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Gulf Stream Marine Appoint New CEO

One of the largest privately held stevedore firms in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, announce the appointment of Kevin Bourbonnais as Chief Executive Officer. An experienced senior executive, Bourbonnais was most recently Chief Operating Officer of USA Compression Partners, a market-leading provider of contract compression services to the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining USA Compression Partners, he held various other senior management positions at Exterran, Universal Compression and the Royal Bank of Canada. “I look forward to having the opportunity to guide Gulf Stream through its next phase of growth and building upon the company’s culture of customer service, safety,” said Bourbonnais. “The company has grown significantly in recent years, while at the same time making critical investments in infrastructure that support continued organic growth and future acquisition activity.” About Gulf Stream Marine, Inc. Founded in 1990, Gulf Stream employs a non-union workforce of approximately 750 employees and operates at seven locations in four Texas ports: Houston (Manchester Terminal, Woodhouse Terminal, Greensport Terminal, and Industrial Terminal), Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Freeport. Gulf Stream is a portfolio company of The CapStreet Group, a leading lower middle market private equity fund headquartered in Houston.


Port Commission to Meet on July 26

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority will convene at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 26, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the boardroom of the Port Authority Executive Building, 111 East Loop North (Exit 29 off Loop 610) in Houston. The meeting agenda is available on the Port of Houston Authority website, www.portofhouston.com.


Port of Houston Increases Security Spending

The Port of Houston Authority will reportedly spend $1.1 million more on security improvements that include cameras, lights and fences, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. Additionally, the port commission authorized going out for proposals for a $1.5 million video surveillance system. That system will provide perimeter intrusion detection. (Source: Houston Chronicle)


New Ro-Ro Connection: Houston – S. America W. Coast

NYK Line's new roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) service, 'NYK Chile Express', connects Houston with the west coast of South America from July 24, 2013. The service adds a call to the Port of Houston Authority's Turning Basin terminals -- the cornerstone of the nation's No. 1 seaport in handling project and breakbulk cargo. The new service will include direct calls to South American ports in Ecuador, Chile and Peru, as well as Manzanillo, Panama


Port of Houston Meetings Rescheduled

The Houston Port Commission and Board of Pilot Commissioner have rescheduled meetings originally set for Tuesday, January 28 due to a forecasted mix of freezing rain and sleet, which they said could cause unsafe driving conditions The Port  Commission of the Port of Houston Authority will meet in regular session on Friday, January 31, at 9 a.m., followed by a meeting of the Board of Pilot Commissioners at 10 a.m. or immediately following the adjournment of the Port Commission meeting.


Members of Congressional Committee to Visit Port of Houston

Members of Congressional Committee to Visit Port of Houston Democratic members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security will visit the Port of Houston tomorrow. The democratic members of the congressional committee are reviewing port security strategies and tactics. The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has applied for approximately $13 million in port security grant funds. Grants are expected to be awarded in May


Major Security Exercise in Port of Houston

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The Coast Guard inform that many organizations with a stake in the viability of the maritime transportation system, are participating in an annual security exercise as part of an Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program, at the Barbour’s Cut Cruise Terminal in Houston, 25, September 2013. AMSTEP exercises can range from simple discussion-based drills to complex full-scale evolutions. SECUREX 2013 will be a functional exercise with a scenario that involves a simulated


Lawal Reappointed to Port Authority Commission

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Top Business Leader Starts Seventh Term as City of Houston Appointee.   The Houston City Council today unanimously reappointed businessman Kase Lawal to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority for a seventh term. He was initially appointed in June 1999. Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. Lawal, who is the chairman of Port Authority's Small Business Development Task Force, indicated this will be his last term on the commission


Foss - Voyage of Opportunity Houston to Ponce

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Foss Voyage of Opportunity - Looking for Cargoes - Houston, TX to Ponce, Puerto Rico.   USA FLAG - On-Deck and Below-Deck Space Available   ETD Houston, Texas:        March 28th, 2012 ETA Ponce, Puerto Rico:  April 9th, 2012   We will consider inducement port calls for Haiti, Dom Rep, Trinidad or other Caribbean Ports.   Accepting the following cargoes:  


Houston Ship Channel Crash, $1B Loss

According to a report from the Associated Press, the U.S. Coast Guard said a barge accident that left an electric tower leaning precariously over the water and shut down the Houston Ship Channel will cause a nearly $1b economic loss. The channel is a lifeline to the Port of Houston, one of the nation's busiest ports. (Source: Associated Press)


Bunker Specialists Endofa Name Hoffmann CEO

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Endofa, an independent marine fuel supplier and bunker trader, informs it has named Lars Hoffmann as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Endofa, Hoffmann served as Chief Executive Officer for Shipping.dk.  He also served on the board of the Danish Shipbrokers Association.


Houston Ship Channel Dredge Contract Awarded to RLB

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Amongst the latest listing of US Department of Defense contracts, RLB Contracting of Port Lavaca, Texas, has been awarded a USD$8,286,850 firm-fixed-price contract for deep draft maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel from Carpenters to Greens.


Stolt-Nielsen Reports "Disappointing" Q1 Results

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Stolt-Nielsen Limited today reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended February 28, 2014, which included lower cargo volumes and down profits in most markets. Net profit attributable to shareholders in the first quarter was $18.6 million, with revenue of $516


Texas City "Y" Oil Spill Update: 300 Boats De-Contaminated

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The Coast Guard reports that their Galveston-based response efforts for the Texas City collision has included the de-contamination of approximately 300 boats, oiled as a result of the earlier Houston Ship Channel maritime casualty. Responders continue to focus on shoreline cleanup and facility


Trelleborg Opens Houston Office

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation announces plans to open a new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, U.S. Trelleborg said it will establish a local “feet on the ground” presence in the area and confirms the company’s commitment to the global oil and


Several Cruise Voyages Altered by Houston Spill

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23


CaroTrans Launches Direct Le Havre to Houston

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Strategic European hub location offers fastest transits from France to U.S. Gulf. CaroTrans announced a new, weekly LCL export service from Le Havre, France to Houston which will commence April 5. This direct service shortens shipping time by 5-11 days for freight moving from France to the U.S


Texas City Port Open to All Traffic, Response Continues

The Captain of the Port of Houston/Galveston has opened the bay to all traffic Thursday after multiple cleanup assessments and input from the Texas Department of State Health Services. A current Broadcast Notice to Mariners instructs all boaters that the safety zone remains in affect


Texas City Oil Spill Update: Pollution Affects Coast

Oil washing ashore Matagorda Island: USCG photo

The Captain of the Port of Houston/Galveston opened the bay to all traffic Thursday after multiple cleanup assessments and input from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Oil is washing up on Matagorda Island. Coast Guard recruit volunteer 'Sentinels.


Auto-Maskin Opens Houston Office

Auto-Maskin, the makers of the Marine Pro range of diesel engine controllers, announced the opening of a new regional office in Houston, Texas to support the continued expansion in the marine and oil and gas sectors in North America. The facility in Houston will be staffed by sales, engineering


AWA Opens Houston Office

American Worldwide Agencies (AWA) is adding to its global network of freight forwarders and agents with a new office in Houston, the company announced today. The Houston office is part of AWA's global expansion plans and will handle the company's growing business in the region for project freight


Dredging Permits for Bayport & Barbours Cut Expected Soon

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Following the recent meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, the following news items  of note were released. Dredging The Port Commission approved a $68 million construction contract with Orion Construction L.P. for Bayport and Barbours Cut channel improvements


Texas City "Y" incident: Latest Update

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The Coast Guard informs that it continues clean up operations in the Port of Houston/Galveston after having authorized limited marine traffic in the safety zone for commercial ship traffic, Tuesday. The Port Coordination Team is prioritizing ships for transit through the channel


Limited Traffic Authorized at Port of Houston

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Update: Texas City "Y" incident response; Port of Houston authorized limited marine movement The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has authorized limited marine traffic in the safety zone in the Port of Houston/Galveston for commercial ship traffic, Tuesday.


Latest Texas City 'Y' Incident News: Port of Houston Remains Closed

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The Port of Houston remains closed as the Unified Command continues to assess the situation with oil in the channel to determine when vessel traffic can resume, advises the US Coast Guard. There are 46 outbound vessels and 47 inbound vessels in the queue for transit in the Port of Houston


 
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