Port Bureau Updates

July 2017 Commerce Club
David Grzebinski,
President & CEO, Kirby Corporation

David Grzebinski, Kirby CorporationDavid Grzebinski is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kirby Corporation. He has served as President and CEO since April 2014. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2014 and Chief Financial Officer since March 2010. He served as Chairman of Kirby Offshore Marine from February 2012 to April 2013 and served as Executive Vice President from March 2010 to January 2014, having joined the Company in February 2010. Prior to joining the Company, he served in operating and administrative positions beginning in 1988 with FMC Technologies Inc. (“FMC”). Prior to joining FMC, he was employed by The Dow Chemical Company in manufacturing, engineering, and finance roles.
Mr. Grzebinski is a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”), holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Tulane University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida. He is an Eagle Scout. He serves on the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees, is Treasurer for the National Waterways Foundation, is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Petroleum Institute, and is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society.
Thank you to our Annual Table Sponsors Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Houston Pilots, Moran Shipping Agencies, Regions Bank, Richardson Companies, Targa Resources and West Gulf Maritime Association and our July Table Sponsors American Commercial Barge Line, Kinder Morgan, Port Houston, Shell, and Watco Companies. Register for the Commerce Club luncheons by visiting www.txgulf.org/events/commerce-club or by calling the Port Bureau at 713-678-4300.

Savage Completes Purchase of Settoon Towing’s Liquid Bulk Assets

Savage Inland Marine, LLC, a subsidiary of Savage Companies, completed purchase in April of the Liquid Bulk division assets of Settoon Towing LLC which includes 35 towboats and 63 liquid tank barges with a total capacity of nearly 2 million barrels. The acquisition provides Savage with a scalable platform for building its marine business going forward.
With the addition of these vessels, Savage’s marine capabilities include the transport of a variety of liquid products on the Intracoastal and inland waterways, as well as barge fleeting, towing and dock services on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Mike Ellis, Settoon Towing’s former president, had previously joined Savage to lead its Marine Solutions Group, and more than 230 former Settoon employees have become Savage Team Members. Operations management will continue to be based out of a newly built, state-of-the-art operations and training center in Gibson, LA, and at offices in Baton Rouge, LA and Bridge City, TX.
“Acquiring these strategic assets significantly accelerates our growth in the marine market and adds breadth and depth to the supply chain solutions we offer,” said Kirk Aubry, Savage President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re pleased to welcome our new Team Members from Settoon and excited to have Mike Ellis and his team on board to lead our marine business. Their operational experience, industry expertise and customer relationships will help ensure a seamless transition.”

Corps Visit Highlights Houston Ship Channel’s Importance to Nation

Port Houston Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria shared highlights of a briefing and tour of the Houston Ship Channel provided to Lt. General Todd Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Mary 24 meeting of the Port Commission. During his visit, Chairman Longoria outlined the economic impact of the Port of Houston and made the case that dredging the Houston Ship Channel is an investment that generates jobs and economic benefit for the nation.
Lt. General Semonite came to Houston to see first-hand all the activity at the Port of Houston, and review the progress of improvements being considered during the current Corps mega-study. Conducted in partnership with Port Houston, the study is looking at potential future improvements to the channel. Following a briefing with leadership and staff, Lt. General Semonite was given a waterside channel tour, highlighting opportunities of the project.
Chairman Longoria shared that Lt. General Semonite was “very impressed” with what he saw and learned. He featured his visit to the Port of Houston in an ongoing series “On the Road Again with LTG Semonite.” His comments about the port can be seen at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSzwlbCeiHo.

Reps. Poe, Wittman, Green and Lowenthal Introduce Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act

Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gene Green (D-TX) and Allen Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2286) on May 3, 2017, intended to advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs.
“There are over 56,000 direct maritime related jobs at the Port of Houston alone,” said Rep. Ted Poe. “As the workforce grows, students must be ready to enter the maritime industry with job ready skills. This legislation simply gives local community and technical colleges the resources to effectively prepare their students. As Co-Chairman of the PORTS Caucus, I recognize that this legislation takes an important step forward in ensuring future workforce growth for the Port of Houston and ports across the nation.”
“In our district we have a surplus of maritime jobs and not enough people with the skills and training to fill them,” said Rep. Green. “The industry is continuing to invest and grow along the Port of Houston, and we want to make sure that our constituents have the opportunity to take these high skilled jobs. This bipartisan legislation will help bridge the gap. It’s good for our local community, it’s good for our businesses, and it’s good for the American economy.”
Locally, San Jacinto College applauded the introduction of H.R. 2286. “We thank Rep. Green, Rep. Olson, Rep. Poe and others for championing this legislation on behalf of San Jacinto College and our maritime partners,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor, in the school’s press release. “Our region is home to one of the world’s largest ports and is ranked second in the nation for maritime jobs. This designation will allow us to continue to provide U.S. Coast Guard-approved training to help meet the workforce needs of the Gulf Coast Region.”

Seabrook Logistics Receives First Vessel

Seabrook Logistics LLC, owned 50/50 by subsidiaries of LBC Tank Terminals, LLC and Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., announced receipt on May 3, 2017, of their first AFRAMAX tanker and commissioning of Phase I of its crude oil and condensate marine terminal and pipeline infrastructure.
The Phase I project consists of more than 700,000 barrels (111,000 cubic meters) of new crude oil and condensate storage, new AFRAMAX ship dock with 45 foot draft and a new 18 inch (46 centimeter) diameter pipeline, connected to an existing third-party pipeline to transport crude oil to a Houston area refinery.
The next phase of the expansion project to add 1.7 million barrels (270,000 cubic meters) of additional storage and construct a new 24 inch (61 centimeter) pipeline connected to Magellan’s Houston crude oil distribution system at Genoa Junction is currently under construction and anticipated to be in-service by mid-2018.

  • Date June 5, 2017
  • Tags June 2017