The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority is a political subdivision of the State of Missouri. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority is tasked with attracting industry, promoting investment, and creating jobs in the port and in the surrounding region. The Comprehensive Plan for the Southeast Missouri Regional Port created in the mid-1990s calls for the Port Authority to attain financial self-sufficiency, earn a return on taxpayers' investments, and fund further import improvements and expansion.
Southeast Missouri Regional Port's slackwater harbor was finished in 1988. It contains a 4352 square meter (46.8 thousand square foot area and is dredged at the same depth as the navigation channel in the Mississippi River by agreement with the Corps of Engineers. The slackwater contains a 12.2-meter (40-foot) wide berthing area for mooring barges on the north shore, a 39.6-meter (130-foot) wide navigation channel, and a 18.3-meter (60-foot) berthing area for mooring barges along the south shore.
Girardeau Stevedores and Contractors Inc. operate the Southeast Missouri Regional Port's public cargo dock and terminal. They also offer rigging, warehousing and storage, trucking, and marine construction services in the Southeast Missouri Regional Port. The public cargo dock runs for 106.7 meters (350 feet) along the harbor. On the harbor side, the dock has heavy-duty pavement and can accommodate two barges at one time. The dock is equipped with two 60-ton, one 110-ton, and a 180-ton crane. Two boom trucks are available, and a clam shell can be fitted to each crane for unloading bulk cargoes from barges. Dock lighting supports night operations.
The Southeast Missouri Regional Port's public cargo dock has a variety of truck equipment that includes straight, semi-dump, low-boy, and drop-deck trailers as well as vans and flatbeds. Two deck barges are available for work at the terminal and for other construction. Pile drivers, dolphins, and conveyors make marine construction and mid-stream transfer possible. Girardeau Stevedores operates a 929 square meter (ten thousand square foot) warehouse with truck and rail docks, a 2601 square meter (28 thousand square foot) storage warehouse with ten bays that can each accommodate a barge-load of material, and ample outdoor storage.
Dry bulk commodities handled at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port public cargo dock include dry fertilizers, coal, petroleum coke, ferrous sulfate, and road salt. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port's public cargo dock also handles general cargoes that include hardwood lumber, aluminum, coiled steel, construction equipment, pipe, and containers. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority Dock has berthing distance of 106.7 meters (350 feet).
Also called the "Old Dock," the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority's public cargo dock is the main facility at the port. It is also available for other uses. Being at a lower elevation than other Southeast Missouri Regional Port facilities, the Old Dock may be closed by high river levels more often than others. Two side-by-side barges can be tied between the Old Dock and the port's dike. The Old Dock has been used on occasion for loading logging equipment on barges and for construction of highway bridges.
South Cape owns, and the Consolidate Grain and Barge Company operates the Cape Girardeau Upper Dock rail-to-barge terminal to ship grains, grain products, soybean meal, corn gluten, bark, woodchips, fertilizers, potash, and other dry bulk cargoes received by truck by barge from the Southeast Missouri Regional Port. The rail yard at the terminal can handle 55 cars, and there the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Railroad offers additional trackage and connection to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railways.
At the rear of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port's Cape Girardeau Upper Dock are 11 steel storage tanks with total capacity for 350 thousand bushels of wheat, sorghum, corn, and soybeans. The conveyor belt has capacity to load about 1200 tons per hour, and there is a four-thousand bushel grain dryer at the site. This Southeast Missouri Regional Port facility has berthing distance of 83.8 meters (275 feet) with alongside depth of 3.0 meters (10 feet).
The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority owns, and First Missouri Terminals Corporation operates the Cape Girardeau Docks to ship grains like soybeans, grain, and wheat and to receive both liquid- and dry-bulk fertilizers. Dry bulk fertilizers are loaded directly into trucks from the docks, and a pipeline connects the docks to three storage tanks with capacity for 3.4 million gallons of liquid fertilizer. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port's Cape Girardeau Docks have berthing distance on either side of 110 meters (33.5 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet).
First Missouri Terminals' affiliates (Midwest Grain & Barge and Midwest AgriChemico) operate a conveyor system using a 3-yard bucket extractor to unload dry bulk cargoes like fertilizer, decorative rock, mulch, and road salt and transfer them to a work barge connected by conveyor to a truck-loading hopper. The conveyor system can move up to 150 tons per hour. The Cape Girardeau Docks in Southeast Missouri Regional Port has 2787 square meters (30 thousand square feet) of covered storage and an open storage yard nearby. First Missouri Terminals also operates dry barge cleaning services.
Lone Star Industries Inc. owns and operates the private Cape Girardeau Plant Dock in Southeast Missouri Regional Port to receive coal and gypsum rock and to ship cement. Three silos at the rear of the plant dock can hold 5.4 thousand tons, and the cement plant at the rear of the dock can handle 18 thousand tons of cement. The dock has additional mooring for idle barges along 122 meters (400 feet) of natural bank on the lower side of the dock. There is also a three-acre open storage area at the rear for coal. Rail tracks at the plant connect with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railways. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port's Cape Girardeau Plant Dock has berthing distance of 335.3 meters (1100 feet) with alongside depth of 2.1 meters (7 feet).
Kidd's Oil Company (formerly Atlantic Richfield) owns and operates the Cape Girardeau Dock in the Southeast Missouri Regional Port to fuel towboats. The dock is connected by two pipelines to the pumping station at the rear. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port's Cape Girardeau Dock has berthing distance of 43.3 meters (142 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet).
Transmontaigne owns and operates the Missouri Terminal Wharf in the Southeast Missouri Regional Port to receive petroleum products. This barge-to-truck terminal is connected to six storage tanks at the rear with total capacity for 132 barrels. This Southeast Missouri Regional Port wharf has berthing distance of 125 meters (410 feet) with alongside depth of three meters (10 feet).
Biokyowa Inc. (formerly Shell Oil) owns and operates the private Cape Girardeau Terminal Dock in the Southeast Missouri Regional Port to receive molasses and a variety of chemicals. A pipeline connects the Terminal Dock to two steel molasses storage tanks at the rear with capacity for 13.2 thousand tons. A second pipeline connects the dock to three steam-heated chemical storage tanks with capacity for over 1.6 million gallons. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port's Cape Girardeau Terminal Dock has berthing distance of 111.3 meters (365 feet) with alongside depth of 2.1 meters (7 feet).
Luhr Brothers Inc., the parent company of Tower Rock Stone, owns and operates the Grays Point Rock Quarry Docks in the Southeast Missouri Regional Port to ship and receive stone and to moor barges for fleeting company-owned equipment. While the docks' transfer facilities are usually used by the company for their own purposes, they are occasionally used for roll-on/roll-off cargoes like construction equipment, cranes, and the transfer of cargoes from truck to/from barge. Luhr Brothers owns switchboats, flat deck barges, towboats, and hopper barges that are moored at the dock. A 4 million ton capacity open storage area is located at the rear. The Southeast Missouri Regional Port's Grays Point Rock Quarry Docks have three berthing spaces, all with alongside depth of 2.7 meters (9 feet). The first space has berthing distance of 61 meters (200 feet), the second space has berthing distance of 9.1 meters (30 feet), and the third has berthing distance of 3.7 meters (12 feet).
Southeast Missouri Regional Port's SE Team Tracks are provided for the loading/unloading of railcars by the public. Track space is available for daily or long-term rentals, and the Team Tracks can accommodate up to 24 cars. The intersection of two state highways is nearby, and Interstate 55 runs about four miles to the west. The Team Tracks are about 243.8 meters (800 feet) away at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port's general cargo dock, as are open and warehouse storage facilities.
Southeast Missouri Regional Port (Semo) has access to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Union Pacific Railroad to offer customers complete and competitive access. In 1994, Southeast Missouri Regional Port established the Semo Port Railroad (SE) to provide a common carrier switching service for the port and nearby industrial areas. The SE has a 9.7-kilometer (six-mile) heavy-welded rail. A Union Pacific branch before the Southeast Missouri Regional Port purchased the line, the Harbor Lead track can handle 287-thousand rail cars. Southeast Missouri Regional Port is almost five kilometers (three miles) from the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and is linked directly to the airport by State Highway AB.