Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District (PPHTD) has entered an exclusivity agreement with American Patriot Holdings (APH) to jointly develop a new intermodal container port on the lower Mississippi River, US.

APH subsidiary American Patriot Container Transport (APCT) is set to provide its inland vessel design capability as part of the deal, which will be used to deliver containers to and from ports on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

The proposed port will cover an area of 4,200 acres and will be designed to cater to the biggest ocean carriers, including vessels up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity.

Deep-water access and 21,600ft of waterfront space will enable the port to accommodate multiple ocean and APCT vessels simultaneously.

The port will also feature a recently announced $8.5bn LNG re-liquefaction facility, a break bulk terminal and a container terminal, which will be built on 1,000 acres of land.

"Cargo flows through the most efficient economical route and our plans are to provide shorter dwell times and the lowest cost with fast and reliable routes."

Plaquemines Port executive director Sandy Sanders said: “We’re building a new, modern technology port from the ground up where berthing depths exceed 60ft and with the capability to accommodate the larger Post-Panamax vessels coming through the widened and deepened Panama Canal.

“Containers imported to the Plaquemines Port would be transferred to APCT’s revolutionary vessels for delivery to their upriver port destination. Export containers will be efficiently delivered from upriver ports to the Plaquemines Port for export on ocean carriers.

“Beneficial Cargo Owners and Ocean Carriers alike should look at the planned port as a solution to their logistic problems and the high intermodal costs that plague them today.

"Cargo flows through the most efficient economical route and our plans are to provide shorter dwell times and the lowest cost with fast and reliable routes.”

PPHTD and APH have recently completed a ‘pre-feasibility report’ on the proposed container port and its entire logistic system.