Honoring the 2018 Maritime Company of the Year: Shell Oil Company

Shell Oil Company

The Port Bureau is pleased to announce that Shell Oil Company (“Shell”) has been named the 2018 Maritime Company of the Year and will be honored at the Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner on August 18, 2018. The Port Bureau Board of Directors named Shell as the 2018 honoree because of Shell’s exceptional record of support of the Houston maritime community for nearly a century, and more particularly, its drive toward improving shipping in the port of Houston and globally.

Since 1929, when Shell Oil Company became the first manufacturer to call Deer Park home, Shell has paved the way for economic prosperity along the Houston Ship Channel. The port efficiency projects, underway in Port Bureau board member Captain Tim Downs’ Shipping and Maritime team, demonstrate Shell’s commitment to being a leader in data-informed shipping. Supporting education by helping develop San Jacinto College’s Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology and introducing the Shell Leadership Weekend for students at Texas A&M Galveston; supporting the environment and community through sponsorship for Bike Around the Bay; and championing Shell’s Rise & Rebuild campaign in support of Hurricane Harvey recovery are only a few examples showing how Shell is an integral part of the community.

“Shell’s dedication to the wider community, education, and planning for the future make Shell a community leader we are excited to celebrate,” said Vinny Pilegge, chairman of the Greater Houston Port Bureau and president of Manchester Terminal.

Proceeds from the Annual Maritime Dinner support in part the Port Bureau’s regional maritime advocacy efforts. Current Queen of the Fleet table sponsors are Enterprise Products Partners L.P., ExxonMobil, Kirby Corporation, Port Houston, and Shell Oil Company.

Founded in 1929, the Port Bureau is a member-driven, non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting the maritime industry. The Annual Maritime Dinner is attended by over 700 maritime, transportation, and industry professionals and their guests to recognize individuals and companies that have exhibited outstanding leadership and support in the port region. Recent honorees have included Port Houston Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria; Patrick J. Studdert, president & CEO of Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.; ExxonMobil (accepted by Neil Chapman, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company); and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

Event Information:

Saturday, August 18, 2018
At the Bayou City Event Center
9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045

5:30 pm - Silent Auction, Cocktails & Networking
7:00 pm - Gourmet Dinner
8:00 pm - Presentation and Guest Speakers

Dress: Black Tie Optional

Past Annual Maritime Dinner

 Registration is now closed. Thank you to our sponsors!



Queen of the Fleet Sponsors

Enterprise Products Partners

Port Houston Logo




Admiral Sponsors


Intercontinental Terminals Company
Port Houston Logo



Commodore Sponsors

BGE |Brown & Gay Engineers
Briggs & Veselka Co.
Coastal Cargo
Crosby Enterprises
Dannenbaum Engineering
Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.
Excargo Services
Fillette Green
Frost Bank
Hatch Shrader
Holtmar Land
HUB International
LeBeouf Towing
LJA Engineering Inc.
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Port Antwerp
Schröder Marine Services, Inc.
Suderman & Young Towing Co.
Watco Companies(2x)

Captain Sponsors

Blades International
BBVA Compass
Blades International
Ceres Gulf Inc.
Danner’s Inc.
Dow Chemical Co
Gulf Stream Marine
HDR, Inc.
Intergulf Corporation
Martin Marine
Porter Hedges LLP
Port Freeport
Port of Galveston
Port of Texas City
Regions Bank
San Jacinto College
Savage Services
Shell Marine Products
Texas A&M University
Texas Deepwater Partners
Texas Mooring, LLC
Texas Stevedoring Services
West Gulf Maritime Association


Event Underwriters



Mobile Bidding




Silent Auction Underwriters



Excargo Services Inc.


Blades International, Inc
Carved Stone, Inc
Charles Flournoy
Crown Colony Country Club
Diane Whooley Art
Kinder Morgan
The Wine Guy


Athena Gun Club
Austin Biplane
Bernhardt Winery
Cooking With A Twist
Garden Valley Golf Club
Hamilton Shirts
HDR, Inc.
Houston Axe Throwing & Room Escape Time
Houston Pilots
LaTorretta Lake Resort & Training Center
Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center
Schrӧder Marine
SoulCycle River Oaks
Spicewood Vineyards


7 Acre Wood
Amy’s Ice Creams
Artisans Restaurant
Austin Steam Train Association
Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse
Bean’s Café Coffeehouse
Boardroom Salon for Men
CRA, Inc.
Cypress Valley Canopy Tours
Dan's Pizza Co
Dripping Springs Distilling
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Flat Creek Estate
Galveston Historical Foundation
Huisache Grill & Bar
Kendra Scott
Main Street Theater
Moody Mansion
Natural Bridge Caverns
Niko Niko’s Greek & American Café
Pinot's Palette
Revolution Studio
Screams Halloween Theme Park
Southern Express Cruises
Splashtown San Antonio
Taste of Texas Restaurant
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Wonderwild Indoor Party Playground

As of July 5, 2018