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Maritime News
United States Department of Transportation
News Release
Friday, October 28, 2011

Brian P. Hill 
Director, Western Gulf Gateway Office 
(Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico) 
U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime

A very recent Retiree as a Coast Guard Commander, Brian Hill brings a diverse maritime transportation, port security, and admiralty law background to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).  Brian was appointed as the Director of the Western Gulf Gateway Office based in Houston, Texas..

The Western Gulf Gateway area of responsibility includes all the ports, waterways, and intermodal connections and corridors in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico.  In this position, Brian will work with the local Texas and Oklahoma ports and other intermodal industries and responsible agencies to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system.  His duties include developing and designating projects in Western Gulf port areas that will help promote overall economic growth, mitigate highway and port congestion, protect the environment, and support local and federal emergency preparedness and response.  

His areas of particular emphasis in this position will include supporting the America’s Marine Highway Initiative, the local development of deepwater ports, the increased development of port infrastructure, workforce development (promoting opportunities for American shipbuilding and employment) and supporting the local passenger and cruise industry.

He will also be the local point of contact for the Department of Transportation and MARAD review teams, concerning application processes (e.g., Title XI loan guarantees) and for federal grant programs such as the TIGER, Port Security, Small Shipyard, and Marine Highway grants. He will be a member of the Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSC) in Houston, Corpus Christi, Port Arthur and Oklahoma, and the Port Readiness Committees (PRC) in Port Arthur/Beaumont and Corpus Christi.

Brian’s most recent position with the U.S. Coast Guard was as the Chief of the Eleventh Coast Guard District’s Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security Section from 2006 to 2011. In this position, he oversaw overall port security in all ports in California, including Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco/Oakland. His duties also included ensuring waterside security protection for military outload vessels loading equipment in California ports in support of the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brian is also an experienced maritime law attorney.  After serving four years as a Coast Guard attorney in their Seventh District Office in Miami, Brian entered the Coast Guard Reserve and worked as a Maritime and Admiralty Law attorney with a large law firm in Miami.  During this time, he became one of only 56 attorneys in Florida that is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Admiralty Law, and he continues to sit on the Florida Bar’s Admiralty Certification Committee that determines which other attorneys should receive board certification.  After a few years with the law firm representing shipping interests, he returned to active duty with the Coast Guard until his recent retirement.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Government from Florida International University, a law degree (J.D.) from the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, and a master’s degree in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

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