WISTA USA Texas Chapter – Chapter Meeting
February 26, 2019
WISTA Texas member, Andrea LaVorgna, of Greater Houston Port Bureau has offered to host us at her offices. Andrea has arranged for Captain Diehl talk to us on subject: “Port 101” and Andrea will be proving refreshments for us!
Port Bureau president Captain Bill Diehl leads an informative session on the port of Houston region.
- Houston Ship Channel: demographic, physical characteristics/importance, vessel movement
- Port of Houston: key organizations, key businesses
- Why we are a key national asset that provides unmatched capacity, flexibility, and reliability more than any other US port
- Region/world market growth of petrochemicals and exports
Greater Houston Port Bureau
4400 Highway 225 E
Deer Park, TX 77536
DATE: February 26, 2019
TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30PM
(REFRESHMENTS WILL START AT 5:30PM, FOLLOWING OUR SPEAKER AT 6:00PM)
Here is his bio:
CAPTAIN Bill Diehl, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), is President of the Greater Houston Port Bureau. Before coming to the Port Bureau in 2009, Diehl served 31 years in the Coast Guard in a variety of missions, including[JS1] serving as a diplomatic liaison officer to the Panama Canal. He was also in command of the largest operational unit in the Coast Guard: Sector Houston-Galveston. While serving there, he led 2,600 personnel in the response to Hurricane Ike in saving 235 lives, cleaning up 240 oil spills, and the largest waterway restoration effort in the history of the Coast Guard.
As President of the Port Bureau, Diehl has been instrumental in building a member driven, non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting commerce and cooperation in the port of Houston maritime industry. The Port Bureau supports over 200 member companies by providing vessel traffic information, port information, networking and education events, and advocacy. Diehl also helps represent members, the Houston Ship Channel Security District, and the Greater Houston Coffee Association in front of state and federal legislators. Diehl has over thirty years of experience in maritime safety, security, and environmental issues and is an accomplished speaker.
Diehl graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.