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Building the Next Generation of Maritime Workers

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on February 18, 2022 at 11:08 AM


“In recent years, we have seen record growth at Port Houston and throughout the Houston Ship Channel complex. The maritime workforce remains essential to the ongoing success and stability of our region. Port Houston is committed to supporting the development of a robust maritime workforce, and our Maritime Education Program exists for this purpose,” states Roger Guenther, Executive Director of Port Houston.

More than half of the region’s maritime workers are age 50 or older and quickly approaching retirement. There is a growing need for talent in all areas of maritime and industry-related occupations, including transportation, logistics and supply chain management, environmental, security, emergency management and various positions with ocean-going carriers.

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Topics: maritime, education, workforce, careers

Dreams Do Come True: First Women Graduates of RTG Certification Program

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on January 12, 2022 at 2:54 PM

The global supply chain is in a time of evolution. With ships getting larger and cargo increasing, the constant focus on growth is undeniable. More equipment and upgrades to infrastructure will be necessary, but so is a properly trained workforce. Who will be the next generation of maritime workers supplying that manpower to sustain the supply chain? Whether truckers, equipment operators, logistics specialists, longshoremen or crane technicians, these are all key roles that keep operations running efficiently; and the industry needs more of them. A lot more.

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Topics: leadership, workforce, Seafarers, operations, careers, ILA, WGMA

Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Maritime Workforce

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on December 1, 2021 at 12:03 PM

Maersk’s rainbow container made its way around the world to Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal. This colorful container has served as a symbol of equity, inclusion and diversity where all employees, partners, and customers feel welcomed and can be themselves without judgment or fear.

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Topics: maritime, leadership, workforce, careers, people, inclusion, diversity, equity, DEI

Changing Lives & Organizations for the Better

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on November 18, 2021 at 1:16 PM

For 20 years Diana Candelaria Reyes, Owner of Candelaria Reyes Consulting LLC (CRC), has worked hard to transform her dream into a thriving business. She brings her passion for developing people and helping organizations to her business every day.

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Topics: small businesses, business equity, business opportunity

Opportunity Meets Success with BKJ Global Management Consulting, LLC

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on September 15, 2021 at 1:27 PM


Opportunity plus Preparation equals Success. Shanita R. Johnson, Owner of BKJ Global Management Consulting, LLC is a prime example of how a small, minority- or woman-owned business can achieve success with Port Houston.

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Topics: small businesses, business development, small business, business equity, business opportunity

Bayport Infrastructure Improvements: Large Growth on our Minds

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on August 18, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Port Houston is continuing to focus on improving infrastructure at its terminals. As the largest port in the Gulf and the sixth largest container port in the U.S., Port Houston knows the importance of keeping ahead of demand to meet the changing needs of vessels, businesses, and the overall supply chain.

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Topics: container, terminal, infrastructure, impact

Port Houston Commits to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on June 10, 2021 at 5:45 PM

Written by: Carolyn Ashley, Director of Employee Development & Engagement at Port Houston, and Caitlin Perry, Internal Communications Specialist at Port Houston.

As an international port in the most diverse city in the U.S., Port Houston has a duty to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as an employer, community partner and regional leader. Port Houston recently formalized its commitment by officially adopting a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Position Statement:

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Topics: workforce, tribute, careers, people, inclusion, diversity, equity, DEI

Lee Composites, Inc. Your One-Stop Marine Infrastructure Shop

Posted by Chris Virk-Brown on April 13, 2021 at 9:31 AM

Port infrastructure maintenance can seem like a daunting task, but for Lee Composites, Inc. it’s a revolutionary stepping stone. Lee Composites, Inc. is a multi-faceted leader in marine and commercial composite products providing solutions to protect marine and freshwater facing infrastructure. They design and manufacture products such as seawalls, pilings, plastic lumber, rubber fenders, and dock bumpers that are used at ports all around the world.

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Topics: industrial, infrastructure, small business

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