The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed the first two phases of the deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel, which presently provides a maximum draft for vessels to the Port of New Orleans at 50 feet, reports Marine Log.
The Ship Channel has been mechanically deepened for approximately the first 200 miles, but additional efforts are required to open the deeper draft north of the Huey P. Long Bridge.
“The deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel is a transformational project that will bolster our economy, create and sustain jobs, and solidify Louisiana’s status as a global anchor for trade,” says Gov. John Bel Edwards at a recent ceremony commemorating the event.
Presently, the increased draft is available through the Port of New Orleans to the Huey P. Long Bridge at Mile 106 Above Head of Passes (AHP). Expansion of the deeper draft above the Huey P. Long Bridge from 49 feet to 50 feet will require additional improvements. Read the entire story.