Port Bureau Updates

Houston Ship Channel Security District Annual Meeting and Luncheon Slated for November 13

The Houston Ship Channel Security District will hold their 9th Annual Meeting and Luncheon on November 13, 2018. The event will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena. Law Enforcement agencies from around the ship channel will have emergency and security assets – boats, helicopters, vehicles, etc. – on display for inspection starting around 10:00 a.m.

A BBQ lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by 5-minute presentations by security partners – City of Baytown, City of Houston, Harris County Central Technology Services, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard Joint Command Center.

The Houston Ship Channel Security District meeting is open to the public. Reservations are required, and RSVPs can be made by emailing your attendance to alcusick@hscsd.org.

U.S. Department of Energy partners with Hatch to explore energy solutions at seaports

Through the Better Communities Alliance, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) partnered with Hatch to explore innovative and replicable energy solutions at seaports. One of the Port Authorities with which Hatch worked with was the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ).

According to the American Association of Port Authorities, seaport cargo activity generates more than $4.5 trillion in economic activity and supports more than 23 million American jobs, including more than 10 million jobs added over the past decade. Seaports are also large consumers of energy, particularly as they become more automated. As a result, many port operators are prioritizing energy efficiency to reduce their environmental impacts and their operating costs.
According to both Hatch and PANYNJ, the facility assessments revealed several energy improvement opportunities. The assessments included mapping energy meters to utility accounts to analyze exactly where and why energy is being consumed and installing solar panels on planned infrastructure (such as a planned carport overtop an office parking lot) to enable onsite energy generation.

Hatch has over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors and has a local Houston office.

Chevron looking to build a 2nd US Gulf Refinery, eying the Houston Ship Channel.

Chevron Corp announced they plan to build or buy a refinery along the U.S. Gulf Coast to process crude oil from its Permian Basin operations. They would like to have refining operations on the Houston Ship Channel to complement their eastern Gulf refinery in Mississippi that makes lubricants and other materials. Most of Chevron’s refineries are in California and use a heavier type of crude than the light, sweet kind pumped from Permian shale wells.
Chevron is a major oil producer in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, the largest U.S. oilfield. The company’s Permian produces 270,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. By expanding its refining capacity to Houston, Chevron would be able to process its Permian crude closer to where it is produced.

“The ingredients to invest in the U.S. Gulf are very sound,” said Pierre Breber, Chevron’s head of downstream and chemicals, who assumed his current role in 2016 and previously oversaw Chevron’s pipeline operations.



Port Houston Continues Investments to its Bayport Channel Continue to Yield Results

The investments being made to Port Houston’s channel continue to pay off. As a result of the completion of the widening and deepening of its Bayport Channel and work on what’s known as the Bayport flare, Port Houston is seeing rapid growth in the size of ships calling its container facilities.

Port Houston received its largest container ship to-date toward the end of September, a 9,500 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) vessel. “This is sign of the future for the container industry and we must continue to make the investments to handle these vessels of the next generation,” Port Commission chairman Janiece Longoria said as part of an announcement during the September 25 Port Commission regular meeting. Port Houston received an 8,450 TEU vessel to Bayport earlier in September.

Port Houston concluded the month of August delivering strong results. Overall tonnage for the year at nearly 28 million tons reflects an 8 percent increase over last year. Steel tonnage remained steady through August, reflecting growth of 29 percent for the year. August container volume remained solid, but Executive Director Roger Guenther noted that comparisons to the same month last year at this time is skewed due to the effect of Hurricane Harvey with port operations closed for a week in August of 2017. However, year-to-date activity continues to be strong with a port-wide increase of 11 percent overall in TEU. Loaded container units are up 10 percent compared to last year.

LyondellBasell Participates in 19th Year of Global Care Day Service Projects

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, for the 19th consecutive year engaged thousands of its employees, along with their family members and friends on Global Care Day. Inspired by the power of many, the company maximized their efforts to improve and revitalize the neighborhoods where they live and work. Each Global Care Day service project assists an organization that supports one of our philanthropic focus areas: education, environment, health and first responders.

“A strong commitment to our communities drives our philanthropy strategy to address challenges at a local level,” said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell. “This signature event is one that we look forward to every year, and colleagues take the determination and enthusiasm that they show in their work and apply it in a way that benefits local organizations.”

Numerous service projects were conducted in locations throughout the world, including Thailand, The Netherlands, Brazil, and Germany. In Houston, colleagues visited Burnett Elementary School to landscape and plant 60 trees, as well as built 150 bikes to be used as prizes

BGE’s Lee Lennard Named Distinguished Graduate of TAMU Engineering

Lee Lennard
BGE, Inc.

BGE, Inc. announced in September that president and CEO Lee Lennard was named a Distinguished Graduate of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Lennard, Class of ’86, will receive this honor at the school’s Distinguished Graduate Award Banquet at Texas A&M University in November.

First presented in 2000, this award recognizes an outstanding former student who has excelled in the profession of civil engineering.

Lennard has more than 30 years of civil consulting engineering experience covering the full range of project development. He joined BGE, Inc. in 2000 as a senior project manager in Public Works, specializing in hydraulics and hydrology. He was promoted in 2008 to serve as director and was elected to the board of directors. He became president and CEO of BGE in early 2014.

He is a recognized expert in flood control issues and is often asked to lend his expertise and leadership to various public policy discussions in the Houston region.

As president and CEO, Lennard has guided BGE to become one of the premier engineering firms in the nation.

Galveston Port Promotes Milutin to Director of Port Operations

The Port of Galveston recently announced that Brett Milutin has been promoted from harbormaster to director of port operations. Milutin will report directly to Rodger Rees, CEO and port director.

“Having been employed with the Port for over 17 years, Brett not only possesses knowledge of past Port operations, he also brings a ‘can do’ attitude that we are instilling at the Port. I am excited about Brett’s fresh new ideas and his loyalty to this Port,” said Rees. “I am confident Brett will continue to improve our operation and help take the Port of Galveston to the next level.”

In his new position, Milutin will be responsible for overseeing port terminal operations including organizing and directing the berthing and regulation of vessels, overseeing construction projects and liaison with current and potential new customers.

Milutin was named harbormaster of the Port of Galveston in June 2017. He began his law enforcement career as police officer with the Port of Galveston Police Department in September 2001. Since joining the Port of Galveston, he has served in various capacities related to maritime security and waterside operations including Facilities Security Officer and Assistant Harbormaster.

In February Milutin, was recognized by the United States Coast Guard for his service to the regional port community during Hurricane Harvey. A Public Service Commendation was presented to him recognition of his participation as a member of the Greater Houston-Galveston regional Port Coordination Team (PCT), which worked to quickly re-open the Galveston Bay port complex during and after the passage of Hurricane Harvey. He has been the Galveston Harbor representative for the Port Coordination Team since December 2011.

Milutin earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from College of the Mainland. He earned an Academic Achievement Award in 2001 while attending the Police Academy, and was named Port of Galveston Police Officer of the Year in 2006. He holds a Master Peace Officer’s license.

Port Bureau’s Mike Cunningham joining MARAD in Washington D.C.

CAPT Mike Cunningham has accepted a position as an attorney at the U.S. Maritime Administration in Washington, DC and will be leaving the Port Bureau this month. Mike has been the Port Bureau’s Director of Program Management, the facilitator for the Efficiency Committee and our project manager for the Security District. Mike’s family has missed living in the DC area and we are wish him well in his new endeavor.

Attorneys at Several Port Bureau Member Firms Named 2018 Texas Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers has selected 84 lawyers from the Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio offices of Norton Rose Fulbright as 2018 Texas Super Lawyers. Among these, John R. “Jack” Allender, Reagan M. Brown, M. Carter Crow, and Kevin O’Gorman were recognized as part of Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers. Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm providing corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service.

Super Lawyers selected attorneys Peri Alkas, Patricia Hair, L. Gene Spears, Marcus Tucker of Phelps Dunbar to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list. Founded in New Orleans in1853, Phelps Dunbar is one of the oldest and largest firms across the South, with office locations across the Gulf Coast as well as Raleigh, North Carolina and in London, England.

Twenty-One Porter Hedges partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers Edition. With offices in Houston and Oklahoma City, Porter Hedges is known for handling sophisticated transactions and complex litigation on behalf of a diverse group of clients in established and growing industries.

The Super Lawyers list selection process evaluates attorneys based on 12 criteria including clients, experience, licenses and certifications, verdicts, awards and honors, scholarly lectures, pro bono and community service among others. Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas annually. The Port Bureau offers congratulations to our member firms on the recognition of their achievements.

  • Date October 22, 2018
  • Tags 2018 October