From the cited article:
The study, conducted over several months by CB&I Coastal, Inc. and Dr. Loren Scott & Associates of Baton Rouge, determined that the single greatest factor to address for port growth into the next two decades is the deepening of Belle Pass
REALLY? This study found that it’s the depth that’s the greatest factor addressing port growth and not the fact that Fourchon evolved “backwards” from its present needs?
When I say “backwards” I mean that the oldest yards with the smaller vessels are at the entrance while the shoreside infrastructure for larger vessels is further inland.
Maybe the view from Baton Rouge must be significantly different than the view from the wheelhouse. With a 50 foot depth, Fourchon could then accommodate Panamax container ships and tankers…but good luck actually navigating them around once you get them in,(although it would make for a tugboater’s paradise).
And I would hope that if we’re planning twenty years into the future we would be talking about Tampa Bay and Hampton Roads…not just dear old Fourchon.