October 2020 Virtual Commerce Club: Capt. Thompson, Houston Pilots
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October 2020 Virtual Commerce Club: Capt. Thompson, Houston Pilots

Captain Robert Thompson, the Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots, will share how the Pilots prepared for hurricane season and the modeling they have been working on to show the importance of a wide and deep Houston Ship Channel for safe commerce.

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When: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Where: Virtual, registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O4YTmO7oTEKDVssRK5cwtA
United States
Presenter: Capt. Robert Thompson, Houston Pilots
Contact: (713) 678-4300

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Sponsorship opportunities are available. Webinar sponsors are recognized in email, social media, website announcements, and in the Port Bureau News magazine. During the webinar sponsors receive logo and verbal recognition. These webinars are recorded and shared on our website, so marketing benefits could last for years to come. Webinar sponsorship is available for $500. Contact Tanya at tscott@txgulf.org to become a sponsor today.

About Captain Thompson:

Captain Thompson began his maritime career nearly 46 years ago when he graduated from the National River Academy in Helena, Arkansas with a license for “the Ohio, Mississippi, and Western Rivers.” Starting out as a steersman for Patton Barge Lines, Captain Thompson quickly advanced to tug Captain and eventually was promoted to Vice President of Operations.

In 1987 at the age of 31, Captain Thompson joined the Houston Pilots and has since logged over 33,000 bridge hours piloting ships carrying bulk cargo, chemicals, and oil on the busiest and most challenging ship channel in the United States. As a Texas state pilot, Captain Thompson has a gubernatorial commission to “navigate vessels from the Houston Turning Basin to the Galveston sea buoy with safety as the highest priority, and when possible without sacrificing the interest of safety, act in the best interest of a vessel owner.” 

In addition to being an active channel pilot, Captain Thompson also serves as the Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots - one of three pilots on the Association’s leadership team charged with running the day-to-day operations of one of the largest Pilot associations in the United States. Captain Thompson served as Presiding Officer twice before his current term. Highlights of Captain Thompson’s pilot career include acting as presiding officer during preparations for and response to HURRICANE IKE, the fourth most costly hurricane in US history, working with key senior industry and government representatives to establish the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee, and piloting the tow transporting one of the space shuttles up the Houston Ship Channel to its final destination at the Johnson Space Center. 

Captain Thompson is an avid handyman and gun collector, and enjoys spending his off time with his five grandchildren and two dogs – Millie and Coco.

About the Commerce Club:

Hosted on the 2nd Thursday of each month, the Commerce Club is a monthly event for connecting with key industry decision makers and stakeholders in the port community. Speakers include industry leaders, analyst groups, government officials, and top educators.