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GREATER LAFOURCHE PORT COMMISSION BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS

CUT OFF, LA – At the February 13, 2019 board meeting, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) board elected its officers. The board elected Harris “Chuckie” Cheramie, Jr. as President, Rodney Gisclairas Vice President, Perry Gisclair as Secretary, and John Melancon, Jr. as Treasurer.

New Port Commission President Harris “Chuckie” Cheramie said, “I appreciate the confidence that my fellow commissioners have in my ability to represent Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport. I look forward to the opportunity to serve as board president and continue to guide our port and airport in a positive direction along with my fellow commissioners.”

The Port Commission are elected for six-year terms by the citizens of the 10th ward of Lafourche Parish. The executive board’s officers are nominated and elected by the board of commissioners every three years.

The board, which has jurisdiction over Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport, is the only elected port commission in the state.

The next scheduled meeting for the GLPC board will be on Wednesday, February 27 when they hold their committee meetings at 10:30 a.m. at the Port Fourchon Operations Center, 180 A.O. Rappelet Road.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission, a political subdivision of the state of Louisiana, facilitates the economic growth of the communities in which it operates by maximizing the flow of trade and commerce. We do this to grow our economy and preserve our environment and heritage. The Port Commission exercises jurisdiction over the Tenth Ward of Lafourche Parish, south of the Intracoastal Waterway, including Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport (GAO).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.  February 13, 2019.

DANOS TO ACQUIRE SHAMROCK ENERGY SOLUTIONS

GRAY, La. – Danos is pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative agreement to acquire the assets and business of Shamrock Energy Solutions, a privately held 22-year-old oilfield service company, based out of Houma, Louisiana. The deal is expected to be effective in March, 2019, and will increase the number of Danos employees by nearly 50 percent, from 2,200 to 3,200. The closing is subject to certain remaining contingencies.

“There are a lot of synergies between the companies,” said Danos Owner and Executive Eric Danos. “Both are privately owned, Louisiana-based and have a similar customer-centric, values-based approach to business.”

The acquisition will expand Danos’ portfolio service offerings – production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, scaffolding, automation, project management, materials management, shorebase and logistics, and specialized consultants – adding mechanical maintenance, valve and wellhead, regulatory compliance and measurement, and power generation.

Danos added, “This strategic investment allows Danos to better meet our customers’ needs through expansion of craftsmen, geographies served and service lines offered.”

Danos will retain Shamrock’s team of over 1,000 employees, making it one of the largest service providers in the marketplace.

“Danos exemplifies many of the same family-oriented values we’ve established at Shamrock,” said Shamrock Owner and President Jeff Trahan. “I’m excited to see how the integration of Shamrock’s business into Danos builds upon the foundation of excellence we’ve established when I purchased the business in 2008.”

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For immediate release:  10-25-2018
BOLLINGER DELIVERS THE 31st FAST RESPONSE CUTTER,
USCGC TERRELL HORNE TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD

LOCKPORT, La., Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC TERRELL HORNE, the 31st Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard took delivery on the 25th of October, 2018 in Key West, Florida.

Bollinger President & C.E.O. Ben Bordelon said, “We are happy to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC TERRELL HORNE.  “This will be the third of four FRC’s to be stationed in San Pedro, CA. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for March, 2019 in California.  Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. We are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built by Louisiana craftsmen here at Bollinger Shipyards are having such a major impact on our country’s safety and security. ”FRCs already in commission have protected our country by seizing multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved hundreds of lives.  The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our Nation for decades to come.”

The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC TERRELL HORNE, the 31st vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program has a flank speed over 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. Recently, the Coast Guard deployed the FRC 1124, OLIVER BERRY from Hawaii across the Pacific to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  The 4,400 nautical mile trip marked the furthest deployment of an FRC to date.  This trip showcases the hugely expanded operational reach and capability that the FRC provides.

Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Terrell Horne.  While leading a boarding team from the CGC Halibut, Horne died from injuries sustained while conducting maritime law enforcement operations off the California coast.  Disregarding his own safety in order to protect a fellow crewmember, Horne demonstrated remarkable initiative, fortitude and daring in spite of imminent personal danger.  Through his career, Horne earned two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, qualified for the boat forces operational insignia and the cutterman’s insignia. For his heroic actions Terrell Horne III was posthumously promoted to senior chief petty officer.

          Bollinger Shipyards LLC (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of fast military patrol boats, ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats, barges, and other steel and aluminum products from its new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 10 shipyards and all are strategically located throughout Louisiana with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region.

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LOCAL AGENCIES RECEIVE LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT TO ADDRESS HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT

THIBODAUX, La. – Louisiana Economic Development (LED) has awarded grant money to the South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC), the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority (TEDA), and Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher) through Tier 2 funding. Each of Louisiana’s eight economic development regions received funding to address workforce concerns and needs. The Bayou Region, working through SLEC, was able to secure three matching grants.

SLEC will launch a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the goal of providing short and long term technical training to workers in the Bayou Region. The apprenticeship program will benefit Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes. Strengthening the current industry and boosting its capacity is key to Louisiana’s economy. Training programs will be offered in the fields of Machine Tooling, Integrated Production Technologies, and Welding.

“We’ve seen success with past Apprenticeship Programs and it is now our goal to capitalize on those past experiences. Developing this new program will allow us to address current workforce needs within the Bayou Region and increase our workforce capacity as industry returns,” said Vic Lafont, President and CEO of SLEC.

TEDA seeks to increase qualified local contractors to gain state contracts in the coastal-restoration sector. The Louisiana Contractor’s Accreditation Institute (LCAI) began in February with a program goal to provide small construction firms with guidance, resources, and information on minority-access to stimulate growth in Terrebonne Parish.

“Whether the proprietor of an existing handyman or home improvement company, or someone wishing to start a general contracting business, that state license is crucial to growth and job creation,” said Matt Rookard, CEO of TEDA. “When licensed, those companies have greater opportunity to compete not only in the residential and commercial construction market, but also the burgeoning coastal preservation and restoration projects.”

TEDA will host the institute at Fletcher and will broadcast statewide to other community colleges for a six-week period.

Fletcher has been chosen as grant recipient to continue their Work It! Louisiana program. Work It! Louisiana is an awareness campaign designed to educate students & parents on technical education, career paths and job opportunities in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary and Assumption Parishes. It was designed by SCIA businesses to assist with developing a local workforce through the education system.

“The Fletcher Foundation is excited about this grant opportunity. Work It! Louisiana is a career awareness campaign established by SCIA in 2005. Since then, the program has grown through grants from non-profits and other foundations. With the match from LED, the Work It! Louisiana program can expand activity offerings to more students and increase career awareness throughout the Bayou Region.” Nicol Blanchard, Community Relations Coordinator.

ABOUT SLEC
The South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC) is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit economic development agency established to support regional economic development in the parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne. SLEC is one of eight regional economic organizations officially designated as strategic partners in the implementation of the economic development policies and programs of Louisiana Economic Development.

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GeauxPass

elegant_post_header_separatorA Parishwide Comprehensive Resiliency Plan

The Comprehensive Resiliency Plan was adopted by Lafourche Parish Council on April 8, 2014.

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The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014

CLICK HERE to review of copy of the Amendment.

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