The Port of Houston Authority International Corporation today voted 5-2 (Correct), with Chair Jim Edmonds and Commissioner Case Lawal opposed, to dissolve itself, after first voting to terminate a memorandum of understanding with Libya. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
The PHAIC, composed of the same members as the Port of Houston Authority Commission, first met in executive session before the regular meeting of the authority. In the open meeting Commissioner Janiece Longoria made the motion to end the MOU.
“It was executed without board approval and was not ratified by the board,” she said.
Port of Houston President and CEO Alec Dreyer said that February was a “tough” month for the Port of Houston. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“It’s a short month to begin with,” Dreyer said. “We also had a significant amount of fog-related impacts throughout the Port of Houston. In fact, there was one consecutive string of 11 days where port activities were adversely impacted by fog delays or were shut down entirely.”
Dreyer had praise for the Houston Pilots for handling "a record 95 vessels on one day" after the fog lifted.
“I think that’s quite a testament to their commitment to keeping the Houston Ship Channel open for business,” Dreyer said. “So, congratulations to the pilots.”
The board voted unanimously to enter into a new $100,000 agreement with the Houston International Seafarers Center, Inc. for humanitarian services.
Captain Richard Russell, president of the seafarers center, thanked the commissioners for their support. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
All other agenda items were approved. News Release
All votes were unanimous except that Longoria and Commissioner Elyse Lanier recused themselves from voting on a lease agreement with Kinder Morgan Petcoke, L.P. for 28.49 acres at the Bulk Materials Handling Plant at a monthly rental of $39,658.
The members of the commission also met as the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports to approve the appointment of Deputy Branch Pilot Captain Robert C.S. Roberts.