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As the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing 54 miles of the Mississippi River, spanning three Louisiana parishes, and receiving 4,000 deep-draft vessels and 55,000 barges on average annually, the Port of South Louisiana is well-positioned to respond to river emergencies.

In order to respond to emergencies within its jurisdiction, the Port of South Louisiana is equipped with four response vessels: the Nathan Folse, with 5,000 GPM capacity; the John James Charles, with 3500 GPM capacity; the Port Support Vessel Accardo, with 1500 GPM capacity; and the PSV Responder with C-4 capability. The Port also employs a rigid hull boat for search and rescue.

Situated within the Port of South Louisiana’s Globalplex Facility (adjacent to building 76) is a state-of-the-art incident command center, equipped with closed-circuit television cameras and satellite communications capabilities. The facility also includes emergency accommodations for emergency first responders. Port personnel are highly trained professionals with years of experience in safety and emergency response scenarios.