Work starts on new slip at Port FourchonNews // July 21, 2015
The dredging contractor for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission’s Northern Expansion Slip D bucket dredge project has begun excavating a new channel in Port Fourchon’s expansion area, creating a new slip, Slip D.
The Slip D development is the latest phase of the port’s northern expansion, adding 300 acres of developed property to the port and creating over 10,000ft of waterfront in Port Fourchon.
The port’s new slip will be 1,000ft wide and nearly 4,000ft long, a departure from the dimensions of Slips B and C (700ft wide and 7,000ft long) in response to the needs of the offshore supply vessels who frequent Port Fourchon.
“We look to the future when designing the footprint of any new port development project,” said Port Director Chett Chiasson. “Our tenants envision bringing larger vessels into port waterways into the future, so Slip D is growing in width to accommodate longer, wider vessels and the turning radius a larger vessel may need.”
Nearly 4 million cubic yards of material will be dredged to create 150 acres of developed property adjacent to the waterfront along Slip D as well as 65 acres of new marsh. Two miles of steel bulkhead will be constructed along the newly created Slip D waterfront, and one mile of new roadway will be constructed for land access to Slip D leases.
A fully developed Slip D is expected to take 6-8 years to construct but the Port Commission has already received offers on Slip D. Currently, a right of first refusal is in place on a section of the new slip’s as yet undeveloped property.
In total, the development of Slip D, including design work, dredging, road and basic infrastructure work, and bulkhead installation, is estimated to cost US$100 million.
Partners in the Slip D project include Crosby Dredging, contractor for the current bucket dredging project, and Picciola and Associates, the project’s design and engineering firm.