The Port of Ostrica is about 62 river miles downriver (about 80 kilometers or 50 miles southeast) from New Orleans. Part of the Mississippi River waterway system, the Port of Ostrica is in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish and is part of the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area. In 2000, over six thousand people lived in the Port of Ostrica. By 2010, the population was just over 1.7 thousand, presumably a result of Hurricane Katrina.
Home of the Port of Ostrica, Plaquemines Parish has the most combined water and land area in the State of Louisiana. The Parish has a rich history in the seafood industry, exporting millions of pounds of fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters. Hurricane Katrina took about half of the shrimping and shellfish fleet, and brought tremendous hardship to the citrus industry in Plaquemines Parish and the Port of Ostrica.
The port authority for the Port of Ostrica is the Plaquemines Parish Commission Council which owns the Fort Jackson Mooring Wharf. Operated by the Marine Spill Response Corporation, the Port of Ostrica's Fort Jackson Mooring Wharf is used to moor company-owned floating equipment. The company's oil spill response vessel, the Louisiana Responder, moors at the lower side of the wharf. An open-and-covered storage area of about two acres is located at the rear of this Port of Ostrica wharf. The Port of Ostrica's Fort Jackson Mooring Wharf has berthing space of 55 meters (180 feet) with alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet) MLG.
The Motto's Basin wharf in the Port of Ostrica is owned by Our Lady of Good Harbor Roman Catholic Church, Bernitha Avist, and others. Bud's Boat Rental Inc. operates this Port of Ostrica wharf where a variety of recreational and commercial small craft are moored. The Motto's Basin wharf has berthing space of 76 meters (250 feet) with alongside depth of 0.6 meters (2 feet) MLG.
Chevron Pipe Line Company owns and operates the Empire Tanker Wharf in the Port of Ostrica to receive crude oil by vessel. Pipelines connect the wharf to temporary holding tanks supporting pipeline transshipment of crude oil to refineries. The Port of Ostrica's Empire Tanker Wharf has berthing space of 335 meters (1100 feet) with alongside depth of 16.2 meters (53 feet) MLG.
The Chevron Pipe Line Company also owns and operates the Port of Ostrica's Empire Terminal Sunrise Landing. The wharf is used as a landing for crew boats and handling supplies. The crew boats transfer personnel and supplies to/from Chevron's Empire Tanker Wharf on the left bank of the river. The Empire Terminal Sunrise Landing in the Port of Ostrica has berthing space of 10 meters (33 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet) MLG.
Chevron Pipe Line Company also owns the Buras Boat Landing in the Port of Ostrica. Although it was not in use at the time of the US Army Corps of Engineers 2002 survey, the landing has one 13.7-by-6.4 meter (45-by-21-foot) pier and three 12.2 foot piers that are 0.9, 1.5, and 1.8 meters (3, 5, and 6 feet) wide. The Port of Ostrica's Buras Boat Landing has alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet).