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Port of Shreveport

Owned and operated by the Caddo / Bossier Port Commission, the Port of Shreveport-Bossier is situated near Shreveport on Louisiana Highway. Positioned on the Red River, this harbor facility enables effortless cargo and petroleum transportation through the US.

A Brief Overview

A part of the Red River Waterway System, the Port of Shreveport is about 17 river miles downtown from the city. It is located 168 miles away from Port Lake Charles and about 158 miles away from Beaumont harbor in Texas – one of the busiest water transportation facilities in the US.

The town of Shreveport came into existence in the early 1830s. The Caddo Indians completed an important transaction in the area by selling a plot to the company set up by Captain Henry Miller Shreve. The town’s name was chosen to honor the man who had cleared a path to the region by dealing with a massive Red River logjam.

By 1914, logjams and the popularity of rail transportation had nearly brought the use of waterways in the region to an end. The situation improved significantly in 1994 when the US Army Corps of Engineers set up a navigation channel to overcome the natural blockages that often formed on the Red River.

Performance Statistics and Facilities

Port of Shreveport features approximately 2,000 acres of the development site and the main channel with a depth of nine feet.

The facilities available to commercial vessel owners and operators include all of the following:

  • A dock to handle diversified kinds of cargo. The port is suitable for both bulk and breakbulk cargo. The length of the dock is 600 feet, and its depth is nine feet. The dock is equipped with gantry cranes, a roll on and roll off ramp and a transit warehouse.
  • Two liquid terminals, one of them set up to handle petroleum and the second one being for liquid petrochemicals.
  • 25,000 square feet of warehouse storage
  • Petroleum blending and packaging facilities
  • Railroad access and rail switching
  • Overhead bridge cranes that can handle anywhere between 30 and 50 tons of cargo

As far as performance goes, the tonnage of cargo going through the harbor is the most important factor to consider. According to Energy Louisiana statistics for 2005, the total tonnage that the harbor handled was 523,930 tons. The gross operating revenue during the year was 3.74 million dollars (total gross revenue – 7.56 million dollars).

According to Louisiana State University in Shreveport data, cargo tonnage has gone up slightly since 2005. In 2011, the harbor experienced a peak year with a total volume of cargo processed reaching 694,336 tons – an increase of 31.4 percent on an annual basis. In 2010, the total barge cargo volume was 528,234 tons – an increase of the impressive 77.1 percent since 2009 (when the volume was only 298,300 tons).

Safety Considerations

As you can see, tons of cargo arrive and depart from this US port every single day. Workers are responsible for handling the cargo and servicing the commercial vessels that bring it. While harbor safety has improved immensely, there are still risks that such workers are being exposed to on a daily basis.

Dock workers, towboat deckhands and other crew members who pass through the Port of Shreveport-Bossier are at a high risk of injuries and serious trauma. Are you such a worker who has had a workplace accident that has caused (permanent) disability? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Please don’t hesitate to fill out our contact form, provide us with your details and we will respond quickly to help you seek adequate compensation.

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