National Coal Transportation Association

NCTA Spring Conference 2022 New Orleans, LA • April 11-13, 2022


CLICK HERE to Register for the 2022 Spring Conference

CLICK HERE to view the Full Conference Agenda

CLICK HERE to view Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

CLICK HERE to view Scholarship Scramble Sponsorship Opportunities

CLICK HERE to book your room at the Hotel Monteleone 

It’s been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of Hotel Monteleone. This venerable New Orleans hotel sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street and offers valet parking with two garages. Our guests have the best point of departure for all things New Orleans.

Step outside this historic French Quarter hotel to discover shop after shop of fabulous European antiques, estate jewelry, oriental rugs, and art and antiquities from around the world. Quaint New Orleans restaurants and specialty shops line the French Quarter streets. Enjoy New Orleans tourist attractions just steps from our New Orleans hotel, including Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the French Market, and the Riverwalk, where you can watch the steamboats along the Mississippi River.

Hotel Monteleone provides the best luxury hotel amenities, including a heated rooftop pool, 24/7 fitness center, and valet parking. Hotel Monteleone also offers In-Room Dining (breakfast only).

The NCTA room rate is $219.00++ for a single/double. Book my ROOM.

Conference Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:  Ernie Thrasher, CEO, XCoal
Special Speaker:  Dan Elliott, Principal, GKG Law P.C. 
Waterborne Panelists
  • Brian Mathis, International Marine Terminals (representing terminals)
  • Brian Miles, Biehl & Co. (representing ship agencies)
  • Kerrigan Robin, Canal Barge (representing barge companies)
  • Sean Duffy, Big River Coalition, will discuss Mississippi River deepening programs.
Kinder Morgan’s International Marine Terminal Tour
Additionally, an optional tour of Kinder Morgan’s International Marine Terminal will be held on Wednesday, April 13. Group transportation will depart the conference hotel at 11:00 a.m., and lunch will be provided. Reservations and a modest add-on fee will be required for the tour.

Area Activities

Click HERE for more information on “Things to do in New Orleans”

Click HERE for information on the National WWII Museum.

Thank you Spring Sponsors!

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Monday, April 11, 2022
• 8:30 am NCTA Board Meeting
• 12:00 pm Arrive at the English Turn Country Club for the 2nd Annual NCTA Scholarship Scramble Tournament and lunch.
• 12:28 pm 2nd Annual NCTA Scholarship Scramble Tournament tee times commence.
• 5:30-7:00 pm NCTA NOLA Welcome Reception

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
• 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
• 8:30 am-12:30 pm Plenary Session
• 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch by individual arrangement
• 1:30-4:00 pm Activities and Networking
• 5:00-6:30 pm Fat Tuesday Reception

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
• 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
• 8:30-10:30 am Plenary Session
• 11:00 am-3:00 pm Tour of International Marine Terminal- Kinder Morgan (Box lunch provided)  Space limited- RSVP Required.

NOTE: This year, our program will feature two receptions, but NCTA will not be hosting a dinner. This schedule provides attendees with two social occasions for networking opportunities as well as two chances to host or attend customer events.


NCTA Members $795.00 after March 21, 2022 $895.00
Railroad & Non-Member $995.00 after March 21, 2022 $1095.00
Conference Sponsors or Advertisers $995.00 after March 21, 2022 $1095.00
Non-Members $1,495.00 after March 21, 2022 $1,595.00
Non-Utility Government or Academic Attendees $500.00 after March 21, 2022 $600.00


This Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, Par 72 Championship Golf Course presents a unique challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Every hole has an individual personality including numerous bunkers, large waste bunkers, plentiful grass depressions, and mounds that line the sculpted fairways. The property was designed with meandering lakes surrounding the golf course giving separation from the community and a magnificent Plantation Style Clubhouse making your visit at English Turn an unparalleled experience.

The Signature Course at English Turn was originally designed in 1988 for the New Orleans PGA Tour event, which was held at the facility until 2004 and in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The Inaugural event was the USF and G Classic in 1989 and the course proved to be a challenge for the PGA Tour with notoriously undulating greens, water in play on seventeen of the eighteen holes, and the signature fifteenth Island Green. In Addition, the 18th Hole had been ranked the hardest hole on tour many times during the tournament tenure.

Please CLICK HERE to see how your company can support this worthy cause.
Greens Fees:  $199.00  Rental Clubs:  $65.00

Golfer’s Lunch at the English Turn Golf & Country Club
Before you hit the links, enjoy your choice of a Classic Burger or a traditional Louisiana Shrimp Po Boy and fries. YUM! There is no better way to tee off than with a satiated stomach!

Do not forget to sign up for lunch during the registration process.  $20.00.


Your hotel reservations are made separately from the conference registration. Click here to book your room.  Please make your reservation on or before 5:00 pm EST on March 21, 2022, to guarantee the NCTA negotiated room rate of $219.00++ per night.

Experience timeless luxury in the heart of the French Quarter when you stay at Hotel Monteleone, your home away from home. Since 1886, Hotel Monteleone has proudly stood as one of the first New Orleans landmarks. This world-famous French Quarter hotel is just one block away from Bourbon Street and within walking distance of the most famous attractions and restaurants in New Orleans.

Featuring 522 luxurious Guest Rooms, including 55 Luxury Suites and Literary Author Suites, Hotel Monteleone provides everything you need for your trip to New Orleans. Whether you’re on vacation, or attending a convention, Hotel Monteleone has the perfect French Quarter hotel rooms for your New Orleans getaway.


The Carousel Bar & Lounge

The famous Carousel Bar & Lounge in Hotel Monteleone is a long-time favorite New Orleans hotspot. The classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city’s only revolving bar. For decades, it has lured guests in to take a spin on the 25-seat, bright, circus-clad Merry-Go-Round. Recently, Vogue Living named our bar one of the Top 20 Bars in the World, due in equal parts to our whimsical revolving carousel and comprehensive list of cocktails. Vogue recommends our Sazerac, although our cocktail menu has plenty of other enticing options.

Today, the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge is frequented by New Orleans locals and visitors alike. The Carousel Bar overlooks famed Royal Street, where guests can enjoy the best people watching in the French Quarter. With its regular entertainment schedule of live New Orleans music and craft cocktail selection, this New Orleans hotel bar has become one of the most popular bars in the French Quarter. No visit to New Orleans would be complete without a ride on the Carousel Bar.


Criollo is the Hotel Monteleone’s signature restaurant combining old world flavors with refined southern dining.  They specialize in creating seasonal dishes.  Reservations are highly recommended.


The Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY) is located approximately 25 minutes away from the conference hotel.  Masks must be worn at all times in the airport.

Nine rental car companies call the MSY Rental Car Center home.  The Center can be reached via a 15-20 minute shuttle ride on the airport shuttle.  Exit the terminal on Level 1 Baggage Claim and walk towards the Long Term Parking Garage adjacent to the terminal.  Shuttles circulate approximately every five minutes.