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




Contanda LLC

Charles Flournoy 

Houston Mooring Co., Inc.





Port Houston Logo





Commodore Sponsors

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

Captain Sponsors

BBVA Compass
Blades International
Blank Rome LLP
Ceres Gulf Inc.
Danner's Inc.
Dow Chemical Company
HDR, Inc.
Inchcape Shipping Services
Intergulf Corporation
Martin Marine
Port Freeport
Port of Galveston
Port of Texas City
Porter Hedges LLP
Regions Bank
Rickmers-Line (USA), Inc.
San Jacinto College
Savage Services
Shell Marine Products
Texas A&M University Galveston
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
BraeBurn Country Club
Carved Stone, Inc
Charles Flournoy
Crown Colony Country Club
Diane Whooley Art
Fit Factor
Kinder Morgan
The Nice Winery
The Wine Guy


Athena Gun Club
Austin Biplane
Bernhardt Winery
Cooking With A Twist
Garden Valley Golf Club
Hamilton Shirts
HIP Fitness TX
Houston Axe Throwing & Room Escape Time
Houston Pilots
Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Hyatt Regency Houston
Kendra Scott
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa
Onion Creek Club
SoulCycle River Oaks
Spicewood Vineyards
Tanks Paintball Park
True Blue Golf Club


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
Breakfast Klub
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
Little Beakers
Lost Oak Winery
Main Street Theater
Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center
Moody Mansion
Natural Bridge Caverns
New Orleans Museum of Art
Niko Niko’s Greek & American Café
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Pinot's Palette
Pleasant Hill Winery
Revolution Studio
Screams Halloween Theme Park
Southern Express Cruises
Splashtown San Antonio
Tanglewood Resort & Conference Center
Taste of Texas Restaurant
Texas Renaissance Festival
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
William Chris Vineyards
Wonderwild Indoor Party Playground