Sean M. Duffy Sr. Named 2022 C. Alvin Bertel Award Recipient

Sean Duffy HeadshotNEW ORLEANS – The World Trade Center New Orleans has announced Sean M.Duffy Sr., executive director of Big River Coalition and executive vice president of the Louisiana Maritime Association, as the recipient of its 2022 C. Alvin Bertel Award.

“I am honored to accept the prestigious Bertel Award from the World Trade Center, and I genuinely feel the sheer weight of this recognition. I have a long admiration and historic connection to the Bertel Award that adds a layer of personal pride,” said Duffy. “However, individual successes have been achieved with the support of an amazing team of colleagues, friends and stakeholders who also make their unique livelihoods along the Mighty River. I humbly accept this award on behalf of that team (Team Mississippi River), with specific thanks to the members of the Big River Coalition and the Louisiana Maritime Association for their unwavering support.”

Duffy has provided written and oral testimony to federal and state Congressional committees and the President’s Oil Spill Commission to advocate for channel maintenance of the Mississippi River and tributaries. He has been recognized for his efforts to deepen the Mississippi River Ship Channel to 50 feet providing deep-draft access to the ports of New Orleans, Plaquemines and South Louisiana, and for promoting coastal restoration through the beneficial use of dredge material.

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“As a fellow advocate of dredging and maximizing the Mississippi’s River’s capacity for the future of Louisiana and international trade, I could not be more pleased with the selection of Sean Duffy as the recipient of the 2022 Bertel Award,” said Paul Aucoin, president and chairman of the World Trade Center New Orleans. “We are proud of Sean and his achievements, and are looking forward to celebrating him at the Plimsoll Ballroom in June.”

The Bertel Award was established in 1967 and is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Louisiana port and maritime community. It will be presented at a ceremony and luncheon on June 24 in the Plimsoll Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel. Get more information at

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