Port Of South Louisiana Plans To Turn Riverplex Into Intermodal Facility

The 205-acre Riverplex International Inc. terminal in Louisiana is to be turned into an intermodal cargo-handling facility by the Port of South Louisiana, which recently paid $12.1 million to purchase it.

The terminal will be renamed Globalplex.

The terminal has handled dry bulk cargoes for the past four years, ranging from minerals to wood chips.

The Port of South Louisiana plans a five-phase renovation that will enable the facility to handle general and neo-bulk cargoes.

Included in the Riverplex facility are an industrial park, foreign trade zone, 454 feet of wharf, two major rail links, about 300,000 square feet of warehouse, gantry cranes, three 80-foot silos, a water treatment plant and a conveyor system.

The Port of South Louisiana will spend $2.4 million on dock extensions to allow the complex to berth two vessels at once. Another $3.1 million will be spent to install an automated ship-loader as well bagging facilities.

Centurion Seaport Systems Inc.

of New Orleans was hired by the port to manage the facility.

Louisiana's No. 3 commodity is forest products, the bulk of which moves not through Louisiana ports, but through Mobile, Ala.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 39,  May 1992

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