Port Bureau Updates

June 2017 Commerce Club
CAPT Kevin D. Oditt
Commander, Sector Houston-Galveston, U.S. Coast Guard

CAPT Kevin D. Oditt assumed duty as commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, overseeing all ports and waterways in the region including the Houston Ship Channel and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway on April 24, 2017. Oditt was previously assigned as the chief of prevention at the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans.
Other operational assignments include Coast Guard Cutter’s ALERT and VIGOROUS, Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office Port Arthur, TX, Chief of Inspections at Marine Safety Office Tampa, FL, and Chief of Prevention at Sector Long Island Sound, New Haven, CT. He served at Coast Guard Headquarters in the office of Design and Engineering Standards, Port Security Directorate, Staff Chief for the Deputy Commandant for Operations, and Division Chief in the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance.
Oditt is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He earned advanced degrees from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Manufacturing and the Marine Corps War College in Strategic Studies.
Thank you to our Annual Table Sponsors Houston Pilots, Moran Shipping Agencies, Regions Bank, Richardson Companies, Targa Resources and West Gulf Maritime Association. Register for the Commerce Club luncheons by visiting www.txgulf.org/events/commerce-club or by calling the Port Bureau at 713-678-4300.

Port of Galveston Welcomes MS Amadea Cruise Ship

The Port of Galveston welcomed the MS Amadea of Phoenix Reisen Cruise Lines on Monday, April 3, 2017, as they called at the port. The four star plus rated ship, owned and operated by Phoenix Reisen Cruise Line, arrived with approximately 600 passengers and 200 crew members on board. This was the first U.S. port of call on the ship’s 136-day world cruise.
“We are excited to welcome the MS Amadea and its passengers and crew to Galveston Island. The Port and its partners continue to work together on making Galveston a port of call,” stated Port of Galveston board of trustees chairman Benjamin Holland in the event press release. “Ship calls provide an opportunity to showcase the island’s many sites and attractions. I’m confident that these international travelers will enjoy all that the island has to offer.”
In Germany the ship is known as “Das Traumschiff”. “The Dream Ship” is a German television series by ZDF, featuring a cruise ship traveling to world-wide destinations. The series debuted in 1981 and has since become one of the most-watched television shows in Germany, airing for more than 35 years. In 2015 the MS Amadea became the featured ship, the fifth vessel to become the “Dream Ship”. Due to her popularity, the cruise liner has up to 80% in repeat passengers and is regularly fully-booked year round.
The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau were on onsite to welcome passengers and distribute information upon its arrival. Several shore excursions were offered to cruise passengers including a visit to Moody Gardens and tours of Space Center Houston. Passengers were also offered the opportunity to discover the many shopping and entertainment possibilities of the Historic Downtown Strand Seaport District.

Intertek to Offer IWCF Well Intervention Pressure Control Course

Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, announced on April 24, 2017, they have earned the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) accreditation to deliver their Well Intervention Pressure Control program.
A well intervention is any operation carried out on an oil or gas well during, or at the end of, its productive life to extend the life of producing wells. Intertek’s course offers pressure control knowledge required by service equipment operators and supervisory personnel who are in critical well control positions during well intervention operations. This is a theoretical and practical course providing participants, at operational or supervisory levels, with an understanding of pressure control methods relating to the various well servicing operations, and to prepare candidates for IWCF testing.
“The current oil and gas environment appears to have an increasing need for well intervention operations. However, the nature of such operations requires an in-depth understanding of the process and careful examination of its associated risks. The intention of Intertek’s course is to address these issues,” said Yoosef Sardooee Nasab, Senior Instructor for Consulting and Training at Intertek.
Intertek has added the IWCF Well Intervention Pressure Control course to its existing portfolio of courses in response to both industry needs and specific client requests and will begin delivering the course in its Houston, Texas, training center in May 2017.

CAPT Diehl and GHPB Board Members Attend Economic Alliance DC Advocacy Trip

CAPT Bill Diehl, along with GHPB board members Captain Robert Shearon and CAPT Robert Baker, journeyed to Washington D.C. from March 28-31, with the Economic Alliance and representatives from Kinder Morgan and Port Houston to advocate for the interests of the Houston Ship Channel region.  The group was divided up in to four teams that met with 35 congressional and executive members to advocate for the continued needs of funds for maintainence and dredging of the ship Channel.


















DOE Authorizes Golden Pass to Export LNG from Golden Pass Terminal

The U.S. Department of Energy announced on April 25, 2017, that it has signed an order authorizing Golden Pass Products LLC (Golden Pass) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States from the Golden Pass Terminal near Sabine Pass, in Jefferson County, Texas.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry stated, “This announcement is another example of President Trump’s leadership in making the United States an energy dominant force. This is not only good for our economy and American jobs but also assists other countries with their energy security.”
Golden Pass, a partnership of Qatar Petroleum International and ExxonMobil affiliates, shows “first operations” beginning in 2021 on the expansion project timeline illustrated on their website. However, a construction start-up date has not been announced. The company estimates the construction of its facility will provide 45,000 direct and indirect jobs over five years, and the project will provide 3,800 direct and indirect permanent jobs over the next 25 years of operational activity. Golden Pass also estimates the cumulative impact of construction and 25 years of operation will provide up to $2.4 billion in federal tax revenues and $1.2 billion in state tax revenues.









Greater Houston Coffee Association Hosts Sam Houston Boat Tour

The Greater Houston Coffee Association hosted their annual ship channel tour aboard the M/V Sam Houston on April 26.  Over 40 people enjoyed an evening of coffee, food and learning about how commerce in the ship channel works.










  • Date May 9, 2017
  • Tags May 2017