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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Port Chairman Recognized as “Maritime Person of the Year” at Annual Maritime Dinner

Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria was honored with the prestigious “Maritime Person of the Year” award at the Greater Houston Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner August 19. More than 700 industry executives, government officials and colleagues attended the event to support the Chairman. City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner provided a city proclamation on behalf […]

Quick Thinking by Port Police Averts Tragedy on 610 Bridge

On Saturday, August 5, a potential suicide was averted, thanks to some quick-thinking Port Houston Police officers who spotted a man threatening to jump off the 610 bridge. Port Houston Officer Jon Schwartz was en route to Manchester Terminal when he observed a motorcycle stopped on the southbound side of the 610 Bridge at the […]

Interagency Mentor Protégé Program Graduates Gain Business Experience

In July, Port Houston’s small business department hosted a graduation reception for the Interagency Mentor Protégé Program 2017 class on the M/V Sam Houston. With the guidance of local agencies, twenty-one protégés are now on the path to discovering new resources and taking their companies to new heights after completing the program. Port Houston is […]

IKEA Expands at Port Houston

Home furnishings retail giant IKEA cited two primary reasons for selecting Baytown for a new distribution center: the fact that Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States and proximity to the Port of Houston. The new IKEA facility, which employs 200 people or “co-workers,” just opened in April of this year […]

Port Commission Approves Reimbursable Agreement with NOAA on Oceanographic Data System

The Port Commission has authorized execution of an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for the enhancement, management, operations, maintenance and repair of the Houston-Galveston Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, commonly known as PORTS. The agreement with the agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was approved during a public meeting July 25. […]

New Cranes “En Route” to Barbours Cut Container Terminal

Three new Super Post-Panamax cranes are on the way to Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal from Shanghai, China. They were secured on the M/V ZHEN HUA 13 July 23. Once these 405-foot-tall cranes reach their destination after a journey of more than two months, they are slated to replace three older ones at Barbours Cut. The […]