The Port of Bellevue is an unincorporated area on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. It is about seven river miles downstream from the Port of Alliance and some 42 river miles downriver (28 kilometers or 17 miles by air) south-southeast of New Orleans. The Port of Bellevue is part of the Mississippi River System.
For millennia, the Southern Louisiana area that would become the Port of Bellevue was inhabited by the indigenous Chitimacha people. Frenchmen and their Acolapissa allies began slave raids in Chitimacha lands in the early 18th Century, resulting in a 12-year-long war that devastated the Chitimacha Nation. Today, the Chitimacha Tribe is the only indigenous tribe that still holds part of their original homeland. Some 950 Native Americans live on the Chitimacha Reservation.
TECO Energy Company owns and operates the TECO Bulk Terminal in the Port of Bellevue. The Bulk Terminal is served by the Port of Bellevue Barge-Unloading Stations No. 1 and 2 and by the Terminal's Berths 1 and 2.
Four tugboats handle barges moving to and from the loading/unloading facilities in the Port of Bellevue. Left bank mooring dolphins offer capacity for up to 160 light barges above the terminal. Shore moorings with capacity for as many as 242 loaded barges are located below the terminal. In-stream mooring buoys allow one ocean-going vessel to moor above the Port of Bellevue TECO Bulk Terminal.
The Barge-Unloading Station No. 1 at the TECO Bulk Terminal in the Port of Bellevue is used to receive various dry bulk commodities delivered by barge that include iron ore, coal, scrap steel, iron ore, fertilizer, and limestone. Barge-Unloading Station No. 1 in the Port of Bellevue has berthing space of 366 meters (1200 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet) MLG.
The Port of Bellevue's Barge-Unloading Station No. 2 receives a range of dry bulk commodities similar to those at Station No. 1. Barge-Unloading Station No. 2 in the Port of Bellevue has berthing space of 381 meters (1250 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet) MLG.
Berth No. 1 at the TECO Bulk Terminal in the Port of Bellevue is used to ship a variety of dry bulk commodities that include fertilizer, coal, iron ore, limestone, and scrap steel by vessel. At the rear of the berth's lower approach is an open storage area with capacity for 2.2 million tons of dry bulk. An open storage area behind the upper approach can accommodate another 2.2 million tons of dry bulk commodities. The lower open storage area serves both berths and both barge-unloading stations. The Port of Bellevue's Berth No. 1 has berthing space of 564 meters (1851 feet) with alongside depth of 16.8 meters (55 feet) MLG.
The Port of Bellevue's TECO Bulk Terminal Berth No. 2 is used to receive dry bulk commodities by vessel that include the same commodities as Berth No. 1 as well as pig iron and hyperketite iron.
Each face of the wharf is in line with the face of Berth No. 1, providing about 945 meters (3100 feet) of continuous berthing space. The facility at Berth No. 2 is designed to support the direct transfer of dry bulk cargoes between river and ocean vessels. The Port of Bellevue's Berth No. 2 is served by the same open storage areas described above. The TECO Bulk Terminal Berth No. 2 in the Port of Bellevue has berthing space of 355 meters (1164 feet) with alongside depth of 15.2 meters (50 feet) MLG.
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