The Port of Iberia is another step further in dredging the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel (AGMAC). The AGMAC would allow dredging of a 16-foot deep channel from the Port of Iberia to the Gulf of Mexico via the Intracoastal Canal. Craig Romero, Port Executive Director, stated that $13.5 million has been received from the state to begin Phase I. The first step to prepare for the dredging is to lower five pipelines to required depth at the Commercial Canal between the port and the Intracoastal Waterway. This work is slated to begin in July 2020. Improved bulkheads to 20 feet inside the port have already been completed at a cost of $29 Million dollars over the past 5 years. Romero emphasized the importance of the channel to Port businesses to remain competitive. “Dynamic, Omega, Frank’s…they are all being denied the ability to bid on projects because of navigation charts showing a low depth at the Port of Iberia,” Romero said.
Executive Director Craig Romero recently made a presentation to the Mississippi River Commission at a meeting in Houma, LA. during their annual low-water inspection trip. The Mississippi River Commission develops plans to improve the consideration of the Mississippi River, foster navigation, promote commerce, and prevent destructive floods. They provide water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the Administration, Congress and the Army. Romero reported on the status of deepening the channel to the Gulf of Mexico and its importance. Continue reading
The Port of Iberia continues working toward the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel. Craig Romero, Port Executive Director, recently met with the newly elected delegation to brief them on the AGMAC status and emphasis on its importance. “Between the Port and the state of Louisiana there is approximately $30,000 million that has already been spent preparing for the deepening of our channel to the Gulf of Mexico,” Craig Romero stated. “We will continue to pursue the deepening of the channel. The AGMAC will increase the business potential for the Port of Iberia and Acadiana.”
The Port of Iberia recently secured $8.5 million from the State Bond Commission for the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel. Craig F. Romero, Executive Director of the Port of Iberia stated, “Our state legislative delegation was very instrumental in securing this Bond Commission approval.” This puts almost $30 million available for this project from the state. “It is a step closer to becoming a reality,” said Romero. “The recent announcements of growth and expansions happening at the Port of Iberia show the increased business potential for the Port and Acadiana with additional water depth.”