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Donald Rulh,

As President/CEO and Managing Partner, Donald brings more than 23 years of experience in the maritime industry.

Prior to opening Fourchon Launch Services LLC, Donald served as Operations Manager for Blue Marine Transportation and Ocean Air Services. Donald is a second-generation maritime professional and has literally grown up in the industry. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, Donald began his career coordinating transportation and dispatch operations among the many ports located along the Gulf of Mexico. He works closely with multiple government agencies (including USCBP/Homeland Security, USDA, PPQ, and USCG) on a daily basis while performing project management within the maritime Industry.  Donald has also served as the local forwarding Manager for Norwegian Cruise Line within the Port of New Orleans for over 10 years.

Donald also worked for Barwil Agencies (Wilhelmsen) and Biehl & Co. New Orleans as a Vessel Ship Agent working directly with Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Cruise Vessels to assist in day-to-day logistics and vessel movements including the following type vessels and cargos (VLCC, ULCC, LPG Carriers, Veg-oil, Grain, Cement, Steel, Ro-Ro, Container Ships, Reefer Vessels, Cruise Ships and many more) He has worked extensively to enter and clear foreign-flagged vessels, goods and crew from around the world into Gulf of Mexico ports.

As a freight-forwarder, Donald has been instrumental in ensuring the on-time delivery and clearing of critical components for dozens of oil-field companies around the United States. Donald brings to FLS a vast experience and knowledge of logistics management in the maritime industry.

In addition, Donald has contributed time towards his community by volunteering for the World Food Program to help with exporting food products to less fortunate countries, organizer and founder of the “Coats from Boats” program to assist in U.S. National Disasters helping provide clothing and toys for families in need.  Donald Taught “Life Skills” working with Mentally and Physically Disabled children/adolescents while also serving as a sports announcer for the Special Olympics in Jefferson Parish.  During College Years, Donald coached Football and Track (serving as Defensive Backs, Strength & Conditioning and Special Teams Coordinator) at Archbishop Shaw and West Jefferson High School for a total of 5 years, having coached in the 2000 Class 5A State Championship.