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Richert Self Appointed As Port of Lake Charles Deputy Executive Director

Posted on: August 8th, 2017

Lake Charles, La.­—The board of commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District has appointed Richert Self as Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Lake Charles. He will serve as deputy to Executive Director Bill Rase.

Self has been part of the Port of Lake Charles administration since 2003 when he joined as Director of Finance and Administration. A native of Lake Charles, Self holds a bachelor’s degree in business from McNeese State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans, and he is a certified public accountant.

Self is actively involved with the American Association of Port Authorities, from which he holds a certification of professional port manager. He also works closely with the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas and currently serves as vice president of the Gulf Seaports Marine Terminal Conference.

In 2008, Self was a graduate of Leadership Louisiana, and in 2016, he was appointed to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Hurricane Plan 2017

Posted on: June 20th, 2017

The Port provides safe harbor for all vessels at no charge on a first come, first serve basis until it has no additional occupancy. It provided refuge for 130 to 150 such vessels during Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

Download the Port of Lake Charles Hurricane Plan:

Hurricane Plan 2017

The Port Report: Summer 2017

Posted on: June 14th, 2017

In this issue: Dr. Burckel Selected As McNeese President, Calcasieu Ship Channel Impacts, Updates on Southern Ionics and Lake Charles Methanol and more.

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KPLC-TV Consider This: Support the Calcasieu Ship Channel

Posted on: April 17th, 2017

Consider This: Support the Calcasieu Ship Channel

From John Ware, KPLC-TV
To view video, click here.

The Calcasieu Ship Channel is vital to our economy.

Estimates are that 36,000 jobs and 46 cents out of every dollar in your pocket comes from ship channel-related activities. Our industries rely on the channel to bring in raw materials and export products. That’s an economic driver we can’t afford to lose.

But there’s a problem. The channel has to be dredged to keep it deep enough for big ships. It costs about $8 million a year from the state budget to acquire space for the dredging.

But the channel generates about $155 million a year in state taxes, so it’s a good investment. If I asked you to give me $8 and told you I’d give you back $155, you’d probably want to make that deal. The state should also want to make a deal like that.

As the legislature looks for places to save money in the state budget, we think it’s crucial that they keep this investment in Southwest Louisiana. We suggest you support the ship channel and the Port of Lake Charles, and ask the state to do the same.

Without the channel, it would be tough to keep Southwest Louisiana open for business.

Presentation to Louisiana Gas & Oil Association

Posted on: March 13th, 2017

The following presentation was given by the Port of Lake Charles to the Louisiana Gas & Oil Association. Please click here to view.

Commissioner Elcie J. Guillory Awarded Charles A. Downing Humanitarian Award

Posted on: January 10th, 2017
Elcie Guillory (center, left) with Nancy Sanner and Mark Judson.

Elcie Guillory (center, left) with Nancy Sanner and Mark Judson.

Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District board of commissioner, Elcie J. Guillory, was honored with this year’s Charles A. Downing Humanitarian Award on Oct. 21. The award was presented by Nancy Sanner and Mark Judson. The prestigious award was presented by the SWLA Law Center, and it is named for the late psychologist who provided services to the disadvantaged.

Port of Lake Charles Announces Winners of 19th Annual Rice Cook-Off

Posted on: January 10th, 2017
Pictured, from left: Evie Talbot (Heart Healthy Dish), Kierra Walker (1st place), Makayla Hodge (3rd place) and Rachel McVey (2nd place).

Pictured, from left: Evie Talbot (Heart Healthy Dish), Kierra Walker (1st place), Makayla Hodge (3rd place) and Rachel McVey (2nd place).

LAKE CHARLES, La.—In celebration of September as National Rice Month, the Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers sponsored the 19th Annual Rice Cook-Off on Tues., Sept. 20 at the Brick House in downtown Lake Charles. The Port of Lake Charles hosted the event and sponsored the awards luncheon. Family and Consumer Science students from thirteen area middle schools and high schools participated in the event.

1st place for the “Best Dish” category went to Kierra Walker of S.J. Welsh Middle School; 2nd place went to Rachel McVey of Iowa High School; 3rd place was awarded to Makayla Hodge of South Beauregard High School; and “Most Heart Healthy” dish went to Evie Talbot of Moss Bluff Middle School. Farmers Rice Milling Co., Inc. sponsored rice cookers for each contestant.

The production, milling and exportation of rice have major economic effects on Southwest Louisiana, and the event helps to educate local students in health and nutrition issues facing Southwest Louisiana families.

For more information, contact Michelle Bolen with the Port of Lake Charles at 337-493-3501.

Southwest Alliance Executive Committee Meeting

Posted on: September 20th, 2016

Read about the Southwest Alliance Executive Committee here.

Federal Train Whistle Regulations

Posted on: September 1st, 2016

The following points, as mandated by federal law and federal regulations, address the train horn use:

  • Locomotive engineers must begin to sound a train horn at least 15 seconds and no more than 20 seconds in advance of all public crossings.
  • A standardized pattern of 2 long, 1short and 1 long blast is to be performed at each public crossing.
  • The maximum volume for the train horn is 110 decibels and a minimum of 96 decibels

In recent months and in order to service a new grain terminal, owned and operated by IFG Port Holdings, LLC, located at City Docks, unit trains of grain have begun to use the tracks that have been in place and in use since 1930’s.

Unit trains consist of trains of approximately 100 to 120 rail cars. The trains are delivered on an unscheduled 24-hour basis by the Union Pacific Railroad Company to a staging yard near Chennault. Port Rail, Inc., by contract with the Union Pacific Railroad Company, must deliver each unit train to the grain terminal for unloading by the grain terminal and return every empty unit train to the same staging yard near Chennault. This needs to be accomplished within a thirty-six (36) hour time frame. If the unit train is not timely returned, substantial monetary penalties are imposed by Union Pacific.

As any train transits the rail track, federal law, as referenced above, requires the train to sound its horn at every public road crossing of the track in accordance with the train horn rule.  There are approximately forty crossings between Highway 14 and City Docks. These numerous crossings require almost a constant sounding of the horn by the train to meet mandated federal law for proper operation of the train. There is no way for the train to properly operate within the law and comply with the contractual agreements with the Union Pacific Railroad Company without working twenty-four (24) hours per day and without sounding the horn for each and every crossing.

If the horn is not sounded at night or during the day, substantial penalties and fines can be imposed by the Federal Railroad Administration and substantial liability may occur to the train if an accident happens without the proper rules being followed.

Federal law concerning train horn use is referenced in 49 CFR Part 222.


BT-1 Draft Notice

Posted on: August 15th, 2016

View the maximum Fresh Water drafts for Port of Lake Charles BT-1 here.