Houston Eyes Exotic Bonds To Pay For A $15 Billion Dike

by Jack Kaskey (Bloomberg) -- A massive dike to hold back storm-driven floods surging in from the Gulf of Mexico was first proposed after Hurricane Ike devastated the Houston-area coast a decade ago. Last year’s Hurricane Harvey disaster brought fresh enthusiasm for the languishing project – along with a wave of investor interest. Now city and state officials in … [Read more...]

This Video Will Make You Want to Become a Houston Harbor Pilot

Check out this video about the Houston Harbor Pilots and the integral role they play in the safely navigating vessels of all types through the busy Houston Ship Channel. As if the job doesn't seem exciting enough, the video is fittingly narrated by Mike Rowe as an added touch. Have you ever wanted to become a maritime pilot? Let us know in the comments. For more about … [Read more...]

Does Galveston Need A $14 Billion Storm Barrier?

By Jack Kaskey (Bloomberg) Chemical companies are pressing federal officials to spend billions of dollars on a coastal flood control system near Houston to protect petrochemical plants, oil refineries and shipping infrastructure from the next hurricane. The coastal spine, as the project is called, is among the most important infrastructure investments needed to mitigate … [Read more...]

Dense Fog Halts Shipping Across Houston Area

HOUSTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Dense fog halted vessel traffic along the Houston Ship Channel, idling at least 50 vessels in or near the 53-mile (85-km) waterway that leads to the busiest U.S. petrochemical port, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Thirty-seven ships on Tuesday were waiting to enter the channel and 13 waiting to exit from the port of Houston, one of the nation's most … [Read more...]

Two Houston Ship Pilots to Receive IMO’s ‘Exceptional Bravery at Sea’ Award

The International Maritime Organization has awarded the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to two Houston ship pilots for their role in preventing a major disaster when the ship they were piloting broke down and burst into flames in the Houston Ship Channel. The Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is the IMO's highest honor for bravery at sea. The two pilots - … [Read more...]