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Posted on: September 10, 2018


The Port of Galveston recently announced that Mr. Brett Milutin has been promoted from Harbormaster to Director of Port Operations. Milutin will report directly to Rodger Rees, CEO/Port Director. 

"Having been employed with the Port for over 17 years, Brett not only possesses knowledge of past Port operations, he also brings a ‘can do’ attitude that we are instilling at the Port. I am excited about Brett’s fresh new ideas and his loyalty to this Port. I am confident Brett will continue to improve our operation and help take the Port of Galveston to the next level,” said Port Director/CEO Rodger Rees. 

In his new position, Milutin will be responsible for overseeing port terminal operations including organizing and directing the berthing and regulation of vessels, overseeing construction projects and liaison with current and potential new customers. 

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, he has served in various capacities related to maritime security and waterside operations including Facilities Security Officer and Assistant Harbormaster. 

In February Milutin, was recognized by the United States Coast Guard for his service to the regional port community during Hurricane Harvey.  A Public Service Commendation was presented to him 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. He has been the Galveston Harbor representative for the Port Coordination Team since December 2011.

Milutin earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from College of the Mainland. He earned an Academic Achievement Award in 2001 while attending the Police Academy, and was named Port of Galveston Police Officer of the Year in 2006. He holds a Master Peace Officer’s license.  

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 handles over 1.8 million cruise passenger movements 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 $38 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations.

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