Port Bureau Updates

LyondellBasell’s Houston Refinery Marks 100th Anniversary

The Houston Refinery of LyondellBasell, one largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, celebrated its 100th anniversary in March.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and LyondellBasell’s Refinery Site Manager Jerome Mauvigney.
(PRNewsfoto/LyondellBasell)

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner presented LyondellBasell’s Houston Refinery Site Manager Jerome Mauvigney, with a proclamation declaring March 22nd “LyondellBasell Houston Refinery Day,” in celebration of the Refinery’s 100th anniversary.

The Refinery generates approximately $671 million in annual economic activity for the local community and is home to 1,600 workers. In 2017, the site contributed more than $200,000 and 4,000 volunteer hours to support local initiatives driving improvements in health, safety, education and the environment.

The Refinery was one of the first petroleum refineries constructed on the Houston Ship Channel. It traces its origin to the Sinclair Refining Company’s 1918 purchase of 710 acres of land, which includes the point where General Sam Houston and the Texas Army crossed Buffalo Bayou as they marched to victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.

Covering approximately 710 acres along the city limits of Houston and Pasadena, Texas, the refinery is one of the largest in the U.S., with a capacity of 268,000 bpd of heavy crude oil. The Refinery transforms very heavy high-sulfur crude oil into clean fuels, including reformulated gasoline and ultra-low-sulfur diesel. Other products include heating oil, jet fuel, petrochemical feedstocks, aromatics, lubricants and petroleum coke.

Briggs & Veselka acquires William M. Shields, P.C., expands firm’s Houston tax practice

Briggs & Veselka, Houston’s largest independent accounting firm, announced on March 1 the acquisition of William M. Shields, P.C., a Houston based CPA firm focused on tax planning and compliance services. Bill Shields will join the firm as a shareholder, and all the firm’s professional employees will join Briggs & Veselka in various positions.

Shields currently represents more than 1,000 clients domestically and internationally and has been awarded the CMUS Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Client Satisfaction three times. “Shields has a reputation for great client service, which is one of the many commonalities we discovered in the discussions leading up to this acquisition,” said John Flatowicz, Managing Shareholder of Briggs & Veselka. Briggs & Veselka earned an 81 net promoter score last summer, a client satisfaction measurement that is more than four times the industry average. “We are hoping that additional resources – international tax, state & local tax, audit & attestation, and consulting services will be a great resource for our clients in the Southwest and elsewhere,” said Bill Shields.

Enterprise Expands Marine Terminal on the Houston Ship Channel

Enterprise Products Partners L.P purchased a 65-acre waterfront site on the Houston Ship Channel that will serve as the next phase of expansion at the Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal (“EHT”). Located immediately to the east of EHT, the property features two existing docks, dredging infrastructure that will be utilized for maintenance and dock expansion at the site, and land for significantly expanding Enterprise’s marine terminaling capabilities. Future plans include construction of at least two deepwater docks capable of accommodating Suezmax vessels.

“As one of the last waterfront properties for sale adjacent to our existing ship channel assets, this strategic acquisition complements our world-class EHT marine terminal and strengthens our position as an industry leader in providing waterborne access,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner. “The growth opportunities available at the 65-acre site enhance our ability to accommodate growing U.S. hydrocarbon production which is increasingly destined for global markets.”

Combined with the EHT complex, the newly acquired assets will be part of Enterprise’s premier Gulf Coast network of marine terminals that includes 18 ship docks, and eight barge docks. In addition, Enterprise’s Gulf Coast infrastructure system features access to approximately 125 pipelines, 400 million barrels of storage and every refinery in the Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and Texas City region, representing more than 4 million barrels per day of capacity.

Watco Acquires Assets to Industrial Terminals

Watco Companies, LLC, owner and operator of Greens Port Industrial Park (Greens Port), located on the Houston Ship Channel, announced on March 27 they have acquired the assets of Industrial Terminals, L.P., and entered into a long-term lease for the use and operation of the Industrial Terminals facility. Industrial Terminals is located on the Houston Ship Channel, directly adjacent to Greens Port. In concurrence with the sale of the terminal assets, Intermarine, LLC, through its operating company, Industrial Maritime Carriers, LLC (IMC), and Watco have entered into a long-term agreement for Watco to provide stevedoring and terminaling services for Intermarine, LLC, and its customers. Watco has also executed an agreement for Gulf Stream Marine, Inc., to provide stevedoring and terminaling services at the facility as they have done since 2004.

The Industrial Terminals facility consists of three deep-water berths, specifically designed for heavylift and breakbulk cargo, and more than 90 acres of cargo marshaling and storage area. The facility has direct rail and truck access alongside the ship berths as well as a barge terminal.

As a gateway to North America, Greens Port’s connectivity to the UP, BNSF, and KCS expands its customers’ market reach across the United States, Mexico, and Canada through all modes of transportation while also linking them to Watco’s 87 ports and terminals, 36 North American short line railroads, and its 31 railcar repair shops. Watco’s supply chain services division seamlessly integrates these services to provide customers with a cost-effective, logistics solution to enhance their competitiveness in the global economy.

MOL announces delivery of Beluga Ace, first next-generation FLEXIE series car carrier

MOL Ace Beluga

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced in March the delivery of the first car carrier of the next-generation “FLEXIE” series, the Beluga Ace, which was built at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The new vessel marks a major advance in functionality, with six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers. This allows the Beluga Ace to more effectively meet demand for more diversified vehicle and high and heavy cargo transport.

The hull design is a complete departure from current car carriers, boldly presenting “MOL” and the letter “A”, representing a global brand of “MOL ACE (MOL Auto Carrier Express)”, and a white line, which expresses the company’s determination to connect its long history of customer service to the future in a seamless manner.

The rounded bow shape will minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today’s car carriers. The new shape is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. and Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc. It is one of the environmental impact-reducing technologies developed in the MOL Group’s “ISHIN NEXT -MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT.”

MOL has expanded car carrier services all over the world with goal of maintaining its position as the frontrunner in vehicle transport, having launched the first car carrier in Japan in 1965. The group consistently provides its customers with high-quality services by setting the world’s highest standards of safe operation and environmental conservation. MOL’s state-of-the-art fleet continually adopts new designs to meet demands for transport of not only completed cars, but also diversified cargoes such as construction machinery and railway vehicles under its MOL ACE global brand of car carrier transport service.

Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Complete Combination

Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announced the successful combination of the two firms, effective April 1, 2018.

The combined firm will have approximately 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices in the United States, Mexico, Asia and Europe. More specifically, Foley will now have a presence in Texas (Austin, Dallas and Houston), Denver and Mexico City—a gateway into Latin America to the benefit of clients and attorneys in transactional and cross-border matters. Similarly, Gardere clients and attorneys will benefit from Foley’s strong presence in the Midwest, the East and West Coasts and Florida, as well as Belgium and Tokyo.

The combined firm will be known as Foley Gardere in Austin, Dallas, Denver, and Houston and as Foley Gardere Arena in Mexico City. All other offices will operate as Foley & Lardner LLP.

LBC Tank Terminals moves regional offices

LBC Tank Terminals, an independent operator of midstream and downstream bulk liquid storage facilities with a global network of terminals, announced on March 16 that their regional employees and the LBC Houston customer service department have relocated to 2625 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite 200 in Houston. All other contact information such as telephone, facsimile, and email remains the same. The move had no effect on operations at the LBC Houston or Baton Rouge terminals.

The relocation is part of LBC’s continued development of U.S. business and supports their growth plans in the region and specifically the Houston area.

BGE announces new leadership in regional operations

BGE, an engineering consulting firm based out of Houston, Texas, announced leadership promotions on March 5 for Rodney R. Heisch, PE, and Randy N. Randermann, PE.

Heisch was named Houston Region Operations Leader. He previously served as Director of Land
Development in Houston.

Randermann will serve as BGE’s Southeast Region Operations Leader and will focus on the company’s strategic growth and expansion in the southeastern United States.

  • Date April 25, 2018
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