A public/private collaboration in between the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, La., as well as container-on-barge (COB) expert SEACOR AMH has actually generated constant rises in the variety of containers dealt with at the port’s Inland Rivers Marine Terminal (IRMT). In 2017, SEACOR AMH dealt with 8,018 containers at the incurable. In 2018, that number boosted to 13,685 as well as remained to climb in 2019 to 14,000 containers.
To manage the boost in container activity, the port took on a development of the terminal’s container storage space backyard to fulfill delivery demands from neighborhood market. The development consisted of 17,541 square lawns of concrete put to develop almost 4 acres of added smooth container storage space capability.
The backyard can currently manage about 2,000 containers consisting of containers determining 40 feet, versus 20 feet. Total expense of the development was $5 million, with the Louisiana Department of Transportation as well as Development’s Port Priority Program supplying $3.4 million as well as the Port supplying $1.6 million.
The IRMT lies on a barge canal near the junction of the Mississippi River as well as theGulf Intracoastal Waterway The container-on-barge solution takes vacant barges from Memphis to numerous neighborhood petrochemical plants where they are full of containers filled with plastic pellets. The containers are after that delivered down the Mississippi River to New Orleans where they are sent out to plants in Europe, Asia as well as South America.
Port Executive Director Jay Hardman stated that the reaction from neighborhood market to the COB solution has actually been really motivating. “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,” statesHardman “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.”