SecurePort 2007 Conference Comes to Houston

The integration of the commercial transportation community in the ongoing processes of security planning and crucial multi-level execution will be the key focus as hundreds of delegates gather for the SecurePort 2007 Conference, to be held in Houston during January 29-31, 2007, at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, located at 2001 Post Oak Boulevard in Houston, Texas. Sponsored by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA), SecurePort 2007 will feature presentations from top industry and government executives representing a broad range of interests in the marine transportation system, including:

• Rear Admiral Joel Whitehead, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, 8th District
• Rear Admiral Joseph Nimmich, U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Policy and Planning
• Captain, William Diehl, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Houston-Galveston Sector

“It is truly an honor to have U.S. Coast Guard leadership speak at SecurePort 2007,” said SecurePort Program Director Raymond R. Barberesi, “SecurePort 2007 will have a concentrated focus on new issues of concern to the commercial sector. In particular, there will be highly enlightening insights and perspectives on the national and international strategies that are being developed among commercial and government stakeholders.”

Port of Houston Authority Managing Director Wade M. Battles said, “In a world of threats and risks ranging from hurricanes to terrorist acts, security remains the top priority for Houston and ports throughout the world. SecurePort 2007 is the ideal forum for the constructive development of partnerships, alliances and initiatives to help maintain the uninterrupted, free flow of cargo that is so essential to the vitality of the global economy.”

SecurePort 2007 conference program topics include:

•Port security intelligence and communications integration
•Transformations in port security
•Security systems integration
•Port security operations and threat response
•Security technology
•U.S. National Strategy for Maritime Security (DHS, September 2005)
•International Outreach and Coordination Strategy to Enhance Maritime Security (U.S. State Department, November 2005)
•TWIC (transportation workers’ identification card)

The standard rate for SecurePort 2007 registration is $995. The concessionary rate is $695 and is available only to verified port authorities, terminal operators and government/military employees. For more information about SecurePort 2007, call 561-333-3767 or visit http://www.secureportusa.com


Raymond R. Barberesi, Program Director, SecurePort 2007
Office: (561)333-3767
E-Mail: barberesi@mtscorporation.com

Felicia Griffin, Communications Manager, The Port of Houston Authority
Office: (713)670-2644 / Cell: (713) 594-5620,
E-mail: fgriffin@poha.com