Louisiana COPRI Webinar - Mississippi River Deepening of the Ship Channel

When:  May 13, 2021 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  COPRI Public Events
The Lowering of the Mississippi River Shipping Channel

Brought to you by the Louisiana COPRI Professional Chapter
Chair - Tyler Ortego, P.E., M.ASCE

The Lower Mississippi River Ship Channel Deepening Project will deepen the lower portion of the River from 45 feet to 50 feet, which should provide deep-draft access to the ports at Plaquemines, New Orleans, South Louisiana, and Baton Rouge. This final 256 mile stretch is where river transportation ships more than 50% of the U.S. corn and soybeans to the U.S. export markets. The material dredged from the first 30 miles of the project near the mouth of the Mississippi River is designated to restore approximately 1,400 acres of critical marsh habitat.

Phase 1 of the project will provide a 50-foot channel from the Gulf of Mexico through Southwest Pass to Belmont Crossing and open up approximately 175 miles of the ship channel to the deeper draft (Phase 1 is currently underway and is what Sean will likely focus on). The second phase of the project will is to deepen specific locations between New Orleans and Baton Rouge where shoals have developed. The Corps estimates it will finish the entire project by 2024.


Sean M. Duffy, Sr.
Executive Director, Big River Coalition; Executive Vice President, Louisiana Maritime Association

The Big River Coalition is committed to ensuring the future of navigation on the Mississippi River Ship Channel (MRSC) as one of the nation’s fundamental natural resources and true economic
powerhouse. The Mississippi River and Tributaries has an estimated annual impact of $735 billion on the nation’s economy and is responsible for 2.4 million jobs (585,000 jobs on the Lower River – Cairo, IL to the Gulf of Mexico and over 1.86 million jobs on the Upper River – Lake Itasca, MN to Cairo, IL when including the IL River).

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Sean Herpolsheimer
(703)295-6000 EXT 6370
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