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SHIPPING & PORTS
Jock Cenac instead moved rigs and
pipes, and developed other businesses
related to the oilfield, including a drilling company. When Cenac was killed
in a plane crash in 1964, Benny Cenac's
father, Arlen Cenac Sr., took over the
business, which grew into selling diesel
fuel and water to inland and offshore
derrick barges.
"I took it over in 1981 and bought most
of the family out," Benny Cenac says,
noting that the firm has continued growing. This included the acquisition of his
other grandfather's company, Main Iron
Works, which built all of Cenac Marine's
tugboats. "We have been self-contained
for all of our building and repairs."
Cenac Marine serves a customer base
that includes every major oil company.
"We move crude oil as well as refined
products," Cenac explains, noting it also
is in the pressure barge business, involving the movement of propane.
"We're not a big player, but a good
player," he says, noting that the company
operates with strong equipment that
can be serviced efficiently. For example,
Cenac explains, if the company wanted
to service and update a vessel, it can
complete it in 24 hours.
"We can turn the boat around with
totally new engines and give our customer no downtime in service," he says.
"There's nobody else that does 100 percent of the work on the barges and boats
like Cenac does."
Riding It Out
Cenac Marine is coping with changes in
its industry, including utilization being
down and volume of products. "Rates
are extremely depressed right now,"
Cenac explains. "The majors are leaning
on us very hard. In some cases, we're
working at rates that we were working
for in the 1980s."
The equipment, Cenac notes, can
cost three times what it cost back then.

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// With its focus on quality and efficient
service, Cenac Marine can update a boat with
new machines within 24 hours.

"It's all about the quality of your people, the
quality of your equipment and making sure
you don't have any
downtime for your
customers."
"The economics are not good at all," he
says, noting that the company survives
thanks to its strong financial position.
"We can ride out this slowdown," he
says, noting that the youthfulness of its
fleet helps. "All of our equipment is less
than five years old."
Cenac Marine also copes by monitoring its employees and fulfilling its safety

requirements. "We have always been a
financially secure company," Cenac says.
"We will be able to hold out and pull
through this thing.
"The whole method to success is not
pinching back the operation, but making
sure you adhere to all the safety rules
and policies," he says, noting that being
reliable to its clients also helps.
"If you do that on a timely basis, you'll
get through all this," he states. "It's all
about the quality of your people, the
quality of your equipment and making
sure you don't have any downtime for
your customers."
Doing it All
Cenac Marine's financial security
allows it to continue updating its facilities. After selling its previous shipyard five years ago, "I've been building
a brand new facility for all my main


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