AGMAC Update

Craig Romero

Craig Romero,
Executive Director

“The deepening of the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel is well underway. The dredging has begun and we are excited to be closer to allowing much larger vessels to access our port, therefore creating more job opportunities for all of Acadiana. Thank you to our entire Acadiana legislative delegation for securing the necessary funding to make this project a reality.”
– Craig Romero, Port of Iberia Executive Director

MORTON NAMED NEW COMMISSION MEMBER

Bilal Morton, Port of Iberia

Bilal Morton, Commissioner

Bilal Morton was recently appointed by the City of New Iberia as new Port Commission member replacing E. R. “Smitty” Smith III. A native of New Iberia, Morton has a Business Degree and is currently a business analyst. He held multiple leadership positions throughout his college career. He has more than the basic knowledge of the Port of Iberia and its industries through his father who has worked for a Port business for more than 25 years. “I’m excited to join the Port Board of Commissioners,” stated Morton. “I look forward to working with the Commission on the deepening of the AGMAC project and help grow the Port of Iberia.”

PONTIFF SELECTED AS NEW COMMISSION PRESIDENT

Roy Pontiff, President

Roy Pontiff was recently selected to serve as President of the Port of Iberia Board of Commissioners. He replaces outgoing President Danny David. Pontiff was appointed to the Board in 2014 by the Iberia Parish Council. “I’m honored to continue my involvement in the development of the Port. Having previously served as the Port’s Executive Director for 17 years, I have a unique opportunity to use my institutional knowledge of the working of the Port in policy decision as a Board member. I enjoy working with the Port staff and fellow Commissioners for the betterment of our community and region.”

Another Step to Deepen the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel

AGMAC DredgingThe Port of Iberia recently completed another step to deepen the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access channel (AGMAC). As required by the Corps of Engineers, four pipelines have been lowered to prepare for dredging from the port to the Gulf of Mexico via the Intracoastal Canal. The AGMAC project will create a 16’ depth in the Commercial Canal up to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Port recently received bids from potential dredging contractors and expect to award the contract soon. Dredging should begin before the end of the year with expected completion by the end of 2022. This $38 million dollar project is funded by the State of Louisiana Capital Outlay funds.

“This has been a long process and we are excited to be closer to dredging,” stated Craig Romero, Port of Iberia Executive Director. “This project will give the Port of Iberia the capability of allowing much larger vessels to access our port, therefore creating more job opportunities for all of Acadiana. I’d like to thank our entire Acadiana legislative delegation for securing the necessary funding to make this project possible.”

Message from Executive Director, Craig Romero

Craig Romero

Craig Romero,
Executive Director

Drilling contractor, Seadrill is officially open at the Port of Iberia. Seadrill moved from its 25 acre and 14,000 square foot facilityin Houma to the new 57-acre 200,000 squarefoot warehouse at the Port of Iberia. Seadrill will inventory parts and components to repair and maintain drill ships from across the globe. According to Lynn Usie, Seadrill’s Global Warehouse Manager, the company is already reaping the benefits of the new location. Usie explained that during the company’s first week, it was able to use just one vessel as opposed to several to send off 40 joints of deepwater risers, saving the company money.

The Port of Iberia recently negotiated a lease with Aquadrill US Gulf, LLC for 15 acres of property with buildings. Aquadrill will operate two drill ships for Seadrill. Diamond Offshore has contracted with Seadrill to operate several of their drill ships as well. “Ever since Seadrill announced they were moving to the Port of Iberia we’ve received numerous inquiries from other companies expressing interest in the port,” stated Craig Romero, Port of Iberia Executive Director. “Seadrill has made it a priority to use suppliers and companies at the port and in our area. This will create more jobs for the Port of Iberia and businesses across Acadiana. It’s a win-win for all.”

Port of Iberia Welcomes Turner Industries

Stephen Toups - Turner Industries

Stephen Toups – Turner Industries

Governor John Bel Edwards along with the Port of Iberia Executive Director and Board of Commissioners today welcomed Turner Industries as the latest company to locate at the Port of Iberia.  Turner Industries provides turnkey services and solutions to the nation’s heavy industrial sector, supporting companies that produce fuel, energy, and products essential to modern life.

According to Port Executive Director Craig Romero, Turner Industries is expanding their capacity to service their growing customer base in the manufacturing and petrochemical facilities along the Gulf coast.  Turner will be occupying the former Dynamic Industries location. Continue reading

Gulf of Mexico Access Channel Project

AGMAC Ribbon Cutting - March 4, 2021

AGMAC Ribbon Cutting

Article by: KATC News

Posted at 11:49 AM, Mar 04, 2021
and last updated 7:39 PM, Mar 04, 2021

The Port of Iberia held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to officially kick off the Acadiana to Gulf of Mexico Access Channel Project.

The ribbon cutting was held at the drill site where the first of three large pipelines are being relocated under the main Port channel. According to the Port of Iberia, the total cost for the project is estimated to be around $34 million. Continue reading

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Craig Romero

Craig Romero,
Executive Director

“Good things are happening at the Port of Iberia, despite the challenges of the past year. Several companies are providing products and services to the Liquid Natural Gas industry. Longtime port business, The Bayou Companies, continues to maintain a high activity level with pipe coating for various LNG plant connections. Chart Industries is busy with production of cold boxes and brazed aluminum heat exchangers for multiple LNG export terminal projects in the Louisiana Texas coast. RedGuard, an expert in design and building of blast-resistant buildings, is also busy with industrial plant work. The port’s newest tenant, Seadrill, is in the final stages of establishing a shorebase for their Western Hemisphere operations. This shorebase will maintain an inventory of parts and components for drill ships across the world. The Port of Iberia played a vital role in assisting Seadrill in their pursuit of establishing a 60 acre Foreign Trade Zone at their new shore base. Continue reading

AGMAC UPDATE

AGMAC MapThe Port of Iberia is another step closer in deepening the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access channel (AGMAC) to a 16 feet from the port to the Gulf of Mexico via the Intracoastal Canal. Work on lowering the first of three pipelines as required by the Corps of Engineers has begun. To prepare for dredging the pipelines will be lowered at the Commercial Canal between the port and the Intracoastal Waterway. The second and third pipeline lowering is scheduled for early summer. Funds have been appropriated by the state of Louisiana for the estimated cost of $5.4 million per pipeline. The Port Commissioners anticipate advertising for dredging bids by late summer

DANNY DAVID SELECTED AS BOARD PRESIDENT

Incoming Port of Iberia Board
of Commission President,
Danny David, presents a plaque
to outgoing President Mark Doré.

Danny J. David was recently selected to serve at President of the Port of Iberia Board of Commissioners. He replaces outgoing President Mark Dore’. David was appointed to the Board by the Iberia Parish Council in 2008. David is a lifelong resident of New Iberia and owns David Mortuary, LLC, David Marble & Granite, Inc., and Beau Pre Memorial Park, Inc.