Propeller Club’s 2016 Maritime Person of the Year

Turn Services’ Director Frank Morton, Sr. received the 58th “Maritime Person of the Year” award from the Propeller Club of the United States Port of New Orleans during its 83rd annual Maritime Person of the Year Gala held on Friday, Oct. 7, at the New Orleans Marriott Convention Center. Propeller Club President Sean Duffy emceed the event honoring Morton. Chairman of Associated Terminals and Turn Services David Fennelly had the honor of introducing Morton.

Turn Services was founded by Morton in 1990 and is headquartered in New Orleans. Turn Services is one of the largest independent fleeting and shifting companies in the U.S. They are a full-service provider for inland marine companies offering top quality services including inspection, cleaning, repair, fleeting, pumping, cover handling, shifting, towing and crew transport. Their mission statement is to “expeditiously meet their customers’ waterborne transportation needs while continuously striving to be a leader in safety and environmental stewardship.”

Morton said he was honored to be among the accomplished past recipients of the prestigious award recognizing the individual’s contributions to the maritime industry of Greater New Orleans.  Morton accepted the award on behalf of the men and women of Turn Services, Associated Terminals and those throughout the marine towing industry who work day and night to keep commerce moving.

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He expressed heartfelt thanks to the Propeller Club for the honor. He also thanked his family as well as Turn Services and Associated Terminals families, and his colleagues for attending the event.

Also in attendance were U.S. Coast Guard Sector Commander New Orleans Captain Wayne Arguin and Executive Director for the Port of South Louisiana Paul Aucoin.

The Propeller Club aggressively promotes the maritime industry through many of its programs and partnering with other similar organizations. Their goal is to educate legislators and the public as to the importance and necessity of all waterborne commerce.

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Today, the International Propeller Club of the United States is an international business network dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, commerce and global trade. There are more than 80 ports in maritime locations around the world, including almost 30 in foreign cities.

By Cathy Vienne

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