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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Port Welcomes Coast Guard Merchant Marine Industry Trainee

Earlier this year, Lieutenant Brett Belanger with the U.S. Coast Guard contacted Port Houston about becoming a host for the Merchant Marine Industry Training Program. With the port’s strong relationship with the organization, the Port Commission approved the request. Brett Belanger, in the Coast Guard’s prevention track, was selected and assigned to Sector Houston-Galveston. Having […]

Port Employees Volunteer at Oyster Reef Restoration Project

Port Houston’s team joined Galveston Bay Foundation volunteers July 22 for this year’s Oyster Reef Restoration Project. Port Houston enjoyed a great turnout, as 34 volunteers showed up at the Sweetwater Bay Preserve in Galveston, ready to work. Team members took turns bagging, carrying and stacking over 350 bags of recycled oyster shells along the […]

Port Holds Perishables Roundtable

Port Houston hosted nearly 35 industry professionals throughout the country during a Perishables Roundtable event at the port’s Executive Building July 13. The attendees discussed refrigerated cargo imports, Houston’s reefer capacity, Customs and Border Protection and USDA requirements, infrastructure developments and logistics. Participants included importers, exporters, buyers, retailers, brokers, cold storage warehouses, ocean carriers, truckers […]

Port Invests in Turning Basin Rail and Switch Project

Port Houston is investing $2 million biannually in its rail track switches to keep freight moving, and this process for upgrading infrastructure changes with the times as cargoes and methods evolve. In 2014, Port Houston’s operations division decided to take inventory of the number of rail switches, both active and inactive, at the Turning Basin […]

Apprenticeships valued at transportation workforce meeting

Port Houston welcomed more than 50 partners and transportation experts for a Registered Apprenticeship Program meeting with the U.S. Department of Labor and TransPORTS July 13 at the port’s executive building. TransPORTS is a U.S. Department of Labor national industry intermediary, leading the development of nationally-registered apprenticeship programs in transportation and logistics with a focus […]

Port Houston Retiree Receives Honorary Pilot Award

It takes unique skills and endurance to be a Houston Pilot, safely navigating some of the world’s largest ships in and out of the Houston Ship Channel, one of the most challenging waterways in the world. Longtime Port Houston employee, Mike Usher, who retired in December 2016 after 32 years of service, recently received an […]

Buffalo Bayou: 10 Years Clean and Green

Working with Shell Oil Company and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Port Houston helped create the Buffalo Bayou “Clean and Green” Program in 2007 – and this month, the partnership is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program. Port Houston is proud of its success, which was spearheaded in large part by the efforts of former […]

Barbours Cut Container Terminal Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This spring, Port Houston recognized the 40th anniversary of the Barbours Cut Container Terminal. Since the opening of this facility in 1977, the port has grown to handle 68 percent of all container activity in the U.S Gulf of Mexico and has become one of the world’s busiest ports by waterborne cargo tonnage. The beginning […]

The Anniversary of the “New” Panama Canal

Caption: Port Chairman Janiece Longoria, Executive Director Roger Guenther and Chief Commercial Officer Ricky Kunz visit the Panama Canal in 2014.   It’s been a full year since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, and the worldwide maritime community has taken note of this important milestone to the main passageway for ships to cross […]