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Charlotte O'rourke

Crazy?

Other Texas ports would NOT have this problem because the port trustees have control of pilot rates and rules.

The port trustee is also the pilot commissioner in ports like Houston.

In Galveston, the port can’t even get a meeting to discuss issues with the pilot commission.

I hope more people follow Commissioner Boney around Kroger and ask .... what the heck, can’t you even listen and discuss the issues and concerns of the port’s two largest customers?


David Quintanilla

Testing to see if this is anonymous before I post

Bill Cochrane

Question. If safety, fog, and all the other reasons to even have Pilots are correct, then why are ONLY foreign registered ships required to have a pilot aboard? A ship with a US Coast Guard licensed captain driving must have a pilot aboard if the ship is registered in another company. But a ship that has a foreign captain, and registered in the United States does not have to have a Pilot aboard. Why?

Bill Cochrane

CORRECTION: "A ship with a US Coast Guard licensed captain driving must have a pilot aboard if the ship is registered in another company."
Should have said - "A ship with a US Coast Guard licensed captain driving must have a pilot aboard if the ship is registered in another COUNTRY".

Charlotte O'rourke

Interesting question that unfortunately doesn’t have logical answers.

My question - why do other Texas PORTS get to CONTROL the pilot monopoly through rates and rules and our port has NO control or input of the monopoly and can’t even schedule a meeting with the Pilot Commissioners who do have control?

It is my belief that the governed need to demand fairness from its government.

The pilot commissioners bemoan the lack of a good working relationship with the port but refuse to establish the dialogue and meetings necessary to improve those important working relationships!

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