Port of South Louisiana sets annual tonnage record

Posted on: January 26 2018

BY TIMOTHY BOONE | TBOONE@THEADVOCATE.COM

JAN 26, 2018 - 3:39 PM

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A record 308 million short tons of cargo passed through the Port of South Louisiana's three-parish district in 2017, a 4.4 percent increase over the totals for 2016.

The tonnage increase was boosted by several sectors, such as coal/lignite/coke increasing 123 percent over the year before. Steel product tonnage was up by 41 percent, while chemicals/fertilizer tonnage increased by 6 percent over the year before.

Inbound domestic cargo accounted for the biggest share of tonnage at more than 86 million short tons. Imported goods and products accounted for just over 76 million short tons, while domestic exports were nearly 74 million tons and foreign exports accounted for nearly 72 million tons.

“I was very pleased to see the Port of South Louisiana increase its tonnage, vessel and barge numbers by such an impressive amount,” said Paul Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana. “We look forward to another good year.”

The Port of South Louisiana's jurisdiction area handles more tonnage annually than any other port in the Western Hemisphere. The district spans 54 miles along the Mississippi River through St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes.