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Port Houston 2019 State of the Port

Saturday, 23 November 2019 | 00:00

Port Houston Commission Chairman Ric Campo delivered the 2019 State of the Port Address to the Greater Houston Partnership Thursday. He reported a record-setting year for the greater Port of Houston. Campo also stressed the urgency to widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel as the priority for the greater Port of Houston. This federal waterway that is comprised of more than 200 public and private facilities is known as the Energy Capital of the World.

Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo stressed the importance of public and private partnerships for the success of Houston Ship Channel Project 11. Campo acknowledged members of the Port Commission, all were present for the 2019 State of the Port. Pictured: Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston CAPT. Kevin Oditt, CAPTAIN of the Port; Port Commissioner Dean Corgey; Houston Pilot Capt. Greg Brown; Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo; and Houston Pilot Presiding Officer Capt. Mark W. Mitchem

“The Port of Houston is a strategic lifeline and asset for the national economy,” Campo said during his remarks. The Houston Ship Channel receives more deep-draft calls than the three largest U.S. ports combined.

“We are in a race with the economic forces and limitations of commerce if we cannot find ways to deepen and widen the Houston Ship Channel,” he said.

Campo highlighted the efforts of partnership and people as the foundation of continued success for the busiest waterway in the nation. He connected the 2019 fiftieth anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 Moon Mission to the Houston Ship Channel’s Project 11, which endeavors to widen and deepen the channel on an accelerated timeline to accommodate the larger vessels calling the greater Port of Houston.

Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo said “people are our greatest asset.” Campo wears a Personal Protective Equipment “PPE” shirt “in honor and respect” to those who work every day to help make the Houston Ship Channel a success. Pictured: Campo (centered), Port Commissioners, and Port Houston employees and staff.

“People made it possible then, and they make achievement possible today,” he said. “We each play a role and embody the can-do spirit that Houston is known for.”

Campo stressed the need to expand the ship channel to continue exporting energy commodities and importing cargo at a rate to keep up with national and international economic needs. “Delays will result in supply chain disruption that impacts our economy,” he said.

Home to the largest petrochemical complex in the world, the greater Port of Houston is a hub of the nation’s pipeline network. The safe and efficient movement of oil and gas products through the port is a significant factor in building a strong and independent base for fuel and petroleum-based products in North America, and beyond, Campo said during his remarks.

Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo highlighted Port Houston employee Claudio Sanchez during the 2019 State of the Port. ”It’s our people who make success possible,” Campo said. Pictured:Port Houston Commissioner Dean Corgey, Port Houston Rubber-Tired Gantry “RTG” Crane Maintenance Foreman Claudio Sanchez; and Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo

“Even with the amazing skillset of the Houston Pilots, there is no question that a wider channel is a safer channel,” he said.

Port Houston is currently the fastest-growing of the top ten container ports in the United States. Many of the products people use every day are delivered from a shipping container transported through the Port of Houston. “Chances are the coffee on your table to the clothes you put on today – came at one point through the Houston Ship Channel on a container,” Campo said.

He concluded his remarks describing the success of Houston Ship Channel’s Project 11 as a defining moment for the nation, the state of Texas, and Houston.

Following the address, Port Houston launched a new microsite providing more information about the Houston Ship Channel Project 11.
Source: Port Houston

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