Port Fourchon’s Slip D expansion takes shape

Daily Comet-01Daily Comet | June 15, 2016 | Mike Hill

The first phase of dredging Slip D in Port Fourchon’s northern expansion area has been completed as the port prepares for the eventual upswing in the oil industry.

The project will add 300 acres of developed property and create more than 10,000 linear feet of waterfront to the central service hub for the Gulf of Mexico oilfield industry.

Slip D will be about 3,800 feet long, and crews will dredge nearly 4 million cubic yards to create 150 acres of developed property and 65 acres of marsh, according to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. Two miles of steel bulkhead and one mile of roadway is also being added.

Earlier this year, Port Executive Director Chett Chiasson said the slip will be wider than Port Fourchon’s other slips, which are 700 feet wide.

“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,” Chiasson said.

Edison Chouest Offshore has the right of first refusal on a section of Slip D, he added.

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