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Bollinger christens Navy ship, Port of South Louisiana signs memorandum

Posted on September 5, 2023

Bollinger Shipyards has christened the USNS Navajo, a towing, salvage and rescue vessel.

The ship is the first in the Navy’s new class of towing, salvage and rescue ships. The vessels are named in honor of the Navajo tribe and its contributions to national defense.

The Navajo is the first of nine planned ships. Bollinger is building the USNS Cherokee Nation and the USNS Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek and is under contract to build two more vessels.

“This class of ship is critical to ensure our sailors and mariners receive critical, timely support and stay forward around the globe defending our interests,” Vice Adm. Craig Clapperton, commander, fleet, cyber command and commander, Tenth Fleet, said in a statement.

Port of South Louisiana signs memorandum with Ukraine Sea Ports Authority

The Port of South Louisiana and Ukraine Sea Ports Authority signed a memorandum of understanding, launching a cooperative alliance directed at technical guidance toward operation and maintenance of port infrastructure, particularly when reconstruction begins in Ukraine.

“This agreement solidifies Port of South Louisiana’s support for the Ukrainian people in the defense of their freedom and creates an alliance with our Ukrainian port partners that focuses on our shared mission of serving global customers and creating economic prosperity for our communities,” Paul Matthews, CEO of the Port of South Louisiana, said in a statement.

Matthews noted the U.S. and Ukraine are leading grain exporters that take pride in feeding the world.

ACG to hold panel discussion on challenges of raising capital

The Association of Corporate Growth will hold a panel discussion on challenges in raising capital and early stage valuations at its September luncheon.

The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Windsor Court, 300 Gravier St., in New Orleans.

Panelists will include G.F. Gay Le Breton, who heads the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Chaffe & Associates; Ted Jones, a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Jones Walker; David Rieveschl, head of Stone Pigman’s Business Section and chair of its Emerging Cos. Group; and Kimberly Gramm, who heads the new Innovation Institute.

Admission is free for association members, $65 for nonmembers. To register, go to

McEnery Residential opens branch office in Covington

McEnery Residential has opened a new office location at 427 N. Columbia St. in Covington.

Margot Rainold and Molly Koenig will lead the office. The north shore team has been an integral part of McEnery Residential’s continued growth over the last four years.

Baton Rouge General adds ENT service to Prairieville hospital

Baton Rouge General is now offering ear, nose and throat services at its Ascension Parish neighborhood hospital at 14105 La. 73 in Prairieville.

Sinus and Nasal Specialists of Louisiana, led by Dr. Henry Barham and Dr. Christian Hall, will provide ENT care from allergies, infections and tumors to other complex problems of the nose and sinuses. This will join their main location at the General’s Bluebonnet campus.

Barham earned his medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and completed a residency at the University of Colorado and a fellowship program in Sydney, Australia.

Hall earned his medical degree at LSU Health Sciences in New Orleans and completed a residency there. He completed a fellowship at the Georgia Nasal and Sinus Institute

Dr. John Wood, an independent ENT specialist, will also see patients at this location. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and completed a residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital.


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