Patricia Karst Reed honored her late husband, former Port of New Orleans Executive Director Edward S. “Ned” Reed, by christening the Port’s new dredge that bears his name.
The dredge is the third owned by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans in its history and replaces the A. Robert Bleakley, a cutter head dredge in service since 1976. New Orleans and Portland, Ore. are the only two major U.S. ports which own and operate their own dredges.
“Today is another milestone in our Port’s history,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “As we honor a true visionary in our industry, we can look to a brighter future knowing the Dredge Edward S. ‘Ned’ Reed will clear the path for commerce and prosperity for many years to come.”
Built by Dredging Supply Company Inc. in Reserve, La., at a cost of $7.8 million, the 187-foot dredge has a larger discharge line (24 inches, as opposed to 20 inches) than its predecessor, which will allow for more efficient scouring along the Port’s docks.
“It is truly an honor to name this valuable Port asset after such a distinguished gentleman and tireless public servant,” said Thomas D. Westfeldt, chairman of the Board of Commissioner of the Port of New Orleans.