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SHIPPING & PORTS

// Cenac Marine takes pride in its friendly,
family atmosphere and its staff of numerous
longtime workers.

offices," Cenac says, adding that the
company is constructing a new maintenance center.
The company's acquisition of Main
Iron Works also has led to new projects.
"We're building a brand-new dry dock
facility for the barges," he says, noting
that this will allow the company to do
above and underwater maintenance.
"We also are converting the Main Iron
Works yard to our barge repair yard,"
Cenac adds. "We will be tearing every
building down and constructing all
brand new buildings."
Barges will be repaired and painted
within the structures. "Our facilities
are the only ones that are completely
encompassed to do everything in house,"
he says.

A Growing Focus
Safety is an ever-growing part of Cenac
Marine's business. "We have staffs to
run that part of the business, whereas 20
years ago, that was the smallest part of
your business," Cenac recalls.
This makes it critical for the company
to keep up with regulations and provide
oil companies with safety statistics. But
this can be challenging, Cenac admits.
"It's gotten to the point where a
captain can't run his vessel anymore,"
he states. "We burden that guy with
so many manuals and so many requirements that he has to worry about
[instead of ] running his vessel.
"The oil companies demand more and
more from us on safety, but they want
to keep paying us less and less," he says,

noting that Cenac Marine will adjust
and still maintain a strong record. "We
haven't had a lost time accident in years."
Family Pride
Cenac is proud of his family's company.
"Our work environment is one of a very
friendly, family atmosphere," he says,
noting that the company maintains an
"open door" policy. "Our employees are
welcome to talk to anybody in the management division."
He also praises its staff, which includes many longtime workers. "They
start with us as deckhands and usually
end up as captains," Cenac says, noting
that the company has an annual turnover rate of only 1 percent.
"We have employees that have been
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