Plaquemines Parish Port lies on the last leg of the Mississippi River as it enters the Gulf of Mexico in far south Louisiana. Plaquemines Parish surrounds the river's last 113 kilometers. The terrible hurricanes of 2005, Rita and Katrina, severely damaged the Plaquemines Parish Port, but restoration efforts are underway to restore and upgrade the levees to avoid future damage.
Plaquemines Parish Port, Harbor and Terminal District, contains 12 anchorages stretching from 12-Mile Anchorage in the north to Pilottown in the south. Plaquemines Parish Port is the gateway to the Ports of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and to all of the Mississippi River Valley export corridor. Two of the country's biggest coal terminals are located at Plaquemines Parish Port: International Marine Terminals and TECO Bulk Terminal.