Port Bureau Updates – November 2017

BGE Announces New Director of Site Development

BGE, Inc. announced on October 3, 2017, the promotion of Ronnie Harris, PE, to Director of Site Development. Harris is a 22-year veteran of BGE, will manage the company’s expanding site development services in Houston.

BGE has assisted some of America’s most respected developers to create thousands of acres of successful developments that are all economically viable.
A graduate of University of Houston, Harris is a registered professional engineer with a degree in civil engineering. He serves on the American Council of Engineering Companies Design/Standards committee for the City of Houston.

During his career, Harris has managed a number of projects with experience in single and multi-family projects, parks and trails, and public and medical facilities.

Contanda Secures Prime Waterfront Acreage on the Houston Ship Channel

Contanda Terminals LLC announced in October a multi-year commercial agreement with the Port of Houston Authority for 339 acres of prime deep-water access property located on the Houston Ship Channel.

The land acquisition enables Contanda to continue to develop its key strategic business objective of doubling its terminal storage capability over the next five years, and expanding into the bulk petrochemical and hydrocarbon markets. This will further strengthen the company’s presence along the U.S. Gulf Coast where project investments have surged since 2014 and Contanda already operates three other bulk terminals.

“This agreement with the Port of Houston Authority solidifies our long-term commitment to grow with the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel,” said G.R. (“Jerry”) Cardillo, president and CEO of Contanda. “With this project, Contanda has the opportunity to make significant strides in achieving our corporate goals while firmly establishing our position as a leading storage provider in the growing petrochemical and hydrocarbon markets. We firmly believe in the Port of Houston, its capabilities and the opportunities it presents to our customers and shareholders. We look forward to further developing one of the largest ports in the world.”

Contanda’s state-of-the-art automated terminal facility will be built in phases to provide customers access to on site processing, multiple ship and barge docks, and convenient tank truck and railcar accessibility. The facility is centrally located for numerous pipeline connections providing support storage services for a variety of commodities including petrochemical, clean petroleum products, various blend stocks, ethanol, crude oil, and refinery intermediates and other bulk commodities.

Targa Announces Joint Venture in Gulf Coast Express Pipeline

Targa Resources Corp. announced on October 4, 2017, that it has executed a letter of intent along with Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. and DCP Midstream, LP with respect to the joint development of the proposed Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project (GCX Project), which would provide an outlet for increased natural gas production from the Permian Basin to growing markets along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The participation of the three parties involved with the GCX Project is subject to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements. As part of the definitive agreements, Targa would own a 25 percent equity interest in the GCX Project, and would commit significant volumes to the proposed project, including certain volumes provided by Pioneer Natural Resources Company, a joint owner in Targa’s West TX Permian Basin system and one of the largest producers in the Permian Basin.

d’Amico International Shipping Launches their First LR1s

On October 19, 2017, d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) launched the first three LR1 (long-range) vessels in its history, at the Hyundai Vinashin shipyard in Vietnam. A total investment of 131 million dollars resulted in the addition of three 75,000-tonnes vessels to DIS’ fleet.

These vessels are ecologically friendly, a distinctive feature of all d’Amico Groups’ new buildings, and are both versatile and efficient. They can transport more cargo per voyage and thanks to a similar draft to their smaller vessels, can cross the expanded Panama Canal, allowing them to navigate on new routes. The d’Amico Group’s team of Italian engineers cooperated with the Vietnamese shipyard to design these new generation eco-ships, which are 228 metres long and 36 metres wide. Relative to conventional similar type vessels, they benefit from a higher cargo capacity, and lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Thanks to their innovative hull design and energy-efficient engine, the LR1s guarantee significant daily fuel savings, meeting in advance the 2020 international standards.

“Vietnam is becoming the shipbuilding hub of our fleet,” said Paolo d’Amico, Chairman of d’Amico International Shipping. “Our partnership with Hyundai Vinashin allows us to work in close cooperation with the yard, adopting innovative choices to build vessels with outstanding quality, versatility and the energy efficiency requested by our customers, including oil majors.”

Two out of the three ships launched on October 19 will be delivered by the end of 2017, followed by a third one at the beginning of 2018.

T&T Salvage Receives 2017 Maritime Response & Salvage Award

The Board of Directors of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) has awarded T&T Salvage their 2017 Maritime Response & Salvage Award. The award was presented at the NAMEPA 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner on October 26, 2017, aboard the historic M/V Hornblower Infinity at Pier 40 in New York City. The Awards Dinner was held in conjunction with NAMEPA’s “Back to the Future of Maritime” Conference.

The NAMEPA Maritime Response & Salvage Award was given in recognition of the years of dedication by T&T to the rapid response of marine casualty events and oil spill incidents not only in the Americas region, but across the globe. This is coupled by T&T’s endless endeavors to instill a culture of preparedness not only amongst its own staff, but amongst all of its customers, government agencies, and industry stakeholders alike. This is evident through the organization’s continuous efforts to promote sustainable maritime industry best practices, educational and training initiatives, and industry outreach programs.

ABS and Green Award Join Forces to Set Standards for Safety and Excellence

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, announced it has joined the Green Award certification network. As an incentive provider, ABS offers Green Award Certificate holders discounts on software and training courses to encourage high safety and environmental standards in shipping.

“ABS is proud to join forces with the Green Award to improve shipping safety and environmental performance,” said ABS president, chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Our commitment to creating a sustainable future through our data and digital leadership to maximize safety and minimize environmental impacts pairs well with the Green Award’s mission to promote environmentally responsible shipping through management excellence and continuous improvement.”

The Green Award network connects top notch ship managers and ships that continuously demonstrate the highest standards of safety and environmental protection with ports and other organizations committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles.

Houston Pilots Christen New Boats

Houston Pilots Boats Christened

Houston Pilots boats christened Oct. 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of Henry de La Garza.

Two Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull boats, often called SWATH, were christened HOUSTON and BAYOU CITY at a ceremony hosted by the Houston Pilots on October 21, 2017. The boats replaced the pilot boats of the same names, now approximately 25 years old.

By definition, SWATH boats utilize a twin-hull ship design that minimizes hull cross-section area at the sea’s surface. By minimizing ship volume at the ocean’s surface where wave energy is located, maximum vessel stability is attained, even in choppy waters and at higher speeds.

“These boats are incredibly stable in rough seas,” said Capt. Robert Shearon, presiding officer for the Houston Pilots in an article by the Houston Chronicle. “They are a very safe and efficient platform for our pilots to embark and disembark on ships.”

The Houston Pilots have been guiding ships arriving and departing Port Houston for more than 85 years.

  • Date November 20, 2017
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