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Port of Lake Charles

Port expects increase in ship traffic

Last Modified: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:35 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Port of Lake Charles officials announced today that vessel traffic is expected to increase by more than 50 percent over the next five years and double within the decade.

The port released the second of three reports during a Harbor and Safety committee meeting, studying the current and future projections of traffic on the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

With more than $67 billion worth of capital investments in Southwest Louisiana, the influx of channel use is attributed to expanded operations of existing terminals and the construction of several proposed facilities.

The study, which has been ongoing for four months, used a simulation model to evaluate the need for changes to the channel’s operations and infrastructure in order to lessen future delays. The third report will pinpoint the most needed changes.

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