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St. Bernard Port Hosts Maritime Month Port Tour

The St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District hosted its second annual guided tour of its Chalmette and Arabi Terminals on June 1 to highlight the facilities’ positive economic impact on St. Bernard

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For the past two years, St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District has celebrated Maritime Month by holding a guided tour of its Chalmette and Arabi Terminals, and Executive Director Drew Heaphy said they intend on continuing to make it an annual tradition.   

“The tour has been well received by those who have attended, and we welcome future opportunities to showcase what makes us a catalyst for the success of local commerce,” Heaphy said. 

Heaphy said the tour provided participants with an inside look at how things work at the Port and highlighted its positive economic impact on St. Bernard. 

More than a dozen people were in attendance at this year’s event which included a presentation about the Port at the administration building, followed by a bus tour through the Chalmette and Arabi Terminals and a crewboat tour of the Port’s terminals from along the Mississippi River.

“The boat tour is a highlight of the day because it gives everyone a look at what we do from a rather unique perspective,” Heaphy said. “Everyone can easily look at our operations from the land side, but most people don’t get a chance to see all of the activity and hard work that happens from the river side view.”

Heaphy said participants were able to witness first-hand vessels operating in the river, the transferring of cargo and the embarking and disembarking of vessels. 

He hopes participation in the tour will grow in the coming years.

“We invite anyone who missed the tour this year to please consider attending next May,” Heaphy said. “We would love you to join us.”

 

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