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L.F. Gaubert Battles Back On the first anniversary of hurricane Katrina's devastating strike on southeast Louisiana, L.F. Gaubert & Company Inc. has reestablished itself as a leading supplier to the marine industry. In a major test of fortitude, L.F.Gaubert has battled back from a natural disaster that would have permanently knocked out a lesser company. Rebuilding at the unflooded site of its wholly owned manufacturing arm M.I.C.C. (Marine Industrial Cable Company) L.F.Gaubert has used this event to reinvent itself into a leaner firm. Dynamic new leadership in the form of president Greg Gaubert (son of founder Lloyd Gaubert Sr.) and vice president Blane Gaubert (grandson) is positioning L.F. Gaubert to better serve its customers. The task of rebuilding L.F. Gaubert has not been as easy one. The management and sales office took six plus feet of water in the wake of last year's devastating hurricanes, ruining everything from business records to sales invoices. The warehouses had more than eight feet of water, soaking the entire cable inventory and leaving nothing but salvage value scrap behind. Workers and management have had to cope with tremendous personal and property losses. Some employees who had evacuated prior to the storm have not returned. L.F. Gaubert is now utilizing its relocation across the street from NASA's Michoud facility in New Orleans East to return to a pre-Katrina level of business. New inventory is arriving on a weekly basis and new personnel have been added to better meet the needs of our customers. A revised and expanded website is anchoring an aggressive new advertising and marketing strategy to build on the good name that is L.F.Gaubert. L.F. Gaubert provides marine shipboard, offshore drill rig and navy mil-spec cables to electrical suppliers and end users alike. Marine electrical accessories such as terminal tubes, mounting brackets and splice kits are available for their customer's convenience. L.F. Gaubert also stocks commercial power cables for various industrial uses. L.F.Gaubert can also customize a client's cable by adding braided metal armor and/or PVC sheathing to it. Large submarine cables can be fabricated for moving bridges and other transportation infrastructure applications. In addition, L.F. Gaubert is the largest stocking distributor of Pauluhn lighting products. Cummins MidSouth Provides Auxiliaries Their main propulsion engines have dominated some sectors of the Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry. Now Cummins Mid-South is gaining large orders in some newer markets. Heavy oil main engines will power the latest vessel in the Crowley Maritime Reliance series of ATBs that is currently building at VT Halter Marine in Mississippi. The diesel auxiliaries for both the barges and tugs are supplied by Cummins Mid-South. These include Tier II QSK50DM genset rated 11,00kW @ 1,800 rpm for the barges and the Tier II QSK19DM engines for the 425KW gensets for the tugs. A smaller Tier II 6CTA8.3DM engine will drive the tug's 105KW Emergency genset. Meanwhile at Eastern Shipbuilding a DP2 platform supply vessel is being built for Harvey Gulf with three KTA38M2 engines, each generating 1,200 hp at 1,800 rpm, providing power for the 280ft. vessel's two bow thrusters and single stern thruster. In addition the Harvey Gulf boat has three KTA19 DM-powered generator sets and a single Cummins 6CTA8.3DM-powered emergency genset. Also building at Eastern Shipbuilding is a tug for Guidry Brothers that will have a Cummins KTA38 MO thruster engine rated for 850 hp @ 1,800 rpm and one Cummins 6BTA5.9 DM-powered 85 Kw emergency genset. 30 · MarineNews · November 2006