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West Gulf Maritime Association Holiday Party
by Jim and Lynda Guidry
Sunday, December 12, 2010

The West Gulf Maritime Association on Friday hosted its annual Holiday Party at its headquarters at 1717 Turning Basin Drive.

"It's been a great year despite the economic recession," said WGMA Vice President Niels Aalund. "Ship counts are coming up throughout the West Gulf from Lake Charles to Brownsville; and we're really excited about the deepening and widening of the Panama Canal, as well as potential trade with Cuba, opening new markets."
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West Gulf Maritime Association, a Texas nonprofit corporation, was organized in early 1968 to succeed the former local maritime associations in Houston, Galveston and Brownsville, Texas and to embrace within the membership of one association the steamship owners, operators, agents along with stevedoring and/or terminal companies located in all Texas ports and the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Acting through its committees appointed from the membership, the association negotiates and administers various labor agreements with the International Longshoremen's Association in West Gulf ports. The Association provides a forum for discussions and exchanges of information between the member companies concerning a wide variety of industry challenges of mutual interest and concern.




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