• April 19-21, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana
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Merritt Lane

Canal Barge Company, Inc.

President and CEO

Merritt Lane is Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of Canal Barge Company, Inc., a U.S. Flag marine transportation, management services, and bulk liquid storage company headquartered in New Orleans. He joined the company in 1986 and held several marketing and executive positions prior to his appointment as President in January 1994.

Mr. Lane is actively involved in industry affairs, having served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) from 2008-2009, and as Chairman of the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) from 2014-2016, as well as holding positions as Board Member for the National Waterways Foundation, the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation, and the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition. He also serves on the Board of Pontchartrain Materials Company, a privately-owned company based in New Orleans, and Illinois Marine Towing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canal Barge Company based in Lemont, Illinois.

Mr. Lane worked in the Corporate Finance Division at PaineWebber, Inc. in New York City from 1983 to 1986 as a Financial Analyst and as an Associate in the Real Estate Finance Group. He graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 1983, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Finance. He currently serves on the board of the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation and is an active alumnus of the school.

Mr. Lane is active in leadership positions with numerous civic, educational, and philanthropic organizations, having served as Board Chair of Isidore Newman School, The Idea Village (a New Orleans area non-profit entrepreneurial development organization), and the Baptist Community Ministries Foundation (one of the largest private foundations in Louisiana). He currently serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, The Water Institute of the Gulf, the National World War II Museum, and Bricolage Academy; on the Executive Committee of the Bureau of Governmental Research and the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region; and is a Board Member Emeritus of the Tulane University School of Public Health Dean’s Council.

Mr. Lane has received numerous honors, including the Seaman’s Church Institute’s River Bell Award, the Propeller Club award for Maritime Person of the Year, the National Rivers Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, and, most recently, the 2021 Annual Rail & Maritime Summit Diolkos Award.

Mr. Lane and his wife Eleanor (Elly) are both natives of New Orleans and have three daughters, Caroline (26), Sarah (23), and Isabel (21). 

Sessions With Merritt Lane

Tuesday, 26 April

  • 12:15pm - 01:00pm (CST) / 26/apr/2022 05:15 pm - 26/apr/2022 06:00 pm

    Understanding the Footprint: Project Cargo Logistics and the Growing Pressure to Measure and Manage Carbon Emissions

    As the energy transition gains traction, project owners and EPCs face increasing pressure to forecast, disclose, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, both direct and indirect, throughout the project logistics supply chain. Avoiding engagement will increasingly restrict business opportunities, while verifiable, accurate carbon emissions information will be required by a multitude of stakeholders, including shareholders, investors, and national and international regulatory agencies. How should shippers and their logistics service providers capture and incorporate reliable, verifiable carbon emissions data, management, and control into their procurement and supply chain planning and investments? In this roundtable discussion, a global project cargo shipper and project logistics service providers will discuss the decision-making and commitment needed to meet increasingly complex carbon-footprint management requirements.