Captain’s Corner-The Excitement of the Fall Semester

It’s been a busy summer at the Port Bureau. Summer is frequently busy for us as we prepare for our Annual Dinner – our premier event of the year. But this year, we added an office move into that scheduling mix. We hoped to have the move completed earlier, but permitting delays just pushed it out.

During this time, Annette and I were getting our youngest son, Michael, ready to return to Texas A&M. We were sorting, packing, unpacking, and purchasing as we helped settle him into the dorm for another school year. Michael was eager to get back to school and excited about the semester ahead.

The Port Bureau’s new training room.

So, as we took up residence in our new location on August 27, the preparations felt like gearing up for the school year. We sorted, packed, unpacked, and purchased what we needed for our new space. When we arrived, the carpet was new and the paint was fresh. We settled in to a different set of desks and chairs. Our new training room is the latest and greatest, and everyone has that energized, “let’s get going” mindset.

Our move to a new location centered in the heart of the Houston Ship Channel industry truly writes a new chapter for us. It is just one part of the plan your board of directors set into motion last year to improve our membership services and to branch out into new area of collaboration in the port region. Their goal is for the Port Bureau to offer more to the maritime community and to our members.

There are a lot of challenging topics on the “fall semester” calendar. One of the more important items on the syllabus is the Houston Ship Channel Study and how much more federal dredging support we will receive. The outcome will be a significant factor in determining what Ship Channel operations will look like in the future. Equally important is how will the trade wars impact cargo flow? Politics at home and abroad could make big waves for business on our waterfront. Then there is the approach of the IMO’s 2020 low-sulphur cap. How will these regulations affect us as the bunkers capital of the Americas? In addition, as crude moves from Texas into the export markets, what is the best port to use based on reliability and flexibility?

Cooperation and collaboration will help us help meet these challenges as the port region continues to progress and prosper for the benefit of all. The social side of the semester will be important as the Port Bureau delivers networking opportunities – such as at our Commerce Club luncheons and the Captain’s Cup Golf Tournament – as well as other events to help develop new business opportunities.

We’ll be hosting our open house on October 18 from 3-6 p.m. We hope you’ll drop by and catch a little of our “school spirit”. It’s a new day on a new campus for the Port Bureau, but our goal remains the same: to help you stay informed, stay involved, and creating more business in the port community.

CAPT Bill Diehl, USCG (Ret.), P.E.
GHPB President

  • Date September 26, 2018
  • Tags 2018, 2018 Sept