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Port of West St. Mary

The Port of West St. Mary services the towns of Baldwin and Franklin, Louisiana. It has a depth in the main channel of 15 feet and provides access to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, GIWW. It encompasses three locations including Louisa, Baldwin and Charenton Canal. The dock has 1,300 feet of bulkhead for cargo. There are mobile cranes and forklifts on site to transfer cargo between the warehouse or vessel and rail or truck transportation.

The location is 40 miles east of Lafayette and 128 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is near US Interstate 49, Interstate 90 and LA 182. The port is on Bayou Teche, a tributary of the GIWW. The BNSF Railroad provides services to the area.


The port is a relatively new one. Legislation was passed in 1974 to create it and establish a board of commissioners to govern it. In 1976 the location was chosen and the land was purchased. Later, in the 1990s, more land was acquired and by the beginning of the 2000s the port and harbor district owned a total of about 945 acres. In 2008 an additional 100 acres were purchased, located on the Charenton Navigational Canal. This land is under development for an industrial park with almost 4 acres of waterfront access.

Warehouses and Storage Facilities

There are a variety of storage, warehouse and rental facilities including:

  • Louisa Campus

Louisa Campus encompasses 945 acres including DLS, LLC, a marine construction services company. They specialize in offshore drilling, pipeline construction, platform demolition, dock scrap metal removal, tug services, salvage operations and barge rentals, among other services. They also provide full fabrication services.

Marine Turbine Technologies (MTT) provides services that include engine rebuilding, machining, welding, electrical engineering and all types of work related to marine turbine engines. Twin Brothers Marine fabricates large tubing and jackets for use in offshore deck and modules.

Blanchard Brothers harvests sugar cane on a 570-acre site located at the site. There are also several fisheries located here. They provide shrimp, crab, crawfish, soft shell crab, and fish.

  • Baldwin Campus

LAD Services operates at the port’s Baldwin campus. They fabricate new barges and handle marine salvage, barge fleeting, dockside repair and provide other types of marine services. The campus includes approximately 14 acres.

Bayou Teche

Bayou Teche is a waterway that runs for 125 miles in the south central Louisiana region. It is considered to be the original course of the Mississippi river some 3,000 years ago. It intersects with the Atchafalaya River in St. Mary Parish. It is not particularly deep and has a silt or sand bottom in many places. It is most appropriate for barges and small water craft. A pumping station was built in the early 1980s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pump water from the Atchafalaya River to Bayou Courtableau because of a severe reduction in fresh water.

Barge traffic is prevalent along Bayou Teche and into Port of West St. Mary. Barge workers and those who work at shipyards and on docks often face dangerous conditions. If you were injured because of the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today using the online form to discuss your legal options.

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