Port Bureau Updates
Greater Houston Coffee Association Annual Luncheon
Juan B. Sosa
Counsel General, Panama, Houston
The Greater Houston Coffee Association will feature Ambassador Juan B. Sosa, Consul General of Panama, Houston, as guest speaker at their Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Brady’s Landing. Ambassador Sosa represented the government of President Eric A. Delvalle of Panama in Washington during the turbulent years of the conflict with General Manuel Noriega from 1987 to 1989.
Ambassador Sosa began his career in the private sector as an international marketing executive for the Colgate Palmolive Company. His work in the international sphere led him to become chairman of the board of his own business and marketing consulting company from 1969 to 1988. He has also served as chairman of the board of Air Panama and as a member of the board of directors of the Panama Canal Commission.
In 1994 Ambassador Sosa, together with other prominent leaders, founded the U.S.-Panama Business Council, the business organization that took the initial step for a U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement. He served as its CEO until August 2014 when he became President Emeritus. In November 2014 Ambassador Sosa was appointed Consul General of Panama in Houston, with responsibility over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.
Ambassador Sosa is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Margaret, reside in Houston.
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announced on August 17, 2016 that 61 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 edition, including 15 in Houston. A Denver partner earned a “Lawyer of the Year” distinction.
“More than two-thirds of our recognized attorneys have been included on the annual Best Lawyers list for five years or longer, which speaks highly to the firm’s ongoing commitment to providing the best service for our clients,” says Gardere Chair Holland N. O’Neil. “We are honored to be acknowledged by our peers in these prestigious rankings.”
Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers has become known as the definitive guide to legal excellence. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed so that inclusion in Best Lawyers continues to be considered a singular honor.
GHD Sustains Performance in Global Environmental Market
Industry magazine Engineering News-Record has placed GHD, a leading provider of engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services, as #26 in its Top 200 Environmental Firms list for 2016.
This annual feature ranks companies according to their annual environmental services revenue. GHD stood out for its performance in the hazardous waste sector, coming in at #11. The company also ranked #18 for the size of its environmental business outside the USA, demonstrating the breadth of its diversified global footprint.
“These rankings reflect our reputation for excellence in environmental impact assessments and approvals permitting, contaminated lands and remediation, stakeholder engagement and natural resource management,” said Ashley Wright, chief executive officer of GHD. “We are a leader in waste management, and are known for our emergency response capabilities which benefit many communities in need.”
Intermarine, LLC, the global leader in the transport of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo, has announced the July delivery of the M/V Industrial Skipper. The 12,500 DWT, 147 meter, Ecolift 500 vessel features two cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 500 metric tons. The Industrial Skipper transported modules to Corpus Christi, Texas, for her maiden voyage.
Designed to be more ecologically friendly, the Ecolift 500 fleet boasts reduced consumption and lowered greenhouse emissions all while complying with the latest waste water requirements and ECA zone fuel requirements. The specifications of the Ecolift 500’s class include: heavylift gear, long hatch, flexibility, green passport, and state-of-the-art hold and hull technologies that meet all modern standards.
The Industrial Skipper is the first Ecolift 500 vessel to deliver in Intermarine’s Fleet of the Future fleet renewal program. Vessels will continue to deliver until 2019. The size and configuration of these newbuildings’ holds improve capacity and flexibility for the worldwide trading of project cargo. The increased crane capacity and performance across the fleet will also speed up port time for cargoes.
“For more than 25 years our customers’ global cargo needs have come first, so it is paramount that we continue the tradition of providing agile, specialized transport solutions,” said Al Stanley, President and CEO of Intermarine. “The Ecolift 500’s are designed to meet current and future transport needs and our newbuilding strategy as a whole facilitates continued growth and the ability to react to changing market conditions.”
- Date September 13, 2016
- Tags September 2016