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Site Selection Magazine Boasts SWLA

Experts who track the long-term economic growth of Southwest Louisiana are running out of superlatives to describe the record-setting pace of Lake Charles and the surrounding region. When noted economist Dr. Loren C. Scott prepared his annual Louisiana Economic Outlook and presented it in October 2017, he wrote this about the region that encompasses Allen, […]


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Forbes Mentions Port of Lake Charles

2017 will go down as a good year for U.S. trade growth, but that’s coming on the heels of a rarity — two successive years of decline, something that had only happened once before in at least a quarter century. Here is a look at the 10 U.S. seaports where exports have grown the most […]


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Krielow and Lorenzi Join Port Board Of Commissioners

Carl Krielow and Thomas Lorenzi have been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Board of Commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, which operates the Port of Lake Charles. An attorney with Lorenzi & Barnatt, Lorenzi was named as the 2007 Distinguished Attorney by the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was the […]


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Port of Lake Charles • Calcasieu Ship Channel

Ready for Future Growth

The Channel is Capable of Doubling
Present Traffic Capacity—and More

The Port of Lake Charles commissioned the Calcasieu Ship Channel Traffic Study to project future channel use. The study used scientific methods to analyze actual historical shipping, tide and weather data, and simulated more than doubling ship traffic over 20 years, with much of the traffic increase occurring by 2023.

The study concluded “The Channel handled all of the scheduled traffic. This shows that the Channel has sufficient capacity to receive and handle the additional traffic forecasted.”

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Petroleum and LNG

The Channel is an Experienced and
Reliable Highway for Energy Cargo

  • 85% of tonnage shipped on the Calcasieu Ship Channel is energy cargo.
  • The Channel is home to the nation’s sixth-largest refinery, and carries 7.5% of the nation’s daily oil consumption.
  • The world’s first trans-ocean LNG shipment sailed from Lake Charles in 1959.
  • More than 600 LNG ships have safely and efficiently transited the Channel.
  • The Port of Lake Charles has 17 pilots highly trained and experienced in handling LNG vessels.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the Channel, and dredging is funded in the Federal budget.

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PORT OF LAKE CHARLES • CALCASIEU SHIP CHANNEL

Reliable Shipping
Proven by Historical Performance
and Prepared for Future Growth