Executive Director Craig Romero recently made a presentation to the Mississippi River Commission at a meeting in Houma, LA. during their annual low-water inspection trip. The Mississippi River Commission develops plans to improve the consideration of the Mississippi River, foster navigation, promote commerce, and prevent destructive floods. They provide water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the Administration, Congress and the Army. Romero reported on the status of deepening the channel to the Gulf of Mexico and its importance. Continue reading
New companies… new jobs… and new infrastructure investment mean continued growth for the Port of Iberia.
Executive Director Craig Romero is in the final stages of negotiating leases with three new companies to locate at the Port of Iberia. Caliche New Iberia, LLC, a Houston based company is in the process of signing a “Right of First Refusal” for 50 acres located on Pesson Road. According to Romero they will invest more than $130 million in infrastructure building including extending rail spurs into parts of the port and adding an additional slip. They will establish an intermodal loading and unloading facility as well as storage for natural gas liquids (NGL). David Branch, a spokesman for Caliche stated, “This area has great resources in terms of personnel and location. The labor pool is strong and the Port of Iberia is a great conduit to the rest of the country.” Much of their process is automated, however Branch estimates 20 long-term jobs will be created. Continue reading
Hurricanes and severe storms are all too familiar to the Port of Iberia. Being prepared is key to minimize property damage, personal injury and loss of valuable productive time for businesses at the port. Craig Romero said, “We are vigilant in preparing for any storm that may affect the Port of Iberia and the well-being of our businesses. We implement our Emergency Preparedness Plan and communicate with federal, state and local officials before, during and after a storm.” Romero stays in constant contact with Iberia Parish Emergency Preparedness Director, Prescott Marshall and also sends all notifications from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to port tenants in preparation and recovery. “After the storm passes our first priority is getting port businesses back up and running as soon as possible. Facilities that have been built at the Port of Iberia in the last 10 to 15 years have installed overhead electrical components to minimize damage from potential flooding.”