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Friday, February 15, 2019

Southeast Texas News

EMI Opens Houston Location

EMI, a division of W&O, said it has expanded its efforts to support the inland boat sector by opening a new location in Houston.   Craig Cabiro, COO of EMI, said the new location will offer service capabilities and inventory locally for the Southeast Texas market.   “Our expansion into Houston is the first of several strategic locations EMI will be adding to provide quicker response times and local support where our customers need us most,” Cabiro added.   The new EMI location will be in the same building as the W&O Houston branch and will host a service technician.

Photo: San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College Opens Maritime Training Center

With the cut of a ribbon and ring of a bell, San Jacinto College marked the grand opening of the new Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus on March 8, 2016. The Center is located next to a turning basin along the Port of Houston at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas - the ideal location for students training to enter the maritime industry, and for current mariners upgrading their U.S. Coast Guard certifications. “This is what we have envisioned for many years,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor.

Photo courtesy of Port of Beaumont

Port of Beaumont Celebrates Centennial

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Port of Beaumont, a major deepwater port in Southeast Texas. A series of celebrations and public events began October 20th, when the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce presented the port with its Spindletop Award for outstanding corporate citizenship. A record crowd of 800 people were on hand for the 112th annual Chamber meeting, where keynote speaker, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, saluted the port for 100 years of service. Port officials have planned a number of events over the next six months to commemorate the Centennial.

L-R Retiring Director of Corporate Affairs John Roby and Port Director/CEO Chris Fisher at the January Board of Commissioners Meeting (Photo: Port of Beaumont)

Port of Beaumont Announces Roby's Retirement

Chris Fisher, Port Director & CEO of the Port of Beaumont, announced that John Roby, Director of Corporate Affairs, plans to retire in early February 2016. Roby, 61, joined the port in 1979 after working in the media and advertising in Southeast Texas, as Public Information Representative. He later served as Manager, Sales and Public Affairs; Transportation Manager, Director of Customer Service and was named Director of Corporate Affairs in 2013. As Director of Corporate Affairs…

US Oilfield Jobs Coninue Unabated

When Ian Sandlin was laid off last week after 13 months working on oil rigs in southeast Texas, he was surprised to have lasted that long. "I knew it was coming," he said. The 27-year-old Houston native is among thousands of workers caught in an accelerating cull of oil field jobs across the once booming U.S. oil industry. Sandlin has since found other off-field work, but his hours and pay have been cut in half and it was not clear how long it would last. Interviews with more than a dozen oil workers and job recruiters suggest this is just the first stage of bloodletting as oil drillers…

US Oilfield Jobs Cull Gains Pace, More Pain Ahead

When Ian Sandlin was laid off last week after 13 months working on oil rigs in southeast Texas, he was surprised to have lasted that long. "I knew it was coming," he said. The 27-year-old Houston native is among thousands of workers caught in an accelerating cull of oil field jobs across the once booming U.S. oil industry. Sandlin has since found other off-field work, but his hours and pay have been cut in half and it was not clear how long it would last. Interviews with more than a dozen oil workers and job recruiters suggest this is just the first stage of bloodletting as oil drillers…

Captain George “Joe” Paitl

LNG America Taps Paitl for VP Marine Ops

LNG America welcomes Captain George “Joe” Paitl to position of VP Marine Operations and HSSE Compliance. Capt. Paitl is a retired US Coast Guard senior officer who most recently held the position of Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, where he oversaw safety, security, law enforcement, and environmental regulatory compliance across a 39,000 square mile area spanning Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana; the Port Arthur unit includes the nation's busiest commercial military cargo port…

Gracing the cover of the June 1, 1957 edition was a  “Huge Oil Drilling Barge” the Margaret which was one of the largest ever built at 300 ft. long, 200 ft. wide and 93 ft. high, capable of an operating depth of 65 ft. Margaret was built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company for the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company, New Orleans.

The History of Offshore Energy

Offshore exploration is a history of man v. Prospecting for oil is a dynamic art. From a lake in Ohio, to piers off the California coast in the early 1900s, to the salt marshes of Louisiana in the 1930s, to the first “out-of-sight- of-land” tower in 1947 in the Gulf of Mexico, the modern offshore petroleum industry has inched its way over the last roughly 75 years from 100 ft. of water ever farther into the briny deep, where the biggest platform today, Shell’s Perdido spar, sits in 8,000 ft. of water. As a planet, we have two unquenchable thirsts – for water and for oil.