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Port Houston Foreign Trade Zone Conference Draws Businesses

More than 100 attendees learned the benefits, costs, best practices and processes of operating business in a foreign trade zone at Port Houston’s foreign trade zone conference August 24. Port Houston manages Foreign Trade Zone #84, which includes many privately owned and port-owned sites located throughout the Houston region and Harris County, Texas. Currently, FTZ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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