A Really Cool Business Continuity Webinar: Maintaining Business Continuity at The Busiest Foreign Seaport in the U.S.

Capt. Woodring

Capt. Woodring

Update, 24 September 2014: If you missed this webinar, you can watch it here now on YouTube.

A few weeks ago I wrote about a great boat tour of a segment of the Port of Houston that I went on along with the Southeast Texas Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners.  The tour was educational but the presentation afterwards from Capt. Marcus Woodring, the Port’s HSSE director, was even better.  Several of you asked if it would be possible for us to secure Capt. Woodring for a webinar.  It was and we did.

The free, 45-minute webinar – as interesting as it will be educational – will be at 10:30 Central on September 24th.  You can register here right now.

During the webinar you’ll see how the Port of Houston prepares for and overcomes a wildly diverse range of challenges to its 24/7 continuity of operations including potential issues arising from fire, explosions, medical assistance and transport, aviation, ecological concerns, legalities, international personnel, collisions both on and offshore, spills, leaks, the possibility of terrorism, inclement or destructive weather . . . even contingencies for multiple but different types of events occurring simultaneously.

The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of public and private facilities located just a few hours by ship from the Gulf of Mexico. The port is ranked:

  • 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage
  • 1st in U.S. imports
  • 1st in U.S. export tonnage
  • 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage

register-buttonIt’s the nation’s leading breakbulk port (yeah, I had to look it up, too), handling 65% of all major U.S. project cargo. The Port is comprised of public terminals which are owned, managed and leased by the Port of Houston Authority and 150-plus private companies along the 52-mile long Houston Ship Channel.  (Get an idea of how big it is.  Get another fascinating look here which is the same link as the one for the photo below.)  Each year, more than 200 million tons of cargo move through the Port of Houston carried by more than 8,000 vessels and 200,000 barge calls. As one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston is a large and vibrant component of the regional economy and ship channel-related businesses contribute more than 1.2 million jobs throughout Texas. (Source: portofhouston.com)

Screen grab from the video Night Run of The Houston Ship Channel by Houston Pilot Lou Vest.  Click to play; 2:27.

Screen grab from the video Night Run of The Houston Ship Channel by Houston Pilot Lou Vest. Click to play; 2:27.

Capt. Woodring, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and Managing Director of the Port’s HSSE branch, including the Port of Houston firefighters and HazMat Response Teams; the Port Police Dept. with 53 sworn officers and six Port Security Officers; the Safety Dept. with four specialists; all admin and budgeting functions; three Facility Security Officers; and an Emergency Manager supervising 8 Dispatchers.

This is a great webinar, one where you’ll learn a lot and enjoy your time.  Register here.


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