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US: Port Fourchon dredging plan outlined

Project Updates // January 16, 2017

Houma Today reports that a plan to deepen the Belle Pass entrance to Port Fourchon from 26ft to a possible 50ft has been outlined as the process to get government approval begins.

Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, said a master plan the commission enacted in 2015 noted further development of Belle Pass as a key part of ensuring the future of Port Fourchon.

"Fourchon Island could be a deepwater draft port facility," Chiasson said. "We're looking to further enhance our current tenants' capabilities in the rest of the port, as well as bring in any new tenants that might provide other services."

Chiasson said repair and refurbishment of deepwater drilling rigs could boost business at the port if the channel is deepened.

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