Coastal Cargo attains zero-injury rating for 2015

Coastal Cargo Company, the terminal operator that handles breakbulk and heavy lift cargo at the Port of New Orleans Louisiana Avenue Complex, achieved a rare safety milestone for 2015. The company achieved a zero  Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) at its Port of New Orleans operations for one full year.

“That means that we managed to have zero lost time due to injuries at the Port. Out of 400,000 man hours, nobody was hurt to the point where they were unable to come to work,” said Sal Amadeo, Corporate Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager for Coastal Cargo.

“In our business where we handle a lot of steel, and all the other cargo we handle, this is phenomenal. A zero rating is very rare, but when you think about it, even if one person gets hurt that’s too many.”

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Amadeo attributes the perfect safety record to a program of regular training sessions, diligent near-miss reporting and regular safety meetings.

“Now the hard part begins—maintaining that LTI-free rating,” Amadeo said, adding that that’s exactly what Coastal Cargo intends to do.

Coastal Cargo Company, which is headquartered in New Orleans with operations in three major ports in the Gulf South, also recently welcomed new key personnel in New Orleans.

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Christian Eyler, a maritime industry veteran since 1979, took the role of Vice President of Operations in July 2015. Coastal Cargo also welcomed Matthew Hahne as the new General Manager. Hahne joined the New Orleans team in October.



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