Port of Lake Providence
Owned by the Lake Providence Port Commission, the Port of Lake Providence is self-proclaimed as the #1 inland port in the nation. It is located at mile 484 on the Mississippi River, in East Carrol Parish, complete with water, power, gas, and Internet utilities. The port includes Myriant Technologies’ bio-based succinic acid plant, the largest in the world at 392,000 square feet.
Lke Providence ships more than 1.3 million tons of cargo, goods, and materials every year, making it one of the top 20 inland ports in the United States. It is also the largest such port in Louisiana, and the second regarding tonnage for the entire state. In 2015, it had a total domestic trade of 1,158,515 tons of domestic cargo. Dry bulk and liquid bulk cargo go through here, as do imports such as coal, fertilizer, and agricultural products. Exports include soybeans, cottonseed, wheat, and corn.
It is well-served by the regional transportation network. Available infrastructure includes:
- Ground Transportation: U.S. Highway 65 runs close to the property, connecting to roads that reach throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Louisiana Routes 3181 and 2 are close by as well.
- Water/Barge Transportation: It has five terminals with a channel depth of 9 feet. The width of the channel is 200 feet, affording convenient access to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
- Rail Transportation: The complex is served by the Northern Louisiana Arkansas Railway company, and also the Delta Southern Railroad.
Companies operating at the port include Helena Chemical Company, a provider of agricultural products for crop protection, fertilizer, nutrients, and seed. Bunge is a processing and logistics company operating on the property, as do Big River Rice and Grain, Terral, and CHS, a farmer-owned cooperative, among others.
Safety at Inland Ports
Ports on inland waterways make it convenient to receive and ship goods and materials by boat to locations far from the coast. However, they carry many hazards including those associated with operating lifting equipment. Cranes, forklifts, winches, and machinery can be dangerous if operators are not properly trained, experienced, or conduct the right maintenance procedures.
Mooring vessels to docks can be dangerous as well. Rope can be heavy, hard to handle, or get caught, taking an operator along with it, or even break. Major injuries and deaths have occurred at ports due to incidents involving rope, as well as many other items. Tidal conditions can make working around ships unsafe.
From fatigue to negligence, the risks of working at a port are many. Slipping on a wet surface or off a boat and into the water can happen. So are those of tripping over equipment or falling off a high platform. Transportation is risky as well. At ports around the country, traffic controls, road conditions, unsafe environments, and nearby pedestrians create hazards.
Our team is available to address your concerns, so if you’ve been injured while working at this port, fill out our online form and receive important information.