November 2016 Commerce Club

Judith Schultz, GHPB

A full house greeted Port Houston’s Port Commissioner John D. Kennedy at the Port Bureau’s Commerce Club luncheon on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at Brady’s Landing. The Commissioner focused on how Port Houston is fulfilling its mission to “move the world and drive regional prosperity” and plans in the works for 2017.

Citing the Port’s contributions to the local, national, and state economies, Commissioner Kennedy emphasized their commitment to keep pursuing new goals. “It is important not to rest on our laurels, but to continue to proactively develop and diversify our business lines,” he said.

Kennedy commended the staff of Port Houston for their work that assures excellence throughout operations in the Port, noting their dedication to continuing to be “the best in class in serving our customers and the maritime industry.”

A primary driver for the Port’s future is container traffic, both import and export. Kennedy stated that 2015 was a record year for containers, marking the first time the Port had reached 2 million TEUs. He went on to say that in spite of the downturn in oil and gas, container activity “remains steady” and that the Port is “on track” to equal the benchmark 2 million TEUs in 2016.

“As of September, we have processed more than 1.6 million loaded TEUs through our container terminals, “said Kennedy. The Commissioner also stated that container operative revenue is up by 5% as compared to the same time last year and expects this positive trend to continue.

Diversification of business continues to be an important goal. Kennedy named refrigerated cargo, real estate development, all water carrier services from Asia through the Panama Canal, and growing containerized petrochemical product exports as successful areas of development.

As development and growth is managed, Kennedy identified freight mobility as a significant priority in the Port’s plans. “Open and fluid access to road, highway and rail networks are critical to our success and to the success of our region,” he said. He indicated that efficiency innovations for all intermodal forms of freight traffic are under active consideration. Responsiveness to local concerns has prompted the Port to extend container terminal operating hours to 11 p.m. in 2017.

The Commissioner wrapped up the presentation by thanking the industry for their teamwork with the Port. “You are all partners! We count on you as we carry on our mission and our vision.”

Editor’s Note: G.R. “Jerry” Cardillo, President & CEO of Contanda Terminals , LLC, will be the speaker at the Port Bureau’s first Commerce Club luncheon in the new year on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Brady’s Landing. Reserve your seat at http://txgulf.org/events/commerce-club/ or by calling (713) 678-4300.

  • Date December 15, 2016
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