The PSC is managed and administrated by elected officers and the USCG Captain of the Port for Sector New Orleans. Membership is open to all interested stakeholders.
We collaborate to share information, find solutions to local waterways issues, and promote safety and security in navigation. Join us at our next meeting to find out how being involved with the Port Safety Council can benefit your company and how your involvement can benefit the local maritime community.
Captain Kristi M. Luttrell, USCG New Orleans Sector Commander
Captain Luttrell assumed the role of New Orleans Sector Commander in July 2018 after serving two years as the Deputy Sector Commander. Her previous operational tours include serving as the Response Department Head at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA from 2010-2013 where she oversaw maritime Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Pollution Response operations for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. From 2004-2007 she served as the Operations Officer at Group Galveston and the Command Center Supervisor at Sector Houston-Galveston, TX. In this capacity, she supervised 3 patrol boats, a construction tender, 3 multi-mission stations, 3 Aids to Navigation Teams and a 30 person operations center. She also served as a Deck Watch Officer on USCGC DURABLE homeported in St. Petersburg, FL from 1994-1996 where she participated in Operations Able Manner and Able Vigil during the mass migrations from Haiti and Cuba. Prior to that she was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer at Group Milwaukee, WI from 1993-1994.
Captain Luttrell’s staff tours have included assignments to the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, LA as the Assistant Director of Auxiliary, Command Duty Officer and Aide to the District Commander. The Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, FL as the Command Center Chief where she was responsible for search and rescue and migrant interdiction case prosecution for the Florida Straits, Southern Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy as a Program Analyst and Planner responsible for the Department’s Maritime Mass Migration Plan. Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of Planning and Performance (CG-81) and the Office of Boat Forces (CG-731).
A 1993 graduate of Officer Candidate School, Captain Luttrell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
MARC C. HEBERT, ESQ., is a senior partner with Jones Walker and practices with the Admiralty & Maritime, Business & Commercial Transactions, Commercial Litigation and Government Relations groups. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law from 2002-2005, is a member of the Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association (GNOBFA) Seminar Committee and a Seminar Moderator, Greater New Orleans Port Safety Council Chairman in 2011 and 2016, serves on the Southern Yacht Club House and Junior Activities Committees, Executive Committee of the Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport Council, and is certified/trained in Marine Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis (SafeMARINER, LLC). From 1995 to 2002, he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs and thereafter Bracewell & Patterson in Washington, D.C. before returning to New Orleans. Mr. Hebert graduated from Tulane University in 1991 with a B.A. in Economics, received his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1994, and earned his LL.M. in Environmental Law from The National Law Center, George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1996. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Virginia, the District of Columbia, Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas, and before the U.S. Court of International Trade.
Marc C. Hebert, Chairman
Partner, Jones Walker LLP
Ronald W. Branch, 1st Co-Chair
President, Louisiana Maritime Association
Captain Ronald W. Branch is the President of the Louisiana Maritime Association (LAMA), serves as Vice Chairman of the National Maritime Security Advisory Council, serves as the Bluewater Marine Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinator for the FBI - InfraGard Members Alliance – New Orleans, and is a member of the Lower Mississippi River Waterways Safety Advisory Council, the Louisiana International Deep Water Gulf Transfer Terminal, and many other organizations on behalf of the members of LAMA.
Captain Branch is a native of Tulsa, OK. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University, an MBA from Ashland University of Ohio, and is a graduate of the United States Naval War College National Security and Strategic Studies Certificate program. Captain Branch was commissioned following Officer Candidate School in July 1979 and retired from the United States Coast Guard on June 1, 2007 after over 28 years of honorable service. During his Coast Guard career, Captain Branch was the recipient of many service awards including two National Defense Medals, the 9/11 Medal, Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm Campaign Medal, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Service Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, three Humanitarian Service Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Commendation with Hurricane Device, and many other medals, unit awards and service ribbons. Captain Branch remained in New Orleans following his retirement from the United States Coast Guard, and became President of LAMA in 2011. He works diligently on behalf of the commercial shipping industry in Southern Louisiana.
Matt is the Director of Tank Barge Operations at Ingram Barge Company. He is a Master of Towing Vessels upon Inland and Western Rivers who has been working in the industry for 25 years. Matt has experience navigating vessels throughout the United States’ Rivers and Canals as well as managing day to day operation of the vessels from shore as an Operations Manager. He currently serves President of the Maritime Navigation Safety Association and as 2nd Co-Chair of the Greater New Orleans Port Safety Council in the New Orleans area and has had an appointment to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) since 2012. He has been actively engaged in the sub-committees of TSAC since 2009 and he is currently serving as the Chair of the Subcommittee 13-06, Electronic Charting.
Matthew Lagarde, 2nd Co-Chair
Title, Ingram Barge Company
Christine works for Louisiana Maritime Association in operations and membership support. She holds a degree in Emergency Management and a masters in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Administration.
In addition to serving the Port Safety Council, she is a board member for the Women's Professional Council of New Orleans and a member of the Louisiana Society of Association Executives, WISTA, and WIMOS.