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New Orleans-based construction and shipping companies collaborate to export heavy-lift project cargo from Port NOLA to Trinidad

The first of five heavy-lift project cargo pieces manufactured in Louisiana were recently exported through the Port of New Orleans, bringing together three New Orleans-based entities on an international supply chain solution.

Port NOLA is partnering with Intermarine, a New Orleans-based shipping company, and Chet Morrison Contractors, a Harvey-based land and marine construction company, to export five shipments of locally manufactured oil platform components to Trinidad through 2019.

 “The Port of New Orleans is proud to collaborate with our long-time shipping line partner Intermarine to be able to provide the most efficient international shipping option for a Louisiana-made product,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO. “This partnership bodes well for the Port’s diverse capabilities and carrier options, as well as for our homegrown manufactures’ ability to compete globally.”

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 The first piece, the base of an oil platform built by Chet Morrison Contractors, arrived at Port NOLA by barge at the Poland Avenue wharf and was discharged directly from barge to the Intermarine Edge by terminal operator Coastal Cargo in August. Intermarine, which specializes in transporting project, breakbulk and heavy-lift cargo, is expected to ship the second piece at the beginning of November.

“Founded in New Orleans, Intermarine is always looking for any opportunities to bring our vessels to New Orleans,” said Fran Cruz, Intermarine’s Commercial Line Manager. “It’s these strong partnerships with organizations like Chet Morrison Contractors and the Port of New Orleans that have contributed to the success of Intermarine.”

 Chet Morrison Contractors is a leader in providing construction, maintenance and abandonment services for the oil and gas industry for land, inshore and offshore environments. For more than 15 years Chet Morrison has been shipping cargo exclusively with Intermarine through the Gulf of Mexico.

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“Working hand in hand with our local resources we were able to identify cost savings for the transport of pre-fabricated modules from our Harvey facility to the project location in the Caribbean,” said Brent Desselle, Chet Morrison Contractors Project Manager.

 The project cargo shipped in August arrived in Trinidad in seven days and was successfully discharged. 


Photo: Cavu Media  

The base of an oil platform is discharged directly from barge onto the Intermarine Edge by terminal operator Coastal Cargo at the Poland Avenue Wharf. The heavy-lift project cargo was one of five pieces manufactured by Louisiana-based Chet Morrison Contractors slated for export to Trinidad via the Port of New Orleans. Photo: Tracie Morris Schaefer

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