PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Port Fourchon's director says the port could reap new business if Mexico gives final approval to a measure that would open the country to foreign oil drilling for the first time in 75 years.

The south Lafourche port handles about 90 percent of all deep water service traffic in the Gulf of Mexico. That gives it a strategic advantage in its ability to cater to the specialty ships and rigs that drill in deep water. The Courier of Houma reports that the Mexican oil service port lacks sufficient depth to accommodate many deep water drill ships and offshore service boats.

Port Fourchon director Chett Chiasson says port officials have been getting in touch with port tenants to see what their needs might be regarding Mexico.

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