Greater Lafourche Port completes $12M bulkhead project

(Courtesy Greater Lafourche Port Commission) The Greater Lafourche Port Commission recently added more bulkhead as part of an expansion project at Port Fourchon.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission has completed the NE Slip C 1671 Linear Feet Bulkhead Project, which adds nearly a 1/3-mile of additional waterfront property from which prospective tenants can operate.

The cost of the bulkhead project was more than $11 million, including $9.2 million from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Developments Port Priority Program. The port provided the additional funding totaling roughly $850,000.

When combined with nearly $1 million spent on dredging work performed for Slip C, this expansion represents a capital investment of nearly $12.1 million.

A substantial portion of the costs associated with the dredging was also provided by the Port Priority Program, which is a grant that covers 90% of construction costs for projects selected for the annual program.

Picciola & Associates performed the design and engineering on both the bulkhead and dredge work, while Crosby Dredging was the contractor for the bulkhead project. Magnolia Dredge & Dock led the way on the actual sweep dredging of this bulkhead project in Slip C.

(Don Kadair) Port Fourchon Executive Director Chett Chiasson

“This project from start to finish demonstrates further our commissioner’s commitment to providing our customers in the Deepwater Offshore Energy Production sector with additional resources in the realm of potential future tenants who are already eyeing available lease space this project affords them,” Port Director Chett Chiasson says.

With this newest expansion, Fourchon now has more than 75,000 linear feet of bulkhead at the port.

According to Chiasson, the port continues to expand, primarily because of future projects on the books for companies such as Shell, Chevron, and BP.

“When your tenants provide services and support to more than 90% of Deepwater Offshore Energy Production out there,” Chiasson says, “the need for more areas for expansion never ceases.”