Morgan City Port nears operator agreement
MORGAN CITY, La. — Port of Morgan City officials are in the final stages of signing on a new port tenant, said Port of Morgan City Executive Director Jerry Hoffpauir at the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District’s monthly meeting Wednesday.
Inmobilaria Lamol LLC., a subsidiary of Grupo Lamol SA de CV, a Mexican company that has businesses in the United States, was created to operate the port. Nestor Navarro, president of Navarro International LLC, would be in charge of operating the port.
The current port operator, Cenac Offshore, will have its lease expire at the end of November, so the port officials hope to have the contract with Inmobilaria Lamol finalized by Dec. 1, Hoffpauir said
Jonathan Hird, of civil engineering firm, Moffat and Nichol, updated the port commission on his company’s surveying of the agitation dredging project on the Atchafalaya River.
“One of the other big things is the report from Moffat and Nichol. We’re progressing real diligently now on the agitation dredging project,” Hoffpauir said.
The project involves dredging the river to get rid of some of the “fluff” or sediment that builds up on the bottom of the river, Hoffpauir said.
“The overall goal is to give a true 20-foot deep channel and reduce dredging costs substantially (by as much as 50 percent),” Hoffpauir said adding making the channel “navigable.”
The river is required to be at least 20 feet deep by congressional mandate.
The “intense survey program” is currently being conducted “to better define the evolution of shoal material in the channel,” according to the port’s November Status Report.
The project has three stages, the first of which, bottom dredging, has been completed and did not yield promising results, Hoffpauir said. The project is currently in the water injection dredging phase, which will involve injecting the sediment or “fluff” built up on the bottom of the river in suspension, Hoffpauir said. This second phase of the project should be finished within the next year, he said.
The final phase is called sidecasting, which would use suction from a “drag arm” to put the sediment in suspension, Hoffpauir said.
Sarah Nash of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also announced that the placement of 1.8 miles of rock, creating a rock dike, would be required for use of the Crewboat Cut portion of the Atchafalaya River directly upstream of the Crewboat Cut bend in the Atchafalaya River. The project has not yet received funding, but the proposed project is estimated to take 180 days and cost $7.5 million, Nash said.