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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.”
mrc18Raymond “Mac” Wade, executive director for the Port of Morgan City, speaks Friday during the
Mississippi River Commission’s low water inspection meeting at the port dock.

Area governmental officials asked for help Friday on both dredging and flood protection projects from the commissionthat reports to Congress on a vaiety of projects along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Another $9 million should be available for the Port of Morgan City to use this year to dredge the Atchafalaya River, bringing the port’s total dredging funds to more than $40 million over the next two years. This funding should help bring import-export ships back to the Port of Morgan City. An import-export ship hasn’t visited the port since 2015 due to the lack of water depth. But a consultant says port leaders must fulfill their promise to do what’s necessary to bring waterway commerce back to the area.

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Locals meet to discuss preparations

Forecasters are predicting above-average storm activity this hurricane season as the official start of the season approaches next week. And meteorologists are monitoring a disturbance already in the Caribbean. The Port of Morgan City hosted the annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting Wednesday at its Emergency Operations Center. Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. Roger Erickson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office, spoke during the meeting. “We’re expecting this season to be more active than normal again,” Erickson said. Forecasters are expecting a distur- bance that’s in the Caribbean to develop into a “tropical system” this weekend or early next week in the Gulf of Mexico, Erickson said.

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