Release Date: December 17, 2013
Approval from the US government is helping to clear the way to create the nation’s largest deep water containerised cargo handling terminal capitalising in on the country’s inland waterways.
The approval from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the creation of the Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal Regional Center (LIGTT RC) should allow for development of the new container terminal, which intends to improve America’s strained shipping infrastructure and streamline international trade flow as the Panama Canal expands.
This will be achieved by opening up a new supply chain via the Mississippi River and its tributaries, which with its network of over 14,500 miles of inland waterways, reaches across 32 states and into Canada.
“The need for smart infrastructure solutions has never been greater as America’s existing infrastructure is strained and cannot sustain the upcoming shipping volume growth. This should position America to better capitalise on existing resources for transporting goods,” said John Vickerman, president of port intermodal planning firm, Vickerman & Associates.
The problem is that up until now, Gulf of Mexico ports and inland waterways have been largely untapped – they transport just 2% of the nation’s containerised cargo.
Estimates say that the new terminal should expand America’s shipping capacity by more than 1m teu annually, with the option to expand to 3.5m teu. It will be able to cater for post-panamax and super post-panamax vesssels transitting the Panama Canal.
It will also serve to support the US Department of Homeland Security with its goal to electronically screen all cargo entering into the country before being moved on to other ports via specially designed container carrying vessels.
Preconstruction work began on the terminal project in November 2013.
这项由美国 移民服务局（USCIS ）核淮为路易斯安那国际海湾中转码头区域中心（ LIGTT RC）建设新的货转运站被视为巴拿马运河的延伸，除可强化远程货运基础设施，也使全美国际贸易动线更加流畅。
港口联运规划公司Vickerman & Associates公司总裁John Vickerman指出：＂由于美国局限于现有的设施无法消化将来货运市场的成长速度，水陆运输基础设施的需要更有效率的解决方桉，这将促使美国将现有资源更有效率的利用于货物运输上。＂