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on deck. The advent of guest-worker programs provides a recourse in a pinch, which is a different issue from getting the lawn trimmed at cheap prices. Shipyard skills entail a lot beyond leaf-blowers, and representatives at Bollingers continually praise the quality and work ethic of contracted personnel. The U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration H-2B nonimmigrant program "permits employers to hire foreign workers to come to the U.S. and perform temporary nonagricultural work, which may be one-time, seasonal, peak load or intermittent. There is a 66,000 per year limit on the number of foreign workers who may receive H-2B guest-worker status." With luck, this would put domestic workers on equal footing in a year or two, when everyone hopes not only trailers but neighborhoods will be available to move into. The guest workers at domestic scale make good money, most of which theoretically to send home. Whereas popular guest-worker debates under Bush proposals nowadays center on workers from south of our borders, Signal International has brought-in about 590 workers from India. "Our supplemental contract labor was about 10% before the storm," said Richard L. Marler, President and CEO of Signal, whose damage from the storm ran about $18million, "now we're up to 30 to 40%." Most are doing welding and fitting. "We observed the quality of the work the Indians were doing when we were in the mideast," said Mr. Marler, "and with the old British influence there's not much of a language problem." They live in cubicles, probably comfy but not much to look at, though perhaps better than FEMA trailers. Marler equates their life at the yard with the life they'd experience working offshore, except "We're building them a cricket court." Louisiana Motor Transport Association last November, citing a post-Katrina drop from 1000 to 150. Even today, a sign in a Taco Bell window near Dolphin Towing's office promises "up to $10 per hour," or about what an apprentice welder made in a shipyard before Katrina. The maritime employers are pursuing their interests in the sincerest form, with money. At some yards there have been three pay raises since the storm, at Harvey Gulf they cite five. Newspaper accounts describe a halfpopulated New Orleans, but you wouldShane Guidry has been growing the family business from in the headquarters office of Harvey Gulf International Marine in Harvey, LA. (Photo: Don Sutherland.) EVERY CHALLENGE. MET. TM Return of the Native? Regardless of how long the transfiguration takes from barracks and trailers to grocery stores and schools, personnel shortages are evident all over, and have been since so many homes went with the wind. There are billboards along highways leading toward Houma, Lockport and Galiano, as well as Pascacoula in the other direction, saying "help wanted." FEMA is cited as one of the early competitors for labor "paying significantly more per hour than we did," according to Ron Schnoor, Senior Vice President of Signal International. The Port of New Orleans itself issued a call for truck drivers in behalf of the November 2006 The challenge to balance the needs of the environment with the expectations of marine operators is met by the QSK19, the first in a new line of Quantum System engines from Cummins. The QSK19 features proven technology with improved durability and reliability, plus full-authority electronics for enhanced performance and complete diagnostics. Designed from the input of our global customers, the QSK19 is engineered for installation simplicity and meets 2007 worldwide emissions standards for both propulsion and auxiliary applications. With ratings from 373-597 kW (500-800 hp), it's ideal for towing, cargo and passenger transport, fishing and ship's service power. For more information, visit http://marine.cummins.com or contact your local Cummins professional. ©2006 Cummins Inc., 4500 Leeds Avenue Suite 301, Charleston, South Carolina 29405, U.S.A. 35