A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system.
The 170-foot-tall structure is called the Vertical Assembly Center. It will play a key role in construction of "Space Launch System" rockets.
Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:32 am
BP was to blame — that was U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling a week ago in the case over the Macondo well disaster. The judge found Transocean, which was operating the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010, and cement contractor Haliburton at fault too. But Barbier said BP was guilty of “gross negligence”. And that could mean that payouts by BP balloon to $50 billion or more ultimately.
Dr. Jim Richardson, professor of public administration and economics at LSU explains some of the business implications.
Louisiana brown shrimp season started with high prices in May. They stayed up for a while, but recently dropped, by up to a dollar a pound. Rocky Morales works out of Delacroix, La. He says blaming the big price drop on imports doesn’t account for the drastic change.
Benteler Steel/Tube project director Patrick Guillaume and human resources manager Rhonda Simmons discuss the future of Benteler's first U.S. steel/tube plant that is slated to be in operation by Aug. 2015.
Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:54 pm
Benteler Steel/Tube will hold a job fair Saturday, Aug. 9, for its steel tube manufacturing facility under construction at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. The $975 million complex will ultimately employ about 675 people. Human resources manager Rhonda Simmons says this event is geared toward blue collar, hourly jobs, but there are some salaried positions that the company aims to fill.
South Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish has low unemployment — there are lots of jobs in offshore services. So many that there could be a shortage of locals with the skills needed. The Working Coast summer camp in Houma teaches kids about the big industries in their area, and aims to get them excited about those career paths.
About 30 kids hang their fishing poles over a small bridge outside the Water Life Museum in Houma, Louisiana. They’re enjoying their last day at the Working Coast Camp.
Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30.
The contract's total value so far is more than $1.3 billion.
Democratic U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says the latest funding is part almost $9 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.