PORT CONNECTIONS

Maritime Sunday

Harbor Police Chief Robert Hecker recites the opening invocation during the Oct. 18 observance of Maritime Sunday.  Maritime Sunday honors those who serve the maritime industry including seafarers, clergy and security personnel.

 

Righting the Regulatory Ship

Erin C. Spears, Chief of Staff to New Orleans City Councilman James Gray; William Kovacs, Senior Vice President, Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Arnold Baker, Port of New Orleans Commissioner, during the Righting The Regulatory Ship panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Chamber, along with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Port of New Orleans, and the Black Chamber of Commerce of the South on Oct. 29. Kovacs, who served as moderator for the discussion, received a proclamation thanking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its continued support of greater trade, economic development and commerce in New Orleans.

 

World Premiere

On Nov. 12 WYES, New Orleans’ PBS affiliate, premiered its documentary “New Orleans and the Mississippi River” at the Port’s administrative building. The documentary, produced and narrated by Peggy Scott Laborde, explores the centuries–old relationship between New Orleans and the Mississippi River. 

LEFT: President and General Manager of WYES Allan Pizzato presents Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange with a framed movie poster to commemorate the debut of “New Orleans and the Mississippi River.”

RIGHT: Port of New Orleans Board Secretary-Treasurer Robert Barkerding, WYES COO Beth Utterback, WYES President and General Manager Allan Pizzato, WYES Producer Peggy Scott Laborde, Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer Brandy Christian and Port of New Orleans Board Chairman William Bergeron.

 

Future Leaders

The LSU President’s Millennial Scholars Program visited the Port of New Orleans on Dec. 1 to gain insight into global trade and the maritime industry. The group was accompanied by the program’s leadership team: (far right) Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris Sr., Dr. Kenya LeNoir Messer and Brandon Smith. -Photo by Jennifer Gibson Schecter

 

Global Relations

On Oct. 20 the Port hosted members of the U.S. State Department of Commerce’s Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Before their tour of the Port’s facilities, Port managers engaged the group and addressed questions related to operations and environmental improvements.

 

Outstanding Performance

On Dec. 16 Harbor Police Chief Robert Hecker presented the Harbor Police Department 2015 Awards of Excellence to Supervisor of the Year Lt. Steven Dorsey and Officer of the Year to Cpl. Davina Brown.  By majority vote of their peers and in a ceremony proudly attended by their family members, the officers received plaques commemorating their accomplishments.

 

Celebrating Partnerships

On Dec. 10 the Port of New Orleans held a holiday luncheon in appreciation of the Louisiana Consular Corps for the support that the LCC continues to give in facilitating global trade and relationships with the countries they represent.

LEFT: Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange and Dean of the Louisiana Consular Corps James R. Sutterfield.
RIGHT: Dominik Knoll, World Trade Center New Orleans President and CEO; Jacquelyn  Brechtel Clarkson, Honorary Consul General to Lithuania; and Frank Maselli, Honorary Consul General to Italy.

Photos by Tracie Morris Schaefer

 

Holiday River Tour

Port Commercial Manager Ana Menes (center) hosted a group from Folgers on a tour aboard the Gen. Kelley as part of their holiday gathering.  Folgers, a subsidiary of J.M. Smucker, is located at the Port of New Orleans and is home to the world’s largest coffee silo.

Photo by Jennifer Gibson Schecter

 

Maiden Voyage

Port of New Orleans officials marked the maiden voyage of Holland America Line’s Westerdam with a plaque exchange Oct. 27. From left: Director of Cruise and Tourism Don Allee, Board Chairman William Bergeron, Westerdam Capt. Rens van Eerten and Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold Donald.

Photo by Lt. Joe Labarriere

 

 

Categories: Maritime