GALVESTON, TX (Sept. 12, 2022) – Galveston beaches are a little cleaner thanks to the volunteer efforts of Galveston Wharves and Ceres Terminals Galveston employees and family members. More than 30 volunteers picked up litter and debris at Stewart Beach on Sept. 10.
Ceres Terminals, in partnership with Royal Caribbean Group, will operate the new $125 million cruise terminal opening in November at the Port of Galveston. Ceres will support cruise operations at the port’s third terminal with services including stevedoring, passenger luggage handling and ship provisioning.
Ceres Terminals Incorporated hosts an annual corporate beach cleanup at its 20 locations in partnership with local non-profits and ports. This year subsidiary Ceres Terminals Galveston partnered with the port for the first time for a Galveston cleanup.
Port Director and CEO Rodger Rees said, “We welcome Ceres to Galveston and look forward to partnering on future community programs. Not only do we share a commitment to excellent cruise customer service, but we’re also committed to environmental stewardship as Green Marine-certified entities.”
Guided by Green Marine, a voluntary environmental program for North America’s maritime industry, the port staff is researching, planning and implementing several programs. Objectives range from air quality and waste management to community and environmental leadership. Rees said that the beach cleanup is one example of community involvement.
Rob Henkel, Vice President of Ceres Terminals Galveston, said, “Our sustainability program includes caring for the local environment. We believe that companies should be good stewards within their communities and focus on green initiatives that will create positive and lasting change.”
Michael Ziesemer, General Manager, Ceres Terminals Galveston, added, “We had a wonderful time cleaning Stewart Beach. It was great seeing our team and their families participate in this community volunteer day. Thank you to our partner, the Galveston Wharves, for helping to plan and staff this year’s beach cleanup.”
About the Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston:
Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel, the Port of Galveston has been a thriving maritime commercial center since 1825. Just 45 minutes from open seas, the 840-acre port has infrastructure and assets to serve growing cruise, cargo and commercial businesses.
The port is the fourth most popular cruise homeport in the U.S. The port also leases and maintains a wide range of cargo facilities on the deep-water Galveston Ship Channel, which is ranked among the top 50 busiest U.S. cargo waterways. The Galveston Wharves is a self-sustaining city entity whose mission is to generate and reinvest port revenues to benefit the Galveston community with economic growth, jobs and sales tax revenues.
About Ceres Terminals Incorporated:
Ceres is a leader among marine terminal operators and stevedores in North America. Operating in many of North America’s major ports, the Company provides terminal management as well as services for all types of cargo, including container, roll-on/roll-off, bulk, breakbulk, automotive, project, military, cruise, intermodal facilities, and M&R services. Ceres is focused on providing reliable services and handling customer needs 24/7, while investing in different sectors in the industry and partnering with many companies to continually enhance logistical requirements in the transportation industry.
Ceres Community Investment Program is supported at the corporate, local and employee levels. This program was created to build on the company’s commitment to protecting life below water, encourage sustainable work and economic growth, and promote good health and well-being. Ceres corporate-supported non-profits are World Wildlife Foundation, Mercy Ships, Covenant House, and The Mission to Seafarers.