Port of Iberia
The Port of Iberia surrounds a man-made port that provides access to vital regional waterways and is about 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, La. Vessels from here can reach the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (eight miles away); a Commercial Canal allows seafarers to reach the Gulf and Mississippi River. Covering 2000 acres and spanning 100,000 feet of developed waterfront, the port supports public activity, dredging, and bulk-heading. There are also 4000 plus acres of land not yet developed. Over 100 industries operate here and receive, ship, and distribute goods and raw materials.
In terms of economic impact, the port generates about $1.4 billion and employs mechanics, pipe fitters, and welders as well as programmers and accountants. A high volume of oil and gas pipe and supplies move through the area, as do aggregates, fabrication materials, bulk concrete and steel, and agricultural products. Vessel and barge construction take place here as well.
- Public Dock with 3000 feet of bulkhead; a yard supplied with electric power, lighting, and security fencing; short- and long-term docking; and parking/restrooms.
- A 22-slip marina for commercial and recreational use; two cruise ships dock here as well.
- Port of Iberia Wharf, with 1000 feet of berthing space, used by Carlin Fleet Inc.
- Wharves area with room to moor vessels in need of repair, a machine shop, vertical boat lift, and marine railway.
Companies operating at the port include Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., which receives and ships steel pipe and machinery for offshore oil facilities. Excalibur Minerals of Louisiana LLC shops bulk processed barite and receives barite or and crushed limestone from barges. Sea-Shells Inc., Williamson Production Services Inc., and Bayou Companies LLC operate here as well. Bayou operates the Slip C-10 Wharf to ship/receive steel pipe used by offshore oil companies; the B-17 wharves are used by the company for heavy lifting and are connected by a railroad track that is linked to the Union Pacific Railroad.
Risk of Accidents
Port properties contain many hazards. Cargo containers, cranes, and lift equipment are not the only things that can cause injuries and fatalities, although fatigue, failure to conduct maintenance, and negligence can and do lead to avoidable incidents. One improperly installed or secured fitting/fixture can cause a catastrophic chain reaction. It’s also important to load cargo, so it is balanced and stable. Otherwise, it can shift and hurt nearby workers.
Ropes, winches, and other equipment can injure personnel during mooring. Chemicals are often present at ports, either being transported, shipped, received, or stored there. Exposure can cause serious injuries and even fires and explosions. Employees also need to be aware of the risk of working at heights, on docks, and slippery surfaces, but slips, trips, and falls can happen just about anywhere. Transportation-related accidents are common as well. Automobiles, tractors, and forklifts operate in areas where people may be walking, and where heavy cargo and equipment are present.
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