Located off the Interstate 49 at Mile 90 on the Red River, the Port of Alexandria is a small-but-important Louisiana port. Like so many Louisiana ports, the Port of Alexandria provides near immediate access to America's heartland. This port specifically provides access to Union Pacific and KCS Railroads along with Louisiana Interstate 49, U.S. Highways 71, 165, 167 and Louisiana Highways 1 and 28. The Port of Alexandria is also conveniently located just three short miles away from Alexandria International Airport.
The Port of Alexandria was commissioned in 1990 by way of Act No. 481 of the Louisiana legislature as a necessary part of the Louisiana and United States economy. This port is governed by eight commissioners who rotate every four years. This is a "barge-only" port, which means that unlike the larger Louisiana ports, Alexandria does not take on large vessels such as cruise ships. That would typically be a job for the Port of South Louisiana.
The inbound cargo barges that come to this port consist of:
The port sees outbound barges that contain military cargo, citric acid and bio-fuels. These types of shipments combine to generate a total annual tonnage of 1.5 million that passes through the Port of Alexandria.
The Port of Alexandria only employs three workers, but many other maritime workers pass through and work on vessels in the port every day. The total gross revenue of this port is $484,000. This particular area of the channel is shallow, at only 9 feet deep. However shallow it may be, it still constitutes a U.S. navigable waterway. This is important for Jones Act purposes because benefits are allotted to workers who are injured on official waterways.
If you were injured while working at the Port of Alexandria or while working on a vessel in the Port of Alexandria, you have the right to seek legal representation, regardless of what your employer may report to you. As a Jones Act seaman, you are entitled to a wide range of benefits, protections, and claims you can take advantage of in the event that you are injured while performing your duties. As an offshore worker, your health is legally provided for.
Working at any Louisiana port presents its challenges, so if you were injured on one of the many barges that pass through this port, or you were injured due to equipment failure or something similar, do not hesitate to contact an attorney from our firm. Our determination to see every maritime worker protected and compensated for their injuries has driven us to recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of maritime workers, including a third of the BP Deepwater Horizon victims. We are passionate about protecting the rights of injured offshore workers, and we can help you receive all the compensation that is due to you under the law.
Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a third of the crewmembers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.