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Port of Greater Baton Rouge

The eighth largest port in the U.S., the Port of Greater Baton Rouge has an annual cargo tonnage of 53 million tons, generating over $11.3 million in state spending. Over 20,000 jobs in the state are supported by the facility. It is operated by the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission. The port’s jurisdiction covers about 85 miles of the Mississippi River, stretching from an ExxonMobil Refinery to the Sunshine Bridge, and spanning four parishes. A 45-foot deep water channel is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the port to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

It is conveniently located where the river and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway converge, 230 miles from the Gulf and at the waterway’s northernmost extent. Also, the port is close to several interstate highways and three major rail lines (Union Pacific Railroad, Kansas City Southern Railroad, and Illinois Central/Canadian National Railway).

Vital infrastructure at this port, located in the Foreign Trade Zone, includes:

The Inland Rivers Marine Terminal: Containers, bulk cargo, steel coils, plastic pellets, bagged goods, and agricultural products come through here. The 84-acre terminal has a 250-foot birth along waters that are 12 feet deep, a 200-foot barge dock, and 42,000 square foot bagging/packaging warehouse. There is also cargo staging area and roll-on/roll-off ramp.

  • Baton Rouge Barge Terminal: Wood chips, coke, and aggregate are handled Leased and operated by Kinder Morgan, the 985-foot terminal has a coal handling facility and rail terminal.
  • Petroleum Fuel and Terminal: Petroleum products, fuel oil, and carbon black are handled here, where there is rail service and storage for more than 17 million gallons of product. The port can store over 1.2 million barrels of oil. The terminal features 864 feet of berthing space and access to 45-foot deep waters.

This port also has the Public Grain Elevator, with a 7.5 million bushel capacity. It handles one-quarter of the state’s soybeans, wheat, and corn annually. The Bulk Flour Mill, Molasses Terminal, Animal Feed facility, and sugar distribution, coffee-roasting/packaging, and general cargo facilities are also on site. Grain elevators, warehousing, and liquid and dry bulk terminals are available too.

Midstream buoys and anchorage enable cargo to be transferred to barges regardless of water level. The area accommodates vessels big enough to transit the expanded Panama Canal. Water depth is 45 feet, and the distance between buoys is 1,000 feet, supporting turning maneuvers and barge fleeting.


Hazards at large ports include getting hit, run over, or falling from vehicles, as traffic management may not be as organized as in public jurisdictions. Other risks include worker fatigue, poor weather conditions, and being hurt while mooring vessels, operating lift equipment, and being exposed to toxic and volatile chemicals. Slips, trips, and falls are also major concerns where there is equipment on the ground, wet pavement and gratings, and busy docks where people can easily fall into the water.

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