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Port Of South Louisiana Ranked #1 In The Nation  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

http://www.bayoubuzz.com/articles.aspx?aid=3251

Quick summary of the article:

1) The Port of South Louisiana was ranked first on the United States Army Corps of Engineers´ list for waterborne commerce.
2) Almighty Houston was in second place, followed by NYC.
3) The port is the largest tonnage port in the Western hemisphere and the 4th largest in the world.

Not mentioned in the article is the booming cruise industy down here. New cruise terminals are being built, current facilities are being expanded, and larger ships are replacing smaller ones pretty much every year.

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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

Impressive, have you ever seen the port in person? Is it as grand as it seems?


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Well I live down here so I pretty much see it everyday. Just a huge amount of ocean going freighters on the river. If you land into MSY on runway 1 you come in love over the river and often skirt just a couple of hundred feet above the ships anchored in the river.

User currently offlinePhxairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 811 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

The port pretty mutch stretches from New Orleans all the way up to Baton Rouge. It would stretch further but governor Huey P. Long purposely built a bridge in Baton Rouge low enough that only barges could make it by. Hence forcing ocean going vessels to unload onto barges and stimulating the Louisiana economy.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

but governor Huey P. Long purposely built a bridge in Baton Rouge low enough that only barges could make it by

That's more an urban legend than the truth, as many large Ocean-going vessels sail right under it.... it's just the most massive of modern supertankers would have trouble doing so.

Thing is, none of them were around or even on the drawing board when that bridge was built, so it's more of an afterthought  Big grin



And yes, the PSL is incredible... seen most parts of it from land and the river: my favorite hotel is build right upon the spot where the BrightField smashed ashore  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

...actually, just found a video of that:

http://virtualpet.com/bright/photos/freight.mov


Amazing!  Wow!


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Pretty crazy footage. When did that happen?

Harry



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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

right before Christmas, 1996.... I'm sorta glad it did though  Smile

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1876 times:

Why is that? Care to elaborate?

LH423



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