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									  January/February 2004


                      Granting a Safer Port
 meeting the need for greater business capacity

The future of the local economy depends, in part, on the     As a leading regional catalyst for economic growth, the
Port of Houston Authority’s ability to accommodate the       Port must adjust as effectively as possible for rapidly
projected growth in container vessel traffic.                approaching opportunities. The risk of forfeiting crucial
                                                             ship traffic, nearly 1.2 million cruise passengers, 1.4 mil-
The Port’s main terminal at Barbours Cut is one of the
                                                             lion containers, over 32,000 new jobs, $128 million in
busiest port facilities in the United States. Barbours Cut
                                                             state and local tax revenues, and over $2.2 billion in
is at capacity and will soon be unable to handle
                                                             business revenue is too great.
increased container traffic.
                                                             Our region’s chances for long-term economic prosperity
The proposed Bayport Container and Cruise Terminal
                                                             are directly tied to the Port’s effort to increase capacity
will increase current annual capacity from more than
                                                             levels with a new terminal at Bayport.
700,000 containers to more than 2.1 million containers
— enabling the Port to handle the projected increase in      For more information about the port’s economic impact,
container vessel traffic.                                    read Martin Associates’ report titled The Local and
                                                             Regional Economic Impacts of the Port of Houston at

                                                                                           The Greater Houston Convention and
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                                 Contents                          January/February 2004, a bi-monthly publication.

                                                                      13 Making Good on a
                                                                         Maritime Mandate
                                                                         New charter aims at ensuring
                                                                         security progress

                                                                      16 Partners in Education
                                                                         Port of Houston Authority partners
                                                                         with Port Houston Elementary

                                                                      18 MAPS
                                                                         Enhancing security with effective

                    6                                                 22 Bursting with Life
                              4 A Message from the                       Plants and animals flourishing in
         On the Cover           Executive Director                       newly created habitats
Granting a Safer Port           H. Thomas Kornegay, P.E., P.P.M.
  PHA receives $4 million                                             25 Pilots Elect New Presiding Officer
   more in security grants                                               Morris takes the helm

                                                                      26 Ssssshhhh!
                                                                         Quieter cranes conquer containers

                                                                      28 Touchdown!
                                                                         Volunteers to score big for Habitat
                                                                         for Humanity
                                                                         PLUS: Habitat for Humanity facts

                             10 Brewing New Possibilities
                                Houston emerging as a top player
                                in coffee trade

                                                                                                                      Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                                      30 Constructing Greater Mobility
                                                                         Highway improvements pave way for
                                                                         commuter relief

                                                                      34 Business Connections
                                                                         The Greater Houston Partnership

                             14 Brazilian Trade                       36 Promoting Environmental
                                Bonanza Beckons                          Education
                                PHA handles diverse cargo ship-          Port funding environmental programs
                                ments and pursues more of them           at local universities

                                                                      40 Spotlight on Small Business
                                                                         Casas Catering
                                                                                              Executive Office
                                                                                              Port of Houston Authority
                                                                                              111 East Loop North
                                                                                              P.O. Box 2562
                                                                                              Houston, TX 77252-2562
                                                   THE PORT OF HOUSTON                        Phone: 713-670-2400
                                                   AUTHORITY                                  Fax: 713-670-2429
                                                                                              Executive Director
                                                                                              H. Thomas Kornegay
                                                                                              Managing Director
                                                                                              Wade M. Battles
                                                                                              Director of Trade Development
                                                                           James T. Edmonds
                                                                           Chairman           John P. Horan
                                                                                              Director of Administration
                                                                                              James O. Eldridge
                                                                                              Director of Public Affairs
                                                                                              Argentina M. James
                                                                                              Director of Facilities
                                                                                              James B. Jackson
                                                           Kase L. Lawal
                                                           Vice Chairman                      Director of Operations
                                                                                              John T. Scardasis
                                                                                              General Counsel
                                                                                              Martha T. Williams
                                                                                              Harris County Auditor
                                                                                              Richard Rhodes
                                                                           Steve Phelps
                                                                           Commissioner       Field Offices
                                                                                              New York
                                                                                              Jack Wojewnik
                                                                                              1650 Sycamore Avenue, Suite 23
                                                                                              Bohemia, NY 11716
                                                                                              Phone: 631-244-3677
                                                                                              Fax: 631-244-3757
                                                   James W. Fonteno, Jr.
                                                          Commissioner                        South America
                                                                                              Arturo Gamez
                                                                                              Residencias La Estrella, Pios 2, No. 2-C
                                                                                              Avenida Principal
                                                                                              Urb. Lomas de Prados del Este
                                                                                              Caracas, Venezuela 1080
                                                                                              Phone: 011-582-012-976-9335
                                                                           Jimmy A. Burke     Fax: 281-754-4647
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                                                                                             A                          Message
                                                                                                                       from the
                                                  H. Thomas Kornegay, P.E., P.P.M.

                                                  Nearly four decades ago, the Port of Houston Authority began
                                                  plans for the Bayport industrial complex by obtaining a major
                                                  portion of the property, 1,500 acres. PHA and Humble Oil and
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  Refining Co. formed a joint agreement to develop an 8,000-acre
                                                  industrial site and adjoining deepwater port in 1964.
                                                     Ten years ago, PHA bought 608 acres of land adjacent   Responding to community input, the port made multiple
                                                  to the Bayport property. The original Bayport Container   changes to the plan.
                                                  and Cruise Terminal master plan was released in              It’s been a long journey, but late last year the Port
                                                  May 1998, beginning the permitting process. The Port      Authority was rewarded for its diligence by receiving the
                                                  of Houston Authority sponsored public workshops and       record of decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                                                  meetings on Bayport’s master plan for several years.      and the 410 B water quality certification from the

  Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. With                  conclude that all of these wetlands were subject to CWA
  receipt of the final construction permit, the $1.2 billion        jurisdiction. As a result, EPA is not raising objections to
  Bayport Container and Cruise Terminal becomes a reality.          the issuance of this permit.”
     For nearly 90 years, the Port of Houston has worked to            Clearly, the mitigation package for the Bayport pro-
  be a good neighbor. That has been especially true as              ject exceeds any other project of its kind. Statements
  businesses and residents moved into the area surrounding          alleging that state or federal agencies currently believe
  our Bayport property. As we have moved forward with               otherwise are simply not true.
                                                                                     PHA and the Army Corps of Engineers
                                                                                 are creating 4,200 acres of marshland as part
Bayport is designed with a balanced approach                                     of the Houston Ship Channel project. The
to meet the demands of trade and commerce,                                       Bayport project also will include marshland
                                                                                 creation as part of its mitigation plan. The
protect the environment, and preserve the                                        Port Authority will create up to another 200
                                                                                 acres of marshlands in Galveston Bay from
quality of life in surrounding communities.                                      dredge material. These marshlands act as a
                                                                                 nursery for marine life and provide excellent
                                                                                 bird watching and fishing opportunities, thus
  the Bayport project, we have continued to address the             increasing the recreational value of Galveston Bay.
  community’s concerns, all the while setting a new stan-              The Port Authority has purchased 173 acres near the
  dard in the maritime industry for environmental stew-             Armand Bayou Nature Center, a few miles southeast of
  ardship and community responsiveness.                             Houston. This site will be protected as a conservation
      Today, I am proud of what is to become the Bayport            easement, creating nearly 70 acres of emergent freshwa-
  Container and Cruise Terminal. Bayport is designed with           ter wetlands, enhancing 12 acres of existing wetlands,
  a balanced approach to meet the demands of trade and              preserving 23.7 acres of forested upland and restoring
  commerce, protect the environment, and preserve the               71 acres of upland coastal prairie.
  quality of life in surrounding communities. The Port                 At this site, the Port Authority will replace the nearly
  Authority has worked diligently to develop an extensive           20 acres of jurisdictional wetlands at a rate of nearly
  mitigation program that satisfies the wide variety of             three-and-a-half to one. The Corps of Engineers deter-
  stakeholders — including residents, government regula-            mines the total mitigation acreage.
  tors and environmentalists. It has been a difficult and              Under the mitigation plan, the Port of Houston
  lengthy task; however, we believe we have a better prod-          Authority will preserve nearly 1,000 acres of San Jacinto
  uct because of this process.                                      riverbank and coastal prairie as well as create nearly 70
      With the assistance of state and federal agencies, the        new acres of wetlands. Specifically, we will preserve 456
  Port Authority has persevered in its efforts to provide full      acres along the lower part of the San Jacinto River and
  compensation for all environmental impacts of the pro-            500 acres on the Katy Prairie. In this memorandum,
  ject. This perseverance has paid off. The most recent             PHA and Texas Parks and Wildlife indicate that this           Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
  positions of the state and federal agencies are clear. The        additional preservation of valuable habitat completes a
  final mitigation package designed for Bayport compen-             package that compensates for the impacts from the pro-
  sates for all impacts to habitat at the site, regardless of the   posed terminal facilities.
  label attached to any particular piece of land.                      The Port Authority has drawn on expertise developed
      Indeed, the Bayport project has been reviewed at the          in other ports around the world to make the proposed
  highest levels of the federal government — and has                Bayport facility environmentally sound. I am very proud
  passed the test.                                                  of the work accomplished by the Port Authority’s com-
      On December 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection              missioners, staff, community leaders and the many
  Agency submitted a letter to the Corps stating that the           agencies that have worked very hard to help deliver the
  project includes “mitigation to compensate for the loss of        Bayport terminal — further positioning PHA as a world-
  all wetlands at the site even though the Corps did not            class organization. s

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                                                    Ray Attar, port engineer, and Russell
                                                    Whitmarsh, chief of port police, look over
                                                    the blueprints for the command center,
                                                    which will be operational this summer.

g a Safer Port
    Port of
  $4 Million
    More in

  The fencing, lighting, and closed          The Port of Houston Authority security grant program
                                          provides funding for security planning and projects that
  circuit television camera system        improve dockside and perimeter security, which is vital
                                          to securing our nation’s seaports.
  installation projects that are on          “This new funding allows us to continue the expan-
                                          sion of the CCTV at all PHA terminals around the port,”
  PHA’s to-do list are expected to get    said Wade Battles, PHA managing director. “Eventually,
                                          the CCTV will be connected to our command center,
  under way soon thanks to $4.18 mil-     which is currently under construction. The additional
                                          fencing and lighting will serve as barriers, preventing    Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

  lion in federal port security grants.   unauthorized access to the port.”
                                             The construction of PHA’s state-of-the-art command
  The Department of Homeland              center is expected to be completed this summer.
                                          Eventually, the command center will seamlessly connect
  Security announced the third            with TranStar and the U.S. Coast Guard for instant
                                          voice, data and video communication. TranStar is the
  round of grants in December, bring-     regional emergency and transportation center for Harris
                                          County, the city of Houston, the Texas Department of
  ing PHA’s total grant funding to        Transportation and METRO. In the future, local police
                                          departments, the FBI and U.S. Customs will tie into the
  $12 million for 2003.                   command center.

                                                  Port police Sgt. Bobby Nunez examines the monitor that         Houston pilot Sgt. Jack Mitchell discusses security
                                                  displays video from the port’s new CCTV system.                measures with Nunez before boarding a vessel leaving
                                                                                                                 Barbours Cut terminal.

                                                     “We will create a central information-sharing post for      prepare a security master plan and implement the
                                                  voice, video and data communications,” Battles said.           design and construction of fences, closed-circuit televi-
                                                  “This will be a highly technological intelligence sharing      sion systems, facility access controls and other secu-
                                                  command center for all of the port’s agencies. Our agen-       rity enhancements.
                                                  cies already work in tangent (see related story, page 13),         “Their goal is to install and implement all of our secu-
                                                  and we have participated in mock emergency-response            rity measures on time and on budget,” Battles said.
                                                  drills. In the event of a real crisis, this command center         Also at the December meeting, commissioners
                                                  will allow the agencies to quickly and accurately              approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  exchange information.”                                         that enables the Global Environment & Technology
                                                     PHA submitted a comprehensive port security plan to         Foundation to help PHA develop and implement the
                                                  the U.S. Coast Guard at the end of December. All of the        security management system, a first for any U.S. port.
                                                  projects outlined in that plan will be implemented by          GETF will mentor, coach, and consult in training and
                                                  July. Additional security measures at the port’s cruise ter-   developing an integrated, multi-facility security system
                                                  minal have already been implemented.                           that can be managed, continually updated and improved
                                                     To assure that each project is complete in the short        in a manner similar to PHA’s environmental manage-
                                                  time frame, port commissioners approved a contract for         ment system. The MOU covers services over a two-year
                                                  TRC-ECON Capital to provide security infrastructure            period at an estimated cost of $45,000.
                                                  enhancements. Under the estimated $12 million, three-              The grant program is one component of the
                                                  year design/build contract, TRC-ECON is expected to            Department of Homeland Security’s system of defenses

In addition to ships and barges, port police must also secure rail lines that traverse port property.

for our nation’s ports. This system includes monitoring               PHA has received approval from Harris County to
people, cargo and vessels entering ports from the time             install the radio transponder pole along the median lead-
they leave a foreign port to the time they arrive on               ing into the Barbours Cut Terminal. The transponder
U.S. shores.                                                       receives a signal from the container’s lock, alerting offi-
    Aligning with that goal, PHA is now a participant in           cials if that lock — and therefore that container — has
the Safe and Secure Tradelanes, a rapidly expanding                been tampered with.
global security network using advanced security prac-
                                                                   Under the estimated $12 million, three-year
tices, business processes and enabling technologies to
                                                                                                                                 Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
improve the security and efficiency of worldwide ocean             design/build contract, TRC-ECON is expected to
container shipments.                                               prepare a security master plan and implement
    Initial results of SST demonstrate that its baseline           the design and construction of fences, closed-
automated network can dramatically improve the ability             circuit television systems, facility access controls
to track and detect the integrity of intermodal shipments
                                                                   and other security enhancements.
in real-time, thereby creating greater levels of security,
efficiency and collaboration. SST has established an                   “We have made great strides in securing our port,”
open and flexible network infrastructure for commercial            Battles said. “We are more secure now than we were a
use at 15 major ports worldwide and has deployed sensor-           year ago, but we can always get better. Securing the port
related systems to track nearly 1,000 smart containers             is a never-ending process, but I am quite pleased with the
shipped from Asia and Europe into the United States.               measures we have put in place at this point.” s

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Be w Pes wi lii tnsg
  “Between 2001 and 2002, coffee imports to the
   Port of Houston increased 40 percent from
   100,000 tons to 140,000 tons. That growth took
   place because the world is recognizing Houston as
   a burgeoning coffee center.”

Nearly a year has passed since the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT)
granted green coffee port status to the Port of Houston. The NYBOT coffee
exchange status is effective with the March 2005 contract. Trading for the
coffee “C” futures contracts began in April 2003, and the first stock will
begin arriving in April of this year, according to Alistair Macnab, who over-
sees the Greater Houston Coffee Association.
   “Between 2001 and 2002, coffee imports to the Port of
Houston increased 40 percent from 100,000 tons to
140,000 tons,” says Macnab. “That growth took place
because the world is recognizing Houston as a burgeoning
coffee center. The growth was substantial, and the coffee
exchange status will certainly add to that.”
   The NYBOT trades in Arabica coffee beans, which
represent about one-third of the world trade in coffee.
Arabica beans are grown throughout Latin America, in
Central and East Africa, in India and to some extent in
Indonesia. Americans tend to prefer the taste of coffee
made from Arabica beans.
   Another third of the market is traded in Robusta
beans, which are grown in West and Central Africa,
throughout Southeast Asia and to some extent in Brazil.
A favorite of European coffee drinkers, Robusta beans
are traded on the London International Financial              Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
Futures Exchange (LIFFE) in much the same way that
NYBOT operates.
   Buoyed by the success of the NYBOT application and
the resultant interest in Houston as a coffee port, the
Port of Houston Authority, in association with the
Greater Houston Coffee Association, has prepared an
application for futures exchange status by the LIFFE. If
accepted, the Port of Houston would become the first
and only LIFFE port in North America.
   “LIFFE status would certainly be another feather in
Houston’s cap as a world class coffee trading center,” says

                                                                                                                  According to Macnab, many of the coffee importers
                                                                                                               are preparing new and expanded coffee warehousing
                                                                                                               facilities in anticipation of the increased trade and stor-
                                                                                                               age of coffee beans at the Port of Houston. In order to
                                                                                                               capitalize on the NYBOT 2005 contract, the new facili-
                                                                                                               ties will need their certification by April.
                                                                                                                  Steve Stewart, president of Gulf Winds International,
                                                                                                               which provides warehousing and distribution, is busy
                                                                                                               preparing applications for coffee exchange approval for
                                                                                                               his firm’s warehouses. He remains upbeat about the
                                                                                                               growth in business coming to Houston.
                                                                                                                  “The estimates of growth are still very optimistic,”
                                                                                                               says Stewart. “I attended the Green Coffee Association’s
                                                                                                               annual Christmas dinner in New York City, and in just
                                                  Macnab. “The remaining third of coffee in the world is       casual conversation I was told to expect a half-million
                                                  traded independently of the exchanges and Houston            square feet of exchange coffee in the first year alone.”
                                                  is already in that business.”
                                                      Although coffee from Arabica beans has been a
                                                  favorite in the U.S., Houston’s vast international busi-
                                                  ness connections and culturally diverse population make
                                                  it a perfect launching point for Robusta bean trade in
                                                  North America. “Starbucks has made us aware that cof-
                                                  fee is not a homogenous product,” says Macnab.
                                                  “Houston and Harris County will benefit as a result.”
                                                      Houston has caught the attention of the Specialty
                                                  Coffee Association of America. The organization is look-
                                                  ing at Houston as a future site for its annual convention.
                                                  The convention draws 5,000 participants and is one of
                                                  the most active coffee associations in the world.
                                                      The Port Authority and the Greater Houston Coffee           Gulf Winds just took delivery of a brand new ware-
                                                  Association are working with the Greater Houston             house at Barbours Cut near Maersk’s terminal. “We took
                                                  Convention and Visitors Bureau to make a memorable           on this new 178,000 square-foot facility to free up space
                                                  impression when the Specialty Coffee Association of          at our existing coffee warehouse to accommodate
                                                  America pays a visit in February to look at Houston’s        the growth of coffee,” says Stewart. “We’ll transload
                                                  meeting facilities and hotel accommodations.                 through that building on the way to our green coffee stor-
                                                                                                               age facility.”
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                                                                                                                  Stewart believes that the promotion of Houston as a
                                                                                                               coffee port has paid off in many ways. “Gulf Winds is see-
                                                                                                               ing more non-exchange coffee being stored here than
                                                                                                               ever before because of the attention received from
                                                                                                               Houston’s exchange application.”
                                                                                                                  The world is looking at the Port of Houston differ-
                                                                                                               ently now. “I have had recent inquiries from European
                                                                                                               companies interested in storing exchange coffee,” says
                                                                                                               Stewart. “It is just further evidence that the word is out
                                                                                                               about the Port of Houston. It is a very exciting time in
                                                                                                               this business.” s

Making Good
on a Maritime Mandate
    New Charter Strengthens Houston and Southeast Texas Ports

As shock and horror gripped the nation
on September 11, 2001, and the days
and weeks that followed, a diverse group
began taking shape in the Houston area.
The members of the group soon grew to
include public and private sector repre-
sentatives from throughout southeast
Texas, all with a single-minded focus:
ensuring the security of the vessels and
facilities along the Houston Ship
Channel and other waterways through-
out the region.
   The group was called the Port
Security Sub-committee of the Houston
Galveston Navigational Safety Advisory          The charter members of the Area Maritime Security Committee. Back row: USCG Commander Paul
                                                Thomas; Al Durel, director of operations, Port of Freeport; Jerry Wyatt, U.S. Transportation
Committee. It comprised representatives
                                                Security Administration; Alonzo Pena, U.S. Customs; USCG Capt. Christine Balboni. Front row:
of federal, state and local agencies as         Wade Battles, PHA managing director; USCG Capt. Richard Kaser; Raymond Butler, HOGANSAC.
well as diverse commercial and non-
profit organizations and private citizens. The sub-                   Houston’s port captain. “It is the culmination and the
committee moved quickly on major security accom-                      first step into the ensured security of the nation’s mar-
plishments, including completion of interim maritime                  itime transportation system mandated by Congress and
security measures long before the U.S. Maritime                       the President.”
Transportation Security Administration’s regulatory                       The chartering ceremony coincided with the one-year
package came into effect.                                             anniversary of two pieces of federal legislation that have
   The sub-committee continues its mission — but it                   changed the landscape of the U.S. maritime industry.
now has a new name: the Area Maritime Security                        The Homeland Security Act initiated the most sweeping
(AMS) Committee. Officially chartered by U.S. Coast                   government reorganization since 1947 as 22 agencies were
                                                                                                                                               Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
Guard Capt. Richard Kaser during a recent ceremony at                 merged into the Department of Homeland Security. The
the executive offices of the Port of Houston Authority,               Maritime Transportation Security Act fortified and
the AMS Committee will be the focal point for all phases              extended the Coast Guard’s jurisdiction and responsibili-
of port security planning, including anti-terrorism,                  ties for security planning and execution in and around
counter-terrorism, crisis response management and con-                U.S. waterways.
sequence management.                                                      “The Coast Guard is confident that the result of the
   “(This charter) formalizes the committee’s evolution               committee’s intense efforts will significantly strengthen
and is a testament to the ability of a diverse group of peo-          the security of our ports by requiring preventative secu-
ple with different perspectives to merge and share their              rity measures and plans to deter threats while providing a
talents, resources, and ideas,” said Kaser who serves as the          framework for response to a significant safety or security
federal maritime security coordinator as well as                      incident,” Kaser said. s

                                                  Pictured from l. to r.: Gloria Ramsbottom, PHA Trade Representative; Carlos Alberto de Azevedo Pimentel, Consul General of Brazil; and John Horan,
                                                  PHA director of trade development.

                                                  Brazilian Trade Bonanza Beckons
                                                  PHA handles diverse cargo shipments and pursues more of them
                                                  Laying the groundwork for a strategy to increase the flow                     petcoke supplied by Shell Oil Company was handled
                                                  of Brazilian exports through Houston, PHA’s trade                             through the plant en route to Santos.
                                                  development division recently hosted Consul General                              In October, the vessel BBC Mexico discharged 3,000
                                                  Carlos Alberto de Azevedo Pimentel for informal discus-                       tons of white cement from Brazil at PHA’s City Dock 26
                                                  sions and a tour.                                                             in the Turning Basin. The shipper was Camargo Correa
                                                     “PHA’s intermodal capabilities are ideally suited for                      Group and the cargo was consigned to Whitestone
                                                  handling shipments of diverse Brazilian goods such as                         Cement Company of Scottsdale, Arizona. The vessel also
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  coffee, forest products, ceramic tiles, fruits and vegetables
                                                  to Texas and the west coast,” according to PHA Trade
                                                  Development Director John Horan.
                                                     Throughout 2003, PHA’s facilities handled several
                                                  shipments to and from Brazil at its facilities. Starting last
                                                  February, the vessel Rosina Topic loaded 38,600 tons of
                                                  petcoke for Thyssen/Citgo at PHA’s Bulk Materials
                                                  Handling Plant for discharge at Santos, Brazil. In May,
                                                  the vessel Sea Princess loaded 51,000 tons of petcoke also
                                                  for Thyssen/Citgo at the PHA bulk plant, headed for
                                                  Santos. The following month, another 60,000 tons of

discharged 28 wind turbine blades measuring 113 feet
in length at PHA’s Care Terminal, shipped by Tecsis
of Brazil.
   In December, the 14,300 tons of steel discharged at
PHA’s City Dock 26 from the vessel Adrianople
included tonnage from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as
Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cargo was consigned to
Gassett Steel, Maurice Pincoffs and Intsel Steel.
   Brazilian business was on the minds of PHA commis-
sioners and executives who traveled on the South
America Trade Mission in August. In Sao Paulo, the           Bureau, Pamesa Ceramic Tile, Suape Port and Industrial
Houston port officials met with representatives of           Complex, the Tecon Suape Container Terminal and              Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

Wobben Windpower, Tecsis Wind Ltd., Hamburg Sud,             Coimex Trading Company. In Fortaleza, there were
the Commercial Association of Santos, the U.S.               meetings with representatives of the Federal of Industries
Commercial Attache, Docas Navigation, Grieg Logistics,       for the State of Ceara, the Port of Pecem and INACE.
International Consultants Representatives, Ltd.,                While the overall statistics for 2003 are still being
Duratex, Grieg Agencies and Camargo Correa Cement.           tallied, the 2002 figures on trade between Houston
   In Recife, Brazil, the trade mission delegates met with   and Brazil shine remarkably. That year, three mil-
Uniao Multimodal, Hamburg Sud, SEBRAE, the                   lion tons of goods worth $2.5 billion moved between
Pernambuco State Small and Medium Enterprise                 Houston and Brazil’s ports. Petroleum products, iron
Support Agency, Continental Agency, the Federation of        and steel comprised most of the imports from the coun-
Industries/State of Penambuco, Sindusgesso, Amcham           try while chemicals and cereal products were the top
Pernambuco, the Pernambuco Economic Development              export commodities. s

                                                  Partners in Education
                                                  Port of Houston Authority partners
                                                             with Port Houston Elementary

                                                  Port Houston Elementary has started a
                                                  wonderful partnership with the Port of
                                                  Houston Authority. The students are
                                                  now going to be able to benefit from
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  many new and exciting opportunities
                                                  offered by Port employee mentors.

Sixth-grade students study their last Junior Achievement lesson   Dana Blume visits with first-graders.
in the “our world” program.

   The partnership began soon after the start of the        technological skills that these young students need to
school year last fall when two dozen PHA employees          compete in today’s job market.
volunteered to be Junior Achievement instructors. PHA           “During enrichment classes, students will learn to
had not previously participated in JA, so officials were    develop and maintain Web sites, effectively implement
not sure what kind of response                                                         Excel spreadsheets in math and
to expect.                                                                             science, and produce and edit
                                          “We had more volunteers
   “I was surprisingly over-                                                           short films that pertain to the
whelmed by the volunteer                  than we had classrooms                       instructional curriculum being
turnout,” said Grace Moolchan,                                                         taught by the teacher,” said
PHA community relations                   in which to teach, so we                     Matilda Orozco, school princi-
manager. “We had more volun-                                                           pal. “The students will learn
teers than we had classrooms in           doubled our volunteers                       how to develop PowerPoint
which to teach, so we doubled                                                          presentations to summarize the
our volunteers and taught in
                                          and taught in teams.”                        current content. These are
teams. In the end, I think that                                                        valuable skills they would
was a much more positive approach for both the students     not have were it not for the generosity of the Port of
and the PHA employee volunteers.”                           Houston Authority.”
   It was that fervent response that prompted PHA offi-         Orozco said that the students also are being tutored
cials to increase the level of commitment to the school.    and mentored by PHA volunteers who can share real
The Port of Houston Authority has entered a business        life knowledge.
partnership with Port Houston Elementary.                       “The tutors and mentors are also role models for the
                                                                                                                         Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
   “As the father of five children, I believe that every    children,” she said. “They provide experiences that
child deserves the best possible education,” said           enable the children to focus on careers and success.”
Commissioner Jimmy Burke, the chairman of the PHA                The partnership also will provide new opportunities
community relations committee. “With our new partner-       such as field trips, connecting classroom learning with
ship, the Port of Houston Authority plans to start a com-   the big picture. This experience enables the children to
puter lab for the school. We already provide JA volunteers, have real life applications.
as well as tutors. I think this is the right thing to do.”      “This partnership is a true example of public schools
   Because of the partnership, Port Houston students        and businesses working together to educate the children
have resources they didn’t have before. The Port of         of today,” the principal said. “Port Houston Elementary is
Houston Authority is helping fund the first computer        grateful and blessed to have such a great partnership with
lab, with up-to-date technology that will teach the         the Port of Houston Authority.” s

                                                  Enhancing Security with
                                                           Effective Communications
                                                                   The Port of Houston winds its way along 25 miles of the
                                                                   more than 50-mile long Houston Ship Channel con-
                                                                   necting Houston to the open sea. Only 15 percent of the
                                                                   vast amount of industries and wharves that line the
                                                                   channel are within the Port Authority’s real estate hold-
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                                   ings. The rest is a multi-billion dollar petrochemical
                                                                   complex owned by a wide variety of companies.
                                                                       Creating a communications and vessel management
                                                                   framework that can encompass the diverse commercial
                                                                   population of the Houston Ship Channel is no easy task.
                                                                   In a world of heightened security and tightening federal
                                                                   regulations, the task becomes essential.
                                                                       The Greater Houston Port Bureau, with the assistance
                                                                   of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Port of Houston Authority,
                                                                   the Houston Pilots, and a committee of tanker and tank
                                                                   terminal operators, has developed an Internet-based

vessel management and communi-                                                      state and local authorities. MAPS
cations tool that is like no other                                                     gives subscribers that ability,”
in the world. This revolution-                                                           says Macnab.
ary tool is available by sub-                                                                   The customers see great
scription now, well in                                                                       value in the program. “I
advance of the July 1,                                                                        would compare MAPS to a
2004, deadline for meet-                                                                      harbor master system where
ing the mandates of the                                                                       someone regulates the traf-
Maritime Transportation                                                                       fic in a port so that there are
Security Act of 2002.                                                                        not vessels aiming for the
   The new legislation                                                                      same berth without knowing
requires that facility owners                                                             it,” says Stale Eide, operations
and operators develop communi-                                                         manager for Texas ports for the
cations systems and procedures for                                                  Stoldt Nielsen Transportation Group.
the free flow of information between                                               “It is like an electronic harbor mas-
vessels, facilities, and national and local                                ter operated by the user. We see it as a good
authorities with security responsibilities. The Internet-     tool and we are very pleased with it. Different members
based MAPS (Marine Activity Planning System) does all        of our staff can actually be simultaneously working on
that and much more.                                          the same MAPS Web page without interference and
   In a real-time, physical display, the MAPS shows ves-     receive updates instantly.” MAPS has tremendous capac-
sels due to arrive in port, vessels that have arrived and    ity and can handle most users of the port without ever
where they are, vessels ready to depart, and when they       slowing down.”
actually depart. This computerized rendering of vessel           There are great advantages in terms of overall safety
activity encompasses the ports of Houston, Texas City,       during hurricane season. “This is a good tool for commu-
Galveston and Freeport.                                      nicating with the stakeholders when a hurricane is
   The program gives vessel operators a planning func-       approaching,” said Eide. “The users can have immediate
tion. “They can plan their vessel port activities at the     information about closing down the port, evacuations,
four ports ahead of time and check with the proprietors      and reopening the port when danger has passed.”
of the docks to make sure docks won’t be occupied by             The MAPS offers cost savings to its users. “The less
another ship,” says Alistair Macnab, president of the        time they have to steam up and wait in channel, the less
Greater Houston Port Bureau.                                 fuel burned, the less the environment is affected, and the
   “If another ship is due to arrive at the same time,       safer things are in the port. MAPS rotates the ships more
MAPS provides an innovative conflict resolution func-        efficiently,” said Eide. “The system saves time and money
tion that brings in all the elements of the conflict — the   and reduces delays.”
operators, the cargo, the locations, the arrival time and        The innovative services built into the MAPS are
the departure time — and suggests electronically a reso-     unique in the world. “The tracking of arrivals and depar-          Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
lution,” says Macnab.                                        tures is nothing new and every port’s got a system,”
   The third function provided by the MAPS fulfills the      says Macnab. “We’ve just improved on it. The plan-
mandates of the new security legislation. The MAPS is a      ning and the conflict resolution functions are unique
secure, effective and continuous communications portal       to MAPS, and we are the world leader in developing
among vessels, vessel agents, facilities, and the national   these innovations.”
and local authorities with security responsibilities. It         “The system is ahead of its time, and there is nothing
maintains a written and verifiable record of all the com-    like it anywhere else in the world,” says Eide. “Those ter-
munications that take place.                                 minals and vessel operators who have not come on board
   “The new Maritime Transportation Security Act of          yet are missing out on a great advantage. Compare it to an
2002 mandates a great deal of visibility and reporting       airport: what would it be like without air traffic control?”
confirmation among commercial activities and federal,            To learn more, visit MAPS at s

  DARE Kids
A tour on the M/V Sam Houston,
    hosted by Commissioner
    Cheryl Thompson-Draper

                                  Delegation tour aboard
                                    M/V Sam Houston

                           SPARK Park

     Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

           with Life
                             New plant and animal life is flourishing in the
                             habitats created by the U.S. Army Corps of
                             Engineers (USACE) and the Port of Houston
                             Authority as a part of the project to deepen and
                             widen the Houston Ship Channel.
   Under the guidance of the Beneficial Uses Group          inter-tidal wetland habitat; a six-acre bird nesting island;
(BUG), the bird islands, oyster reefs and marshes con-      an offshore underwater berm to produce habitat to
structed from material dredged to enlarge the ship chan-    attract fish; access channels and anchorages for recre-
nel are attracting colonial waterbirds, oysters and other   ational boaters; 172 acres of oyster reefs to mitigate for
                                                                                                                            Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
aquatic life. The BUG, whose membership includes the        oysters impacted along the channel side slopes and under
USACE, the Port Authority, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife         the mid-bay placement area; and partial restoration of
Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the      two previously existing islands which had eroded over
Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National        the years.
Marine Fisheries Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife                BUG members continue to evaluate the progress of the
Service, and the Texas General Land Office, maintains a     project as new life takes hold in the various habitats. Evia
close watch over this robust migration of animal life to    Island, the six-acre offshore island which is 10 feet in ele-
the various sites.                                          vation, was designed specifically for colonial waterbirds.
   The BUG developed the 50-year plan to use more               Phil Glass, a biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
than 350 million cubic yards of silt, sand and clay         Service, has been monitoring the acceptance of the
dredged from the ship channel to construct 4,250 acres of   island by the intended occupants. “Bird counts in 2003

                                                                                                                     “Salt marsh is a favorite habitat of the sharp tail spar-
                                                                                                                 row,” says Seidensticker. “I did not realize that their
                                                                                                                 preferred food is the seed of the smooth cordgrass that
                                                                                                                 we plant in the marshes. In the fall and winter, they love
                                                                                                                 to cling to the smooth cordgrass seed stalks and really
                                                                                                                 ‘pig out.’”
                                                                                                                     A boardwalk has been built across the original demon-
                                                  found 469 nesting pairs of Sandwich terns, 144 royal           stration marsh where the BUG worked out many of their
                                                  terns, 291 black skimmers, and 23 gull-billed terns. We        original plans for the ship channel project. “We see an
                                                  are continuing our planting plans of several native Texas      abundance of birdlife as we walk on the boards,” says
                                                  tree species within a half-acre plot on the island’s north-    Andy Sipocz, a habitat biologist with Texas Parks &
                                                  ern shoreline to encourage the establishment of a perma-       Wildlife. “I see king rails, from which the saying ‘skinny
                                                  nent, large colony of brush and tree nesters such as brown     as a rail’ comes from. The king rails slip between grass
                                                  pelicans, herons, egrets and spoonbills.”                      stems in the marsh.”
                                                      At Bolivar Marsh, approximately 7,500 linear feet of           Redfish Island, which was rebuilt after it eroded and
                                                  new levees were built in 2001 to contain the material for      became submerged due to wave action, has had fewer
                                                  three marsh cells totaling 980 acres. Surprisingly enough      birds than desired. The island is a favorite destination of
                                                  in 2002, along these narrow levees, 115 pairs of least         Galveston Bay boaters, and an anchorage was created to
                                                  terns and six pairs of Forster’s terns nested on these         accommodate their needs while the elevated island
                                                  largely unvegetated areas. The following season, how-          remains reserved for the birds.
                                                  ever, the birds did not return, possibly because predators         Evidence of beach camping on the bird portion of
                                                  had discovered the area by then.                               Redfish Island may be the reason why only five pairs of
                                                      At Atkinson Island, the vegetation grew vigorously.        Forster’s terns and five pairs of black skimmers made use
                                                  Perhaps too vigorously. “The reason this may be undesir-       of the island this year. The BUG plans to add signage on
                                                  able is that we want the fish and wildlife to have unre-       the island to discourage activity that disturbs the wildlife.
                                                  stricted access to the interior of the marsh,” says Eddie          In addition, surveys of the oyster reefs created by the
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  Seidensticker, a resource conservationist with the             BUG to mitigate ones lost during the widening of the
                                                  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources             channel show that market-sized oysters can be found on
                                                  Conservation Service.                                          these new habitats.
                                                      “Most of this lush marsh growth is due to the high             “Although the nesting totals were down in 2003 over
                                                  nutrient content of the dredge material. I think eventu-       the previous year, eight species were counted, represent-
                                                  ally things will stabilize,” says Seidensticker.               ing the most species yet to use the BUG’s areas for nest-
                                                      Atkinson Island is popular with the birds. In 2003, a      ing,” says Glass. The BUG members are confident this
                                                  total of 20 besting pairs of laughing gulls, six gull-billed   diversity will continue to grow, and additional adjust-
                                                  terns, 12 Caspian terns, 15 royal terns, three Sandwich        ments to stimulate water circulation in marshes and other
                                                  terns, five Forster’s terns, 20 nesting pairs of black skim-   changes will encourage the proliferation of even more
                                                  mers and 80 least terns could be found there.                  life in Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel. s

Pilots Elect New
Presiding Officer

Takes the Helm
The Houston Pilots Association has elected Mike Morris
as the new presiding officer. Morris has been a Houston
pilot for nine years. Before joining the pilots, he sailed for
a major oil company for two decades. He sailed as captain
for 13 of those years.
    The other two members of the executive committee
are Chris Reeser as the assistant presiding officer and
Robert Thompson as the boat keeper. In this position,
Thompson is responsible for the Galveston end of the
pilots’ operations, assuring upkeep of the pilots’ boats and
assisting the crews.
    Morris has represented the Houston Pilots Association
on several maritime-related committees. For six years, he
has been part of the port security sub-committee of the
Houston Galveston Navigational Safety Advisory
Committee, called HOGANSAC. Made up of federal,
state and local agencies as well as diverse commercial and
non-profit organizations and private citizens, this group
moved quickly on major security accomplishments,
including completion of interim maritime security mea-
sures way before the U.S. Maritime Transportation
Security Administration’s regulatory package came into
effect. It recently changed its name to the Area Maritime
Security Committee. Morris will stay on that committee
                                                                             Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
for another year. “Security is always our No. 1 issue,”
Morris said.
    He also represents the pilots on electric navigational       is always
issues. About 75 percent of all pilots have laptop com-
puters that use global positional devices to assist them
                                                                 our No.1
in navigating ships through the Houston Ship Channel.
The other quarter of the pilots will receive their lap-
tops soon.
    Morris also serves on the American Association of
Port Authorities’ technology committee. He is married
and has three daughters. s

                                                  Quieter cranes conquer containers
                                                                                                                “The five newest
                                                                                                                 cranes will operate
                                                                                                                 about 10 decibels
                                                                                                                 quieter than the
                                                                                                                 existing cranes,
                                                                                                                 putting them in
                                                                                                                 the range of roughly
                                                                                                                 70 to 75 decibels.”
                                                  The Port of Houston Authority has purchased five                 And now, they are quieter. Soares said that the five
                                                  newer, quieter Konecranes to accompany the fleet of           newest cranes will operate about 10 decibels quieter than
                                                  “super” cranes already on site at Barbours Cut Terminal.      the existing cranes, putting them in the range of roughly
                                                  These five cranes will be placed at the Bayport Container     70 to 75 decibels. For comparison, a diesel truck mov-
                                                  and Cruise Terminal after it is built.                        ing at 40 miles per hour operates at roughly 85 decibels,
                                                     “We are expecting the cranes to arrive in April with       and a car on the highway creates roughly 100 decibels
                                                  an enhanced silencer feature on the exhaust pipe,” said       of sound. A conversational-level voice produces about
                                                  Paulo Soares, maintenance superintendent at Barbours          70 decibels.
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  Cut. “The device works like a car’s muffler; it’s the            Maintaining lower sound levels at Bayport is a goal of
                                                  same principle.”                                              the Port of Houston Authority, said Charlie Jenkins,
                                                     Barbours Cut began purchasing Konecranes earlier           Bayport project manager.
                                                  this year because they are faster than the previous cranes,      “The Bayport Terminal plan has undergone consider-
                                                  and they have the capacity to stack four containers.          able modification since the concept for the terminal was
                                                  Some older model, previous cranes could stack only            approved by the port commission nearly four years ago,”
                                                  three containers.                                             Jenkins said. “And the vast majority of these modifica-
                                                     “The Konecranes are more reliable, and they possess a      tions have been the result of input from citizens and
                                                  greater hoist speed,” said Jeff Davis, container operations   agencies. The Port of Houston has been a good neighbor
                                                  manager for Barbours Cut. “They are more reliable             for nearly 90 years, and it is our mission that Bayport
                                                  because they run on electricity instead of hydraulics.”       reduces the impact on our neighbors.” s


     Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  Dave Daniels, Wendell Kelly and Mike Owens inspect the building materials for a new Houston Habitat for Humanity home, which will be constructed
                                                  in the Wood Glen subdivision. Houston Habitat for Humanity will build 38 homes in 38 days in honor of Super Bowl XXXVIII.

                                                  Volunteers to score big for Habitat for Humanity
                                                  By the time the football players hit the                                      As the kickoff before THE kickoff, Houston Habitat
                                                                                                                             for Humanity plans to construct 38 low-income homes.
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  field in Houston’s Reliant Stadium for
                                                                                                                             SuperBUILD XXXVIII is an officially NFL-sanctioned
                                                  Super Bowl XXXVIII, more than 5,000                                        event, and the Port of Houston Authority, the West Gulf
                                                  volunteers will raise the roof on 38 homes.                                Maritime Association and other partners along the
                                                                                                                             Houston Ship Channel are playing a key role.
                                                                                                                                “At previous Super Bowls, the NFL has sponsored the
                                                                                                                             construction of a Habitat home or two in the sponsoring
                                                                                                                             city,” said Dave Daniels, director of development for the
                                                                                                                             Houston affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. “Of course, in
                                                                                                                             Houston, we like to do things bigger and better, so we
                                                                                                                             decided to build 38 homes in 38 days. We just needed a
                                                                                                                             way to get the materials shipped to the construction site.”

    Houston Habitat for Humanity officials then called on
the Port of Houston, a master at shipping. Walter
Niemand, president of the West Gulf Maritime
Association, had the answer: the building materials could
be transported in a shipping container. Each container
can hold the building kits for two homes.
    “I thought I could get a shipping line to donate
the containers, and I had a couple of companies in
mind,” Niemand said. “I called Maersk-Sealand,
and they quickly offered to donate everything that
Habitat needed.”
    In mid-December, APM Terminals delivered 24 con-
tainers to a warehouse; Maersk-Sealand and APM
Terminals are subsidiaries of the same corporation. The
company will ship the containers to the construction
site then return for the empty boxes — all free of charge.     Habitat for Humanity Facts
The dollar value for this donation is approximately            The problem:
                                                               • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than
$96,000, said Kathy Rasmussen, operations manager for
                                                                 9,000 Houston families have either partial or no
APM Terminals.
                                                                 kitchen or plumbing.
    “We are always looking for ways to be involved in the      • The Center for Housing Policy reports that more
community, and this project was a terrific way to merge          than one of 10 of Houston’s moderate income,
our skills in shipping containers with a very worthwhile         working families live in inadequate housing.
project to build homes,” Rasmussen said. “Many employ-         • To afford a two-bedroom apartment in Houston
ees and their children volunteered to pack the contain-          (fair market value of $709/month), a family would
ers. The building materials were stored at the same              have to earn $13.63/hour, more than twice the
                                                                 federal minimum wage.
warehouse where the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots gifts
                                                               • In 2001, the Center for Housing Policy reported that
were stored, so the children helped to pack toys while the
                                                                 Houston’s median-priced house cost of $138,000
adults packed building supplies.”                                requires buyers to earn more than police officers,
    APM Terminals’ employees returned in January to assist       school teachers or nurses.
in construction. Volunteers will raise the walls, attach
                                                               The solution:
the roof, nail down shingles and place windows in 37 new
                                                               • Houston Habitat for Humanity sells houses at low
homes in the Wood Glen and Greensbook subdivisions.
                                                                 cost and with a zero-interest mortgage. Current
One home was completed in mid-December, and the                  mortgage payments are $450 to $500/month,
family spent their first holiday season in the new home.         including taxes and insurance.
    “Before the Super Bowl, we will have completed the         • In addition to a down payment and the monthly mort-
shells of the 37 other homes,” said Daniels said. “After the     gage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours     Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

game, the licensed tradesmen will return to do the elec-         of their own labor — sweat equity — into building
trical, plumbing, siding and other highly skilled work.          their Habitat house and the houses of others.
                                                               • Parents who own homes provide a more stimulating
Reliant Energy says that Habitat for Humanity homes are
                                                                 and emotionally supportive environment for their
the second most energy efficient homes in Houston.”
                                                                 children; this environment significantly improves
    Daniels said that many “super” volunteers will make          cognitive ability and reduces behavioral problems.
this massive home construction project possible.               • Because homeowners move far less often than
    “No matter which team wins the Super Bowl, 38                renters, children’s educational outcomes are less
homeowners will be the real winners,” he said. “And we           likely to be harmed because of transitions from
are so thankful to the Port of Houston and APM                   school to school.
Terminals for their dedication and assistance in moving
                                                               Source: Habitat for Humanity
the ball down the field.” s

                                                  Constructing Greater Mobility
                                                  Houston’s longstanding love affair with cars places increasing mobility
                                                  demands on local roadways. The Texas Department of Transportation’s
                                                  many highway improvements may cause some slowdowns in the short
                                                  term, but significant long-term relief for motorists and truckers alike is
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  on the way.
                                                    At present, seven of Harris County’s many freeways

                                                  are under some form of construction/reconstruction.

                                                  Eastside, westside, all around the town there are barri-

                                                  cades and orange barrels delineating highway work zones.

                                                  Never before has such a tremendous investment been

                                                  made in the Houston area’s highway infrastructure.

    TXDOT’s Houston district has concluded the single         and the addition of new ramps in the Galleria area will
largest year for dollar volume of construction and main-      make travel in Houston easier for commuters, commer-
tenance in its history. More than $1 billion was awarded      cial carriers and visitors.
in construction funds during fiscal year 2003, breaking all      Today, the West Loop is Texas’ busiest circumferen-
previous records. In November of this year, a record-         tial highway, averaging 288,000 vehicles each day.
breaking $103 million, the largest sum ever in a single       Rebuilding began on the West Loop from the south to
month, was paid by the district for work completed.           the north. Major reconstruction has already been com-
    “This is twice the vol-                                                                   pleted between the
ume of construction                                                                           South Loop and Bellaire.
compared to last year,”                                                                       The contract between
said Gabriel Y. Johnson,                                                                      Bellaire and Westpark is
P.E., TXDOT’s director                                                                        nearly complete. The
of transportation plan-                                                                       $32.6 million project to
ning and development.                                                                         add frontage roads to 610
“The mobility needs in                                                                        beneath the Southwest
the region, as identified                                                                     Freeway will be com-
by the many corridor                                                                          pleted this spring.
studies currently com-                                                                            Between Westpark
pleted and under way,                                                                         and San Felipe, TXDOT
will set the trends for                                                                       has begun reconstruc-
future letting volumes.”                                                                      tion of the mainlanes
    Today in Houston                                                                          and the reconfiguration
there is more than $1.9 billion in highway construction       of the entry and exit ramps to provide direct access to
on 173 separate projects. This sum also includes instal-      major roadways. The $80.9 million project will relocate
lation of advanced electronic systems for Houston             the southbound exit into the Galleria area from
TranStar, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality               Richmond to Hidalgo and provide southbound access
funds, State Transportation Program funds, landscaping        from Westheimer to the Southwest Freeway and South
and enhancement projects, and a federal bridge replace-       Loop without mixing traffic streams.
ment program.                                                    Northbound traffic exiting at Westheimer will not
    “This is not an isolated peak,” said Charles Gaskin,      merge with northbound traffic from the Southwest
P.E., director of construction for TXDOT’s Houston dis-       Freeway. Direct access lanes are also being created to the
trict. “It marks a new plateau for future construction.       new Westpark Tollway which will relieve traffic pressure
Typically, this agency pays one-third of the total dollar     on the 610/59 Interchange. The addition of auxiliary
amount under contract in progress payments to contrac-
tors yearly for work completed. On average, projects last
about three years. This year, we paid nearly 50 percent of
                                                              More than $1 billion was awarded in
                                                                                                                           Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

that contract total because of new strategies used to         construction funds during FY 2003,
accelerate construction.
    “Jobs are being completed faster, earlier and without     breaking all previous records.
penalties. Next year is already shaping up to be compara-
ble to this year,” Gaskin said.                               lanes, revised ramp locations and reconstructed frontage
    Numerous road construction projects are progressing.      roads means greater mobility to commuters.
The reconstruction of the 610-West Loop is scheduled             Between San Felipe and I-10 Katy Freeway, a $262.4
for completion by 2007, followed by the long awaited          million project is under way to expand the intersection.
reconstruction of the Katy Freeway which will begin to        Westbound I-10 is only two lanes beneath the 610 West
finish its first segments in 2008. New entrances and exits    Loop. The first step to widening I-10 is relocating the
on US 59-Southwest Freeway in the Museum District             columns supporting 610 to provide expansion area for

                                                                                                                    The reconstruction has also begun on the western lim-
                                                                                                                 its of Houston in Katy. A $207.7 million project to
                                                                                                                 expand the freeway between Texas 6 and Peek Road is
                                                                                                                 augmented by a separate contract to rebuild the freeway
                                                                                                                 from Peek Road to Katy for $83.3 million. Future projects
                                                                                                                 will bring construction into the Texas 6-Beltway 8.
                                                                                                                    The $1 billion project will expand the Katy free-
                                                                                                                 way to 18 lanes, four of which will be tollways, two
                                                                                                                 inbound and two outbound lanes, operated by the Harris
                                                                                                                 County Toll Road Authority. This is the first conversion
                                                                                                                 of public lanes to toll lanes in Texas and represents a
                                                                                                                 major innovation in policy by the Federal Highway
                                                                                                                 Administration. The anticipated completion of the
                                                                                                                 entire project is late 2008.
                                                                                                                    The ongoing expansion of US 59 continues with the
                                                                                                                 excavation of the roadway from Mandell to South Main
                                                                                                                 so that it will go under Montrose Boulevard. Work has
                                                                                                                 been ongoing since the project was awarded in August
                                                                                                                 2002. However, no mainlanes will be closed until after
                                                                                                                 the Super Bowl crowds depart the city this year.
                                                                                                                     At one end of US 59 beyond Sugar Land, US 59 over
                                                                                                                 the Brazos River is being widened to eight lanes plus an
                                                                                                                 HOV lane. “We’re doing some rearrangement of the
                                                                                                                 roadways by adding auxiliary lanes over the Brazos River
                                                  the east and westbound lanes of the Katy Freeway at the        so you don’t have to merge with main lanes to cross the
                                                  West Loop.                                                     river anymore,” said Norm Wigington, TXDOT’s
                                                      The final contract for the 610 West Loop is also the       spokesman. “That’s very important because it keeps local
                                                  first contract for long-anticipated expansion of I-10 Katy     traffic local and through traffic moving.”
                                                  Freeway extending 20 miles from the West Loop to the
                                                  city of Katy. Originally constructed from 1960 to 1968,
                                                  the Katy Freeway was designed to carry 79,200 vehicles
                                                  per day and to have a pavement life of 20 years before
                                                  major reconstruction would be required.
                                                      More than 30 years later, more than 219,000 vehicles
                                                  use this highway each day creating heavy congestion for
                                                  11 of those hours, and not just during peak periods.
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  Morning peak inbound traffic is matched by outbound
                                                  traffic, virtually eliminating the traditional day time rush
                                                  periods; the peak period can be all day long. The week-
                                                  ends also see extended periods of bumper-to-bumper traf-
                                                  fic congestion.
                                                      The Katy Freeway has the highest daily truck volumes
                                                  of any roadway in the state of Texas. Traffic is generated
                                                  in part from the Port of Houston as the ‘land bridge’ con-
                                                  necting California, major Gulf ports and Florida.
                                                  Through truck traffic is compressed into three lanes in
                                                  each direction.

   At the opposite end of US 59, the widening of the        a larger wave of population growth in Texas over the
roadway to eight lanes plus an HOV lane is finished all     next 25 years.
the way to FM 1960 and Kingwood.                                The goal of keeping citizens and goods moving in a
   Interstate 45 runs south of Houston all the way to       fast-growing and busy city like Houston is a challenging
Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico. The causeway over          and difficult task. TXDOT’s ambitious construction
West Galveston Bay connecting the island city of            schedule will accommodate Houston’s numerous mobil-
Galveston to the mainland is being rebuilt by TXDOT.        ity needs. s
First constructed in the 1930s, and rebuilt in the early
1960s, the current causeway construction will result in a
completely new facility for the 21st century.
   Each direction of the causeway will require two years
of construction work. The $135.9 million contract will
provide three through lanes in each direction plus an
additional auxiliary lane over West Galveston Bay.
   North of Houston, a project will widen I-45 from six                                                                Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

to eight lanes on the section from Cypresswood to the
Montgomery County line. TXDOT is also working on
three overpasses on US 290-Northwest Freeway. Work
on the overpasses at Bauer, Becker and Roberts Roads
will be completed by spring 2005.
   Although the third smallest district in the state in
area, the TXDOT Houston district accounts for nearly
one-quarter of the state population. The six counties in
the Houston district — Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston,
Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties — are already
planning for future commuters who will be part of

                                                      BUSINESS CONNECTIONS:

                                                                                                 The Greater Houston Partnership
                                                  The Greater Houston Partnership, along with four other
                                                  business chamber organizations, recently received renewed
                                                  service agreements with the Port of Houston Authority.
                                                     The East End Chamber of Commerce, the Houston                 A survey of the partnership’s members shows 38 per-
                                                  Citizens Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Hispanic            cent are linked to international trade. This reflects the
                                                  Chamber of Commerce and the North Channel Area                global nature of business in Houston, where more than
                                                  Chamber of Commerce each received new service agree-          3,400 firms and organizations trading 264 types of prod-
                                                  ments that expand and clarify the relationship the Port       ucts and services conduct international business activi-
                                                  Authority has with these organizations. The goal is the       ties in more than 200 countries.
                                                  strengthening of the economic development aspects of
                                                  each partnership and increased promotion of small busi-       As the primary advocate of
                                                  ness development opportunities for the Port Authority.
                                                     Each organization is providing the Port Authority an
                                                                                                                Houston’s business community,
                                                  electronic database of its membership so the Port             the Greater Houston Partnership
                                                  Authority’s promotional materials can be distributed
                                                  directly to those members. In addition, the Port              is dedicated to building economic
                                                  Authority will be allowed to make an annual State of the
                                                  Port presentation to each chamber’s membership.
                                                                                                                prosperity in the region.
                                                     Other activities underwritten by the port’s funding           The multinational nature of business in Houston is
                                                  of these service agreements include a minimum of two          demonstrated by the fact that more than 580 local firms
                                                  “How to Do Business with the Port Authority” business         report foreign ownership, and 600 Houston companies
                                                  development seminars, chamber representation in the           have offices overseas in 134 cities. The Port of Houston
                                                  Port Authority’s Small Business Development Program,          Authority’s involvement with the Greater Houston
Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  and other activities designed to ensure that the Port         Partnership’s members strengthens and creates new busi-
                                                  Authority and the chamber organizations receive the max-      ness opportunities for the port.
                                                  imum benefit from their partnerships with each other.            “Houston’s pro-business attitude, the region’s diversi-
                                                     The Greater Houston Partnership has two service            fied economic base and solid transportation infrastruc-
                                                  agreements with the Port Authority. One focuses on eco-       ture make it one of the nation’s leading cities for starting,
                                                  nomic development while the other agreement supports          relocating or expanding businesses,” says Jim C. Kollaer,
                                                  international business initiatives.                           president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership.
                                                     As the primary advocate of Houston’s business com-         “Houston’s accessibility via the port makes it an ideal
                                                  munity, the Greater Houston Partnership is dedicated to       consolidation and distribution point for shippers.”
                                                  building economic prosperity in the region. Its 1,922 mem-       The continued economic growth and development of
                                                  ber businesses employ 25 percent of the region’s workforce.   the Houston area is accomplished by the partnership in a

    PHA Executive Director Tom Kornegay (left) talks with Greater Houston Partnership President and CEO Jim Kollaer at a port
    commission meeting.

number of ways. Job creation, especially in the target                 number of companies engaged in international trade is
markets of plastics, energy, chemicals, electronics/com-               expanded. Increased international trade benefits business
puters/software, biomedical/biotechnology, telecommu-                  at the Port of Houston, which already leads the nation in
nications, metals and general manufacturing, is a primary              foreign tonnage.
area of focus.                                                             The partnership also works in conjunction with inter-
    Marketing trips organized by the partnership to cities             ested parties to expand Houston’s Consular Corps.
around the country help build Houston’s image, recruit                 Foreign trade offices provide local companies and
talent for Houston area companies and attract companies                foreign-owned businesses in Houston a strong link to
to the region. Promoting Houston’s quality of life and                 international trade and business assistance. Commercial
business climate through key trade shows and positive                  and educational partnerships assist members with their
national and international media coverage also con-                    international business expansion.
tribute to economic development.                                           International business issues are closely monitored          Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004
    The international business development program helps               and the partnership keeps members informed of trade
partnership members through business-to-business                       policies that will affect their growth. Legislative priorities
matching services, inbound and outbound trade missions,                that advance trade policy, facilitate the sale of U.S. goods
conferences and briefings. Seminars on import/export                   and services abroad, create jobs here at home and ensure
include such topics as government-mandated require-                    America’s continued prosperity as U.S. business contin-
ments, customs documentation and fees, customs exami-                  ues its expansion into the international marketplace are
nation procedures, domestic markets for imported goods,                all supported by the partnership’s activities.
market research, resources for assistance, legal issues,                   “The Port Authority and the Greater Houston
methods of payment and international transportation.                   Partnership work hand-in-hand to maintain and expand
    By highlighting worldwide markets and issues of inter-             Houston’s position as a competitive, international busi-
est to area companies doing business internationally, the              ness center,” says Kollaer. s

Port of Houston Authority January/February 2004

                                                  The Port of Houston Authority is helping to ensure that future generations
                                                  develop a sensitivity and respect for the environment by financially supporting
                                                  environmental education programs at two area universities. In 2003, the Port
                                                  Authority awarded $10,000 each to Texas Southern University and the
                                                  University of Houston-Clear Lake.

              Texas Southern University
        Renewable Energy and Environmental Program

REEP students studying renewable energy technology traveled to South Africa and tried out their new knowledge and skills
by installing solar system panels in various facilities.

    The TSU grant supports 25 students in the school’s         demonstrations conducted by university staff and guest
REEP (Renewable Energy and Environmental Program),             speakers. Volunteering to assist with community and
which is housed in the College of Science and                  environmental improvement projects with organizations
Technology. “TSU has one of the few environmental              such as Keep Houston Beautiful is also expected.
toxicology programs focused on urban areas in the
nation,” said Nina Wilson Jones, assistant vice president     “We are very appreciative of every
of TSU’s Office of Development. “One of our specialty
areas of expertise is the effects of air quality and water     gift we receive and hope to sustain
quality on urban populations, and research will help
cities like Houston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles,           this relationship with the port on an
and cities in Brazil, India and China.”
    Wilson says the Port Authority has had a relationship      annual basis as we constantly
with TSU for a number of years and has used some of the
students to help conduct transportation studies. “This         have student needs.”
donation deepens our relationship and will help keep
REEP going. We are very appreciative of every gift we             The youth conduct a variety of solar experiments
receive and hope to sustain this relationship with the port    including creating solar ovens, and assembling and
on an annual basis as we constantly have student needs.”       demonstrating solar cars as well as participate in wind
    “REEP is in its eighth year. The port was a major          energy projects. Lessons focus on energy conservation,
sponsor when it began and an in-kind sponsor over the          renewable energy, environmental management and nat-
years,” said Joyce Lattimore, coordinator of REEP. “The        ural resource conservation. Math and science principles
REEP Academy is a three-week summer experience in              are applied to engineering and technology projects so the
which selected pre-college students are invited to             students understand the connection between the fields.
become a part of tomorrow’s energy solutions today,               Funds raised for the REEP program enable students to
learn about renewable energy and environmental studies,        reside in dormitories on the TSU campus, receive meals
and explore career opportunities in engineering, science       at the campus dining facilities, and participate in recre-
and technology.”                                               ational activities including field trips to the Port of
    The next REEP session will be held July 12 through         Houston, NASA, the Downtown Aquarium, Houston
July 30. Students can expect a combination of classroom        area nature trails, recycling and landfill facilities, and
interaction and assignments, group participation and           other sites of interests.
  University of Houston-Clear Lake
                      Environmental Institute of Houston

Teachers try out environmental education techniques learned from University of Houston Environmental Institute of
Houston programs. The curriculums equip teachers to help children learn about water quality, non-point source pollution,
and aquatic life.

   The grant made by the Port Authority to the                  temperature, wind and air direction, are all a part of the
University of Houston-Clear Lake has been matched by            lesson plan. “We look at air quality issues in Houston and
the Houston Endowment and designated for UHCL’s                 the environmental health risk with poor air quality.”
Environmental Institute of Houston. The purpose of the
funding is to “link environmental application to the            “Students need to know how
classroom for school educators,” according to Loretta
Gurnell, UHCL’s director of development.                         to look at the environment and
   Dr. Brenda Weiser heads up environmental education
for the EIH, where such workshops have been held for             see both sides of every issue
both educators for kindergarten through grade 12 as well
as students in UHCL’s School of Education who are
                                                                 so that they can make good
preparing for careers in the classroom. “We stress the           decisions and carry those
importance of going outdoors, rather than staying in the
classroom to see the principles being taught.”                   abilities into adulthood.”
   The EIH relies on six-hour workshops to teach educa-
tors various national and international curricula. For              “Students need to know how to look at the environ-
example, “Project Wild” focuses on wildlife habitats.           ment and see both sides of every issue so that they can
“Project Food, Land and People” concentrates on the             make good decisions and carry those abilities into adult-
link between agriculture and cultures. The biodiversity         hood,” said Weiser. “We try to provide balanced, accurate
workshops use the World Wildlife Fund’s curriculum              information and teach how to get students to look at all
as a basis.                                                     aspects: economic, cultural, scientific, and environmen-
   “Project Wet” examines water quality. “That lesson           tal. The ultimate goal is environmental literacy.”
plan includes a scenario where the kids have to figure out          Any classroom teacher will work with multiple stu-
why all these people are getting sick,” said Weiser. “It        dents over a long period of time, and have the ability to
turns out to be a well poisoned with arsenic, which the         affect great numbers of developing minds. Investing
students must determine from examining the evidence.            in the instruction of educators on environmental issues
Doing water quality sampling involves applied math.”            is an important way the Port of Houston Authority
   The air curriculum is geared toward the middle school        can contribute to the environmental sensitivity of
teacher. The makeup of ozone, including the affect of           all Houstonians. s
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   From fajitas to pecan chicken or sandwiches and sal-
                                                                               Casas Catering
                                                                                         Casas has received numerous accolades for how she
ads to lasagna, Casas Catering knows how to feed and                                 grew the company since taking over. In 1995, she was a
serve its customers well.                                                            finalist for Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year, and finally
   The Port of Houston Authority used Casas Catering                                 received the sought-after award in 2001. The Hispanic
from time to time over the past five years, but according                            Women in Leadership voted her Business Person of the
to the firm’s president Theresa Casas, their big break                               Year. The Houston Minority Business Council bestowed
came a year ago. “The Port Authority allowed us to do a                              its E10 Award on the firm, and Texaco named Casas
promotional luncheon so that we could show off all we                                Supplier of the Year. s
can do, and after that, we started doing a lot of business
with the port.”
   Gilda Ramirez, manager of Small Business
Development for the Port Authority is a satisfied cus-
tomer. “Casas always goes the extra yard. Their food is
delicious, the presentation is always beautiful and they
are very dependable. I highly recommend their services.”
   Casas Catering was founded by Albert Casas in 1987.
Theresa began working at the firm as the office manager
in 1989 after being laid off from her job at Texas Eastern
Transmission Company. Her brother-in-law had encour-
aged her to come and work for him, because she had
expressed the desire to begin her own business. He told
her that if she was serious about that goal, working for
him for a year would help her make that decision.

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    A The Aroma of Fresh Business
    With tax-exempt status as a Coffee
    Exchange Port, we will attract new
    coffee traders from all over the world.

    B Java Generates Jobs
    The local area coffee industry workforce
    could increase by as much as 15 percent.

    C Busier Port = Bigger Revenues
    The Port projects coffee bag imports
    will more than double in the future —
    from the 1.8 million imported in 2002
    to 3.7 million.




D                                                  Houston’s designation as a green coffee exchange port
                                                   provides a flavorful blend of business incentives, enter-
                                                   prising opportunities and economic enhancements. The
                                                   Port of Houston Authority sincerely thanks the voters
                                                   who helped our port take a big step toward becoming
                                                   a major hub for the global coffee trade. Yet, unused
                                                   goods can grow stale. So, private sector leaders must
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