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Port of South Louisiana

One of the busiest water transportation facilities in the US, Port of South Louisiana is the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere. Currently, it grants commercial vessels access to 66 percent of the US market. Additionally, the port guarantees effortless access to Latin America and Mexico, as well. Every year, this busy center has more than 55,000 barges and 4,000 ocean vessels passing through it. These vessels bring in and take away cargo that exceeds 290 million tons.

Overview

This massive harbor extends over more than 50 miles on the Mississippi River. It is strategically located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Its facilities cover approximately 172 miles on both banks of the river, and it also ensures effortless access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, the port is the most critical of all water transportation facilities in the US as far as raw grain exports go. It handles approximately 60 percent of the overall volume. In addition, it is invaluable for oil refineries because almost 56 million short tons of crude oil pass through it every single year.

Cargo Tonnage Statistics and Other Important Numbers

Official statistics for the first quarter of 2017 suggest that the port has handled 84.14 tons of cargo in comparison to 69.6 tons for the same period in 2016. The growth is 21 percent on an annual basis.

Of this cargo, 19.85 million tons came in the form of crude oil, 13.8 million tons were petrochemicals, 11.53 million tons – soybean, 9.34 million tons – maize, 2.73 million tons – animal feed and 6.8 million tons – chemicals.

The number of vessel calls was 1,279 (in comparison with 1,063 in 2016), and the number of barge calls was 20,697 (an increase of 53 percent in comparison to 13,563 in 2016).

In 2016, 295 million tons of cargo passed through the harbor. Exports reached 67 million short tons during the same year.

Facilities

Various terminals, warehousing, storage spaces and light manufacturing facilities are all available on the territory of the harbor.

The general cargo facility has a 204 by 660 deep draft dock that is developed to handle both general and breakbulk cargo. A 65 by 700-foot finger pier is also located in the area.

Additionally, the port features numerous other terminals and pieces of heavy equipment:

  • Rail-mounted gantry cranes with spreaders
  • A storage pad – 177,000 square feet
  • A covered rail loading dock
  • Bulk transit sheds
  • A deep-draft bulk terminal equipped with upstream, downstream mooring buoys
  • Bulk handling equipment
  • A cement facility
  • An intramodal terminal that facilities cargo transportation by land and by water

Safety Considerations

One of the largest and busiest water transportation facilities in the country, South Louisiana does see worker injuries now and then.

The good news is that the harbor has an emergency response center that’s authorized and equipped to deal with emergencies after their onset. The team is also capable of preventing situations that could potentially jeopardize lives or cause property damage.

The aim of the center is to ensure hurricane preparedness, guarantee marine pipeline safety and ensure the availability of emergency supplies.

If you are a sailor or a crew member who has been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Such financial assistance may be made available either under the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. To find out more about the available option, you can fill out our contact form and request information from the team of attorneys.

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