Texas Lt. Governor to Speak at Benefit

Sep 22, 2009

On Thursday, October 1, the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) will host its 5th Annual Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at SCI's Center for Maritime Education in Houston, TX. Proceeds from this luncheon benefit the Institute's programs of continuing education for inland river mariners. Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst will speak at the event to an expected audience of 125 to 150 maritime executives.

The Port of Houston/Galveston with its 57-mile long port, the second-busiest in the US, hosts SCI's not-for-profit training center for inland, coastal, and deep-sea mariners. The Center opened in 2001, and in the succeeding years, SCI has trained thousands of mariners. In 2008, 656 mariners from 14 different companies received training using SCI's sophisticated computer simulators, which mirror real-life situations onboard a ship.

In addition to using this technology to improve mariners' navigational and bridge-management skills, SCI also proposes to use its simulators for maritime safety and security training in the Twenty-First Century. With assistance from other organizations and bodies, SCI's multi-bridge simulator will be transformed to train private- and public-sector leaders in the complex realities of multi-jurisdiction safety and security training, "an important consideration for the security of our nation's ports and other important assets," according to Eric K. Larsson, Director of SCI's Center for Maritime Education.

The luncheon on October 1 will provide maritime executives an opportunity to hear more about SCI's vision of the future of maritime training. Keynote speaker, popular civic and community leader Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, will contribute to the afternoon's conversation and address the audience of maritime leaders.

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Dewhurst was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as Chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security. Lt. Governor Dewhurst was first elected to statewide office in 1998. He is a successful businessman who has also served on several civic and charitable boards.

SCI offers additional seating opportunities for this luncheon; however, space is limited.