One of Louisiana's larger ports, the Port of Krotz Springs spans over 134 acres of riverfront on the Atchafalaya. The actual port is located where the Atchafalaya and Mississippi River meet, which is 76 miles above where the Atchafalaya meets the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The port is relatively easy to find on a map because it is extremely close to the direct center of the state.
A port can only be a port if there are maritime workers to utilize it. A port that sees so much cargo pass through it is only a testament to how many hardworking offshore workers there are in this region. This is exactly why Arnold & Itkin is passionate about defending their rights. If you work in this area and you become injured while working, you can get help from the offshore injury attorneys at our firm.
The Port of Krotz Springs was commissioned in 1956 by the Louisiana Legislature for the purpose of regulating the state's commerce, but it also exists to develop industry along the Atchafalaya River. The river lies extremely close to the State Highway 105 and just a mile south of U.S. Highway 190. It is also only two miles away from the Union Pacific Railroad. The port currently spans over a massive 134 acres, but 200 additional acres have been purchased for further development of the port. The Port of Krotz Springs is governed by 11 commissioners.
The primary cargo for Krotz is oil and gas. Inbound cargo is primarily comprised of crude oil while outgoing products mainly consist of refined petroleum and aggregate. Per year, this port sees about 3.1 million tons pass through it, which makes for a total gross revenue of $414, 960. The channel is 12 feet deep and 1,000 feet wide. The depth is carefully controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Since the port is so large, it is open to industrial tenants and those who need to store and dock their cargo.
The Atchafalaya River has a reputation that precedes it. Mentioned in such journalistic accounts as John McPhee's "The Control of Nature: Atchafalaya," it is a wild river that has to be constantly maintained. Like it was said before, the river is constantly being controlled at a steady 12 foot depth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The river itself is 137 miles long, with a stream that branches off and forms into the Mississippi River and the Red River.
The waterway is both necessary to Louisiana industry and potentially dangerous to Louisiana residents. If the Mississippi River were allowed to flow freely without damming to control the depth of the Atchafalaya, many think it would likely flood and flow through Baton Rouge and New Orleans. As much control as there is over the river, natural forces still have the ultimate say.
If you were injured while working at or near the Port of Krotz Springs, you can get help from a maritime injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin LLP. Our firm is fully aware of the dangers that you face as a maritime worker in Louisiana on a daily basis. Employer negligence may have led to your injury, which means that you are entitled to file a claim with the help of our firm. We are proud to represent injured offshore workers like you, so if you were injured, please speak with an attorney from our firm.
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