by a board of seven Commissioners,
the Port of South Louisiana, which stretches 54
miles along the Mississippi River, is the largest tonnage
port district in the western hemisphere. The facilities within
St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. James parishes
(counties) handled over 278 million short tons of cargo in
2012, brought to its terminals via vessels and barges.
4,000 oceangoing vessels and 55,000 barges call at the Port
of South Louisiana each year, making it the top ranked in
the country for export tonnage and total tonnage.
exports of over 61 million short tons of cargo in 2012 (go to News & Information/Statistics
page for more statistics details) -more than any other port
in North America- Port of South Louisiana cargo throughput
accounts for 15% and 57% of total U.S. and Louisiana exports,
Port of South Louisiana has five first-rate port-owned facilities,
ranging from grain elevators to general cargo facilities.
It serves as landlord of these, which are leased to operating
companies such as Occidental Chemical and Archer Daniels Midland. The exception is the Globalplex Intermodal Terminal,
purchased by the Port in 1992 that is being redeveloped into
a world-class complex to accommodate a variety of dry bulk
and breakbulk cargo.
To serve the maritime transportation needs of our resident
To assist resident industry in the development of maritime
and/or industrial facilities
To encourage foreign and domestic investment within the River
Parishes Region and Louisiana
To attract foreign and domestic cargo to the Globalplex Intermodal