Port of Morgan City

Contact

Physical Address:
7327 Highway 182
Morgan City, La 70380

Operating Hours:
8am - 4:30pm (Closed for lunch)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1460,
Morgan City, La 70381

Tel:  985-384-0850
Fax: 985-385-1931

Email: .

Port Terminal:
800 Youngs Road
Morgan City, LA
70380
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Manson Construction Co. began dredging Berwick Bay Sept. 19 and will finish the project in
about a month.  The contract dredged about a 3-mile stretch from 20 Grand Point and
Tidewater Point to Stouts Pass. Dredging should start in the Atchafalaya River Bar Channel
Oct. 29 and could last up to 100 days.

BY ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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Dredging work is ongoing in Berwick Bay and set to begin in the Atchafalaya River Bar Channel by the end of October in an effort to keep the area’s waterways deep enough for vessels to navigate. Workers began routine maintenance dredging of Berwick Bay in the Atchafalaya River Sept. 19 as part of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract and will probably finish in about another month, Port of Morgan City Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade said. The work cost roughly $2.5 million to dredge a 3-mile stretch, which entailed going from Tidewater Point and 20 Grand Point, under the U.S. 90 and La. 182 bridges, and north to Stouts Pass, Wade said. Berwick Bay is being dredged to about 12 feet deep along the edges of the Morgan City side of the bay. However, the middle of the bay doesn’t need to be dredged and is 45 feet to 60 feet deep. The Berwick side of the bay also doesn’t have any depth issues, Wade said. There haven’t been any vessel traffic issues reported due to the dredge being in use, said Coast Guard Capt. David McClellan, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Morgan City.

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Mac Wade, director of the Port of Morgan City, was the August guest of the Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service. He presented an in-depth assessment of the port's responsibilities and long-range goals. Of particular interest was an update on the new emergency center that is nearing completion and the role that communication will play in this new building.  Another meeting with the BEARS and other interested citizens will be held at the port office so the members can view a power point presentation and view the various maps to become more aware of the role the port and the Atchafalaya play in everyday life in Morgan City.

Published by Daily Review 09/17/15
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Port of Morgan City Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade speaks during the Louisiana Coastal
Protection and Restoration Authority Board meeting held Wednesday at the Morgan City Municipal
Auditorium.  Wade requested that the port’s dredging projects be included in the state’s coastal
master plan citing the potential beneficial use of dredge material to restore the coast.  At right
is Port of Morgan City dredging consultant Ansel Taylor.

BY ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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Port of Morgan City leaders made their case Wednesday to include the dredging of the Atchafalaya River and surrounding waterways in the state’s coastal restoration master plan, saying that the fertile soil dredged out of the waterways could be used to rebuild coastal communities in dire need of material to create land. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium as part of its annual road show bringing meetings to different coastal Louisiana communities.

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Architect Carl Blum, left, speaks to Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District commissioners
Joseph Cain, Scott Melancon and Gary Duhon during a tour of the Port of Morgan City’s Government
Emergency and Operations Center Monday. The center is scheduled to be substantially complete by
mid-October.

BY ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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Some minor issues have pushed back the projected completion date of the Port of Morgan City’s $11 million Government Emergency and Operations Center by about two weeks to mid-October. Despite delays, work is nearly two-thirds finished on the center, which will house governmental tenants on a daily basis and serve as a command center during emergencies. It is located on La. 182 adjacent to the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium. A groundbreaking to begin construction of the center was held in December 2014. The 35,000-square-foot, Category 5 hurricane-resistant center is being paid for by $7.1 million in state capital outlay money and $3.9 million in Port of Morgan City funds.

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BY ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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Malte B, a 300-foot ship based in Antigua and Barbados, arrived Wednesday at the Port of Morgan City to export 2,500 tons of rice to Haiti. The trip is the 19th that an import-export ship has made to the Port of Morgan City since August 2014.

For the 19th time in a year, an import-export ship made its way into the Port of Morgan City Wednesday afternoon, but port officials say ships could be making at least weekly trips to the port if adequate funds were available to dredge the waterways. A 300-foot-long ship named Malte B made its first voyage Wednesday to the Port of Morgan City. The Oslo Bulk 9, a 360-foot import-export ship, had made previous visits to the port. The Malte B is based in Antigua and Barbados with a Russian and Filipino crew, Port of Morgan City Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade said. The ship is exporting 2,500 tons of rice for Planters Rice Mill of Abbeville to Haiti, Wade said. Rice trucks began arriving July 31 at the Port of Morgan City in preparation of the ship’s arrival. About 150 truckloads of rice made it to the port, he said. Wade expected the ship to leave the port sometime today. The last time an import-export ship came to Morgan City was in early May when the Oslo Bulk 9 shipped 3,500 tons of rice to Haiti.

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Channel 3 KATC news report on new operations center.


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