The port authority for the Port of Morgan City is the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District, which was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1952. Located on the east bank of the Atchafalaya River in the deep-water harbor of Berwick Bay, the Port of Morgan City is only one hour away from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette.
Since 1957, the Port of Morgan City has been a center for both international and domestic trade. It is linked to the continental US by its proximity to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Atchafalaya River and the Bayous called Black, Boeuf, and Chene.
The Port of Morgan City handles about 7.5 million tons of cargo each year. The major inbound cargoes are steel, offshore equipment, project cargo, drilling supplies, and stone aggregate. The primary outbound cargoes include general cargo, heavy-lift project cargo, rice, salt, and molasses.
The channel from the Port of Morgan City to the Gulf of Mexico is a minimum of 6.1 meters (20 feet) deep, and it is 122 meters (400 feet) wide.
The Port of Morgan City terminal is equipped to handle intermodal transfers of containers, bulk cargo, and general cargo. The dock is 244 meters (800 feet) with water frontage of 381 meters (1250 feet) on Bayou Boeuf where it meets the Atchafalaya.
The dockside mobile crane can lift a fully-loaded 12.2-meter (40-foot) container weighing 70 thousand pounds. Three forklifts are available for use in the warehouse and yard with capacities for five thousand, eight thousand, and ten thousand tons. The container crane has a 39.6-meter (130-foot) boom and can handle 50 tons. The Port of Morgan City's main dock also has a 35-ton cherry picker and a 40-ton container handler.
The Port of Morgan City offers a 1.9 thousand square meter (20 thousand square foot) warehouse that is served by rail and truck. There is a 3.75-acre on-dock storage yard and an additional 16 acres of auxiliary yard storage.
The Port of Morgan City is served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and it has immediate access to the corridor of the coming Interstate Highway 49.
Within the Port of Morgan City are US government services that include Customs and Border Patrol and the US Coast Guard. Buoy Tender Unit Offices and Vessel Traffic Service are also located within the Port of Morgan City. The terminal operator, Cenac Offshore LLC, has links to Mexico and to other markets around the world. The Port of Morgan City is also a safe harbor for vessels when there are severe weather conditions.
There are more than 200 private dock facilities in and around the Port of Morgan City. They offer heavy-lift barge-mounted cranes, track cranes, and mobile cranes.