Captain’s Corner – Time

As we start 2019, I would like to thank you for your time – the time you spend reading this magazine and sharing it with your colleagues, and the time you take to be involved in the port community and with the Greater Houston Port Bureau.

The word time is such an important one. When I was a teenager, my father would often remind my siblings and me that watching how someone spends their time will tell you a lot about their priorities, whether it was your teacher, coach, a boss, or a friend. I am grateful that you are spending your time with the Port Bureau. It shows you share our priorities for enabling competitive partnerships and increased commerce along the Houston Ship Channel.

To make sure you get the maximum return for the time you invest with the Port Bureau, the Port Bureau Board of Directors initiated a new Membership Committee to look at what we can do to improve your experience with the Port Bureau. We’re still in the early planning stages of the committee, but I wanted to share some of the ideas that we’ve had.

Mayor Sylvester Turner speaker at the 2018 Port Bureau Maritime Dinner.

2018 Captain’s Cup Golf Tournament.

We will continue to provide the highest quality events for networking with your maritime colleagues, whether it is the best Commerce Club speakers, the largest Annual Maritime Dinner in the country,or the great golf tournament at BraeBurn Country Club. In addition to these events, we will be hosting two Thursday afternoon open houses to enjoy cocktails with you.

We’re also expanding our training opportunities with a quarterly Port 101 seminar that is free for members. Port 101 is a port overview designed for professionals who are new to Houston’s unique port or to the maritime industry in general. We also offer in-house seminars for our Corporate and Executive Partner members. Plus, our member, Haugen Consulting, will be presenting a course to our members on demurrage-details will follow later. If your company has a course idea you would like to share with the other members, please talk to us.

Most importantly, we want to know what you want. We want to ensure that our vessel movement reports, our committees, our events, and this magazine pay dividends on the time you spend on them. Our Membership Committee and staff will reach out to our members over the next few months to learn more about how you would like to be involved and how we can do better.

Remember, the Port Bureau is your organization and if you would like to become involved in shaping our membership offering, I would be honored if you chose to spend your time on the Membership Committee or any of our other committees. We appreciate every minute of the time you invest with us and believe Houston’s port community will continue to reap the benefits of our cooperative efforts in the exciting year ahead.

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

  • Date January 30, 2019
  • Tags 2019 Jan