Today, Governor Bobby Jindal, officials from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Department of Economic Development and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) joined leaders from the City of Baton Rouge, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Louisiana State University and other coastal research institutes to unveil plans for the establishment of The Water Campus in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has taken the leadership role in master planning a world-class Water Campus to be built just south of the Mississippi River Bridge in downtown Baton Rouge. The approximate 30 acre campus will be the home of The Water Institute of the Gulf, an independent applied research organization currently focused on producing and providing unassailable scientific solutions to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority as it works to implement Louisiana's $50 billion Coastal Protection and Restoration Plan. The initial phase will consist of the dedication of land, the construction of three facilities and an investment of more than $50 million. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will have an office on the campus, to house its 165-strong team of administrators, scientists, technicians and office support staff. Approximate building cost will be $9 million. Coastal Education & Research Facility/The Water Institute of The Gulf on the old City Dock will include public education exhibits on coastal processes
USCG Marine Safety Office New Orleans issued Marine Safety Bulletins reminding the maritime community that security zones are in effect for waters of the Mississippi River in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Unless permitted by COTP New Orleans, vessels are prohibited from operating between Mile Marker 88 to Mile Marker 103 in the vicinity of New Orleans and from Mile Marker 229 to Mile Marker 234 in the vicinity of Baton Rouge. Recreational vessels and fishing vessels
John Polansky, Jr. has been hired as the new director of engineering and security with the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. His responsibilities include oversight of the Port Construction and Development Priority Program and supervision of the design and construction of projects, as well as ensuring environmental compliance of all port facilities. Originally from South Charleston, West Virginia, Polansky graduated from West Virginia University in
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently purchased a parcel of land strategically located adjacent to the port's Inland Rivers Marine Terminal. The purchase includes 140 acres of land with 5,000 linear feet of water frontage on the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The land was purchased from 11 heirs of the Hummel estate. The $1.675 million purchase was brokered by Marc Barker of Latter & Blum Realtors. Port of Greater Baton Rouge CEO Roger Richard said
Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr. passed away on June 27, 2014. He was 87 years old. Joe was president of Three Rivers Rock Quarry in Smithland, Ky. (a division of Harbert Construction), Three Rivers Towing, Harcon Barge Lines and Louisiana Limestone during the late 60s and 70s. He also worked later for Luhr Brothers at their St. Genevieve, Mo. Facility and was General Manager for Boyce Machinery in Morgan City, La. for a few years and also worked as a consultant and for NREC in Houma after he retired
Tenaska Bayou LNG expected to meet growing marine, transportation and oil and gas exploration and production demand on the Gulf Coast Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC and Waller Marine, Inc. today announced that they have agreed to develop, construct, own and operate Louisiana's first natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility along the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Mississippi River corridor with access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photographs The Coast Guard is responding to an inland oil spill at mile marker 32 of the Ouachita/Black River. These Aug. 22 photographs show the location where the motor vessel Tulsa, a dredge, sank in the middle of the channel Monday, spilling an estimated 840 gallons of diesel fuel, hydraulic oil and lube oil. All four crewmembers were safely rescued from the water and the waterway was closed to maritime traffic to facilitate the cleanup and salvage operations
Swollen by weeks of heavy rain and snowmelt, the Mississippi River has been breaking high-water records that have stood since the 1920s and 1930s; it is projected to crest at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on 19 May and break the mark set there during the historic Great Flood of 1927; the crest is expected to reach New Orleans on 23 May; officials with the Port of New Orleans said the Coast Guard may close the river to ships as early as Monday
The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge after it was partially closed due to a barge that sank Monday. A portion of the river had been closed to commercial deep-draft traffic after a deck barge sank November 11. The search for the sunken barge was conducted using sonar surveys by vessels from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as contracted vessels. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the barge was found outside the navigable channel
Offshore survey company Fugro Chance Inc. has appointed Blaine Thibodeaux to president. His responsibilities include Fugro’s Gulf of Mexico and Arctic offshore operations, including marine positioning, offshore construction and subsea projects, and international services. Having begun his career with Fugro’s IT group in 1996, Thibodeaux joined John Chance Land Surveys (a Fugro company) in 1997. As a Division Manager, he oversaw FLI-MAP, the airborne corridor mapping system
US Department of Defense inform that Weeks Marine, Inc., Covington, Louisiana, was awarded an $18,700,000 firm-fixed-price contract with options for Mississippi River hopper dredge disposal from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico. DoD explains that work will be performed in Baton Rouge
Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter
U.S. EPA brings together local stakeholders for cleaner waterways The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality presented an Environmental Leadership Award to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans at a ceremony held recently at DEQ’s headquarters in Baton Rouge
Over that past 15 to 20 years there has been a revolution in U.S. ship docking tugs. Larger container ships and tankers made obsolete the conventional single and twin propeller tugs that could serve either line haul or ship docking functions
The board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently elected officers for 2014. Officers elected include Blaine Sheets, Ascension Parish, president; Clint Seneca, Iberville Parish, vice president; Corey Sarullo, Iberville Parish, secretary; and Bobby Watts, East Baton Rouge
Industrial Emergency Services LLC (IES) says that as part of its ongoing nationwide expansion of land-based and maritime emergency response and related safety services, it has added capabilities on the East Coast to supplement its existing Gulf Coast and West Coast infrastructure.
Today in U.S. Naval History - March 14 1863 - R. Adm Farragut's squadron of seven ships forces way up Mississippi River to support Union troops at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge 1929 - NAS Pensacola aircraft make 113 flights for flood rescue and relief
'Window in the Waves', featuring Coral Reef in Gulf of Mexico will go on the air in May and June next. It is the story of the Flower Garden Banks, a documentary by Director of Photography Todd Richard of Synergy Productions in association with Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
The Board of Directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation is expected to appoint D.G. (Jerry) Wascom, president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and elect him a vice president of the corporation, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Wascom, 58, is currently director of refining for North America
Spend dollars up on dredging, cubic yards moved down. Combined with a reduction in the USACE federal budget, the situation threatens a perfect storm for domestic requirements. U.S. dredging this decade, measured in cubic yards, is only half as active as it was in the early 1960s
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will establish a safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River, Above Head of Passes, from MM 215.0 to MM 217.0, in the vicinity of the L'Auberge Casino, Baton Rouge, LA
Patrick T. Mulva, vice president and controller of Exxon Mobil Corporation has announced his intention to retire on Sept. 1, 2014, after more than 38 years of service. Mulva, 63, joined Exxon Company U.S.A. in 1976 as a financial analyst at the company’s refinery in Baton Rouge
Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut
The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 205 to 215 near Plaquemine Point due to an unknown white haze, Friday morning Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge received notifications about the haze at 9 a.m.
Sen. Landrieu Announces $10m for Port of Lake Charles Terminal Expansion 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