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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.
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.
Read about the Southwest Alliance Executive Committee here.
The following points, as mandated by federal law and federal regulations, address the train horn use:
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.
Community leaders in the 1920s had the foresight to open Calcasieu Parish to maritime business, and even if they couldn’t predict today’s massive economic boom, they understood that a deepwater port would transform Southwest Louisiana into a thriving economic powerhouse.
This year, the Port of Lake Charles celebrates a long and rich 90-year history as the region’s leading economic driver. Simultaneously this year, the Calcasieu Ship Channel also celebrates its 75th anniversary. The waterway was engineered in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s to straighten, widen and deepen the Calcasieu River from Lake Charles to the Gulf of Mexico, making Lake Charles a deepwater port, although it is 36 miles inland.
The ship channel became a highway for the delivery of goods, both inbound and outbound, and dozens of companies built facilities on the channel to produce, process, send or receive those goods. Because of this growth, the Port of Lake Charles has grown to become the 11th-busiest port in the United States by tonnage, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers figures for 2013, the latest year available.
The Port of Lake Charles board of commissioners recently authorized executive director Bill Rase to enter into a lease agreement with Southern Ionics, Inc., for the use of the District’s Warehouse 15-B and land located at City Docks. The initial term for the agreement will be five years with two additional five-year terms.
Southern Ionics, Inc. is a corporation that manufactures and ships sulfur, alumina, aqua-ammonia and zirconium chemicals. The products have widespread use for wastewater treatment, air pollution control, catalyst manufacturing, drilling mud additives and other industrial applications. The company has locations across the southeastern United States, including Baton Rouge, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, among others.
The maritime industry has always been an integral component of Southwest Louisiana’s history and culture. Deepwater access connects Lake Charles to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a wider, global economy. We have the Calcasieu Ship Channel to thank for tremendous growth in maritime transportation.
Lumber and agriculture controlled commerce in the region in the early 19th century, and with it came a demand for easy access to resources across Calcasieu Parish. The Intracoastal Canal connecting the Calcasieu and Sabine rivers was completed in 1915, and business leaders saw this as an opportunity to open Calcasieu Parish for maritime business.
In 1924, the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District was authorized by the Louisiana Legislature, and on April 2, 1926, the SS Sewalls Point was the first oceangoing vessel to bring cargo to the newly authorized Port of Lake Charles.
An even wider and deeper channel was in demand as local industry continued to boom, and Congress appropriated $9.2 million for channel dredging and construction of the Calcasieu jetties in 1938. As a result, the Calcasieu Ship Channel was dredged from Lake Charles to the Gulf of Mexico 36 miles south, and the channel reached a depth of 33 feet and a width of 250 feet. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the channel was expanded to 40-foot-deep and 400-foot-wide, the current federal mandate.
With the 90th anniversary of the Port arriving in 2016, the public is once again called to see the bigger picture and envision Southwest Louisiana’s best possible future. The importance of the ship channel reaches across the generations, and we must be its caretakers in order to keep our link to the rest of the world open.
The Port is proud to announce that Dr. Daryl Burckel has been appointed the president of its board of commissioners for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Dr. Burckel, CPA, CVA, is a Professor of Accounting and holds the Thelma and Ray Dingler Endowed Professorship in Business Research at McNeese State University. Dr. Burckel served as Department Chair of the Accounting, Finance and Economic Department from 1996-2002.
Dr. Burckel began his university teaching career at McNeese in 1986 and later taught at the University of New Orleans and Mississippi State before returning to McNeese in 1992. Dr. Burckel has authored numerous reference journal articles in financial accounting, taxation and various business topics. He has presented academic papers at professional meetings, taught continuing education classes for CPAs, and given numerous talks to civic clubs and professional organizations.
Dr. Burckel has provided extensive service to the Southwest Louisiana business community through numerous local and state economic development studies. He has consulted for numerous local governmental entities and directs the work of graduate students on local governmental projects. Dr. Burckel enjoys serving on local and state boards that impact the Southwest Louisiana community.
In addition to Dr. Burckel’s appointment as president, Dudley Dixon has been selected as vice president, Mike Eason has been appointed Secretary/Treasurer and Walter Sanchez has been selected as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2016
Lake Charles, La.—The Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District board of commissioners recently authorized executive director Bill Rase to enter into a lease agreement with Southern Ionics, Inc., for the use of the District’s Warehouse 15-B and vacant land located at City Docks. The initial term for the agreement will be five years with two additional five-year terms.
The president of Southern Ionics, Inc., Milton Sundbeck, addressed the commissioners at the April board meeting. “It’s an exciting time. We look forward to working with the Port on this project,” said Sundbeck.
Southern Ionics, Inc. is a corporation that manufactures and ships sulfur chemicals, aluminum chemicals, aqua-ammonia and zirconium chemicals, and the products have widespread use for wastewater treatment, air pollution control, catalyst manufacturing, drilling mud additives and other industrial applications. The company has locations across the southeastern United States, including Baton Rouge, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, among others.
The Port of Lake Charles (Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District) oversees commerce on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Southwest Louisiana. It operates two marine terminals and owns more than 5,000 acres zoned for industrial use, including an industrial park. The District is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana and is governed by a seven-member board of commissioners. For more information, call 337-439-3661 or visit www.portlc.com.
Fueling America’s Energy Corridor:
Port of Lake Charles Releases Calcasieu Ship Channel Economic Impact Study
Southwest Louisiana is full of visionaries—individuals who see the big picture and inspire us to imagine the best possible version of our community for generations to come. Back in the 1920s, a group of local leaders did just that, and we still feel the effects of their actions today.
The Calcasieu Ship Channel was engineered in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s to straighten, widen and deepen the Calcasieu River from Lake Charles to the Gulf of Mexico, making Lake Charles a deepwater port, although it is 34 miles inland.
To fund this ambitious endeavor, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury called for a bond election in 1922, and the residents of Calcasieu Parish approved a $2.75 million bond issue to create the channel.
“Our leaders in the 1920s had the foresight to engineer the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which acts as the conduit for today’s economic boom,” said George Swift, CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. “The need for visionary leadership today cannot be overstated. Just as at the turn of the 20th century, industry is booming again in Southwest Louisiana, and we must be ready.”
Almost nine decades later, the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District—the local sponsor for the ship channel on behalf of the State of Louisiana—carries this same vision and continues to tell the channel’s story.
Last month, the District released a new study that dramatically underscores the far-reaching economic impact of the ship channel on the Lake Charles region, the state of Louisiana and the nation.
The study, titled “Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Calcasieu Ship Channel,” concludes that for the people of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, on average, 46 cents of every dollar in their pockets comes from the channel.
According to the study, the health of almost half of the Lake Charles metro economy depends on the health of the channel. For instance, nearly one third of jobs in the Lake Charles metro area are tied to the channel and the port authority, and maritime commerce accounts for 46 percent of the Lake Charles economy’s total $14.8 billion of business activity.
“Our community’s economic expansion and overall standard of living are made possible in large part because of an asset many of us take for granted—the Calcasieu Ship Channel,” said Mayor Randy Roach of Lake Charles.
The channel drives Southwest Louisiana’s oil, gas and chemical industries, and as a result of the channel, economic forecasts show that the LNG and petrochemical industries will substantially grow by 2023.
Since the 1920s, the ship channel has become a highway for the delivery of goods, both inbound and outbound, and dozens of companies built facilities on the channel to produce, process, send or receive those goods. The District has grown to become the 11th-busiest port in the United States by tonnage, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the channel now acts as a powerhouse for our region’s economy.
“The channel study demonstrates to stakeholders just how vital this waterway is to Southwest Louisiana. The fact that we are a ‘port city’ has brought tremendous economic benefits to our area,” said Bill Rase, executive director of the Port. “And the study gives us a preview of how our economy will benefit from the $80+ billion in capital investments announced for the area—80 percent of which is being made because of the Calcasieu Ship Channel.”
Some key findings of the study (figures are for 2014) include:
These impacts will grow substantially in the next several years as the regional economic boom continues to materialize. If the proposed 19 industrial projects tied to the ship channel are completed and operational in 2023, the study states that the region will see a 25 percent increase in channel-dependent jobs, a 78 percent expansion in channel-dependent GDP and more than double the local tax revenues generated from channel–dependent companies.
“Its [the ship channel’s] economic impacts touch every person in our area, not just those who work in the maritime industry but the employees at our petrochemical facilities and our teachers, medical professionals and small businesses as well,” said Mayor Roach. “We should support the continued efforts to secure the funds and resources necessary in maintaining its current depth and width.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for dredging the channel to keep it open to deep-draft ships, but insufficient federal funding reduces overall transportation efficiency on the channel. Without regular dredging, the channel becomes shallower and narrower, meaning deep-draft shifts cannot travel it with a full load. Lighter loads means more ships are needed to deliver the same cargo, decreasing efficiency and increasing transportation costs.
“Multi-billion dollar industrial facilities along the ship channel will count on having a reliable waterway to transport their goods,” said Channing Hayden, director of navigation for the District. “The ship channel must be dredged yearly to ensure that it meets the 400-foot-wide and 40-foot-deep federally mandated requirements.”
Numerous Port tenants are contributing to the economic boom, and many rely on efficient channel access. Companies such as Magnolia LNG, Citgo, IFG Holdings, Sasol, Cameron LNG/Sempra Energy, Trunkline LNG, G2X Energy, Golden Nugget Lake Charles, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles and many more, supply the region with high-demand jobs, far-reaching visibility for the area and dollars for the economy.
“The staff and board of commissioners of the District have maximized the potential of the channel and have made it a powerful economic artery for the state and nation,” said Swift.
Deep-draft ship traffic is projected to double over the next ten years, growing from 1,022 annually to over 2,183 vessels in 2023. The Port can double ship traffic without a problem, as long as the federal government meets its responsibility to properly maintain the channel, which means advocating for channel maintenance funding remains a top priority for Port officials.
Early this year, the Corps of Engineers added $16 million from discretionary funds provided by Congress to its FY2015 spending plan for the channel’s continued operation and maintenance. The discretionary spending was in addition to the $11.7 million for the channel in the FY15 budget passed by Congress.
The total $27.7 million in FY15 was a slight increase from FY14’s total budget and discretionary allocation of $26.24 million, but far short of the $30 million to $40 million needed annually to properly dredge the channel.
The channel study states that the incoming channel-dependent expansions are forecasted to boost local revenue tied to the channel by nearly 80 percent to $10.2 billion by 2023.
Taking significant tax implications into consideration, proper channel maintenance at the congressionally authorized draft and width of 40 feet deep by 400 feet wide is critical to supporting planned industrial expansions.
“The findings in the channel study will provide the data the Port needs to continue lobbying efforts at the local, regional, state and federal levels to secure adequate funding for channel operations and maintenance,” Rase said.
With the channel’s 75th anniversary—as well as the 90th anniversary of the Port—arriving in 2016, the public is once again called to see the bigger picture and envision Southwest Louisiana’s best possible future. The importance of the ship channel reaches across the generations, and we must be its caretakers in order to keep our link to the rest of the world open.
To view the full channel study, click here. The channel study was conducted by CSRS and Taimerica Management Co.
The Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District is governed by a seven-member board of commissioners and comprises two marine terminals and over 5,000 acres of property zoned for industrial use, including an industrial park. For more information, call 337-439-3661.