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Posted on: February 9, 2018


GALVESTON TX  (February 9, 2018) Mr. Brett Milutin, the Port of Galveston’s Harbormaster, was recently recognized by the United States Coast Guard for his service to the regional port community during Hurricane Harvey.  A Public Service Commendation will be presented to Mr. Milutin on Tuesday, February 20 in recognition of his participation as a member of the Greater Houston-Galveston regional Port Coordination Team (PCT), which worked to quickly re-open the Galveston Bay port complex during and after the passage of Hurricane Harvey. 

The commendation will be presented by the Port of Galveston’s Port Director/CEO Rodger E. Rees and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves E.L. “Ted” O’Rourke during the February meeting of the Wharves Board of Trustees. 

 “We are incredibly proud of Brett’s service,” said Chairman E.L. “Ted” O’Rourke. “His swift assessment of and solutions for numerous issues greatly helped to restore vessel activity along the Galveston ship channel.” 


The U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation certificate was awarded to Mr. Milutin for his outstanding contribution to the Greater Houston-Galveston Port Coordination Team during the period of August 25 to September 13, 2017, spanning Sector Houston –Galveston’s preparation for, and response to, Hurricane Harvey. 

"In my short time here at the Port of Galveston, I have quickly recognized Brett’s dedication to the Port and his important responsibilities. The Port is fortunate to have Brett as a member of our senior staff,” said Rodger Rees, Port Director/CEO. “The Port Coordination Team’s efforts reinforced safe and secure commerce through the entrance to Galveston Bay and along the Galveston Harbor waterway. This is a great honor not only for Brett, but also for the Port Coordination Team and Port community. The Port is proud of everyone involved.” 

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, USCG, Commanding Officer of the Eighth Coast Guard District headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana expressed his gratitude during a group presentation to the members of the Port Coordination Team at the annual meeting of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee on Friday, February 2, 2018, “It is my great pleasure to express the appreciation of the United States Coast Guard for your active participation and for lending your significant expertise. We honor your service.”


Mr. Milutin was named Harbormaster of the Port of Galveston in June 2017. He began his law enforcement career as police officer with the Port of Galveston Police Department in September 2001. Since joining the Port of Galveston, Mr. Milutin has served in various capacities related to maritime security and waterside operations including Facilities Security Officer and Assistant Harbormaster. 

Mr. Milutin earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from College of the Mainland. He earned an Academic Achievement Award in 2001while attending the Police Academy, was named Port of Galveston Police Officer of the Year in 2006 and currently holds a Masters Peace Officer’s license.  He has been the Galveston Harbor representative for the Port Coordination Team since December 2011. 

                                                                                                                            About the Port of Galveston

The Port of Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for cruise ships and international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay, the Port leases and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo including roll on-roll-off cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit, general cargo, and project cargo. In addition, the Port currently handles over 1.8 million cruise passengers annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities are comprised of a combination of an active ship and rig repair facility, a liquid bulk operation, facilities that support the offshore exploration and production business, and two parcels of undeveloped property. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise utility of the City of Galveston with operating revenues of approximately $34.5 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations.


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