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35 Summer 2016 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings As one of the busiest waterways in the country, the Houston Ship Channel is home to three Texas ports: Galveston, Texas City, and Houston. While each port has its own distinct spe- cialties, capabilities, and flavor, the ports form a regional hub that channels competition into national success. For example, Houston Ship Channel stakeholders, ranging from multinational oil companies to local family businesses, have created more than 1.1 million jobs around the nation, are responsible for nearly $265 billion in annual economic activity, and serve as models for sustainable commercial development through competitive cooperation. 1 The Ports The Port of Galveston, on the back side of Galveston Island, is the first port of call on the Houston Ship Channel. This port is largely a cruise port, with facilities capable of han- dling more than a million passengers per year 2 and ameni- ties and attractions ranging from museums to shops to the tall ship Elissa, a three-masted barque that is home to the Texas Seaport Museum. The port of Galveston is also home to Texas A&M Univer- sity – Galveston. This marine-oriented school — one of only seven maritime academies in the country — offers students the opportunity to become third mates, third engineers, or commissioned naval officers upon graduation. Farther up the channel, the Port of Texas City is an unas- suming port owned by the Texas City Terminal Railway Company, a joint venture between the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad companies. It is home to several major refineries and chemical plants and moves 78 million tons of cargo every year. 3 Finally, the Port of Houston is a massive industrial complex that stretches from Port of Houston Authority-owned city docks through a narrow, winding waterway. It is home to more than 52 deep-draft waterfront terminals; 300 petro- chemical, manufacturing, and transportation facilities; and Planning for Success From berthing to departure, the Houston Ship Channel drives our nation's economy. by Ca PT a I n B I ll d I ehl President, Greater Houston Port Bureau Mr. Bo B M ITC hell President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Mr. s T an s w I gar T Director, Port of Houston Authority Marketing and External Communications C a PT r andal o gr Y dz I ak Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur U.S. Coast Guard C a PT r o B M C l ellan Deputy Sector Commander, Sector Houston-Galveston U.S. Coast Guard C a PT Br I an Peno Y er Sector Commander, Houston-Galveston U.S. Coast Guard Regions Ships docked at a facility on the Houston ship channel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer James Dillard.