The Port of Lake Charles’s economic might starts at its original City Docks and extends more than 200 square miles around Calcasieu Parish, operating on 5,400-plus acres. Its main lane for commerce is the carefully dredged Calcasieu Ship Channel — an H2O highway for cargo ranging from petrochemical needs to liquefied natural gas, and from old-school rice to high-tech windmill blades.
The Port is rebuilding substantial sections of the Port to handle the emerging demands arising for the world’s shippers. The projects include new infrastructure to compete for the increasingly sophisticated requirements for handling of modern cargoes.
New port docks are being built to accommodate loads of 1,500 to 2,000 pounds per square foot—which is three to four times the local berth’s current strength. It’s all part of more than $287 million in capital projects over the next decade to expand the Port’s role and capacity in world trade and specialized cargo transport.
The Port owns multiple sites suitable for development on and near the Calcasieu Ship Channel with nearby access to ship, barge, air, rail and Interstate highway transportation. It also has Louisiana Economic Development-certified sites in other parts of Southwest Louisiana as well.