In 2018, Port Houston was presented with the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security by U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral John P. Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, and Houston-Galveston Sector Captain of the Port, Capt. Kevin Oditt.
“This is a tremendous achievement and testimony to the never ending efforts of our Security Department, and all employees of Port Houston, who contribute daily to our security,” said Chief Port Security and Emergency Operations Officer Marcus Woodring.
The prestigious security award, which is presented every two years, is given to organizations demonstrating excellence in maritime security through their programs and practices.
The award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions in partnerships, people, processes, physical security, and other security activities with regard to implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act requirements and other best practices in safeguarding the nation’s vital marine transportation system.
The Admiral also commended the port’s ISO 28000 certification in its tenth year, as well as the region’s response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
“I would like to extend my appreciation and congratulations to the members of our Port Security and Emergency Operations team for all of their efforts in achieving this distinguished award,” added former Port Chairman Janiece Longoria.