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ST. BERNARD PORT INSTALLS NEW MEMBER TO BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Becoming a member of the St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District’s Board of Commissioners is something Larry M. Aisola Jr. feels passionately about.
“It gives me another opportunity to help in the development of St. Bernard Parish,” said Aisola, a lifelong resident of St. Bernard who resides in Violet.
Aisola, the newest member of the board of commissioners, was installed in August and will serve a five-year term.

PORT COMMISSIONER COMPLETES TENURE ON BOARD

Photo provided by St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District Elton J. LeBlanc, a 37-year member of the St. Bernard Port’s board of commissioners, third from left, recently ended his tenure. With LeBlanc are, from left: the Rev. Henry Ballard, board of commissioners vice president; Drew Heaphy, St. Bernard Port executive director; Harold Anderson, board of commissioners president; and Larry M. Aisola Jr., board of commissioners member.

Much has changed since the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District purchased and redeveloped the site of the old Kaiser Aluminum plant in the 1980s. While the Port has continued to increase in size and cargo capacity, one thing has remained the same throughout all the change and growth over the last several decades and that is the service of Elton J. LeBlanc, a longtime member of the Port’s board of commissioners.
LeBlanc, a charter member of the Port’s commission who has served continuously for the past 37 years, officially ended his tenure in July.

ST. BERNARD PORT AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT TO RECONSTRUCT CHALMETTE SLIP

The St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District was recently named one of only three ports nationwide to be awarded a federal grant from the Department of Transportation to be used for infrastructure improvements.
The Port is set to receive a $13 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, or a TIGER grant, to help fund the reconstruction of parts of the Chalmette Slip.

Drew Heaphy is now at the helm of the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District after assuming his duties as the new Executive Director on July 1.

Heaphy takes over as Executive Director,
St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District

Drew Heaphy is now at the helm of the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District after assuming his duties as the new Executive Director on July 1.

Heaphy, who began his tenure with the Port in 1999 as Director of Administration, has 23 years of experience in public administration and financial management. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Public Accountant.

St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District Port Executive Director to Retire After 19-Year Tenure

St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District
Port Executive Director to Retire After 19-Year Tenure

ST. BERNARD – Robert J. Scafidel, Ed.D., executive director of the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, announced at the April 11, 2017 board meeting he will not seek an extension to his current contract, and will retire at its completion on June 30, 2017.

St. Bernard Port conducts first cargo transfer in Violet

St. Bernard Port conducts first cargo transfer in Violet

The St. Bernard Port, Harbor &Terminal District is pleased to announce the first cargo transfer to take place at its new Violet Terminal.

The TEXEL, a 434-foot general cargo ship sailing under the Holland flag, docked in Violet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, marking the first cargo ship to berth at the Violet Terminal.

Dr. Robert Scafidel, the Port’s executive director, and the Port’s Board of Commissioners, are looking forward to this new endeavor in Violet.

ST. BERNARD PORT SEES SIGNIFICANT GROWTH AT VIOLET TERMINAL

Now in its third year of cargo operations, the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District’s Violet Terminal has seen significant growth in cargo handling. There have been numerous capital improvements and several closings on properties adjacent to the Terminal. Capital improvements include security fencing, surveillance equipment, dockside electrical and structural repairs. Land purchased was outparcels, as well as several buildings and grounds that extend into the main Terminal, but had separate owners.

Port Employees Receive Vessel Training Certifications

Two staff members at the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District have recently completed vessel training courses required by the U.S. Coast Guard in order to operate a boat with up to six (6) passengers.

Ryan Fayard, a Maintenance Mechanic who has worked for the Port since 2003, has successfully completed the 80-hour captain’s course to obtain a 100-ton master’s certification.  The goal of the course is to enhance safety and productivity in the maritime working environment by instilling the knowledge and skills reflected in the Coast Guard exam topic table.