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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Southwest Louisiana News

Photo Credit/Port NOLA: Container vessel being worked by current gantry cranes at Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal site.

Port of New Orleans to buy New Gantry Cranes

New Cranes Allow Port NOLA to Accommodate Larger Ships and Meet Growing Needs. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) have voted to approve the purchase of two new 100-foot gauge container gantry cranes to be used at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. “These new cranes are vital to our success and growth here at Port NOLA,” said President and CEO Brandy D. Christian. “They will increase our efficiency so we can accommodate larger and wider ships…

Dredging Completed on the Vinton Navigation Channel

Port of Vinton officials announced  that dredging operations near the mouth of the Vinton Navigation Channel has been completed.Magnolia Dredging of Mandeville, La., was the contractor on the $1.098 million maintenance dredging project that removed more than 21,400 cubic yards of spoils over a 24-week period. The southernmost portion of the channel where it enters into the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway was returned to an elevation of minus-10.5 feet, and the spoils were relocated…

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West Calcasieu Port Barge Basin Dredge Work Completed

Dredging operations in the West Calcasieu Port’s west barge basin were completed today and that all tenant operations in the basin have returned to full operations, port officials announced today.Coastal Dredging of Hammond, La., was the contractor on the $1.3 million maintenance dredging project that removed more than 140,000 cubic yards of spoils over a 10-week period. The port’s barge basin depth was returned to a minus-10 feet, and the spoils were relocated into the ports…

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West Calcasieu Port Awards Dredging Contract

The West Calcasieu Port Board of Commissioners voted this week to award the contract for the dredging of the Louisiana port's west barge basin to Coastal Dredging Company, Inc. of Hammond, La.. The successful base bid of $1,334,020 was the lowest among six bids received by the port during its competitive public bid process. “The West Cal Port Board of Commissioners was encouraged to have received such a large number of bid packets for the project,” said Dick Kennison, board president for the West Calcasieu Port.

Dick Kennison (Photo: West Calcasieu Port)

West Calcasieu Port Board President Reelected

Sulphur businessman Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison has been reelected president of the West Calcasieu Port board of commissioners during the port board’s October monthly meeting. Kennison’s term is for one year. Also reelected by the five-member board were vice president Wilmer Dugas and secretary/treasurer Tim Dougherty. Kennison is a 46-year veteran of the forestry and lumber industry. He currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc., a position he has held since 1997.

Dick Kennison (Photo: West Calcasieu Port)

Kennison Reelected West Calcasieu Port Board President

Sulphur businessman Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison was reelected for a one year term as president of the West Calcasieu Port board of commissioners during the port board’s October monthly meeting. The five-member board also re-elected Wilmer Dugas as vice president and Tim Dougherty as secretary/treasurer. Kennison is a 47-year veteran of the forestry and lumber industry. He currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc., a position he has held since 1997.

 Ira Pryor

H2O Names Pryor Gulf Coast Sales Consultant

H2O, Inc., a leading water system equipment provider, has named Ira Pryor Gulf Coast Sales Consultant, announced H2O President Jess Fike. Pryor will focus on the Gulf Coast drilling market. His responsibilities will include sales and coordinating service for H2O’s patented Reverse Osmosis Watermaker Systems and rental equipment. Pryor has more than 25 years of sales experience in the oil and gas industry. He has extensive experience in specialized tools and providing technical support and training to customers.

U.S. Coast Guard photos by Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles

Lake Charles Receives New USCG Commander

The Unites States’ 13th busiest port by tonnage received a new commanding officer Thursday at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Lake Charles. Cmdr. Monica L. Rochester, previously the chief of prevention at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, relieved Cmdr. Will E. Watson during a change-of-command ceremony at the Lake Charles Civic Center. “When I assumed command three years ago, I was so excited about the Coast Guard having chose me to bear this awesome responsibility. What I…

Commissioner Doyle: Photo in public domain

FMC Commissioner Gives Keynote on Panama Canal

Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission, has given the keynote address at the Eno Center for Transportation Forum on the Panama Canal entitled: Lessons Learned and Implications for World Commerce. His comments on the future of the canal's LNG trade are also extracted below. Commissioner Doyle noted that the Obama Administration, members of Congress and state and local officials support the tremendous economic, business, job-supporting, energy and transportation related opportunities the expanded Canal will bring to the United States.

Port of Lake Charles Terminal Expansion Gains $10m

Sen. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a Senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $10 million grant for the Port of Lake Charles through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Grant Program. Today’s grant will expand the Port’s Bulk Terminal. In April, Sen. Landrieu wrote a letter in support of funding the Port of Lake Charles. Today’s grant will create 1,500 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs at the Port. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter

Vitter Named to WRDA Conference Committee to Work on Final Bill

Landmark legislation has strong bipartisan support, will bring huge benefits for Louisiana. U.S. Sen. David Vitter has announced that he has officially been selected to be on the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) conference committee. In March, the Senate passed its version 83 to 14. Last week the House passed its version 417 to 3. Vitter is the lead sponsor of the Senate bill and the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill.

Captain George “Joe” Paitl

LNG America Taps Paitl for VP Marine Ops

LNG America welcomes Captain George “Joe” Paitl to position of VP Marine Operations and HSSE Compliance. Capt. Paitl is a retired US Coast Guard senior officer who most recently held the position of Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, where he oversaw safety, security, law enforcement, and environmental regulatory compliance across a 39,000 square mile area spanning Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana; the Port Arthur unit includes the nation's busiest commercial military cargo port…

Leon Charles Moncla Jr. (Photo: LAGCOE)

2015 LAGCOE Looey to Honor Leon Charles Moncla Jr.

This year the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE), one of the world's pioneer oil and gas expositions, honors Leon Charles Moncla Jr. as LAGCOE Looey 2015 in recognition of his 45-plus years of service in the oil and gas industry. LAGCOE Looey recipients have shaped the oil and gas industry through years of devoted hard work while continuously giving back to their community. This year’s commendable recipient is no different. “LAGCOE Looey 2015 epitomizes the qualities of a true Southwest Louisiana oil man: entrepreneurial risk-taking…