Port Bureau Updates

June 2016 Commerce Club
Jeff Norwood
General Manager,
Port Terminal Railroad Association

Jeff Norwood from webThe Greater Houston Port Bureau welcomes Jeff Norwood, General Manager of the Port Terminal Railroad Association (PTRA), as the guest speaker at the June 9, 2016 Commerce Club at Brady’s Landing. Norwood began his career in 1979 as a Switchman/Conductor with the Santa Fe Railroad. During his tenure with the Santa Fe and BNSF, Norwood held various positions including Yardmaster, Trainmaster, Terminal Superintendent and Division Superintendent throughout the central and south central United States. In 2008, Jeff joined the Port Terminal Railroad Association’s team as Superintendent of Transportation. He was promoted to General Manager on January 1, 2012.

The PTRA was formed in 1924 to provide access to the industries along the Ship Channel for railroads entering Houston. Straddling both sides of the Houston Ship Channel, PTRA proudly services 226 local customers from 7 serving yards and maintains 154 miles of track and 20 bridges. PTRA has the capacity to handle numerous commodity groups, and currently handles chemicals, grain, plastic, coke, fuel, steel, food products, industrial products, intermodal, dimensional loads and autos.

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors: Houston Pilots, Richardson Companies, Odfjell, and West Gulf Maritime Association, and our Table Sponsor Vopak Terminal. Register now by visiting www.txgulf.org/commerceclub or by calling the Port Bureau at (713) 678-4300.

Phyllis Saathoff Appointed Executive Port Director/CEO of Port Freeport

Phyllis_Saathoff_resizedPhyllis Saathoff was named as Executive Port Director/Chief Executive Officer of Port Freeport by the Port Freeport Board of Commissioners on April 8, 2016. Saathoff began her maritime career at Port Freeport in 1992, serving as Managing Director and becoming Interim Executive Port Director/CEO in 2012. She went on to join the Port of Houston Authority later that same year, serving in various capacities that included Chief People Officer and Deputy Executive Director of Corporate Affairs.  A recognized expert in port emergency preparedness, Saathoff is the author of Emergency Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Planning Manual for Best Practices for ports publication.



 Gulf Winds International Turns 20

Gulf Winds International celebrated 20 years of providing clients with dynamic logistics solutions on April 22, 2016. Founded in 1996 by Steve Stewart, with the goal of developing a full service, third party logistics company, Stewart used his 401K retirement savings to fund its start-up. Gulf Winds has grown from an operation with just four employees in 1996 to an operation with over 2.3 million square feet of warehouse space with locations in Houston and Dallas and over 500 employees today. Todd Stewart, son of Steve Stewart, took the helm of the company in 2012. As part of their celebration that included commemorative t-shirts and a luncheon, Gulf Winds has produced a video to tell their story and highlight the company’s growth and the positive impact of their focus on faith-based initiatives. Visit www.gwii.com for more of the Gulf Wind’s story.

Westway Terminal Company Announces Jerry Cardillo as President and CEO

JerryWestway Terminal Company LLC announced on March 29, 2016 that G. R. “Jerry” Cardillo has been elected as Westway’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective April 18, 2016. Cardillo comes to Westway from Enterprise Products where he served in a variety of positions since 2002, most recently as Group Senior Vice President of Transportation and Logistics. Cardillo has been in the energy sector with Chevron, Koch and Enterprise since 1981. He has also been a board member with the Greater Houston Port Bureau for several years, and the Port Bureau is pleased to have Cardillo continue in his board position as he assumes his new duties at Westway.



ABS Unveils Improved Port State Control Detention Guidance

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, has released an enhanced version of its Guidance for Reducing Port State Control Detention. The new Guidance provides the most updated information for maintaining compliance with current Port State Control laws in a mobile-friendly and interactive format.  The guide is intended for use in conjunction with the normal pre-port arrival and departure checks required by international regulations and in conjunction with onboard routine maintenance programs. The mobile-friendly, interactive guidance is available on the ABS website along with other useful information related to flag states and port state control as well as the latest regulatory updates.

  • Date May 10, 2016
  • Tags May 2016