Port of South Louisiana Sets Record in 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Port of South Louisiana announced today in a press release that it has set an unprecedented cargo-volume record in 2017, surpassing 2016’s tonnage of 294.9 million short tons by 4.4 percent. It noted, total tonnage for 2017 was over 307.8 million short tons, 12.9 million short tons more than in 2016. Both vessel calls and barge movements in the port district increased in 2017: 4,589 and 65,490, respectively. Exports were over 71.7 million short tons, while domestic trade exceeded 160.1 million short tons, representing increases of 6.0 percent and 4.2 percent respectively compared to 2016 trade.
The Port of South Louisiana consistently ranks as the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere, and is ranked 16th in the world - the only U.S. port in the top 20 the release stated.