The Port of Iberia Board of Commissioners recently selected Larry G. Rader as president for 2016. Rader was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by Iberia Parish Government in 2013. Prior to being on the Port Board of Commissioners Rader served as Chairman of the Iberia Parish Mosquito Abatement District for approximately eight years. He is owner of Rader’s Insurance and Financial Service in New Iberia. Rader stated, “The Port of Iberia has many challenges moving forward. The low price of oil has had a devastating impact on our local communities and the Port. However, it will not last forever and when it ends the Port of Iberia needs to be ready. This is why AGMAC (Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel) is even more important. With most of the oil projects being mainly in deep water it lends credibility for the need to have deeper channels and a clear path to the Gulf of Mexico. As Port Commission President, I’ll continue the efforts of the previous presidents to make AGMAC a reality.” Craig F. Romero, Port Executive Director said, “Larry’s diverse background including working on an offshore platform in his early years gives him a unique understanding of the issues that come before the Commission. His knowledge is an asset to the Board and to the Port of Iberia.”
Craig F. Romero, Port Executive Director said “We showed The Port of Iberia to oil companies that hire fabrication companies like we have at the Port, engineering firms that do work for the oil companies and a host of people who are linked to the oil industry.” Romero stated he is looking into attending the Subsea Tieback Forum and Exhibition next month in San Antonio, Texas. “We need to keep The Port of Iberia on the radar with all of these industries.”
The Port of Iberia is moving forward with infrastructure improvements on the site for Logan Industries. The company will store large components of offshore rigs in a 30,000 square foot warehouse. The Port is also constructing a 3,000 square foot administration space as well as site stabilization for driveways and parking necessary for Logan Industries to be able to move the product. This project anticipates being completed this summer. Port of Iberia Executive Director Craig F. Romero said “We are very excited that Logan Industries has chosen the Port of Iberia. They have a facility in Hempstead, Texas that has about 300 jobs and they hope to replicate the same full-service facility here in the future.”
Dynamic Energy Services International, formerly Dynamic Industries, has recently been awarded a fabrication contract for a number of modules for the deep water Shell Appomattox project. This oil and gas development will be Shell’s eighth and largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Dynamic will also be supplying fabricated and assembled pipe rack modules for Sasol, a South African oil company expanding in the Lake Charles area. These modules will be built at the Port of Iberia. Romero stated both of these projects estimate bringing about 700 jobs to the area within the year.