Port Bureau Updates

January 2016 Commerce Club
RADM David R. Callahan, Commander, 8th District, U.S. Coast Guard

RADM David CallahanRADM David R. Callahan, Commander, 8th District, U.S. Coast Guard, kicks off the new year’s first Commerce Club series of educational lunches on Thursday, January 14, 2016. RADM Callahan is headquartered in New Orleans and is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico.

He is a Coast Guard aviator with over 30 years of military and civil fixed and rotary wing flight experience. He commanded two Coast Guard Air Stations, to include Air Station New Orleans, and the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, LA, which in 2005 served as the aviation operations and maintenance hub for the entire Hurricane Katrina response. His command became the largest operational air station in U.S. Coast Guard history and played a key role in the Coast Guard’s rescue of over 30,000 people in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Over the span of his career, RADM Callahan served in the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes, and Gulf Coast theaters of operation including Alaska. He led Coast Guardsmen in executing all eleven of the Coast Guard’s statutory missions. A native of Littleton, Colorado, RADM Callahan graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1982 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, a Masters degree in National Security Studies, and is a 2005 distinguished graduate of the Air War College.

Benefit from Membership Renewal 

With 2016 just around the corner, it’s time to renew your Port Bureau membership. Take a look at these 5 ways membership benefits your business:
1. Community. Membership keeps you more involved with peers to encourage wider public support for Houston Ship Channel initiatives and adds your own forward-thinking input for industry success.
2. Referrals. A full-page profile in the GHPB print directory and online listings increase visibility to boost business referrals. Members receive free tariff posting on the GHPB website and can opt to accelerate outreach through additional premium advertising in the Membership Directory and the monthly Port Bureau News magazine.
3. Resources. Members keep informed through members-only information services, including vessel statistical reporting and print publications.
4. Research. Members get better at business by putting GHPB resources to work for them through custom research, data analysis, and grant-writing assistance.
5. Events. Members receive discounts for our monthly Commerce Club luncheon series and other events. Membership enhances company status at all GHPB-sponsored events.
Let your Port Bureau membership keep you in the mix of 200+ companies and hundreds of industry professionals sharing your enthusiasm and commitment to advancing the common interests of the port region. Renew today!

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2016 Calendar of Events
Register online at www.txgulf.org
January 14 - Commerce Club
February 11 - Commerce Club
March 10 - Commerce Club
April 14 - Commerce Club
May 12 - Commerce Club
June 9 - Commerce Club
July 14 - Commerce Club
August 20 - Maritime Dinner
September 8 - Commerce Club
October 12 - Commerce Club in conjunction with the Greater Houston
Coffee Association
November 7 - Captain’s Cup

Port Bureau Executive Board Offers Comments on HCTRA Beltway 8 Toll Bridge Replacement Plans

By Judith Schultz, GHPB

The Executive Board of the Greater Houston Port Bureau responded with comments to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) District Eight’s Public Notice (10-15), published on September 18, 2015, of a proposed replacement bridge along Beltway 8 by the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA). Plans under consideration call for removing the existing bridge – frequently referred to locally as the “Beltway 8 Toll Bridge” – that is the north-south transportation link between IH-10 and SH 225 and constructing a new bridge along that segment of the Sam Houston Tollway East corridor.

The Executive Board directed their comments toward communication measures needed during temporary closures of the ship channel during demolition and construction; increasing the air draft of the new bridge to 215 feet to accommodate future shipping needs; an interest in learning more about road connection points between Beltway 8 and Highway 225 so as to understand appropriate accommodation for industry traffic; and, problems inherent in the schematics indicating the existing piers will be removed to two feet below the mudline. The Board’s comments also requested further information about the construction and demolition process, specifically as it pertains to the use of barge support vehicles or in-water equipment to consider the potential obstruction of commercial vessel movement.

Through the comments, the Executive Board seeks to point out areas of concern for the port community as plans to improve or replace the Beltway 8 Toll Bridge are considered by all agencies. Comments are now closed for the USCG Public Notice (10-15), but the Notice can be read in full at the USCG website. If you’d like to talk over the proposed plans with the Port Bureau, call CAPT Bill Diehl at (713) 678-4300 or email at bdiehl@txgulf.org.

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  • Date November 23, 2015
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