Plaquemines Port project finds a powerful potential partner

Written by Nick Blenkey
Rendering of proposed Plaquemines port

Proposed terminal would cover up to 1,000 acres.

Plaquemines Port has reached an agreement to work together with the Maersk Group’s port operations unit, APM Terminals, to discuss the future design of the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District (PPHTD).

The agreement includes the consideration of APM Terminals as the future terminal operator.

The facility is in the early stages of development as a deep water, multi-modal, state-of-the-art container terminal in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Located on the Mississippi river just 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico the gateway port would cater to exporters and importers who could tap into the multimodal routing options from rail, truck and barge.


As we have reported earlier, American Patriot Holdings (APH), is to provide marine transportation services, using two designs of advanced LNG-fueled river container vessels , to the port’s inland partner network including St. Louis, Memphis, Joliet, Kansas City, Cairo, and Western Arkansas.


The terminal will encompass up to 1,000 acres and 8,200 feet of Mississippi River frontage. Special focus will be on utilizing modern infrastructure technology for withstanding storm surge and wind damage. Phase One of construction is expected to last two years and will deliver the capability to handle 22,000-TEU class vessels with the ability to expand capacity if needed.

“The appeal of Plaquemines protected river port location and export/import market strength makes this a very unique supply chain offering for customers and our growth ambitions,” said Wim Lagaay, CEO of APM Terminals North America. “We look forward to working with PPHTD, their partners and with state and local leaders to ensure the port is set up for long-term success.”

The agreement with APM Terminals represents a formal discussion phase that will seey both parties will conduct multiple studies prior to making a final investment decision. The proposed, environmentally friendly terminal, will be powered by a combination of LNG and electricity.

Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District executive director Sandy Sanders said, “Partnering with APM Terminals to work together on this project is a huge win for the State of Louisiana. Along with our partners American Patriot Holdings and Louisiana 23 Development Company, Plaquemines Port has engineered a logistics business model to attract private investment dollars and new cargo to Louisiana.”

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