New Public Dock Facility At Port Of Iberia Is Reported A Success

The Port of Iberia, New Iberia, La., recently reported that the new public dock facility completed there last year is attracting great interest and is proving to be more profitable than had been anticipated.

The new facility, fronting on the port's Commercial Canal and linking to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico, consists of 12 acres of land in the port's waterfront expansion addition, bounded by 18-foot channels on three sides, with 600 feet of bulkheading, concrete slab loading and unloading areas, lighting, potable water, protective fencing, an operations building available for leasing and a steel warehouse, 100 by 150 square feet in area.

A recent addition to the public dock's service capabilities is the availability of a 110-ton-capacity Manitowoc mobile crane which will be kept at the dock to provide lifting and loading services as needed.

In the Port of Iberia's immediate future is the possibility of a $1,610,000 expansion program, with funds provided by the Port Commission, Iberia Parish Council, the State of Louisiana, and the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Austin, Texas. The proposed development will include dredging of additional canals, construction of roads and utilities to serve prime industrial areas.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 56,  Mar 1988

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