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Pointe Coupee Port

The Pointe Coupee Parish Port was set up back in 1967 by Act 23 of the Louisiana Legislature. Since then, its operations have been under the control of a port commission. The commission consists of seven members appointed by the police, the City of New Roads and the Village of Morganza.

The location of this water transportation center is strategic. The port covers an area of 84 acres on Lower Old River and between the Mississippi River and the confluence of Atchafalaya, the Lower Old River, and Red River. On top of that, 100 acres of land are available for further development.

Performance Statistics

The port handles several main kinds of cargo. The inbound cargo consists of fertilizer, limestone, and liquid fertilizer. Popular types of outbound cargo include grain, rock, cottonseed, and fertilizer. The common destinations for the outbound cargo include the Northern US and North Louisiana.

Statistics suggest that the annual tonnage passing through the port is 136.28 million tons. The revenue generated is 69,514.46 dollars.

Facilities

The cargo data suggests that the Pointe Coupee Parish Port doesn’t rank among the busiest in the country. While the harbor is a relatively small one, it still comes with an array of essential facilities.

The main channel depth is 12 feet, and its width is 250 feet. The Old River Lock comes with a width of 75 feet and a length of 1,200 feet. Its maintenance is the responsibility of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

On top of that, commercial vessels can benefit from several additional cargo terminals and facilities. The most prominent ones include a marine yard, tug services, barge fleeting, cranes, tramp services and topside barge repair facilities.

Four private companies have leased port facilities and terrains – Terral River Service, Tri-Parish Cotton Gin, Louis Dreyfus and Ouachita Fertilizer.

Pointe Coupee’s harbor attracts clients with its relatively low berthing costs, availability of port services for tugs and barges and the possibility to run multiple simultaneous operations.

River Transportation Safety

The capacity of river cargo transportation vessels is much higher than that of trucks. As a result, the popularity of barges is growing all the time.

While the demand is creating jobs for sailors, it’s important to recognize the dangerous conditions that these people work in.

River cargo transportation can pose a risk of injuries and even death, especially when employers and vessel owners are negligent about safety precautions/maintenance.

To maximize worker safety, OSHA has a number of guidelines and regulations pertaining to work practices and equipment maintenance.  A thorough report written by the administration suggests that between 1997 and 2006, 305 people have been killed in barge/tow combinations. There have been 379 barge explosions that took the lives of 14 people.

Proper control, training, safety and emergency procedures could have prevented many deadly accidents, as well as additional incidents that contributed to worker injuries.

Are you a sailor who often used the Pointe Coupee Port? Have you experienced injuries in the past or are you currently struggling with workplace trauma? We can help you get just compensation for your pain and suffering. Please fill out the form and let us know some of the most important details of your situation.

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