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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.

Congressional Leaders Visit Port of Houston

The delegation learned more about the Houston Ship Channel aboard one of the Port of Houston Authoritys three Emergency Response Vessels. The group also saw the Port Authoritys four new Super Post-Panamax Ship-to-Shore cranes at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal. (Photo: Port of Houston Authority)

The Port of Houston Authority hosted Congressional leaders on port matters for a facilitated visit and tour of the Port of Houston, Friday, June 5.    Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congressman Ted Poe and Congressman Brian Babin visited the Port of Houston and learned more about the national impact of the Port of Houston overall and in particular its safety and security measures.   The visit was arranged upon the invitation of Congressman Poe

Houston Ship Channel Celebrates 100 years

Great Day for Centennial Rededication of Houston Ship Channel

  Blue skies and a cool breeze set the stage for a once-in-a-century event today: the 100th anniversary rededication of the opening of Houston's deep-water port. International Longshoremen's Association, Houston Pilots, U.S. Coast Guard, current and former Port Commissioners, industry stakeholders and others, attended the Houston Ship Channel Rededication at Brady's Landing overlooking the Houston Ship Channel.

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,

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 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)

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

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.

Major Security Exercise in Port of Houston

Photo courtesy of USCG

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

 Kase Lawal

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

Kirby to Pay $4.9 Mln Penalty over Oil Spill

(USCG photo by Andrew Kendrick)

Kirby Inland Marine LP has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle claims stemming from a 4,000-barrel oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel in March 2014, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.   The company, a subsidiary of Kirby Corp

APL Launches Atlantic Gulf Express Service

AGX – Atlantic Gulf Express (Westbound)

APL today announced the launch of the Atlantic Gulf Express (AGX) Service – a direct Trans-Atlantic service which connects the key markets of North Europe, US South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. “Directly connecting the Port of Le Havre and Miami

One Hanjin Ship Cleared to Dock at U.S. Port

Port of Long Beach

A Hanjin Shipping Co container vessel idled off the coast of Mexico after the company's bankruptcy has received permission to dock and unload cargo at the Port of Long Beach, industry and union officials said Friday. Authorization for the Hanjin Greece to enter the port came after bankruptcy

Houston Ship Channel Re-opens to Some Vessel Traffic

The Houston Ship Channel re-opened to some vessel traffic on Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, after an early morning tanker fire prompted closure of the waterway.   The U.S. Coast Guard Houston Vessel Traffic Service said it would commence with tow vessel transit outbound from

Part of Houston Ship Channel Shut; Tankers Stopped to 4 Refineries

Four Houston-area refineries were unable to receive crude oil from tankers on Tuesday after a portion of the Houston Ship Channel was shut due to a fire aboard an empty tanker, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   In Texas, Valero Energy Corp's Houston refinery

Houston Ship Channel Closed after Benzene Spill

A section of the Houston Ship Channel has been closed following the release of approximately 500 gallons of benzene from the tanker Maritime Jingan while moored at Vopak Terminal Thursday afternoon.   The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to the incident along with the Harris County

Panama Canal, PortMiami Renew MOU as Port Welcomes MOL Majesty

Courtesy PortMiami

Today, another milestone agreement was reached as Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano and PortMiami Director Juan M. Kuryla renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote trade opportunities and share best customer practices.  

Eastern Delivers for Bay-Houston Towing

David B (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the escort tug David B for Bay-Houston Towing Co. on June 15, 2016.   David B (ESG Hull #239) is the third in a series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class terminal and escort tugs currently under construction at

FMC's Doyle Addresses VGM Rules

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner William P. Doyle issued a statement on the upcoming implementation of the SOLAS Convention’s verified gross mass (VGM) requirements:   On Friday, June 24, 2016, I voted to allow the Port Operations and Safety Discussion Agreement to

Crowley Adds Houston-Caribbean LCL Service

Photo: Crowley Maritime

Starting July 1, Crowley Maritime Corporation will offer weekly, fixed-day, less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping services from Houston to 33 port destinations throughout the Caribbean Basin, the shipper announced today.   The new logistics service is designed to enhance supply chain

Houston International Seafarers Centers to honor Aalund in September

Niels Aalund, SVP, West Gulf Maritime Association (image: WGMA)

On September 24, 2016 the Houston International Seafarers Centers will host their Annual Maritime Gala . Niels Aalund, Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association, will be honored as the " Bronze Anchor Award” recipient.

MSC Announces New Port Call, Revises Canada Gulf service

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 MSC’s California Express service is now to feature a new port of call – Manzanillo in Mexico.   The addition brings a significant customer benefit in transit time and reliability, and provides a direct route to the port as part of the route from Balboa to Long Beach.

US Agents Move against Illegal Timber Imports from Amazon

U.S. agents searched the offices of a California-based wood importer this week as part of a broadening government crackdown on imports of illegally harvested timber, according to a previously unreported federal search warrant seen by Reuters.  

Lack of Communication Led to Houston Ship Collision -NTSB

The probable cause of the 2015 collision of the Conti Peridot and the Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel was the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility

Investigators Probe into Houston Ship Collision

NTSB to meet to consider collision Houston Ship Channel collision The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it will meet June 7 to determine the probable cause of the March 9, 2015 collision between the bulk carrier Conti Peridot and the tanker Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship

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