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Port of Galveston
News Release
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Port of Galveston Names Director of Engineering, Maintenance and Environmental Affairs

GALVESTON, Texas – The Port of Galveston welcomed its newest staff member today. Humberto A. Leal is the Port’s new Director of Engineering, Maintenance, and Environmental Affairs.

Mr. Leal will lead the Port's Engineering Department. His is responsible for overseeing the engineering, construction and maintenance functions for the Port, including engineering design, project management, surveying, construction inspections, marine facilities and other maintenance and construction-related functions.

Formerly the Senior Supervising Engineer for Moffatt & Nichol, Mr. Leal has over 30 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management of marine projects. He served as a Senior Marine Consultant with Lloyd Engineering and Senior (Area) Project Engineer for Bechtel Corporation. His engineering career began in Venezuela, where he was a Lead Marine Engineer.

“Humberto’s experience will be a tremendous asset to the Port,” said Peter Simons, Interim Port Director. “We are excited about having him join the Port team. He has over 13 years of experience in the region and we are fortunate to have found someone with his qualifications. The Port has several capital development projects that will benefit from his expertise.”

Leal studied Engineering Management at Metropolitan University in Caracas, Venezuela. He graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. In addition, he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

About the Port of Galveston

The Port of Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for cruise ships and international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay, the Port leases and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo including roll on-roll-off cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit, general cargo, and project cargo. In addition, the Port handles over 1.7 million cruise passengers annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities comprise a combination of undeveloped property, an active ship and rig repair facility, and liquid bulk operations. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise utility with operating revenues of approximately $33 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations.

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