Louisiana Association of Waterway
Operators and Shipyards

WELCOME to the Louisiana Association of Waterway Operators and Shipyards (LAWS) website.

The Louisiana Association of Waterway Operators and Shipyards, or LAWS, is your connection to the Brownwater Inland Marine Barge and Towing Industry, the Shipyards, Engine Companies, and other Businesses providing service to the Marine industry in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Association of Waterway Operators and Shipyards serves not only the maritime industry in Louisiana, but the interests of the entire state and its economy. LAWS is also your Louisiana connection to the Inland Waterway System that serves the transportation system of our country.

LAWS has been in existence since 1985, when it was recognized that the industry needed a lobbying arm to represent us with matters before the State Legislature, particularly in Tax issues.

LAWS focuses primarily on this area, but is ready to assist both government and industry to provide information, and assist in the development of good legislation that will be beneficial to the state and the maritime industry and related economy.

The Mission of LAWS is to promote the business interest of the tug, barge, and shipyard industries in Louisiana, and improve the marine transportation industry in the state.

Meet LAWS’ Executive Committee

The members of LAWS' Executive Committee are available to answer your questions. Please contact a committee member if we can help you in any way.


Z.David DeLoach - Chairman
Deloach Marine
P.O.Box 576
Port Allen, La 70767
Office: 225-336-9933
Cell: 225-933-9585
zdave@deloachmarine.com


Cherrie Felder - Vice-chair
Channel Shipyard Companies
3801 North Causeway Blvd.
Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002
Office: 504-371-5964
cdfelder@channelship.com


Matt Woodruff- Treasurer
Kirby Corporation
P.O.Box 1745
Houston, Tx  77251
Phone: 713-435-1497
matt.woodruff@kirbycorp.com


Mark Wright - Secretary
American Waterways Operators
1305 West Causway Approach Suite 117
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: (985) 674-3600
mwright@vesselalliance.com