General Cargo Facility
Globalplex Intermodal Terminal’s 204′ x 660′ deep-draft general cargo dock was developed to handle breakbulk and general cargo. The dock’s circular capacity allows trucks enough area to turn around, which is conducive to maximum transfer efficiency. Adjacent and downriver from the general cargo dock is a 65′ x 700′ finger pier, which allows the berth of two Panamax-size vessels and direct-to barge transloading.
Two Manitowoc 2250 rail-mounted gantry cranes (with spreaders), which travel the full length of both docks, are in place to handle a wide variety of cargoes, including heavy lifts and containers.
Also available is a 177,000 square-foot (16,444 square-meter) storage pad, providing ample space for the staging of cargo prior to shipment. There is sufficient turning radius for interstate trucks and stevedoring equipment to maneuver while handling cargo. The area is outfitted with lighting and a rainwater runoff and drainage collection system.
In July of 2005, the Port of South Louisiana dedicated a 72,000 square-foot (6,689 square-meter) warehouse/transit shed and rail spur designed to accommodate multiple truck and rail loading dock activities. This shed is ready to receive a variety of break-bulk and palletized shipments, from lumber to paper-liner rolls. This building has a covered rail loading dock served by the Canadian National railroad on the west side of the building designed to load cargo from six roll up doors.
In May of 2010, the Port of South Louisiana marked the official opening of Transit Shed #4, a 40,000 square-foot (3,716 square-meter) bulk transit shed that will assist Globalplex users with handling and storage of dry bulk commodities being shipped in and out of the district. The 200′ x 200′ (61m x 61m) warehouse strategically placed at the foot of the general cargo dock access bridge. Allowance has been made in the design of the structure for the future installation of conveyors that will connect it to the dock and the nearby rail spurs.
From Panamax vessels to inland barges, the dock is capable of moving cargo to open or covered storage warehouses, from ship to barge, truck, or intermodal rail transfer. Globalplex’s general cargo terminal, operated by Associated Terminals, is served by Canadian National (CN) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads and all major trucking and freight companies. Interstate highway connections are made easily without undue delays.