The United States depends on the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, and the Mississippi River for the transport of goods and materials throughout the country. Ocean-going vessels bring minerals, metallic ores, ferro alloys, zinc concentrates, petroleum coke, fertilizers, and steel to St. Bernard Port for distribution throughout the country by barge, rail, and truck. The year 2010 set records when St. Bernard Port handled more than 4.8 million tons of cargo.
The Arabi Terminal is a 25-acre marine terminal with a 100-acre business park. A permit was issued for building the slip in the early 1900s. St. Bernard Port bought the property in 1993 and has constructed a state-of-the-art cargo-handling facility and industrial park there.
This St. Bernard Port terminal has a 3.7 thousand square meter (40 thousand square foot) dry bulk storage and transfer shed with four acres of surfaced laydown area. The Arabi Terminal in St. Bernard Port also has two modern truck weigh scales, ample roadways, and security enhancements.
The St. Bernard Port Arabi Mooring Dolphin is a deep-draft mid-stream dolphin mooring system with walk-on access. River channel access and moorings is over 13.7 meters (45 feet), and the average alongside depth at the slip docks is over 11 meters (36 feet).
The St. Bernard Port Arabi Terminal is located on Louisiana Highway 46 and is connected to the US Interstate Highway system by Interstate 510 and Interstate 10 just six miles away. The Arabi Terminal Industrial Park covers 120 acres and has 30 acres available for lease.
St. Bernard Port's Arabi Terminal Dock No. 1 is on the upstream side of the Slip and is used for bulk and breakbulk cargoes. Divided into three berths, this St. Bernard Port dock is 396 meters (1300 feet) long by 46 meters (150 feet) wide with alongside depth of 11 meters (36 feet). Three rail spur lines offer rail car loading and offloading services. A 2.8 thousand square meter (30 thousand square foot) dry bulk storage warehouse is located at St. Bernard Port's Dock No. 1's Section "C."
St. Bernard Port's Arabi Dock No. 2 is 396 meters (1500 feet) long and 46 meters (150 feet) wide with alongside depth of 11 meters (36 feet). Used for heavy-lift, breakbulk, neo-bulk, and container cargo, Dock No. 2 in St. Bernard Port also handles dry bulk commodities. In addition to rail service, Dock No. 2 has a 46-meter (150-foot) wide marshalling area next to the rail tracks and a 2.7-acre (119 thousand square foot) transit shed and an open deck of 3.9 acres.
Kaiser Aluminum built a state-of-the-art facility at St. Bernard Port in the 1950s. Since the late 1980s, St. Bernard Port has owned the site and developed it as the Chalmette Terminal and Industrial Park that houses 50 businesses and employs more than one thousand people.
The St. Bernard Port Chalmette Slip is a 518-meter (1700-foot) channel that is 91 meters (300 feet) wide and 11 meters (36 feet) deep. The Chalmette Terminal and Industrial Park is just 1.6 kilometers (one mile) downriver from Arabi Terminal. Covering 216 acres, the Chalmette Terminal and Industrial Park has over 41 acres of open land available for lease. The site contains electricity, sewer, and water services as well as high-pressure natural gas.
The St. Bernard Port Chalmette Mid-Stream Vessel Mooring began service in 2002. Today, Associated Terminals leases the mooring. In 2007, St. Bernard Port added more mid-stream mooring buoys, doubling its capacity for barge fleeting.
The Meraux Mid-Stream Mooring facility in St. Bernard Port is a deep-draft buoy system on the Mississippi River that handles bulk and breakbulk commodities.
St. Bernard Port also owns about 100 acres of land that is available for lease for warehouses and manufacturing facilities. This parcel of land is between the St. Bernard Port marine terminal and Louisiana Highway 46.
St. Bernard Port has a total of about 18.6 thousand square meters (200 thousand square feet) of covered space with truck bays and rail access. Both the Arabi and Chalmette Terminals offer intermodal services between truck, rail, barge, and ship. Boasso America leases and operates the St. Bernard Port's 60-acre intermodal facility that supports liquid bulk tanks, offices, shops, and a tank-washing facility.
St. Bernard Port also has about 60 acres of undeveloped land on the Mississippi river and one thousand acres of undeveloped land on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.