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Feb 22, 2013
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Board of Louisiana River Pilot Review and Oversight

BATON ROUGE- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Board of Louisiana River Pilot Review and Oversight.

The Board of Louisiana River Pilot Review and Oversight serves to provide oversight of four Louisiana Pilots Associations including: the Associated Branch Pilots for the Port of New Orleans, the River Port Pilots for the Port of New Orleans, the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, and the Associated Branch Pilots of the Port of Lake Charles, by reviewing and monitoring all actions of the four boards of examiners.

According to statute, the board is comprised of eleven gubernatorial appointments in which one member must be selected from the Board of Examiners of Bar Pilots for the Port of New Orleans, one member must be selected from the Board of River Port Pilots Commission for the Port of New Orleans, one member must be selected from the Board Examiners for New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots for the Mississippi River, and one member must be selected from the Board of River Port Pilot Commission and Examiners. Three members must be former judges who served on the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Appellate Court, or the Louisiana District Court. Four members must be Louisiana business representatives who are chosen as follows: two members must be selected from a list of four nominees presented jointly by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Louisiana Chemical Association, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.  Two members must be selected from a list of four nominees submitted by the Louisiana Ports Association. 

Appointments to the Board of Louisiana River Pilot Review and Oversight:

Charles Steinmuller, of Baton Rouge, has been a bar pilot since 1985 and is a member of the American Pilots Association. Steinmuller will be reappointed to serve as a member from the Board of Examiners of Bar Pilots for the Port of New Orleans, as required by statute.

Craig Andrews, of Metairie, has been a river port pilot since 1990. Andrews will be reappointed to serve as a representative of the Board of River Port Pilots Commission for the Port of New Orleans, as required by statute.

Lee Jackson, of Westwego, is the CEO of Jackson Offshore Operators and Jackson Offshore Holdings LLC. Jackson will be appointed to serve as a representative of the Board of Examiners for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots for the Mississippi River, as required by statute.

Brett Palmer, of Lake Charles, has been a licensed pilot since 1992 and has over thirty years of experience with vessels. Palmer will be reappointed to serve as a representative of the Board of the River Port Pilot Commissioners and Examiners for the Calcasieu River Waterway, as required by statute. 

Dale Hymel, Jr., of Paulina, is the Special Projects Manager for the Port of South Louisiana and is the former St. James Parish President. Hymel will be appointed to serve as a representative of the Ports Association of Louisiana, as required by statute.

 
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