Cargo passing through the Port of Baton Rouge public docks in 2014 more than doubled over 2013’s figures, according to a year end statistics reported by the Baton Rouge Business Report. In 2014, the port handled more than 9.2 million tons of cargo, a large increase over the 4.2 million tons in 2013. Port officials credit a new grain elevator completed in 2013 to the growth. In 2013, the port handled some 577,600 tons of grain. In 2014, that figure had increased to 4.1 million tons. Activity at the port’s petroleum fuel terminal was also up last year, by about 44 percent over 2013. The Port of New Orleans also had a record year with a 14 year high of 8.37 million tons of cargo, a 28 percent increase over 2013.
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