GALVESTON, Texas (August 1, 2017) – The Port of Galveston welcomed its newest staff member today. Humberto A. Leal is the Port’s new Director of Engineering, Maintenance, and Environmental Affairs.
Mr. Leal will lead the Port's
Engineering Department. His is responsible for overseeing the engineering,
construction and maintenance functions for the Port, including engineering
design, project management, surveying, construction inspections, marine
facilities and other maintenance and construction-related functions.
Formerly the Senior
Supervising Engineer for Moffatt & Nichol, Mr. Leal has over 30 years of
experience in engineering, construction and project management of marine
projects. He served as a Senior Marine Consultant with Lloyd Engineering and
Senior (Area) Project Engineer for Bechtel Corporation. His engineering career
began in Venezuela, where he was a Lead Marine Engineer.
“Humberto’s experience will be
a tremendous asset to the Port,” said Peter Simons, Interim Port Director. “We
are excited about having him join the Port team. He has over 13 years of
experience in the region and we are fortunate to have found someone with his
qualifications. The Port has several capital development projects that will
benefit from his expertise.”
Leal studied Engineering
Management at Metropolitan University in Caracas, Venezuela. He graduated from
the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.
In addition, he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a
member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
About the Port of
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
handles over 1.7 million cruise passengers annually. The Port’s Pelican Island
facilities comprise a combination of undeveloped property, an active ship and
rig repair facility, and liquid bulk operations. The Port is a self-supporting
enterprise utility with operating revenues of approximately $33 million. It
does not rely on tax dollars for operations.