The St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District is slated to receive a $13 million federal grant to help pay for reconstructing the Chalmette Slip, which was built in 1907 in the port's Arabi Terminal and is the lone deep-draft calm water slip on the lower Mississippi River.
The slip has six sections of cargo wharves. The money will help rehabilitate to modern design standards the last two original wharf sections, A and F, which have been maintained but are now beyond their useful lives.
In fact, one wharf has been condemned; "another is obsolete and unsafe," U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said.
“This grant will go a long way toward sorely needed improvements,” U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said.
“With its location on the Lower Mississippi River, the Chalmette Slip is a gateway to the rest of the nation," Kennedy said.
The so-called TIGER grant — which stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery — was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“This is great news for St. Bernard Parish, the region and maritime traffic on the river,” said Rep. Steve Scalise.