Capacity at Inland Rivers Terminal at Port of Greater Baton Rouge nearly doubled

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LOUISIANA (The West Side Journal) – The public-private partnership between the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and SEACOR AMH has produced steadily increased the number of containers handled at the Inland Rivers Marine Terminal at the Port’s North Line Road facility. In 2017, SEACOR AMH handled 8,018 containers at the Terminal. In 2018, that number increased to 13,685 and continued to rise in 2019 to 14,000 containers.

Due to the increase in container movement, the Port undertook an expansion of the Terminal’s container storage yard to meet shipping requests from local industry. The expansion included 17,541 square yards of concrete poured to create nearly 4 acres of additional paved container storage capacity.

The yard is now capable of handling approximately 2,000 containers including containers measuring 40 feet, versus 20 feet. Total cost of the expansion was $5 million, with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Port Priority Program providing $3.4 million and the Port providing $1.6 million.

The Inland Rivers Marine Terminal (IRMT) is located on a barge canal near the intersection of the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The container-on-barge service takes empty barges from Memphis to several local petrochemical plants where they are filled with containers loaded with plastic pellets. The containers are then shipped down the Mississippi River to New Orleans where they are sent to plants in Europe, Asia and South America.

Port Executive Director Jay Hardman said that the response from local industry to the COB service has been very encouraging.

“We have been able to build in more efficiency in our service, which translates to a smoother, more fluid operation, lowers costs, and keeps the service competitive,” says Hardman. “There is increased acceptance among regional shippers to moving their products via containers on the Mississippi River versus truck and rail. As the service continues to grow, it’s catching the attention of more and more potential customers.”

The expanded container yard was officially commissioned as operational on June 18, 2020.

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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