NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — The Port of Iberia has added hundreds of acres of waterfront property with much of the new developed acreage already taken by companies wanting direct waterway access to the Gulf of Mexico's oil and gas fields.

The Advocate reports ( that the port's Board of Commissioners has accepted work that added more than 200 acres of bulk-head waterfront property to the port's existing 3,500 acres. All the waterfront property at the port, which is two miles south of New Iberia, is man-made.

Engineers say the project extended a slip 2,000 feet beyond where it stopped.

The slip is 200 feet wide and 13 to 14 feet deep, a depth consistent with the port's other man-made waterways.

The project cost $7 million.

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