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Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves
by John David Suayan
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves today voted unanimously to authorize the port director to obtain insurance premiums from Hugh Wood, Inc. at the best rates that can be negotiated.

The premiums would be for all risk property, property terrorism law enforcement liability, privacy/cyber liability and workers compensation insurance coverages for 2018-2019.

The board voted unanimously to authorize the port director to enter into a contract for the construction of the CT1 Vista Building improvements in excess of amounts authorized under the port’s purchasing policy, provided the expenditures are otherwise made in compliance with the policy.

The board voted unanimously to enter into a lease agreement with Suderman Contracting Stevedores to lease approximately 18,860 square feet of space in the Plant 14 warehouse located on the west end of port property for a month-to-month basis. The item was discussed in executive session.

The board voted unanimously to apply the fee setting methodology implemented on May 29, 2017 toward transportation network companies.

The board took no action on an item pertaining to the status of its request for a meeting with the Board of Pilots Commissioners of Galveston County Ports.

Mayor Jim Yarbrough and Jayson Levy were absent. Agenda

The board listened to a presentation on the cruise industry given by Michael “Mike” McGarry, Cruise Lines International Association Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs. Listen (26:23)

McGarry presented a positive outlook for cruise lines this year.

“In 2018, we’re expecting (global passenger figures) to go up to 27 million,” he said.

The board recognized Harbormaster Brett Milutin for earning a public service commendation from the United States Coast Guard for his work during and after Hurricane Harvey. Listen (3:50)

“Through individual contributions such as yours, the Greater Houston-Galveston Port Coordination Team has achieved a longstanding national reputation for cooperation, effectiveness, and efficiency built on mutual trust and confidence and habitual working relationships,” said Deputy Port Director Peter Simons. “Hurricane Harvey put that reputation to the test, and I am proud to note that your team exceeded every expectation and safely, expeditiously, and efficiently restored maritime commerce on one of our nation’s economically vital waterways.”

The board paid tribute to Sam Fichera, who passed away over the weekend.

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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