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Bailey Jones

This will certainly help keep the ship and ground crews safe - without having to encounter 5000 new bodies every few days. I hope their employers will compensate them for loss of hours. There aren't many of us who can easily go 30 days without a paycheck.

Wayne D Holt

But cargo and lay ship businesses, which accounted for $20.4 million in revenues in 2019 remain strong, Rees said...The port in 2019 generated about $51.5 million in total revenues...“We’ll look to maximize these revenues in the interim,” Rees said.

Is this not chapter and verse what has been predicted by several commentators on these boards for months, well before this virus became a threat? The irony of the Port looking to cargo and lay ship business to shore up finances is inescapable. These are the same folks who succeeded at making these business lines impossible to continue for several long-term port tenants.

If we come out of this mess in one piece the Port really needs to take a long look at how they have put the full weight of the port onto the thin reed of passenger cruise traffic. This is a lesson we hope and pray we'll have a chance to learn and correct.

Bailey Jones

Hindsight is 2020. That may end up being the motto for this year.

Miceal O'Laochdha

You are quite correct Wayne. Also, the increase in lay ship income has lead to people paying attention to it without actually understanding what it is (including some current embers of the Wharves Board). The dock that a "lay ship" is occupying and paying Dockage on is a cargo dock that is NOT IN USE FOR A CARGO SHIP. This is simply default income from a pier that has no cargo ship business and is otherwise vacant. It is quite literally a case of "better than nothing". Cargo ships pay both Dockage and Wharfage, as well as for the Stevedores and Longshoremen handling cargo operations. Lay ships pay only Dockage. Everyone with an interest in POG activities should read the Port Tariff, publicly available on the POG website.

Charlotte O'rourke

Everyone has 20/20 hindsight.

What Galveston’s port needs are forethought and planners that understand risk management and the importance of making adjustments quickly.

And most importantly don’t take vacation during a public health crisis. Stay, plan implement, reevaluate, repeat ...... you will save lives.

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