The Plaquemines Parish Port, Harbor and Terminal District, was created by an act of the Louisiana Legislature in 1954. The Plaquemines Parish Commission Council is the governing body for the District.
In 2003, over 5000 vessels passed through the Plaquemines Parish Port on their way upriver. The Plaquemines Parish Port has two land-side terminals and two coal midstreaming operations that have a combined near-limitless capacity. In 2006, the Plaquemines Parish Port handled almost 62 million tons of cargo.
The main import cargoes handled by the Plaquemines Parish Port include coke, carbon black feed stock, naphtha, cobalt, natural gas, nickel, crude oil, fuel oil, gasoline, heating oil, other petroleum products, phosphate, and sulfur. The major export cargoes through the Plaquemines Parish Port include coal, corn, grain, soybeans, and wheat.
Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to mile 81.7, the main channel for the Plaquemines Parish Port offers a 16.7-meter draft. Plaquemines Parish Port terminals and facilities are privately-owned and –operated.
Amax Metal Recovery, Inc., handling nickel and breakbulk cargoes, maintains two berths at Plaquemines Parish Port with a length of 213.4 meters and alongside depth of 10.7 meters. The facility can accommodate one ship and one barge at the same time and offers rail service.
Handling crude oil in the Plaquemines Parish Port, Bass Enterprises Production Company operates two berths: a loading dock is a Point a la Hache and a berth at Cox Bay. The loading dock is 61 meters long with alongside depths from 7.6 to 9.1 meters, and the Cox Bay berth is 152.4 meters long with alongside depths from 3.7 to 4.6 meters.
Chevron Pipe Line Company (Cal-Ky Division) operates a landing in Plaquemines Parish Port for crew boats and for receiving supplies like water, diesel, and lubricating oil. The berth is 18.3 meters long alongside depth of 3 meters. Chevron Pipe Line Company also operates the 152.4-meter long, 7.6 meter deep Empire Barge Wharf handling crude oil.
Chevron Oak Point operates a berth of 76.2 meters in length and alongside depth of 12.2 meters that handles crude oil and petroleum products that are used to blend lubricating oils for transportation and industrial equipment. This Plaquemines Parish Port facility has capacity to store from 8 to 10 million gallons, and it handles barges from 54.9 to 76.2 meters in length.
Conoco Inc. operates a 274.3 meter long berth with alongside depths from 3.0 to 5.5 meters that handles oil and gas drilling and production materials and equipment. The facility includes a 74 square meter warehouse in Plaquemines Parish Port.
Freeport Sulphur Company operates five berths in Plaquemines Parish Port with a total length of 670.6 meters and alongside depth of 12.2 meters. The sulfur-handling facilities cover 107 hectares, and have capacity to store almost 110 thousand metric tons of liquid and 762 metric tons of solid cargoes.
Halliburton Services operates two Plaquemines Parish Port berths of 243.8 meters that handle drilling mud, chemicals, and potable water.
HSPV, LLC, operates berths from 164.6 to 299.3 meters long with alongside depth of 16.2 meters and handles grains in Plaquemines Parish Port. With rail service, the International Marine Terminal has capacity to store over 9.8 million cubic meters of cargo. It also has 69.7 thousand square meters of open storage.
Marathon Oil Company operates a wharf in Plaquemines Parish Port of 152.4 meters in length with alongside depths from 5.2 to 7.3 meters. The facility coordinates and supplies off-shore drilling and production activities.
Marathon Petroleum Company operates the Venice Terminal handling crude oil by tanker. This Plaquemines Parish Port berth is 304.8 meters long with alongside depth of 12.2 meters.
Shell Offshore, Inc., operates a berth in Plaquemines Parish Port that is 304.8 meters long with alongside depths from 2.7 to 4.6 meters. The facility handles oilfield supplies and equipment for off-shore drilling operations, and it contains a 1.6-hectare heliport area that can accommodate eight helicopters.
The Stolthaven Braithwaite Terminal handles breakbulk cargoes in Plaquemines Parish Port. The berth is 175.6 meters long with alongside depth of 12.2 meters, and it has six truck racks. The terminal can accommodate barges up to 91.4 meters long with draft of 4.3 meters. The facility includes 80 storage tanks with total capacity for 258.5 cubic meters.
The Teco Bulk Terminal operates three berths with a total length of 914.4 meters and alongside depths from 16.8 to 24.4 meters. With annual throughput capacity of over 25 million tons, this Plaquemines Parish Port terminal handles coal, phosphate, and grains. This full-service terminal operates 24 hours per day 360 days per year and provides for the discharge of ocean-going vessels carrying phosphate or grains to river barges and for the direct transfer of bulk commodities from barge to ship.
The Texaco Pipeline Company operates a crew boat dock at Pilottown that is 24.4 meters long with alongside depth of 2.4 meters. The dock supports crews, supplies, and equipment.
The Tosco Refining Company, Alliance Refinery at Plaquemines Parish Port, operates two berths of 85.3 and 367.3 meters in length with alongside depth of 12.2 meters. The facility contains 51 storage tanks with total capacity for over 1.1 million cubic meters of petroleum products or crude. It also has 11 pressure spheres with capacity for 63.6 thousand cubic meters. The terminal has rail service.