Port of Caddo-Bossier
The 2,000-acre Port of Caddo-Bossier is on the Red River, to the southeast of Shreveport, Louisiana. Served by a reliable transportation, power, water, and telecommunications infrastructure, it features many warehouses, structures, roads, and rail spurs. The facilities at the port include:
- Six dock areas
- A 60,000-square foot warehouse, with a 30-ton gantry crane
- A 30,000-square foot warehouse, with a 50-ton gantry crane
- Roll-on, roll-off capable docks
- 400-foot dock with 200-ton crawler crane
- Rail on dock
- 600 feet of general cargo wharf
- Three petroleum wharves
- Union Pacific rail access to cargo and petroleum wharves
- Facility for intermodal containers
Owned and operated by the Caddo-Bossier Port Commission, the facility is also known as the Port of Shreveport-Bossier, as it’s just four miles from the city. It is served by city water and sewage, as well as natural gas and AEP Southwestern Electric Power.
An internal road network integrates with the local transportation network that includes Interstates 49 and 20, and Louisiana Highway 1. In addition, there are 20 miles of rail track within the complex. Seventeen companies operate within the port, employing a total of 1,500 people.
Caddo-Bossier is also designated as a foreign trade zone, allowing foreign goods to be delivered here under the supervision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. These can be stored and mixed with domestic goods and subjected to a lower duty rate.
Historically, the area has been a major shipping point. It was used for transporting cotton, fur, and tobacco in the 1830s. The port began supporting cargo in 1995 and supports over 13 corporations. Since opening, it has received over 5 million tons of freight.
Common Inland Port Hazards
One of the major hazards at facilities such as these is transportation. While the site has an organized transportation network, improper maintenance, driving obstacles, weather, distracted driving, and a lack of communication and/or training are factors outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that contribute to dangerous and often fatal vehicular accidents on port premises.
Fatigue is also another major concern. Employees at ports must often work long hours and endure a high degree of physical labor. This means they may become tired and miss vital procedures and safety measures that can put themselves and others at risk. Cargo areas where lifting occurs can be dangerous, including where it is being secured and in places where cranes and other equipment are used. Mooring lines and systems can increase the risk of accidents near ships.
However, a worker does not necessarily have to be working on or near a vessel, or a crane or cargo container, to face an injury. Any slippery surface can cause someone to fall, potentially causing broken bones, organ damage, or brain trauma. The hazards are amplified where heavy equipment is used, or if someone is working at an elevated location or near the edge of the water.
If an incident at Caddo-Bossier has left you injured and unable to work, submit the form on our website to obtain more information about the next step.