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Port of Houston Authority
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize an additional payment, not to exceed $2 million, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for Hurricane Harvey-related dredging expenses for Turning Basin, Sims Bayou, Woodhouse and the Houston Public Grain Elevator Terminals.

The port commission voted unanimously to award a 10-year, $1.6 million contract to PetroSys Solutions, Inc., doing business as PSI Technology, for disaster recovery data center services.

The port commission voted unanimously to award a $250,000 contract to PSI for planning and migration of the Turning Basin data center to a disaster recovery center location.

The port commission voted voted unanimously to amend and extend its contract with Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC for additional circuits supporting the disaster recovery data center, in an amount not to exceed $1.1 million.

The actions were taken among discussions of the need to restore and improve the Houston Ship Channel and the port in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“The floodwater coming through our system deposited tons and tons of silt into the Houston Ship Channel and throughout Galveston Bay,” Board Chair Janiece Longoria said. “While the Channel is open and commerce is flowing with some restrictions, the Houston Ship Channel needs significant dredging to address these storm damages.” News Release

The port commission voted unanimously to reject all proposals and authorize re-advertisement for bids for promotional items and web-store ordering services.

The port commission voted unanimously to extend the port's current three-year agreement with R.K. Johns & Associates, Inc. for maritime consulting services for an additional two-year period.

The port commission voted unanimously to ratify a month-to-month lease with Volkwagen Group of America, Inc. for approximately 10.7 acres at the Northside Turning Basin Area at current rental amounts of $321,524 per year.

The port commission voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Galveston Fire Department to provide marine firefighting mutual aid for a five-year period.

The port commission voted unanimously to renew a five year agreement with the United States Coast Guard to exchange and share information and date in order to enhance maritime safety and security.

The port commission voted unanimously to reject all proposals for Bayport Container Yard 6 North and South security and authorize the re-advertisement of proposals.

The port commission tabled action regarding award of a contract to Moffat & Nichol for a container capacity assessment and operation study.

The port commission voted unanimously to amend a contract with one of the port's law firms, as discussed in closed session.

The board took no other action resulting from discussions in closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Commissioner Dean Corgey was absent. Agenda

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