Port Bureau Updates – April 2016
May 2016 Commerce Club
CAPT Brian Penoyer
Commander, Sector Houston-Galveston,
U.S. Coast Guard
The Port Bureau will recognize CAPT Brian Penoyer, Commander, Sector Houston-Galveston of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the Commerce Club luncheon at Brady’s Landing on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Join us as we offer CAPT Penoyer our thanks and best wishes as he prepares to transfer from Houston to his new posting in Hawaii.
CAPT Penoyer assumed command in June 2013, and directs all Coast Guard missions in Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana. He serves as the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for an area spanning from Matagorda Bay, TX, to Lake Charles, LA.
CAPT Penoyer holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he received the Director’s Award for Academic Excellence. CAPT Penoyer has been awarded five Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Department of Transportation “9-11” Medal, and several campaign medals including the Southwest Asia Service Medal. He is married to Hildi Baker of Madison, Wisconsin, a nurse and University of Chicago graduate. Together they have two daughters, Scotia and Teslin.
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors: Houston Pilots, Richardson Companies, Odfjell, and West Gulf Maritime Association, and our Table Sponsors: Buffalor Marine Services, Inc., Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company, Intercontinental Terminal Company, Kinder Morgan, Moran Gulf Shipping, Port of Houston Authority and Shell Trading (US) Company. Register now by visiting www.txgulf.org/commerceclub or by called the Port Bureau at (713) 678-4300.
New Refrigerated Cargo Storage Facility Slated for Construction at Bayport Container Terminal
The first phase of a 300,000-square-foot temperature-controlled cargo facility will be built at the Port of Houston Authority’s Bayport Container Terminal by AGRO Merchants Group, which provides cold supply chain operations globally. According to a press release issued by the Port of Houston Authority in February, the new facility will add significantly to the state-of-the-art infrastructure that’s already in place at Bayport.
Plans call for the new cold storage facility to be a multi-use building that will include state-of-the-art warehouse space to handle storage and the import/export of chilled and frozen meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables. The first phase of the building will take up more than 12 acres of land, with ample room for expansion. The facility will offer customers innovative and value-added services for chilled goods moving across the docks at the Port Authority.
Inspection and handling facilities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, blast- freezing cells and deep truck docks with ample doors for shipping and receiving will be included. The facility will have segregated frozen and chilled warehouse space to support a diverse array of products and include value-added capabilities geared toward protein and produce commodities. The site is expected to be operational by summer 2017.
Southwest Shipyard, L.P. Wins Multiple Safety Awards
Southwest Shipyard, L.P., a leading provider of vessel cleaning, repair, refurbishing and construction services to the marine industry, announced on February 15, 2016, it was awarded multiple safety awards at the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) General Membership Meeting February 3rd and 4th in Washington, DC. More than 90 shipyard representatives from across the country were in attendance. These safety awards represent SCA member shipyard’s commitment to keeping workers safe on the job.
Southwest Shipyard was formed in 1954 and today owns and operates four (4) shipyards in South Texas with direct deep water access to the Gulf of Mexico. The company provides gas freeing and cleaning services, topside and major repairs, surface preparation and painting, major conversion, renovation and new construction services to the entire marine industry.
Fourteen Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars
Porter Hedges announced on March 6, 2016, that fourteen of its attorneys have been selected to the 2016 “Texas Rising Stars” list. The entire list of Rising Stars will appear in the April 2016 issues of Texas Super Lawyers Magazine-Rising Stars and in Texas Monthly magazine. The survey recognizes up-and-coming Texas attorneys, and is based on evaluations by members of the Texas Bar.
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 firm represents public and private companies and is recognized for both the depth of their experience and the ability to meet clients’ business objectives.
Grand Reopening of the Galveston Graving Dock
Bludworth Marine Galveston announced the reopening of their recently refurbished 296 x 80 ft. graving dock on February 25, 2016. The graving dock is complete with new rudder pit, improved state of the art discharge/flood system, and is now fully operational. The recent modifications will reduce docking cost through reduced fill and pump-out time.
While specializing in offshore construction, the Bludworth Marine Galveston Shipyard offers traditional ship and vessel construction and emergency repair services. Their graving docks allow Bludworth Marine to make repairs on mid draft vessels, tugs, and barges. In addition to the graving dock, the Galveston location offers topside repairs, vessel and marine fabrication, pump and rotating equipment repair, and mobile response teams.
- Date April 12, 2016
- Tags April 2016