"We're building a new, modern technology port from the ground up where berthing depths exceed 60 feet and with the capability to accommodate the larger post-Panamax vessels coming through the widened and deepened Panama Canal," executive director of Plaquemines Port, Sandy Sanders, was quoted as saying in a report by American Shipper.
American Patriot Container Transport, an APH subsidiary, has also designed a self-propelled vessel that it claims will be able to transport containers on the river system far more quickly than by conventional barge tows.
APH and the port said they entered into an agreement "to jointly develop the logistics system for vessel operations comprised of both deep-water docking at the Pointe Celeste Container Terminal and multiple upriver terminals, initially planned for the Memphis and St. Louis areas."
Containers imported to the Plaquemines Port would be transferred to APCT's self-propelled vessels for delivery to their upriver port destination. Export containers will be delivered from upriver ports to the Plaquemines Port for export on ocean carriers. The vessels have a travelling speed of 13 miles per hour and a capacity ranging from 1,824 to 2,960 TEU.
APCT expects upriver round trips from the Pointe Celeste Terminal will take seven days to Memphis and 11 days to St. Louis.
The port district includes a recently announced US$8.5 billion LNG re-liquefaction facility being developed by Venture Global.
It said the container terminal it plans to build, along with a breakbulk terminal, would encompass about 1,000 acres. The facility would be capable of docking vessels up to 20,000 TEU. The company said potential sources of cargo include agricultural products, refrigerated cargo, and dry commodities such as chemicals.