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New Baton Rouge Deepwater Dock: Genesis to Invest US$150-Million

Image courtesy of Port BR

Genesis Energy, L.P. announce plans to invest approximately US$150-million to construct a new crude oil, intermediates and refined products import / export terminal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (the Baton Rouge Terminal). The Baton Rouge Terminal will be located on approximately 90 acres of land near the Port of Greater Baton Rouge (the Port) and will be connected to the Port’s existing deepwater docks on the Mississippi River. The docks are capable of berthing vessels ranging from barges to Aframax class vessels.

MARAD Grant Boosts Container Barge Efficiency

Photo: Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Container Loading Equipment to Provide Greater Efficiencies for Container on Barge Service Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Port of New Orleans and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge will acquire specialized container loading equipment to increase efficiencies to the current container on barge shuttle service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans with a newly announced grant of $1,758,595 from the Maritime Administration (MARAD). "The container on barge shuttle service, operated by Seacor AMH…

New Orleans Receives $1.75 Mln for Port Upgrade

Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen visits with Gary LaGrange at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to officially award a MARAD grant of $1.75 million for Container on Barge service. The visit and award ceremony was held at the SEACOR AMH office Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Port's Inland Rivers Marine Terminal in Port Allen, La. Port of New Orleans (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen visited the Port of Greater Baton Rouge’s container-on-barge operation Tuesday while delivering his personal congratulations on the recent awarding of a $1.75 million grant to the Baton Rouge port and the Port of New Orleans. The grant will be used to acquire specialized container loading equipment to increase efficiencies to the current container-on-barge shuttle service operated by SEACOR AMH between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

New Officers, Baton Rouge Port Commission

Caption: Pictured (left to right):  Commissioners: Larry Johnson, secretary, West Baton Rouge Parish; Raymond Loup, vice president, West Baton Rouge Parish; Alvin Dragg, president, Ascension Parish; Jerald Juneau, treasurer, East Baton Rouge Parish.

The board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently elected officers for 2009. Officers elected include Alvin Dragg, Ascension, president; Raymond Loup, West Baton Rouge, vice president; Jerald Juneau, East Baton Rouge, treasurer; and Larry Johnson, West Baton Rouge, secretary. Dragg, who was elected president, represents Ascension Parish on the board of commissioners and has served two terms as president previously over the past two decades. He is a life-long resident of Gonzales and is a former Entergy Corporation executive.

ExxonMobil Contributes $ 0.5 Mln to Louisiana Flood Relief

ExxonMobil - Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive office ExxonMobil

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) announced today that it will donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to support local flooding disaster relief assistance in Louisiana. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and neighbors in Louisiana who have been impacted by storms and severe flooding in the region," said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation. ExxonMobil employs more than 5,500 employees and contractors in the Baton Rouge area where it has operated for more than 100 years.

ACL Announces New Scheduled Barge Transportation Service

American Commercial Lines Inc. has initiated scheduled barge transportation service on major river segments. Approximately 80% of ACL's freight volume moves between Baton Rouge, LA and Cairo, IL. In February 2007, ACL initiated scheduled sailings between these two terminals. ACL now offers 6th morning arrival when moving southbound from Cairo to Baton Rouge and 7th morning arrival when moving northbound from Baton Rouge to Cairo. ACL will also establish new service schedule products to significant shipping locations such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati in the north, as well as New Orleans and Houston in the south. ACL previously announced the capture of $30 million of organic growth in 2007.

Downtown Baton Rouge to House World-Class Water Campus

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.

Officers Elected at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Blaine Sheets (Photo courtesy Port of Greater Baton Rouge)

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, treasurer. Blaine Sheets, president, is president of Specialized Industrial Maintenance in Gonzales and is a former member of the Board of Commissioners for the Pontchartrain Levee District. Clint Seneca, vice president, is the chief deputy assessor for the Iberville Parish Assessor's Office.

Westway Terminals $3.8m Expansion in La.

Westway Terminal Company LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westway Group, Inc. (OTC BB: WTWG), launched a $3.8m expansion to its Port Allen facility today with a groundbreaking ceremony at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Expansion plans include the construction of four, one million gallon bulk liquid storage tanks, which will expand the terminal’s capabilities by 25 percent. Upon completion, the terminal will provide 22 bulk liquid storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 21 million gallons. “The project will generate 15 - 20 local construction jobs and add two full-time employees,” according to terminal manager, Terry Fleming.

Port Makes Stategic Land Purchase

Inland Rivers Marine Terminal. 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. million purchase was brokered by Marc Barker of Latter & Blum Realtors. goals and strategies for economic development. is slated for a possible barge docking facility and industrial development. The land offers ready access to U.S. Union Pacific Railroad. route to Houston by 170 miles. there. Plans are underway for development of the property. "Baton Rouge is a great place to do business and to bring business. our goal at the port. business for our region.

Container on Barge Service Launched

The Port of Greater Baton Rouge announced a new weekly short-sea shipping service for containers via barge to the Port of New Orleans. This regular service is scheduled weekly to facilitate demand from local industry. Osprey Line operates the container terminal at the Baton Rouge port’s Inland Rivers Marine Terminal and launched the first weekly shipment Friday, January 9, 2004 to the Napoleon Street Wharf Container Terminal in New Orleans. Osprey Line President Rick Couch said, “With this weekly container-on-barge shipping schedule, local companies who import and export products to and from the Port of New Orleans can take advantage of lower transportation costs. Most products can be moved by container-on-barge.

Container-on-barge Returns to Baton Rouge

Photo: Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Container-on-barge services have returned to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to provide the petrochemical industry with another option to move its products. Operated by SEACOR AMH, the service transports empty containers by barge into the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and loads them at the Inland Rivers Marine Terminal with products from nearby industries. The IRMT is located on a slack water canal off the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Port Allen. The second leg of the service delivers and returns containers to and from the Port of New Orleans, via the Mississippi River.

Trinity Sets New Headquarters in Baton Rouge

Trinity Yachts announced it is opening a new administrative headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after hurricane Katrina blew through New Orleans, La. and shut down the city. According to Felix Sabates, CEO, “Our hearts and prayers go out to our family of employees at Trinity and to all the people of New Orleans and our neighboring areas affected by Katrina. We are doing everything in our power to bring a sense of normalcy back to our employees and we will be back on line very shortly. To help facilitate things, we are setting up a new administration headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Trinity Yachts, the largest builder of superyachts in the USA, employs over 500 people at their 40 acre factory based in the Eastern section of New Orleans.

US Awards $4.85 Mln for Waterways Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $4.85 million in grants to six Marine Highway projects along the waterways of 17 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the Maritime Administration’s Marine Highway Program is to expand the use of U.S. navigable waterways to relieve landside congestion, reduce air emissions and generate other public benefits by increasing the efficiency of the surface transportation system. “These grants will help us take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of one of America’s most crucial transportation assets – our coastal and inland waterways,” Foxx said. The grants will help expand existing marine highway operations across New York Harbor…

Weeks Marine Awarded DoD Mississippi Dredge Contract

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, Louisiana, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 10, 2015. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $18,700,000 are being obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, Louisiana, is the contracting activity (W812P8-14-C-0055).  

NTSB Investigating Tanker Collision

A February tanker accident, in which a 798-foot oil tanker struck the I-10 Bridge in Baton Rouge, La., is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. The tanker tore off a bumper on the bridge pylon system meant to protect hulls of passing ships. The damage is estimated at $10 million. According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, a lawsuit will be filed against the company that owns the tanker to pay for the damage. However, DOTD officials claim the accident pilot error. The New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots - which the pilot was a member - plans to hold a hearing Sept. 26 to investigate the incident.

Gotech Awarded Contract

Gotech, Baton Rouge, La., was awarded on Nov. 9, 2005, a $12,445,551 firm-fixed-price contract for quality assurance services in Support of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Work will be performed in Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 6, 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were an unknown number of bids solicited on Oct. 5, 2005, and 98 bids were received. The Louisiana recovery field office, Baton Rouge, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-06-C-0035).

Thompson Named VP of Connector Specialists

Larry Thompson has been named vice president of operations for Connector Specialists Inc. Thompson joined the hose and fitting specialists in 1996 as a salesman in the Baton Rouge office. of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Connector Specialists has three locations - New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. As vice president of operations, Thompson works with owner-president Ed Sutton on day-to-day operations of the company. He is a member of the company's board of directors. "Larry's skills will help us continue to grow in a highly competitive market," Sutton said. Thompson has 38 years of sales and management experience, having worked in the oil and gas industry since being discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1964. He also served eight years on the Board of Commissioners for the St.

USCG Marine Safety Issues Bulletin

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 navigating the Intracoastal Waterway across the Mississippi River are encouraged to use the Algiers Locks instead of the Harvey Locks so as to avoid lengthy delays. (5/22/03). Source: HK Law

Baton Rouge – security zone - update

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin updating its security zone between mile 229 AHP at the I-10 Bridge to mile 235 at the Ben Burman Light in the vicinity of Baton Rouge. This security zone will be in effect through at least February 22, 2004. Vessels desiring to enter or operate in the zone must obtain approval from the COTP. For vessels carrying certain dangerous cargo (CDC), permission must be obtained at least four (4) hours prior to arrival. These requirements are in addition to the reporting requirements of the Inland River Vessel Movement Center. (1/2/04). (Source: HK Law)

Secretary Foxx Designates 3 Marine Highway Projects

Anthony Foxx Photo U.S. Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects. The Mississippi River, previously designated as the M-55, will serve as the primary route for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans Shuttle project. Sponsored by the Port of New Orleans in partnership with the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and SEACOR AMH, LLC, the proposed container-on-barge service will operate between the Ports of Greater Baton Rouge and New Orleans, reducing congestion and bridge traffic on Louisiana’s Interstate 10.

Port of Greater Baton Rouge Buys Land

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, "Purchasing the land was a recommendation from the port's Millennium Plan." Developed for the port in 2002, the Millennium Plan is a blueprint for the port's future, outlining goals and strategies for economic development.

Port of Baton Rouge Hires Polansky for Security

John Polansky, Jr. the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. facilities. 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. inspections of highway construction projects. Charles Harbor and Terminal District. management team," said Roger Richard, port CEO. director.

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