Inside The Industry: Maritime

Port of South Louisiana
(left to right) Patrick Sellars, Judy Songy, Robert “Poncho” Roussel, D. Paul Robichaux, Whitney Hickerson, Paul Aucoin, and P. Joey Murray, III (not pictured) Joseph Scontrino, Stanley Bazile, and Kelly Buckwalter

Located within a 54-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Port of South Louisiana offers shippers a strategic location at the intersection of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and an intermodal transportation network of waterways, roadways, rail, and air. With over 56M short tons of crude oil imports per year, four major oil refineries, and 11 petrochemical manufacturing facilities, the Port of South Louisiana has been ranked as one of the top energy transfer ports in the nation. The Port also operates one of the most active Foreign Trade Zones in the country— as the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere, the Port of South Louisiana is not only the highest grain exporter in the United States, it is also the highest ranked exporter in North America.

The Port continued to grow exponentially in 2017 with the purchase of a 1,680-acre site in St. James Parish, the ribbon-cutting of the $600M Pin Oak Terminals, the $9.6M expansion of Globalplex’s Building 19, and new construction of a 6,300-squarefoot hangar at the Port’s Executive Regional Airport. The Port won the AAPA 2017 Communications Award of Distinction for its exceptional PortLog journal, and Executive Director Paul Aucoin received the World Trade Center of New Orleans’ Eugene Schreiber Award. Meanwhile, the Port was also active within the community, hosting a variety of events for area causes.

Next year, the Port welcomes a $10B potential foreign direct investment within its jurisdiction and will continue the expansion and improvements of its infrastructure ($42.5M).



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