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The Port of Lake Charles is a deepwater port located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, north of the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Port opened in 1926 and today is the 12th-busiest port district in the nation, based on tonnage, as ranked by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It also was named by Forbes magazine as the seventh-fastest growing seaport in America.

The Port manages the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which runs inland 36 miles and extends out into the Gulf of Mexico another 32 miles. The Port of Lake Charles’ official name is the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, a public body created by the Louisiana Legislature. The District encompasses 203 square miles in Calcasieu Parish and operates on 5,420 acres.

The Port of Lake Charles owns and operates two marine terminals—the City Docks and Bulk Terminal No. 1—and two industrial parks—the Industrial Canal and Industrial Park East. In addition, this deepwater port serves as landlord to companies leasing Port-owned property, and owns several leasable sites on and near the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

Principal cargoes moving through the Port’s terminals are project cargoes, aluminum, forest products, steel, bulk grain and other agricultural food products, petroleum coke and other petroleum produces, barite and rutile.

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Board of Commissioners

Thomas L. Lorenzi, Vice President at Lake Charles' deepwater port
Michael Keith Prudhomme, Secretary/Treasurer at Port of Lake Charles on the Gulf of Mexico
Judy McCleary, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer at Port of Lake Charles

Judy McCleary

Kevin Guidry, Commissioner at Port of Lake Charles

Kevin Guidry
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Carl J. Krielow, President of Port of Lake Charles

Carl J. Krielow

Dudley R. Dixon, Commissioner at Port of Lake Charles

Dudley R. Dixon

David Darbone, Commissioner at Port of Lake Charles

David Darbone


Richert L. Self
Executive Director
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(337) 493-3501

Jonathan Ringo
General Counsel
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(337) 493-3517

Cameron Landry
Director of Administration and Finance
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(337) 493-3546

Channing Hayden
Director of Navigation
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(337) 493-3620

Todd Henderson
Director of Operations
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(337) 493-3520

Nick Pestello
Director of
Engineering & Maintenance

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(337) 493-3627

Therrance Chretien
Director of Cargo and Trade Development
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(337) 493-3579


Michelle Bolen
Executive Administrative
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(337) 493-3501

Lisa Talbot
Accounting Manager
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(337) 493-3534

Derek Schierloh
Sales Manager
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(337) 493-3515

Tiffany Fournet
Traffic Manager
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(337) 493-3516

Jenna Greiner
Foreign Trade Zone 87
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(337) 493-3504

Michael Witherspoon
I.T. Technical Support Supervisor
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(337) 493-3626

Jo Ellen Elliott
Human Resource Analyst
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(337) 493-3530

Regan Brown
Health, Safety,
& Environmental Compliance Manager

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(337) 493-3540

Ed Manint
Safety & Security Manager
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(337) 493-3553

Capt. Timothy Atkins
Harbor Police Chief
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(337) 493-3553

Therrance Chretien
Director of Cargo & Trade Development
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(337) 493-3579

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