Surplus money funds bulkhead expansion at Port Fourchon

Port Fourchon

Surplus dollars from one expansion project at Port Fourchon have gone to make another expansion possible.

After completing 1,671 linear feet (LF) of bulkhead as part of its Northern Slip C expansion project in February, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission used a remaining surplus to add another 400 linear feet to the slip.

Once the additional extra bulkhead is constructed, Slip C will feature 2,071 linear feet of waterfront property, which effectively adds around four tenths of a mile of space for prospective tenants to operate from.

Picciola & Associates is performing the design and engineering on the extra bulkhead, while Sealevel is the contractor for the bulkhead project.

The cost of the bulkhead projects (Phase I and II) was more than $13.96 million, with better than $11.42 million of this coming via the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Developments Port Priority Program. GLPC provided the additional funding totaling roughly $2.54 million.

When combined with nearly $1 million already spent on dredging work performed on Slip C, this expansion represents a capital investment of $14.9 million.

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

Picciola & Associates performed the design and engineering on both the bulkhead and dredge work for Phase I of the project, 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.

“This project from start to finish demonstrates further our commission’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 actively engaged in pursuing the available lease space this project affords them,” GLPC Port Director Chett Chiasson said.

With this newest expansion, Port Fourchon now has more than 75,000 LF of bulkhead.