April 24, 2009

Experts in the fields of transportation, economic development and coastal restoration were among those to address the 26th annual Ports Association of Louisiana conference at the Holiday Inn of Morgan City. The three-day 26th annual conference ended this morning with a board meeting. “Atchafalaya Gateway: Leading to the Gulf and Beyond,” was the theme of the event. Helping welcome the visitors to the area were Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte, Berwick Mayor Louis Ratcliff, St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin, Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District President Raymond “Mac” Wade and state Reps. Joe Harrison, R-Labadieville, and Simone Champagne, D-Jeanerette. Louisiana Secretary of Transportation and Development Dr. William Ankner, state Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret and Department of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Lori LeBlanc offered optimistic predictions about the future of the state in their respective fields. The crystal ball was not nearly as clear for Jennifer Marusak of Moving Louisiana Forward, a transportation watchdog group, and R. King Milling, who heads the America’s Wetlands campaign. Offering their insights to conference attendees about ongoing coastal and border protection efforts were Garrett Graves and Mitch Merriam.

May 22, 2009

Appointment to the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Board of Commissioners: Jerry A. Gauthier, of Berwick, is currently the Vice President and General Manager, Americas Region, for Oceaneering International, Inc. an offshore oil and gas provider of underwater services, engineering and subsea products. Mr. Gauthier has been an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations. He served as a member of the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District from 2005 to 2008.  He will serve as a Morgan City member, as required by statute.


Corps service competition general’s biggest concern When it comes to flood threats or navigation needs, Brigadier Gen. Michael J. Walsh is the man you want on your side. Walsh heads the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest division with more than 2,500 employees under his command. Wednesday, he shared his insights and concerns with members of the Ports Association of Louisiana attending their 26th annual convention that concluded this morning with a board meeting at the Holiday Inn. The Corps’ Vicksburg-based Mississippi Valley Division not only oversees navigation and flood control issues in the lower reaches of the system, it also has jurisdiction in the far northern regions of the U.S. where rampant flooding was an issue in Fargo, N.D., earlier this year. Walsh said the Corps’ mission is to provide flood control, ensure navigable waterways and protect the ecosystem of the nation’s rivers.

Feb 28, 2009

Larry Doiron resigned from the Board and will no longer serve on the Board of Commissioners. In appreciation for his 27+ years of outstanding support and efforts, the Morgan City Harbor & Terminal District would like to extend its warmest wishes and thanks to Mr. Doiron for his invaluable contribution to the Port of Morgan City.

Oct 31, 2008

Appointment to the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Board of Commissioners: William “Bill” Pecoraro, of Morgan City, will retire from Gulf Craft, Inc. in May 2009 after serving in administration for 40 years. Gulf Craft, Inc. is a leading provider of new aluminum vessel construction. Pecoraro, a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, currently serves on the Morgan City Wharf Commission, is a member of the St. Mary Industrial Group, the Atchafalaya River Coalition and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He will serve as an at-large member, as required by statute.

Sept 22, 2008

Appointments to the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Board of Commissioners: Duane Lodrigue, of Berwick, is a manager for Oceaneering International, Inc., which is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry. Lodrigue will serve as an at-large member, as required by statute. Matt Ackel, of Berwick, is a retired field superintendent at ExxonMobil in the Gulf of Mexico region and will serve as an at-large member, as required by statute.


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