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Major food export moves through Lake Charles port

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The largest food aid export shipment from the United States in several years moved through the Port of Lake Charles this week.

Lake Charles Stevedores and United Ocean Services announced the major export Thursday.

Lake Charles Stevedores, a 90-year-old locally-owned business, welcomed the M/V Sheila McDevitt to Lake Charles.

The vessel is to load 28,000 tons of USDA/USAID (U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Agency for International Development) food aid cargo for destinations on the western coast of Africa.

In total, the ship will hold over 61 million pounds of cargo.

"United Ocean Services, the owners of the vessel, together with Phoenix Chartering, made the commitment to bring the vessel to the Port of Lake Charles based on their relationship with Lake Charles Stevedores and the reputation of the port for safe, efficient and speedy cargo handling," said Tom Flanagan, president of Lake Charles Stevedores.

He went on to add, "We have a close working relationship with the port and are very pleased with the support of United Ocean Services."

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