Port Board Approves Stevedore License

LAKE CHARLES, LA (AP) — Lake Charles Port Board has approved a stevedore license for New Orleans-based Coastal Cargo.

         The American Press’ John Guidroz reports that Coastal Cargo joins four other stevedore companies at the Port of Lake Charles. Others are Federal Marine Terminals, Sonic Stevedores, Lake Charles Stevedores and James J. Flanagan Stevedores.

         Keith McCready, Coastal Cargo's general manager, said the company can bring new business to the Port of Lake Charles, mainly "project cargo" for the industrial expansion projects for Southwest Louisiana.

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         He says the company will hire locally.

         McCready says Coastal Cargo operates in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi and handles about 95 percent of the project cargo that passes through the Port of New Orleans.

         The board voted 5-2 Thursday to award the license.

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