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...Read More
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.
If not, they could see those funds drop sharply back to the...Read More
The Atchafalaya River Bar Channel should be properly dredged and open to vessel traffic by early 2019. Many people in the Tri-City area’s maritime industry have been awaiting that news for several years. The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Commission met Monday. Millions of dollars in additional funds to dredge waterways in the Port of Morgan City’s district potentially will ensure the channel is dredged to its congressionally authorized depth, said Tim Connell, Atchafalaya region manager for the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, during Monday’s meeting. “This is definitely the most optimistic I’ve been since I’ve been involved,” Connell said.
Officials with the Portof Morgan City and U.S. Army Corps of Engineersare working with businesses to ensure all of the tonnage that passes through the port is accounted for so that the port can receive adequate long-term funding. The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal
District Commission met Monday. Tom Podany, director of the Corps’ waterborne commerce statistics division, was in Morgan City Monday for a stakeholders meeting to discuss the reporting of tonnage that travels through the port waterways.
Port leaders have been
working with the waterborne commerce division to address the issue of underreported tonnage. U.S. ports are ranked by the...Read More