Building a Port

The Port of Baton Rouge, Port of South Louisiana, Port of New Orleans, Port of St. Bernard, and Port of Plaquemines are all part of the lower Mississippi River. Four of these ports have consistently been in the top 10 for tonnage, making the Mississippi River one of the busiest ports in the Western Hemisphere. These five ports are actively seek to expand their capabilities and continue to expand commerce within the region by increasing imports and exports. Due to the fact that the Mississippi River can no longer expand, it is important that the river is developed with the principles of an efficient and effective marine transportation system (MTS). Increasing the depth of the Mississippi River makes it possible to bring larger vessels into port. While dredging the river enables deeper vessels to come in, the width of the river still limits the total amount of traffic it can accommodate. Therefore, it is critical that port partners as well as state and federal agencies work together to manage ports, ensuring steady economic growth in a manner that is beneficial for all.


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  • Accession Number: 01608423
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2016 1:24PM