St. Louis Port Authority

The Port Authority of the City of St. Louis supports economic development in the City’s 6,000-acre Port District, which lies along the City’s 19 miles of Mississippi River frontage. In addition to managing leases for City-owned property in this area, the Authority works with shipping stakeholders across the bi-state area to promote regional commerce.

Director of Port Development

Susan Taylor, 314.657.3740,
  • Works with long-term operator of the City's Municipal River Terminal (MRT) to increase throughput and promote creation of value-added economic opportunities from that throughput.
  • Upgrades existing and develops new leases for City-owned property in the Port District to maintain port revenues.
  • Creates new and participates in ongoing redevelopment projects across the Port District.
  • Meets regularly with state and federal agencies and others to develop port infrastructure funding and expedite river-borne commerce.
  • Plans and manages MRT construction projects; coordinates engineering participation of City's Board of Public Service.
  • Attends and staffs the Mayor at Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative events.
  • Manages Port Working Group, which meets bi-monthly to promote regional shipping; approximately 45 area stakeholders attend; this group transitioning to Regional Freight Authority ( management.
  • Working with Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals to develop Certified Port Executive training curriculum.

Port Operations Manager

Nick Nichols, 314.657.3744,

  • Processes lease agreements and renewals for City-owned property in the Port District, working with the Port Authority Commission and the City's Board of Alderman as needed.
  • Coordinates cruiseboat permits for up to 3-day mooring privileges with the Director of the City's Street Department.
  • Prepares documents required for monthly meetings of the Port Authority Commission.

Current Projects by SLDC and the St. Louis Port Authority

Municipal River Terminal Rail Improvements: Engineering Contract, 2016

  • Project Scope: technical plans/specs for site grading and drainage plan, floodwall gate improvements
  • Project Schedule: engineering contract now being negotiated

Municipal River Terminal Rail Access Plan, 2016

  • Project Cost: $43,567
  • Engineer: Design Nine
  • Notice-to-Proceed issued 8/26/16

Request for Qualifications for Marine Consultants, 2016

  • created prequalified list of professional-service firms for law, engineering, and real estate development
  • river-based experience required

Warehouse Upgrade Project, 2016

  • Project Cost: $466K
  • Contractor: Raineri Construction
  • Notice-to-Proceed issued 3/24/16

Fleeting Areas

View of south riverfront looking north.  From St. Louis, 30-45 barge tows operate downstream and 15-or-fewer barge tows operate upstream.  Fleeting areas, like barge parking lots, allow tows to be reconfigured, depending upon origin and destination of goods.

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Contact Information

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Phone: (314) 657-3740

1520 Market Street , Suite 2000
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

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