Press Releases

CAMO & Port Fourchon Launch AIS Vessel Safety Initiative

(PORT FOURCHON, LA) – The Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO) group today announced it has successfully completed the first step in rolling out a major initiative to protect the safety of mariners, the environment and hydrocarbon pipelines from being damaged. The CAMO group began transmitting Automatic Information System (AIS) safety messages directly to mariners in […]

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Port Fourchon Begins Slip D Construction

                 (GALLIANO, LA) – Amid the hustle and bustle of summertime fishing rodeos and family vacations, not to mention the daily traffic of workers and supplies going in and out of Port Fourchon, one recent addition quietly slipped into port and began some ground-breaking work. Literally. The dredging contractor for the Greater Lafourche Port […]

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Slip C Bulkhead Project Breaks Ground

(GALLIANO, LA) – Ahead of schedule by popular demand, Port Fourchon’s latest expansion project, Slip C, is turning into the Port Commission’s very own “field of dreams.” Carved from an empty expanse of water and dredged materials over the last two years, Slip C is on course to exceed its estimated development expectations, and its […]

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Port Fourchon Wins 2013 AAPA IT Award

PORT FOURCHON WINS 2013 AAPA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AWARD Port’s GLPC-C4 Maritime Domain Awareness System selected as example for the nation (GALLIANO, LA) – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has announced Port Fourchon as the 2013 winner of the prestigious AAPA Information Technology Award for Port Operations and Management Systems. Port Fourchon’s GLPC-C4 project […]

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Port Commission Board Elects Officers

(GALLIANO, LA) – At the February 20, 2013 board meeting, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission board elected its executive officers, who will serve in their newly elected positions for three years. The board elected Perry Gisclair as President, Jimmy Guidry as Vice President, Chuckie Cheramie as Secretary, and John Melancon, Jr. as Treasurer. New Port […]

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Newly Elected Port Commission Board Sworn In

(GALLIANO, LA) – In a January 9, 2013 ceremony, the newly elected Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) board members were sworn in for the 2013-2018 term. The nine-member board serves the 10th Ward of Lafourche Parish and has jurisdiction over Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport. The Greater Lafourche Port Commission is the only […]

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Creation of Port Fourchon’s Slip C Anticipated to Develop New Business

(GALLIANO, LA) – The Greater Lafourche Port Commission is pleased to announce that the latest phase of Slip C dredging is complete, carving out a new expanse of waterfront property where there once was just open water. The Slip C Additional Hydraulic Dredging Project, which followed the initial Slip C dredging project in early 2012, […]

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New Port Video Highlights Port Fourchon Tenants, Growth

(GALLIANO, LA) – The Greater Lafourche Port Commission is pleased to announce the release of its new port video, which has been updated with new footage of Port Fourchon and the latest information on our growing port. Port Director Chett Chiasson and the Port Commission Board approved the new video production earlier this year and […]

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Shell Makes Investment to Fourchon Beach Repair Project

(GALLIANO, LA) – The Greater Lafourche Port Commission is pleased to announce a $500,000 investment from Shell Oil Company, received at today’s monthly board meeting. Shell representative Mary Grace Anderson, the Mars Development Manager, presented the check to the entire community on behalf of the Mars B Deepwater Platform Project. Shell’s contribution is to be […]

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Port Fourchon receives $1 M for TWIC Implementation

(GALLIANO, LA) – The Greater Lafourche Port Commission is pleased to announce that the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant Program has awarded the Port Fourchon/LOOP Port-Wide Area $1,000,033.00 in federal funds for TWIC Implementation. Five entities in the Port Fourchon area will receive funds for their facilities, including the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, […]

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Port Fourchon Open for Business

(GALLIANO, LA) – From recommended evacuation on Friday to the receding of high waters today, the Port Commission and its Harbor Police force have been working hard this Labor Day weekend to secure port businesses and employees during extreme weather and get back to business within hours of storm conditions abating. LA 1 south of […]

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John Melancon, Jr. Elected to Port Commission Board

(GALLIANO, LA) – At Saturday’s special election, voters in the 10th Ward of Lafourche Parish elected John Melancon, Jr. to fill Seat G on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission Board. Upon his win, Melancon said, “It’s an honor to be chosen and to serve in Johnny’s position. I will serve with pride and tradition.” Melancon […]

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Special Election to be Held

(GALLIANO, LA) – A special election will be held for Board of Commissioners of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Seat G, to fill the vacancy created by the October 18, 2010 death of John J. Melancon, Sr., according to the following dates: Qualifying period for candidates: February 9 – 11, 2011 Special Primary Election: April […]

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John Melancon, Jr. Appointed to Port Commission Board

(GALLIANO, LA) – John Melancon, Jr., son of the late John “Johnny” Melancon, Sr., was appointed to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission’s board of commissioners at a special meeting on Wednesday, October 27th. He was nominated by board president Larry Griffin and was unanimously approved. John will serve as a temporary successor to his father […]

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Port Fourchon Implements Command & Control System

(GALLIANO, LA) – The Greater Lafourche Port Commission announces the successful installation of its new state-of-the-art Command and Control C-4 software solution. The Greater Lafourche Port Commission today announced the successful installation of a state-of-the-art software system that seamlessly integrates port-wide command, control, and communications functions. The system is installed at the Port Operations Office […]

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South Lafourche Airport in “Excellent Condition”: Many Improvements since Port Commission Acquisition

(GALLIANO, LA) – The South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport has once again received an excellent Safety and Compliance Inspection report from Louisiana DOTD’s Aviation Division, following a trend of growth and improvement since the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) acquired the airport in late 2001. The report’s comments specifically mention the airport’s recently opened […]

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Port Commission Elects New Officers

(GALLIANO, LA) – At the February 10, 2010, Greater Lafourche Port Commission Board Meeting, the Commission elected its executive officers, who will serve in their newly elected positions for three years. The Board elected Larry Griffin as President, Jimmy Lafont as Vice President, Wilbert Collins as Secretary, and Johnny Melancon, Sr. as Treasurer. Port Commission […]

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Port Director Ted Falgout Receives USCG Recognition

(GALLIANO, LA) – At the December board meeting of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Port Director Ted Falgout was awarded a Coast Guard Certificate of Merit. The Coast Guard cited Mr. Falgout for “outstanding dedication and support of Coast Guard missions” during the recent storm seasons and crediting him with “fostering positive partnerships with government […]

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Port Fourchon Harbor Police Receive Commendation

(GALLIANO, LA) – Harbor Police Chief Jon Callais stood proudly to accept a commendation from Tim Osborn of NOAA for the Port Fourchon Harbor Police force’s hard work and dedication during re-entry after last season’s destructive storms. The Harbor Police were recognized at the Greater Lafourche Port Commission’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday, April 8th. […]

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South Lafourche Airport Receives Excellent Review

(GALLIANO, LA) – The January 22nd annual inspection of the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport yielded high marks from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), Aviation Division. According to a letter from Aviation Director James P. Jones to Port Director Ted Falgout, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC), through its airport manager, […]

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Chett Chiasson Named Future Port Director

(GALLIANO, LA) – Chett Chiasson was officially named as successor to Executive Director Ted Falgout at the February board meeting of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. Chiasson is the current Director of Economic Development and will be the second director in port history upon Mr. Falgout’s retirement December 31st. The port’s fifty year anniversary will […]

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Port Fourchon Back in Business after Gustav and Ike

(GALLIANO, LA) In the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the Port Commission has worked diligently to restore access to businesses in Port Fourchon. The roads to Port facilities have been cleared, and the Harbor Police are allowing business and camp owners, employees, deliveries, and other commercial traffic through the Port Fourchon checkpoint. Belle Pass […]

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Port Director Appointed to Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation

(GALLIANO, LA,) –Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Port Fourchon Director Ted Falgout to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation has the authority to carry out the financing, purchasing, owning and managing of the offshore royalty revenues and offshore royalty revenue assets. The board works closely with the Governor’s […]

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Harbor Police Receives Coast Guard Certificate of Merit

(GALLIANO, LA,) –The Port Fourchon Harbor Police Department received a Certificate of Merit from the United States Coast Guard in recognition of their unwavering commitment and exceptional support of the Coast Guard’s port safety, security, and marine environmental protection missions from June 2005-June 2008 at a Change of Command Ceremony held on Friday in Houma, […]

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Economic Impact Study Provides Evidence Port Fourchon is Critical To the Nation’s Economy

(GALLIANO, LA, –At a press conference held today, an economic impact study entitled “Economic Impacts of Port Fourchon on the National and Regional Economies” was officially released to media and a crowd of about 80 local and state leaders. Completed by Dr. Loren Scott with Loren C. Scott and Associates, the study provides evidence of […]

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Renovations Complete at the South Lafourche Airport

(GALLIANO, LA, DECEMBER 26, 2007) –The South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport has undergone major renovations over the last several months that are attracting new business to the area. Construction at the airport is ongoing. The Port Commission has completed a runway strengthening project strengthening the runway from 12,500 pounds to 75,000 pounds to allow […]

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TWIC Enrollment Center Opens in Port Fourchon

(GALLIANO, LA, DECEMBER 26, 2007) –The South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport has undergone major renovations over the last several months that are attracting new business to the area. Construction at the airport is ongoing. The Port Commission has completed a runway strengthening project strengthening the runway from 12,500 pounds to 75,000 pounds to allow […]

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Port Security Eligibility Changed

(GALLIANO, LA, OCTOBER 9, 2006) – The 2006 Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act now has inclusion of “energy” as a national economic interest when determining port security funding and report language specifically mentioning LOOP/Port Fourchon as a national energy interest. The Conferees note that “energy” was specifically included in language to take […]

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Vehicular Access to Fourchon Beach Extended to September 15

(GALLIANO, LA, AUGUST 8, 2007) –Public vehicular access to Fourchon Beach west of Pass Fourchon will be open until September 15 to accommodate Labor Day weekend beachgoers. Access is across Fourchon Bridge, take a right on to the Chevron access road, across Pass Fourchon, then left to the beach. The temporary access involves cooperation between the Greater Lafourche […]

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Fourchon Beach to Open

(GALLIANO, LA, JULY 2, 2007) –The Fourchon Beach west of Pass Fourchon will be opened to public vehicular access on Tuesday, July 3 beginning at 3 p.m. Access will be across Fourchon Bridge, take a right on to the Chevron access road, across Pass Fourchon, then left to the beach. The temporary access involves cooperation between the Greater […]

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Port Commission Facilitates Partnership in Successful Bayou Cleanup Project

(GALLIANO, LA, JUNE 20, 2007) –A successful Bayou Lafourche debris clean up project is complete due to a joint effort by the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, the United States Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Over the last few weeks, numerous sunken vessels, decrepit wharves, broken pilings and other debris were removed from […]

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South Lafourche Airport Receives FAA Airport of the Year Award

(GALLIANO, LA, APRIL 16, 2007) – At the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conference, the South Lafourche Airport received the Louisiana Airport of the Year award in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the enhancement of aviation in Louisiana. Ted Falgout, Executive Director said, “This award is a testament to the hard work and commitment […]

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Port Fourchon Executive Board Elected

(GALLIANO, LA, FEBRUARY 14, 2007) – At the February 14, 2007 Board Meeting, the Commissioners elected a new Executive Board. The Board elected Larry Griffin as President, Donald Vizier as Vice President, Wilbert Collins as Secretary and Johnny Melancon, Sr. as Treasurer. All of the members of the new Executive Board have served as a […]

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Falgout Appointed to OCS Policy Committee

(GALLIANO, LA, JANUARY 22, 2007) – Ted Falgout, Director of Port Fourchon, has been appointed to a 2 year term as an alternate member of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Policy Committee. The Committee gives policy advice to the Secretary of Interior on the performance of discretionary functions under the OCS Land Act. According to […]

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Port Director Contract Renewed

(GALLIANO, LA, JANUARY 17, 2007) – At a special meeting today, the Board of Commissioners renewed Ted Falgout’s contract for another 3 year term until December 31, 2009. In March of 2006, Falgout announced his intention to retire in December 2006. Falgout said since the announcement to retire, several things have happened that have caused […]

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Harbor Police Officers Receive Lifesaving Medals

(GALLIANO, LA, OCTOBER 18, 2006) – Harbor Police Officer Jason Plaisance and Officer Brent Constransitch received lifesaving medals at last Wednesday’s Port Commission meeting for their gallant actions during an incident in April 2006. Their efforts prevented the loss of life and upheld the highest traditions of the Harbor Police and the Greater Lafourche Port […]

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Port Security Eligibility Changed

(GALLIANO, LA, OCTOBER 9, 2006) – The 2006 Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act now has inclusion of “energy” as a national economic interest when determining port security funding and report language specifically mentioning LOOP/Port Fourchon as a national energy interest. The Conferees note that “energy” was specifically included in language to take […]

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Port Fourchon Receives $3.8 Million from Fema to Dredge Channels

(GALLIANO, LA, AUGUST 23, 2006) –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it will grant $3.8 million as the federal share to dredge and clear Port Fourchon from silt and sediment caused by Hurricane Katrina. The areas being dredged with this funding includes Slips A and B in the […]

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Washing Away to Air August 29

(GALLIANO, LA, AUGUST 23, 2006) – On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, “Washing Away”, the story of Louisiana’s disappearing coastline and how this unfolding crisis affects all of America, will be aired. Narrated by Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon, the documentary will premiere statewide in Louisiana Tuesday, August 29 at 8 p.m. and will rebroadcast […]

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Port Fourchon Receives International Environmental Award

(GALLIANO, LA, JULY 28, 2006) – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the organization representing public ports throughout the Western Hemisphere, has selected Port Fourchon to receive an Environmental Improvement award in the category of Environmental Enhancement for the Port’s Maritime Forest Ridge and Marsh Restoration project. The Maritime Forest Ridge project seeks to […]

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