Vermilion is a port district known as Abbeville Harbor and Terminal located in Abbeville, Louisiana. The actual port facilities are located eight miles south of this city on the western bank of the Vermilion River. This river is also known as Bayou Vermilion, is 70 miles long, and is named because it flows through Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The port also has close access to the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as well as Freshwater Bayou. Forces control the depth of this area at 12 feet. Port of Vermilion was established in 1954 and is currently governed by a board of 6 members.
The inbound and outbound cargoes of this port are nearly identical. Vessels bring in and ship out cargo such as oilfield decks and piping. The port also provides services like offshore living quarters and salvaging of offshore equipment. The overall tonnage per year is high at 4.5 million tons, with a gross yearly revenue of almost $1 million. While there are only two permanent employees of the actual port, there are nearly 900 Port of Vermilion workers at various industries at the port. The port itself owns various businesses operating on the property.
The town of Abbeville is the parish seat of Vermilion Parish and is located 150 miles to the west of New Orleans. The population peaks at around 12,000, but Vermilion Parish as a whole has almost 60,000 residents. This area of Louisiana has a rich history. It was founded by a Frenchman in 1843, but previously it was inhabited by Chitimacha and Atakapa native tribes. As a result, town has Native, Spanish, and French roots. It is also located just 16 feet above sea level—not much different than other towns in the region. The town of Abbeville encompasses just shy of 6 square miles, a small but industrially-active town that depends on maritime industries to thrive.
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