AP Moller Maersk Terminals (APMT) has entered new discussions with Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District (PPHTD) to develop a new port for the Mississippi river. Set to be in Louisiana, the new port will be able to handle container ships weighing up to 22,000 TEU, which covers some of the largest container ships in the world.
According to US Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel, in-land waterways have been an under-used resource which can, in turn, be used to cut down on congestion. The planning of the new facility will undergo multiple studies to make sure the terminal is environmentally friendly. Current plans include a 2,500m river waterfront with 400 hectares of terminal area. “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.” – Sandy Sanders, PPHTD executive director.