Port Bureau Updates-June

Dow to Invest in Flexible Alkoxylation Facility on U.S. Gulf Coast to Meet Growing Demand

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced on June 14, 2018, its plan to invest in an alkoxylation facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Upon completion, this new facility will support global growth in Dow’s core end-markets related to infrastructure and home and personal care, as well as additional end-markets where Dow continues to strengthen its position for the TRITON™, TERGITOL™, ECOSURF™ and CARBOWAX™ SENTRY™ brands.

“We continue to see strong demand, well ahead of global GDP, across multiple consumer, industrial and manufacturing sectors,” said Ester Baiget, business president for Dow Industrial Solutions. “These investments will build on Dow’s recent U.S. Gulf Coast investments; they will expand production capacity and enable Dow to meet customer and value chain needs for alkoxylate products.”

The new alkoxylation facility is expected to come online by the end of 2021. This expansion is in addition to various incremental debottlenecking projects being conducted across Dow’s global alkoxylation production units. These projects will support growing customer demand across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service to Implement Shore-to-Ship Drone Delivery in Singapore

Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Airbus have targeted quarter three 2018 to implement piloting delivery of spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables via Airbus’ Skyways unmanned air system (UAS) to vessels at anchorage in Singapore. The announcement came after the signing of an MOU at the Posidonia 2018 International Shipping Exhibition on June 5.

Culminating over a year of planning and close collaboration between Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Airbus, involving the Singapore Maritime Port Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the partnership will first see an initial two-week pilot trial with deliveries to ships anchored in Singapore’s eastern anchorage.

A command center and a delivery center will be set up at Singapore port’s Marina South Pier to facilitate the deliveries, with an initial delivery range of up to 3km from the shoreline. A second delivery station will be positioned at an open space in Marina South to extend delivery coverage to more anchorage vessels.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service projects shore-to-ship delivery costs could be lowered by as much as 90%. With the largest Ships Agency network in the world, Wilhelmsen Ships Service provides maritime logistics and port services in 2,200 ports worldwide.

Cory Brothers (USA) Inc. Opens New Jersey & Philadelphia Offices

Cory Brothers Shipping Agency, a leading logistics and maritime service provider, has announced the opening of a new office in New Jersey & Philadelphia. The new opening marks Cory Brothers’ continued growth and will be its second office location in the U.S. since opening a Houston base in 2014.

The new office commenced operations on June 1, 2018, and complements the group’s worldwide network and improves Cory Brothers’ service to key client accounts, while strengthening the Cory Brothers global brand. Cory Brothers (US) Inc. continues to be heavily involved in Oil, Gas & Dry agency business across regions, providing an efficient and seamless service to its clients. Fred Gladis, Operations Manager-East Coast, heads the new office team of experienced ship agents.

Cory Brothers presently has offices in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States and Singapore and is represented through its agency partners throughout the globe.

Wortham Insurance Acquired by Marsh

Houston-basedWortham Insurance, one of the premier independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States, has been acquired by Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions. The announcement was made on June 25, 2018. Terms of the transaction, expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, were not disclosed.

Founded in 1915, Wortham has more than 530 colleagues based in its Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio offices. It provides property/casualty insurance, surety, personal lines, and employee benefits advice and solutions to a wide range of businesses and individuals throughout the U.S. In addition to managing several specialty programs, Wortham has particular expertise in the energy, construction, and retail sectors.

Upon completion of the transaction, Marsh will expand its footprint in Texas to include the Austin and Fort Worth markets and will merge its existing operations in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans and Tulsa with Wortham. The combined business will operate as Marsh Wortham with Richard M. Blades, the current chairman of Wortham, as its CEO. He will report to Martin South, president of Marsh’s U.S. and Canada division. Blades will also serve as chairman of Marsh’s Energy Practice in the U.S.

“Wortham Insurance is an outstanding firm with a reputation for creating lasting client relationships and deep risk expertise. Together with Wortham’s well-respected management team and colleagues, we will deliver market leading risk and insurance solutions to businesses and individuals,” said John Doyle, president & CEO of Marsh.

“Marsh and Wortham are very similar in terms of our approach to business, ability to form deep client relationships, and our values,” added South. “The combination of our firms in this vital U.S. region will deliver greater value to clients, colleagues and prospects through an enhanced value proposition, strong risk expertise particularly in the energy sector, and unparalleled client focus and service.”

Stolthaven Houston Jetty Expected to be Operational by 2019

A new jetty at Stolthaven Houston is on schedule to be operational in early 2019 and ready for layby berthing by September 1, 2018. The new jetty will efficiently accommodate tankers of up to 50,000 deadweight tons, as well as barges to the East Property of the terminal. The goal is not only to increase capacity and operational efficiency, but to minimize waiting and turnaround times at the terminal, and to enhance ship-to-shore synergy, which help to reduce supply-chain costs for customers.

“Stolthaven operates as part of an integrated solutions provider, and because of that we understand better than most the dynamics of marine infrastructures and assets, and their impact on supply-chain efficiency,” said Guy Bessant, president of Stolthaven Terminals. “The investments we are making in Stolthaven Houston will generate significant benefits for the customers of Stolt-Nielsen Limited.”

Stolthaven Houston is located on the Houston Ship Channel, and the terminal provides direct access to I-10, Beltway-8, and Texas 225. The terminal operates both as a domestic bulk facility and as an international distribution hub.

Port Houston Names Chief Commercial Officer

John Moseley, CCO

Port Houston named John Moseley Chief Commercial Officer on June 18, 2018, succeeding Ricky Kunz who has elected to retire from the Port of Houston Authority. Moseley served as senior director of trade development since 2010. In his new role, Moseley will take the lead in developing and executing Port Houston’s commercial strategy. Port Houston, a terminal operator, is the fastest growing of the Top 10 container ports in the U.S. and is the largest in breakbulk, steel and project cargo.

Moseley holds a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from California State University at Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management.

In his position as CCO, he is responsible for Port Houston’s marketing/external communications and media relations departments and the administration of Harris County’s Foreign Trade Zone. Moseley actively serves in leadership positions of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) and the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP).

American Institute for International Steel Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Section 232 Steel Tariffs

The American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) and two of its member companies, Sim-Texas, LP, of Waller, Texas, and Kurt Orban Partners, LLC, of Burlingame, California, filed suit in the United States Court of International Trade in New York City on June 27, 2018. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality President Trump’s statute imposing a 25% tariff on imported steel. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the law relied on by President Trump to impose that tariff is unconstitutional, as well as a court order preventing further enforcement of the 25% tariff increase.

In its lawsuit, AIIS and the two companies allege that the statute, Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, violates the constitutional prohibition against Congress delegating its legislative powers to the president because it lacks any “intelligible principle” to limit the discretion of the president. Section 232 allows the president to impose unlimited tariffs or create other trade barriers at his unfettered discretion if he believes they are needed so that “imports will not threaten to impair the national security,” which is expansively defined in Section 232.

With their complaint, plaintiffs filed a motion asking the Chief Judge of the Court of International Trade to appoint three judges, instead of a single judge, to hear this case. That request is supported by a specific federal statute and a rule of the Court that authorizes such an appointment when a case presents a constitutional challenge or has “significant implications” for the administration of the law. Plaintiffs believe that if the case is decided by a three judge court, there is a direct appeal to the Supreme Court, without having to go to the Federal Circuit, which is the normal review court for the Court of International Trade. That route would provide a speedier means of resolving this case, which is in the interest of all concerned.

AIIS is America’s leading voice for the steel supply chain, and the only voice in Washington, D.C. for free and responsible trade in steel. Visit the AIIS website at www.aiis.org to read the complaint, motion and other information.

Work Begins on Houston Ship Channel Bridge

The Harris County Toll Road Authority has begun the work to replace the Sam Houston Tollway Ship Channel Bridge. Ship Channel Constructors, a joint-venture partnership of Traylor Brothers and Zachry Construction, is building the new landmark cable-stayed bridge across the channel, while maintaining traffic on the busy water and roadways along the alignment.

The team will first construct the new side of the bridge on the southbound span. Traffic will then move to the new structure while the old bridge is demolished and the northbound span is built. Project completion, with four lanes in each direction, is scheduled for late 2023. The project has been funded by toll revenues.

This multi-phase cable-stayed bridge project is a major proponent of advancing the shipping industry in Harris County, Texas. The end result will widen and deepen the ship channel to assist transportation of newer and larger vessels.

Houston Area Brownwater-Bluewater Coordination Seminar August 30-31

Houston Area Brownwater-Bluewater Coordination Seminar

The Houston Area Brownwater-Bluewater Coordination Seminar began after an incident in 2014 on the Houston Ship Channel involving a tow and barge and a ship.

The goal of the seminar program is to create a facilitated dialog between and among the professionals who work on the water in Houston, with the aim of improving communication, trust and general knowledge regarding the capabilities and limitations of the different vessels using the waterway. The seminars attract around 60 brownwater captains with an average accumulated 600+ years of maritime experience. Each program is facilitated by George Burkley with the Maritime Pilots Institute and Captain Dave Foret with the ACTion Group.

The next Houston seminar is scheduled for August 30-31.
For additional details on the seminar, who should attend and how to register please visit: http://www.wgma.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Flyer-brown-blue-seminar-August-30-31-2018.pdf

  • Date July 3, 2018
  • Tags 2018 June