The Port of Terrebonne is part of the Mississippi River Waterway, located in the town of Houma in Terrebonne Parish in the southeastern part of Louisiana. It is about 43 miles southwest of the Port of New Orleans and is one of the top 100 ports in the country by total cargo trade volume, at 3,425,604 tons. It connects to the Gulf of Mexico via the Houma Navigation Canal. Some of the main types of cargo that are transported include lumber, petroleum and natural gas, seafood, sugar, and sulfur.
Trade has always been important to the area’s economy. Sugar cane was a significant crop, and at one time there were 110 plantations nearby. Natural resources made fish, oysters, crabs, and shrimp the essential to the local economy. To facilitate trade, canals were made that connected the bayous. When the Intracoastal Waterway was built in 1923, it cemented the port as an important trade center in the Houma area.
The Houma Navigational Canal was completed in 1961. It is a 30-mile connection between Terrebonne Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The area is rich with products including oil and mineral resources that helped facilitate fast growth, quickly surpassing sugar cane. The boom did not last long, however, and during the 1980s the oil industry was significantly impacted, causing a loss of jobs. Since then the port has diversified in an attempt to generate revenue. Oil is still one of the most important products with other industries growing including the seafood and medical industries. Additionally, tourism has increased.
About the Port
Port of Terrebonne is operated by the Terrebonne Port Commission. The area is located on 680 acres in Houma. It is conveniently located near Highway 57, the Houma-Terrebonne Airport and a large industrial park. It is considered a medium to shallow draft port making it ideal for barge traffic. There are a number of building sites and parcels of industrial land that are increasing along the coastline.
The downtown marina has helped to revitalize the town, serving recreational boaters as well as cargo vessels. It offers 350 feet of docks with a depth of about five to seven. Visitors who arrive by boat can rent overnight dock space that includes sewage tank services and utilities.
Barge and dock accidents in are not uncommon. Barges are often difficult to control, especially in poor weather conditions. In one incident, a barge hit a pylon, causing it to swerve into a bridge and overlook support area. No injuries were reported but the bridge and overlook sustained significant damage. Windy conditions reportedly contributed to the crash. Barges are also known to go aground, sometimes dumping their loads in the process. Working on barges and docks is a difficult and dangerous job. Accidents and injuries may occur. It is the company’s responsibility to ensure that working conditions are safe for employees.
If you were hurt in a maritime accident, you might be able to take legal action. Contact our office by filling out the online form, and we will discuss the details of your accident with you.