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The Port of Iberia

Located in close proximity to the Louisiana coast, the Port of Iberia is not only a port—it is an industrial and manufacturing site that stretches over 2,000 acres. The Port of Iberia is actually man-made and is located in New Iberia, Louisiana. This port also has direct access to the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as well as the Gulf of Mexico by way of a canal. This canal was built so that there could be access to the Mississippi River by way of ports in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

This is one of Louisiana's most important ports, which means that thousands of offshore workers come into contact with it on a regular basis. Southern Louisiana is heavily involved in the industry of the Gulf, which includes both shipping and oil. Arnold & Itkin knows how hard you work as an employee in the maritime industry. This fact has driven the attorneys at this firm to defend the rights of maritime workers who become injured while doing vital work for the community. If you were injured in any way while working near the Port of Iberia, contact our firm.

Industry Facts About the Port of Iberia

As the oldest shallow draft port in Louisiana, the Port of Iberia’s establishment dates back to 1938. It is governed by seven commissioners who each work for six-year terms. Each Louisiana port deals with a specific type of cargo, and this port primarily deals with a few primary types of material.

Inbound cargo is typically comprised of:

  • Piping
  • Limestone
  • Oil and gas equipment

The port’s outbound cargo consists primarily of:

  • Piping
  • Fabrication
  • Agriculture
  • Oil and gas equipment

As mentioned earlier, the Port of Iberia is also an industrial and manufacturing site. The overall tonnage is estimated in dry bulk products at 2.2 million tons. That's a lot of product which is essential to the manufacturing sector of the Louisiana economy. At 13 feet, this port is a little deeper than most port channels, and is also 8 miles long. This port provides many services to offshore workers, depending on their needs. These include:

  • Brane maintenance and repair
  • Dry dock services
  • Oil spill response and recovery
  • Towing and tug services
  • Warehouses
  • Fuel docks
  • Provisions for cruise ships

There certainly is no shortage of opportunities at the Port of Iberia.

The Makeup & History of New Iberia, Louisiana

The port itself is located in the city of New Iberia, Louisiana. The population numbers around 32,000 people and is the principle city of the New Iberia Micropolitan Statistical Area. What this means, essentially, is that the United States recognizes a cluster of cities in this area together. While still a significantly populated area with a healthy industrial economy, it does not contain cities that have major political importance.

This town’s history dates all the way back to the 18th century. In 1779, it was settled by the Spanish, who originally named it affectionately in honor of the European Iberian Peninsula. The town lies only 20 feet above sea level and is completely comprised of land (the port is actually located 1.5 miles south of the city). Like many Louisiana Gulf cities, it has cultural roots in Mardis Gras and jazz, although one city can never be completely defined by any one thing. The city also heavily identifies with the maritime industry because so many residents find employment in this field.

File a Claim with the Help of Arnold & Itkin

If you were injured while working at or near the Port of Iberia, you need to know that you have an advocate who is ready to be on your side and defend your rights. At Arnold & Itkin, we are those advocates. As mentioned earlier, the Port of Iberia is home to tug boats, cranes, construction yards, oil ships and many others. This presents a number of risk factors because so many accidents have occurred while offshore workers were dealing with these kinds of equipment. For example, you may have been injured in a tugboat accident. If you were, this is one area that our firm is prepared to handle. We have also helped those injured in jack-up rig accidents. In truth, whatever the circumstances surrounding your particular accident, you should come speak with us if you were injured. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking advantage of your legal rights.

No matter the nature of your injury, the maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have the experience and skill to help you recover rightful compensation. Contact us today.

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