GLPC AND CORPS SIGN ASSUMPTION OF MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT
New Orleans, LA – On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) formally entered in to an Assumption of Maintenance Agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to extend the reach of the federally-maintained channel in Bayou Lafourche at a signing ceremony at USACE District Headquarters.
“This agreement is the culmination of over five years of work to demonstrate to the Corps and the nation the benefits of maintaining this additional stretch of the navigable channel in Bayou Lafourche, which provides access to our Northern Expansion development at Port Fourchon,” said Chett Chiasson, Executive Director of GLPC.
Previously, the Corps of Engineers only maintained the section of the channel from the extent of the jetties in Belle Pass to just north of Port Fourchon’s E-Slip, with GLPC being responsible for maintaining the channel north to Flotation Canal. Today’s action adds 1.1 miles of additional channel in Bayou Lafourche to the Corps’ regular program of maintenance dredging.
“Historically, the Corps maintained what they did because the port first developed along old Pass Fourchon, and then into the early stretch of Bayou Lafourche with our E-Slip development in the 1990s,” said Port Commission Board President Perry Gisclair. “But with the bulk of our growth since 2000 in the Northern Expansion developing from Bayou Lafourche into Flotation Canal, it made sense for the Corps to assume the maintenance of this additional section of waterway to protect these vital navigation interests for the nation,” Gisclair added.
Under the agreement, GLPC will perform one final maintenance dredge cycle of this section of the channel before handing off responsibility for future maintenance to the Corps.
Separate to this agreement, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission is nearing completion of its Section 203 Feasibility Study on deepening Belle Pass from its entrance at the Gulf of Mexico to the port’s Pass Fourchon waterway. The study delineates the potential for deepening draft in the channel up to fifty feet, with an eye toward developing the Gulf’s first purpose-built deepwater rig repair and refurbishment facility.
“This is just the beginning of our work,” Chiasson said, “to continue to evolve and develop America’s energy services port and adapt to the changing needs of both our industry and our environment. We are so grateful for the cooperation and collaborative relationship we enjoy with the New Orleans District and the Corps in general.”
According to Chiasson, not only will this purpose-built facility add much-needed capacity to capture and retain nearly $100 million worth of repair work currently leaving the US in favor of foreign facilities, but the sediments generated by the channel deepening project will yield millions of cubic yards of material that can also be used to rebuild coastal wetlands. The Greater Lafourche Port Commission’s plans are to build in a manner designed to provide strategic, long-term asset protection to Port Fourchon and the industrial asset base in the region as well as make the community more resilient to future storms.
GLPC intends to have the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) completed and out for public and agency comment this spring, with a goal of federal authorization for a deeper channel into Port Fourchon by early 2019
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.
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.
HANK DANOS RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION
GRAY, La. – Danos Chairman Garrett “Hank” Danos has been named to the National Safety Council’s “CEOs Who ‘Get It’” list for 2018. The annual recognition is presented to safety leaders who go above and beyond to protect employees both on and off the job. Danos is one of eight executives featured in the February 2018 issue of Safety+Health magazine.
President of Danos since 1990, Hank Danos led the company to steadily improve and refine its safety procedures and training. He has overseen a wide range of new safety initiatives, from quarterly, safety-focused town hall events to hazard scavenger hunts. He has made accountability for safety a company-wide, top-to-bottom priority, encouraging feedback and innovation at every level.
“We are a family-owned company, and nothing is more important to us than making sure our employees return home safely to their families every day,” says Danos. “We realize that safety is the first and the most basic responsibility that each of us must share in, and it is at the core of who we are and all that we do.”
Danos’ focus on safety includes everything from mobile hazard reporting and field inspections to customer safety meetings and weekly safety roundtables. “As our partner service providers and clients have come to embrace a common focus on safety, we have been able to work together to achieve even better results,” Danos observes.
“These leaders understand that nothing drives business like safety,” says Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC). “They have set a high bar for both their peers and employees, and we are proud to recognize their efforts.”
About Danos – Founded in 1947, Danos is a family-owned and managed oilfield service provider. A trusted industry partner, Danos offers the most responsive end-to-end integrated service solutions — safe, on time and on budget. Danos achieves world-class safety results and customer loyalty due to a values-based approach and an unyielding commitment to employee engagement and training. Learn more at Danos.com.
BOLLINGER DELIVERS THE 27TH FAST RESPONSE CUTTER, USCGC RICHARD SNYDER TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD
February 8, 2018
LOCKPORT, La., Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC RICHARD SNYDER, the 27th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 8th of February, 2018 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for April, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, NC.
We are pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC RICHARD SNYDER,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the first FRC to be stationed in Atlantic Beach, NC. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida, San Juan, PR, Cape May, NJ, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Pascagoula, MS and Honolulu, HI. FRCs already in commission have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many 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. 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.”
The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC RICHARD SNYDER is the 27th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 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.
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 Richard Snyder. On May 27, 1944 as U.S. forces attacked Biak Island, at the western end of Papua, New Guinea, Snyder was serving as a member of Navy Beach Party Number Six when members of a landing party were subject to severe hand grenade bombardment from Japanese troops. By his initiative and resourceful fighting qualities under fire, he defeated the enemy resistance and made possible the expeditious landing of vital material without casualty. For gallantry in action during the amphibious assault, Snyder was awarded the Silver Star.
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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