Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2016

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44 Proceedings Summer 2016 Traffic Control Commodities and their handling requirements shape the way the Mississippi River functions. For example, bulk commodities, such as grain and coal, barge down from the heartland, bringing these cargoes to freight ships for export. To accomplish this, the river must provide barge fleeting areas, deep draft anchorages, and loading facilities or trans- fer buoys while still managing to accommodate navigating traffic. Further, the spot commodity market routinely moves petro- chemical products between Mobile, Alabama; and Houston, Texas. Barge traffic must utilize locks to enter and exit the river as the barges move through the Intracoastal Waterway. The lower Mississippi River houses five port complexes: the Port of Baton Rouge, Port of South Louisiana, Port of New Orleans, Port of St. Bernard, and Port of Plaquemines. Four of these ports have consistently been in the top 10 for ton- nage, making the Mississippi River one of the busiest ports in the Western Hemisphere. 1 Even with these already-high volumes, these five ports actively seek to expand their capabilities and continue to expand commerce within the region. With increased imports and new potential facilities to manage products such as liquefied natural gas exports, coupled with the fact that the Mississippi River can no longer expand, it is vital to ensure that the river is developed with the principles of an efficient and effective marine transportation system (MTS). Building a Port Managing an expanding port and keeping it healthy. by C dr Br I an k he Y Chief of Prevention U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Regions

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