Host Looks Back on 2017
2017 Was a Big Year for Host.
Host Agency handled almost 4,000 ships. Host Terminals handled over 17 million tons of bulk/breakbulk, 8 million barrels of liquid bulk, over 1,000 yachts, and 27,000 containers. And here’s what else you may remember…
Host Terminals spent nine months unloading 60,000 tons of stone per vessel for a state-of-the-art container terminal in Charleston, SC. We commenced operations at the Louis Dreyfus grain elevator in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (We finished loading our 100th ship there in November and we recently passed the FIVE MILLION ton milestone.) Host Terminals began bulk stevedoring operations at the SeaGate Terminal in Chesapeake, VA. And we ran barging operations for PSEG in New Jersey, Baltimore, and New York City.
More Exciting Terminal News
We formally announced our 10-year license agreement to operate Tradepoint Atlantic, and we were featured in Breakbulk Magazine, Journal of Commerce, American Journal of Transportation, and The Wall Street Journal. TPA saw a lot of firsts in 2017, including project cargo, aluminum, steel pipes, steel H beams, grain super sacks, fertilizer, and a Panamax.
Enviva Wilmington had its first ship, our team at Eco Energy unloaded their 100th train, Drax reached 1,000 lost time injury free days, Tidewater Tank Terminal celebrated its 100th voyage, and Enviva Chesapeake passed six million metric tons of exported wood pellets.
South Florida had a lot of interesting work, including aluminum billets, bagged cement, live trees, galvanized steel, wind components, and materials for relief efforts in Puerto Rico. They even cleaned a spill on I-595.
Tidewater Tank Terminal was recognized by The Elizabeth River Project for the team’s dedication to both pollution prevention and wildlife enhancement.
And Host Marine completed the American Waterways Operators' Responsible Carrier Program.
Host Agency’s Record Year
New Orleans handled over 100 ships in March, setting an all-time, one-office/one-month record for Host. Baltimore had its busiest month ever in August with 45 vessels. October was a busy month, making all-time ship count records for Houston (47 ships), South Florida (31 ships), Sabine (25 ships), and South Carolina (15 ships). Additionally, Norfolk set a record for the most vessels in a month in over a decade by handling 71 ships in October.
Corpus Christi handled their first steel pipe vessel and first wind tower vessel, our Houston office had their second-ever gas carrier, and Philadelphia handled their first steel slab ship since 2003.
Baltimore was the agent for the largest sugar shipment ever received east of the Mississippi River.
Host’s Colombia team was appointed to their first vessel loading coal at Puerto Bolivar.
And we celebrated the end of an era in Jacksonville with friends from CMC, CSL Americas, and the James River Power Park, when the power park closed.
We opened a new branch of the company when CWT Americas became Host Logistics, LLC. And we started a Host Newsroom email that goes to over 1,500 subscribers every day.
Hurricane Harvey hit our Texas offices, and Host team members came together to send school supplies to kids in need.
Host renovated our second school in Colombia, helping 35 children between first and fifth grade.
We opened up our United Way campaign to all Host offices, and raised $6,500 to improve our local communities.
In honor of Tom and David Host's 40th Anniversary with the company, we made four $10K donations to organizations in the community, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Newport News Mariners' Museum, Nauticus, and the American Cancer Society.
We made the Inc. 5000 List of the fastest growing private companies in America for the second year in a row, and we won the Special Achievement Award from International Bulk Journal for our work at Tradepoint Atlantic.
Our employees also won a lot of awards with Host’s new Spot Award Program, celebrating team members who go above the call of duty, doing things like improving systems, halting operations to investigate potential problems, and making the workplace safer.
Building Our Team
We put a heavy focus on recruiting, adding a new careers section to our website, publishing a recruiting booklet, putting together recruiting packets, and featuring weekly job spotlights on social media.
Our efforts paid off as we onboarded 262 new team members this year!
Looking Forward to 2018
Thank you for an incredible year. It's going to be hard to top 2017, but with our amazing team and their dedicated work, the future is bright for Host.
Wishing you all the best in the year to come!