Ports of Louisiana

Louisiana has an abundance of ports and port related infrastructure in large part due to its expansive waterway system. These ports are highly significant as they provide state owned cargo transfer facilities and equipment for many water related industries. They also provide a significant and positive economic impact in the form of jobs and tax revenues. The majority of these ports (32) are members of PAL.

The image below illustrates the geographic location of each PAL member within the state of Louisiana. Click one of port names below to get a general description of the port and key contact information.


Alexandria Avoyelles Caddo-Bossier Columbia Fourchon GrandIsle Greater Ouachita Iberia Greater Krotz Springs Lake Charles Lake Providence LA International Gulf Transfer Manchac Mermentau Morgan City Natchitoches New Orleans Plaquemines Pointe Coupee RedRiver South Louisiana St. Bernard Tensas Terrebonne Twin Parish Vermilion Vidalia Vinton West Calcasieu West Cameron West Feliciana West St. Mary

The ports can be generally categorized into four broad categories: deep draft, inland, coastal, and developing. The majority of the Louisiana ports are considered shallow-draft inland or shallow-draft coastal ports. Generally, the shallow-draft inland ports are cargo and/or industrially based while the coastal ports serve as industrial sites for water-related industries, for servicing the offshore oil and gas industry, and for commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The six deep draft ports in the state transfer large quantities of port related cargo and routinely rank among the top tonnage ports in the country according to the USACE (Waterborne Commerce of the United States. 2006).