The Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District (Port of Lake Charles) was created under Act 67 of the Louisiana Legislature of 1924. The District encompasses 203 square miles in Calcasieu Parish and accommodates 5 million tons of cargo annually at its public facilities; it owns and operates two marine terminals, the City Docks, Bulk Terminal No. 1, and also 2 industrial parks (Industrial Canal and Industrial Park East). The Port of Lake Charles is the 11th largest seaport in the U.S. The Ship Channel has a project depth of 40 feet and a bottom width of 400 feet. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway intersects the Ship Channel 12 miles south of the City Docks.
In September, 2013 the Port of Lake Charles approved an operating agreement with LCCE for the handling and storage of methanol (Port OKs pact with Clean Energy). In addition, in November, 2013 the Port issued $40.5 million of revenue bonds to fund capital improvements, including new dock and other facilities that will be used by LCCE (Port Issues Revenue Bonds).