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Tomasz Neumann

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Channel Utilization in South Louisiana Using AIS Data, 2011-2012
1 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
ABSTRACT: South Louisiana is undergoing rapid land loss and the construction and utilization of navigation channels by the offshore oil and gas industry, the commercial fishing industry, the oil refining industry, and freight shippers is one cause. A network of natural and man-made navigation channels support commerce and industry throughout the region, but no quantitative information is available on the users of the channels and their contribution to land loss. The purpose of this note is to characterize utilization across eight channels in South Louisiana using data from the Automatic Identification System. Approximately 125,000 vessels used the channels over a two year period between 2011-2012. The Mississippi River was the most heavily utilized channel with an average of 345 vessels per week across the report zone, followed by Bayou Lafourche and Sabine Pass with about 195 vessels per week. The oil refining industry was the primary user of the Calcasieu and Sabine Pass channels while the freight industry was the primary user of the Mississippi River. The offshore oil and gas industry were the primary users of Bayou Lafourche, the Houma Navigation Canal, the Atchafalaya River and Freshwater Bayou.
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Citation note:
Kaiser M.J.: Channel Utilization in South Louisiana Using AIS Data, 2011-2012. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 8, No. 4, doi:10.12716/1001.08.04.05, pp. 515-522, 2014

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