain, truck drivers who serve the Port of New Orleans have also contributed to the success of the “Keep It Clean!” campaign, coordinated by the Port’s Environmental Services Department in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Launched during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week last year, the program has kept more than 8,000 pounds of litter from reaching waterways through the installation of a dumpster in a key location for truck drivers as well as increased public awareness efforts.