Diaz Elected President Of Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association
Captain Ralph Diaz was recently elected president of the Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association at the association's recent meeting. The association represents 46 barge and fleet operations in the New Orleans area.
Captain Diaz is operations manager for towing and fleeting with T. Smith & Son, Inc., New Orlean's largest and oldest stevedoring firm.
Before joining T. Smith & Son, he was a captain in the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, and at present holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, Corps of Engineer Army Reserve. A graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, and a mechanical engineer, Captain Diaz holds an uninspected towing vessel license, unlimited tonnage, for Inland Waters and Western Rivers of the U.S.
Other officers of the association elected include: Ed Haskel, vice president (Jefferson Parish Fleet) ; Richard Paquette, secretary (Riverways Harbor Services, Inc.) ; Scott Noble, treasurer (Capital Marine, Inc.) ; directors: Richard Cottingham (Federal- Triangle, Inc.) ; Steve Canone (T. Smith & Son, Inc.), and Bruce Hancock (SCNO Terminal Corp.).