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.”
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.”
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.”
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
“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
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.
The Port of Iberia welcomes Seadrill, a world-class deepwater drilling contractor, to the Port of Iberia. Seadrill recently signed a 10-year lease to establish a shorebase for their Western Hemisphere operations. This shorebase will maintain an inventory of parts and components for drill ships across the world. Seadrill operates over 50 drill ships, primarily overseas, and spends $1 Billion a year in operations.
Port of Iberia Executive Director, Craig Romero, stated the 60-acre lease received Foreign Trade Zone designation from the U.S. Department of Commerce which was vital for Seadrill to locate at the Port of Iberia. “This will allow Seadrill to bring in equipment by their ships from foreign locations for repair or maintenance and ship back without any tax liabilities,” said Romero. “Without this Foreign Trade Zone designation, this work would be done outside of the United States. Now the Port of Iberia, Louisiana and the United States will benefit economically.”
The Port of Iberia is finalizing the purchase of 40 acres from Bernard Port Properties, LLC. The property is located behind the Port administration office between Lewis Street and Pesson Road. The Port received $2.4 million in capital outlay funds from the State of Louisiana for land acquisition and canal dredging. This will create more waterfront property with road and rail access.
NEW IBERIA, LA
MAY 29, 2020
The Port of Iberia announced the signing of a long-term lease with Seadrill, a world-class deepwater drilling contractor, to establish a shorebase for their Western Hemisphere operations. The 10-year lease will include three additional 10-year lease options. This shorebase will maintain an inventory of parts and components for drill ships across the world. Seadrill operates over 50 drill ships, primarily overseas, and spends $1 Billion a year in operations. Continue reading
The Port of Iberia is in the final steps of signing a 10 year lease agreement with multiple 10 year options with a world-class drilling contractor to establish a shorebase for the western hemisphere part of their worldwide operations. The Port has secured $4.4 Million dollars to enhance the existing buildings and land in order to set up the shorebase. This shorebase will maintain an inventory of parts and components for drill ships across the world. According to Port Executive Director Craig Romero, the first step to getting this world-class drilling company to consider the Port was to establish a “Foreign Trade Zone” which the Iberia Parish School Board and Iberia Parish Council approved unanimously. This company operates over 50 drill ships, primarily overseas, and spends $1 Billion a year operating the company which includes a tremendous amount of repairs done in the immediate vicinity of the shorebase. Construction plans have been finalized and will go out for public bids soon.