San Antonio, Texas — The Center for Ports and Waterways at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) is hosting the 2004 Texas Ports & Waterways Conference in San Antonio, Texas, at the Omni Hotel on December 2-3, 2004. Presentations by the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Texas’ Office of Homeland Security, the Maritime Administration, and the Texas Department of Transportation will address a variety of issues facing the maritime transportation industry.
This annual event will begin on Thursday by updating attendees on issues related to the Corps of Engineers, the future of the Port-Rail Connection, new Maritime Administration initiatives, and developing issues in port security. Friday morning’s session will include a panel discussion covering hot environmental issues by experts from the Port of Houston, Port of Corpus Christi and Shiner Moseley & Associates. The conference will conclude with State Representative, Craig Eiland, discussing what to expect in the next legislative session.
“We want to bring ports and waterways professionals together with government agency representatives to meet for face-to-face discussions and network,” said Jim Kruse, Director of TTI’s Center for Ports & Waterways, “We plan to provide an outstanding opportunity to get the latest information on a variety of topics of interest to both established professionals and those new to the field.”
For over half a century, TTI has dedicated itself to solving transportation problems. With its Center for Ports and Waterways, TTI combines that same commitment with strong focus on the maritime needs of Texas and the nation. The center is a multidisciplinary transportation research and educational unit of TTI, a member of the Texas A&M University System.