The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves today voted unanimously to approve an agreement between Carnival Corporation Cruise Operations and the Galveston Port Facilities Corporation, increasing the passenger wharfage a total of $0.38 per passenger movement.
The wharves board also endorsed an economic development agreement with Carnival by the GPFC to provide funding, not to exceed $190,000, to outfit Cruise Terminal No. 1 for operations following completion of passenger capacity improvements.
Both items had been discussed and approved at a meeting of the GPFC prior to the wharves board meeting. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“In order to get the Carnival Magic to deploy to Galveston as a home port in November, there were two things,” said Deputy Port Director Michael Mierzwa, explaining the two agenda items.
Port of Galveston Director Steve Cernak reported that operating revenue for the month of May was $1,859,891 and operating expenses was $1,257,109; thus the port had a net operating income for the month of $602,782, which is $107,543 over budget. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
At the request of Wharves Board Chair Roland Bassett, Cernak also reported on the port’s recovery from Hurricane Ike.
“It’s really hard to believe it’s been three years since we went through all of that, but what has happened here going forward? ” Cernak asked. “Well certainly Wallenius Wilhelmsen lines has grown quite significantly in their operation at Pier 10. They are a very active participant in the foreign trade zone operations and they have continued to expand their operations in Galveston."
He said the cruise business is continuing to improve at the port, port staff has been working to improve its community outreach, and he listed other areas of improved operations.
All action items on the agenda were approved. All votes were unanimous.
The wharves board and the GPFC board both had annual meetings and elected officers today. Recently reappointed Trustee John Manlove and former wharves board chair Benny Holland who was recently appointed to another term, were administered oaths of office by Bassett.
Roland Bassett was reelected chair of both boards. John Tindel was reelected vice chair of the wharves board, but Eddie Walsh was elected vice chair of the GPFC. The remainder of the officers for both boards are: President, Steve Cernak; Vice President, Mike Mierzwa; Secretary, Judy Esponge; and Treasurer, Mark Murchison.