Port Harbor and Terminal District is continuing its goal of establishing
relationships with sister ports along the Mississippi River recently executing
a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jefferson County Port Authority,
located just south of St. Louis, MO.
from Jefferson County Port, including Chairman Derrick Good and Executive
Director Neal Breitweiser, traveled to Plaquemines Parish for a full briefing
on port plans and visited port sites in the Plaquemines Port jurisdiction. The
signing of the memorandum took place at a luncheon hosted by the World Trade
Center in New Orleans with Plaquemines Port Chairman Charlie Burt and APH
principles Joe Gehagen and Sal Latrico on hand for the signing.
Port Executive Director Sandy Sanders said the visit was a great success. "The
relationships we are building with ports like Jefferson County near St. Louis
and Shelby County in Memphis are the first steps in creating a transportation
network between Plaquemines Port and upper ports along the Mississippi River.
We plan to move thousands of containers from our port to theirs utilizing the
American Patriot Holdings’ (APH) unique container transport vessels.”
Plaquemines Port and APH executed an exclusive agreement to provide container
service from a future terminal in Plaquemines to destinations as far north as
Chicago. The unique APH vessels are patented and will carry up to 3,000
containers at speeds of 14 miles per hour with nearly no wake making rounds
trips possible to Memphis in 7 days and St. Louis is 11 days. "The Plaquemines to St. Louis route will be a
bedrock service APH intends to implement throughout the Mississippi River
Basin,” said Latrico. The APH vessels recently completed model testing in
Germany and final engineering and design is underway.
"There are a
wide variety of opportunities we are exploring which include utilizing the
vessels and port facilities for agricultural products. Ideally goods and
products could be shipped up river and agricultural products could be shipped
down river,” Sanders said.
most of the containers heading to the Midwest are moving by rail from
California. The widened new lane of the Panama Canal has transportation experts
looking at less costly options which include Gulf of Mexico and East coast
ports. "The timing is right for us to market this new option which will move
large numbers of containers via the Mississippi River, our nation’s greatest
river highway,” Sanders said.
being signed allow the ports to share marketing activities and to exchange data
and marketing studies relative to developing port opportunities for a period of
Photo caption: Plaquemines Port and
Jefferson County Port officials recently executed a Memorandum of Understanding
to work together on developing a new transportation link for cargo to move
along the Mississippi River. Pictured, from left, are Plaquemines Deputy Port
Director Paul Matthews, Port Chairman Charlie Burt, Executive Director Sandy
Sanders, Jefferson County Port Chairman Derrick Good and Executive Director