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page0001The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Commission held a stakeholder meeting Monday to mainly discuss upcoming dredging projects. From left, are Port Attorney Gerard Bourgeois, commissioners Pete Orlando and Steven Cornes, and Commission President Joe Cain.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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After lots of talk in the past year about starting major dredging projects in the Morgan City area, officials say work will finally be in full swing by the summer. 
The Port of Morgan City hosted a stakeholder meeting and its regular monthly commission meeting Monday.
By September, officials hope to achieve a decent enough water depth to accommodate a lot of vessel traffic from Crewboat Cut south of Morgan City in the Atchafalaya River to the end of the Atchafalaya River Bar Channel, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  Sediment accumulation has stifled waterway commerce in the Morgan City area, because many vessels cannot get through the waterways.

lombardocornesswearinginStanding, from left, Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Attorney Gerard Bourgeois swears in new port
commissioners Troy Lombardo and Steven Cornes at the start of Monday’s commission meeting.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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Despite the partial federal government shutdown, the first meeting of 2019 for the Morgan City Harbor and
Terminal District Commission went on mostly as it normally does.  Two new commissioners, Steven Cornes and Troy Lombardo, were sworn in at the start Monday’s meeting. The commission also elected Joe Cain as commission president, Lee Dragna as vice president, Deborah Garber as treasurer and Tim Matthews as  secretary. 

As we begin 2019, the Port of Morgan City is pleased to deliver our annual report for the year 2018 to you!  It is rather lengthy, but we hope you will take the time to read it.  We have a lot of good information to share with you.  We also provided links throughout our report to some of the things we discussed incase you want to learn more about the topic.

10yearsThe Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Commission recently recognized commissioners Matt Ackel and Duane Lodrigue for a decade of service on the commission. Both are nearing the end of their time as port commissioners. Front row, from left, are Port Office Manager Tori Henry, Ackel, Lodrigue, and Commissioner Joe Cain.  Back row are commissioners Tim Matthews Sr. and Ben Adams, Port Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade, Commissioner Adam Mayon, Port Economic Development Manager Cindy Cutrera, and commissioners Lee Dragna and Pete Orlando.

The Port of Morgan City is set to receive another $3 million for dredging through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, bringing the port’s total dredging funds announced in thepast year to roughly $45 million. In a Monday email, Port Economic Development Manager Cindy Cutrera stated that the Corps of Engineers’ fiscal year 2019 work plan will include an additional $3.025 million allocation for dredging of the Atchafalaya River and Bayous Boeuf, Black and Chene.

October 31, 2018 – PORT OF MORGAN CITY, LA, The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District (Port of Morgan City) was notified that on October 30, 2018 the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a Single Award Task Order Contract to Brice Civil Constructors, Inc. (Brice) to dredge the Atchafalaya River Bar Channel. Brice will be working with specialty-built equipment to reduce the density of the fluid mud, referred to as fluff, in the last 12 miles of the channel in the Gulf of Mexico.  Brice plans to start immediately purchasing the components needed to assemble the plant at Halimar Shipyard, LLC in Morgan City, Louisiana.  Brice anticipates roughly 150 days to procure, assemble, and test the plant with operations to immediately follow.

Jon McVay, President of Brice Civil Constructors, Inc. stated, “We look forward to joining your community and working with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Morgan City to successfully complete this project.”

The Corps of Engineers will continue to issue contracts for sand removal by cutterhead dredge from the remainder of the channel.

Raymond “Mac” Wade, Executive Director of the Port of Morgan City said, “The combination of these two operations will provide a reliable, consistent, 20’ deep by 400’ wide channel.”

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National Waterways Conference Gulf Ports Assoc of the Americas
Louisiana Industrial Develpment Esecutives Assoc Ports Association of Louisiana
Ports Association of Louisiana 
Gulf Intracostal Canal Association Inland RIvers Ports and Teminals 
US Coast Guard Houma