Port Bureau Updates

Buffalo Marine Service

Tim Studdert Appointed President at Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.

Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.,CEO Pat Studdert, has announced the appointment of his son, Tim P. Studdert, as president of the company. Tim assumed his duties and responsibilities as president on January 1, 2018.

“Over the past fifteen years, Tim has dedicated himself to learning all aspects of the business my father turned over to me in 1980,” noted Pat Studdert. “Tim has held nearly every operational position at Buffalo Marine, revamped crew management, overseen new construction, developed a variety of new business lines and restructured our training and compliances programs in order to better meet the needs of our growing customer base. There is no one more qualified to be in this position, and I am extraordinarily proud of the fact that I can watch the next generation continue the legacy my father began over 75 years ago.”

Tim welcomed the opportunity to succeed his father as Buffalo Marine’s president, commenting, “I am extremely blessed to have had my father as a teacher and mentor during my 15 years at Buffalo Marine. He has taught me an immense amount about leadership, managing bunkers, maintaining vessels and professionally running a top-notch marine transportation company. He is the best coach a person could ask for and I look forward to successfully carrying the Buffalo Marine ball into the future.”

Tim has been on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Port Bureau for numerous years. An avid golfer, he has chaired the golf committee for the Port Bureau’s Captain’s Cup Golf Tournament since its initiation in 2009.




Shareen Larmond
President & General Counsel, WGMA

WGMA Announces New Officers

The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) announced on February 1, 2018, the appointment of Shareen Larmond to the position of president and general counsel. The WGMA Board of Directors also announced that Dave Morgan, Cooper/Ports America, has succeeded George Pontikos as chairman of WGMA, and John Favalora, South Stevedoring Co., was reelected as vice chairman of the organization.                                                                                                                                                               

Founded in 1968, the West Gulf Maritime Association is a non-profit maritime trade association with almost 300 members that include ship owners, operators, agents, stevedores, terminal companies, and other maritime stakeholders located in all ports from Brownsville, Texas to the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Their services include labor relations and comprehensive services for employers of International Longshoreman workers.




Charles Flournoy hands Port Bureau chairmanship reins to Vinny Pilegge

Charles Flournoy hands Port Bureau chairmanship reins to Vinny Pilegge

The new year brings new leadership to the Greater Houston Port Bureau’s board of directors. At the gathering of the January Commerce Club, Charles Flournoy, outgoing chairman of the Port Bureau and consultant at John P. Wortham & Son, LLP, welcomed Vinny Pilegge to the position of chairman and briefly addressed the crowd. He noted dredging support, the formation of the Advocacy Advisory Board, and the continuing work of the Port Bureau’s Efficiency Committee as his chief priorities during his tenure as chairman. Flournoy served as chairman for three years, but has served on the board of directors for more than 30 years.

Incoming chair Vinny Pilegge, president of Manchester Terminal, emphasized the importance of the work enumerated by Flournoy and stressed that the overarching goals remain to bring industry together to concentrate on dredging, efficiency, and the advocacy of the Houston Ship Channel waterways. Pilegge urged all stakeholders to greater involvement in these significant endeavors by joining the Port Bureau.

The Greater Houston Bureau staff joins our membership and the community in thanking Charles Flournoy for his continuing service and welcoming Vinny Pilegge into his role as chairman.



General Patton dredging in the waterway in the Gulf Coast.

Callan Marine Acquires CG Bean LLC

Callan Marine Ltd announced the purchase of the assets of CF Bean LLC and the acquisition of Bean Coastal LLC in January. Joining Callan Marine are Jim Bean, James Bean, and Ancil Taylor, along with a host of key staff. Their vast years of experience from Bean will be instrumental in propelling Callan Marine into the future.

As part of the acquisition, Callan Marine added a 16” unloader, a 180’ barge, a 850 hp pump, and survey vessels with multibeam survey capability, along with other associated equipment to their fleet.

“We believe that our market will continue to be strong. and this commitment will add efficiencies to our operations through the application of years of innovative technology acquired from Bean. We will also be adding several keypieces of equipment to complement our operations”, said Maxie McGuire, president of Callan Marine.

Callan Marine, Ltd. is a Galveston, Texas-based dredging firm providing innovative and comprehensive dredging and marine services.




Aerial view of the Mont Belvieu facility complex.

Enterprise Products to Expand Butane Isomerization Facility in Mont Belvieu

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced in January that the partnership plans to expand its butane isomerization facility at its complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas. This expansion is supported by long-term agreements to provide butane isomerization, storage and pipeline services, including a 20-year, 35,000 barrel per day (BPD) fee-based, tolling agreement. Enterprise is currently evaluating two options to expand its butane isomerization facilities that would add up to 30,000 BPD of incremental capacity.

Enterprise is the largest commercial producer of high-purity isobutane in the United States. The partnership has 116,000 BPD of butane isomerization capacity at Mont Belvieu. Its isobutane system also includes approximately 13 million barrels of aggregate isom grade normal butane and high-purity isobutane salt dome storage capacity and 162 miles of distribution pipelines. Butane isomerization is the process of converting normal butane into a high-purity isobutane used as a feedstock for the petrochemical and refining industries.

“Enterprise has been providing fee-based isomerization services since 1981,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner. “We are pleased to announce these new long-term agreements to support another expansion of our facility. We have seen solid demand growth for high-purity isobutane by the petrochemical and refining industries. This expansion project is another example of organic growth generated by our integrated value chain serving both producers and consumers of NGLs, natural gas and crude oil.”




LBC Tank Terminals Initiates Construction of New Terminal in Freeport

LBC announced in January that agreements were finalized with MeGlobal Americas, Inc., for the design, engineering, construction, and operation of a new terminal. This terminal will be constructed adjacent to MEGlobal’s world-scale monoethylene glycol (MEG) manufacturing plant and connected by pipeline. The terminal will be located on property owned by MEGlobal Americas and leased to LBC Freeport Terminal LLC. The process plant is to be constructed 60 miles south of Houston at MEGlobal’s new Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas.

Secured through a long-term contract and pipeline connection, LBC Freeport will be an integrated part of MEGlobal’s Supply Chain, The main products to be handled are monoethylene glycol and diethylene glycol. Construction began in August 2017 after receiving the regulatory permits, and the terminal is projected to be operational during 2019.

“We are delighted to enter into this agreement and partner with MEGlobal Americas on this project. With over 30 years of historical experience in handling Glycols, this project opportunity fits our portfolio and investment risk models and is aligned with our business strategy to further optimize, build-out and expand our business,” stated John Grimes, Regional Business President Americas. “This project very much fits our expertise in constructing, managing and operating chemical terminals and we look forward to a successful business partnership with MEGlobal.”




CAPT Diehl presenting at the TAMU-2018-Economic Outlook

CAPT Diehl Speaks at TAMU-Texarkana 2018 Economic Outlook Dinner

Greater Houston Port Bureau president, CAPT Bill Diehl, was the featured speaker at the 2018 Economic Outlook Dinner hosted by the College of Business, Engineering, and Technology at Texas A&M University-Texarkana on February 6. His presentation addressed the impact on Houston’s port region by the Panama Canal expansion, the future development of the I69 corridor, and, more specifically, the increased traffic flows through Texarkana. Diehl described how each factors targets Texarkana for a continued upswing in traffic as goods are transported through the supply chain.



Allowable Draft Revised to 34 Feet for Bolivar Roads Anchorage

The Branch Pilots of the ports of Galveston County have revised the maximum allowable draft to 34 feet for vessels using the Bolivar Roads Anchorage. Vessels desiring to use Bolivar Roads Anchorage are asked to remain mindful of the federal regulations contained in 33 CFR §110.197(b), available for review or download from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at https://homeport.uscg.mil/Lists/Content/Attachments/2852/VTS_User_Manual_3-1.pdf. Vessel agents and operators are further advised that Port of Galveston is able to provide dock space on an as-needed basis for bunkering, layberth, and more. For more information, contact Brett Milutin, Port of Galveston, (409)739-1689 or bmilutin@portofgalveston.com.



Maritime Port Executive Training Slated for April 9-13 in Houston

The International Association of Maritime & Port Executives (IAMPE) is offering their Maritime Port Executive (MPE) Certification Program in Houston, Texas during the week of April 9-13, 2018. The MPE program is an intensive, five-day seminar that covers all aspects of port management in detail. Graduates of the program will be equipped with a deep macro-level understanding of how the port industry fits in the global transportation system as well as comprehensive knowledge of all the day-to-day functions required for a successful port.

The program is professionally certified and accredited for the port executive and has been attended by over 1,190 port professionals from around the world. For more information or to register, visit www.iampe.org.

  • Date February 20, 2018
  • Tags February 2018