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Port of Lake Charles

The Port of Lake Charles is an industrial port based in the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.A. It is a major employer in Lake Charles. It is the eleventh largest seaport in the United States, with the Calcasieu Ship Channel providing direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, 34 miles downstream from the city docks. The ship channel intersects the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway just north of Calcasieu Lake. The Ship Channel has a project depth of 40 feet and a bottom width of 400 feet.?

The Port of Lake Charles, also known as the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, has a variety of components including City Docks, Bulk Terminals 1, 4, and 7, L'Auberge du Lac and Sugarcane Bay, the Industrial Canal, Sempra Cameron LNG, Industrial Park East, and Westlake Terminal. The port is also the future site of the 1.2 billion dollar Syngas Plan.

The current director of the Port of Lake Charles is R. Adam McBride.


The Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District (Port of Lake Charles) was created under Act 67 of the Louisiana Legislature of 1924. The District encompasses 203 square miles in Calcasieu Parish and accommodates 5 million tons of cargo annually at its public facilities; it owns and operates two marine terminals, the City Docks, Bulk Terminal No. 1, and also 2 industrial parks (Industrial Canal and Industrial Park East). The Port of Lake Charles is the 11th largest seaport in the U.S. The Ship Channel has a project depth of 40 feet and a bottom width of 400 feet. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway intersects the Ship Channel 12 miles south of the City Docks.

The Port's Industrial Canal Terminal intersects with the Ship Channel and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Industrial Canal is 3 miles long, has a 1,400-foot by 1,400-foot turning basin at its east end, a project depth of 40 feet, and a bottom width of 400 feet. The principal cargoes moving through the Port's terminals are bagged rice, flour and other food products, forest products, aluminum, petroleum coke and other petroleum products, woodchips, barites, and rutile.

The Port Director directs the operation of the Port under the authority of a seven-member Board of Commissioners.

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